UC Riverside Presents Tomás Rivera Tribute Event

Community invited to staged reading of the play “Los Moreno” on April 14

Tomás Rivera Tribute Event set for April 14.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside’s Milagros Peña, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), and Tiffany Ana López, the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair, invite the community to attend a special event that honors the life and work of Tomás Rivera. This special event includes a staged reading of the play “Los Moreno,” an interactive music experience by “artivists” Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal Flores and a special introduction to the evening by Rickerby Hinds. The event is on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts located at 3824 Main Street in Riverside.

Written by Mercedes Floresislas, a student in the M.F.A. for Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program at UC Riverside, “Los Moreno,” is a trilingual story about deafness. Incorporating American Sign Language, Spanish and English, it tells of how deafness affects family roles, and the struggle to connect between a deaf teenage boy and his non-signing father when the boy’s mother is detained for possible deportation.

Rivera was UCR’s chancellor from 1979 until his death after a heart attack in 1984. He was the first Hispanic and first minority chancellor in the UC system. He also was an award-winning writer of poems, short stories and literary essays.

“During his time as Chancellor, Rivera championed issues of diversity and inclusion, helping to forge the path for the institution that UCR is today as a national exemplar of diversity,” said Lopez. “Floresislas’ ‘Los Moreno’ represents the matters of community engagement and creative exploration of struggle that Rivera prioritized in his work as an author and administrative leader in higher education. As a playwright, Floresislas has dedicated her work to telling stories about those in our community who have not been represented in the literature and media; in this way, she follows in the spirit of Rivera, who wrote about the lives of migrant farmworkers, including children.”

Admission is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Seating will begin at 6:45 p.m. and is assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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Tiffany Lopez
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E-mail: tiffany.lopez@ucr.edu

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