Metrolink has opened the 91/Perris Valley Line service, which extends service 24 miles from the Riverside–Downtown Station to South Perris. The extension will provide access to Metrolink service for residents in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

Two stops are adjacent to UC buildings; the Riverside-Hunter Park stop, three miles from UC Riverside, is next to the College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). The Moreno Valley/March Field is adjacent to the UCPath Center (the University of California system’s shared services center serving UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers). An RTC shuttle will service the Hunter Park station and stop at Bannockburn in UCR every 10 minutes. The shuttle will be free for students with a UCR ID.

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Film Boot Camp this Summer

UCR’s Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production will launch its inaugural Summer film production and festival.

The two-session program will train, film and edit an original film; the festival will feature this original piece. This Summer class, TFDP 170, requires registration. Contact Carmen Gomez, production manager:

The festival will include short films from faculty, alumni and current UCR students. Submissions are due Friday, August 1 and should be sent to

Filmmaker, Scholars to Discuss Ethnic Futurisms

A yearlong exploration of ethnic futurisms at the University of California, Riverside concludes with a conference on Thursday, June 9, that will feature scholars of science fiction and fantasy literature and a SF filmmaker.

The all-day conference, “Narrating the Future,” will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Center for Ideas and Society, located in College Building South. It is free and open to the public. Parking permits for Lot 6  may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

The event wraps up the yearlong Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms, a program of scholarly discussions, graduate-level courses, and public lectures, panels, readings, and performances funded by a prestigious $175,000 Sawyer Seminar grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It built on the success of a Latino science fiction conference UCR’s Science Fiction and Technoculture Studiesprogram presented in April 2014, an event believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

“The Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms has hosted an extremely fruitful year of conversations about speculative fiction and diversity, highlighting the dynamic and innovative work in the field by authors and other artists of color and holding a number of panel discussions among scholars of these fields,” said Sherryl Vint, professor of English and a co-principal investigator on the project. “Our events have explored how speculative fiction is a tool that can illuminate the ways that distinct experiences of colonialism, transnational flows of labor, and minority experiences of diaspora are shaped by a multitude of technosocial configurations.”

Artists, authors and scholars who visited UCR in the last year represent the cutting-edge of contemporary work in speculative fiction, she added. Read the full story here.


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