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October 2017

Finding Funding With COS Pivot

October 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1301 SSMS, Social Sciences & Media Studies Building, UCSB

Learn how to use the COS Pivot funding search engine to find funding opportunities in your area of expertise.

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November 2017

IHC Fellow TALK: Plastic China, Plastic Chain: An Inconvenient Truth about Recycling

November 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Until the Chinese government's new trade policy on waste importation this year, the environmental and practical impact of the global waste trade has been largely absent from US scientific and theoretical studies on waste. These new policies, however, are predicted to have a catastrophic impact on the American scrap recycling industry and have therefore ignited a conversation. This talk uses the lens of the critically acclaimed yet domestically banned documentary Plastic China (2016) by Jiuliang Wang to investigate both industrial statistics and out-of-sight practices of plastic scrap recycling. It is only when the "foreign" part of the story is told that we can rethink "recycling," which is itself a controversial packaging concept of consumer culture. The global fluidity of waste engages and enriches theories about plasticity, plastic-organism contact, environmental justice, political economy, and documentary intervention, as well as intimately connects…

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Research Support Workshop: Human Subjects

November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4108 Education, Education Building, UCSB

A research integrity specialist from the Office of Research will explain the Institutional Review Board process and discuss ethical issues for researches who work with human subjects.

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January 2018

Research Development Workshop: Proposal Writing 101

January 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6056 HSSB, 6056 HSSB. UC Santa Barbara

Learn about the different types of extramural funding and university protocol for proposal submission. Workshop will also cover the anatomy of a proposal and include writing tips

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Research Development Workshop: Undergraduate Research

January 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
4108 Education, Education Building, UCSB

How to engage undergraduate students in social science, humanities, education research. Prof. Anne Charity-Hudley.

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February 2018

Conference: Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier

February 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Twelve scholars from around the globe will present examples of the groundbreaking research taking place at the intersection of digital humanities and classical Chinese literary studies. Covering poetry, prose, fiction, history, linguistics, and philosophy over the course of two millennia, these studies will show how computing technologies can help researchers uncover previously unseen patterns and networks in their materials, shedding new light on premodern texts. Keynote Address by Michael Fuller (East Asian Languages and Literatures, UC Irvine), "Digital Humanities and the Discontents of Meaning," on Friday, February 9 at 4:30 PM. Free and open to the public. Conference participants include: JING CHEN (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), TIMOTHY CLIFFORD (Bryn Mawr College), MICHAEL FULLER (UC Irvine), YI-LONG HUANG (National Tsing Hua University), CHAO-LIN LIU (National Chengchi University), CHEN LIU (Kyoto University), THOMAS MAZANEC (UCSB), EVAN NICOLL-JOHNSON (University of Alberta), DONALD STURGEON (Harvard…

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Presentation: Imagining America
Erica Kohl-Arenas

February 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Please join us for a presentation by Imagining America director Erica Kohl-Arenas about public humanities and arts. The event will take place at 10:00 AM in the McCune Conference Room and will include audience discussion. Imagining America (IA) is currently based at UC Davis, its third host campus, as of July 2017. Comprised of a network of college and university members and community partners, IA’s annual programming includes convening a national conference and cultural organizing institutes, and collaborative research and action projects. IA contributes resources to an expanding membership; offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student leaders, including the Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) network, an annual cohort funded by IA that acts as a incubator for scholarly writing, innovative thinking, and bold experimentation; and provides significant leadership to the field of engaged scholarship in higher education, as evidenced in Public: A Journal of Imagining America,…

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Research Development Workshop: Academic Strategic Planning

February 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1150 Kerr, Kerr Hall, UCSB

Aligning your time with your priorities (NCFDD webinar)!

