News articles featuring Center for the Ideas and Society events, programs, and projects.

UCR professor’s American Book Award could boost other Inland authors

Author and UC Riverside Professor Rachelle Cruz gives a speech as she accepts an American Book Award on Sunday, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of Cati Porter, Inlandia Institute)

UC Riverside Professor Rachelle Cruz accepted an American Book Award on Sunday, Oct. 28, an honor that the Inland literary community […]

2018-11-15T10:35:35+00:00 November 15, 2018|Categories: News|

Lee Explores Human Evolution in “Close Encounters With Humankind”

Photo by Jimmy Lai/ Student Photographer, CHASS Marketing & Communications

“Close Encounters with Humankind” is not your typical textbook. Every chapter starts with a question. Questions can be about the birth of fatherhood, or farming, or our changing brains.

“A lot of the textbooks talk about the […]

2018-10-23T15:04:40+00:00 October 23, 2018|Categories: News|

The Center Receives $1 Million Grant

In a bold acknowledgment of the University of California, Riverside’s humanities programs, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1 million to the university’s Center for Ideas and Society.

The award, which comes on the eve of the Center for Ideas and Society’s 30th anniversary in 2019, is the largest the center has ever received. […]

2018-07-16T16:54:40+00:00 July 16, 2018|Categories: News|

Catherine Gudis Awarded Engaging Humanities Grant

Congratulations to Catherine Gudis (History), recipient of a UCHRI Engaging Humanities Grant for her project: Skid Row History Museum and Archives.

Catherine Gudis is Director of the Public History Program at UCR and teaches classes in public history and 20th century U.S. history, building on her twin interests […]

2018-06-12T13:20:49+00:00 June 12, 2018|Categories: News|

UCR archaeologist’s exhibition exposes an overlooked ancient Mesoamerican society

Catharina Santasilia (UC Riverside, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology) has been featured in Medium’s latest issue. Santasilia was a participant in the Rise of Civilization in Mesoamerica Conference back in February 2018.

Forget the hat and whip made famous by Indiana Jones. For a preteen Catharina E. Santasilia, her love of archaeology started with Daniel […]

2018-06-12T10:57:37+00:00 June 12, 2018|Categories: News|

Thank you for a great year!

As the academic year draws to a close, we want to THANK YOU for your participation and support!

We’re celebrating another successful year of humanities-oriented programs at UCR. Over the last 12 months, the Center sponsored…

  • 5 conferences & workshops reaching over 360 people
  • 8 community events […]
2018-06-14T11:05:28+00:00 June 11, 2018|Categories: News|

UCHRI Awards Grants to UC Riverside Faculty & Students

Congratulations to Jody Benjamin (History), recipient of a UCHRI Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop award for his project: The Texture of Change: Cloth, Commerce and History in Western Africa, 1700–1850.

Additional kudos for two UCR graduate students who have received Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grants from UCHRI:

Mackenzie Gregg: Plagues that Fascinate: Literary Leprosy and Queer Affect in […]

2018-05-22T14:08:50+00:00 May 22, 2018|Categories: News|

Stephen Sohn Receives NEH Summer Stipend

Congratulations to CIS Senior Fellow Stephen Sohn (English), recipient of a 2018 NEH Summer Stipend for his project: The Korean War (1950-53) in Poetry by Korean Americans. NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. […]

2018-05-01T16:21:37+00:00 May 1, 2018|Categories: News|

Loubna Qutami Awarded UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley

Loubna Qutami (Ethnic Studies) has been awarded a UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley. Congratulations! Loubna, a recent recipient of a CIS Humanities Graduate Student Research award, will complete her dissertation and graduate in June. She has completed a Masters of Arts degree in the College of […]

2018-04-24T15:49:25+00:00 April 24, 2018|Categories: News|

Eric Stanley Awarded UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Eric Stanley (Gender & Sexuality Studies), recipient of the 2018-19 UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship for “Queer Remains: Race, Trans Resistance, and the Aesthetics of Violence​.”  The award program, administered through UCHRI, provides UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project in the humanities and humanistic […]

2018-04-11T09:07:09+00:00 April 11, 2018|Categories: News|

UCR’s Culver Center to Host Sweeping ‘Neo Native’ Contemporary Arts Symposium

An unprecedented four-day symposium hosted by the University of California, Riverside will spotlight Native American artists whose work explores aspects of the contemporary Native American experience.

