The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is hosting its tenth annual Urban Issues Lecture Series on Thursday evenings in February, March and April.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the LMU Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall Room 1000, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.

The lecture series brings together government officials, community leaders, LMU students and the public to discuss issues facing Los Angeles and to motivate civic action.

This year’s series will examine “Mobilization in Los Angeles” and the discussion will focus on answering core guiding questions:

— How is mobilization achieved in a multi-centered city characterized as “100 towns in search of a center?”

— How are people brought together, and motivated to remain mobilized together, effectively?

— Is mobilization in Los Angeles different than other cities? If so, how? If not, why not?

The Leavey Center established the series and continues to coordinate and moderate the forum.

Dr. Fernando Guerra, director of The Leavey Center and professor of political science and Chicana/o Studies at LMU, moderates each session.

Each lecture includes a panelist discussion of the core guiding questions and approaches to civic action, and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Here is the schedule of topics:

February 8th — Scholars of LA: Contextualizing LA and Factors Associated with Mobilization;

February 15th — Commentators of LA: Mobilizing the Meaning of LA with Multiple Perspectives;

February 22nd — Education: Mobilizing Resources to Improve Education in LA;

March 15th — Elections: Mobilizing the Vote and Voting Patterns in LA;

March 22nd — Political Infrastructure: Mobilizing Political Capital & Capacity to Build LA;

March 29th — LA Communities: Mobilizing to Address Issues From Rights to Immigration;

April 5th — Physical and Mental Health: Mobilizing for Healthy LA Communities; and

April 19th — LA Riots 15th Anniversary: Lessons Learned, Sustaining Mobilization in LA and Other Cities.

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