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November 3, 2019
1:30 pm: CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER: BLACK INDIANS
November 3, 2019 –
Join Shonda Buchanan and Kendrick Davis on November 3rd for Black Indians: Identity, Ethnicity, Landscape and Loss.
Shonda Buchanan reads from her memoir Black Indian. Dr. Kendrick Davis follows with a reading from, Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz. This event culminates in a conversation with the speakers.
Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan (1968) was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.
Dr. Davis is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation and Associate Professor at UCR’s new School of Medicine. He is proud to say that he also received his B.A. in Philosophy from Cal State San Bernardino, and grew up in the Inland Empire. His research emphasis is quality improvement research with a focus on vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. Dr. Davis is the Primary Investigator (PI) on a multi-million dollar federal grant. Further, Dr. Davis’ dissertation was published as a book, entitled, Connecting our Present and Future Selves: Examining the Impact of Reasoning, Motivation, and Self‐Regulatory Processes on Academic Achievement.
“My book is a prayer for my family. But as I think about it and talk about it more and more, my book is kind of a prayer for America, particularly now, with the rapid murdering of Black men and women.” —Shonda Buchanan
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UCR Center for Ideas and Society.
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November 7, 2019
7:00 pm: ARTS WALK: LETTERS TO THE ANCESTORS WITH CHRISTINA GUILLEN
November 7, 2019 –
In honor of Native American Heritage Month and Day of the Dead, Christina Guillén will lead this program where participants can commune with their ancestors. We’ll write letters, build an altar, and more.
The Riverside Public Library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, California 92501. This event starts at 7pm on Thursday, November 7th.
Christina Guillén is the author of the novel Cenquizqui and The Letters: A Prequel to Cenquizqui, as well as a series of zines on mixed-race called Halfmoonjefa. She studies Indigenous ways, shops at flea markets, and likes to ride her bike to abandoned parking lots in the I.E.
Thanks goes to our sponsors, Friends of the Library, and the Riverside Main Library
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November 9, 2019
3:00 pm: METAL HORSE AND SHADOWS BOOK LAUNCH WITH AUTHOR DEENAZ COACHBUILDER
November 9, 2019 –
Join Inlandia on November 9th starting at 3 pm as we celebrate the launch of a new book of poems by Deenaz Paymaster Coachbuilder.
This event will take place at the Riverside Medical Clinic in the downstairs conference room. The clinic is located at 7117 Brockton Ave, Riverside, 92506.
Deenaz Coachbuilder is an educator, artist, poet, and environmental advocate. She is a retired school principal and professor in special education, past president of Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice and India Association of the Inland Empire, and a consultant in speech pathology. She is the author of two books of poems, Imperfect Fragments, and Metal Horse and Shadows, which have been received with critical acclaim both here and abroad.
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November 30, 2019
1:00 pm: 2018 WRITING FROM INLANDIA BOOK LAUNCH
November 30, 2019 –
Celebrate the launch of the 2018 Writing from Inlandia anthology, marking ten years of ongoing creative writing workshops.
Dedicated to Inlandia’s founder Marion Mitchell-Wilson (1946-2015), this event will take place at 1 pm on her birthday, November 30, at the Arlington Branch Library, in honor of her vision for Inlandia’s creative writing workshops program. The Arlington Branch Public Library is located at 9556 Magnolia Ave.
Quiet basements and rooms tucked from view in libraries and senior centers across Inland cities have been home to Inlandia Institute’s free ongoing creative writing workshops for more than a decade.
Now, the time has come for our latest crop of authors to see their work in print. The 2018 Writing from Inlandia anthology brings together 84 authors in 426 pages.
The result is a heartfelt collection of stories and poems, a book that encapsulates the diversity of the rich human experience just east of the west coast.
Hear the work of participants as they read from the anthology. Scheduled readers include: Carlos Cortés, Laurel Cortés, Tim Hatch, Frances J. Vasquez, Nannette Friedley, Romaine Washington, Jane O’Shields-Hayner, Shelby Harrington, José Chavez, Judy Kohnen, Cindi Neisinger, Tom Vaden, Delia Vaden, Richard Gonzalez, Cynthia Pringle, Sylvia Clarke, Wil Clarke, Phyllis Maynard, Phyllis Reis, Mary Rodriguez Briggs, Joan Jones, S J Perry, Celena Diana Bumpus, Alan VanTassel, Shirley Petro-Timura, Gary Neuharth, Lillian Solorio, Morris Mendoza, Dora Harmon, Roberto Murillo, and Scharlett Stowers.
“A pause…after uttered words / The air between us—/ tense or sweet / sweet space / within us” —Kimmery Moss
“There’s no greater reward than the wind at the top of Mt. Rubidoux.” —Shelly Herrera
“Where are the families with children that can be our friends?” Heidi wondered. —Sylvia Nelson Clarke
“Finally, she said, “Ok, this is my stop.” I looked around and didn’t see anything but black woods.” —Steve Brown
This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and light refreshments follow book launch reading.
December 1, 2019
1:30 pm: CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER WITH ERIC SCHWITZGEBEL
December 1, 2019 –
You're cordially not invited to join Inlandia Institute and Eric Schwitzgebel at the Culver. Just kidding, we're not jerks. Schwitzgebel's book, A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures is funny and accessible.
Have you ever wondered about the essence of jerkitude? Asked whether your driverless car should kill you so that others may live? Considered the ethics of professional ethicists? Eric Schwitzgebel turns a philosopher's eye on these and other burning questions. A common theme is the ragged edge of the human intellect, where moral or philosophical reflection begins to turn against itself, lost among doubts and improbable conclusions.
Eric Schwitzgebel is Professor of Philosophy at UC Riverside. His most recent book is A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures. He has published widely on self-knowledge, the nature of belief, moral psychology, the nature of consciousness, and science fiction.
“Imagine the nature-documentary voice-over: ‘Here we see the jerk in his natural environment. Notice how he subtly adjusts his dominance display to the Italian-restaurant situation.” —Eric Schwitzgebel
Free and open to the public, followed by light refreshments and book sales.
In partnership with UCR Arts and the UCR Center for Ideas and Society.