UCR's students’ video responses to California’s Proposition 30

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Welcome to CHASS F1RST: First Year Experience in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Our priority is your success. We offer a broad range of academic learning experiences from the National Award winning year long CHASS Connect program to the Fall only Gateway Lecture and the First Year Learning Communities. Our programs fulfill college breadth requirements while preparing you for success and the University of California, Riverside and beyond. We will make you at home both here and in the world. Please explore our web-site. If you have questions, please call Dr. Geoff Cohen at (951) 827-2742, email him at geoff.cohen@ucr.edu, or stop in and visit him at the CHASS F1RST office (1614 Humanities and Social Sciences Building).

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In the academic year 2009 – 2010, three CHASS faculty members and seventy-five first year students set out to explore Human Rights in their year-long CHASS Connect sequence. In the Fall of 2009, Prof. David Pion-Berlin (Political Science) introduced the students to the meaning, evolution, and theories of Human Rights. Prof. Perry Link (Comparative Literature) took over for Winter 2010 and used specific case studies to discuss Human Rights in contemporary China. Using the fundamentals of the stage such as storytelling, acting design and directing, the students created their own performance pieces during Spring 2010 with the help of Prof. Rickerby Hinds (Theater). The video, "Awake Humans, Arise" presents a short take of the Human Rights Capstone project.

Random Quote:
"Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-top to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to"
—Thoreau 83