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1:30 pm: CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER: HOBBITS AND BIG-BRAINED BABIES
February 2, 2020 –
Inlandia Institute proudly presents Sang-Hee Lee in conversation about evolution of humans and self-evolution with her best selling book, Close Encounters with Humankind, Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm at the Culver Center.
When and where did our earliest ancestors first appear? When did we first walk upright? How did we become meat eaters? Are we still evolving? Lee explores our biggest evolutionary questions, and takes us along unexpected paths in our pursuit for answers.
In Lee’s hands, fossil teeth become data that allow us to discover when we began to live long enough to be grandparents.
She questions agriculture’s role in human history by showing an increase in disease and malnutrition after the introduction of farming.
Lee even suggests that social bonding—the key to humanity’s rise—was triggered not by our prized intelligence, but instead by the simple fact that large brains, coupled with narrow birth canals, forced us to seek help from others to successfully give birth.
Her curious nature and surprising conclusions make Close Encounters with Humankind a must-see illuminating delight!
Sang-Hee Lee is an anthropologist, specializing in human evolution. She is Professor in Anthropology and the Associate Dean in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of California at Riverside. Lee has been writing for the academia and the general public in various topics of human evolution through newspaper and magazine columns. She wrote a best-selling and award-winning book in Korea with Shin-Young Yoon and translated it into English, Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species. The book is now in Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Greek. Portuguese and Russian translations in progress.
“When we look more closely at the human journey, we see not a straight line, but a curvy, winding river.” —Sang-Hee Lee
This event is 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.
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7:00 pm: WORD CIRCUS: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH SPOKEN WORD
February 6, 2020 –
New year, new format! Please join Inlandia on the first Thursday of the month on the first floor of the Riverside Public Library downtown for our newly-rebranded monthly Arts Walk series "Word Circus”!
Join poets Romaine Washington and Eric DeVaughnn for a night of spoken word, self-guided writing activities, shorter reading sessions, and open mic! February 6, 7 pm at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue.
Spoken word poetry is as much contemporary as it is ancient. It is as much performance as it is poetic. Its delivery can be rhythmic, rhyming, and dramatic. It can include physical gestures and facial expressions.
Topics can be satirical, political, provocative, emotional, anecdotal, musical, and any combination of material where an artist finds his or her passion.
The spoken word poem is one that lives the moment, that doesn’t only communicate on the page, but thrives with live execution and audience.
Audience has the chance to connect on a visceral level, enjoy the sounds of words, and relate to the meaning behind them.
Get in the groove of the new year with Inlandia's first Arts Walk event of 2020! Inlandia invites you to sign up for open-mic! Bring your family-friendly writing downtown and meet us at the library where a smiling audience awaits!
This month’s Riverside Arts Walk marks Inlandia’s first installment of “Word Circus,” a monthly series of brief reading segments and activities inspired by words.
Romaine Washington, M.Ed. is the author of a collection of poems, Sirens in Her Belly, (Jamii Publishing). She is a facilitator for the San Bernardino Inlandia Writing Workshop and a fellow of the Inland Area Writing Project, U. C. Riverside and The Watering Hole, South Carolina. Ms. Washington is an educator who has been published in numerous literary periodicals and has recited and performed her poetry in a variety of venues.
“Radio spills saxophone sounds through open windows / breeze swirls / music summersaults into a surreal finger poppin’ frenzy” —Romaine Washington, “A Tribute to Spike Lee,” Sirens in Her Belly
Performing under the moniker Thought Requires Uncommon Effort, or T.R.U.E, Eric DeVaughnn is a father, poet, author, and educator. He has hosted an open-mic, facilitated a poetry and performance workshop with the local literary laureate, and is a cofounder of innateDIVINITYbooks. He has two self-published collections: Aggressive: The Inherent Violence of my Beastly Unbecoming and The Beauty of Dragons. A new title is forthcoming.
“A good poem will paint the air around your head and season your whole mouth.” —Eric DeVaughnn
This event is free and open to the public. It is supported by the Friends of the Riverside Public Library.
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1:30 pm: CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER WITH Tom Lutz
March 1, 2020 –
Join Inlandia at the Culver for a conversation with Tom Lutz on his first novel, Born Slippy. With elements of noir, adventure, romance, and political satire, Lutz seduces us into a literary meditation, explorations of masculinity and blurred morality under global capitalism and bulldozing rapacity.
Tom Lutz is the author of several books, including And the Monkey Learned Nothing (2016), Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World (2017) and Crying: The Natural & Cultural History of Tears (2001). His work has been translated into a dozen languages and Crying was named a Notable Book by The New York Times. His book Doing Nothing (2007) won the American Book Award. He is the founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and is department chair and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Born Slippy is his first novel.
The Culver Center is located at 3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501. This event is free and open to the public.