Writers Resist Returns for a Night of Free Expression

Readers will present work in resistance to attacks on principles of freedom and justice in our community.

UCR’s next Writers Resist event, featuring undergraduates, graduate students, faculty writers, alumni, and Inland Empire writers and artists, will be held Thursday, May 31, from 5-7 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary Round Lab, INTS 1111. Participants will share works of resistance as part of the national movement.

The event, organized by the Department of Creative Writing in collaboration with Pen America, began as a literary protest in response to the January 2017 presidential inauguration to signal that all eyes, ears, and pens are trained on Washington. Guests are invited to come and support the Riverside writing community in their efforts to resist attacks on principles of freedom and justice in the community.

For more information, including the list of readers presenting works of resistance, please visit here.

Find more information about the movement at writersresist.org.

This event is free and open to the campus.

UCR Writers Join Forces to Benefit Artist Residency for Veterans

Charles Evered, professor of playwriting, will introduce his UCR colleagues at a reading to benefit the Charles J. Evered House, an artist residency for veterans named in his father’s honor.

The “CJE House,” located near the Joshua Tree National Park, will host three residents per year, including writers, painters and musicians. In addition, those who work in conflict zones, including war reporters and combat photographers, will be encouraged to apply.

The CJE House is a program division of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a non profit 501 (C) (3) organization, also located in Joshua Tree.

The program will consist of an introduction by Evered, brief remarks by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, (himself a graduate of the United States Military Academy), followed by short readings by Allison Hedge Coke, Susan Straight, and Loren Masters. Readings will be followed by a Q&A period.

Event is free, though donations are appreciated.

If You Go:

Call for Readers for Next Writers Resist

This will be the second Writers Resist event held at UCR

Writers Resist is returning for another evening of free expression. UCR undergraduates, graduate students, faculty writers, alumni, and Inland Empire writers and artists are invited to participate in the event on May 31. Read your work in resistance to attacks on principles of freedom and justice in our community.

The event is a literary protest and show of strength that began just before the January 2017 Presidential inauguration to signal that all eyes, ears, and pens are trained on Washington. This will be the second Writers Resist event held at UCR.

If you would like to share your work, please submit your intent to read and your genre, major (if applicable), and affiliation to UCR or the Inland Empire to ucrwritersresist@gmail.com by Saturday, May 12.

Writers Resist will be held Thursday, May 31 from 5-7 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary Round Lab, INTS 1111. This event is free and open to the campus.

Find more information about the movement at writersresist.org.

Urban Pomegranate Grove Added to Parking Lot 24

Fiona Duong, 22, planted one of the pomegranate trees on the Southside of parking lot 24, on April 20, 2018. UCR

Pedestrians who walk by parking lot 24 now have a row of newly planted pomegranate trees to admire – and eventually supply them with fruit.

John Chater, a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and a 2016 University of California Global Food Initiative fellow, brought the first 13 trees to lot 24 on a recent weekday. The intention behind this project, the first of two phases, is to make pomegranates – a nutrient-dense fruit – accessible to the campus community. Eventually, lot 24 will have a total of 25 trees.

Read the full story.

UCR to Hold the 9th Annual UC Walks 

UC Walks promotes wellness and an active lifestyle and will be held on May 16.

Join the systemwide effort to promote an active lifestyle, Wednesday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. All UCR faculty, staff, and students are welcome. There will be free T-shirts, games, raffle prizes, healthy snacks, and chair massages — first come, first serve.

UC Walks is coordinated by the respective wellness programs of each UC campus. UC Walks promotes wellness by encouraging the campus community to take time out of their day to walk. The event also aims to build community and campus spirit throughout the UC system.

For more information, check out the UC Walks flyer and the promotional video. For questions, please contact Nicole Vargas at (951) 827-5082 or at nicole.vargas@ucr.edu.

To register click here.

If you go:

  • Where: UCR Outdoor Track
  • When: May 16th
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-Samantha Stanfill

Hispanic Community Invited to Explore the Sciences at UCR

Flyer with pictures of lab vile and bubbles

“Fiesta Familiar: Explorando la Ciencia Juntos” will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19

Spanish-speaking families are invited to get a taste of UCR’s programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at a free community event held entirely in Spanish. The “Fiesta Familiar: Explorando la Ciencia Juntos” will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Student Recreation Center (SRC) MAC Gym, 800 West Linden St. Parking is free in UCR Lot 24 at Canyon Crest Drive and West Linden.

Children, teens, college students, and adults are invited to explore the sciences through 20 different activities. Participants can discover the smell of a galaxy and the sound of the sun, build their DNA, turn silver-colored coins golden, take part in an archeological dig, and much more. Participants can talk to scientists and take a campus tour in Spanish. There will be free snacks, telescope raffles, and prizes.

The event is sponsored by UCR’s Astronomy Division and Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center with support from the CNAS Dean’s Office and several other sponsors both on and off campus. For more information, please visit http://www.astro.ucr.edu/ciencia

Sarah Nightingale 

Alumni to Discuss Their Roles in State Government, Policymaking

A free seminar sponsored by UCR’s School of Public Policy will showcase the experiences of four women who work in various levels of state government and policymaking. The event, held Tuesday, May 8, from 6-7:30 p.m., is part of the school’s Policy @ Work series of professional development seminars designed to connect students with real-life practitioners of public policy.

Held in Room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, the May 8 seminar will feature four panelists, two of whom are UCR alumni. They include:

  • Lizette Mata, deputy secretary of state, operations with the California Secretary of State
  • Lizette Navarette, who graduated from UCR with her bachelor’s degree in 2006 and now works as vice president of policy development for the Community College League of California
  • Rachel Gonzaga, who graduated from UCR with her bachelor’s degree in 2011 and her master’s degree in public policy in 2017 and now serves as district director for the California State Assembly’s 60th District
  • Laura Parra, a legislative advocate for the consulting firm DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler

Tess Eyrich

 

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