To continue its year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, California State University, Dominguez Hills welcomes best-selling novelist and Los Angeles native Walter Mosley as the 2016 Patricia Eliet Memorial Lecture Series guest speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Loker Student Union ballroom.
The author of more than 40 books ranging from crime novels to political essays, Mosley is considered one the most versatile and prolific writers in the United States today. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mosley is best known for his mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Set from the late 1940s to 1960s, the series weaves into its plot lines real issues occurring in Los Angeles at the time, particularly those related to racial inequalities and social injustice. The ninth novel in the series, “Little Scarlet,” takes place in the aftermath of the Watts Rebellion.
The Patricia Eliet Memorial Lecture is presented in honor of the late CSU Dominguez Hills professor of English Patricia Eliet, who taught at the university from 1969 to 1990. Past guest lecturers have included Susan Straight (2012), Brando Skyhorse (2013), David Gerrold (2014) and Sara Shun-lien Bynum (2015).
The 2016 lecture with Walter Mosley is sponsored by the Department of English, Associated Students, Inc., Asian Pacific studies, College of Arts and Humanities Office of the Dean, Department of Chicana/o Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, English Graduate Association, Loker Student Union, Multicultural Center, Office of Student Life, and Women’s studies.
The Loker Student Union is at the heart of the CSUDH campus, 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson. Visitor parking passes are sold for $6 at yellow dispensing machines at each campus lot.
For more information, call (310) 243-3322.