Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Federal Citizenship Office Promotes Immigrant Assimilation in Southland

A federal administrator appointed by President Bush visited the Southland Thursday to push an assimilation initiative for immigrants regardless of their citizenship status. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Educators Criticize Proposed Cuts

Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed deep cuts to public schools and colleges next fiscal year as part of a plan to close a two-year, $14-billion spending gap. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says educators are concerned.

Poets in Southland Gather for Benefit of Ailing Writer

It's not easy to locate a concentrated literary community in the Southland. Some people blame the geography; it's so spread out, there's no central gathering place. But KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the recent news of a well-known L.A. poet's illness has generated enough support to defy expectations.

LAUSD Payroll Problems Continue

The Los Angeles Unified School District's new payroll system came online a year ago and it continues to issue incorrect paychecks, though not as many as before. Administrators say the fixes they ordered months ago are working. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited the help center at district headquarters on Monday.

California Educators Brace Themselves for Proposed Budget Cuts

Governor Schwarzenegger delivers his State of the State on Tuesday and releases his annual budget proposal two days later. In both, Schwarzenegger is expected to prescribe remedies for a budget gap over the next two years. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that those proposals include mid-year cuts to public education.

Southland Band Blends Cambodian and Psychedelic Sounds

Los Angeles is known for its ethnic diversity, but very few bands climb into the rhythmic and aural spaces where cultures overlap. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that one Southland band loves hanging out in that space.

UCLA Professor Says Academia Overlooks Importance of Chicano Literature

A UCLA professor wants to see universities overhaul the way they teach the literature of the West's fastest growing ethnic group: Latinos. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports she's presenting her ideas at an academic conference this week.

Area Professor Advocates a Revisit of 18th Century 'Peace' Text

As we head toward the presidential primaries, debate continues over the war in Iraq. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says academics gathering this week plan to engage in their own discussion about war. They're calling it "On the Enigma of Peace."

USC Prof Studies How People Talk About Art

The search for the right thing to say about a work of art at a gallery goes back centuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a Southland scholar who researched the topic for an academic conference later this week. The professor has written a paper called "Art Appreciation for Renaissance Dummies."

County Holiday Celebration Returns to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Southland Christmas Eve tradition celebrates its 48th year beginning this afternoon. More than 40 dance, instrumental and vocal groups will perform at downtown L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event is free. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez joined one performance ensemble recently as it prepared for the big event.

Getty Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

This past weekend, the Getty Center launched a three-month celebration to mark its 10th anniversary. Most agree the Getty is a must-see destination, but KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that not everyone agrees about the Getty Center's effects on the Southland art scene.

Season's Givings: Long Beach Group Needs Help to Run Therapeutic Pools

As part of our month-long "Season's Givings" series, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez tells about a a non-profit group called California Pools of Hope. The group has operated a therapeutic pool in North Long Beach for more than four decades and is looking for volunteers to help out.

UCLA Class Analyzes Rise of "Hegemonic Humor"

Latino activists say there has been an increase in anti-Latino humor on mainstream TV, moving the rhetoric from the fringes of political debate to front and center. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a UCLA professor who's devoting a class to what's called "hegemonic humor."

Philharmonic's Incoming Dudamel Gives L.A. a Much-Anticipated Preview

The L.A. Philharmonic's conductor in-waiting, Gustavo Dudamel, was in Los Angeles last week for a series of concerts. It was his first concert performance here since the Phil announced earlier this year that Esa-Pekka Salonen will pass the baton to him in about a year and a half. Dudamel's conducted in L.A. before, but lots more anticipation accompanied this visit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that orchestral music lovers were eager to hear for themselves whether the 26-year-old Venezuelan wonder would deliver.

Jefferson High School Program Aims to Ease Tensions, Broaden Horizons

Two and a half years ago, a series of racially charged brawls broke out at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. In their aftermath, the school district overhauled administration at the campus and poured resources into the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a new program at the campus intended to ease racial tensions and encourage college going.