Held Nov. 1-4, “Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies” further brings to life the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts’ 40-work […]

2017-10-30T15:06:34+00:00 October 30, 2017|Categories: News|

The 2018 MIGC Call for Papers

The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) is an annual event held at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee that supports the sharing and collaboration of national and international graduate student research across disciplines.

Urban development. Access to information technologies. Voting districts. Drone warfare. The asymmetrical identifies a lack of equivalence […]

2017-10-27T15:04:17+00:00 October 27, 2017|Categories: News|

Research group explores social issues in the Mediterranean through the arts

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society-sponsored research group Migration and Conflict Across the Mediterranean kickstarted their year-long project of examining Mediterranean topics on religious conflict and toleration and migration through the arts and exile.

Organized by three UC Riverside professors — Professor of […]

2017-10-27T15:05:44+00:00 October 24, 2017|Categories: News|

UCR Celebrates Launch of Bilingualism Matters

The ability to speak two languages is considered a coveted social and professional advantage in an increasingly globalized society. Less frequently discussed, however, are the cognitive benefits that bilingualism offers to speakers.

According to the University of California, Riverside’s Judith Kroll, distinguished professor of psychology and […]

2017-09-25T13:11:31+00:00 September 25, 2017|Categories: News|

UCR’s First Student Cohort of MMUF to Graduate

In a few short weeks, the University of California, Riverside will graduate its first cohort of students awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). UC Riverside was awarded a $500,000 grant in 2014 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the MMUF program on campus. The purpose of […]

2017-07-26T09:45:09+00:00 June 12, 2017|Categories: News|

“Daughters of the Dust” Kicks Off Free Film Series


The award-winning film “Daughters of the Dust” will kick off a free summer film series at the University of California, Riverside May 12-13.

The series, “Film for Thought,” is part of the Center for Ideas and Society’s Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies project. This two-year project will investigate issues surrounding economic […]

2017-06-09T09:26:04+00:00 May 12, 2017|Categories: News|

Three Scholars Win Fulbright Grants

Three Scholars, all associated with the Center for Ideas & Society, win Fulbright Grants.


April 24, 2017: Fellowships will support research on women in French architecture, conservation-resource rights tensions in South Africa, and the state of religiosity in India.

Heidi Brevik-Zender will hold the 2017-18 visiting professorship […]

2017-05-12T15:26:20+00:00 May 12, 2017|Categories: News|

THE MOVING MATTERS TRAVELING WORKSHOP

AN INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN OSSMAN #MMTW

Excerpt from an interview with Susan Ossman, Artistic Director of the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop, by Allegra Laboratory:

Helen: What is the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop?

Susan: The MMTW is a collective of artists and scholars who develop art together based on their shared experience of living in […]

2017-06-09T15:54:14+00:00 April 20, 2017|Categories: News|

Heidi Brevik-Zender receives Fulbright US Scholar Award

Heidi Brevik-Zender (Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature) has been selected for a 2017-18 Fulbright US Scholar Award.  She will hold the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship at University of Aberdeen, where she will be working on a book-length research project on women, architecture, and the built environment in France in the 19th […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41+00:00 April 5, 2017|Categories: News|

The Critical Studies Collective

The Critical Studies Collective, a UC faculty and graduate student research initiative, received a substantial UCOP award to collaborate across five UCs to develop curricula, symposia, and a website, all devoted to Critical Refugee Studies. UCR’s Lan Duong (Media and Cultural Studies), founding member and co-organizer of the collective, hosted theTowards a Critical Refugee Studies Symposium with […]

