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 Literature & Performance and Chairman of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production Erith Jaffe-Berg; Professor of History Michele Salzman and Associate Professor of History Fariba Zarinebaf — the group met at the Center of Ideas and Society, where other [...]
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 director of UCR’s Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab, bilingualism’s consequences are evident over the entire life span. People who can speak more than one language develop “mental flexibility” that increases openness to new learning, while code-switching, the practice of [...]
Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies speaker and former UC Riverside Professor, Jonathan Walton, was one of the thirty-one professors arrested on Thursday at the DACA protest in Harvard Square. Reverend Jonathan L. Walton was arrested at a protest against the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Timothy R. O'Meara Before the arrests, several professors, one undocumented student, Massachusetts State Representative Marjorie C. Decker, and Memorial Church Minister Jonathan L. Walton spoke of the need to take [...]
Center for Ideas & Society affiliate, Daisy Vargas, is one of the six Ph.D. candidates in the Department of History who have won prestigious fellowships and grants totaling more than $200,000 this year. Daisy has worked on several projects at the Center including Religions in Diaspora and Global Affairs (RIDAGA) and Articul@s Autonm@s. Daisy Vargas has been awarded $25,000 as one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest [...]
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 MMUF is to help diversify college and university faculty by mentoring and preparing undergraduate students for graduate school and academic positions. “UCR’s participation in the MMUF program is a testament to the strength of our student [...]
This post is the third installment of our thread on the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop (MMTW), a project that explores migration and mobility by developing artwork, exhibitions, performances and public interventions. In the first installment, anthropologist and writer Helen Faller talked to Susan Ossman, Artistic Director of MMTW and in part two, performance artist Priya Srinivasan reflected on movement. The Harpin & the Golden Horse The Hairpin (AB): Do you think that only legs can take you this far? And only four of [...]
It was the moment that the sociologist from University of Amsterdam Olga Sezneva announced “I will be a talking artifact” while striking a pose in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam that I knew our collaboration would work and that I was in the right place. The whole group burst into laughter and we continued our work of live performance in the museum engaging with the objects in the museum and also inserting our own objects into the exhibits. I had recently joined the Moving [...]
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 inequality, access to higher education, religious identity and intolerance, and omitted or erased histories. As the debut film in the series, “Daughters of the Dust” is co-sponsored by the UCR Speculative Fiction and Cultures [...]
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 at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where she will do research for a book project exposing the role of women in 19th century French architecture. Anthropologist Derick Fay will return to South Africa, where he has conducted extensive [...]
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 several countries. The project started in 2013 at a seminar where anthropologists and artists developed “creative responses” to my book Moving Matters, Paths of Serial Migration. Since then we have met [...]
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 century. Learn more about Professor Brevik-Zender and her work at complitforlang.ucr.edu.
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 support from the Center for Ideas and Society in 2016. Members of the collective are also currently organizing an anthology of key papers.
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 India. Learn more about Professor Verghese and his work at politicalscience.ucr.edu.
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 durable paper publication to that of the digital, ephemeral product. Since the infrastructure (including staff, resources, and services) necessary to support these new models are very different from those required [...]
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 I’m so moved to play a role in carrying on his formidable legacy.” About the book “Choreographing Copyright” is a new historical and cultural analysis of U.S. dance-makers’ investment [...]
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 broader culture. As a medievalist, Rudolph’s work is lauded not only for its historical rigor, but also for its conceptual daring and theoretical sophistication. Rudolph is known to be a [...]
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, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead, Best Playwright and Best Producer. Keena Ferguson's exceptional one person show "Unbranded" follows with five nominations – Best Director, Best Lighting, Best Playwright, [...]
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.
June 9 conference wraps up yearlong exploration of science fiction through the lens of racial inclusiveness By Bettye Miller on June 2, 2016 A yearlong study of ethnic futurisms concludes with a conference on June 9. Art work by John Jennings RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A yearlong exploration of ethnic futurisms at the University of California, Riverside concludes with a conference on Thursday, June 9, that will feature scholars of science fiction and fantasy literature and a SF filmmaker. The all-day conference, “Narrating the [...]
Conference about globally displaced populations on May 25 By Mojgan Sherkat on May 16, 2016 Tomorrow I Leave, 2010. Image courtesy of Lin and Lam RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – What would you do when your, as Kenyan-born Somali poet Warsan Shire phrases it, “home is the mouth of a shark?” Artists, activists, and academics will gather to tackle that topic at the University of California, Riverside with a symposium on global displacement. The conference is called, “Toward a Critical Refugee Studies,” and will [...]
May 6-7 event is open to the community and concludes a two-year research project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation By Bettye Miller on April 27, 2016 The Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Conference May 6-7 will examine issues and benefits of diversity. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A two-year research project exploring issues and benefits of diversity at the University of California, Riverside and in Southern California will conclude with a conference May 6-7 in downtown Riverside that is open to the public. The [...]
Conference coming to UC Riverside, set for April 8-10 By Mojgan Sherkat on March 22, 2016 Dance performance during the 2012 Show and Prove Hip Hop conference. Photo Courtesy: Amanda 'Lafotographeuse' Adams-Louis RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside is hosting the Show and Prove Hip Hop Studies conference, scheduled for Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Complimentary parking permits are available at the kiosk near the [...]
