In December 2013, the Center relocated to College Building South (CBS) on the UC Riverside campus. The historic structure, built in the early 1900, was originally home to the Director of the Citrus Station. Over the years, the building has housed the CHASS Dean’s office and various campus research centers.

Nestled among trees at the outer edge of campus, the Center’s facilities offer a retreat-like setting for researchers and campus events. The Director’s Garden, complete with shaded benches and a lily pond, provides a welcome break or an ideal venue for outdoor events.

Book a Room at College Building South

Room Description Occupancy
Conference room For lectures and conferences needing AV 30-35 people
Meeting room For meetings, discussions, and lunches 8-15 people
Director’s Garden For outdoor events 20-25 people
Reading room For research, meetings, and discussions 9 people

When not in use by our project teams, our rooms and meeting spaces are available free of charge to campus departments and programs. Due to limited staffing, we cannot provide on-site logistic or technical support. Requesting departments may use our chairs and equipment but are responsible for cleanup and repairs.

Rooms requests are submitted to Renee DeGuire via an online form. If you have questions about the feasibility of hosting your event here, she can be reached by phone at (951) 927-1556 or renee.deguire@ucr.edu.


Center for Ideas & Society Library

The Center also houses a Faculty Book Collection, located in the conference room. The collection contains books and media by UCR CHASS faculty, including books from the Hot off the Presses series. If you would like to donate your book to the collection, please contact jessica.difilippo@ucr.edu.


Stonehaven Apartments

To support a long-term visiting humanities researcher (post-docs, visiting faculty, fellowships, etc) at UC Riverside, the campus provides a furnished apartment at Stonehaven Apartments free of charge for one full academic year. Administration of the scholar’s trip and faculty sponsorship must be coordinated through CHASS departments. In addition to the apartment, the Center can provide an office for the scholar and the use of conference rooms for meetings or a public research lecture.

There is only one apartment available so we encourage you to place your requests well ahead of time. We will maintain a waitlist for up to three years.