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

UC Humanities Research Institute Award Winners for 2020-21

A banner year for UCR in awards from the UC Humanities Research Institute! UCR students and faculty won 10 awards including two of the most competitive awards in the system: the President’s Faculty Research Fellowship, won by Gloria Kim (Media and Cultural Studies), and the White Graduate Student Scholarship in Medicine & Humanities won by Jared Smith (Philosophy). Kudos to all applicants and this year’s awardees! ✪ Multicampus Graduate Student Working Group XIX to XXI: Bringing Spanish language in California to the forefront Álvaro Gonzelz [...]

2020-06-24T14:13:30-07:00June 17, 2020|Categories: News|

Congratulations to the following Center for Ideas & Society award winners!

Conference Awards ¡Que Viva Mexico! – Transnational Film and Audiovisual Art Paulo Chagas (Music) Nikolay Maslov (Culver Center of the Arts) Co-Productions: Literature, Media and Diaspora in the Japanese Transpacific Anne McKnight (Comparative Literature) John Kim (Comparative Literature) Setsu Shigematsu (Media & Cultural Studies) Traise Yamamoto (English) Catherine Gudis (History) (Re)Draft Manuscript Revision Workshops Undocumented Desires: Fantasies of Latino Male Sexuality Richard Rodriguez (Media & Cultural Studies) The 'Falls' of Rome: Transformations of the City in Late Antiquity (270-603 CE) Michele Salzman (History) Interdisciplinary [...]

2020-04-28T09:57:17-07:00April 21, 2020|Categories: News|

Success! Book manuscript workshop hosted online

The Faculty Commons Latinx & Latin American Studies Workgroup recently hosted an online book manuscript workshop for Xóchitl Chavez (Music), who found the virtual workshop to be very helpful. “I'm sure it would have been nice to share a meal to build further collegial ties,” she said, “but otherwise what is essential at this point is the content from the workshop.” All the participants in the two-hour Zoom session agreed, calling the workshop a “success” and a “great template” for future virtual meetings. For [...]

2020-03-26T10:05:58-07:00March 26, 2020|Categories: News|

Intellectual community just got an upgrade

Dear colleagues, In these stressful times, the work of building community is more important than ever. We’re re-designing our book talks, panel discussions, and reading groups so that you can join in online – where ever you are. As we develop our plans, we would love to hear your ideas for meetings, events or programs that help keep us all in engaged and moving forward. Email us at Check back soon for more details!

2020-03-18T10:08:57-07:00March 18, 2020|Categories: News|

In Focus: Matthew King

Matthew King Mellon Humanities Fellow Department: Religious Studies Rank: Associate Professor # of years at UCR: 5 years Top three texts I would take to a desert island: Sakya Paṇḍita Sakya Lekshé, Annie Dillard Teaching a Stone to Talk, Michel de Certeau Heterologies. Favorite thing: a guitar and Anstruther Lake in my Canadian homeland of Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Favorite films: Three documentaries that I have seen in recent years that I regularly bring to my students—all imperfect portraits but which tend to leave [...]

2019-12-17T15:16:49-08:00December 2, 2019|Categories: News|

In Focus: Marissa Brookes

Marissa Brookes Mellon Humanities Fellow Department: Political Science Rank: Assistant Professor # of years at UCR: I am in my 7th year now. Top three texts I would take to a desert island: Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation; Theda Skocpol’s States and Social Revolutions; Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States Currently listening to: Dillinger Four, Naked Raygun, Danny Brown, Malibu Ken A favorite record I encourage students to listen to is: Propagandhi’s 1993 How to Clean Everything. It’s a political punk classic. Website: [...]

2019-12-02T15:14:23-08:00November 18, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

In Focus: Jody Benjamin

Jody Benjamin Participant, Committee on African Studies Department: History Rank: Assistant Professor Educational background: Ph.D. in African and African American Studies with a concentration in African History, Harvard University, 2016 # of years at UCR: Four Top three texts I would take to a desert island: The best collection of photographs I could find; The Fortunes of Wangrin by Ahmadou Hampate Ba. The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison. Favorite things: music: afrobeat, hip hop, bebop, jazz, reggae; places: libraries, museums, big cities (Dakar, Lagos, New York [...]

