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News: December 2002



Philosophy Professor Eric Schwitzgebel Contends The Media Influences How We Recall Our Own Dreams

Do We Dream in Black and White or Technicolor?
(December 19, 2002)

Pechanga/UCR Luiseño Language Retreat, The Lodge, Great Oak Ranch, Pechanga Reservation, December 6, 2002

Front row,left to right: Brigette Maxwell (Director of Early Childhood Education), Mary Magee (Vice Chairperson of the Cultural Committee), Eric Elliott (Head Linguist, Pechanga/UCR Takic Language Revitalization Project), Sarah Hicks (Director, Social Welfare Reform, National Congress of American Indians, and Postgraduate Researcher, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, UCR), Joel Martin (Costo Professor of American Indian Affairs, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, UCR), Gary DuBois (Director, Pechanga Cultural Resources). Back row, left to right: Tony Foussat (Luiseño Language Learner, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), Chris Hartzell (Teacher and Second Language Specialist, UCR Extension), Sheila Dwight (Associate Dean and Director of International Education Programs, UCR Extension), Margi Wild (Continuing Education Specialist, Connections Project, UCR), Diania Caudell (Luiseño Language Learner, San Luis Rey Band, and Indigenous Language Teachers Program Fellow, UCR), Christina Schneider (UC Mexus, UCR), Leanna Mojado (Program Representative, UCR Extension), James Lin (Director of CHASS College Computing, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, UCR), Sheldon Lisker (Associate Dean Emeritus, UCR Extension). Not pictured Joanne Luker (Education Consultant, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), Sara Meza (Teacher's Aide) and Jim Brown (Digital Imaging and Educational Television, Media Resources, UCR). Photo by Jim Brown.

On Friday December 6, 2002, the Pechanga Indian Reservation near Temecula hosted the Pechanga/UCR Luiseño Language Retreat. The mission of the retreat was to refine methods that will be effective in rescuing and preserving the Luiseno language, which is in danger of becoming extinct.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians recently collaborated with the UCR Extension Center and UCR Professor Joel Martin, the Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences to create the Takic Language Revitalization Project, a Costo Partnership. One of the first achievements of this project was the hiring of Dr. Eric Elliott (pictured above, front row, center) as the Head Linguist. The retreat, occurring at the six month mark, provided an opportunity to take stock and plan ahead.

Martin stated, "After visiting other programs and attending national conferences, we've come to realize that we are going to have to lead the way, to create a model for language revitalization in southern California. That's an awesome responsibility and so we have assembled a collaborative team of committed educators, experts, and volunteers. The retreat brought together some key participants to review our progress, to regroup for the work ahead, to examine the mission, to specify the contributions everyone can make, and to set goals for the future, both long term and short term. We'll definitely do it again."

The retreat consisted of focus groups and workshops which evaluated training, current progress, strategy. Workshop topics included Enhancing Community Involvement and Reinforcing Language Acquisition, using media, development curriculum materials, electronic resources, designing a summer camp experience, creating a kindergarten program and beyond. Participants included tribal members and officers and UCR faculty and staff. (By Stephanie Wejbe)

Taiko Performers Blow Audience Away

Despite Tuesday’s strong winds, UCR’s Taiko Ensemble class gave a spectacular performance on November 26th at the Performance Lab of the Arts Building. The Taiko Ensemble is offered by UCR’s Music Department, and was founded in the Spring of 1999 in response to student interest.

Taiko consists of Japanese drumming with various beats, styles, and choreography. Tuesday’s five-part showcase demonstrated bodily and mental discipline as well as art. UCR Taiko instructor, Reverend Tom Kurai, gave a brief explanation about each piece before the student performances. Kurai described Oroshi as meaning “drumroll,” Tanko Bushi as a popular Japanese folkdance, Koyo meaning “autumn leaves,” Arashi meaning “storm,” and Bayashi meaning “peace dance.”

Particularly, the drumbeats play a symbolic role in Taiko. In Arashi, the strong beats are similar to that of a typhoon. The performers arm movements symbolized other actions as well. Performer Brian Rosenblatt stated, “The Tanko Bushi movements we do are similar to the movement of workers in a coal mine. We take a step back to look at the work, a step forward to move the coal cart, and then clap to dust off our hands.”

(By Ferda Mehmet & Stephanie Wejbe

"Digital Posse" at the University of California, Riverside Means Classes in Computer Games, Music and Animation

UC Riverside Students May Soon Be Able to Major in the "Digital Arts" (December 11, 2002)

UCR Hosts Southern California Methodology Program (SCAMP) Seminar

Professor Hanneman leads the discussion by presenting how people’s level of support towards democracy is shaped by the environment.

Professor Bowler contributes to the discussion by offering different perspectives of people in regards to their attitudes towards democracy.

The Political Science Department hosted a conference organized by the Southern California Methodology Program (SCAMP) on November 22, 2002. The daylong event featured in-depth discussions of three papers featuring advanced quantitative analysis techniques. Among the papers was one on “Democracy in Latin America: A Multilevel Analysis by U.C.R. authors Robert Hanneman, Jonathan Hiskey, and Shaun Bowler. Professor Hiskey discussed the problem of declining support for democratic government in Latin America. Professor Bowler described the research project as examining varying amounts of democratic support across individual people within and between 17 Latin American nations. Hanneman presented statistical analyses using a technique called “hierarchical linear modeling.”

The conference gave Political Science graduate students and faculty from several campuses the opportunity to discuss important issues. People attended the conference from UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, and Stanford. SCAMP conferences are held three times a year at UCR. (By Ferda Mehmet)

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