Science-Fiction L.A.: Words and World-Building in the City of Angels will take place on October 28–29 at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. As the interplay between visions of the future and cities as we live in and build them is one of my very favorite subjects, I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate on a panel on LA's central role in visions of California and the future.
What does it mean to feel “at home” during an affordable-housing crisis? How does this crisis—leading to extreme rent burdens, precarious living situations, widespread displacement, and homelessness—impact people’s sense of belonging and community? And how are these personal impacts tied to broader social and ecological impacts—as families sacrifice basic needs to make rent, and as unaffordable housing drives sprawling, unsustainable urban development?
At the end of the month I'll be participating in a lecture series at USF gathering artists, writers, and researchers around ideas of whether we are, in fact, in this thing called the Anthropocene, and if so, how do we cope?