Events in March 2019
- - CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER
Black Indian (memoir; Black History Month) with Shonda Buchanan. More to be announced.CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER FEATURING NORMAN ELLSTRAND AND ROGER RANSOM
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER FEATURING NORMAN ELLSTRAND AND ROGER RANSOMOn Sunday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m., join us for Conversations at the Culver featuring authors Norman Ellstrand and Roger Ransom. This event will be held at Culver Center, located at 3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501.Join Roger and Norm as they discuss their latest books and the processes they have used in coming up with these books. One a physical scientist, one a social scientist, they both have a keen interest in one another's work, and enjoy helping people understand complex subjects.Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.About the Books:Gambling on War: Confidence, Fear, and the Tragedy of the First World WarThe First World War left a legacy of chaos that is still with us a century later. Why did European leaders resort to war and why did they not end it sooner? Roger L. Ransom sheds new light on this enduring puzzle by employing insights from prospect theory and notions of risk and uncertainty. He reveals how the interplay of confidence, fear, and a propensity to gamble encouraged aggressive behavior by leaders who pursued risky military strategies in hopes of winning the war.Sex on the Kitchen TableSex and food are intimately intertwined, and this relationship is nowhere more evident than among the plants that sustain us. From lascivious legumes to horny hot peppers, most of humanity’s calories and other nutrition come from seeds and fruits—the products of sex—or from flowers, the organs that make plant sex possible. Sex has also played an arm’s-length role in delivering plant food to our stomachs, as human handmade evolution (plant breeding, or artificial selection) has turned wild species into domesticated staples.Norman C. Ellstand is Distinguished Professor of Genetics at the University of California, Riverside, where he holds the Jane S. Johnson Endowed Chair in Food and Agriculture. He is also the author of Dangerous Liaisons?: When Cultivated Plants Mate with Their Wild Relatives.Roger L. Ransom is Distinguished Professor of History and Economics, Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside. He is best know for his work with Richard Sutch on the American Civil War and has authored several other publications.
- - ART WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS FEATURING NIKIA CHANEY
ART WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS FEATURING NIKIA CHANEYOn Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., join us for a reading from us mouth by Nikia Chaney. This event will be held at Riverside Public Library downtown, upstairs. The library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue.us mouth attempts to speak to the fracturing of intimate relationships, the importance of voice, song, and empathy as an instrument of connection and healing. The poems are filled with wordplay and rhythm to create an intensity of presence of various speakers who cry out in the pain and joy of being alive.“The narrative seam that snakes through a list; the way a syllable serves as stitch to line; the hollow of silence a caesura opens in a sentence’s certainties to give language a ledge over which to lean and look: ‘dimensional blades / in / quiet,’ Nikia’s poems split and suture. ‘Where she is testing a moment’ we find the breaks in which we conduct our blooming, in the noise and whip she pulls us toward shade, and source, and spill.” —Lyrae Van Clief- Stefanon, author of Open Interval and Black SwanNikia Chaney is founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and also Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community among poets and writers. Highly active in the community, Nikia has won fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Squaw Valley, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Nikia’s projects included writing workshops that reached out to victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack and the North Park Elementary School shooting.Reading will be followed by light refreshments and book sales and signing. This event is free and open to the public.