August 2020 – The Reading Group on Mexican Philosophy and Culture

The Reading Group on Mexican Philosophy & Culture meets the first and third Wednesday of the month via ZOOM. We discuss the ideas of Mexican intellectuals past and present. Readings will be provided. All are welcome. Email library@librosschmibros.org to join the group.

Dates: August 5th and 19th at 7:30 PM PDT, via Zoom.

Sandra de la Loza – The Libros Schmibros Interview Series

Cuauhtemoc Hernandez speaks with Sandra de la Loza about guerrilla art, politics, and her book, “The Pocho Research Society Field Guide to L.A.: Monuments and Murals of Erased and Invisible Histories”.  de la Loza and Hernandez also discuss an upcoming project to do with Sleepy Lagoon.

Episode Seven of the Libros Schmibros Podcast.

The People’s Budget

How can local governments become more accountable and effective?

The Peoples Budget Priorities - 2020 Libros Schmibros Summer Fellowship Program

During the second week of our Summer Fellowship Program, we looked at the LA city budget and spoke with Black Lives Matter activist La Mikia Castillo about the proposed People’s Budget, which reflects demands to restructure the city’s budget priorities. We also covered issues of corruption in the city of Bell and in the LA County Sheriff’s department.

2020 Libros Schmibros Summer Fellowship Program

Los Angeles Zoning Map - 2020 Libros Schmibros Summer Fellowship Program

We are excited to announce the start of the 2020 Libros Schmibros Summer Fellowship Program! During the month of July, students from Roosevelt and Mendez High School will hear from several speakers— filmmakers, policy experts, journalists, poets, and scholars— who will share with us their knowledge of the city. We have revised our course plan to reflect the national conversations around police accountability, economic disparities, and education in city governance that have been galvanized by the murder of George Floyd. For our first week we discussed LA’s indigenous history, how racist policies shaped our zoning laws, and studied the structure of our city’s government.

July 15, 2020 – The Reading Group on Mexican Philosophy & Culture Meeting

The Reading Group on Mexican Philosophy & Culture discusses the ideas of Mexican intellectuals past and present. We meet on Zoom and readings are provided. Email library@librosschmibros.org to join. In our next meeting on Wednesday, July 15, we are discussing the essay, “Art or Monstrosity” (1960) by Edmundo O’Gorman (yes, he’s Mexican). O’Gorman challenged Western standards of art by analyzing Aztec sculpture.