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October 2017

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

October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1001 Life Sciences, Life Sciences Building, UCSB

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 many of the diseases his patients presented – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). Accordingly, Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition (through a whole food, plant-based diet)

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

October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

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 Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. He is the author, among other books, ofThe Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (2003), Blood: A Critique of Christianity (2014), and most recently, Qu’appelle-t-on destruction? Heidegger, Derrida (2017). We gratefully acknowledge co-sponsorship by the Comparative Literature Program, the Departments of History and Religious Studies, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Jewish Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies.

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TALK: Embodying the Present Moment/ Master Class Open Practice

October 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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.

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November 2017

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

November 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - November 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Centennial House, UCSB, Centennial House

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, we also witnessed people from all over the world coming together, saving lives, giving hope: solidarity.  Our countries are slowly rising, again, our spirits can only grow stronger in times of need.  Therefore, we dedicate our colloquium to the victims and the people rebuilding their communities, healing together. Because during times like these, we must remind ourselves that only united can we endure anything. We

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

November 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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.

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February 2018

Film Screening: Beyond Fordlandia

February 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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 will be a Q&A with director Marcos Colón after the film. Sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Latin American and Iberian Studies; the Department of Anthropology; and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

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March 2018

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

March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

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 to her work as a writer, Macdonald has contributed to various film and television programs, most notably the 2017 documentary “H Is for Hawk: The Next Chapter” for PBS Nature, the film “10 X Murmuration,” made in collaboration with filmmaker Sarah Wood for the 2015 Brighton Festival, and the BBC Four documentary series, “Birds Britannia.” She is also an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department

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

March 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero del Mar

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 award-winning editor, author, and biblical scholar. She is the Chief Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary, the winner (with Dr. Andrea Weiss) of the 2008 Jewish Book of the Year Award. This unique 1400-page book includes contributions from hundreds of women scholars, clergy, and poets. Its purpose is to bring the voices and visions of women to the interpretation of the Bible in the

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Conference: Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800

March 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

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

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April 2018

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

April 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - April 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

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 Writers and Scholars in Indigenous Languages and Literatures Conference, we welcome Mazatec poet and director of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI), Juan Gregorio Regino, Zapotec poet and essayist, Irma Pineda Santiago and renowned scholar Patrick Johansson from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as representatives of indigenous literatures of Mexico. From the Basque country, our guest culture, we welcome scholar María José

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

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.

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.

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May 2018

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

May 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 has boosted record sales, creating both-and markets for “flow” and “publication” media, distinguished by Raymond Williams as being accessed or acquired by consumers. Contemporary vinyl culture demonstrates how digital media can play a vital role in any community organized around a shared appreciation for cultural forms and formats, analog or otherwise. Eschewing nostalgia for records as (merely) a reprieve from digital saturation, in this talk

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

May 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

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 in the U.S. by Harper Collins and was recognized by The New York Times as a “masterpiece of modern religious literature.” The renowned critic Adam Kirsch (Tablet Magazine) called it "a new kind of Jewish novel, which everyone interested in Jewish literature should read." In this talk Ruby Namdar will discuss his sources of inspiration, his new-found relationship to the great Jewish-American authors of the

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Talk: Nubian Studies: A Case Study in Scholar-Led Open Access Publishing
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

May 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 grammar, which he discusses in the article "Remarks toward a Revised Grammar of Old Nubian," from the open access journal that he is founder and co-editor of, "Dotawo: A Journal for Nubian Studies. " The journal has essentially served as an incubator for a new, collaborative and inclusive approach to Nubian studies as an area of inquiry. Starting such a journal as a traditional subscription

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Talk: Lawyers and Legal Consciousness in Early Modern Europe: A Cultural History
Michael P. Breen

May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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, has called this view into question, emphasizing instead the ways ordinary men and women appropriated the law and its institutions for their own ends. This talk will reconsider the ways legal professionals helped mediate the development of early modern legal consciousness by examining their activities beyond the courtroom and the identities they fashioned for themselves not as legal experts, but as intellectuals, literary figures, and

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Reception: The Chess Club: 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition

May 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Art Design & Architecture Museum, 552 University Rd.

