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The Vanishing Worlds of Audubon

March 21, 2023 - April 15, 2023, Multiple days and times

Doheny Library, Debs Park, LA River

Vanishing Worlds of Audubon

1. The Vanishing Worlds of Audubon: PUBLIC CONVERSATION
Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, DML 240
For more info, click HERE

Admission is free.


L.A. River expert and nature author Jenny Price, Debs Park Audubon Center director Marcos Trinidad, and USC Dornsife College biological and earth sciences professors Sarah Bottjer and David Bottjer will discuss the disappearance of birds around the world and what it can teach us about environmental justice here in Los Angeles—as well as address the troubled history of John James Audubon. 

2. The Vanishing Worlds of Audubon: BIRDING WALK FOR USC STUDENTS
Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m.
Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 Griffith Ave., Los Angeles
For more info, click HERE

Admission is free and open to current USC students only, who must use the provided transportation to participate.


Marcos Trinidad of the Audubon Center at Debs Park will lead a birding walk for USC students, who will view Anna’s hummingbird, California scrub-jays, and other species native to Southern California. Nestled within the 282-acre Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, the Center is a natural jewel in the heart of Los Angeles that is home to over 140 species of birds and has inspired a love of nature in over a quarter of a million residents of Los Angeles.

3. The Vanishing Worlds of Audubon: RIVER WALK AND CREATIVE WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 15, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Various Locations
For more info, click HERE

Admission is free, and workshop is open to current USC students only.


Join us for an afternoon of creative activities exploring the relationships between the natural and human-made environments of the L.A. River ecosystem in Northeast Los Angeles and how they affect the birds and wildlife of this region.

Schedule and Reservations:

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Guided L.A. River Walk
Lewis MacAdams Park, 2944 Gleneden St, Los Angeles
Open to all. RSVP beginning Wednesday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

3 to 5 p.m.: Creative Workshop
Clockshop, 2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles
Open to USC students only. Students must attend the River Walk prior to attending the workshop. Refreshments will be provided. Transportation from the University Park Campus will be available for USC students. Details will be sent to those with reservations. RSVP at the link above.

5 to 6 p.m.: Reception and Exhibition
Clockshop, 2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles
Open to all. RSVP not required.

L.A. River Walk
At 1 p.m., a guided walking tour of the L.A. River will be led by Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) and will include a field journaling exploration and discussions with architectural designer Lilliana Castro of Archeffect Design and Lazaro Arvizu, a Gabrielino Tongva educator, artist, and researcher. Participants will learn about birds, the L.A. River habitat in relation to the urban built environment, and how the effects of gentrification and urbanization have created ecological threats to our birds and wildlife. Participants will also learn how to do field collection and journaling as part of the experience. 

Creative Workshop at Clockshop
USC students will apply their observations from the L.A. River walk in a hands-on creative workshop that bridges two identities: Na/Ma—Nature and Manufactured realities. Centering on urban birds and their relationship with the city, the workshop will be led by Lilliana Castro and will transform the participants’ reflections from field journaling into tangible art pieces capturing their unique interpretations and experiences. The workshop will be hosted by Clockshop, a multidisciplinary arts organization that is within walking distance from the L.A. River.

Reception and Exhibition at Clockshop
The activities will culminate in a public critique and celebration of workshop projects, as well as a display of site-specific collaborative installations by students from the USC School of Architecture and USC School of Cinematic Arts CTXA 575 Cinematic and Media-based Installations class.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices. Organized by Aroussiak Gabrielian (Architecture), Tyson Gaskill (USC Libraries), Patty Johnson (USC Libraries), Lisa Mann (Cinematic Arts), Nathan Masters (USC Libraries), Anne-Marie Maxwell (USC Libraries), Amy Murphy (School of Architecture), and Tim Stanton (USC Libraries).



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