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TALK: Eating Vegan 101. Nutritional Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

1001 Life Sciences Life Sciences Building, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Michael Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco. As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that ...

TALK: Jackals and Arabs (Once More: The German-Jewish Dialogue)

Mosher Alumni Hall Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

The lecture takes its point of departure in Maurice Blanchot’s claim that Kafka initiates a new form of dialogue. By reinserting Kafka in the debates (or dialogues) on the German-Jewish dialogue and the way in which that dialogue was always already framing, rehearsing and announcing the Arab-Jewish dialogue, Anidjar argues for the significance of form — and what it entails — in and toward the Arab-Jewish dialogue. Gil Anidjar teaches in the departments of Religion and of Middle Eastern, South ...

TALK: Embodying the Present Moment/ Master Class Open Practice

MultiCultural Center Lounge, UCSB 494 UCen Road, Isla Vista, CA

Join us for a public discussion of this performance workshop that brings together students, staff, faculty, community artists and activists who work towards social justice in their social and political spheres. The program brings to UCSB the potentialities of Theatrical Jazz for better knowing the people with whom one works, for realizing common goals, imagining programs and outreach, and for personal and community healing in a one-day session geared towards strengthened inter- and intra-university community collaboration.

Sharon Bridgforth is a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist, 2016 Creative Capital Artist, New Dramatists alumnae and recipient of funding from The Whitman Institute, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network Commissioning Fund. Her imagined “dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home” performance is published in Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage and her play delta dandi is in solo/black/woman.

CONFERENCE: The XXI Colloquium on Mexican Literature, “Nepantla, Between Comala and California, and Other Crossroads”

Centennial House, UCSB Centennial House, Isla Vista, CA

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Santa Barbara & UC-Mexicanistas (Intercampus Research Program) Just as we were in the middle of organizing this colloquium, creatively and excitedly, we suddenly learned of the devastation in Texas, México (Oaxaca, Chiapas, Morelos), Florida, Cuba, Puerto Rico.  We remained strong through this hardship.  On September 19, ironically on the 32nd anniversary of the tragic 1985 Mexico City earthquake, another earthquake struck again.   And yet, in the midst of crisis, ...

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

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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 ...

FILM SCREENING: “Latino: The Changing Face of America”

Multicultural Center Theater 494 UCen Road, Isla Vista, CA

Join us for a film screening of "Latino: the Changing Face of America". A discussion and reception with the director, Roxanne Frias (UCSB EAP alumna) will follow. Sponsored by the Education Abroad Program; the Multicultural Center; the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; and the Chicana/o Studies Department.

Film Screening: Beyond Fordlandia

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Written and directed by Marcos Colón, Beyond Fordlândia (2017, 75 min) presents an environmental account of Henry Ford’s Amazon experience decades after its failure. The story addressed by the film begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. This film addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage. There ...

The 2018 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Helen Macdonald

Corwin Pavilion 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA

This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence is acclaimed naturalist and writer Helen Macdonald. She is the author of three books, including Shaler’s Fish (2001), Falcon (2006), and H Is for Hawk (2014), winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, the Costa Book Award, and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. Her work includes poetry, naturalist non-fiction about birds, and memoir. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. In addition ...

Taubman Symposia Talk: Biblical Women and Gender Constructions: Ancient and Contemporary Perspectives on Women in the Bible

Santa Barbara Hillel 781 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA

Rabbi Prof. Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is the Effie Wise Ochs Professor of Biblical Literature and History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She is the first woman appointed as a professor to the rabbinical faculty since the founding of Hebrew Union College in 1875. At Hebrew Union College, Dr. Eskenazi trains rabbis, educators, and Jewish communal service professionals, as well as graduate students in Judaic Studies. Dr. Eskenazi is an ...

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Conference: Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800

Mosher Alumni Hall Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800 The Early Modern Center's Annual Conference: March 9-10, 2018 Featuring Keynotes from: Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University), "Human Boundedness: Shakespeare's Bear, Launce's Crab, and King Lear (with Sheep)" and Michelle Burnham (Santa Clara University), "Bodies at Risk: The Global Pacific in the Eighteenth Century" March 9, Mosher Alumni Hall, 1pm-5pm and March 10, McCune Conference Room, 9:30am-5:30pm

First Writers and Scholars in Indigenous Languages and Literatures Conference: Verbal Kaleidoscope

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

In a time where indigenous literatures are becoming more distinguishable, it is crucial to explore, challenge, and reformulate preexisting notions of spaces, identity, and knowledge. For the first time at UCSB, renowned indigenous poets of Mexico and the Basque country will establish an international dialogue with top scholars from all over the world to discuss the topic of the poetic act as a factor of visibility for marginalized cultures and political action. For the First ...

