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UCR Libraries Showcase Campus Authors

(January 2005)

Special Collections at the UCR Libraries presents its roster of distinguished authors for the UCR Libraries’ Author Series 2004-2005. This year’s series features published authors among the UCR faculty, staff and research community. All presentations will be held at 3:15-4:30 p.m. in the Tomás Rivera Library, Special Collections, and are free and open to the public. The series will also be available via webcast at library.ucr.edu/authorseries.

The roster for the series is as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005: Michael Jayme (Jaime-Becerra), professor in the Department of Creative Writing, will read from his critically acclaimed debut collection of inter-related short stories, “Every Night Is Ladies’ Night” (Rayo, Harper Collins, 2004). A native of El Monte, Calif., Jayme studied writing first as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, and then at UC Irvine’s M.F.A. in Fiction program. USA Today’s critic Anne Stephenson praised the collection of 10 short stories as “a love letter to the city in which he was raised, a place where luck is in short supply but hope survives, as quiet and resilient as the sunrise.”

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005: Ralph Crowder, associate professor of ethnic studies, speaks on his book, “John Edward Bruce: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora” (New York University Press, 2004). Crowder holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas and specializes in intellectual and cultural history, including 19th- and 20th-century African American history, Pan-African history, Native American slavery history and the Black Indian Experience.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005: Katherine Kinney, associate professor and graduate advisor of English, will speak on her award-winning book “Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War” (Oxford University Press, 2000), in which she examines the crises in America’s self-image during the Vietnam years. Kinney holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches American and African American literature and film, and also team-teaches a yearlong sophomore interdisciplinary course called The 1960’s and the Vietnam Era.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005: Christopher Buckley, professor of creative writing, will read from his latest collection of poems titled “Sky” (Sheepmeadow Press, 2004). Educated at St. Mary’s College, San Diego State University and UC Irvine, he is a prolific and critically acclaimed author and editor. He has been honored with more than 30 awards and fellowships, including having been named a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Competition in 1999, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry in 2001.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005: Norm Ellstrand, a professor of genetics, will speak on his book “Dangerous Liaisons? When Cultivated Plants Mate with their Wild Relatives.” In this study Ellstrand explores the fear that genetically engineered crops will evolve into dangerous “superweeds.” Educated at the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Texas at Austin, Ellstrand specializes in applied plant population genetics. The author of more than 100 papers, he has participated in activities of the National Research Council, and has received numerous fellowships and research grants taking him as far away as Sweden.

The series started on Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, with Pat Mora, the author of more than 25 works of poetry, non-fiction and children’s books. She read from her award-winning children’s book, “Tomás and the Library Lady / Tomás y la Señora de la Biblioteca” (Knopf, 1997). Mora’s presentation was in English and Spanish. This story is based on a pivotal incident in the childhood of the late Tomás Rivera, chancellor of UCR from 1979 until his death in 1984. This event was co-sponsored by the Riverside Public Library.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, Conrad Rudolph, chair and professor in the Department of Art History, gave a firsthand account of his 1,000-mile on-foot journey from Le Puy in south-central France to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain — literally following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims. His experiences are chronicled in his book “Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela” (University of Chicago, 2004), a work that blends the soundest historical research with his own “intensely internal experience in an intensely physical context.”

Webcasts of these readings are available at library.ucr.edu/ authorseries.
For more information on this year’s UCR Libraries’ Author Series, call Special Collections at (951) 827-3233 or e-mail melissa.conway@ucr.edu.

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