Winter 2017

Winter 2017

INT 185 CT
Community Matters
Instructor: Rick Benjamin
W 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM
6056 HSSB
2 credits
Community Matters mixes civic reflection and action through engagement with IV Elementary School. Students can expect to be involved with a diverse range of activities at the school, such as one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, supporting class-room learning as well as both developing and implementing curriculum. Our time each week at UCSB (Wednesday mornings) will be devoted to discussing short weekly readings in community engagement and to ongoing conversations about our partnership at IV Elementary. Please contact instructor Rick Benjamin with any questions:

Catalyst Writing Collective
Instructor: Brian Donnelly
TR 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
SH 2635
The Catalyst Writing Lab meets bi-weekly every quarter. It is a 3-unit collaborative, interdisciplinary space for producing The Catalyst Literary Arts Magazine. While conceptualizing, writing, and editing these issues will be the primary focus of the quarterly writing labs, the course will also train members of the collective in how to sustain a magazine. By the spring quarter, the expectation is that a student enrolled for a year will have had firsthand experience and tangible products in marketing, fundraising, planning, writing, editing, and collaborating. Those enrolled will take part in producing, exhibiting, and celebrating three issues of The Catalyst. Hence this is a course in designing, writing, creative directing, financing, marketing, and editing a magazine. Please email for more information about enrolling.

Mock Trial
Instructor: Gina Genova
TR 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM
Girvetz 1112
Interactive, collaborative, & interdisciplinary space where members prepare for competition in and out of state. Competes in AMTA Regionals and opening round of Championship Series in winter quarter, with semi- and final rounds held early spring. Students theorize, strategize, summarize, write, edit, present, debate, and discuss all aspects of case preparation and oral argument, focusing on opening statements, witness direct and cross examinations, rules of evidence and closing argument. Oratory/persuasive abilities, general writing, editing, collaborative skills will be developed.  For further information, contact instructor Gina Genova:

Peer Mentoring
Instructor: Jody Enders
W 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
HSSB 2202

Students learn how to teach public speaking, assisting the professor as peer mentors.  Initiation to pedagogy of public speaking includes review of such activities as: facilitating discussion, office hours, grading, preparation of review and/or feedback session(s), etc.

Poetry & Community Practice
Instructor: Rick Benjamin, IHC Associate Director for Community Engagement
TTh 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
HSSB 6056
4 units
Poetry & Community Practice honors a connection between poetry and citizenship, assuming that poetry is a wisdom medium toward more enlightened thinking and public practice.  Poetry is an ideal vehicle for extending our study and practice beyond UCSB, and students will be conducting workshops in schools, community centers, and assisted living facilities as part of their work for the course, extending their own learning through teaching while also being of benefit elsewhere.  The class emphasizes community building: in the course at UCSB, in teaching pairs, in classes and workshops with partnering sites, Poetry is the connective tissue; building relationships is at the heart of the practice.

The course is a hybrid, mixing aspects of a traditional poetry workshop with community engagement that is essential to individual creative progress in any artistic medium.  This idea runs counter to assumptions of insularity and certain convictions about individualism.  Poetry will be the erosive, corrosive device toward a more humanities-based approach to creative & community practice.  To enroll, please email Rick Benjamin:

WORD: Isla Vista Arts and Culture Magazine
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson and D.J. Palladino
Friday 3-5 PM,TD-W 2600
The course publishes a free quarterly magazine that is designed, compiled, researched, written, edited, and distributed by students. We explore the burgeoning artistic endeavors in Isla Vista and highlight topical issues uncovered by student editors. Attendance at all production meetings is mandatory.
For more information, contact

Writing Workshop for Student Veterans
Instructor: Susan Derwin
Monday 5:00-7:00 PM, 6056 HSSB
This creative writing workshop is for veterans who wish to write about their military experiences. Participants will share and discuss their work with each other in an informal setting. For more information, contact Susan Derwin:

INT 594 AB
Ancient Borderlands
This course is affiliated with the Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group. The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group unites UCSB faculty and graduate students with common research interests in the history of Mediterranean antiquity, broadly conceived. We are investigating the process by which groups define, create and maintain their identities over time. The creation of boundaries, among ethnic, political, or religious groups, is a dynamic activity that can be reflected, not only by changes in material culture, but also in the rhetorical strategies adopted by ancient authors and the political tactics pursued by those seeking power. As members of several departments, including Classics, History, Religious Studies, and Anthropology, we are also interested in challenging the disciplinary boundaries between us, believing that we have much to learn from one another.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Proseminar
Instructor: Ines Talamantez
W 12:10-3:00 PM
6056 HSSB

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Native American Studies. The course familiarizes students with the variety of disciplinary approaches to Native American Studies (Religious Studies, Chicano Studies, Anthropology, History, Literary Studies, etc.). More importantly, the course seeks to create an understanding of Indigenous theories and methodologies that transcend disciplinary boundaries and that are derived from an Indigenous and non-western epistemology.