News: January 2003

UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society Hosts Chicano Art and Activism Conference

Chicano Art ActivismMusic, Film, Theater, Readings and Lectures Scheduled Feb. 6 through 8
(January 29, 2003)




UC Riverside Hosts 26th Annual Writers Week

Poetry and fiction readings and talks open to the public Feb. 4 through 9
(January 29, 2003)

New Mellon Workshop at UCR

Mellon Workshop siteThe College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) is preparing for the UCR Mellon Workshops. The workshops will bring together college faculty and graduate students in interdisciplinary, cross-cultural discussions arising from new and classical topics in the humanities. It aims to foster the development and realization of latent research agendas at UCR while providing new contexts for graduate training and dissertation research. Workshop activities might include discussion of readings, individual presentations, guest lectures with question/answer sessions, and discussions of screenings or performance media.

These workshops will encourage graduate students and faculty to work together on joint areas of interest in the humanities-related social sciences areas. The workshops hope to ignite a new dynamics among graduate students where they could pursue projects of their own descriptions not in the curriculum. This may lead to new courses, dissertation topics, and new connections with prominent faculty from other universities. Grants will be given out as well, which will provide the special groups of faculty and graduates to pursue projects of common interest that they normally would not have a chance to work on in the traditional classroom.
Chair of the Mellon Workshops Professor Tom Scanlon hopes that this training will give the graduate students new perspectives as well as encourage them to take an interdisciplinary approach to a topic. "In the classroom, students try to write the best paper, and compete with all their classmates. Here it should be more cooperative than competitive, and that's a model not there with graduate students like it is with this," noted Scanlon.
CHASS has recently launched its new website about these workshops in the Humanities and Humanities-related areas. Some of the website's features include information regarding UCR's Mellon Foundation, announcements, events, and workshops. The UCR Mellon Workshops website can be found at
(January 24, by Ferda Mehmet)

Expert On Third World Economies Speaks at UC Riverside

Keith B. GriffinDistinguished Professor of Economics Keith B. Griffin, one of the world's foremost experts on modern third world economies, will give a free public lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, that links the end of the European imperial system and the sudden collapse of communism in the Soviet Union.
(January 17, 2003)






The New CHASS Student Academic Affairs Website

CHASS Student Affairs SiteThe Student Academic Affairs Office of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) has just launched its new website. The website is designed around categories that make it convenient for students and parents who seek information about the college. Since the college understands that parents contribute a large part to a student's education, a parent page is posted as well. It provides them with access to the campus such as a walking tour, financial aid, housing, student academic life, cultural clubs and experiences on campus, and parent news and opportunities.
The most unique feature of this site is its self-guided advising tour. This tour is designed to familiarize students, especially freshmen, with how to select their courses each quarter to fulfill college breadth requirements. Each student who completes the self-guided tour will be eligible for a raffle to win a prize.
The website also provides multiple services to assist students in the broad array of majors offered in the college, academic advising, news and events, adding or dropping classes and other petitions, declaring or changing majors and minors, undergraduate research, academic standing, and graduation ceremony information. The CHASS Student Academic Affairs website can be found at http://www.chassstudentaffairs.ucr.edu.
(by Ferda Mehmet and Stephanie Wejbe)

CHASS Staff Christmas Party 2002

2002 CHASS Christmas PartyThe annual CHASS Staff Holiday Party, held December 13th, was a great success! This year's theme, "Southern California Style," featured wonderful Southern California sunshine, palms, woodies, and beach toys.
A variety of entertainment was offered, including Associate Dean Salinger's creative and funny take-off on "The House of the Rising Sun", performed by the Dean's Office Staff. The appreciative crowd enjoyed discovering new singing voices among their co-workers. A slide-show presentation created by the C3 student interns put a provocative twist on the classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," bringing laughs and groans from the audience. A California-style revision of the 12 Days of Christmas and a play-dough sculpting contest were also featured.
The Dean's Office staff prepared a variety of food to enjoy and provided many great door prizes. The holiday celebration ended the quarter with laughter and a great time enjoyed by friends and colleagues in CHASS. (by Ferda Mehmet and Stephanie Wejbe)

UCR's New M.F.A. Dance Program

MFA for DanceInaugurated in 2001, the program is designed especially for the practicing artist who desires to return to an institutional context for advanced study. UCR is seeking applicants who desire to contextualize their aesthetic inquiry through the study of historical, cultural, and political perspectives on dance.

Housed in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the M.F.A. in Dance program focuses on the development of experimental choreography, challenging cultural assumptions from a critical and reflective perspective. M.F.A. students engage in a rigorous investigation of contemporary aesthetic issues as formulated in their own creative projects. Through close cooperation with the Ph.D. program in Dance History and Theory, students explore the dynamic relationships between theory, method, and object of study. This opportunity provides the context for the production of experimental work that is the focus of the program. Students complete their investigation through committed execution of a defined choreographic problem or concern.

For detailed information or concerns including course requirements, financial assistance, admissions, and qualifying examinations, contact the Dance Department at (951) 827-3343 or go to the department's respective web page at dance.ucr.edu.
(by Ferda Mehmet)

Music Professor Deborah Wong and Riverside Native George Fujimoto Discuss Their Collaboration for Upcoming Book on his Family's WWII Detention

(January 7, 2003)

United Campus Ministry and academic departments of CHASS, including Religious Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, African Students Programs and Chicano Student Programs present former Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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