UC Merced Update



Human Rights Film Series: “It's a Girl” – Feb. 15

The seventh annual UC Merced Human Rights Film Series continues Feb. 15 with "It's a Girl."

Sponsored by the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, the Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts, and the Office of Student Life, the films look at human rights issues around the world.

Each film begins at 7 p.m in Classroom and Office Building Room 116. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Feb. 15 – “It's a Girl”

"It’s a Girl" is a documentary about the practices in India, China and many other parts of the world in which girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The film asks why is this happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. Director Evan Grae Davis will make an appearance at the screening.

Feb. 22 – “Reportero”

Veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based weekly, work in one of the most deadly places in the world for journalists today. Despite murderous attacks on their staff, the paper continues to tackle dangerous subjects such as the cartels' infiltration of political circles and security forces.

Arts UC Merced Presents “Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men” — Feb. 23

"Black n Blue Boys/Broken MenA powerful one-woman play that explores the troubling world of physical and sexual abuse debuts Feb. 23 as part of Arts UC Merced Presents.

“Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men,” written and performed by actress/poet/playwright Dael Orlandersmith, tells the often difficult and uncomfortable stories of six boys and men who have seen, suffered or committed abuse.

Because of adult language and the subject, the play is not recommended for young children.

“Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Lakireddy Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 general admission. A panel discussion that includes UC Merced faculty and Orlandersmith follows the performance.

For more information and tickets, visit the Arts UC Merced Presents website.

University Friends Circle — March 5

The University Friends Circle meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 5 at the Vista Ranch and Cellars at 7326 E. Highway 140, Merced. Professor Eric Rolland from UC Merced’s Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program and School of Engineering will speak about entrepreneurial management.

The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. For information on joining the UFC or to RSVP, call 209-384-8811 or email ufc@ucmerced.edu. The reservation deadline is noon Feb. 28.

The UFC's mission is to inspire and maintain strong relationships between the UC Merced community and the communities of the San Joaquin Valley through activities that promote social and intellectual interaction, programs of service and fundraising initiatives that support UC Merced scholarships.