The Top: Nine Activities To Do Before the School Year Ends

The academic year is coming to an end, but not the on-campus activities!

Come and watch UCR’s Latin American Music Ensemble perform on June 3 at 8 p.m. in ARTS 166.

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events.

This week, we’re featuring upcoming events to check out before the 2015-16 school year comes to a close. Although the academic calendar is winding down to the end, that does not mean that the activities on campus are too! There is plenty to see and do before Commencement hits. 

If you have something you’d like featured in The Top or an activity you’d like to share, email kris.lovekin@ucr.edu

1.‘Toward a Critical Refugee Studies’ Symposium

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Artists, activists, and academics will gather at UCR with a symposium on global displacement on May 25.

Artists, activists, and academics will gather at UCR with a symposium on global displacement. The conference is called, “Toward a Critical Refugee Studies,” and will be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m in Interdisciplinary 1113 and 1128. The event is free and open to the public. Through panel discussions and performances, the conference seeks to further the emergence of Critical Refugee Studies as an academic discipline. Read more on the conference and the panelists on UCR Today.

2. NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2016, by UCR MFA Playwrights

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The New Play Festival will feature full-length plays by students in the UCR MFA Playwriting Program. A different work will be presented at each performance in rotating repertory. There will be four performances, all starting at 8 p.m. and located in the Theatre Lab (HUMN 411), from May 25 to May 28.

3. UCR Javanese Gamelan Ensemble

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The UCR Javanese Gamelan Ensemble will perform on May 26 at 8 p.m. in ARTS 166

The UCR Department of Music presents the UC Javanese Gamelan Ensemble in a concert of traditional and contemporary Javanese music and dance from the country of Indonesia on May 26 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Building Performing Lab (ARTS 166). The ensemble consists of: a set of huge, tuned bronze gongs suspended from a carved serpentine dragon, metal-keyed instruments, xylophones and drums. The performance will be directed by Rene Lysloff and will also feature Javanese artists Gondrong Gunarto as the visiting director and Sri Dwi Wahyuni as the visiting dancer and choreographer.

4. 35th Annual UCR Pow Wow

UC Riverside's NASP is celebrating 35 years of the Pow Wow.

UC Riverside’s Native American Student Programs is celebrating 35 years of the Pow Wow.

Hosted by Native American Student Programs, the 35th annual Pow Wow is an inter-tribal social gathering celebrating Native American culture and traditions through singing, drumming, and dancing that begins Friday, May 27, and continues through Saturday, May 28, at the UCR Sports Complex (1000 W. Blaine St.). Traditional Native American dancers, drum groups, bird singers, and other artists will be present, and vendors will sell food, handmade Native American jewelry, arts and crafts, and other merchandise.

5. ‘How We Can Talk About Policy Without Yelling at Each Other’

The “How We Can Talk About Policy Without Yelling at Each Other" Seminar with Kevin Esterling, professor of political science and public policy.

The “How We Can Talk About Policy Without Yelling at Each Other” Seminar with Kevin Esterling, professor of political science and public policy.

As part of the “Learn about Public Policy,” series, Kevin Esterling, professor of political science and public policy, will speak at the “How We Can Talk About Policy Without Yelling at Each Other,” seminar on Tuesday, May 31, at 1 p.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1109. A brief information session about the UCR Master of Public Policy (MPP) program will follow the seminar. RSVP for the public policy seminar here.

6. Walk and Talk with Leadership

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The next “Walk and Talk with Leadership” opportunity will be on Thursday, June 2 at 12:15 p.m. Meet in front of the Scotty Bear statue! Photo by Bethanie Le

Every month, there is a 30-minute “walk and talk” opportunity with a member of the UCR Leadership team hosted by UCR Wellness Program. The Walk and Talk series was created to encourage the campus community to get healthy, get moving, and get to know the campus.

Your next opportunity to participate will be on Thursday, June 2 with Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Science (CNAS) Kathryn Uhrich. The walk begins at 12:15 p.m. sharp at the Scotty Bear statue, outside of the HUB. For questions, please contact: Julie Chobdee at Julie.Chobdee@ucr.edu.

7.UCR Andean Ensemble: Mayupatapi

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Come and watch UCR’s Latin American Music Ensemble perform on June 3 at 8 p.m. in ARTS 166.

Mayupatapi (meaning “Riverside” in the Quechua language), also known as UCR’s Latin American Music Ensemble, will be hosting an evening of musical selections celebrating South American folk music on June 3 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Building Performance Lab (ARTS 166). This concert is free and open to the public.

8. Los Angeles Poverty Department: ‘Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed’

The theatrical presentation of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s "Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed" will be held on June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Culver Center of the Arts.

The theatrical presentation of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s “Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed” will be held on June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Culver Center of the Arts.

Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed” portrays the struggles faced by members of Los Angeles Poverty Department and how they have grappled with mental health issues. The performance is inspired by the most forward-thinking voices within the mental health profession who believe that gaining a meaningful role in life and realizing an identity of one’s own choosing—parent, wife, actress, docent, worker—is both the method and the goal of treatment. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Greer Sullivan, director of the UCR Center for Healthy Communities, cast and community members. Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Culver Center of the Arts (3824 Main Street, Riverside).

9. Iconic Polyphony

"Iconic Polyphony" (2015), a work for piano and live-electronics by Paulo C. Chagas.

“Iconic Polyphony” (2015), a work for piano and live-electronics by Paulo C. Chagas.

UCR’s Department of Music and ARTSblock presents “Iconic Polyphony,” a work for piano and live-electronics by Paulo C. Chagas. Free and open to the public, the performance will be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Culver Center of the Arts (3824 Main Street, Riverside).

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