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Dickson Award


The Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professorship

"Thinking Like an Actor" 

Eric Barr Dickson Presentation

Featuring Eric Barr, Professor Emeritus of the Theatre Department

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
In-person at the University Village 1101
Livestreamed via Zoom

Description: Now Professor Emeritus, Eric Barr taught directing and acting, and served frequently as chair of the Department of Theatre at UC Riverside, from 1975 to 2013. He suffered a massive heart infection after surgery in 2013 to replace a valve and an aortic aneurysm. The infection further led to devastating strokes in both sides of his brain that left him paralyzed, unable to speak or swallow, and confused. During the recovery from his strokes, Barr discovered that learning to walk, talk, and function like a person again involved using strategies and processes similar to those that actors use to develop believable characters. Barr's Dickson Lecture examines the connections between acting and recovery from life changing events and how he was able to use actor training to help reconstruct himself after losing speech, movement, and many cognitive abilities.

Register: Priority seating is given to members of the UCR Retirees' and Emeriti Associations who register by September 15, 2023 on the Retirement Center webpage. Registration opens to UCR and the public on September 16, 2023

Event Flyer can be viewed at: https://live-ucr-retirees.pantheonsite.io/document/10172023-eric-barr-dickson-presentation-flyer


J F Herrera

Featuring Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus

Friday, May 12, 2023
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Presentation In-Person at the UCR Student Success Center Multipurpose Room 1 & 2 

Description: HANDFUL OF GRAVEL is a live performance of US Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera's poetry about the War in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic. It features music, dance, voice, and screen imagery created by Herrera with a cast of performers who include UCR students and faculty. Departing from previous conceptions of poetry, this production presents poems as dynamic planes directly entangled in dance transmissions and vocal exchange within a radical field in global space. It proposes that all things are related and influence each other. Refreshments will be provided.

Resources: The livestreamed recording is available for "viewing purposes only" linked here.

"Philosophical Understanding"

Larry Wright

Featuring Larry Wright, UCR Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy Department

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Presentation In-Person at the University Village 

Description: UCR Retirees ’ and Emeriti Associations and UCR Osher present Professor Emeritus Larry Wright. His dissertation and most of his earliest work concerned teleological explanations, culminating in a monograph that helped spark a minor literature on the topic, but he has more recently devoted his time and energy primarily to investigating the relation between the concepts of argument and explanation, and the illusions generated by our competence with them. What should we expect of abstract reflection? A scarred veteran ' s meditation on the hopes and hazards of philosophical inquiry.

Recommended Reading: Critique of Pure Reason, I. Kant.

History of the Award

The Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professorship Award at the Riverside campus began in the 2008-2009 academic year. This accolade is presented for teaching, research, or public service activities that are in accordance with the intent of the donor. For 2014-15, the awardee(s) shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor for the duration of the award and receive up to $6,000, which may be used for salary, travel or research support, subject to all policies and requirements of the University and the Riverside Campus.

Links to these guidelines are provided and on the Academic Senate website, under the heading "Awards": http://senate.ucr.edu/awards/

At the end of the award period, each awardee will submit a concise written report of the accomplishments that have resulted from the Professorship.

Selection Committee and Process

The Selection Committee shall be the Committee on Faculty Welfare of the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate, whose membership includes active and retired faculty. The Committee will evaluate the proposals and the nominees' previous contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service. The nomination package is subject to CAP review, in concurrence with UCR's Policy on Endowed Chairs. After CAP has reviewed and approved the nomination(s), they are sent to the EVC/P for appointment, which is effective the following academic year.

Award Requirements

Each emeritus professor receiving support from the Dickson endowment shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor for the duration of awarded academic year. Each awardee must provide a concise written report of the accomplishments that have resulted from the Professorship, in concurrence with the UCR Policy on Endowed Chairs. The reports should be submitted to the EVC/P each fall in September and will be made available to the Selection Committee upon request. Individuals may receive this award only once during their career.

Background of the Award

Edward A. Dickson served as a regent of the University of California from 1913-1946, the longest tenure of any Regent. His vision is credited with helping to make the Los Angeles campus a reality. In 1955 Mr. Dickson presented the University with an endowment to provide for annual special professorships for retired faculty.

The 1955 gift document describing this award states:

For the support and maintenance of special annual professorships in the University of California to which shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Regents, persons of academic rank who have been retired after service in the University of California and who shall receive such awards in addition to their retirement or pension allowances. Awards shall be made upon such conditions of service, research or teaching as The Regents may require. Professorships so awarded shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships.

In 2003 the funds for the Dickson award were separated into ten endowments, one dedicated to each campus. The responsibility for making the awards was delegated to the Executive Vice Chancellor or chief academic officer at each of the ten campuses. On the UCR campus, award oversight and evaluation is performed by the UCR Academic Senate Committee on Faculty Welfare.

Former Dickson Award Recipients

Mulla, Mir Entomology
Gable, Frederick K. Music
Pattanaik, Prasanta.K. Economics
Platzer, E. G. Nematology
Slusser, George Comp Lit
Stoltzfus, Ben Comp Lit
Montgomery, Kathleen SoBA