Eric Avila: Race, Space and American Culture After World War II


Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs: Race, Space and American Culture After World War II

UCLA Professor Eric Avila describes how his scholarly interest in racial identity, urban space and cultural expression have shaped his research and writing thus far, and sketches the contours of his next research project--a broad investigation of postwar American culture, reinterpreted through the rise of the postwar urban region and its attendant disparities of race, class and gender. In Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs, Avila proposes a new interpretation of postwar American culture, moving away from standard Cold War narratives to explore how the structural transformation of urban life after World War II—highway construction, suburbanization, urban renewal, slum clearance, deindustrialization and white flight—engendered new discourses of identity, new imaginings of community, and new expressions of social conflict.

Let's meet up at Big Time Brewing Company at 5pm and then head over to Kane Hall together for this lecture at 6:30pm.

Please register for the event on UW's site and rsvp on this page.

UW registration page:

Online registration on the UW page has ended.  We'll be aiming to get to Kane Hall a little earlier now for standby seating (they said 15-30 seats usually become available).


Big Time Brewing Company

4133 University Wy NE

Seattle, WA 98105


Kane Hall

4069 Spokane Lane

Seattle, WA 98105

January 27, 2015 at 5:00pm - 8pm

Kane Hall (University of Washington)

Thomas C

Will you come?