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Upcoming 2021 - 2022:

GAMWS Lecture Series - "Perspectives on Creativity" (all times 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Merced County Public Library)

  • October 13: Dr. Arnold Kim, Professor of Applied Math, "Math is Supposed to Be Beautiful"
  • October 27: Dr. Gilberto Lopez, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Arizona State University, "Combatting Vaccine Misinformation through Art"
  • November 10: Dr. Kim McMillon, "Inclusivity and the Black Arts Movement"
  • April 13: Yiran Xu, Assistant Professor, Writing Studies, "Internet Censorship and Language Creativity"
  • May 4: Dr. Tea Lempiala, Assistant Professor of Management of Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology (MIST), "Empowering Creativity and Innovation in Work Organizations"
  • TBD: Dr. Chris Amemiya, Professor of Developmental Biology, "Music to Creativity in Biological Thought"

Departmental Events 

  • September 9: Dr. Yehuda Sharim, Assistant Professor, Global Arts Studies Program at the Multicultural Arts Center, 7pm
  • October 29: Lalo Alcaraz (Political Cartoonist, Film Writer)
  • December 9: GAMWS Fall Showcase 6-9pm, UC Merced Campus
  • February 21-25: Arts Week, UC Merced Campus
  • February 26 [tentative]: Collaboratorium 9am-5pm, UC Merced Campus
  • April 30: Faculty Concert featuring Michelle Allison at the Merced College Theater, 7pm
  • May 5: GAMWS Spring Showcase, 6-9pm, UC Merced Campus
  • May 6 [tentative]: Andrew Carroll Event, If All the Sky Were Paper 
  • May 8 [tentative]: Andrew Carroll Event, If All the Sky Were Paper 

Past Events 

Spring 2021

  • February 20: Suddenrush

Spring 2020

  • March 7: Collaboratorium
  • March 2 – March 7: Arts Week

    • March 5: LECTURE - “Valley Roots” Dawn Trook, Continuing Lecturer, Karen Merritt Writing Program

    • March 7: The Qadim Ensemble

  • February 15: Antonio Sanchez & Migration

  • February 6: "The Creative Process: the art of Engineering and the engineering of Art" Christopher Viney, Professor, School of Engineering

  • January 17: Merced Symphony Association Pops Concert: Jazz and More!

Fall 2019

  • December 12: GAMWS Showcase
  • November 23: Swing Dance Party
  • November 22: Latin Dance Party
  • November 7: LECTURE -"Framing New Narratives About Gen Z to Foster Student Resilience." Eileen Camfield, Professor/Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment and Faculty Associate for Writing and Pedagogy, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning
  • November 2: Día de los Muertos Exhibition and Reception
  • November 1: Global Arts in Concert: UC Merced Music Faculty and Guests Performance
  • October 3: LECTURE "Absence of the Indo-Islamic Monument: Cinema & National Identity in a time of Partition" Aditi Chandra, Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies


  • May 18 – May 22: School Performance –Children’s Opera: How to be a Superhero

  • May 7: GAMWS Showcase

  • May 5: LECTURE - "José Vasconcelos, Mexican Muralism, and the Philosophy of Culture"Clinton Tolley, Associate Professor. UCSD Department of Philosophy (UCSD)

  • April 24 – April 25: Shakespeare in Yosemite

  • April 11: Merced Symphony Association Season Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth

  • April 2: LECTURE - "Beyond the Classroom: Cultivating Creativity and Innovation Through Visual Arts Teaching" Tonya Lopez-Craig, Lecturer