UCR Presents Lecture Series to Offer Four Events During Spring ’14

Adam Davidson, Laverne Cox, Laura Ling, and Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation will provide unique, diverse perspectives


UC Riverside Presents features four diverse events during spring quarter.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The UC Riverside Presents Lecture Series continues in spring quarter 2014 with four impressive presentations that are dedicated to sharing the stories of unique individuals to the Riverside community.

The lectures, which will be held in University Theatre, are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in Lot 6 for each event.

“UC Riverside Presents has been offering cultural and lecture events to the Riverside community for over 40 years,” said Brennan Zerba of the Highlander Union Building. “This quarter, we will be hosting four talented speakers, each with their own unique stories to share. These lectures are a great way  to hear first-hand accounts of real world situations and to open these discussions to the Riverside community as a whole.”

The lecture series schedule is as follows:

  • On Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m., Adam Davidson of National Public Radio’s Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine will present “How Screwed Are You?,” which will discuss student debt and the job market. Davidson is a winner of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize and he has won Peabody, DuPont-Columbia and George Polk Awards. His documentary on the housing crisis, The Giant Pool of Money, was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by the Arthur L. Carter of Journalism Institute at New York University.
  • On Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. actress and trans-gender activist Laverne Cox, star of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Orange is the New Black, will present “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood. Her lecture will discuss transgender visibility and equality through diverse and three-dimensional transgender stories in the media. Presented in Partnership with the LGBT Resource Center
  • On Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. (editor’s note: time has changed to 6:30 from the original 6 p.m.), the series will present The Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation in recognition of the donation of memorabilia and film archives by Craig “Spike” Decker to the UCR Libraries Special Collections. The festival got its start in the city of Riverside before becoming a staple at college campuses nationwide.
  • On Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m., journalist and writer Laura Ling will present Journey of Hope, which recounts the story of her and colleague Euna Lee being arrested and held captive for five months in North Korea in 2009. Ling was in North Korea to report on the trafficking of North Korean women and was set free only after former President Bill Clinton traveled to Pyongyang to speak with leader Kim Jong Il. She will also speak on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world. Ling is currently the host and reporter on the documentary series E! Investigates. Presented in Partnership with Asian Pacific Student Programs.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Brennan Zerba, programs associate
Tel: (951) 827-5776
E-mail: highlanderunion@gmail.com

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