IRLE Colloquium: “Seeking Spatial Justice: Labor-Community Coalition Building in Los Angeles, 1965 – 2010” Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:30 – 2:00 pm Haines 352 Presented by:Edward Soja, UCLA Department of Urban Planning Respondent: Madeline Janis, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) About the Speakers: Professor Edward Soja teaches in the Regional and International Development (RID) area of Urban Planning and also teaches courses in urban political economy and planning theory. After starting his academic career as a specialist on Africa, Dr. Soja has focused his research and writing over the past 20 years on urban restructuring in Los Angeles and more broadly on the critical study of cities and regions. His wide-ranging studies of Los Angeles bring together traditional political economy approaches and recent trends in critical cultural studies. Of particular interest to him is the way issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality intersect with what he calls the spatiality of social life, and with the new cultural politics of difference and identity that this generates. In addition to his work on urban restructuring in Los Angeles, Dr. Soja continues to write on how social scientists and philosophers think about space and geography, especially in relation to how they think about time and history. Madeline Janis is co-founder and executive director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). Ms. Janis is vice chairman of the board of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and has been a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Ms. Janis led the historic campaign to pass L.A.’s living wage ordinance, which has since become a national model. Over the past decade, she has provided training and assistance to community organizations and unions in dozens of cities across the country, and is widely regarded as an innovator in devising strategies to create good jobs and healthy communities. She serves on the boards of directors of Good Jobs First, the Partnership for Working Families, Brave New Foundation and the Phoenix Fund for Workers and People for the American Way. Prior to founding LAANE, Ms. Janis served as executive director of the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) from 1989 to 1993, and practiced as an attorney, resenting tenants and homeless people in slum housing litigation, and advocating for homeless disabled people who had been denied government benefits. http://www.irle.ucla.edu/events/Soja_2011.html This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the UCLA Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the UCLA Department of Urban Planning and the UCLA Department of Geography.