Screening: Special Yom HaShoah Event: Central Coast Premiere of Amichai Greenberg’s film The Testament

Congregation B'nai B'rith 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd., Santa Barbara, CA

To commemorate Yom HaShoah, the Taubman Symposia in Jewish Studies will present the Central Coast premiere of Amichai Greenberg's award-winning film, The Testament. The screening will take place at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Harold Marcuse (UC Santa Barbara Department of History) and Mashey Bernstein (Emeritus Faculty Member, UC Santa Barbara Writing Program). The event is free and open to the public.

Talk: Keeping it Real? Vinyl Records, Digital Media, and the Future of Independent Culture

2135 Social Sciences and Media Studies SSMS UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Feedback loops abound between digital media and contemporary vinyl culture. The majority of record sales occur online, the download code is a familiar feature of new vinyl releases, and turntables outfitted with USB ports and Bluetooth are outselling traditional models. The manufacture of records cannot be digitized; however, as with most commercial culture today, vinyl traffic is driven by algorithms and thrives on social media. Furthermore, the ascent of streaming over the past five years ...

Taubman Symposia Talk: Living in English, Writing in Hebrew: A Conversation with Israeli-American Author Ruby Namdar

Corwin Pavilion 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA

Eighteen years ago, Israeli author Ruby Namdar arrived in New York, not knowing that he had just taken the first step of an incredible literary, cultural, and personal journey. The novel The Ruined House, winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award, was an artistic response to Namdar’s wonderful experience of discovering America, American Jewry, and American Jewish literature. Translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin, The Ruined House was recently published ...

Talk: Nubian Studies: A Case Study in Scholar-Led Open Access Publishing

Library Instruction & Training 1312 UCSB Library, Santa Barbara, CA

Nubian studies scholar, punctum books co-director, and philologist Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei will discuss how community-focused, scholar-led open access publishing can help launch fields of inquiry and study that otherwise would not have adequate resources to establish themselves, because most publishers would consider the discipline too "small," and thus too risky to commit publishing resources. Part of Vincent’s work focuses on the study of the Old Nubian language, and the development of a new ...

Talk: Lawyers and Legal Consciousness in Early Modern Europe: A Cultural History

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Michael P. Breen is the author of Law, City, and King: Legal Culture, Municipal Politics and State Formation in Early Modern Dijon (2007) and numerous articles on lawyers and legal culture in early modern France. In this talk, he will address the following question: “Historians have long believed that lawyers played a central role in the dissemination of legal knowledge and the ideal of the ‘rule of law’ in early modern Europe. Recent scholarship, however, ...

Reception: The Chess Club: 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Art Design & Architecture Museum 552 University Rd., Santa Barbara, CA

Reception for the Department of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Bruce Ferguson, President of Otis College of Art & Design. "Duchamp, following Wittgenstein, understood that the world as we know it is a language game. He used chess as a metaphor for “pure” art – a set of endlessly iterated and re-iterated “moves” which together constitute a language of sorts. Not language as a set of fixed or final rules or as a vehicle ...

Talk: “I am fragile and small”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

In “'I am fragile and small'”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics," Ainsley Morse will examine the presentation of masculinity (usually that of the lyric speaker) in the work of several unofficial poets of the late Soviet period. As an institution, unofficial literature occupied a powerless position vis-a-vis officially published literature; yet, unofficial poets drew on the tradition of predecessors including Vladimir Mayakovsky and Daniil Kharms to construct a lyric presence that combined exaggerated weakness (“loserdom”) ...

Screening: Skid Row Marathon

Multicultural Center Theater 494 UCen Road, Isla Vista, CA

In collaboration with UCSB New Beginnings presents: A very special screening of Skid Row Marathon documentary followed by a panel with the filmmakers Gabriele and Mark Hayes and and cast including Rafael Cabrera and Judge Craig Mitchell who started the LA Skid Row Running Club - and inspired the film. This film follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness ...

