UCR Professor Wins International Award

Derick Fay

Derick Fay

Derick Fay, professor of anthropology, is the recipient of the Center for a Public Anthropology’s Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award.

This international award honors the world’s leading medical humanitarians and anthropologists in the 21st century. Only a select few–less than 1 percent of the faculty teaching anthropology courses across North America–receive this award. Fay is recognized for his exceptional participation in the center’s Community Action Online Project as well as his wider activities in the public sphere.

Fay is also to be commended for how he effectively takes classroom knowledge and applies it to real-world challenges. In actively addressing important ethical concerns within anthropology, Fay provides students with the thinking and writing skills needed to be responsible, global citizens.

Two UCR Professors are Finalists for 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Katie Ford

Katie Ford

Fred Moten

Fred Moten

Katie Ford, associate professor of creative writing, and Fred Moten, professor of English, are finalists for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry. Ford was nominated for “Blood Lyrics: Poems” (Graywolf Press), and Moten was nominated for “The Feel Trio” (Letter Machine Editions), which also was a finalist for a National Book Award.

Five finalists were named earlier this month in each of 10 categories. Winners will be announced during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 18 at the University of Southern California. Eligible books are published in the United States in English during the prize year, with finalists announced in early March of the following year.

Play by UCR Theater Professor Charles Evered Premieres in Los Angeles

Charles Evered

Charles Evered

“Class,” a play by UCR professor of playwriting Charles Evered, will premiere at The Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles on March 18, produced by renowned director Garry Marshall. Performances continue through April 19.

The Falcon Theatre was founded by Marshall, best known for having directed the films “Pretty Woman,” “Valentine’s Day” and “The Princess Diaries.” Marshall was also responsible for the iconic television series “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” “Laverne and Shirley” and the television adaptation of “The Odd Couple.”

“Class” tells the story of Sarah, a young Hollywood starlet seeking lessons from Elliot, an esteemed acting teacher in New York City. In the course of their work together, they learn more about themselves than the craft – and in doing so change each other’s lives forever.

Evered, who is the artistic director in the UCR Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, notes that the play is about mentors and how people can have a positive or negative effect on a young person’s journey.

Read the entire press release online at http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/27812.

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