2019-10-21T09:15:29-07:00October 10, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

In Focus: Victoria Reyes

Victoria Reyes Participant, Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies, Contested Histories Seminar Department: Sociology Rank: Assistant Professor # of years at UCR: Entering 4th year at UCR but 3rd year on campus because during my first year I was on leave for a Postdoc at University of Michigan Top three texts I would take to a desert island: This is a difficult one…I’d say I would take my phone and internet connection Favorite thing: Philippine brand dried mangoes Website: Q. Your research agenda [...]

2019-10-21T09:15:42-07:00September 4, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

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 Revolution ✪ Dissertation Award Chelsea Silva, English Bedwritten: Middle English Medicine and the Ailing Author ✪ Dissertation Award [...]

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 community events 12 faculty-led projects hosting over 50 guest speakers 11 faculty book talks including Emory Elliott Award winner: Close Encounters with Humankind by Sang-Hee Lee 27 graduate [...]

2019-06-19T10:40:40-07:00June 19, 2019|Categories: News|

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 --- Alejandra Dubcovsky Department of History At the Frontlines of a Forgotten War: Violence, Gender, and Conflict in the Early South ✪ Mid-Career Faculty Manuscript Workshops --- Dana Simmons Department of History Hungry, Thinking with Animals ✪ Mid-Career Faculty Manuscript Workshops --- Erith Jaffe-Berg Department [...]

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

Call for Graduate Fellows: Global 19th Century 2019-20 Workshops

The Global Nineteenth-Century Working Group at the Center for Ideas and Society invites applications for Graduate Student Fellows in 2019-20. The Fellowship includes participation in two events: 1) A one-day, interdisciplinary workshop, loosely organized around the sub-themes of “Architectures,” “Devotional Practices” and “Empires” in the long nineteenth century, to take place on Friday, September 27, 2019. At this event, three local and three invited faculty will share works-in-progress. Graduate fellows will read these works in advance and participate fully in the discussions, lunch, [...]

2019-04-30T08:24:40-07:00April 18, 2019|Categories: News|

Lalami wins leading literary prize

Laila Lalami, a creative writing professor and author of several books, is the winner of the 2019 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize. She was one of five finalists announced last month, selected from authors nominated by publishers, critics, agents, authors, and other author representatives. Lalami, who received a $50,000 prize, said she was thrilled to receive the award and honored to be in the company of the other finalists. “This award is a wonderful gift of time, which I will use to work on [...]

2019-04-15T11:28:57-07:00April 15, 2019|Categories: News|

Lalami on short list for literary prize

UC Riverside Creative Writing Professor Laila Lalami is one of six finalists for the 2019 Simpson Literary Prize, which honors mid-career fiction authors. Lalami is the author of multiple award-winning novels, including her most recent book, “The Moor’s Account.” Her new novel, “The Other Americans,” will be published later this month. The $50,000 Simpson Literary Prize has been awarded annually since 2017 by the Simpson Project, a collaboration of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and UC Berkeley’s English department. The finalists, announced March 6, [...]

2019-03-18T15:48:28-07:00March 18, 2019|Categories: News|

She’s truly the colleague we all hope for

Dana Simmons has devoted her life to teaching. She is an associate professor in the department of history and has been teaching at UC Riverside for 13 years. “With very little, if any, compensation, Dana has been tireless in her efforts to advance the careers of women faculty,” said Goldberry Long, UCR professor of creative writing. “She's truly the colleague we all hope for, one who wants all colleagues to be successful.  She works on their behalf without any apparent desire for recognition or [...]

2019-01-29T16:06:39-08:00January 29, 2019|Categories: News|

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. Stay tuned!

2018-12-18T15:20:55-08:00December 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 for her outstanding contribution to scholarship in CHASS. An award celebration will be hosted in winter 2019. Details coming soon. About the Book What can fossilized teeth tell us about the life expectancy of our ancient ancestors? How did farming play a problematic role in the history of human evolution? How [...]

2018-12-12T15:47:09-08:00December 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 past 100 years, the popularity of population control in the United States has ebbed and flowed. Once considered a responsible way to safeguard the planet and ensure its future viability, population control [...]

