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February 2019

Magic Lantern Films Presents: Suspiria

February 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Suspiria at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability

February 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Preshow entertainment provided by the music ensemble Jazz Combos Friday, February 22nd at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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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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Taubman Symposium Talk: The Three Cantors
Cantor Marc Childs, Cantor Marcus Feldman, and Cantor Shmuel Barzilai

February 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.

Cantor Marc Childs (Congregation B'nai B'rith, Santa Barbara) Cantor Marcus Feldman and Organist Aryell Cohen (Sinai Temple, Los Angeles) and Cantor Shmuel Barzilai (Chief Cantor of the Vienna Jewish Community) Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Suspiria

February 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Suspiria at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Research Focus Group Talk: Photography as Embodiment? Questions of Representation and Duplication in the Cult of Sai Baba of Shirdi
William Elison

February 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3041 HSSB, HSSB, UCSB

Portraits of Sai Baba of Shirdi (late 1830s–1918) are everywhere to be seen in public space in Mumbai. Are these images sacred? According to the saint himself, historical exponents of his teachings, and many ordinary Mumbai residents, the answer is “Yes.” What does it mean to encounter divine power in a mass-reproduced image? Drawing on material from his just-released book, The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai (University of Chicago Press, December 2018), William Elison’s talk will trace rival logics in the cult of the saintly icon across three historical junctures. William Elison is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at UCSB who specializes in modern Indian religious practices and visual culture. In addition to his ethnography of Mumbai, The Neighborhood of Gods, he is the coauthor of “Amar Akbar Anthony”: Bollywood, Brotherhood,…

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Social Securities Talk: Environmental Justice as Freedom
Julie Sze

February 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This talk argues that environmental justice movements are freedom struggles. Beginning with the starting point that unjust environments are rooted in racism, capitalism, militarism, colonialism, land theft from Native peoples, and gender violence, the talk frames environmental justice as particularly significant in the moment of danger that we are currently facing. It is drawn from a forthcoming book that examines activism at Standing Rock, in Flint and the Central Valley, and in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Maria. Julie Sze is Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. Sze's research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment

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March 2019

Talk: Commodities in Motion
Kashia Arnold

March 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Kashia Arnold, History, UCSB Arnold’s dissertation research examines the transformations of the regional economy of the Pacific basin caused by World War I and the booming American commodity demand that accompanied it. This event is a part of Commodities in Motion: Global, Local, Engendered and Enslaved, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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6th Annual AIIC RFG Symposium: Decolonizing Our Lives
Alexis Bunten, John Gamber, Devon Mihesuah, and Stan Rodriguez

March 1, 2019 @ 8:30 am - March 3, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

The American Indian and Indigenous Collective IHC Research Focus Group's 2019 Symposium addresses and critically examines decolonization as a multi-layered project that is always-already in process. We, as Native and Indigenous peoples, and we as contemporary walkers upon these lands continue to participate (wittingly and unwittingly) in the colonial project. How can we best advance our decolonization as individuals and as communities? This is more than a rhetorical question. It is a call to action. In spring 2018, the Native community at UCSB and surrounding environs created the Decolonizing Our Lives Project (DOLP). Members of local Chumash communities, the UCSB Native community, and other communities of color at UCSB were invited to participate in DOLP. DOLP originally focused on decolonization by focusing on Indigenous foods to plant and eat, and by increasing communal activities that honor spiritual and physical Native…

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

March 1, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

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 KillingTheBuddha.com, he received his doctorate in religion from Georgetown University. Sponsored by the…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Mary Poppins Returns

March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Mary Poppins Returns at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Friday Night Live (Sketch Show)

March 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Friday Night Live (Sketch Show) Friday, March 1st at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Taubman Symposium Talk: The Strange Stories of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews
Eddy Portnoy

March 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Eddy Portnoy, Ph.D., Yivo Institute for Jewish Research Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Research Focus Group Event: A Talk with Sex Workers Outreach Project-Los Angeles