By Rachel Adair on February 22, 2016 Arts & Entertainment Highlander/ Jeffrey Chang There are very few places that get as dark and empty as downtown Riverside on a Tuesday night at 8 p.m. When I arrived at the Culver Center to watch “Sea Seed,” a staged reading composed by the Sons of Semele Ensemble, a small trickle of visitors to the evening’s play occasionally went from the darkness outside to the white brightness of the Culver Center. The third reading in [...]
The original play will be presented at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts on Feb. 16 By Mojgan Sherkat on February 12, 2016 Erith Jaffe-Berg RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Erith Jaffe-Berg, chair of the theatre, film and digital production department, will present an original play called “Sea Seed” on Feb. 16 at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. The play was developed by members of the theater group the Son of Semele Ensemble and Jaffe-Berg, and inspired [...]
Anthropology News article by Carrie Ida Edinger on the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop. READ ARTICLE
By Robert Lees on October 20, 2015 One of England’s leading poets and current professor of poetry at Oxford Simon Armitage gave a reading followed by a book signing last Wednesday at INTS 1113. He read about 10 poems that spanned his career, from his early work in “Seeing Stars” to his translation of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The crowd was decent sized, with about 40 people which included students as well as professors, many of whom were familiar with Armitage’s wide body [...]
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 departments are facing cutbacks as more attention is paid to science and technology on college campuses. READ FULL ARTICLE
Our 2014-15 Visiting Fellow, Marco Angella, has received a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Pretoria for 2015-2017.
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
Two programs supported by the Center for Ideas and Society, Science Studies Coffee Hour and the upcoming Comics and Medicine Conference, have been featured in the UCR Magazine article "Colliding Worlds: When Art, Science and technology Meet at UC Riverside" By Michelle Woo. Read the following excepts with their mention: Bonding Across Disciplines Connections at UCR form through natural, open- ended conversation, which blooms through programs such as Science Studies Coffee Hour, an intimate forum where faculty, researchers and graduate students of all disciplines can [...]
$500,000 award launches Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program By Bettye Miller on December 15, 2014 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UCR a four-year, $500,000 grant to support a research and mentoring program for undergraduates aimed at increasing diversity among faculty in American universities. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California, Riverside has been awarded a $500,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a research and mentoring program for undergraduates aimed at increasing diversity among faculty in American universities. [...]
Dec. 12-13 event at the Culver Center draws international scholars, artists and museum curators By Bettye Miller on December 3, 2014 RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Scholars, artists and museum curators will examine sacred objects, rituals and visual culture of Latin America and Latinos in a conference at UC Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts on Dec. 12-13. The conference, “Objects of Devotion/Objetos de Devoción,” coincides with an exhibition by Mexican-British photographer Alinka Echeverría, whose photographic series “The Road to Tepeyac” captures pilgrims and the objects they [...]
By Jim Steinberg, The Sun 11/12/14, 3:00 AM PST 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 is ticking to 2017 and we have no consensus about what to do,” said Mark Matsumoto, a UCR professor of chemical and environmental engineering. In two years a court order [...]
Nov. 10 panel to discuss UC Irvine’s Salton Sea Initiative, UC Riverside research By Bettye Miller on October 31, 2014 Sustainability issues of the Salton Sea will be discussed Nov. 10. Photo courtesy of USGS RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Created by accident and once a popular tourist destination, the Salton Sea has been the receptacle for run-off of salt, fertilizers and pesticides from the nearly half a million acres of agricultural land that surrounds it. The Salton Sea Initiative at the University of California, [...]
Ilhem Messaoudi will explain history of current outbreak, prospects for treatments and vaccines By Bettye Miller on October 24, 2014 RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The history of Ebola virus infections that led to the outbreak in West Africa this year and prospects for new treatments and vaccines will be discussed in a lecture presented at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Ilhem Messaoudi, an associate professor in the Division of Biomedical Sciences at UCR, will discuss “Ebola 2014: Facts and Myths & Are We at Risk?” [...]
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards $208,000 grant to Center for Ideas and Society By Bettye Miller on October 10, 2014 RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside’s Center for Ideas and Society has been awarded a $208,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a two-year series of seminars exploring diversity at UCR and in Southern California. The seminar series – “Advancing Intercultural Studies” – will examine changing perceptions of ethnic, cultural and cosmopolitan identities, the practices of immigrant religions and developments in civic and [...]
Journalist Jesse Aizenstat will present Mosten Lecture in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies By Bettye Miller on October 3, 2014 Journalist, filmmaker, author and surfer Jesse Aizenstat will deliver the Mosten Lecture on Oct. 22. Photo courtesy of Jesse AizenstatRIVERSIDE, Calif. – Jesse Aizenstat, author of “Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation,” will present the Forrest S. Mosten Lecture in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at UC Riverside on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in Humanities 411. His lecture, “Surfing [...]
UCR Provost Paul D’Anieri will assess the possibility of a new cold war By Bettye Miller on September 18, 2014 UCR Provost/EVC Paul D’Anieri will discuss the crisis in Ukraine in a lecture Oct. 1. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri will discuss “Anarchy in [the] Ukraine: How Ukraine’s Crisis Represents ‘Post-Post-Cold War’ Politics” in a lecture Oct. 1 presented by the UCR School of Public Policy and Center for Ideas and Society, the humanities research center [...]