Talk: From the Dragon’s Mouth: A Life in Translation

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Brian Holton is a poet and prize-winning translator of Chinese poetry. Famed for his renditions of contemporary poet Yang Lian 楊煉 into English, he is also the the world's only translator of Classical Chinese into Scots. Join us for an evening in which Brian discusses the art and practice of translation, the experience of working in a minority language like Scots, and his life growing up between Nigeria and Scotland, immersed in a myriad of languages.

Symposium: Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm

Wallis Annenberg Conference Room 4315 SSMS, Santa Barbara, CA

In the twentieth century, U.S. filmmakers generated tens of thousands of hours of newsfilm that was screened in movie theaters or viewed on television sets across the country. This vast output of news coverage, covering the period from the 1910s to the 1970s, has not been matched by a scholarly effort to understand it. To address this persistent oversight, this symposium will, for the first time in the United States, bring together many of the ...

Talk: Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age

3145 SSMS 3145 SSMS, Santa Barbara, CA

The director of Zone Books, Michel Feher, will be at UCSB on Tuesday, October 30th. He has just written Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age.  In this original and exciting book, he argues that we can use existing institutional systems to redesign finance capitalism and move beyond neoliberalism as we know it. With the mid-term elections two weeks away, come hear Feher discuss our current political and economic predicament and new ideas for a ...

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XXII Colloquium on Mexican Literature (Des)Conciertos Literarios /Literary (Dys)Functions

CA

November 8 - Multicultural Center Lounge November 9 - McCune Conference Center November 10 - Alhecama Theatre “(Dys)function” is a play on words and something else. It is about showing the successes and failures in a composition. It happens in literature, in music, in painting, and in sculpture; in dance, architecture, photography, and cinema. It can also occur in the mixture of these genres, in the spaces in which they’re presented, and even in the ...

The Fabricant: Symposium on the Figure of the Translator

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

This gathering seeks to explore the critical role of translator as the mediator between cultures. In today’s political landscape, the translator is often called upon to be the go-between different peoples, spaces—both real and fictional— academic fields, and cultures. Even as the Executive Order has banned immigrants of numerous countries to the United States, the literary translator is one of the artistic professionals that enables communication between countries. The translator, as a transcultural ambassador, is ...

Research Focus Group Talk: “I just needed a place to sleep”: Sex Offense, Housing Insecurity, and the Value of Surplus Sex

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Registered sex offenders frequently report experiencing homelessness due to their stigmatized and heavily policed status. As a result, many have to rely on various sectors of the informal economy to survive in a system that is designed to keep them in perpetual motion while also demanding they be visible, discoverable, and traceable to a fixed location for public safety. In this talk, Terrance Wooten interrogates the ways in which the sex offender registry not only ...

UCSB Reads Book Giveaway to Students

Paseo, UCSB Library UCSB Library, Santa Barbara, CA

Chancellor Henry T. Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall, and University Librarian Kristin Antelman will hand out free copies of the UCSB Reads 2019 book to UCSB students while supplies last. The 2019 selection is the graphic novel The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Sponsored by Arts & Lectures, Carsey-Wolf Center, College of Creative Studies, College of Engineering, College of Letters & Science, English Department, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Graduate Division, Graduate Student ...

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (2017)

MultiCultural Center Lounge, UCSB 494 UCen Road, Isla Vista, CA

Jeffrey Stewart, Professor of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara, was awarded the 2018 National Book Award in the nonfiction category for his beautifully written prose in The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press, 2017).  Dr. Stewart's award marked the first time since 1984 that a book published by an academic press was bestowed with that honor. This event will celebrate Dr. Stewart's outstanding accomplishment and will include: I. Welcome from the Department of ...

Film Screening and Q&A with Professor S.B. Diagne

1920 Buchanan UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Professor Diagne will be the guest speaker at a screening of two landmark Senegalese films: Ousmane Sembène's Borom Sarret (1963) and Djibril Diop Mambéty's La Petite Vendeuse de soleil (1999), followed by a Q&A with Professor Eric Prieto. Borom Sarret The first film directed by Senegal’s greatest filmmaker, Ousmane Sembène, Borom Sarret tells the story of a cart-driver who goes to Dakar to make a living, but out of sympathy with other poverty-stricken people, works ...