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Research Development Workshop: Research Plus Interdisciplinarity

February 23, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Faculty engaged or interested in interdisciplinary research projects are invited to join the next UC Humanities Research Plus webinar on February 23 from 1:30-2:30 pm. UC Santa Barbara Associate Director of Research Development Brandon Fastman will talk about interdisciplinary collaboration with Ann Taves, Professor of Religious Studies at UCSB. To bridge the humanities and the sciences, Taves has established the Religion, Experience, and Mind (REM) Lab Group. Its goals are to assist in the development of individual and collaborative research projects, including papers, dissertations, and grant proposals, that seek to understand the interaction of religion, experience, and mind across traditions and cultures. Fastman and Taves will discuss how humanities centers and research development staff can create an environment for fostering productive collaborations with researchers from across the disciplines and how to nurture such collaborations into successful proposals. Faculty interested in joining the webinar should…

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March 2018

Conference: Beyond Academia

March 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

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 offers attendees the opportunity to interact with professionals who have established careers outside the professoriate in industry, government, administration, nonprofits, and more. Come learn about potential careers in a variety of sectors and specialties outside of and alongside academia. Whether you are on the job market or just starting to explore career options, the Beyond Academia conference will help you create an action plan for your future. Sponsored by the UCSB Graduate Division; Stimulating Entrepreneurial and Economic Development in Santa Barbara (SEED-SB); UCSB Career Services; UCSB Center for Science & Engineering Partnerships; Materials Department; Computer Science Department; Physics Department; Electrical & Computer…

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Research Development Workshop: Intro to the NEH

March 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6056 HSSB, 6056 HSSB. UC Santa Barbara

Learn about grant programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Research Development Workshop: Grant Budgets

March 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2218 North Hall, North Hall, UCSB

How to Write a Grant Budget: how to manage grant funds.

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April 2018

The Sixth Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference: Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory

April 6, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - April 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Borderlands, broadly defined, are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into contact, often without any one authority exercising complete control. These encounters require both individuals and societies to adapt culturally, politically, economically, religiously, artistically, and technologically to other ways of life, often with unexpected and surprising results. The sixth biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference, “Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory” showcases how studying the borderlands reveals marginality as a decentralizing process, treating the marginalized subject as the center of the discourse rather than at its outskirts. Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; the UCSB Graduate Student Association; the Virgil Cordano, OFM, Endowment in Catholic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB; the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Global Studies, History of Art and Architecture, Religious Studies, and…

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IHC Visiting Scholar Talk: Media Before Gutenberg
Ingrid Nelson

April 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Although “media” conjures modern, technologized modes of communication (television, the internet, print journalism), mediation is a central part of all communication. In the Middle Ages, media referred to networks of voices, texts, bodies, human actions, and nonhuman forces that were involved in sense perception, social interaction, storytelling, and other acts of cultural transmission. This talk will elaborate on the media ecology of the medieval West by putting Aristotle’s theories of sense perception in dialogue with theories of new media and embodied informatics, from Marshall McLuhan’s description of media as the “extensions of man” to N. Katherine Hayles’s cyborg theory. Understanding media before machine technologies and the era of mass communication heralded by the printing press also yields new insights into medieval literature, and this talk will conclude with a discussion of media and mediation in Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterwork, The Canterbury…

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Conference: Lukács and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production

April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4429 SSMS, Social Sciences and Media Studies, UCSB

See attached flyer for detailed schedule. Sponsored by the College of Letters and Sciences, the Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics (COMMA), the Carsey-Wolf Center, IHC, Mellichamp Global Dynamics, Department of English, Department of Film and Media Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies.

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Conference: Exploring Catalan Identity

April 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

14:00 — Opening Remarks: Dean John Majewski and Chair Leo Cabranes-Grant 14:15-14:45— Debra Blumenthal (UCSB), “«Send me all the receipts that you have regularly»: Slave Women as Business Agents in the Late Medieval Mediterranean World” 14:50 -16:00 — Antonio Cortijo Ocaña (UCSB): “Amor y religión en la Corona de Aragón: la creación de la sentimentalidad moderna”— Óscar Perea (Lancaster University): ” La Valencia multilingüe del Cancionero general de Hernando del Castillo (1511-1514)” — Jordi Aladro Font (UC Santa Cruz): “Trento y su impacto en la iconografía de los santos más populares en la Corona de Aragón” 16:00-16:15 — Coffee break 16:15-17:30 — Josep Vicent Garcia Sebastià (Universitat d’Alacant): “«Temps ha»: saturació, intensificació i usos discursius (s. XVI-XVIII)” — Enric Mallorquí Ruscalleda (California State University, Fullerton): “Carner, Frankl, Barthes”— Eloi Grasset (UCSB): “ Modelos literarios y hegemonía cultural en la literatura catalana”…

