Events in November 2020
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November 7, 2020(1 event)
3:30 pm: Reading from Slow Unraveling of Living Ghosts: by Johnny Bender and Cati Porter
November 7, 2020 3:30 pm | Free | Registration Required
Inlandia Institute Board President Johnny Bender and Executive Director Cati Porter to read from their pandemic-inspired collaborative chapbook, Slow Unravelling of Living Ghosts, as the closing event for the Moreno Valley Writers Expo. Purchase a signed copy of this limited edition chapbook for $10 here, while supplies last.
Free and open to the public but RSVP required: https://tinyurl.com/SULGReading
Also featuring readings by Larry Burns, S. Kay Murphy, Anna Christian, and more! Complete author lineup with registration links for each session are available on Moreno Valley Public Library's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MorenoValleyPublicLibrary/)
Poet and doghouse-bass player Johnny Bender follows the Beat tradition in attitude but also enjoys fiddling with form. He lives with his longtime wife, Rene, near the Box Springs Mountains in beautiful Moreno Valley. A short workshop he took with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute in summer 1982 inspired Bender to start the poetry performance troupe “Poets in Distress” that same year.
Cati Porter is a poet, editor, essayist, arts administrator, wife, mother, daughter, friend. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks, most recently The Body at a Loss and Slow Unraveling with Living Ghosts, a collaborative chapbook with Johnny Bender and illustrated by Steve "Lu" Lossing. Her poems, and essays have been published in a variety of venues both in print and online. She now lives in Riverside where she has been sheltering in place since March 19, 2020.
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November 12, 2020(2 events)
6:00 pm: Harada House Story and Civil Rights
Thursday, November 12 • 6 PM
Free • Registration Required
Join us as we collaborate to present a panel discussion and conversation about civil liberties and racial justice in the present moment, framed within the context of the Harada House as a symbol of dignity, perseverance, and social justice. The Museum of Riverside, which is steward for Harada House, is supported by the Harada House Foundation and Inlandia Institute in presenting this free program.
In 1916 in Riverside, Japanese immigrant Jukichi Harada was criminally prosecuted in a racially motivated attempt to deny the Harada family their own home. Panelists will consider what today would parallel this lawsuit and its effort to deprive people in the U.S. of their rights based on race? Questions at the heart of the discussion include “What is democracy? How does it work? Is the concept fixed or fluid? Are we getting better at it? How are our laws enforced? What must happen next?”
Against the backdrop of civil rights victories in Riverside—notably the Harada family’s judicial triumph in 1918—a group of leaders will discuss peaceful paths to effect positive change, share indicators that the system can be improved, and highlight stories of persistence and choosing the greater good. One desired outcome is further recognition that Harada House serves as a symbol and beacon of hope in the continuing struggle for social justice.
Panelists include Jack Clarke (Best, Best & Krieger), Larry Gonzalez (City of Riverside Chief of Police), Kristen Hayashi (Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at the Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles), and Michelle Magalong University of Maryland and President of the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation). The panel will be moderated by Museum of Riverside Director Robyn G. Peterson.
6:00 pm: Learning from the Harada Story
November 12, 2020 6 pm | Free | Registration Required
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join Inlandia Institute and the Harada House Foundation as we host a conversational discussion about civil liberties and racial justice in the present moment, framed within the context of the Harada House as a symbol of dignity, perseverance, and social justice. Free and open to the public but RSVP required: tinyurl.com/HaradaDiscussion
In Riverside (1916), Jukichi Harada was criminally prosecuted in a racially motivated attempt to deny the Harada family their own home. What today would parallel this lawsuit and its effort to deprive people in the U.S. of their rights based on race?
What is democracy? How does it work? Is the concept fixed or fluid? Are we getting better at it? What must happen next?
Against the backdrop of civil rights victories in Riverside—notably the Harada family’s judicial triumph in 1918—a group of leaders will discuss peaceful paths to effect positive change, share indicators that the system can be improved, and highlight stories of persistence and choosing the greater good.
Panelists to include Jack Clarke, Best, Best & Krieger; Larry Gonzalez, City of Riverside Chief of Police; Kristen Hayashi, Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at the Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles; and Michelle Magalong, University of Maryland and President of the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation. Moderated by Robyn G. Peterson, Director of the Museum of Riverside.
About the Panelists:
Jack Clarke has been an attorney at the law firm of Best, Best & Krieger LLP for over 30 years. He is engaged in a public agency / litigation practice and has been involved in multiple matters that concern diversity and inclusion in his law practice and within the community.
Kristen Hayashi is a public historian and Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation research examined the return and resettlement of Japanese Americans to post-WWII Los Angeles.
Larry Gonzalez was named City of Riverside Chief of Police in January 2020, and has served the Riverside Police Department for nearly three decades. He has been an instructor at the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy for over 20 years, specializing in Use of Force, Laws of Arrest, Defensive Tactics, and Civil Liability. He holds a B.S. in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Michelle Magalong, Ph.D., is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Historic Preservation at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland. Her research on social justice, community participation, and historic preservation in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is drawn from her practitioner work as President of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
(Moderator) Robyn G. Peterson, Ph.D., is Director of the Museum of Riverside. She has 35 years of experience in museum administrative and curatorial work from California to New York, specializing in interdisciplinary programming and the intersection where art, science, cultural heritage, and sustainability meet. Her degrees—from UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison—are in design, art history, and archaeology.
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November 14, 2020(1 event)
3:00 pm: Poetic Voices: Poems of Hope with Romaine Washington
Saturday, 3pm | November 14, 2020
Meeting ID: 937 8107 6585
To dial in: 16699006833
In this time burdened by pandemic, economic hardship, social isolation, racial injustice, and political strife, poet Romaine Washington shares a voice of hope in the face of struggle.
Open mic session: Bring an original or favorite poem of hope to share.
Romaine Washington, M. Ed. (www.romainewashington.com) is an educator and poet who grew up in San Bernardino. Her poetry has been featured in a variety of anthologies and periodicals, and she has presented her work widely, including in faith-based venues. Her book of poetry, Sirens in Her Belly, "zeroes in on the unique challenges women face in our modern world, and does it with unwavering strength" (Brit Middleton, BET, Editors' Must-Read Books for 2016). She is a fellow of the Inland Area Writing Project at the University of California Riverside and of The Watering Hole (twhpoetry.org).
Sponsored by the Humanities Program of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. For more information, contact the LLU Humanities Program at (909) 558-7478 or at email@example.com.
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