Stefano Bloch recently released a very personal academic study entitled Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA’s Graffiti Subculture. Surrounded by drugs and violence, from an early age Bloch was forced to deal with issues related to homelessness, immigration—If your undocumented friend is shot, do you take them to the hospital?—and evading the police. Now a cultural geographer and urban ethnographer at the University of Arizona, Bloch has received praise for the book from LA Weekly (“a brave portrait of a highly criticized subculture”) and Noam Chomsky (“A remarkable picture, presented with insight and sympathetic understanding”).
The talk takes place in the Petteruti Lounge (Room 201) on the second floor of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center. It’s free and open to the public.