The Humanities+ International Undergraduate Conference, hosted Nov. 17-18, gathered students and scholars to discuss research beyond disciplinary boundaries.

More than 40 students and faculty from Korea University, UCR’s College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, Center for Ideas and Society, and UCR’s own Young Oak Kim (YOK) Center for Korean American Studies, participated in the two-day conference that included a lecture and presentations by students from both institutions regarding humanities-based interdisciplinary research.

Humanities+ International Undergraduate Conference participants. ucr

Research project titles included “Humanities as a Key to the Success of K-pop in Latin America,” “Reading Human Emotion via Deep Learning,” and “Home Gardens as Spaces for Nourishment and Culture in Santa Ana Immigrant Communities.”

The conference was a product of relationship building efforts between Korea University and UCR. Earlier this year CHASS Dean Milagros Peña and YOK Center Director Edward Taehan Chang visited Korea University and the idea for this conference came about subsequently, said Sang-Hee Lee, associate dean for Social Sciences and professor of Anthropology.

Twelve students came from Korea University and 10 UCR Mellon Mays fellows joined them, Lee said. UCR Provost Cindy Larive attended the event and the keynote speaker was Juliet McMullin, professor and associate director for community engagement at the Center for Healthy Communities, which is part of UCR’s School of Medicine.

-Sandra Baltazar Martínez

Inland Empire Business Activity Quarterly Report

Business activity in the Inland Empire grew again in the 3rd quarter, building on growth from the first half of the year, according to the newly released Inland Empire Business Activity Index. The analysis is forecasting sustained growth in the 4th quarter, which would make 2017 the sixth consecutive year of uninterrupted expansion in the region’s business activity.

While the outlook for the Inland Empire economy remains positive, a lack of available workers combined with a limited supply of housing will have a negative effect on the local economy’s ability to grow.

These are some of the results found in the newly released Inland Empire Business Activity Index, produced entirely by the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

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