UC Merced Update



Black Arts posterConference to Explore Black Arts Movement, Influences

The International Conference on the Black Arts Movement and Legacies will be held March 1 and 2 on campus.

Scholarly panels, poetry, art, theatre presentations and workshops on a wide variety of topics from the state of black studies in America to the impact of the Black Arts Movement past and present are on the agenda.

The international two-day conference will draw world-renowned scholars, musicians and artists, and offer new scholarship and perspectives on the 1960s and 1970s movement.

University Friends Circle – March 4

University Friends Circle (UFC) meets for a reception from 5:30 - 7 p.m. March 4 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. UC Merced English Professor Katie Brokaw presents “Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and Dramaturgy.” Brokaw teaches the hilarious play in class and starred as Rosalind in the Merced Shakespearefest’s September 2013 production of the play.

You’ll learn what a dramaturg does, about Shakespeare’s cross-dressing heroine Rosalind, see a few funny and sweet scenes performed live, learn how UC Merced students learn about Shakespeare and find out how Shakespearean scholars often help in their local theater communities.

The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. For information on joining the UFC or to RSVP, visit friendscircle.ucmerced.edu. The reservation deadline is noon Feb. 27.

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.

South African Singers Perform in Merced – March 6

Ladysmith Black MambazoGrammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre, an event sponsored by Arts UC Merced Presents.

The group is known for joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of its native South African musical traditions with the sounds and sentiments of gospel music.

The performance is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 6 at 301 W. Main St., Merced. Tickets cost between $15 and $35 and can be purchased online.

For more information, email arts@ucmerced.edu or call 209-228-4566.

UC Merced Library Hosts "Our Custodians" Exhibit

"Our Custodians" portraitThe UC Merced Library proudly announces its latest exhibit, “Our Custodians.”

Explore the world one of UC Merced’s most essential and hard-working groups through a display of their tools and equipment and a series of 10 intimate portraits taken by award-winning local photographer Roger Wyan.

Learn about the innovative, labor-saving initiatives of the UC Merced custodial program and its ongoing efforts to use green products to keep our sustainable campus beautiful.

The exhibit, located on the second floor of the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, is on display through April 1. For more information, email Robin Milford.