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Professor Emeritus Carlos Cortes discusses Mexico paying for the wall

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Harlem Rides the Range: Murray’s Dude Ranch and the African American Homesteaders of Bell Mountain

September 12, 2014

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society and the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park present the 2nd Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture by Jennifer Thornton

From the 1930s until the 1950s, Murray’s Ranch boasted the distinction of being "the only Negro dude ranch in the world." Located in the African American home-steading community of Bell Mountain, California, the ranch offered black Angelenos both a respite from racism and a place to live out their frontier fantasies. Surrounded by the striking landscape of the Mojave Desert, Murray's also served as the setting for a series of all-black cast singing cowboy movies starring jazz heartthrob Herb Jeffries. This lecture will explore the rich history of the Bell Mountain community, the dude ranch that made it famous, and the films that enshrined it in myth.

Jennifer Thornton is a Ph.D. candidate in Public History at the University of California, Riverside. She received her Master’s degree in Public History from UC Riverside in 2012, and completed her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Spanish at Grinnell College in 2002. Prior to graduate school, Jenifer was an archaeologist and worked on historic and prehistoric sites throughout the American Southwest. Her current research explores the intersections of race, place, and leisure in Southern Caifornia. As a public historian, she is interested in preserving the buildings and places that speak to the diverse history of the American West.

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Flaws in the Diamond: Exploitation and Empire in South Africa, c. 1900

Selections from the Keystone-Mast Collection

Feb 22 - Jul 19, 2014 UCR Arts Block logo

This exhibition presents South Africa in forty pictures culled from the extraordinary riches of the Keystone-Mast Collection, part of the permanent collection of the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock. Organized in four sections, Flaws in the Diamond: Exploitation and Empire in South Africa, c. 1900 forms a valuable portrait of South Africa undergoing rapid social and political change at the beginning of the last century. This presentation offers a glimpse of the forces that led to apartheid, the system of racial segregation implemented in 1948, and its eventual dismantling in 1994.

Flaws in the Diamond: Exploitation and Empire in South Africa, c. 1900 is an exhibition organized by the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, and is guest curated by Thomas Cogswell, UCR Professor of History, with Santos Z. Roman, UCR graduate student in History.

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Making Family History Matter

A UCR History Department colloquium

May 7, 2014

This event aims to consider the family as a unit of historical study and explore the potential of family as a lens to present larger histories of race, nation, and migration. Given the connections of family history with public history, oral history, and place-based projects, we will also consider family stories as they appear on the landscape and are marked and remembered, as well as the role of place in writing history.

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Hamamatsu | Kite Experiments with Kristen Hayashi

Riverside Art Museum - Make series

May 5, 2014   Riverside Art Museum logo

In addition to honoring the diversity of Riverside’s community, this event celebrates the multi-cultural and multi-generational dynamic of the city’s population. Our event will bring Riverside families together through the observation of Children’s Day (kodomo no hi) traditions, which are celebrated every year on May 5 in Japan. On this day, carp-shaped kites or streamers called koi nobori are flown outside homes in Japan. A black koi, representing the father, a red koi, symbolizing the mother, and blue and black koi signifying the children solicit good health and bright futures.

Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to construct their own kites and test their flight at this Riverside Art Make event with artist and UCR graduate student, Kristen Hayashi. Everyone will also get to enjoy the precisely articulated rhythm of Japanese taiko drumming to celebrate life, appreciate the beauty of spring, and channel the transcendental and carefree nature of kites. Please join the Riverside Art Make as we celebrate the rejuvenation and promise of the spring season.

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RAM Student Curatorial Council

Riverside Art Museum
in response to "Wild Blue Yonder"

May 1 - July 28, 2014   Riverside Art Museum logo

Please join UCR Public History Students for the opening reception of their exhibits at the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) on Thursday, May 1, 6-9pm, in conjunction with "Wild Blue Yonder: Douglas McCulloh/Susan Straight." As participants in the RAM Student Curatorial Council, Steve Anderson, Bob Przeklasa, Nicolette Rohr, Carolyn Schutten, Megan Suster, and Susan Wood created exhibits on veterans in response to "Wild Blue Yonder."

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Randall Lewis Seminar Series

Warehouse Work: Road to the Middle Class or to Economic Insecurity?

February 27, 2014
Art Pick Council Chamber
Riverside City Hall

This event is co-hosted by UC Riverside’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) and Labor Studies Program, and an ongoing research project at UCR that is funded by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC).

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Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions

August 17, 2013 - January 6, 2014
The Huntington
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries, Erburu Wing

The life of Junípero Serra (1713–1784)—and his impact on Indian life and Califor­nia culture through his founding of missions—is the subject of an unprecedented, comprehensive, international loan exhibition opening Aug. 17, 2013, and remaining on view through Jan. 6, 2014, exclusively at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" coincides with the 300th anniversary of Serra’s birth and includes about 250 objects from The Huntington's collections and those of 61 lenders in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. The exhibition examines Serra’s early life and career in Mallorca, Spain; his mission work in Mexico and California; the diversity and complexity of California Indian cultures; and the experiences of the missionaries and Indians who lived in the missions (The Huntington, press release).

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Steven Hackel and Catherine Gudis, "Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" exhibit curators