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Cooning or Conning
Wednesday, April 22 | 2-3 p.m. | Crescent Arch-Half Dome 180
Sociolinguist Quiana Lopez presents a talk focused on the linguistic performance of Herman Cain, a candidate in the 2012 presidential Republican primary.
Cain used features of linguistic minstrelsy throughout his campaign, creating controversy within the black community about his representation of blackness. While some commentators argued he was being true to himself by presenting an “authentic thread of black culture," others contended that although the performance might have been authentic, his linguistic humor was a racially motivated “serious attempt to put white audiences at ease."
Drawing on interviews and speeches from Cain’s presidential primary campaign and comparing them to a 1994 encounter with President Bill Clinton at a Kansas City town hall meeting, Lopez argues that Cain has multiple political personae, but chose to present a highly stereotypical racial one during his campaign’s events.
PowerSave Sustainability Poetry Slam
Friday, April 24 | 7 p.m. | 120 Classroom Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join us for an engaging evening of entertainment, enlightenment and inspiration for a sustainable world through sustainability-themed spoken-word poetry by members of the campus community, as well as a few pieces by the PowerSave Team. Performers must register online by April 17.
Merced Symphony Season Finale
Saturday, April 25 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced
Arts UC Merced Presents proudly sponsors the Merced Symphony's season finale concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Art Kamangar Center in the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St.
Interim Conductor Ming Luke leads the orchestra in a program that includes a beautiful mix of classical composers including Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. The Concerto for Harp and Flute by Amadeus Mozart features Laurel Zucker on flute and Madeline Olson on harp.
Tickets are $39 for adults and $14 for students under 25 with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Merced Theatre Box Office or online at www.mercedtheatre.org. Call 209-381-0100 for more information.
Spring semester instruction ends
Friday, May 8 | Various, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced
Instruction ends Friday, May 8. Finals will be held through May 15.
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