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Lecture Series Tackles War

Lecture Series Tackles War

Feb. 10 lecture continues UC Riverside exploration of cultural, economic and personal impacts of war.

(February 4, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A series of public lectures on the theme of “War” continues Thursday, Feb. 10, at the University of California, Riverside as part of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Annual Theme Lecture Series.

Jason Weems, UCR assistant professor of art who specializes in American art and visual culture, will discuss “Hidden in Plain Sight: War, Camouflage, and Artifice in Mid-century Los Angeles” 2:15 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Building 1113.

Other lectures include:

Feb. 22: “A Conversation with UCR Student Veterans,” 2:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., Interdisciplinary Building 1113.

April 5: “The Permanent Effect of Civil War,” by Jorge Aguero, assistant professor of economics, 2:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., Humanities 1500.

May 3: “Red Dawn 2.0: Playing Wargames on American Soil,” by Derek Burrill, associate professor of media and cultural studies, 2:15p.m. - 3:15p.m., Interdisciplinary 1128.

The CHASS Annual Theme program began in fall 2006, said Geoff Cohen, academic coordinator for CHASS F1RST, a first-year experience program for humanities, arts and social science students.

“Dean Stephen Cullenberg wanted to create an intentional intellectual space for students, staff, faculty and the community to exchange ideas about topics of relevance to all of us,” Cohen explained. “We have examined Immigration, Democracy, Religion, Capitalism, and this year, War.”

Speakers will discuss war from many angles: how the use of camouflage in Los Angeles during World War II changed Southern California; an Ex-Marine who was an imbedded journalist during the Iraq war; war and its impact on UC Riverside student veterans; the economic impacts of civil war; and war video games.

Sustainability will be the theme for the 2011-12 academic year.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

The series is co-sponsored by The Center for Ideas and Society. For more information contact Cohen at (951) 827-7831 or


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