Author Ngugi wa Thiong’o received the UCR Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award

Writers Week, the longest-running free literary event in California, celebrated its 40th anniversary Feb. 14-16. Writers Week featured Kenyan novelist, essayist, and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong’o among others.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o spoke about his novel “Wizard of the Crow,” and received the second annual Los Angeles Review of Books/UCR Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award. Other authors who participated in Writers Week were National Book Award Winner Robin Coste Lewis, UCR creative writing professor Allison Hedge Coke, UCR lecturer Rachelle Cruz, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez.

“We are very honored an excited to have Ngugi wa Thiong’o as the second recipient of the LA Review of Books/UC Riverside Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Tom Lutz, director of Writers Week and professor of creative writing. “We have many of the world’s most interesting and accomplished writers coming to spend the week with us in Riverside.”

View the slideshow from the Feb. 16 Writers Week event (photos by Michael J. Elderman):

 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference

Asterisk, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LBGT) Resource Center at UCR will present the 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. Events will kick off with a keynote speech by deaf activist Drago Renteria, and a performance by Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (TCLA).

Renteria is founder of the Deaf Queer Resource Center – a national, nonprofit, resource and information center – and has presented on LGBTQ issues nationwide.

“A student once told me that gender is a universe and we are all stars,” said Nancy Jean Tubbs, the director of UCR’s LGBT Resource Center. “This conference is a unique space for us all to be our authentic selves and learn from each other.”

People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to attend. Certified ASL interpretation is provided for all keynotes, performances, and workshops.


  • Friday, Feb. 24: Free and open to the public, HUB 302
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: Registration required, second and third floor of HUB.

On-site registration is available. Complimentary event parking is provided in Lot 1. For more information about the event, please contact Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of the LGBT Resource Center, at (951) 827-2267 or View the full article.

Chicano Student Programs Presents ‘Semana De La Mujer’

Chicano Student Programs presents Semana de la mujer, an annual event series to celebrate Women’s History Month. Semana de la mujer aims to highlight the contributions of Chicana/Latinas and to honor and empower all women.

Join the 2017 Mujer Conference to participate in workshops and dialogue, learn about issues facing women today, network, and use strength for positive change. RSVP online. Other events include Mujer Monologues, a performance monologue followed by a Q&A, Las Profes Panel featuring UCR Chicana/Latina professors, and La Mujer Libre: Dialogue Circle.


  • Mujer Conference 2017: Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Mujer Monologues: Monday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at HUB 355
  • Las Profes Panel: Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at HUB 355
  • La Mujer Libre: Dialogue Circle: Wednesday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at HUB 379

For more information visit the Chicano Student Programs website or call (951) 827-3821.

WalkingFit Announces Winners

Congratulations to the following WalkingFit Top Walkers for 4th quarter of 2016!

Top Walkers — Beginner Level

  • Yuridia Reynoso: 1,380,000 steps
  • Raymond Bolles: 1,380,000 steps
  • Penni Ebina: 1,380,000 steps
  • Rebecca Ryan: 1,380,000 steps

Top Walker — Advanced Level

  • Tim Willette: 2,550,130 steps

Top Walker Winners receive a lunch for two.

Top Department

  • Housing Services Administration – Department Quarter Total: 4,625,106 (Department Quarter Average: 144,535 steps)

Prizes can be picked up at the Recreation Center front desk or in Human Resources. For more information, contact: Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator, 951-827-1488,

Miles Anderson Presents ‘Tartuffe’

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production presents, “Tartuffe,” a play written by Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur. Directed by filmmaker Miles Anderson, “Tartuffe” charts what happens when a religious impostor tries to take over a wealthy household, and the family fights back.



  • Thursday, Feb.16:p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 17: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb.18: 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23: 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 24: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: 2:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $14. Non-UCR students $12. Advance tickets are available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-up tickets available one hour before performance at the ARTS Building Ticket Office. Or buy your tickets online.

For more information call (951) 827-3245 or email

See the full event.

Wilcox Holds Second ‘Conversation with the Chancellor’

In the second of a series of conversations with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, about 300 staff, students, and faculty members joined with students on Feb. 13, 2017. james e. grant

In the second of a series of conversations with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, about 300 students, staff, and faculty members joined on Feb. 13 to discuss “Facilities, Infrastructure and Capital Projects” at UCR.

Those involved took advantage of roundtable discussions of current opportunities to improve existing instructional and research space, and create new facilities on campus.

The next conversation in the series will take place Monday, Feb. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 302.

Second 'Conversation with the Chancellor' Set for Monday at noon

UC Riverside staff, faculty members, and students, may discuss the campus’ future through a new series of meetings with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

These meetings, dubbed “Conversations with the Chancellor,” are scheduled throughout February and March. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 13 at noon, at HUB 302.

The topic for this meeting will be “Facilities, infrastructure, and capital projects.” The purpose will be to help guide the continued development of the campus’s overall infrastructure.

“We will be departing from the traditional town hall format, with greater opportunities for roundtable discussion and campus input,” Wilcox said in an announcement. Light refreshments will be served.

As part of this and other upcoming conversations, donation boxes for the UCR’s R’Pantry will be available. You can find a list of their most needed items here.

The first of five conversations took place on Jan. 30. View that event online.

Below is a list of scheduled conversations:

  • Monday, Feb. 13: noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 302
  • Monday, Feb. 27: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 13: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27: noon to 1 p.m.

UC Urges Trump to Rescind Travel Ban

The University of California, along with universities around the country, is calling on President Donald Trump to rescind the executive order that restricts certain foreign nationals and refugees from seven specific countries from entering the United States.

Along with advocating that the executive branch end the travel restrictions, UC has urged support for the legislative efforts of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren to rescind the order. uc file

Along with advocating that the executive branch end the travel restrictions, UC has urged support for the legislative efforts of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren to rescind the order.

The university is also working, amid a very fluid situation, to provide timely guidance to students, faculty and staff who could be directly affected by the travel ban.

In a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, the head of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of State, UC President Janet Napolitano and 100 other national security leaders who served in the Bush and Obama administrations urged that the order be rescinded.

“This order not only jeopardizes tens of thousands of lives, it has caused a crisis right here in America and will do long-term damage to our national security,” Napolitano and the other signatories said. “Blanket bans of certain countries or classes of people is inhumane, unnecessary and counterproductive from a security standpoint, and beneath the dignity of our great nation.”

Read the full story.

Panels to Address Travel Ban Impacts

Impacts of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries will be addressed in a series of panel discussions on Monday, Feb. 13. The panels, organized as a “Conversation on the Executive Order on Immigration,” will be held from 2:10 to 6 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113.

Panels will be as follow:

  • The first panel, “Scrutinizing the Immigration Agenda,” is scheduled from 2:10 to 3 p.m.
  • The second panel, “American Stories and Experiences,” is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.
  • The final session, “Campus Resources,” is scheduled from 4:50 to 5:50 p.m.

For complete details and list of panelists, read the full story.

Bridge Repair On I-215 South

Bridge repair on I-215 South towards Riverside will take place Feb. 12. The repairs will occur between 3 a.m. and noon. This will affect commuter times for UCR students and faculty.

Drivers are advised to enter the southbound freeway at Blaine/3rd Street or at Box Springs/Fair Isle Drive. Contact Shelli Lombardo at (909) 383-4631 for more information.

The closures are as follows:


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