Undergraduates Conduct Research, Inspire the Community

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Undergraduate students Janine Joseph and Lucille Legaspi recently utilized their own research interests to conduct a workshop for the general public. Joseph and Legaspi invited writers of all levels to participate in the two-hour workshop where they discussed components of poetry as they relate to the architecture of Japanese homes.

The workshop took place on Saturday, December 4 th at the Riverside Public Library in downtown Riverside. The event was open to the public and was sponsored by the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UC Riverside, as well as the Riverside Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

Joseph and Legaspi credit their inspiration to an advanced poetry workshop given by Visiting Professor Christopher Abani. The advanced workshop introduced them to methods that the Japanese use in constructing their houses as a model for producing poetry. Using the analogy of Japanese construction, the artist then focuses on one image in order to produce a series of additional images. Based on Professor Abani’s teachings, Joseph and Legaspi developed their own technique that utilizes playing cards rather than actual building materials. The new method they developed has been the basis for the workshops they host.

Both Joseph and Legaspi are involved with the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts which gives students and faculty in the Arts an opportunity to share their talents with specific groups in the local community. Gluck Fellows target constituents from primary and secondary students to the elderly and handicapped, among others. All of the events sponsored by the Gluck Fellows Program are funded through support from the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

The pair states they were “surprised at the enthusiasm the community had for the arts” as demonstrated by the impressive turnout at their workshop. It was so successful that Joseph and Legaspi have been invited back for an encore presentation, a two-part workshop, held this past Saturday, January 22 at the same location.

Janine Joseph is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing with a minor in English. Lucille Legaspi is also completing Bachelor degrees in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. In their spare time they serve as editors for UCR’s art and writing journal, Mosaic.

For more information on the Gluck Program, please visit the Gluck Website.

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