March 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sex Workers Outreach Project-Los Angeles is a local chapter of SWOP-USA, a national grassroots social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education, community building, and advocacy. SWOP is committed to the safety, autonomy, and human rights of people in the sex trade, and stands in solidarity with the many social justice moments intersectional to our own, including but not limited to Black Lives Matter, disability rights, drug and immigration reform, gender equality and the LGBTQ movement, and the rights of the working class. In this presentation and workshop, members of SWOP-LA will discuss their advocacy work and community building, particularly in light of SESTA/FOSTA, recent legislation that has limited sex workers’ access to harm reduction resources, as well as how to build solidarity with workers from…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Mary Poppins Returns

March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Mary Poppins Returns at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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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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Research Focus Group Talk: Dred Scott & the Retroactive Invention of Citizenship
Carrie Hyde

March 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

How did Americans understand citizenship before it was defined in the 14th Amendment? If U.S. citizenship was only defined after abolition and emancipation, how did slavery shape American citizenship? Come and talk about these and related issues of race and civic belonging as Professor Carrie Hyde (UCLA) joins us for a brown bag discussion of the (pre-circulated) first chapter of her recent book, Civic Longing: The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship (Harvard, 2018). Professor Hyde’s teaching and scholarship address the dynamic connections between US literature, law, and politics in the long nineteenth century. Her first book, Civic Longing, offers a new prehistory of citizenship. It examines the central role that fiction and other imaginative traditions played in shaping emergent conceptions of “citizenship” in the period before the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment (1868), when the law was not yet the default cultural…

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Roma: A Symposium
Eloi Grasset Morell, Kate Bruhn, Víctor Fuentes, Ellen McCracken, Mario T. García

March 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join faculty from the Departments of Chicana/o Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, and Political Science for a discussion of Alfonso Cuarón’s groundbreaking new film Roma. Free and open to the public Sponsored by the IHC Research Group on Latino Studies

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Aquaman

March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Aquaman at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Preshow entertainment provided by the music ensemble Jazz Combos Friday, March 8th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Aquaman

March 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Aquaman at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: The Naughty/Nice Show

March 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: The Naughty/Nice Show Friday, March 15th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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April 2019

Humanities Decanted: Silvia Bermúdez, Rocking the Boat
Silvia Bermúdez

April 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Silvia Bermúdez (Spanish and Portuguese) and Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies) about Bermúdez’s new book, Rocking the Boat: Migration and Race in Contemporary Spanish Music.  Refreshments will be served. Rocking the Boat is a nuanced account of how popular urban music, produced between 1980 and 2013, shaped the discourse on immigration, transnational migrants, and racialization in the Spanish State borne after the Constitution of 1978. Silvia Bermúdez is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literatures.  Her most recent publications include the co-edited volumes A New History of Iberian Feminisms (University of Toronto Press, 2018) and Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and the Global North (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018). Sponsored by the IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment

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IV Live Presents Improvability: The Welcome Back Show

April 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: The Welcome Back Show Friday, April 5th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Talk: “The Perfect Model for the 1990s”: Community Development Banking, Market-Based Solutions, and Democratic Neoliberalism
Lily Geismer

April 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lily Geismer, History, Claremont McKenna College Geismer is currently on her second book, Doing Good: The Democrats and Neoliberalism from the War on Poverty to the Clinton Foundation. She is co-editor of Shaped by the State: Toward a New Political History of the Twentieth Century (2019) and author of Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party (2015). This event is a part of Molding Development in the Democratic State, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.history.ucsb.edu/labor

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IV Live Presents Improvability

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Friday, April 12th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Taubman Symposia Talk: Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art
Irvin Ungar