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 for predetermined meanings but as a succession of related speech acts." Exhibiting graduate students: Toni Scott, Jimmy Miracle, Carlos Ochoa, Lucy Holtsnider, Robert Huerta, Jennifer Lugris and Daria Izad. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Graduate Division, IHC, and the Dept. of History of Art & Architecture

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June 2018

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

June 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6206C Phelps, Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara

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”) with the implicit power of the voice and word. Ainsley Morse is a scholar, teacher and translator of Russian and former Yugoslav literatures. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the post-war Soviet period, particularly unofficial or "underground" poetry, as well as the avant-garde and children's literature. Her Ph.D. is from Harvard University. She has taught lately at Dartmouth College and UCSD; in 2018-19 she

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August 2018

Screening: Skid Row Marathon

August 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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 and addiction at every turn. Their story is one of hope, friendship and dignity. Audience Choice Award at 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The messages of hope and human dignity in Skid Row Marathon resonate powerfully with the mission of New Beginnings Counseling Center to help clients find housing and support services. See movie trailer: New Beginnings Counseling Center is a local, Santa

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October 2018

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

October 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.

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Symposium: Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm

October 25, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - October 27, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

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 nation’s leading newsfilm scholars and archivists to present new and foundational work that is featured in the new book Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm: Cinema, Television and the Archive (AFI/Routledge, 2018), edited by Mark Cooper, Sara Levavy, Ross Melnick, and Mark Williams. This symposium, organized by Ross Melnick and Charles Wolfe, is free and open to the public and begins on Thursday, October 25th at 4:30pm and

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Talk: Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age
Michel Feher

October 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
3145 SSMS, 3145 SSMS

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 better future. Since its founding volume on "The Contemporary City" in 1985, Zone Books has been a major publisher of contemporary cultural, social, and political theory.

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November 2018

XXII Colloquium on Mexican Literature (Des)Conciertos Literarios /Literary (Dys)Functions
Mario Bellatin, David Huerta, Lukas Avendaño

November 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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 social movements and situations surrounding them. The “(dys)functions” we are interested in are not only in the piece of work itself, but in its reading, analysis or interpretation. In the same discourse, we will attempt to point out both the successes and failures . It could also be the way a literary or artistic work (or a documented social movement) is articulated and resolved (or

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The Fabricant: Symposium on the Figure of the Translator
Suzanne Jill Levine and Jerome Rothenberg

November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

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 the figure who creates thresholds in the globalized world of today. The aim of the symposium is to incite a truly interdisciplinary dialogue, hence the potentiality of the word fabricant. We want to emphasize the creative capacities (fictional, poetic, intellectual, and political) of the translator, in other words a constructor that can transfer/relocate theories, epistemologies, genres and imaginary spaces. To do so, we will bring

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December 2018

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

December 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 produces housing insecurity for sex offender registrants but also creates the conditions under which housing insecure registrants are forced to engage in survival sex in exchange for a place to sleep. Terrance Wooten is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is currently working on his first book manuscript, tentatively titled Lurking in the Shadows of Home: Homelessness,

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January 2019

UCSB Reads Book Giveaway to Students

January 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Paseo, UCSB Library, UCSB Library

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 Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, KCSB-FM 91.9, MultiCultural Center, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, Sociology Department, UCSB Bookstore, Women, Gender & Sexual Equity Department, and the Writing Program

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

January 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 Black Studies, Chancellor Yang, Dean Charlie Hale, and others. II. Reflections from Oxford University Press Niko Pfund - President and Academic Publisher, Oxford University Press III. Engaging The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke  Reflections and an intimate conversation between Jeffrey Stewart, Cheryl Wall, and Terrance Wooten. Cheryl Wall – Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Distinguished Professor of English, Rutgers University Professor Wall is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage,

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

January 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
1920 Buchanan, UC Santa Barbara

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 for free and goes hungry himself. The genesis of Black African cinema can be traced to this short, stark masterpiece in Wolof and French, which conveys the toll of natural loss, poverty, and the stain of European colonization on Africa. La Petite Vendeuse de soleil “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun” is a short drama film directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal’s avant-garde filmmaker.

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

January 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 Professor of Politics and Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz and the author of Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. Sponsored by the IHC's Social Securities series and the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life

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Talk: Translation and Decolonization
Souleymane Bachir Diagne

January 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 Philosophy. He is currently the Director of the Institute of African Studies. His areas of research and publication include History of Philosophy, History of Logic and Mathematics, Islamic Philosophy, and African Philosophy and Literature. His latest publications in English include: Islam and the Open Society: Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal, Codesria, 2010; African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea

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Exiled: Loss and Resilience Among Refugee and Forcibly Displaced Youth and Communities
Maryam Kia-Keating

January 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, guaranteeing children the rights to education, health, protection, dignity, and non-discrimination, along with other basic human rights. Yet, many refugee children and adolescents face statelessness, and are obstructed from access to education. Moreover, they are likely to face multiple and cumulative adversities that can lead to significant and long-term negative outcomes. Dr.