2018-11-27T08:51:13-08:00November 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 says is a milestone not just for her but also for the region. Cruz’s poetry collection, “God’s Will for Monsters,” was among 15 winners that the Before Columbus Foundation chose to recognize for  “outstanding literary achievement from [...]

2018-11-15T10:35:35-08:00November 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 beginning that happened billions of years ago,” Lee said, “but this book starts with a question each chapter.  Each chapter is an exploration." The questions challenge the traditional progression of evolution and provide intriguing insights [...]

2018-10-23T15:04:40-07:00October 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. It will support a series of fellowships for faculty members pursuing humanities and humanities-related scholarship, said UCR’s Georgia Warnke, center director and distinguished professor of political science. “This award [...]

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 in modern consumer culture and cultural and urban constructions of race, space, and place. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Smith College and Ph.D. in American Studies (with distinction) from Yale University, where she also won [...]

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 Day-Lewis. It was the actor’s star-making performance in “The Last of the Mohicans” that inspired the Denmark-born Santasilia’s lifelong interest in indigenous peoples and the things they left behind. “I’ve always [...]

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 with over 450 participants 9 faculty-led projects hosting 27 guest speakers 8 faculty book talks including Emory Elliott Award winner: “Miss Burma” by Charmaine Craig 24 graduate dissertation research grants PLUS co-sponsorship of events across campus on [...]

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 the Victorian Fin de Siècle Hannah Manshel: The Freedom of a Broken Law

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. The fellowship sponsors continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Stephen Sohn, a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral fellow (2006-2007), has edited or co-edited a number of different works and [...]

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 Ethnic Studies: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University. Her Master’s Thesis Transnational Belonging: Palestinian Youth Searching for Home interrogates the imagined and real boundaries impacting transnational Palestinian youth movements and belonging to homeland. [...]

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 social sciences. 

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

“Understanding what it means to be human — and why it matters”

If you’ve ever wondered what it means to be human, what our purpose is in the world, and why things happen the way they do, you’re not alone. That’s the mission of the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside — to encourage and nurture humanities-related inquiry and discussion. “The academic disciplines referred to as ‘the humanities’ are often seen as either indulgences or extras in a university setting, which is more likely to be associated with research and innovation [...]

2018-03-08T09:15:58-08:00March 8, 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 exhibition of the same name, which opened in June at the Alta Loma-based gallery. The exhibition, curated by Navajo painter Tony Abeyta, includes pieces from 11 contemporary artists with Native American tribal affiliations, including ceramicists, painters, [...]

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 that is increasingly characteristic of contemporary economic, material, political, and visual relations. Asymmetry is often at the surface of history: where sustained and repeated practices of inequality manifest as image. The asymmetrical is also an [...]

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 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 [...]

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 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 [...]

2017-09-25T13:11:31-07:00September 25, 2017|Categories: News|

Jonathan Walton Arrested at DACA Protest

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 [...]

2017-09-08T10:48:01-07:00September 8, 2017|Categories: News|

Daisy Vargas, History Ph.D. Candidate, Wins Prestigious Fellowship

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 [...]

2017-08-08T16:35:43-07:00August 8, 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 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 [...]

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

When Anthropologists Act as Artifacts #MMTW – Allegra

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 [...]

2017-06-09T15:49:06-07:00June 9, 2017|Categories: News|

Some Thoughts on Movement and the #MMTW – Allegra

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 [...]

2017-06-12T11:15:59-07:00June 9, 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 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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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


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 [...]

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 century. Learn more about Professor Brevik-Zender and her work at

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 support from the Center for Ideas and Society in 2016. Members of the collective are also currently organizing an anthology of key papers.

2017-03-06T16:48:55-08:00March 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 India. Learn more about Professor Verghese and his work at

2017-02-06T14:31:05-08:00February 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 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 [...]

2017-02-06T13:42:37-08:00February 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 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 [...]

2016-12-15T16:47:07-08:00December 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 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 [...]

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, 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, [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:41-07:00September 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.

2017-05-18T17:30:41-07:00July 26, 2016|Categories: News|

Filmmaker, Scholars to Discuss Ethnic Futurisms

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:41-07:00June 2, 2016|Categories: News|