Cultural Research in the 21st Century: Designing the World Cultures Institute

Open Forums Will Contribute to Development of Signature Research Institute

Through a broad range of research and public outreach programs, the World Cultures Institute will be dedicated to the study and exchange of ideas about the range of peoples who have populated California in the past and present, as well as the politics, economy, environment, arts, history, language and literatures of these cultures.

Cultural Research in the 21st Century: Designing the UC Merced World Cultures Instituteis a series of open forums planned to mark the start of this signature research institute. The purpose of the meetings is to create a lively dialogue on cultural issues in the San Joaquin Valley between the UC Merced faculty and the community.

The World Cultures Institute will support research and conduct programming to strengthen the study of culture in the social sciences, humanities and arts. Another important goal is to allow scholars and students in engineering and the natural sciences to incorporate culture into their research as well. A main goal of the institute is to explore linkages between the rich cultural resources of the San Joaquin Valley and global culture. Representatives of social service organizations and cultural organizations are especially encouraged to attend.

Three forums are planned, focusing on different aspects of the study of culture:

Friday, April 22, 2005
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
UC Merced Center, Fresno
550 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno

"Health, Education, and the Environment:
Promoting Cultural Issues in Public Policy"

RSVP by Monday, April 18.

Friday, May 20, 2005

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
UC Merced Center, Bakersfield
2000 K Street, Bakersfield

"Migration and Transnational Cultures: Understanding the People of the Central Valley in the Context of the World"

RSVP by Monday, May 16.

Friday, June 17, 2005
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Great Valley Center
201 Needham Street, Modesto

"Museums, Parks and Libraries: Supporting Regional Arts and Culture"

RSVP by Monday, June 13.

Each session will follow the same format:

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Opening Remarks
Kenji Hakuta, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. University Research Overview
Sam Traina, Professor of Natural Science and Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
UC Merced faculty members*

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Q & A

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Break with light refreshments to be served

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. Open Forum
Kenji Hakuta, Moderator

"Culture, the Valley and the World"
- How do issues of culture, ethnicity and race affect your work?
- How does your group interact with the Valley and the world?

"The Role of the University"

- What archives, oral histories and collections would you like to see preserved?
- What are important cultural landmark and social or cultural resources of the Valley we shouldn't ignore?
- How can the UC Merced World Cultures Institute engage with your organization?

*UC Merced Faculty Panel Participants:

Henry Forman, Professor
Jan Goggans, Assistant Professor of Literature
Sean Malloy, Assistant Professor of History
Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, Professor of Literature
Bruce Miller, University Librarian
Ruth Mostern, Assistant Professor of History
Dunya Ramicova, Professor of Art
Belinda Reyes, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Sam Traina, Professor of Natural Science and Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute

To RSVP or to obtain additional information and directions, please contact Mary Treasure at (209) 724-2950. Please call two weeks in advance to make arrangements for the hearing impaired.

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