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

January 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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 recognize that those that should be guiding these dialogues- true experts- are those that have experienced the long reach of incarceration in its various forms. We see the urgent need for this critical convening on campus and hope to see formerly incarcerated students/community members, system impacted students/community members, and interested folks from the campus community in attendance. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Joy James,

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UCSB Reads: The Best We Could Do: Telling and Re-telling the Stories of Asian America
erin Khue Ninh, Sameer Pandya, Eleanor Ty, and Xiaojian Zhao

January 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 Department, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Graduate Division, Graduate Student Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, KCSB-FM 91.9, MultiCultural Center, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, Sociology Department, UCSB Bookstore, Women, Gender & Sexual Equity Department, and the Writing Program

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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

Women and Comics: A UCSB Reads Event
Brian Donnelly

February 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
1920 Buchanan, UC Santa Barbara

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 women in comics. Donnelly’s class is reading the UCSB Reads 2019 book, the graphic novel The Best We Could Do by the author Thi Bui and will have prepared some questions in advance. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions. With Addie Jensen, graduate student in History, Chizu Morihara, Art & Architecture Librarian, Rachel Rys, graduate student in Feminist Studies, and Maite

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

February 14, 2019 @ 8:45 am - February 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

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, particularly as these play out in film, religion, and what Cavell terms Emersonian Perfectionism. The first day (Thursday February 14), which will focus on Cavell and Film, will conclude with a screening at UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center of the Hollywood classic The Lady Eve and an accompanying Q&A. The second day (Friday February 15) will focus on Cavell and Religion and Philosophy. For conference schedule and

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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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Talk: Is Culture a Human Right?
Juan Uriagereka

February 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

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50th Anniversary Conference El Plan de Santa Barbara

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

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 Chicano student movement under one name: MEChA.  Panels and speakers will address the history of El Plan but also its relevance today. Feb. 22 the conference will be in 6020 HSSB, McCune Conference Room and Feb. 23 at the MultiCultural Center (MCC) Sponsored by Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies | Chicano Studies Institute | Office of the Chancellor | College of Letters & Science

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Performance: Intersections: An Evening of Chamber Music and Dance

February 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, Music Building

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

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March 2019

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

March 1, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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 travelogue Rag and Bone, and the retelling of America's diverse spiritual formation One Nation, Under Gods. He has won the National Jewish Book Award, the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Literature, the Ribalow Prize for Fiction, and a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. A founding editor of, he received his doctorate in religion from Georgetown University. Sponsored by the

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

March 7, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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 in Southwest Colombia. Sponsored by the Dean of Social Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

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April 2019

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

April 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tyree Daye

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 Whiting Award in Poetry. The poetry reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of River Hymns will be available for purchase. There will be a free book giveaway to the  first 25 students to attend. Sponsored by the Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Program, created to bring distinguished practitioners of the craft of writing to the UCSB community. Co-presented by the Interdisciplinary

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UCSB Reads Author Talk: The Best We Could Do
Thi Bui

April 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Campbell Hall, Building 538, University of California, Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd,

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 her parents’ escape to, and early years in, the United States. The story is rendered in flashbacks from Bui’s current life as a new mother in California. Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen has described The Best We Could Do as a “compelling memoir” that will “break your heart and heal it.” A Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator, Bui teaches in the MFA in Comics Program

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May 2019

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

May 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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: (1) what reading across these films completed on opposite sides of the Atlantic discloses concerning cinematic treatments of relations between blacks and whites between 1957 and 1961; and (2) how such cross-reading contributes to a fuller understanding of Rouch’s films in a transnational context.   Steven Ungar has taught French literature & thought, Comparative Literature, Translation, & Film at The University of Iowa since 1976.

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

May 30, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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 universe and pursuits, as well as the westernized literary milieu in which she lived and operated in 1940s Shanghai. Paola Zamperini is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, The East Asia Center, Department of Comparative Literature, Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative

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October 2019

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

October 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 mob rule competed with anxieties over lodging too much power in the hands of a single individual. Representatives jealously guarded their own states' prerogatives. The solution—the Electoral College—was a jerry-built compromise that satisfied no one completely. Almost as soon as it went into operation, the flaws and defects of the Electoral College became evident. The emergence of a two-party political system intensified its structural weaknesses.