Social Securities Talk: Embracing Shari’a: Women, Law, and Activism in Somalia

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Gender equality is a key principle of human rights and political security. But how are gender equality and human security ensured in societies struggling with legacies of civil war and political violence? This lecture reveals how, in a country where many observers presume law and security are absent, women are turning to Islam’s foundational sources—the Qur’an and the Hadith—to promote women’s rights and human and political security.  A reception will follow. Mark Fathi Massoud is Associate ...

Talk: Translation and Decolonization

Wallis Annenberg Conference Room 4315 SSMS, Santa Barbara, CA

In the colonial space, one imperial language presents itself as the Logos incarnate, in contrast to the local indigenous vernaculars which are then deemed lacking and incomplete. How the act of translation, of “putting in touch” languages (Antoine Berman, The Experience of the Foreign), creates linguistic equality and reciprocity, even in a colonial situation, is the topic of this presentation. Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a professor at Columbia University in the departments of French and ...

Exiled: Loss and Resilience Among Refugee and Forcibly Displaced Youth and Communities

Pacific View Room, UCSB Library

UCSB Library presents a talk by Maryam Kia-Keating, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education to be followed by a public reception. Mass migration and forced displacement of communities due to disruptions by violence, climate change, and economic and political instability, have heralded an era of global movement that has reached crisis levels. Approximately half of the world’s refugees are youth under the age of eighteen. The Convention on the Rights of ...

Outlaw(ed) Intellectuals: Critiquing Structures of Power from Within

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

A group of formerly incarcerated and system impacted graduate students have organized a lineup of formerly incarcerated scholars, activists and healers to convene for a day of dialogue, learning, and solution building on the topic of the impact of mass incarceration and higher education. We intend to offer this colloquium as a space for interested students to engage and learn more from experts in the topic. As formerly incarcerated and system impacted folks ourselves, we ...

UCSB Reads: The Best We Could Do: Telling and Re-telling the Stories of Asian America

Library Instruction & Training 1312 UCSB Library, Santa Barbara, CA

A panel discussion with erin Khue Ninh, Sameer Pandya, Eleanor Ty, and Xiaojian Zhao Four panelists from UCSB Department of Asian American Studies will discuss the UCSB Reads 2019 book The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui and its themes from a variety of perspectives. A UCSB Reads 2019 event. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Arts & Lectures, Carsey-Wolf Center, College of Creative Studies, College of Engineering, College of Letters & Science, English ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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.

Women and Comics: A UCSB Reads Event

1920 Buchanan UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

In conjunction with UCSB Reads 2019 and its companion exhibition In Her Own Image, Professor Brian Donnelly is opening up his undergraduate English class to campus and the community for a discussion of comics by and about women. Please join us for a preview of the upcoming Library exhibition that will explore and celebrate female comic book creators and their works. The preview will be followed by a discussion about comics by women and about ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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.

Democratic Affections: Film, Philosophy, and Religion in the Thought of Stanley Cavell

Wallis Annenberg Conference Room 4315 SSMS, Santa Barbara, CA

The death this year of Stanley Cavell brought to an end a unique and exceptionally rich life in philosophy, one that continues to inspire readers and colleagues throughout the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. In this two-day interdisciplinary symposium commemorating Cavell’s career, UCSB faculty from across the campus invite Cavell scholars from Europe and America to join in a discussion of his extraordinary contributions to our understanding of the affective dimensions of democratic life, ...

Timely Intersections: Black Histories on the Page and Stage

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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 ...

Talk: Is Culture a Human Right?

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

A commemoration of the International Mother Language Day with the aim of raising awareness on campus towards preserving endangered languages and fostering tolerance towards cultural and linguistic diversity. This year's commemoration will feature a lecture Dr. Juan Uriagereka (University of Maryland). Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Barandiaran Chair of Basque Studies, and the Etxepare Basque Institute

50th Anniversary Conference El Plan de Santa Barbara

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

The 50th Anniversary Conference El Plan de Santa Barbara will commemorate one of the seminal proclamations of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.  The Chicano Movement was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican Americans.  El Plan was drafted at a conference held at UCSB in April of 1969.  It laid the foundation for the establishment of Chicano Studies at UCSB and elsewhere.  It also unified the ...

