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

UC Riverside Presents “Sea Seed”

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. ( – 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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:42-08:00February 12, 2016|Categories: News|

Curation of Migration

Anthropology News article by Carrie Ida Edinger on the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop. READ ARTICLE

2017-02-06T13:16:30-08:00December 1, 2015|Categories: News|

Oxford Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage, gives reading on campus

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:42-08:00October 20, 2015|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 departments are facing cutbacks as more attention is paid to science and technology on college campuses. READ FULL ARTICLE

2017-02-06T11:51:13-08:00October 15, 2015|Categories: News|


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

2017-02-06T11:24:00-08:00June 22, 2015|Categories: News|

“Colliding Worlds: When Art, Science and Technology Meet at UC Riverside” Excerpt

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:42-08:00May 29, 2015|Categories: News|

Grant Aims to Increase Faculty Diversity

$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. [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:43-08:00December 15, 2014|Categories: News|

Conference to Examine Latino, Latin American Objects of Devotion

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:43-08:00December 3, 2014|Categories: News|

Salton Sea threatened by inaction, experts say

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 [...]

2016-07-20T10:25:07-08:00November 12, 2014|Categories: News|

Salton Sea Sustainability Issues Addressed

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, [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:43-08:00October 31, 2014|Categories: News|

Immunologist to Discuss Ebola Nov. 4

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?” [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:43-08:00October 24, 2014|Categories: News|

Seminars to Explore Diversity at UCR, Southern California

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:43-08:00October 10, 2014|Categories: News|

“Surfing the Middle East” Author to Speak Oct. 22

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:43-08:00October 3, 2014|Categories: News|

Oct. 1 Lecture to Address Ukraine Crisis and Post-Cold War Politics

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 [...]

2017-05-18T17:30:46-08:00September 18, 2014|Categories: News|