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The Asian/American Studies Collective aims to further the interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary experiences of racialized Asian populations in the US. We also seek to highlight the various intersections of positionalities and experiences within Asian American communities and to connect these to broader...

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This week, a group of IHC Public Humanities Graduate Fellows will begin internships with nonprofit and cultural organizations in the Santa Barbara area as part of the IHC’s Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program, which prepares Ph.D. students for careers as dynamic, socially engaged humanists both within...

The IHC is delighted to announce that Ben Olguín, Professor and Robert and Liisa Erickson Presidential Chair in English, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant....

The IHC is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Research Focus Groups (RFG). The RFG program brings together faculty and graduate students with shared research interests from different fields and departments/programs to foster the development of interdisciplinary research agendas....

Alesha Claveria is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Dance. Her research interests include contemporary Native North American drama and Indigenous theory. As an IHC Public Humanities Graduate Fellow, Claveria interned at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB)....

Any crisis presents an opportunity. I believe the political and economic context of the global pandemic creates favorable conditions for a new technology that is not dependent on the government interference due to its decentralized peer-to-peer nature, known as blockchain....

As a political scientist who specializes in American politics, I am frequently asked by family, friends and strangers alike, “Why are there only two parties, and why do Americans hate each other?”...

In the last month, protestors have made headlines across America. In several states, notably Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois, residents gathered in groups to protest the lockdown of state businesses. Some gridlocked local roads with their cars....

To an anthropologist who studies food perception, the Covid-19 crisis is, in many ways, a story of food, and of human-animal relationships. Thinking about the origin of the crisis in relation to eating insects presents interesting food for thought. ...

Although the McCune Conference room remains dark and our offices unoccupied, we have been enthusiastically at work on programs that support UCSB faculty and students and that serve our broader community....

Podcasts and videos of IHC series events are available on SoundCloud and YouTube. Follow us @ihcucsb for a new talk highlight from the archives each Wednesday this Spring....

The IHC is pleased to announce the winners of its Winter 2020 awards applications. Congratulations to the winners of Graduate Collaborative and Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Awards!...

The IHC is delighted to announce that Mona Damluji, Professor of Film and Media Studies, has won an NEH Faculty Fellowship for her book project, Pipeline Cinema....

The IHC is pleased to announce the winners of its awards for the Fall 2019 competition. Congratulations to the winners of Faculty Fellowships and Faculty Collaborative Awards!...

Read about Anna’s fellow-designed community project working with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to develop linguistic resources for SLPs who work with the Mixtec community in Ventura County...

Olga Faccani is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Classics specializing in ancient theater. She is interested in community building and the power of story-telling to connect different audiences. As an IHC Public Humanities Graduate Fellow, Faccani completed an internship at New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara....

Chelsea Lonergan is a graduate student in the Department of Communication’s Media Neuroscience Lab, where she studies cognitive sex differences, hormonal stress response, and moral evaluations of media content. As an IHC Public Humanities Graduate Fellow, Lonergan completed an internship at the Superior Court...

The Transregional East Asia RFG aims to foster a deep understanding of the transregional linkages within East Asia both historically and in the present. Our meetings bring together faculty and students from diverse departments working on topics related to China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and...

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Parameters of Play brings together an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students and faculty members from Film and Media Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, and other fields to consider the videogame as an object of study in the midst...

This Research Focus Group brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and students whose work touches on the Mediterranean in different ways, providing an opportunity to rethink the meaning of the Mediterranean and what constitutes—and distinguishes—“Mediterranean themes.” The focus will be on global connections, both...

Francisco Beltrán is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UC Santa Barbara. He focuses on U.S. history with an emphasis on Chicana/o history, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Immigration, Comparative Race and Ethnicity, and Latin America. Beltrán is completing a 2018-19 IHC public fellow...

IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows Program 2017-18 The 2017-18 IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows program seeks graduate students to work as instructors in a correspondence program on “Foundations in the Humanities” for prisoners in North Kern State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison.

NEH Summer Stipends for 2018 The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center is now accepting applications from UCSB faculty members for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 2017 Summer Stipend program. To be considered for a Summer Stipend, faculty members must submit all application materials by Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

This year the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s public events series will explore the forces that shape boundaries, the energies that collect around them, and the urgencies that spur their crossing. Under certain conditions, movement across boundaries can liberate, empower, and stimulate creativity, while under different conditions, it can cause trauma,...