Performance: Intersections: An Evening of Chamber Music and Dance

Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall Music Building, Santa Barbara, CA

A concert of original choreography and contemporary music performed by dancers and musicians from the Departments of Music and Theater/Dance. Choreography by Christina McCarthy, Brandon Whited, Elicia Kraus, Rachel Harris, and Shen Wei with music by David Lang, Gaspar Cassadó, Andy Akiho, and Alysia Michelle James (UCSB Alumnus). Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB Department of Music, and the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance

Talk and Discussion: Peter Manseau, Smithsonian Institution’s Curator of Religion

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Join us for “The Man Who Photographed Ghosts,” a talk on technology, belief, and seeing the dead based on Manseau’s new book, The Apparitionists, followed by a discussion with Manseau on careers in the public humanities. Lunch will be served. Peter Manseau is the Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He is the author of eight books, including the memoir Vows, the novel Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, the ...

Dean’s Lecture Series: Healing the Web of Life: Autonomous Transition Design as Political-Ontological Praxis

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

In the face of deepening social and ecological crises, design is emerging as a vital domain of praxis that engages these crises by imagining and organizing alternative life worlds. This confers upon design/ing an ineluctable ontological-political dimension. This lecture outlines the constructive reorientation of design as a praxis meant to heal the web of life, and describes the early stages of application of what we are calling “autonomous transition design” in the Cauca River Valley ...

The 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Tyree Daye

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the author of two poetry collections: River Hymns, 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner, and Cardinal, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press, 2020. Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, and Nashville Review. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship and is a 2019 Kate Tufts Finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 ...

UCSB Reads Author Talk: The Best We Could Do

Campbell Hall Building 538, University of California, Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd,, Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB Library is pleased to offer a free lecture and book-signing by Thi Bui, author of the UCSB Reads 2019 selection The Best We Could Do. The Best We Could Do is a memoir written in the form of a comic book, in the tradition of Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. Thi Bui chronicles generations of her family history in Vietnam, including her birth during the final months of the Vietnam War and ...

Talk: Black Like Moi: Performing Race with Rouch and Cassavetes

2135 Social Sciences and Media Studies SSMS UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

This paper analyzes interactions between blacks and whites depicted between 1957 and 1961 in Jean Rouch’s I, a Black Man, The Human Pyramide, and Chronicle of a Summer. It concludes with remarks on Shadows, a 1958-59 feature film by John Cassavetes often credited as a breakthrough in U.S. independent filmmaking. In so doing, I mean to explore what Rouch and Cassavetes were trying to accomplish through production practices that bordered on the experimental. Major topics to be raised include: ...

Talk: A Family Romance: Specters of Incest in Eileen Chang’s Heart Sutra (1943)

1920 Buchanan Santa Barbara

This lecture focuses on Eileen Chang’s Xinjing, The Heart Sutra to map and understand the ways in which the author depicted different types of emotional, erotic, sexual, and psychological flows and exchanges between parents, children, and their partners and spouses. Xinjing will be here read in conversation with a wide array of other sources, first and foremost the mid - and late - Qing literary heritage that so greatly occupied and influenced Eileen Chang’s own literary ...

Talk: The Murky Past and Contested Future of the Electoral College

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

This talk will examine the roots of the American system for electing its president and explore the possibility—as well as the feasibility—of changing the existing system. The origins of the Electoral College lay in a series of tumultuous conflicts at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. At stake was not only what the presidency should entail but how the new chief executive should be elected. Memories of George III's abuses of power haunted delegates. Fears of ...

Talk: Human Simulation: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Future of the Humanities

Library Instruction & Training 1312 UCSB Library, Santa Barbara, CA

The capacities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are growing rapidly and new technologies are impacting society in a variety of ways, all of which raise significant ethical issues. LeRon Shults (University of Adger, Norway) argues that the Humanities are needed to help guide the ethical conversations around AI by becoming more engaged in “Human Simulation,” a new interdisciplinary approach to simulating human futures (as well as studying the past) that requires the expertise of historians, philosophers, ...

