Southern California Library

Where Making History Is a Struggle



Research as a Practice of Freedom


for lunch and dialogue with
João Costa Vargas
author of Never Meant to Survive: Genocide and Utopias in Black Diaspora Communities and Catching Hell in the City of Angels.

RSVP for the event using the form below.


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If you are ordering lunch, you must pay in advance by selecting Lunch Option One or Two at the bottom of this page.

 Confronting the Archive engages scholars in dialogue about the labor of researching and telling narratives that have historically been pushed to the periphery of dominant ways of knowing.

If different stories are to be told, how do we identify new sources with which to tell them? Where and how do we access these sources, and how do we make meaning of them?

What are the implications for (re)telling tales that are often shrouded in violence and trauma? What is our responsibility to the pain of our ancestors, and hopes of our descendants as authors of new memories?

Toward what end do we seek this work? What is the relationship of our scholarship to practices of the state, and the public discourses and social relations that sustain them?

Join us for a discussion about research as the practice of freedom.


Library Lunch Special!

We are offering two lunch options at discount prices from Stuff I Eat, a vegan restaurant in Inglewood. 

Order you lunch today, and RSVP for the event.

*All lunch orders are $10.00 and must be received by Tuesday, April 8th by 6pm.

Buy a delicious lunch, and support a local business that supports our histories!