Books and their authors will be the stars of the weekend, but the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the University Park Campus has fun and educational attractions for all ages featuring university experts. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store at the free event April 18-19 (to find out more about USC events at the festival, visit USC’s Festival of Books website; for full information on the event, visit the LA Times’ Festival of Books website).
- The USC Health and Wellness Pavilion (Booth 864), hosted by Keck Medicine of USC, will feature free screenings throughout the weekend, including vision, dental and melanoma screenings. Experts from Keck Medicine, the USC Eye Institute, USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will present a full schedule of sessions on topics ranging from vision and sleep problems to weight and stress management and coping with reduced vision.
- The USC Civic Engagement booth (701) will feature a full schedule of literary, art, education and cultural programs designed to inform and engage neighborhood families, including activities for parents and for children of all age ranges. The booth is presented by USC Civic Engagement, the USC Good Neighbors Program and the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
- The Joint Educational Project of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will feature its ReadersPLUS program, which introduces university students as academic mentors to students from schools around the USC University Park Campus. Activities led by Weemes and Vermont elementary schools, Foshay Learning Center and Alexander Science Center are Saturday; Norwood and Mack elementary schools and the 32nd Street USC magnet school are up Sunday.
- Panel discussions in the new Wallis Annenberg Hall will cover wind-ranging topics including empowering youth through the arts, power and politics in Los Angeles, how to write your memoir and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
- The USC Roski School of Art and Design and the California Art Club booth (Booth 971) will feature ceramics Saturday and drawing with a live model Sunday, with painting en plein air (in the open air) both days.
- The USC Summer Programs area (Booth 714) will introduce visitors to the university’s two- and four-week college immersion programs for high school students.
Musical acts will take the USC Stage on Hahn Plaza (near the Tommy Trojan statue) all weekend, starting each morning with the USC Trojan Marching Band. A wide range of acts are scheduled, from a cappella and pop to alternative, neo-soul and folk — and even a Korean dance and drumming group.
Also during the event, the LA Times’ new speaker series debuts with best-selling author and popular TED speaker Malcolm Gladwell, at 1 p.m. on April 19 in Bovard Auditorium; tickets ($27.50-$100) to see Gladwell can be bought online.