Talk: Hamlet Sings!: The Operatic Life of Shakespeare’s Dane from the Baroque Era to the 21st Century

Theater Dance W-2517

William Germano, Professor of English at Cooper Union, is the author of Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books; From Dissertation to Book; Eye Chart, among others. Prof. Germano will present a part of his current project tentatively titled, Shakespeare at the Opera: A History of Impossible Projects. *Prof. Germano will also hold a publication workshop on revising academic writing, which is mostly tailored for junior faculty who ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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.

Talk: “Send My Body to the Medical College”: Alternative Afterlives in Turn of the Century America

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

In 1876 American and English newspapers reported the extraordinary will made by an American woman living in London. Inspired by Bentham’s 1832 bequest of his body, Susan Fletcher Smith approached the Royal College of Surgeons with the proposal that, upon her death, her body be “completely dissected in the most thorough manner known to science.” Moreover, she stipulated that preference be given to persons of the female sex who wished to inspect the body in ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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.

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

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

“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 ...

Poetry Reading: Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2014

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Linda Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She is an internationally recognized scholar in American and British literature, and she is also the author of six award-winning books of poetry. She was named as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her creative and scholarly works have ...

Conference: Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

The Sal Castro conference will bring together 28 participants to present their research on a variety of topics on the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The Chicano Movement was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment in the history of Mexican Americans. There is a renewed interest in the Chicano Movement by historians and other scholars and this will be showcased at the conference. Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor, Office ...

Conference: Queer Crossings, Unruly Locales, 1500-1800

Mosher Alumni Hall Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

The UCSB Early Modern Center (EMC) warmly invites you to our upcoming annual conference, “Queer Crossings, Unruly Locales, 1500-1800,” scheduled for Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th here at UCSB in Alumni Hall of Mosher Alumni House. The conference is free and open to the public, and all are welcome! Our keynote speakers are Dr. Melissa E. Sanchez (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Rajani Sudan (Southern Methodist University). Visit the following link to view ...

Talk: Missing Babies and Tacit Tolerance of Infanticide in Early Modern Europe

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Aggressive criminal prosecution of unwed mothers who killed their newborns in early modern Europe (1550-1750) has led historians to assume that Europe was less tolerant of illegitimacy and infanticide than other pre-modern societies, including China and Japan. New research throws this assumption into question. In early modern Geneva, authorities often turned a blind eye to the untimely deaths and abandonment of unwanted bastards. These findings suggest that Europeans took a more practical approach to managing ...

Gagaku Workshops: Court Music and Dance from Japan

UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

Gagaku (music, songs, and dances from the imperial court of Japan) is the oldest continuously performed genre of music in the world, dating back in Japan to at least the seventh century. This series of workshops offers a rare opportunity to experience directly this fantastic kind of music and dance and its unique musical instruments. The workshops are taught by former directors of the Gagaku orchestra at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and by leading ...

POSTPONED Conference: Climate Fictions

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

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 ...

Symposium: Healing/Arts: Health Activism, Creative Practice, & the Medical Humanities

Healing/Arts is a free, virtual symposium that brings together creative practitioners from literary studies, medical humanities, disability justice, and performance for a series of talks and workshops on the relationship between the arts and health activism. Featured facilitators Kelly Gluckman, Leora Fridman, Johanna Hedva, and Patty Berne will examine the role the creative arts might play in critiquing the institutional configurations of American healthcare and the normative imperatives underlying idealized notions of health. And they ...

Conference: Realisms in East Asian Performing Arts

Zoom

Realisms in East Asian Performing Arts proposes new considerations of realism on stage. Since its association with 19th-century innovations in European and American drama, theatrical realism has largely remained limited to Euro-American definitions. We explore conventions of realism in culturally-specific locations and times across East Asia, articulating alternative histories of realism that extend from the premodern into the present. Through our individual inquiries, we aim to broaden the term’s analytic power and shed collective light on the diversity and ...

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

Zoom

Note: The full-length video recording of this event is available for UCSB affiliates through December 31, 2021. Please email events@ihc.ucsb.edu if you are a UCSB affiliate and would like to watch the video. Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link Join us online for a conversation between Jesmyn Ward, 2020 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence, and IHC Director Susan Derwin. Audience Q&A will follow. MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award ...

