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Asian/American Studies Collective Welcome Breakfast

HSSB Courtyard Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Santa Barbara, CA

Join the Asian/American Studies Collective (AASC) to kick-off our academic programming for the year! This is an informal gathering for any and all graduate students or faculty who work in or are interested in Asian American Studies. It is also the perfect opportunity to meet members of the collective and to learn more about what we have planned for the year! Free coffee and pastries provided. No RSVP necessary. Sponsored by the IHC’s Asian/American Studies Collective Research ...

IHC Open House

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

You are invited to the IHC’s Open House on Thursday, September 29, from 4-6 pm. Meet new Humanities faculty, IHC fellows, and staff members. Learn about Too Much Information, our 2022-23 public events series. Find out about our publicly engaged programs and funding resources for faculty and graduate students. Enjoy good food, drink, and conversation. Cosponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

Inaugural Lecture: Too Much or Too Little?

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

For a long time, information was scarce. Messages and letters were transmitted at the speed of human or equine legs. The materials upon which information was inscribed were either too heavy or too perishable to circulate. But by the end of the eighteenth century, as machines took over, not only the means of transmitting information but what counted as information had changed. Knowledge and experience now yielded to the objectivity of information, grounded, for example, ...

Research Focus Group Discussion: Reading David Sterling Brown’s “‘Hood feminism’: Whiteness and segregated (premodern) scholarly discourse in the post-postracial era”

2635 South Hall South Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Please join us on Monday, October 17th, at 1 PM for a reading group discussion of David Sterling Brown's recent article, "'Hood feminism': Whiteness and segregated (premodern) scholarly discourse in the post-postracial era," and "Teaching guide for: 'Hood feminism’: Whiteness and segregated (premodern) scholarly discourse in the post-postracial era." Both works appeared in the 2021 special issue of Literature Compass, "Race Before Race: Premodern Critical Race Studies," edited by Dorothy Kim. As the first Un-disciplining ...

Humanities Decanted: The Bones of Contention

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Join us for a dialogue between Leo Cabranes-Grant (Spanish and Portuguese, Theater and Dance) and Juan Pablo Lupi (Spanish and Portuguese) about Cabranes-Grant’s new play, The Bones of Contention. Refreshments will be served. The Bones of Contention describes the efforts of Yitipaka (an imaginary California town) to regain its economic and social stability after the COVID pandemic. Constructed as two collective latinx murals (one dedicated to the older generation, one dedicated to younger people), the ...

Humanities Decanted: Hollywood’s Embassies

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

Join us for a dialogue between Ross Melnick (Film and Media Studies) and Charles Wolfe (Film and Media Studies) about Melnick’s new book, Hollywood’s Embassies: How Movie Theaters Projected American Power Around the World. Refreshments will be served. Beginning in the 1920s, audiences around the globe were seduced not only by Hollywood films but also by lavish movie theaters that were owned and operated by the major American film companies. These theaters aimed to provide ...

TMI Talk: The Climate Infowhelm


REGISTER NOW Climate infowhelm is the experience of feeling overwhelmed by too much information about the environmental crisis. Heather Houser will discuss how infowhelm feels, sounds, and looks in various media and how contemporary art manages environmental knowledge and provides new ways of understanding environmental change. Audience Q&A will follow. Heather Houser is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and ...

TMI Talk: GPS for the Brain: Networks, Urbanisms, Algorithms


Laura Kurgan is Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Center for Spatial Research (CSR) and the Visual Studies curriculum. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013), and Co-Editor of Ways of Knowing Cities (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2019). From 2004 through 2015, she founded and directed the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) ...

TMI Talk: Creating, Weaponizing, and Detecting Deep Fakes


Image: Half of these faces are of real people and the other half are AI-synthesized (i.e., deep fake). Can you tell which is which? REGISTER NOW Although varied in their form and creation, deep fakes refer to AI-synthesized image, audio, or video. Deep fakes add to a long line of techniques for manipulating reality, but their introduction poses new risks because of the democratized access to what would have historically been the purview of Hollywood-style ...

2023 IRSCL Congress: Ecologies of Childhood

University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

The 26th biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) will be hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara on August 12-17, 2023 and will be devoted to the theme "Ecologies of Childhood." This is the first time the IRSCL Congress will be held in the United States. The interdisciplinary 2023 IRSCL Congress is co-organized by Sara Pankenier Weld of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Dafna Zur of Stanford ...