2017-03-06T16:48:55+00:00 March 6, 2017|Categories: News|

Ajay Verghese receives Fulbright-Nehru Award

Ajay Verghese, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and current Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society at UC Riverside, has received a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award to fund nine months of research in India. Dr. Verghese will be studying how globalization and modernization are impacting religious communities and identity in contemporary […]

2017-02-06T14:31:05+00:00 February 6, 2017|Categories: News|

2nd annual Digital Humanities Infrastructure Symposium

Plan to attend the second annual Digital Humanities Infrastructure Symposium, February 23-24! The digital humanities represent the cutting edge of humanities research and instruction, but they also represent a fundamental shift in the paradigm of humanities, from the model of the lone scholar to that of the interconnected team; and from the model of the […]

2017-02-06T13:42:37+00:00 February 6, 2017|Categories: News|

Anthea Kraut will receive the Emory Elliott Book Award

UCR Today article by Mojgan Sherkat on this year’s Emory Elliott Book Award winner, Professor Anthea Kraut

“It is truly an honor to be recognized in this way by my own colleagues at UCR,” Kraut said. “I’m also very fortunate in that I got to benefit from Emory’s mentorship while he was still with us, and […]

2016-12-15T16:47:07+00:00 December 15, 2016|Categories: News|

CHASS College Award Recipients

Conrad Rudolph, winner of the 2015 Emory Elliott Award, has received the 2015-16 CHASS Distinguished Research Lecturer Award.

“Dr. Rudolph is an art historian whose research focuses on the art of Medieval Europe, with special attention to the role of visual expression in the articulation of intellectual and theological concepts, and their dissemination into the […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41+00:00 October 6, 2016|Categories: News|

The 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards

UCR’s Rickerby Hinds has been nominated for a NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director on his play “Dreamscape.”

Dreamscape”, a riveting race-related, hip-hop production depicting the death of a 19-year-old young lady killed by a local police department and examined by a dispassionate County Coroner leads in Local nominations with six – Best Choreographer, Best Director, […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41+00:00 September 30, 2016|Categories: News|

The Maya Music Project

 

Jared Katz (UCR Anthropology PhD candidate) developed the Maya Music Project to help engage and educate summer school students in archaeology and ancient Mayan culture. The project was funded by the Center for Ideas and Society and the UC Public Scholars Program, a collaborate grant designed to support & develop community internships. […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41+00:00 July 26, 2016|Categories: News|

Huntington Library and UC Riverside

By Larry Gordon, LA Times

In an effort to promote scholarship in the humanities, the Huntington Library will subsidize the hiring of two professors at UC Riverside and host them as researchers for two years.

Plans being announced Wednesday describe the program as a way to help support the study of humanities at a time when some […]

2017-02-06T11:51:13+00:00 October 15, 2015|Categories: News|

Humanists@Work

Congratulations to UCR’s Jose Medrano, Hispanic Studies, for being one of six students selected for the Humanists@Work graduate student advisory committee!

Humanists@Work is a UC-wide initiative geared towards UC Humanities and humanistic Social Science MAs and PhDs interested in careers outside/alongside the academy. Learn more

2017-02-06T11:24:00+00:00 June 22, 2015|Categories: News|

Grant Aims to Increase Faculty Diversity

students on campus The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UCR a four-year, $500,000 grant to support a research and mentoring program for undergraduates aimed […]

2017-05-18T17:30:43+00:00 December 15, 2014|Categories: News|

Salton Sea threatened by inaction, experts say

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun

RIVERSIDE >> Experts speaking at UC Riverside on Monday say the problem with a shrinking Salton Sea was identified some 50 years ago but the remoteness of the site has partially kept it off the fix agenda.

“Here we are at almost 2015 and the clock […]

2016-07-20T10:25:07+00:00 November 12, 2014|Categories: News|

Immunologist to Discuss Ebola Nov. 4

Ilhem Messaoudi will explain history of current outbreak, prospects for treatments and vaccines

Ilhem Messaoudi

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The history of Ebola virus infections that led to the outbreak in West […]

2017-05-18T17:30:43+00:00 October 24, 2014|Categories: News|