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May 2018

Talk: Winds, Dreams, Theater: A Genealogy of Emotion-Realms through the Lens of The Peony Pavilion
Ling Hon Lam

May 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1930 Buchanan, Buchanan Hall

In his talk, Lam will give a revisionist history of emotions in Chinese literature and culture centered on the idea of emotion as space – which the Chinese call “emotion-realm” (qingjing) – rather than a state of mind. If The Peony Pavilion (Mudan ting, 1598) is the romantic play par excellence in early modern China, it is not because, as many assume, it celebrates emotion as the innermost essence of a liberated individual. Rather, it is because the play eloquently encapsulates the three major historical regimes of the spatiality of emotion: winds, dreamscapes, and theatricality. The Peony Pavilion has deployed these various regimes in an anachronistic juxtaposition, obliterating their timeline and structural differences. Lam will give an archaeological reading of the play that renders visible the subtle transformation of Chinese theater and subject formation—of which the transfiguration of the dream…

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Santa Barbara Food Cycle Exploration

May 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where does our food come from? What are issues affecting food access in this community? Join us to explore these questions with farmers, beekeepers, scientists, and activists from the Santa Barbara Foodshed. The Santa Barbara community is invited to attend this free event to learn from local experts about the food cycle from soil and seed, to seedling and harvest, to distribution and justice. The event will take place at UC Santa Barbara’s Greenhouse and Garden Project. Participants will engage with local, seasonal varieties in various stages of reproduction and growth. Together participants will integrate science, action, and justice through an exploration of the food cycle from a diversity of perspectives. Each local expert will give a short presentation followed by Q&A with the audience. The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion and time for enjoying a local fruit…

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Conference: Cultural Sustainabilities: Music, Media, Language, Advocacy

May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - May 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

Cultural Sustainabilities is driven by the proposition that environmental and human sustainability are inextricably linked. Leading social scientists, humanists, and activists will convene to address the premise that reversing or ameliorating the negative impacts of human behavior on the globe’s environments is at its core a human cultural question. Topics considered include media, language, singing, fandom, indigeneity, trauma, and trash. The conference honors the work of the keynote speaker, Jeff Todd Titon. Keynote Address by Jeff Todd Titon (Ethnomusicology, emeritus, Brown University), “Toward a Sound Ecology,” on Friday, May 25, 3:30 PM. Free and open to the public. EVENT SCHEDULE Thursday, May 24 7 PM Film Screening: Powerhouse for God (57 minutes) Followed by Q&A with Barry Dornfeld (Documentary Filmmaker) and Jeff Todd Titon (Brown University), moderated by Janet Walker (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) and Timothy J. Cooley (Music,…

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Launching New Research in the Humanities: Presentations by the IHC’s 2017-18 Faculty Fellows
Jennifer Holt, erin Khuê Ninh, Eric Prieto

May 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
research fellows

Please join us in celebrating our 2017-18 Faculty Fellows, whose works-in-progress are supported this year by IHC release-time awards. Fellows will give a short presentation of their work followed by a reception. Jennifer Holt Film and Media Studies “From Convergence to the Cloud: Media Policy in the Digital Era”     erin Khuê Ninh Asian American Studies “Almost Perfect: Passing for the Model Minority”     Eric Prieto French and Italian “World Literature, Urban Theory, and the Informal City”

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June 2018

Exhibit: INSIDE

June 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Red Barn Project Space, Building 479, UCSB

