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Coats Speaker Series For Careers In Arts & Media

The series' first speaker, author Patricia Wakida.
The series’ first speaker, author Patricia Wakida.

UC Merced has announced the Coats Speaker Series for Careers in the Arts & Media beginning Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m.

The Series will be located at the campus Conference Center, 5200 N. Lake Road, with nearby parking at the Bellevue lot.  The Coats Speaker Series is FREE to the public. To register for this event, go online to: and type in the title of the event in the search bar. Here’s the direct link:

This program is an opportunity to learn from industry professionals in the arts and media. Discover insider tips, gain valuable insights, and get inspired by successful individuals who have made their mark in this dynamic industry.

Each speaker gives a 40-minute presentation on their professional experiences, focusing on their paths and explorations, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

The series’ first speaker, author Patricia Wakida, is a researcher and equal parts hands-on artist and historian, working in community engagement, printmaking, and publishing, emphasizing traditional art practices, myths, and ancestral power. Wakida has dedicated much of her career to researching and creating artwork that reflects her culture, history, and art.

Patricia Wakida is the editor of two publications on the Japanese American experience, Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience, and Unfinished Message: the collected works of Toshio Mori. For the past fifteen years, she has worked as a literary and community historian, including as Associate Curator of History at the Japanese American National Museum. She is a Yonsei whose parents were incarcerated as children in the Jerome (Arkansas) and Gila River (Arizona) American concentration camps.

  • Friday, Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m. – Patricia Wakida, Wasabi Press
  • Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m. – Eugenia Renteria-Vargas and Maria Cano-Bonner of Inspira Studios, award-winning bilingual storytelling, and video production company
  • Friday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Wong of Bonhams Los Angeles, California’s largest auction house.
  • Friday, Nov. 3 – Tehvon Fowler-Chapman of the L.A. Opera, A leader in artistic innovation, while honoring the great historical legacy of opera

For more info., contact Kim McMillon, community liaison for the arts, [email protected]

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