Afternoons in Special Collections & University Archives

Afternoons in Special Collections & University Archives

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Afternoons in Special Collections & Afternoons in Special Collections & University Archives is a series sponsored by the UCR Library and Special Collections & University Archives. This series takes place 3 to 4 times a year featuring UCR faculty and staff and members of the Riverside Community.

These events are held in Special Collections & University Archives, 4th floor of the Rivera Library. A small reception will follow each event.

Afternoons in Special Collections
& University Archives

WEDNESDAY, October 30, 2013 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

John Fischer

John Fischer "Would you choose to live forever?" 

John Fischer will discuss whether human beings would or should choose to live forever. 

John Martin Fischer received his BA and MA in Philosophy from Stanford University, and his PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University.  He was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Yale University from 1981-88. He joined UCR’s faculty in 1988, where he is a Distinguished Professor and past incumbent of the UC President's Chair.  He has served as Director of the University Honors Program for eight years and Chair of the Philosophy Department for five years.  Last spring he gave the Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture at UCR.  He is the author of over one hundred and fifty published articles, the editor (or co-editor) of more than a dozen books, and the author or co-author of three monographs on free will and moral responsibility.  Oxford University Press has published three collections of his essays, with a fourth in press: My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility, Our Stories: Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will, Deep Control: Essays on Free Will and Value, and Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will

He is currently Project Leader for the Immortality Project at UCR, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Fischer describes himself as somewhere between being an “Immortality Curmudgeon” and an “Immortality Optimist.”

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TUESDAY, February 18, 2014, 12:00 to 1:30 pm

A Dramatic Reading of Tomás Rivera’s And the Earth Did Not Devour Him 

“Tomás Rivera” portrait image by Barbara Carrasco

Professor and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair Tiffany Ana López will present a dramatic reading of excerpts from Tomás Rivera’s classic novel, And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. In the second half of the reading, she will be joined by Carlos Cortes to share selected scenes from López’s recent performance script, “Civic Morality: Lessons about Education, Creativity, and Community Building Drawn from the Archives of Tomás Rivera.”  

Dr. Tiffany Ana López is Professor of Theatre and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. Her research, teaching, and creative activities focus on issues of trauma and violence and the role of the arts in fostering community building and social change. Her recent theater projects include a play adaptation of Tomás Rivera’s novel, And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, and dramaturgy for the world premiere of Josefina Lopez’s Hungry Woman. Her publication activity includes co- editorship of Chicana/Latina Studies (2005-2012), and her writing has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Theatre JournalArt JournalOppositional Conversations and Performing the U.S. Latina and Latino Borderlands. She is a founding member of the Latino Theater Alliance of Los Angeles and serves on the national advisory committee of the Latina/o Theatre Commons and the editorial board of American Studies. She is the recipient of an NEH grant for work on medical narratives in the humanities and is currently completing her book, The Alchemy of Blood: Violence, Trauma, and Critical Witnessing in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production (Duke University Press).  

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Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside.  Since 1990 he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, since 1995 has served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and since 1999 has been an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute. His most recent books are his autobiography, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time (Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2012) and the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (Sage, 2013). Cortés serves as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications, and Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon's Peabody-award-winning children's television series, "Dora the Explorer," and its sequel, "Go, Diego, Go!," for which he received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.  He also travels the country performing his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy's Multicultural Rite of Passage, while he co-wrote the book and lyrics for the musical, We Are Not Alone: Tomás Rivera –- A Musical Narrative, which premiered in 2011.  He is currently completing his first book of poetry, Fourth Quarter: Reflections of a Cranky Old Man.

This special event is sponsored by the UCR Rivera Library and the Tomás Rivera Conference. For further details about the upcoming 26th annual conference, February 21, please go to:


WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014,  3:15 to 4:30 pm

A Panel on William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson

Dr. Jane Frank and Professor Rob Latham will be discussing the author William Hope Hodgson and the recent archival donation to the UCR Library's Special Collections & University Archvies. There will be a donation ceremony and light refreshments will be served.

William Hope Hodgson was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, photographer, lecturer, sailor, and soldier. He was born in Blackmore End, Essex, England on November 15, 1877 to Samuel Hodgson, an Anglican priest, and Lissie Sarah Brown. In 1891 he began a four-year apprenticeship as a cabin boy and in 1895 began two years of study in Liverpool which led him to acquire his mate's certificate. For the next few years Hodgson worked as a sailor and while at sea he became interested in physical fitness and body development.

Hodgson returned home in 1898 and in 1899 opened W.H. Hodgson's School of Physical Culturein Blackburn, England. Eventually realizing that he could not earn a living in personal training he began writing articles which first focused on exercise. Hodgson found the market for such articles to be limited so he turned his attention to fiction, publishing his first short story in 1904. He continued to write fiction for American and British magazines for the remainder of his career mainly in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy fiction genres. Many of his short horror stories were associated with the ocean as he relied upon his experiences at sea for his writings. Hodgson also wrote poetry, though few of his poems were published during his lifetime.

In 1912, Hodgson married Betty Farnsworth and they settled in the south of France. When war broke out in Europe, the couple returned to England where Hodgson became a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. In April 1918, Hodgson was killed by an artillery shell at Ypres.

