Jury Highlight: Julia Reinhard Lupton

Julia Reinhard Lupton directs Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Art and Culture Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. As associate dean for research, she organizes public programming for UCI’s School of Humanities. She is also the co-director of the UCI Shakespeare Center, the author or co-author of five books on Shakespeare, and a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Currently, Lupton is writing a book on Shakespeare and virtue arguing for literature as a tool for empowerment and organizing an author series for the UCI campus. On her work with UCI, Lupton says, “I love bringing great writers to the region. Orange County is a great place to write, listen, and learn, whether you are hanging out at the 1888 Center, spending time in the Santa Ana arts district, seeing what’s new at South Coast Rep, or coming to UCI for concerts, readings, and performances.” Lupton believes the Orange County Laureate program will bring new attention to the wealth of creative work coming out of our vibrant and diverse cities and neighborhoods.

Both Lupton and UCI have collaborated with 1888 Center. We’ve brought Lupton onto our committee as a thank you to her and her colleagues at the university who have helped the center make it through this year and ultimately flourish.

The window is open until October 31st. For updates on the program or where to nominate your neighbor, visit: 1888.center/laureate.

 


 

Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

Jury Highlight: Patrick Fuery

Patrick Fuery is a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, with a BA, Master of Philosophy, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and has held positions at the University of London, Sussex University, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also the current Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University. The author of eight books, his most recent book is titled Madness and Cinema. Dr. Fuery is interested in psychoanalysis, semiotics, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, film, and visual studies, medicine, and the arts. He is currently in the process of completing two books: a study on cultural disturbance and the sublime; and an edited collection on medicine, culture, and the arts.

Most recently, Dr. Fuery has led and directed the newest addition to Wilkinson College, a minor on the study of creative and cultural industries. The minor will examine how the creative sector form culture, emphasizing the economic impacts of these industries, such as publishing, media, fashion, music, and film. On the structure of this innovative program, Fuery states, “We want to create a Californian-specific model of this minor to study (and expand on) the creative culture here… the creative industry in California is a massive part of the state economy, as Los Angeles represents a really interesting case study on how the industry within this state has a global reach.”

Chapman University is a founding partner of 1888 Center and has continued in assisting and endorsing the center’s endeavors. As Dean of Wilkinson College, Dr. Fuery has shown his support for both the center and the Orange community in his collaboration with 1888 events and university initiatives. We’ve appointed him to this committee as a thank you for his work with the center and the community.

The window is open until October 31st. For updates on the program or where to nominate your neighbor, visit: 1888.center/laureate.

 


 

Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

Jury Highlight: Richard Stein

A California native, Richard Stein began his work in Orange County in 1987 to manage the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove. He has since served as executive director of Arts Orange County, our community’s nonprofit local arts agency, for ten years. Before, transforming The Laguna Playhouse from a community theater to a $7-million, internationally respected, professional theater. He is a contributing writer to the national monthly American Theatre and remains active as a stage director.

He also served as Orange County Supervisor Harriett Wieder’s appointee to the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission and has served as co-chairman of Orange County’s National Philanthropy Day celebration twice. Since 2009, Richard has served on the board of California Arts Advocates, a statewide organization promoting the interests of the arts community, including three years as its President.

Stein’s work with Arts Orange County, among other organizations, has helped pave the way for what 1888 wants to accomplish in our community. As a nonprofit arts organization, we’ve added Stein to our Laureate committee as a thank you to him and the other nonprofit arts organizations, like Arts Orange County, who work alongside us as we strive to create a culturally rich community in Orange County.

The window is open until October 31st. For updates on the program or where to nominate your neighbor, visit: 1888.center/laureate.

 


 

Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

Orange County Laureate: Announcement of the Jury

The Orange County Laureate will be someone who is known for building community through storytelling. This project, over all, seeks to promote creativity and community by not only asking everyone to nominate their neighbors but by also asking everyone to support the same cause of coming together.

In the spirit of collaboration, we want to call on some of those who helped us get where we are to play a roll in the next step. This jury is a way of taking the collaborative energy that helped us grow and turn it back the community.

The following posts will detail each member of the jury.

The window is open until October 31st. For updates on the program or where to nominate your neighbor, visit: 1888.center/laureate.

 


 

Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

Orange County Laureate: Meet Our Judges

1888 Center welcomes our 2019 Orange County Laureate judges–Samantha Dunn, Patrick Fuery, Julia Reinhard Lupton, Stephen J. Mexal, and Richard Stein–an inspiring panel of art advocates, authors, and educators.

Samantha Dunn is an editor at Coast Magazine. Her debut novel, Failing Paris, was a finalist for the PEN Center Fiction Award. Her memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life rose to bestseller lists in Los Angeles and San Francisco and her second memoir, Faith in Carlos Gomez, has been in production at  Lifetime Television. Sam’s work is widely anthologized, including the short story collection, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited. Her essays have appeared in numerous national publications such as O (Oprah) Magazine, Ms., and Salon. She teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Patrick Fuery is a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, with a BA (Hons), MPhil and Phd in Comparative Literature. He has held posts at the University of London (Royal Holloway College), Sussex University, and the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is the author of eight books and has been translated into Chinese, Italian, French, and Korean. His most recent book is Madness and Cinema. His research interests include psychoanalysis, semiotics, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, film and visual studies, medicine and the arts. He is currently completing two books: a study on cultural disturbance and the sublime; and an edited collection on medicine, culture, and the arts.

Julia Reinhard Lupton is professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where she directs Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative. As associate dean for research, she organizes public programming for UCI’s School of Humanities. She is the co-director of the UCI Shakespeare Center and the author or co-author of five books on Shakespeare. Lupton is a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Stephen J. Mexal is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton.  In addition to numerous scholarly articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, he is the author of the book Reading for Liberalism: The Overland Monthly and the Writing of the Modern American West.

Richard Stein has served as executive director of Arts Orange County, our community’s nonprofit local arts agency, since 2008. Before that he transformed The Laguna Playhouse from a community theatre to a $7-million, internationally respected, professional theater during 17 years as its executive director. A California native, he arrived in Orange County in 1987 to manage the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove. He holds degrees from Columbia and Syracuse universities, is a contributing writer to the national monthly American Theatre, and remains active as a stage director. He served as Orange County Supervisor Harriett Wieder’s appointee to the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission and twice was co-chairman of Orange County’s National Philanthropy Day celebration. Since 2009, Richard has served on the board of California Arts Advocates, a statewide organization promoting the interests of the arts community, including three years as its President. 

 


 

Know someone that inspires and has contributed to their community? Know someone that is creative and intelligent, and likes so share that with others? Don’t forget to nominate your friend or neighbor for the Orange County Laureate by October 31st at 1888.center/laureate.

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to storytelling, we want to honor storytellers in our own backyard. Now is the time to nominate Orange County community members who inspire you, through storytelling, community engagement, or education (art, literature, music, history, science, technology). Nominate the neighbors who inspire you.

 

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