We invite Yale, MIT, and Princeton alums to join us for the Los Angeles High Table series aimed at showcasing dynamic speakers in an intimate setting. We especially welcome established alums in fields relevant to the talk and younger alums in all fields. Our first in-person event in over two years features Yale alumni Dr. Victor P. Corona and Dr. Wednesday Martin who discuss how nightlife and female sexuality might evolve as we move past the pandemic and deeper into the 2020s.

Date: Sunday, August 7th
Time: 1:00pm PST – 3:30pm PST
Location: We are lucky to have this event at MIT Alum Kris Swick’s Collective Arts Incubator in Highland Park, an indoor/outdoor space. The address will be provided the Friday prior to the event.
Price: $12 which includes light packaged refreshments
Event format: 30 min mingling, 60 min High Table Program featuring Drs. Corona and Martin, 60 min networking and discussion post-talk with refreshments.
Registration: Visit the MIT Club of Southern California website, or click on the link below. Space is limited, so register early and be sure to attend!

About the speakers:

Dr. Victor P. Corona is a sociologist focused on urban cultures and creative careers. He was born in Mexico City, grew up outside New York in White Plains, and graduated from Yale University in 2003. He received his PhD in sociology from Columbia University in 2009. Over the next several years, he taught at several colleges in New York (at Columbia, New York University, Hofstra University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology).

In New York, Dr. Corona began research for his first book “Night Class: A Downtown Memoir,” published in 2017. The book began as an academic study of New York night life, but soon transformed into a personal journey of Dr. Corona’s evolution from professor outsider to club insider. Along the way, he introduces various famous and yearning-to-be-famous characters in an exploration of the spectacle of New York nightlife. “Night Class” was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was mentioned in a wide variety of publications from The New Yorker to The Daily Mail.

In 2018, Dr. Corona moved to Los Angeles where he currently teaches at Emerson Collage and Cal State LA. He is currently working on a new book about how Hollywood performers are pursuing their dreams.

Dr. Wednesday Martin is a feminist cultural critic and social scientist with a background in anthropology, evolutionary biology, and primatology. She writes about female sexuality, motherhood, parenting, and popular culture. Dr. Martin grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan. She received her PhD from Yale University where she studied the history of anthropology and psychoanalysis. She has taught cultural studies and literature at Yale, the New School for Social Research, and Baruch College; she has also worked in the private sector, where she applied anthropological insights to marketing.

Dr. Martin’s work includes her 2015 #1 New York Times Bestseller “Primates of Park Avenue” where she analyzed her experience living among wealthy stay-at-home moms in Manhattan from an anthropological perspective. Her 2018 book “Untrue” address misconceptions about female sexuality; she argues that woman crave novelty, variety, and adventure at least as much as men, if not more. “Untrue” was an international bestseller and Dr. Martin has been interviewed as an expert by and written in a large number of media outlets (CNN, BBC, etc.) on issues of gender, relationships, and sexuality.

Parking: Street parking is available in the neighborhood.

COVID Protocol: Full vaccination is required to attend and masks are required in all indoor spaces.

For questions concerning registration for the upcoming High Table event, contact Jon at la.hightable.reg at gmail.com.

For all other inquiries (speaking at or hosting a future High Table event, helping to organize future events, etc.) write to Seth at la.hightable at gmail.com.