A presentation of art, film and dance created by and with artists from the Mental Wellness Center Santa Barbara. Organized by Jimmy and Stephanie Miracle with support from the Fellowship Club and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center UCSB. June 25 - July 6 Hours by appointment Email or 805-299-5061 OPENING RECEPTION June 29 4 - 6 PM Red Barn Project Space, Building 479, UCSB

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October 2018

Presentation: UCHRI Funding Opportunities
David Theo Goldberg

October 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

All UCSB faculty members are encouraged to join us for a presentation by David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, about upcoming UCHRI funding opportunities. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable featuring UCSB grant recipients Juan Cobo (History), Alenda Chang (Film and Media Studies), Diane Fujino (Asian American Studies), and Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies).  The event will conclude with audience Q&A. Come learn about UCHRI funding opportunities and best practices for successful grant application.

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November 2018

Inaugural Dean’s Lecture Series: Social Science Partnerships for the Common Good
Alondra Nelson

November 13, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Social research stands at a crossroads. On the one hand, new data sources and methods offer scholars unprecedented opportunities to understand and influence the social world.  On the other hand, fiscal constraints, security risks, misinformation campaigns, and “post-truth culture” threaten both the funding and the credibility of this research. In this context, the Social Science research Council (SSRC) launched the multidisciplinary, cross-sector To Secure Knowledge Task Force to consider optimal conditions for social science in this moment, including the infrastructure of social research, standards of inquiry, and the role that rigorous understanding plays in public affairs. In her talk, SSRC president Alondra Nelson will discuss the Task Force’s conclusions, including the development of a framework for researchers, nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and businesses to collaborate in an effort to secure knowledge in the 21st century. She will also reflect on the Council’s new work in areas of inequality, technology and…

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January 2019

Contemporary Asian American Activism and Intergenerational Perspectives: An Activist-Scholar Symposium

January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - January 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Contemporary Asian American Activism and Intergenerational Perspectives: An Activist-Scholar Symposium January 24-25, 2019 at UC Santa Barbara This symposium brings together some of the most important Asian American community organizers and activist-scholars to discuss various aspects of Asian American grassroots activism today, including immigrant rights, environmental justice, labor, housing, education, prisons, state violence, intersectional racialized gender and heteropatriarchy, and international solidarity work. Keynote Speaker: Pam Tau Lee  | The Struggle to Abolish Environmental Racism:  Asian Radical Imaginings from the Homeland to our Frontlines Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6 PM, UCSB MultiCultural Center Rooted in 50 years of Asian American radical activism and environmental justice organizing, Pam Tau Lee addresses the question, “Can an Asian radical perspective contribute toward achieving environmental justice?”  Pam Lee is a founding member of the Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Just Transition Alliance. Asian American Activism Symposium…

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Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

January 30, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, January 30, 11:45-1:00 PM | 6020 HSSB Tuesday, February 5, 4:00-5:00 PM | 6020 HSSB Join the IHC to learn more about the new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program.  Explore the course requirements, hear about the paid internships and fellow-designed community projects, and find out more about the capstone project. The January 30 session will include lunch from South Coast Deli and the February 5 session will have light refreshments.

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February 2019

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

February 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, January 30, 11:45-1:00 PM | 6020 HSSB Tuesday, February 5, 4:00-5:00 PM | 6020 HSSB Join the IHC to learn more about the new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program.  Explore the course requirements, hear about the paid internships and fellow-designed community projects, and find out more about the capstone project. The January 30 session will include lunch from South Coast Deli and the February 5 session will have light refreshments.

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Timely Intersections: Black Histories on the Page and Stage

February 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

How are Black histories re-purposed and re-imagined as they move across mediums? Considering that both literature and theatre have advanced causes of Black liberation across historical eras and genres, our aim is to think through creative adaptations of Black histories as both a conduit for social change and a mode of education. Our symposium commemorates the Theater and Dance department’s LAUNCH PAD production of Cheryl West’s adaptation of The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, a Civil Rights-inspired novel by Newbery-Award winning children’s author Christopher Paul Curtis.   1 PM: Welcome/Coffee   1:15: Roundtable: Pedagogy & Practice: Bringing Black Histories into Classrooms   Stephanie Batiste - English/Black Studies Christina McMahon - Theater and Dance Felice Blake - English Nadege Clitandre - Global Studies   2:15 Panel: Translating Black Stories for Young Readers & Local Communities   Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey (Sacramento State University), “Building…

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May 2019

CHIMERA: A Public Reading
Maiza Hixson

May 15, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Art Design & Architecture Museum, 552 University Rd.

