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UCHRI Award Winners

Congratulations to the following UCR faculty and students for being awarded a UCHRI grant for the year 2019-20!

Alisa Bierria, Ethnic Studies
Feminist Anti-Carceral Research Initiative
✪ Engaging Humanities Grant

Michelle Dizon, Media and Cultural Studies
Fugitive Archives
✪ Engaging Humanities Grant

Dana Simmons, History
Humanities Careers in Science History, Policy, and Communication (H-SCHIP)
✪ Grad Professionalization Workshop Grant

Samuel Fullerton, History
Sex and the English […]

2019-06-26T08:55:06-07:00June 25, 2019|Categories: News|

Thank you for another great year!

On behalf of everyone at the Center, we want to thank you for your continued participation and support!

In addition to celebrating the Center’s 30th Anniversary, we’re celebrating another successful year of humanities-oriented programs at UCR. Over the last academic year, Center-sponsored events reached over 800 people through…

  • More than 15 conferences & workshops
  • Over 20 […]
2019-06-19T10:40:40-07:00June 19, 2019|Categories: News|

The Future of the Academy, One Student at Time

“The Center for Ideas and Society has created, and sustains, an environment for critical inquiry, collaboration, and scholarship. Their research funding, and support of graduate student working groups fosters stronger interdisciplinary and multi-campus collaboration…. The Center created an environment of inquiry, learning, and collaboration during my graduate studies at UCR.” ~Dr. Daisy Vargas […]

2019-05-20T13:46:41-07:00May 9, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

UCHRI Grant Award Winners

Congratulations to the following UCR faculty for being awarded a UCHRI grant for the year 2019-20!

Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi
Department of History
Imagine Lagos: Speculative Cartography and the Making of a 19th Century African City
✪ Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop

2019-05-08T08:26:59-07:00April 30, 2019|Categories: News|

In Focus: Farah Godrej

Farah Godrej
Senior Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, 2017-2020

Department: Political Science
Rank: Associate Professor
Years at UCR: 12
Favorite places:  Walking the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, or strolling the coast along the Pacific Ocean.  Staring at nature, whether in the form of plants, trees, fauna, or water, is a crucially […]

2019-04-30T11:15:24-07:00April 30, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

2019-20 Mellon Humanities Fellows

Introducing the 2019-20 Mellon Humanities Fellows at the Center for Ideas and Society.
Please join us in congratulating our colleagues who have received a year-long residency fellowship at the Center.

David Biggs

Over the next […]

2019-04-17T09:54:01-07:00April 21, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

In Focus: Stephen Sohn

Stephen Sohn
Senior Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, 2017-2020
Mellon Term Professor 2019-2020

Stephen’s Stats:
Department: English
Rank: Professor
Years at UCR: 5 years
Favorite sport: Tennis
Current favorite television show: Killing Eve and The Good Place (tie)
Preferred desserts: Anything custard based!
The text I cannot do without: […]

2019-04-09T09:21:43-07:00April 8, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

Leading the Way

Over the course of 30 years, the Center’s faculty directors have inspired new initiatives and opportunities for research through their vision, intellectual generosity and commitment to service.

In the late 1980’s, Bernd Magnus envisioned a Humanities Center with what was at the time a new and innovative […]

2019-03-26T11:19:41-07:00March 26, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

In Focus: Jade Sasser

Jade Sasser
African Studies Workgroup, Co-organizer, Humanities Interdisciplinary Project, 2018-19

Jade’s Stats:
Gender & Sexuality Studies
Rank: Assistant Professor
Years at UCR: 5 years
Favorite things: Swimming, coffeeshops, and karaoke
Non-academic class I would love to teach: “Motown Music for Beginners”
Top three most important texts: Feminist Political Ecology (Rocheleau, et al.); Gender and Climate Change (Nagel); and […]

2019-03-25T09:36:30-07:00March 6, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

A Spirited Exchange of Ideas

In 1990, the Center’s Resident Faculty Program sponsored three, quarter-long faculty groups the members of which, relieved of teaching for the quarter, met each week with an ambitious plan: to pursue their own research alongside a collective, interdisciplinary agenda. The first year, eighteen scholars attempted to do just that.

