The Underground Railroad

*Warning: Spoilers!*

In Colson Whitehead’s award winning novel The Underground Railroad, Cora, daughter and granddaughter of slaves, flees her plantation after a horrific punishment. She heads out with a fellow slave Caesar, who takes her to the underground railroad – in this novel, a real RR. She is passionately pursued by Ridgeway, a slave catcher while she experiences the horrors of American racism and the courage of the RR personnel. The book compares a mythological Southern narrative of slavery with Cora’s truths and Ridgeway’s version of the “American imperative.” Beautifully written, full of horrific incidents, the book reminds us of the power of racism, the government’s complicity in its implementation and persistence, and reminds us freed African Americans carried with them the legacy of violence, oppression, suppression, and more violence whether from the police, physicians, or any other institution.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of The Underground Railroad click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player here – or you can download it and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir by J. D. Vance about family; about Appalachia, hillbillies, and the American white underclass in the rural and semi-rural interior of the United States. Vance relates his traumatic, poverty stricken upbringing to the larger social problems in both his hometown and the larger population. Through his personal struggles, he raises questions of personal responsibility and role of government in communities.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of Hillbilly Elegy click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player here, or download and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

Falletta course listed in The 7 Best Sustainable Design Courses in America

Metropolis Magazine, in a story about the best sustainable design courses at universities, mentioned the USC Price School’s real estate development graduate course, “Design History and Criticism,’ taught by Liz Falletta. One of the most interesting courses chosen is offered as part of a Real Estate Development program at the University of Southern California. A…

Architecture 2030 selects Falletta course in pilot curriculum project

Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Liz Falletta‘s course Design History & Criticism is one of seven courses selected to participate in the pilot phase of the 2030 Curriculum Project by Architecture 2030. The initiative will support university courses that “fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic…

Undergrad Lab: Detroit (photos)

May 17-23, 2015, 15 undergraduates from USC Price traveled to the City of Detroit as part of academic lab focused on social, environmental, and urban issues. The program , Learning to Excel Academically and Professionally (LEAP/PPD431) is designed to provide “immersive, experiential, real-world training to Price students” by visiting and working in the places they…