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April 2020

POSTPONED Critical Mass Talks, Staged Reading, Exhibit: On Collecting and Hoarding
William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff

April 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. SIGN UP FOR OUR EVENTS MAILING LIST FOR EVENT UPDATES.   SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Exhibit: The Cheez-It Boxes of Professor King Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff Staged Reading: Collections of Nothing More or Less EVENT DETAILS: Exhibit: The Cheez-It Boxes of Professor King  King’s Cheez-It box collection will be on exhibit in the Crowell Reading Room (HSSB 6028).  Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff The Creative Edge of Collecting William Davies King has spent a lifetime collecting nothing in a way he brought to light in his 2008 book Collections of Nothing. His collecting of such things as Cheez-It boxes, “Place Stamp Here” squares, hotel door cards, and the little stickers you find on fruit runs into the tens of thousands of items, all on the low edge of the valueless and…

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POSTPONED Conference: Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster
Sara Pankenier Weld and Sven Spieker

April 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE. EMAIL SARA PANKENIER WELD FOR MORE INFORMATION (saraweld@ucsb.edu)   The interdisciplinary conference "Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster" examines the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl to consider its afterlife in culture and the arts. Situated at a watershed moment during the Cold War, Chernobyl spawned an unprecedented quantity of global responses from scientists, writers, filmmakers, and artists, and it has become a key moment for the global environmental movement. This conference views the accident and its aftermath in the context of broader global ecologies of disaster and considers how catastrophe is coded and understood — or fails to be understood — through the prism of science, art, literature, and film. How do all these disciplines and discourses confront the disaster, and where do they converge to…

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POSTPONED Conference: Climate Fictions
Keynote Presenter John Shoptaw

April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - April 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE. EMAIL CHRISTENE D'ANCA FOR MORE INFORMATION (christene_danca@ucsb.edu)   As climate change has become a central topic of discussion, laced with the uncertainty of tomorrow, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research has invited scholars from a variety of disciplines to reframe their conversations with a focus on this ubiquitous topic as it has been interpreted in literary fiction, as well as within the arts. Originally coined by Dan Bloom, Climate-Fiction, popularly known as Cli-Fi, is a type of fiction that explores what the earth might become if climate change continues at its current rate, and specifically if humans do not intervene to save the planet. As many successful authors, such as Margaret Atwood, T. C. Boyle, Amitav Ghosh, Ursula Le Guin, Lydia Millet, David Mitchell, and Leslie Marmon…

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POSTPONED The 2020 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Jesmyn Ward

April 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. SIGN UP FOR OUR EVENTS MAILING LIST FOR EVENT UPDATES.   MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been called “the new Toni Morrison” (American Booksellers Association). In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award twice—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike. Her writing, which encompasses fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, is “raw, beautiful, and dangerous” (The New York Times Book Review). Ward’s novels, primarily set on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, are deeply informed by the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, deals with the loss of…

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