USC STAGE

SAT/4/17 :: 10:00am
Festival of Books Kickoff, Presented with USC

Join us for the kick off the 26th Annual Virtual Festival of Books featuring the President of USC, Dr. Carol L. Folt along with surprise appearances by favorite L.A. Times writers, as well as a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band. Please join in this prelude to  the week-long celebration of books with stimulating conversations, panels, children’s and poetry readings and more!  
MODERATOR

Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes as a longtime Los Angeles Times writer and columnist. As a public television and radio broadcaster, she has won six Emmys and a dozen Golden Mike awards. Her first book, "Rio LA," about the Los Angeles River, was a bestseller. Her most recent book, "Don't Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper," was released last year. The renowned Hollywood hot dog stand, Pink's, named its vegetarian dog in her honor.

 

PARTICIPANTS

Dr. Carol L. Folt

Dr. Carol L. Folt serves as the twelfth president of the University of Southern California. She is a highly experienced leader, internationally recognized life scientist, and award-winning teacher. In leading USC, Dr. Folt brings broad executive and leadership experience across the academy, including arts and sciences, professional schools, and academic medicine.

 

L.A. Times Writers

Tune in to see surprise guests!

 

Trojan Marching Band

Shortly after the University of Southern California was founded in 1880, a group of musicians first came together to form what would become the Trojan Marching Band. Now the largest spirit organization on campus, the band has developed into one of the most exciting and innovative collegiate marching bands in the country. Featuring over 300 passionate students from nearly every major at USC, the TMB is a prominent and visible representative of the university. It has truly earned its nickname, “The Spirit of Troy”, for its commitment to ‘SC and its tireless support of Trojan athletics.

Saturday, April 17

Festival of Books Kickoff

10:00a
Presented with USC
Join us for the kick off the 26th Annual Virtual Festival of Books featuring the President of USC, Dr. Carol L. Folt along with surprise appearances by favorite L.A. Times writers, as well as a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band. Please join in this prelude to  the week-long celebration of books with stimulating conversations, panels, children’s and poetry readings and more!
Saturday, April 17

Selfies for Social Change: Claiming Space in Social Media

2:00p
Presented by USC
Creators and influencers who use digital outlets to claim space and empower communities discuss how social media can be used for social good.
Sunday, April 18

Music, Money, and Mindfulness

4:00p
Presented by USC
Authors and experts explore the art and impact of music from multiple angles, including the relationship between music and mindfulness and how to succeed in the industry.
Tuesday, April 20

Making History: Media, Stories, History, and Memory

6:00p
Presented by USC
A lively panel of celebrated USC authors discuss their work and the fascinating connections between stories, media, history, and memory.
Thrusday, April 22

Eastside Punks, Screening and Conversation

7:00p
Presented by USC
Celebrate the release of Eastside Punks, a series of documentary shorts produced by Razorcake magazine about first-generation East L.A. punk bands. Excerpts of the films will be screened followed by a conversation with the director and subjects.