This collection contains publications, typescripts, photographs, correspondence, and other material regarding the literary work of William Hope Hodgson, an English author of science fiction, horror, and fantastic fiction. Primarily includes published and unpublished short stories and poetry by Hodgson as well as a selection of personal photographs. The correspondence of Sam Moskowitz with Arthur Dudley and others pertaining to Moskowitz' research on Hodgson is also included as is the correspondence between Hodgson's family and August Derleth, amongst others, regarding publication permissions for Hodgson's literary works.

The Panelists:

Dr. Jane Frank holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and an M.B.A. (Marketing) and MS Education from Long Island University, along with a PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University.

She is a science fiction and fantasy author, collector, and art dealer who, with her husband Howard, has been avid supporters of that genre for almost forty years. The Frank Collection of original fantasy art and literature is regarded as one of the world's finest, and two books documenting the collection have been published: The Frank Collection: A Showcase of the World's Finest Fantastic Art (1999), and Great Fantasy Art Themes from the Frank Collection (2003). 

In 1991 Jane established the Worlds of Wonder art agency to gain wider exposure for the artists, and the original artworks, that are used to illustrate science fiction and fantasy books, games and commercial products. She has authored two illustrated biographical art books: The Art of Richard Powers (Paper Tiger/Chrysalis, 2001, a Hugo Award finalist) and The Art of John Berkey (Paper Tiger/Chrysalis, 2003).  

In 2005 she edited two books on the well-known British weird fantasy author William Hope Hodgson: The Wandering Soul – Glimpses of a Life: A Compendium of Rare and Unpublished Works, and The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson (both for PS Publishing/Tartarus Press).

As part of her academic and professional career, Jane for fifteen years taught business courses at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (College Park), and undergraduate and graduate courses in Communication and Public Speaking at American University (Washington, DC). She has published several papers in refereed linguistic and business academic journals, and has contributed to books on linguistic, communications and business topics. 

Professor Rob Latham holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. He teaches contemporary American and British literature, Cultural Studies, and Science Fiction.  He is a senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies, and has been since 1997, and is also a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

He is the author of Consuming Youth:  Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago, 2002), which is a study of contemporary consumer youth culture and its relationship to technological systems and discourses.  He has co-edited a teaching anthology, The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, and is currently completing a book on New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and '70s, that focuses on its connections to counterculture movements and debates of the period.

He hosts an annual symposium on science fiction at UCR, co-sponsored by the journal Science Fiction Studies, and directs a bi-annual conference in coordination with the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the UCR Library.

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The Moderator:

Dr. Alison Scott earned her bachelor's degree from Whitman College, one master's degree in library science and another in religion from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University.

She has more than 30 years of experience in academic research libraries and has worked as a reference librarian, a curator, Head of Collection Development, and Co-interim Associate University Librarian for Collections.

Dr. Scott also was the Head Librarian of the Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, widely considered one of the exemplars of a specialized research library meeting the unique needs of its researcher community.

From Bowling Green, Dr. Scott went to Harvard University where she spent twelve years in increasingly responsible positions as the Bibliographer for American History, Librarian for North American and Senior Collection Development Librarian, a role in which she oversaw the work of all bibliographers at the Widener Library.

Dr. Scott left Harvard to take on the duties of Head of Collection Development at GW in March 2012 and then assumed the duties of Co-Interim AUL there in March 2013.

Dr. Scott began her tenure at UCR in mid-February 2014.


WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Nalo Hopkinson SF Author and UCR Creative Writing Professor

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson will be speaking on her new book Sister Mine.

Nalo Hopkinson is a Creative Writing Professor at UC Riverside and an award-winning author and editor of science fiction and fantasy. Born in Jamaica, she often draws upon Caribbean history, language and story-telling traditions in her work.  Professor Hopkinson received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. Her teaching specialty is creative writing, with a focus on the literatures of the fantastic such as science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. She is currently working on "Donkey," a contemporary fantasy novel, and on Blackheart Man, a fantastical alternate history set in an imagined Caribbean. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel Midnight Robber received Honorable Mention in Cuba's Casa de las Americas prize for literature written in Creole. Her young adult novel The Chaos will appear in spring 2012.

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WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ceremonial donation of Dancing Earth Archive by Rulan Tangen to UCR Special Collections & University Archives. Special guest: Choreographer Rosalie Jones.


MONDAY, May 12, 2014 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 pm.


Discussion and debate with Greg Benford, David Hartwell, and Gary Wolfe

Greg Benford has published over thirty books, mostly novels. Nearly all remain in print, some after a quarter of a century. His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. A winner of the United Nations Medal
for Literature, he is a professor of physics, emeritus, at the University of California, Irvine.

David Hartwell is an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He has worked for Signet (1971–73), Berkley Putnam (1973–78), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1980–85, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor Books Since 1995, his title at Tor/Forge Books has been "Senior Editor." He chairs the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and, with Gordon Van Gelder, is the administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature.

Gary K. Wolfe is a science fiction editor, critic and biographer. He is Professor of Humanities at Roosevelt University's Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies. Wolfe has written extensively about science fiction and fantasy literature; he is widely recognized as one of the experts in the field. He has had a monthly review column in Locus and has written for Salon and other sites.


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