Critical Mass Talks and Staged Reading: On Collecting and Hoarding

Zoom

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 4:00 - 5:15 PM Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff 7:00 - 8:00 PM Staged Reading: Collections of Nothing Enough is Enough EVENT DETAILS: 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, ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

Zoom

Tuesday, November 17, 3:00-4:00 PM | Zoom | REGISTER NOW AND Wednesday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 PM | Zoom | REGISTER NOW Join the IHC online 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 presentation.

Workshop: Demystifying the Book Publishing Process & Connecting with UC Colleagues

Zoom

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER UC Press editors will offer insight into the academic book publishing process. The presentation will include: choosing the right publisher; preparing a book proposal; how the peer review and Editorial Committee process works; revising your manuscript; and working with publishers to promote your book. The session is intended to be interactive and questions are welcome. Following the presentation, we will host breakout rooms with editors based on field interests. This is ...

Conference: Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster

Zoom

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION The interdisciplinary virtual conference “Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster” will take place on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:00am-4:00pm, with an international slate of speakers representing a variety of disciplines who will share their insights on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Thirty-five years after the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, the interdisciplinary virtual conference Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster considers its afterlife and reverberations in various disciplines, including culture ...

Information Session: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

Zoom

REGISTER NOW Join the IHC to learn more about the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program. Explore the course offerings, hear about paid internship and fellow-designed community project opportunities, and find out more about the capstone presentation. If you cannot attend the info session but would like to learn more about the program, please email Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu. REGISTER NOW

Roundtable: Bridge Turns 40

YouTube

Join Las Maestras Center, Bridge contributors, and virtual participants near and far for an evening of remembrance and celebration of the fifth and 40th Anniversary Edition of This Bridge Called My Back – Writings by Radical Women of Color. Originally released in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back is a testimony to women of color feminism as it emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Thursday, February 24 | 4:00 PM | McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 | VIEW IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND Friday, February 25 | 12:00 PM | Zoom | REGISTER NOW Join the IHC in person on 2/24 or online on 2/25 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 presentation. If you would like to ...

Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

Zoom

Thursday, February 24 | 4:00 PM | McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 | VIEW IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND Friday, February 25 | 12:00 PM | Zoom | REGISTER NOW Join the IHC in person on 2/24 or online on 2/25 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 presentation. If you would like to ...

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A Roundtable Discussion

Zoom

UCSB faculty members will discuss the invasion of Ukraine, including its historical background, regional and global ramifications, and international responses. Panelists: Benjamin J. Cohen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Political Science Adrienne Edgar, Professor, History Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky, Assistant Professor, Global Studies Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Professor Emeritus, History Adrian Ivakhiv, Visiting Scholar, Carsey-Wolf Center Cynthia Kaplan, Professor, Political Science Moderator: Sara Pankenier Weld, Professor, Germanic & Slavic Studies Live closed-captioning will be provided. Free to attend; registration required to ...

From Alphabetical to Digital Literacy? Some Reflections on Orality, Writing, Cultural Techniques, and Digitality

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Are we witnessing the transition from alphabetic to digital literacy? But what does "literacy" mean? Going back to the discovery of the difference between orality and literacy in the 1960s and 1970s, we find a real discovery - the difference between oral and written language - combined with a problematic narrative: The supremacy of literal to oral cultures. To avoid this ideology we should consider orality and literacy as the two ends of a continuum. ...

Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Congregation B'nai B'rith 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara, CA

Join violinist Alexandra Birch and pianists Alvise Pascucci, Chika Nobumori, Pete Paesaroch, Pinshu Yu, Lucía Álvarez Núñez, Marc Lombardino, and Jui-Ling Hsu for three performances of the complete sonatas for piano and violin by Beethoven. All performances will be at Congregation B'nai B'rith: Sonatas 1, 2, 3, 4 at 2 PM on April 24th; Sonatas 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7 PM on April 25th; and Sonatas 9 and 10 at 7 PM on April ...

Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (A Prequel)

Isla Vista Community Center 976 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA

Before the tragedy, before the betrayal, there was a performance! Isla Vista Arts and Not Necessarily Shakespeare in the Park present "Hamlet's Big Adventure (A Prequel)," a new play by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and directed by Grace Kimball. Showtimes are on June 3 and 4 at 4 PM; admission is free. Join us for a night full of laughs!