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November 2019

Talk: Human Simulation: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Future of the Humanities
F. LeRon Shults

November 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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, ethicists, and other students of human nature. F. LeRon Shults, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Institute for Global Development and Social Planning at the University of Agder, Norway, and Scientific Director, Center for Modeling Social Systems. Shults, whose graduate training was in the study of religion, has been collaborating with computer modelers to demonstrate the value of computer modeling and simulation for refining and

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December 2019

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

December 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 work on their first book projects. If interested, please RSVP with Abdulhamit Arvas . Please note there is very limited seating for this workshop and the priority will be given to junior faculty. It is on December 5th, Thursday, 1.30-3 pm at the TD seminar room. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Theater and Dance, Early Modern Center, the Dean of Humanities and Fine

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

January 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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 the various stages of dissection. The President of the College agreed to accept her proposal. Smith’s donation was one of some 450 reported in the press in the years between 1870 and 1940. This talk explores how donating one’s remains to a medical institution was transformed in this period from a bizarre and macabre eccentricity into an exemplar of enlightened corporeal philanthropy. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities

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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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February 2020

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

February 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 been supported by the National Humanities Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as by the Guggenheim, Mellon, and Rockefeller Foundations. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is honored to invite Professor Gregerson to our campus. For our first hour, she will be reading from her most recent book of poems, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2014 (2015), and then we will open

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

February 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - February 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

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 of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Chicano Studies Institute, Office of the Graduate Dean, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Equal Opportunity & Discrimination, Educational Opportunity Program, Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Las Maestras Center, Department of History, Latin America & Iberian Studies

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Conference: Queer Crossings, Unruly Locales, 1500-1800

February 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - February 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

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 the conference schedule, which also includes information about the conference, our keynote speakers, and pre-conference events that may be of interest: Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, College of Letters and Science, IHC New Sexualities Research Focus Group, Department of History, and the Department of French and Italian

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

February 28, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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 fertility than we had thought. Sara Beam, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria (Canada), is the author of numerous works on judicial violence, including torture, in early modern Europe, with a special expertise on the city of Geneva. She is especially interested in the definition and prosecution of early modern “women’s” crimes, including infanticide and adultery. She is completing

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March 2020

Gagaku Workshops: Court Music and Dance from Japan

March 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - March 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

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 musicians from Japan. Please see the event flyer for workshop times and locations. Organized by Fabio Rambelli (UCSB) Produced by Naoyuki Manabe Sponsored by Nora McNeely Hurley, Michael Hurley, and the Manitou Fund Co-sponsored by: ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies (UCSB), Department of Religious Studies (UCSB), Department of Theater and Dance (UCSB), East Asia Center (UCSB), Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies (UCSB),

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April 2020

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 (   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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May 2020

Symposium: Healing/Arts: Health Activism, Creative Practice, & the Medical Humanities
Kelly Gluckman, Leora Fridman, Johanna Hedva, Patty Berne

May 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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 will explore the arts’ capacity to help us reimagine and produce individual and collective well-being by inviting participants to experiment with modes of communal engagement including somatic exercises, writing, discussion, performance, and art making. Please visit for more information. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Humanities and Fine Arts Division Office of the Dean, Graduate Center for Literary Research, Department of English Literature and

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October 2020

Conference: Realisms in East Asian Performing Arts

October 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

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 versatility of this important representational mode. The conference will end with a reading of the early twentieth-century play The Son, by pioneer of modern Japanese theatre Osanai Kaoru. Translated into English by David Jortner, performed by LAUNCH PAD of UCSB's Department of Theater and Dance. Conference Participants: Jyana Browne (University of Maryland), Xing Fan (University of Toronto), Man He (Williams College), David Jortner (Baylor University), Jieun Lee

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

October 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Jesmyn Ward by Beowulf Sheehan

Note: The full-length video recording of this event is available for UCSB affiliates through December 31, 2021. Please email 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 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).

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November 2020

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

November 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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, 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 the ephemeral. But he has also spent a lifetime engaged with the arts–drama, performance art, collage–and he has explored the ways the activity of the collector, who thinks through the world, connects to the work of the

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Information Sessions: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

November 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.

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December 2020

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

December 15, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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 also an opportunity to connect with faculty and graduate students who share similar intellectual interests. When you sign up, please select a breakout room. If your area is not represented in the breakout session, please let us know your specialization. PRESENTERS: • Raina Polivka, Editor, UC Press • Kate Marshall, Editor, UC Press • Archna Patel, Associate Editor, UC Press • Beth Digeser, Professor, History,

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April 2021

Conference: Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster

April 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 and the arts. Situated at a watershed moment during the Cold War, Chernobyl has 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 —

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May 2021

Information Session: Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program

May 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

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 REGISTER NOW

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