A unique collaboration between the UCR Palm Desert Center and Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council will showcase 70 works of photography, painting, and sculpture from 49 local artists, including students from the UCR Art Department. The event is one of the largest exhibitions of local, living artists in the Coachella Valley.

“UCR Palm Desert Center has become a hub of artistic exploration and celebration, showcasing the rich diversity of talent we have in the Coachella Valley,” said Tamara Hedges, the executive director of UCR Palm Desert Center, in a news release.

There will also be two demonstrations and discussion days by members of the Artists Council—on Saturday, March 24 and April 21, from 10 a.m. until noon. A wide range of subjects and techniques will be covered, including photography, watercolors, colored-pencil techniques, acrylics and oil painting. There will also be a discussion of art and the Internet, and how artists can promote and sell their work.

The community is invited to attend an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. The event will feature light refreshments, and many of the artists will be in attendance. RSVP now!

If You Go:

Where: UCR Palm Desert Center

When: March 1- April 29

More: https://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/events.html

Exploring the Intersections Between American Indians and the World of Nursing

Several members of UCR’s faculty will discuss their research during the daylong event.

A conference held this week at the UCR Palm Desert Center will explore the relationship between American Indian communities and the world of nursing. Both free and open to the public, the “Healing Hands” conference will be held this Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“American Indian women have been family, community, and tribal nurses for years, and they have gone unrecognized,” said conference co-organizer Clifford Trafzer, a UCR distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs. “During the early 20th century within the Mission Indian Agency of Southern California tribes, non-Indian public health nurses worked hand in hand with Native American home nurses to fight infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis (TB), pneumonia, measles, influenza, whooping cough, and gastrointestinal disorders.

 “Together, Indian and non-Indian nurses dramatically reduced the number of cases and deaths caused by all infectious diseases among Southern California Indians before the use of streptomycin, the only effective antibiotic known to kill TB,” Trafzer added. “This conference will bring together scholars and Indian community members to examine the role and significance of nurses working within the American world of Southern California.”   

The conference will feature presentations from more than 20 scholars based around the country, such as Patricia D’Antonio, a nursing historian at the University of Pennsylvania, and Lorene Sisquoc, curator of Riverside’s Sherman Indian Museum. Topics covered during the event’s sessions will include “Nursing in the United States,” “Healing in Indigenous Communities,” “Nursing in Southern California,” and “Indigenous Art and Language as Good Medicine.”

Several members of UCR’s faculty will discuss their research during the daylong event; Trafzer will participate in the “Nursing in Southern California” session, while Gerald Clarke, an assistant professor of ethnic studies; Allison Hedge Coke, a distinguished professor of creative writing; and Wesley Leonard, an assistant professor of ethnic studies, will participate in the “Indigenous Art and Language as Good Medicine” session.

Co-sponsors of the event include the Rupert Costo Endowment, the Department of History, the UCR Palm Desert Center, the Center for Healthy Communities, the School of Medicine, and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

The UCR Palm Desert Center is located at 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211.

Tess Eyrich

California State Librarian to Speak at UCR

Greg Lucas was appointed California’s 25th State Librarian by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014.

California State Librarian Greg Lucas will visit UCR on Monday, Feb. 26, for a discussion about the evolving role of libraries in contemporary society. Co-sponsored by UCR’s School of Public Policy and the UCR Library, the event will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in room 1113 of building Interdisciplinary South.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Lucas as California’s 25th State Librarian in May 2014. In addition to serving as the primary research library for the California government, the Sacramento-based State Library oversees the allocation of $10 million in funding annually to local public libraries statewide. Under Lucas’ leadership, the State Library has made strides toward improving literacy, signing up more California schoolkids for library cards, and giving communities access to high-speed Internet through a network that connects more than half the state’s 1,100 libraries.

Lucas previously served as chief of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Capitol bureau, covering state politics and policy for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and holds two master’s degrees: one in professional writing from the University of Southern California, and another in information science from San Jose State University.

His presentation, “How Libraries Can Make Your Life Better and Save the World,” is free and open to the public, although online registration is requested. Guests can purchase temporary parking permits from a dispenser in Lot 24.

Tess Eyrich

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