Night in the City: L.A. After Dark (USC ICW)

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

This is a past event.

Natural History Museum / USC Doheny Memorial Library

Night in the City: L.A. After Dark is a three-part series co-produced by The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Topics will include the noir landscapes of films and novels, nocturnal adaptations, the science of our evening L.A. skies, and more. What is it about Los Angeles that has so captivated writers and filmmakers, and what can we learn when we throw shade on our famed sunshine to investigate the city in darkness? L.A. doesn’t sleep at night, so join us for two evenings and a full-day symposium as we unmask our city after sunset.

This series is supported by the Collections Convergence Initiative and the Harman Academy for Polymathic Study of USC Libraries.


10/15, 6-9pm, Natural History Museum: Shining Light on the Night Shift

Join us for a screening of the new hour-long documentary, NIGHTSHIFT, which follows five Los Angeles residents in their routines as night shift workers. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A and guests may enjoy a reception before the talk with an opportunity to see rare collections on display. 

This event is a joint effort between The Natural History Museum, The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, KCET, and Artifact Nonfiction.


10/29, 6-9pm, Natural History Museum: L.A. on the Grid: The Benefits and Costs of Lighting up the Night

Join us for a conversation that brings to light the history of electricity in Los Angeles and the positive and negative impacts it has on all living things. Enjoy a reception before the talk with an opportunity to see rare collections on display.  


11/16, 9am - 4pm, USC: Symposium

Join us for a full-day symposium at Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, where scholars, writers, and artists unite to shine a light on the night. Topics will include investigations of the night sky over Los Angeles across thousands of years, nighttime migrations of mammals, cyclists and street racers, those who seek safety under the cover of darkness and those who see night as a cloak to cover deeds and misdeeds, and the many unique ways in which Los Angeles chases night away through innovative uses of light.

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