UCI News

ARTNews, June 18, 2019
UCI Institute and Museum for California Art Appoints Kim Kanatani as Director
Kim Kanatani, who most recently served as deputy director and director of education at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, will join the University of California, Irvine, as the first director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California (IMCA). She will begin in her new position in August. The museum, which was established through gifts of art made in 2016 and 2017, houses works made by California artists of the early 19th-century to the present, and the university plans to construct a new permanent space on its campus for the UCI Institute and Museum.

The New York Times, June 19, 2019
Trump Is Changing the Shape of the Democratic Party, Too
And while the percentage of racially conservative Republicans has remained constant, the percentage of racially liberal Democrats has grown rapidly. … What has been going on within the universe of whites who rank high in racial resentment? I posed this question to Michael Tesler, a political scientist at the University of California-Irvine who has focused much of his research on the role of race in politics …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

MTV, June 18, 2019
While today environmental activism is being singled out, the ruling class in decades past focused on labor unions, and before that the free speech of Communists, according to David S. Meyer, professor of sociology at the University of California Irvine and author of Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America. “Whenever someone in power feels threatened by whatever cause is out there, they want to use the power of the state and police to crack down,” Meyer told MTV News. “Companies used to be able to count on the government to protect them and to pay for protection.”

Curbed Los Angeles, June 18, 2019
Q&A: Disneyland’s new ‘Star Wars’ land feels like a park of its own
To find out more about the new attraction, and what’s made Disneyland so successful in the first place, Curbed caught up with Roland Betancourt, a professor of art history at UC Irvine. Betancourt teaches a course on Disneyland, and the park has become a principal focus of his research (he tells UCI News he’s made 130 visits to the park and ridden the Matterhorn more than 600 times). He visited Galaxy’s Edge for the first time earlier this month.

Celebrity Access, June 19, 2019
Manager Jim Guerinot Gives Commencement Speech (Video)
Manager Jim Guerinot, who shepherded Orange County acts like The Offspring, Social Distortion and No Doubt, gave the commencement speech for the graduation ceremony at his alma mater, UC Irvine, in California June 14. … The message is simple and universal: there will be stumbles and tests along the path of life, but don’t give up.

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