The 2017-18 IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows program seeks graduate students to work as instructors in a correspondence program on “Foundations in the Humanities” for prisoners in North Kern State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison. The curriculum for the course consists of brief foundational readings in the humanities, including works by Yusef Komunyakaa, Jack London, Tim O’Brien, Sandra Cisneros, and Annie Dillard.

Rita Lucarelli (Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley) Monday, June 5, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In this lecture the character of the ancient Egyptian magical practices, with a special focus on the role that demons played in magical texts and images, will be thoroughly...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 / 12:00 PM McCune Conference Room Derek Downey (Navy) Edgar Guapo (Army) Rocio Iribe (Marine Corps) Ruben Maldonado (Marine Corps) Four student veterans will read stories about their military experience. Following the reading there will be time for questions and answers from the...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 / 12:30 PM Lane Room, Ellison Hall 3824 Each year the IHC's Identity Studies RFG sponsors a graduate student panel. Students present their current research - seminar papers, professional papers, dissertation chapter. Nicole Filler, Political Science;  "Different Pathways, Common Fates:Assessing the Gender Dynamics of...

Saturday, May 20, 2017/ 1:00 PM Leilah Danielson (History, Northern Arizona University) HSSB 4041 Leilah Danielson is the author of American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the 20th Century (2014). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy....

Friday, May 19, 2017 / 12:30 PM-6:30PM Girvetz Hall 1004 Events at Standing Rock - from April 2016 to February 2017 - altered the media landscape, created new ways to protect the water and land, and launched a resurgence of indigenous centered leadership. Join co-founders of...

Saturday, May 13, 2017/1:00 PM HSSB 4041 Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Political Science, Columbia)  Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Political Science, Columbia) is completing a book, Politics at Work, and with Theda Skocpol is writing a study that examines the rise of the Koch political network. Sponsored by the Center for the Study...

Jacqueline (Jac) Gares (Director) CeCe McDonald (Activist, Prison Reform Advocate) Lal Zimman (Linguistics, UCSB) Wednesday, May 10, 2017/7:0o0 PM Pollock Theater In 2011 CeCe McDonald survived a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. Her story inspired an international movement advocating for her freedom, and since...

Heather Blurton (English, UCSB) Shamma Boyarin (English, University of Victoria) Christine Chism (English, UCLA) Paul Cobb (History, University of Pennsylvania) Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UCSC) Elias Muhanna (Comparative Literature, Brown) Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies, UCSB) Daniel Seldon (Literature, UCSC) Friday, May 5, 2017 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Loma Pelona Center This...

May 5, 2017/1:00 PM University Center and Corwin Pavilion The Beyond Academia conference at UC Santa Barbara is an annual event aimed at preparing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all stages and disciplines to pursue a wide range of career options after graduate school. The conference...

Weavers: Jennifer Bates Lois Bohna Linda Yamane Thursday, May 4, 2017 / 3:00 PM McCune Conference Room Three Native American basketweavers will discuss the role that weaving plays in each of their communities. The basketweavers will also weave in their traditional style, showcasing each of their designs and techniques. Jennifer Bates...

Svetlana Maslinskaya (Research Fellow, the Institute of Russian Literature) April 27, 2107 / 4:00 PM BUCHN 1940 The idea of child heroism in Russian literature for children first can be traced to state ideology and analyzed as part of patriotic pedagogical discourse both in the Russian...

Jonathan Goldberg (English, Emory) Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook (English, UCSB) Friday, April 21, 2017 / 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Saturday, April 22, 2017 / 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Loma Pelona Conference Center With the present rise of ephemera studies, we hope to investigate the limits, depths, and abilities of the...

Julie Eizenberg (Founding Principle, KoningEizenberg) Hank Koning (Founding Principle, KoningEizenberg) Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 Architects Koning Eizenberg take on the idyll of local and neighborhood through the design of recent projects in the Los Angeles region in Urban Hallucinations. They bring...

Lorena Wolffer (Artist) Thursday, April 13, 2017 / 12:45 PM meet in front of the Student Resource Building Mapping Dissent is a collaborative public art project with queer feminist and Mexico-City based artist, Lorena Wolffer and part of the ongoing Queer Hemispheres Radical Performance Series. During the performance...

Nathan Schneider (Media Studies, University of Colorado - Boulder) Thursday, April 6, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB What motivates people and mobilizes them to create change? In 2011, people in countries around the world rose up against their governments and economic systems,...

