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October 3, 2019
October 3, 2019 –
Join us for the first Arts Walk for Book Lovers featuring Poets in Distress! This event takes place on October 3rd at 7pm at the Riverside Main Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, 92501.
The Poets in Distress troupe poetry readings will be followed by open mic.
Brutus Chieftain is founder of the performance poetry troupe Poets in Distress and author of multiple indie poetry collections, including “The Suburban Fool,” “Nuns in Uniforms get Free Donuts,” “Brutus in Benderland,” and “Tales of an American Peasant.” He lives in Moreno Valley with his wife and two sons. At readings, he hates long introductions. He encourages poets to “Shut up and read the poem.”
“I want a rhinestone tiara / One that makes all the other girls at the trailer parks go “ooo-ooo” / One that sits hight on my head / One that makes me look like I’ve just had the most brilliant idea / I want a rhinestone tiara / So I can wear it to work and people will stop tossing croutons in my hair” —Betty Nude, I Want a Rhinestone Tiara
“Willow turns into iron skeleton charged with artificial current, it weeps and flutters and shorts out the toaster / Toast pops up scorched with the face of Jesus graven image, the other slice has Buddha / I butter the bread partake of holy breakfast” —Brother Jude, Voltage Arbor
Thanks goes to our sponsors, Friends of the Library, and the Riverside Main Library.
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October 6, 2019
October 6, 2019 –
Join us for Bicycles and Box Trucks: How Place and Space Affect Race in the Inland Empire with Genevieve Carpio and Juan De Lara.
What can two scholars on race and place tell us about how local regulations have impacted racial identity, and how that, in turn, has impacted development of the region?
Genevieve Carpio is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, where she works on questions related to spatial theory and histories of relational racial formation. She holds a PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity and a Masters in Urban Planning. She has published in American Quarterly, Journal of American History, and Journal of Urban Affairs, among other venues. Carpio is author of Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (University of California Press, 2019).
Juan De Lara is a geographer and an Associate Professor in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His book, Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Inland Southern California is now available from UC Press. The book uses logistics and commodity chains to unpack the black box of globalization. Professor De Lara's research interests include social movements, urban political economy, Latinx geographies, logistics, immigration, and the racial politics of big data analytics.
“I wanted to learn what the Inland Empire could teach us about race, space, and power that East LA could not.” —De Lara, Inland Shift
In her book Collisions at the Crossroads, Carpio discusses “National Mythologies” and “An Anglo Fantasy Past,” which, “elevated white settlers as pioneers, erased Indigenous and Mexican dispossession, and located Chinese residents as perpetual foreigners.”
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UCR Center for Ideas and Society.
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