Events in March 2018
- ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS PRESENTS, “OLD MONEY:'DID YOU FIND ANY GOLD DOWN THERE?” wWITH MARGIE AND KEVIN AKIN
ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS PRESENTS, “OLD MONEY:'DID YOU FIND ANY GOLD DOWN THERE?” wWITH MARGIE AND KEVIN AKIN
On March 1, join us as we welcome Marjorie and Kevin Akin, authors of Numismatic Archeology of North America: A Field Guide. We will explore the fascinating history of coin collecting. Event will take place at 7 pm at the Riverside Public Library downtown, upstairs.
Marjorie Akin, PhD is an independent researcher, author, and community activist. Marjorie (Margie) Akin has spent most of her life in California where she completed her education (Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 1996) married and raised four children. A proud product of UCR’s four-field approach to anthropology, she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, applied medical anthropologist, and has written on a wide range of topics. Her area of specialization within the field of historic archaeology is numismatics and included among her publications are contributions to Roberta Greenwood’s “Down by the Station: Los Angeles Chinatown 1890-1933,” Julia Costello’s “The Luck of Third Street,” and many journal articles and reports about Asian coins recovered in North America. Her publications in other fields include the seminal essay “Passionate Possession: the Formation of private collections” (Smithsonian 1992) which examined the world of collectors and the often-fractious relationship between archaeologists and collectors.
Margie feels strongly that those who wish to learn from the past have an obligation to actively work to protect remaining resources. As a result, she has been active in the Riverside “Save Our Chinatown Committee” serving on the board since the committee was created in 2008 to protect the archaeological remains of Riverside’s Chinatown from development. (See www.saveourchinatown.net)
Kevin Akin, a retired steam engineer, has collected and studied coins and tokens since he was 8 years old. He has provided physical labor for Margie Akin’s archaeological projects for 42 years, and has designed a number of medals for numismatic and community organizations. The author of two local history books on the Riverside area, he has also published articles on local history and numismatics. Kevin and Margie Akin have four adult children and five grandchildren.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The event will be followed by light refreshments. The Riverside Public Library is located at 3851 Mission Inn Avenue in the heart of downtown Riverside.ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS WITH MARGIE AND KEVIN AKIN
ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS WITH MARGIE AND KEVIN AKIN
This event will take place in the auditorium of the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501.
- CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER WITH RUTH NOLAN
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER WITH RUTH NOLAN
On Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. join the Inlandia Institute for Conversations at the Culver with local author Ruth Nolan. This month we present “Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California”. This event will include a lecture, slideshow and welcomes an open discussion on the topic with attendees. The Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts is located at 3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501.
“Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California” is an ongoing book/multi-web, community-inclusive project. Taking a broad view of the role, presence and impacts of wildfire in our local desert and mountain regions, the project includes Native American uses of fire as a form of resource management, stories from citizens who’ve survived major wildfire events, emerging wildfire science, prevention, management, adaptations and preparations for future wildfire events.
Excerpt from “Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California”:
"This grotesquely-transformed desert scene isn't what most visitors have come to Joshua Tree National Park to see. In the distance are healthy, thriving blossoming Joshua trees, but in front of me is the old burn zone of the 1999 Memorial Fire, empty but for a few spring wildflowers and what uncannily resemble large human or animal limbs strewn about. They're the trunks and limbs of Joshua trees that burned and fell apart as the fire, whipped by raging winds, raced through the high desert woodland all those years ago."—Ruth Nolan author of “Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California
Ruth Nolan, M.FA., M.A., former wildland firefighter, is the editor of No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts (Heyday, 2009) and author of Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press, 2016.) She received a California Writers Residency 2017 award and a sabbatical grant from College of the Desert in support "Fire On the Mojave." Her writing has appeared in Rattling Wall; Angels Flight Literary West; KCET; Women's Studies Quarterly; Inlandia Literary Journeys and the Desert Magazine/USA Today. She serves on the Advisory Board for Poets & Writers, West. She's a Professor of English & Creative Writing at College of the Desert.