Thursday, March  9, 2017 / 4:00 PM UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312 Local attorney Marysol Bretado & members of the Latina/o community will discuss this year's UCSB Reads 2017 book selection, Into the Beautiful North, which explores issues of immigration, return migration, and border...

Comments by Giuliana Perrone (History, UCSB) Jannie Scott (Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB) Jasmine Yarish (Political Science, UCSB) Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall Jannie Scott (Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB) "Refashioning Black community in the Wake of Emancipation:...

M.M. McCabe (Emerita Professor of Ancient Philosophy, Kings College, London and Sather Professor, UC Berkeley) Friday, March 3, 2017 / 4:00 PM HSSB 4080 M. M. McCabe is Emerita Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Kings College, London, and is currently Sather Professor of Classics at UC Berkeley. She...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / 7:00 PM MultiCultural Center Theater FREE This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence is internationally renowned poet Yusef Komunyakaa. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry, including Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (1994), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa's other works include Warhorses (2008); Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1 (2006); Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (2001); Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000); and Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent collections of poetry include The Chameleon Couch (2011), Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (2013), and Emperor of Water Clocks (2015). He is the author of Gilgamesh: A Verse Play (2006), and, in collaboration with composer T.J. Anderson, the opera libretto Slip Knot.

Saturday, February  25, 2017 / 2:00 PM Pollock Theater This event is free but space is limited; please reserve a ticket here. In a special Cinephile Saturday program, the Pollock Theater is proud to present Seven Samurai on 35mm film.  Kurosawa's masterpiece tells the story of a...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 / 9:30 AM Social Sciences and Media Studies Building 2F, Conference Room 2135 A striking aspect of contemporary Japanese culture is the pervasive nature of discussions and representations of “spirits” (tama or tamashii), generally rooted in vaguely articulated discourses on “animism” (animizumu) that...

Friday, February 17, 2017 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Annenberg Conference Room, SSMS 4315 Participants: Jeremy Douglass (UCSB) Lisa Han (UCSB) Mél Hogan (Calgary) Melody Jue (UCSB) Paulina Mickiewicz (McGill) Rahul Mukerjee (U Penn) Max Ritts (UBC) Rafico Ruiz (Trent) Chris Russill (Carleton) Bhaskar Sarkar (UCSB) John Shiga (Ryerson) The presence or absence of water determines the...

Juan E. Campo (Religious Studies, UCSB) Edina Lekovic (Director of Policy & Programming, Muslim Public Affairs Council) Yasmin Sallak (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, UCSB) Laila Shereen Sakr (Film & Media, UCSB) Sherene Seikaly (History, UCSB) Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In the aftermath...

Marian Schwartz (translator) Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 12:30 PM  McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Marian Schwartz has translated over seventy volumes of Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. She is the principal English translator of the works of Nina Berberova and translated...

Dimitri Gutas (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University) Monday, February 13, 2017 / 5:00 PM HSSB 6020 This talk examines Hellenic science in late antiquity in its historical, social, and political context, including the consolidation of the Aristotelian/(Neo-)Platonic curriculum of higher studies, expressing the scientific...

 Nicole Holliday (Linguistics, Pomona College)  Friday, February 3, 2017/12:00 PM 3605 South Hall Bring a brown-bag lunch; dessert will be provided. Dr. Nicole Holliday is a Mellon Chau Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. Nicole Holliday's research is in sociolinguistics, specifically, how individuals interact...

Henry Jenkins (Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education, USC) Thursday, February 2, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Henry Jenkins's 2006 book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collides ended with the speculation that we were acquiring skills through play that would soon...

Tues, Jan. 31,  2017 /4:00 PM UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312 Enda Duffy (English, UCSB) Ken Kosik (Neuroscience, UCSB) Sameer Pandya (Asian American Studies, UCSB) Kay Young (English, UCSB) By selecting a fiction book this year, after 10 years of non-fiction titles, the UCSB Reads Selection Advisory...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 6:00 PM MultiCultural Center Lounge Stephanie Camba is a writer, poet, singer, MC, visual art-maker, fighter, healer, and eternal learner. With transnational origins, they were born in the Philippines and raised in the Marshall Islands. Camba has struggled with finding a...

Sahar Sajadieh (Media Arts & Technology, UCSB) Thursday, Jan 26th, 4:00 PM at UCSB Glass Box Gallery Reception at 3:45pm “How to Explain Pictures to a Live Paro” is an interactive durational performance artwork about gun control policies in the US, and the safety and security...