At first, results were mixed. Contrasting methods […]

2019-03-06T14:20:52-07:00March 6, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

In Focus: Donatella Galella

Donatella Galella
Performing Difference, Project Lead, Faculty Commons Project, 2018-19
Casting in Color, Project Lead, CIS Conference, 2019

Donatella’s Stats:

Department: Theatre, Film & Digital Production
Rank: Assistant Professor
Years at UCR: 4 years
Favorite […]

2019-02-26T09:52:41-07:00February 26, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

In Focus: Robb Hernández

Robb Hernández
Arte Público, Project Lead, Humanities Interdisciplinary Project, 2018-19

Robb’s Stats:
Department: English
Rank: Assistant Professor
Years at UCR: 7 years
Favorite place: Boulder, CO (what can I say, I’m a proud hometown kid!)
Favorite film that I encourage students to see: Mona Lisa Smile (Columbia Tristar, 2003) I love the way that Katherine Watson (played by Julia Roberts) is able to use […]

2019-02-04T16:55:01-07:00January 30, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

Distinguished Guests

From its founding in 1989 through 2008, the Center hosted an all-star academic lineup of humanist scholars in its flagship program: the Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellowships. For almost 20 years, the program invited eminent professors to host quarter-long faculty seminars on a topic of their choosing. Faculty guests and research agendas included Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak […]

2019-01-24T10:27:07-07:00January 23, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

In Focus: Christina Soto van der Plas

Christina Soto van der Plas
Second Project Fellow in Residence, Winter 2019

Christina’s Stats:
Department: Hispanic Studies
Rank: Assistant Professor
Years at UCR: 2 years
Favorite thing: Sitting on a bench, painting the beautiful and chaotic scenery of the Port of Los Angeles at San Pedro.
Top three texts to take to a desert island:

2019-01-22T11:52:58-07:00January 15, 2019|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

How it All Began

Bernd Magnus, Center founding director, at a reception for faculty fellows, 1990.

Thirty years ago, the university had a radical idea: an interdisciplinary, collaborative research center at Riverside that would, in the words of the Center’s founder and first director, Bernd Magnus, “build bridges not only within…but […]

2018-12-19T09:43:14-07:00December 19, 2018|Categories: 30th Anniversary|

Happy Holidays

Warm wishes from everyone at the Center for Ideas & Society! This coming year in 2019, the Center will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary. As we move forward into the new year, we will look back at the Center’s history and impact over the last 30 years. […]

2018-12-18T15:20:55-07:00December 17, 2018|Categories: News|

2018 Emory Elliott Award Winner

The Center for Ideas and Society is pleased to announce that the winner of the annual Emory Elliott Book Award is Sang-Hee Lee for Close Encounters with Humankind. Please join us in congratulating Sang-Hee […]

2018-12-12T15:47:09-07:00December 12, 2018|Categories: News|

Climate change is worsening, but population control isn’t the answer

UCR News Article on upcoming Hot off the Presses speaker, Jade S. Sasser and her new book: “On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change.”

Jade S. Sasser’s new book highlights contemporary population control’s consequences for poor women in the Global South.

Over the […]

2018-11-27T08:51:13-07:00November 27, 2018|Categories: News|

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 […]

2018-11-15T10:35:35-07:00November 15, 2018|Categories: News|

The Rise of the Promotional Intellectual

The main tasks of a professor are to teach and do research. The two sometimes vie for priority, but together they encapsulate what we expect professors to do, and they take the bulk of weight in yearly evaluations, tenure judgments, and other professional measures.

Now, it seems, a new task has […]

2018-08-07T15:52:50-07:00August 7, 2018|Categories: Director's Corner|

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. […]

2018-07-16T16:54:40-07:00July 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 […]

2018-06-12T13:20:49-07:00June 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 […]

2018-06-12T10:57:37-07:00June 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 […]
2018-06-14T11:05:28-07:00June 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 […]

2018-05-22T14:08:50-07:00May 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. […]

2018-05-01T16:21:37-07:00May 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 […]

2018-04-24T15:49:25-07:00April 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 […]

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

Whose University Is It Anyway?

TOWARD THE END of his life George Orwell wrote, “By the age of 50, everyone has the face he deserves.” The same is true of societies and their universities. By the time a society reaches its prime, it has the university it deserves. We have arrived there now in Canada, in the middle age of […]

2018-03-08T11:24:27-07:00March 8, 2018|Categories: Director's Corner|

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 […]

2017-10-30T15:06:34-07:00October 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 […]

2017-10-27T15:04:17-07:00October 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 […]

2017-10-27T15:05:44-07:00October 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 […]

2017-09-25T13:11:31-07:00September 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 […]

2017-07-26T09:45:09-07:00June 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 […]

2017-06-09T09:26:04-07:00May 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 […]

2017-05-12T15:26:20-07:00May 12, 2017|Categories: News|



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 […]

2017-06-09T15:54:14-07:00April 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 […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41-07:00April 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 […]

2017-03-06T16:48:55-07:00March 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 […]

2017-02-06T14:31:05-07:00February 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 […]

2017-02-06T13:42:37-07:00February 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 […]

2016-12-15T16:47:07-07:00December 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 […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41-07:00October 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, […]

2017-05-18T17:30:41-07:00September 30, 2016|Categories: News|