Professor and Chicano/Chicana Latino Studies Director Vicki Ruiz blows us away with her coverage at the now 5 year old dept. at UCI; her contributions and appearances in the PBS series “Latino Americans;” her nation-wide professional affiliations and mentoring of students and new professors; and her signing off reference to Noche de Altares celebrating the Day of the Dead in nearby Santa Ana, CA. UCI Dean of the Claire Trevor Bren School of the Arts (CTSA) Joseph Lewis brings a richly endowed calendar of performances and exhibitions presented at UCI for 2013-14. Samples of his music, along with those of CTSA faculty Alan Terricciano and Michael Dessen, are included in the show. Information about the school’s offerings are available at the box office 949-824-2787 or www.arts.uci.edu. Latino Roots AND School of the Arts Toots
Representatives of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Activists Ruben Lizardo and Rafael Solorzano as well as CA State Assemblymen Steven Bradford, talk about recent legislation signed into law toward which they all worked over these last several years. Next Tuesday, October 29th at Century High School in Santa Ana, the Alliance will host a special gathering to advance additional legislation and agenda items. Information is available about that and more on the Alliance’s Facebook page, and allianceforbmoc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the second half, Professor Richard Matthew, founder and director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at UCI, calmly speaks about the host of environmental travesties that undermine security anywhere and everywhere. Events and other opportunities are posted at www.cusa.uci.edu.
Sharon Ellis, CEO of the Orange Co Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, covers current projects as well as the ongoing charter of providing qualified households with affordable homes. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations and hours as well as volunteer opportunities are available at: www.habitatoc.org. Author Dennis Dunivan, on a book tour in Southern CA, talks about his human rights thriller, “Escape from Communist Heaven,” which is based on the saga of Viet Nguyen. Mr. Nguyen would have been a part of the book tour as well as this interview, had his visa been processed by the American government; he awaits processing in London, his current home town. More details about the book tour, how Dennis and Viet met, and where to order copies of the book are available on: www.communistheaven.com.
Mark Chamberlain, of BC Space, affectionately talks up his retrospective of Southern California artist Paul Darrow; the recently released publication “BC Space, Mything in Action; and The Legacy Project at the Orange County Great Park. indiegogo.com and bcspace.com are resources for more information. Next we take up human trafficking, wherein there persists a high incidence in Orange County. Dr. Ana Nogales of Casa de la Familia and Lita Mercado with the Community Service Programs, Inc. talk about how their organizations intervene on behalf of victims. In addition they consider how all of us can increase our awareness of this travesty amidst us. The tip Hotline is 1-888-3737-888. Opportunities for involvement can be pursued at www.casadelafamilia.org and www.cspinc.org.
This program is all about the 6th biennial exposition, known as the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, convening in the OC Great Park, the first time ever that it has been held outside of Washington D.C. UCI Engineering Professor Mike McCarthy talks about the California Challenge, a series of events matching the performance of automobiles designed and built by teams from local universities, colleges, and high schools. Then, Irvine City Council Member Beth Krom explains the vision and opportunity behind hosting this exposition in our backyard. Representing the Net Zero homebuilding team from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Cal. Tech is, Nicole Violani, who talks about their project among 20 college projects total, which promote the latest designs and utilities in the Solar Decathlon model homes. Public hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily: Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, 2013 and Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2013. More information on the many events and opportunities is available at: www.the-xpo.org andwww.solardecathlon.gov.