CHIMERA is a science fiction play set in 2050 that centers around a love triangle and an artificially intelligent firefighting cyborg named AICH#805. Entertaining the fate of human existence in an era of climate change, the play discusses technological innovations that move us closer to “the singularity”—the moment when super-intelligent machines evolve without human assistance—as we simultaneously grapple with the more immediate threat of environmental collapse. Our main characters must reconcile the past and save humanity before being expelled from planet Earth. Artist Maiza Hixson studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited and performed widely at such venues as: the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Baltimore Contemporary (Koban); Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and beyond. Sponsored by the…

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Disquantified Conference: Higher Education in the Age of Metrics

May 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Disquantified: Higher Education in the Age of Metrics May 16-17, 2019 Loma Pelona Center and the UCen (Harbor Room) Metrics are transforming higher education. The Disquantified conference explores how they are changing teaching, research, and governance in universities. Our questions include: How are citation analytics affecting the direction of academic research and publishing? Are wage data influencing how students choose majors? Are faculty teaching differently as assessment becomes learning analytics? Have performance indicators changed public funding and oversight? Given these trends, how might faculty, students, and staff respond? Please join us as we host an interdisciplinary cast of scholars for lively discussion about how we can use (and when we should reject) higher education metrics. Our goal is to make the university a more exciting, energizing, and equitable place. Faculty, students, and staff members from all disciplines are welcome.…

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Launching New Research in the Humanities: Presentations by the IHC’s 2018-19 Faculty Fellows
Elena Aronova, Karen Lunsford, Amit Shilo, Martha Sprigge

May 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating our 2018-19 Faculty Fellows, whose works-in-progress are supported this year by IHC release-time awards. Fellows will give a short presentation of their work. A reception will follow. Elena Aronova, History “Making Science History: The Forgotten Socialist Roots of Big History and Big Data” Karen Lunsford, Writing Program “The Effects of Intellectual Property Law in Writing Studies: Ethics, Gatekeepers, and Academic Knowledge-Making” Amit Shilo, Classics “The Afterlife in the Oresteia: Ethical and Political Perspectives” Martha Sprigge, Music “Socialist Laments: Musical Mourning in the German Democratic Republic”

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Artist Talk: American Cotton
Marshall Sharpe

May 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Glass Box Gallery, UCSB Art Department, Building 534 (Space 1328)

Marshall Sharpe is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings, entitled, “American Cotton” at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Glass Box Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31 from 9-5 pm. A reception and a short artist talk will be held on Friday, May 31, from 4-6 pm at the UCSB Glass Box Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The Glass Box Gallery is located in the center of the UCSB Art Department, Building 534 (Space 1328), near Storke Tower. Paid parking is available in Lot 22. This exhibition was made possible by an IHC Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Award.

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October 2019

Conference: Modeling the Pacific: Oceanic Research in Science, Technology, and Humanities

October 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - October 12, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

MODELING THE PACIFIC: OCEANIC RESEARCH IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND HUMANITIES OCTOBER 10-12, 2019 MOSHER ALUMNI HALL UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA The three-day conference brings together scholars from the sciences and humanities to discuss the history and function of modeling for our understanding of oceans, in general, and the Pacific Ocean, in particular. It aims at connecting scientific and engineering modes of dealing with oceans and marine life with approaches from media studies, history of science, and literature. Keynote: Naomi Oreskes Participants: Elena Aronova, Lisa Han, Stefan Helmreich, Sabine Höhler, Melody Jue, Sotiria Lampoudi, Eckart Meiburg, Tyler Morgenstern, Fabian Offert, John Durham Peters, Helen Rozwadowski, Tapio Schneider, Teresa Shewry, Samantha Stevenson, Douglas Steigerwald, Libe Washburn, et al. A cooperation of Germanic & Slavic Studies, UCSB and MECS (Media Cultures of Computer Simulations), Leuphana University Lüneburg Organized by: Wolf Kittler, Christina…

