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LA Copperfield

Jan 31 & Feb 1, 2020

Foshay Learning Center
3751 S. Harvard Blvd., L.A.

The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences and Observations of South L.A. Teens in a live production and exhibition blending movement, theater, and original writings.

La copperfield

Reading Buddies

David Copperfield, a novel by Charles Dickens, is the focus of the 2019-20 LA Copperfield Reading Buddies. Members of the extended Dickens Universe community record short video synopses of chapters to expose student to a variety of perspectives on the story.


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LA Copperfield: A South LA Bildungsroman

LA Copperfield: A South LA Bildungsroman

LA COPPERFIELD COMES TO FOSHAY THEATER JANUARY  2020 COMING (OF AGE) LA COPPERFIELD FOSHAY THEATER 1/31 & 2/1  Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.   LA...

Burning Up the Book: A Tale of Two Riots

Burning Up the Book: A Tale of Two Riots

Burning Up the Book: South LA Teens’ Production on Dickens Tells the Tale of Two Riots January 2019 “A riot is the voice of the unheard,” Maxine Waters had said, about one of the most destructive civil disturbances in US history, the LA uprising of 1992.  From...

About litlabs

LitLabs are interdisciplinary teaching projects that orchestrate guest experts from the experimental humanities, architecture, urban research, and the visual performing arts to imagine pedagogy for reaching new audiences of the long-form 19th century novel, especially the 21st century urban teen reader of South Los Angeles. Under the direction of Jacqueline Barrios, public school teacher and UCLA PhD candidate, and with the support of the Dickens Project and other collaborators, seniors of Foshay Learning Center and scholars in the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative annually culminate the study of an under-taught genre in site-specific productions, exhibitions, and festivals that showcase blended forms of learning enabled by a single literary work. These public humanities events draw audiences representing the educational pipeline and beyond—from K-12 students and university scholars, to artists, activists, educators, and families living and working in South L.A.—to support and learn from students in their role as producers of these newest forms of literary knowledge in and for their community.