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Writer, performer and sexuality expert Wazina Zondon, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 7, for a talk that focuses on the connection between homophobia and Islamophobia.

She is the co-writer and co-performer of “Coming out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love,” a personal storytelling performance. She is also in an HBO documentary called “The Out List,” which is currently streaming on Netflix. Zondon is a Muslim Afghan raised in New York City.

“We’re thrilled to bring Wazina to UCR, especially at this critical time where many of our students and community members are feeling targeted due to characteristics of their identities,” said Denise Davis, the director at the Women’s Resource Center at UCR. “Wazina’s story speaks to her lived experience of carrying intersecting marginalized identities, and how she’s found sources of strength and empowerment.”

Join Wazina Zondon:

  • Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in HUB 355.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the UCR’s Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, and UCR’s Diversity and Inclusion.

New Exhibition At UCR ARTSblock

San Francisco Earthquake, 1906, Keystone-Mast Collection UCR, CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY

The California Museum of Photography (CMP) at UCR ARTSblock presents “Michael Lesy: Looking Backward,” a new exhibition of stereographic photographs and technology that presents a portrait of the world at the beginning of the 20th century.

The exhibition opens March 11 and continues through July 15.

Stereoscopic photographs are images that appear three-dimensional when seen through a special viewer called a stereoscope.

“In the images, we see stark class divisions and unsettling glimpses of daily life a century ago. Yet, somehow it feels fresh too, as if they were warnings of a future that is now the present. This sense of time travel through photography is enhanced by the stereographs that were a progenitor to current virtual reality technology, such as today’s, consumer virtual reality goggles,” said Leigh Gleason, curator of collections at CMP.

Lesy will lecture and conduct a book signing, followed by a reception. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. His book, “Looking Backward,” will be sold exclusively at UCR ARTSblock until its official release in bookstores worldwide in mid-April.

Mastering Midlife and Beyond: Saturday Seminars

A team of nationally acclaimed experts will launch the nation’s first university curriculum for managing the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of midlife and beyond at UCR’s Palm Desert Center in March. The series of seminars, dubbed “Second Half Institute,” are offered via UCR Extension.

In recent years, tens of millions of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s have found themselves facing career, financial and personal challenges. They have seen their careers derailed and nest eggs devastated by economic uncertainty.

Over the course of this dynamic program, participants will meet, learn from, and personally interact with America’s leading experts on successfully managing and flourishing in life’s second half.

Seminar Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 4, The Joy of Reinvention: Discovering New Passion, Profits, and Purpose in your 40s and Beyond
  • Saturday, March 21, Midlife Reimagined: The New Science, Art, and Possibility of our 40s, 50s, and 60s

Register for $179 and bring a friend for $70 more ($249 total).

For more information, visit the UCR Extension website or call (951) 827-4105

Adventures of the Mind: Believing in God


The Palm Desert Lecture Series continues with “Adventures of the Mind: Believing in God.” Join Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology, and Peter Graham, professor of philosophy, in a conversation about the origins and nature of belief in a higher power.

Richert will discuss how the concept or idea of God goes from being an external, cultural and religious belief to being internalized as a concept in a child’s mind. Some cognitive scientists argue that belief in God is easily transmitted across generations because of the nature of cognitive and cultural evolution.

In his presentation, Graham will raise questions such as: When philosophers talk about God, what are they talking about? And how do we know that God exists, or doesn’t exist?

Join Richert and Graham:

    • Wednesday, March 8: 6- 7:30 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Campus

Read the press release at the Center for Ideas and Society website or call (760) 834-0800 for more information.

UC to Reverify Family Member Eligibility for Health Benefits

In April, Secova, Inc., working with UC Human Resources, will begin reaching out to certain employees and retirees to reverify the eligibility of some dependents for health and welfare benefits.

If you are selected as part of this reverification process, Secova will request information verifying the current eligibility of your spouse or domestic partner, grandchildren or legal wards. It is important to follow all instructions carefully; failure to respond to, or comply with, the Family Member Eligibility Verification notifications sent by Secova may result in the de-enrollment of your unverified dependents.

The university has a fiduciary responsibility to California taxpayers and plan participants to ensure the best possible management of its health care benefits. To responsibly manage UC resources, it is essential that health plan members enroll only those family members who are eligible for UC-sponsored health insurance — and de-enroll them if they lose eligibility. While all faculty and staff have verified these family members in the past, this reverification process is an opportunity for the university to ensure that information about enrolled family members is up to date.

Visit the University of California website to learn more.

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