The Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities (LAIH) was founded in 1998 to stimulate a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas
through events both on the USC campus and off-campus for Institute Fellows and their guests. LAIH hosts bimonthly lunches
for fellows accompanied by lectures from guests representing a variety of disciplines. Steve Wasserman and Steve Ross served
as the initial co-directors of the Institute. Ross initiated the practice of recording the talks given at the luncheons on
an inexpensive cassette recorder. Claude Zachary, University Archivist, took over recording on better equipment beginning
in late 2004. Zachary has continued to record the talks, moving to a digital recorder starting circa 2010. During the COVID-19
epidemic, the lunches were held via Zoom and the LAIH preserved the MP4 video from each meeting. The Los Angeles Institute
for the Humanities digital recordings hold audio and video recordings from the Institute's lunches and is an ongoing collection.
The collection also contains event fliers saved as PDF files, digital images, and speaker presentation files documenting LAIH
264 computer files
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The materials described in this finding aid are digital computer files. The files are saved in the USC Digital Repository
and are not publicly accessible online. Researchers wishing to request access should email firstname.lastname@example.org.