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UCHRI Funding Opportunities Information Sessions
Shana Melnysyn

October 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

9:30 am - 11:00 am - Faculty Funding Panel 11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Graduate Funding Panel Shana Melnysyn, Research Grants Manager at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), will host information sessions for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about UCHRI's grant opportunities. Each session will include time for audience Q&A. The Faculty Funding Session (9:30-11 am) will include a panel on tips for crafting successful proposals with previous UCHRI faculty award winners: Abdulhamit Arvas (Theater and Dance), Susan Derwin (Comparative Literature and German), and Sherene Seikaly (History). Come learn about UCHRI funding opportunities and best practices for successful grant applications.

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December 2019

Performance: Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena (UCSB Opera performance)
UCSB Opera Outreach Program, directed by Associate Professor Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian

December 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Karl Geiringer Hall, Building 531, University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB Associate Professor Isabel Bayrakdarian will direct undergraduate students from UCSB’s Opera Outreach Program in a free community performance of Evan Mack’s 2016 children’s opera Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 6 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The 45-minute one-act opera is based on the Mexican folk tale of the same name that tells the story of how the poinsettia became a meaningful symbol of the holiday season. This project is supported by the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC) Collaborative Arts Teaching Program Award and cosponsored by UC Santa Barbara Department of Music

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Talk: The Emotional Landscape of Revolution: Russia 1905-1925
Mark D. Steinberg

December 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In this talk, I consider the shifting, tumultuous, and consequential field of emotions that contemporaries perceived as defining public life in Russia during its “revolutionary” age. I take this story from the stillborn revolution of 1905, into global war and transnational revolution, through a bloody civil war into the first years of peaceful “socialist construction.” Often categorized as “the public mood,” a trope in Russian journalism and politics in the first half of the 20th century, these emotions ranged from what was described as dark anguish to joyful enthusiasm. Texts to be considered include working-class poetry, public art, appeals, petitions, and memoirs. Topics range from street protests to efforts to create liberated new men and women, including sexually. Key elements woven into this story of revolution and feeling include religion, violence, and language. I link all of these stories and…

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January 2020

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday, January 9, 4:00-5:00 PM | 6020 HSSB Thursday, January 16, 9:00-10:00 AM | 6020 HSSB Join the IHC and current Public Humanities Fellows to learn more about the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program.  Explore the course requirements, hear about paid internship and fellow-designed community project opportunities, and find out more about the capstone project. Light refreshments will be served.

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Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

January 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Thursday, January 9, 4:00-5:00 PM | 6020 HSSB Thursday, January 16, 9:00-10:00 AM | 6020 HSSB Join the IHC and current Public Humanities Fellows to learn more about the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program.  Explore the course requirements, hear about paid internship and fellow-designed community project opportunities, and find out more about the capstone project. Light refreshments will be served.

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Symposium: Drawing Diversity: Identity, Organizing, and Imagining in Comics and Graphic Narratives
Frederick Luis Aldama

January 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

“Drawing Diversity” seeks to highlight the research and ideas of comix scholars who research questions of power, representation, and identity in comics. The symposium hopes to engage the politics and poetics of representing the intersections of race, nationhood, gender, and sexuality, among other social locations, through the comics form. Some central questions we will explore include: • What are the ethics and politics of visual representation amid the violent realities of white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, imperialism and (neo)colonialism? • How can comics represent historical traumas both past and present? • Can the visual/verbal incite new modes of identification, empathy, and ethics in narrative? • What possibilities for activism (or artivism) exist within comics, popular culture, and literary studies across cultures and geographies? • How does graphic narrative (mis)represent individuals and communities? • What is the place of graphic narrative in a…

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