April 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Arthur Szyk often said, “Art is not my aim, it is my means.” Yet, his contemporaries praised him as the greatest illuminator-artist since the 16th century. He saw himself as a fighting artist, enlisting his pen and paintbrush as his weapons against hatred, racism, and oppression before, during, and after World War II. As the leading anti-Nazi artist in America during the War, Szyk also created the important and widely circulated art for the rescue of European Jewry. His Passover Haggadah has been acclaimed as “worthy of being considered as one of the most beautiful books ever produced by the hand of man.” In this talk, Irvin Ungar will expose the viewer to the breadth and depth of the power, purpose, and persuasion of the great artist and the great man, Arthur Szyk. Books will be available for purchase and…

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The Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series: Science, Freedom, and the Cold War: A Political History of Apolitical Science
Audra J. Wolfe

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

Why do so many U.S. scientists continue to lean on the language of apolitical science, even as political leaders display less and less interest in scientists’ claims to expertise, or even the existence of facts? In a new book, Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science, historian Audra J. Wolfe suggests the answer lies in Cold war propaganda. From the late 1940s through the late 1960s, the U.S. foreign policy establishment saw a particular way of thinking about scientific freedom as essential to winning the global Cold War. Throughout this period, the engines of U.S. propaganda amplified, circulated, and, in some cases, produced a vision of science, American style, that highlighted scientists’ independence from outside interference and government control. Working (both overly and covertly, wittingly and unwittingly) with governmental and private organizations, U.S. scientists tried to…

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Research Focus Group Talk: Epistemological Revolution in Japan’s Long 1968
Miriam Kingsberg Kadia

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

A focus on student actors has often led historians of Japan to dismiss the idea of epochal change in “the long 1968.” This talk adopts the perspective of the older generation of Japanese social scientists to show these years as a watershed in the basis of authoritative knowledge. The existing historiography often presents these scholars as reactionary. I show how they, in concert with their colleagues abroad, actually anticipated and indeed accelerated epistemological revolution. Born in the two decades from 1900-1920, “transwar” social scientists assumed leadership of their disciplines in the 1930s and maintained intellectual hegemony across the chronological divide of World War II. They were linked by shared demographic characteristics and, more importantly, through a common commitment to objectivity. Transcending the domestic intellectual community, conviction in objectivity drew together a transnational network of scholars able to trust and engage…

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Humanities Decanted: Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments in Mexico
Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

April 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (Music) and Jessica Nakamura (Department of Theater and Dance) about Hellier-Tinoco’s new book, Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments in Mexico. Refreshments will be served. Performing Palimpsest Bodies proposes the concept of palimpsest bodies to interpret provocative theatre and performance experiments that explore issues of cultural memory, bodies of history, archives, repertoires and performing remains. Combined with ideas of postmemory and rememory, palimpsest bodies are inherently trans-temporal as they perform re-visions of embodied gestures, vocalized calls and sensory experiences. Focusing on one of Mexico’s most significant contemporary theatre companies, La Máquina de Teatro, this study documents the playfully rigorous performances of layered, plural and trans identities as collaborative, feminist, and queer re-visions of official histories and collective memories. Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco is a scholar, creative artist and an associate professor of performing arts and…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Lord of the Rings Marathon

April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
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IV Live Presents Improvability: The Random Show

April 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: The Random Show Friday, April 19th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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

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

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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Research Focus Group Talk: Border-Crossings at the Intersection of Narrated and Narrating Landscapes: Linguistic Brokers Witnessing and Enduring the U.S. Spatio-Temporal Politics of Migrant Worker Illegality in the American Heartland
Jennifer F. Reynolds

April 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
1205 Education, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB

This talk explores bilingual women’s social and narrative positioning as informal linguistic brokers (or community interpreters) in a rural town dependent on the industrial processing of fresh kosher meat-products. Specifically, it addresses how these women as “community accountants” employed reflexive interdiscursivity and oriented to different modernist chronotopes to re-analyze the cultural politics of migrant labor (Bakhtin 1981; See Chávez 2015; Dick 2010, 2017; Perrino 2011; Reynolds 2017). Their accounts shed insight into what happens when legal recognition of migrant labor is withheld/deferred and how this influences the chronic conditions of exhaustion and ambivalence that shape the social reproductive and linguistic labor necessary in supporting a diverse international migrant workforce in transnationally intertwined rural political economies (Povinelli 2011; McElhinny 2016). The study combines ethnography with poetic approaches to narrative dialogically produced through interviews. Analyses feature two contrasting case studies of native…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Cold War and Shoplifters

April 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Cold War at 7:00 PM and Shoplifters at 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: The Musical Show

April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: The Musical Show Friday, April 26th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Taubman Symposia Screening: Film Marking Yom ha-Shoa

April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pollock Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara

Film screening marking Yom ha-Shoa Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Pokemon: The Movie and Pokemon 2000

April 29, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Pokemon: The Movie at 7:00 PM and Pokemon 2000 at 10:00 PM

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May 2019

Research Focus Group Conference: China Rising

May 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - May 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

On May 2 and 3, UC Santa Barbara is hosting a group of scholars, Ford Foundation project officers, film makers and movement leaders on campus. This group from China, Brazil and Ecuador offers novel “southern” or subaltern perspectives on China’s massive contemporary presence in Africa, Middle East and Latin America. This process of Chinese engagement across the continents of the global south may represent one of the most significant global-scale transformations of our era, challenging us to think differently about south-south relations, environmental politics, area studies, history, geopolitics, and social change. This group of visitors to our campus utilize lenses of gender, sexuality and race to address these questions of culture, infrastructure and globalization to contextualize “China Rising” or “China Stepping out into the World.” 'CHINA RISING' CONFERENCE INAUGURAL EVENT 3pm-7pm: THURSDAY, May 2nd:  Multicultural Center Theater:  3pm: SCREENING OF FILM:…

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Taubman Symposia Screening: Film Marking Yom ha-Shoa

May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pollock Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara

Film screening marking Yom ha-Shoa Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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2019 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate: Immigration: A Boon or Burden to U.S. Society?
Rubén G. Rumbaut, Mark Krikorian, Donald M. Kerwin, Jr.

May 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Campbell Hall, Building 538, University of California, Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd,

Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:30 PM Participants: Rubén G. Rumbaut Mark Krikorian Moderator: Donald M. Kerwin, Jr. UCSB Campbell Hall FREE Experts on immigration, national security and refugee movements will engage in a debate about the U.S. immigration system, the values and interests it serves and the impact of immigration on the nation. Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, is the co-author of Open Immigration: Yea & Nay and the author of The New Case against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama is Transforming America through Immigration. Rubén G. Rumbaut, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine, is the author of Immigrant America: A Portrait and Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation. The debate will be moderated by Donald M. Kerwin, Jr., Director of the Center for Migration Studies of New York. Co-presented…

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Talk: Boundaries of the Firm, State, and Nation: The Problem of Public Utility in the American Century
James T. Sparrow

May 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

James T. Sparrow, History, University of Chicago. Sparrow is the author of Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government (2011) and co-editor of Boundaries of the State in US History (2015). His current projects include Sovereign Discipline: The American Extraterritorial State in the Atomic Age and New Leviathan: Rethinking Sovereignty and Political Agency after Total War. This event is a part of Molding Development in the Democratic State, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.history.ucsb.edu/labor

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Harry Potter Marathon

May 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - May 4, 2019 @ 6:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
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IV Live Presents Improvability: The Free Sh*t Show

May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: The Free Sh*t Show Friday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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6th Annual GCLR Conference: Memory and Movement
Keynote: Michael Rothberg

May 4, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR), in collaboration with UCSB’s Memory Studies Reading Group, is hosting an interdisciplinary conference examining the interplay between memory and movement through a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. Michael Rothberg will deliver the keynote address on "The Implicated Subject: Art, Activism, and Historical Responsibility." Arguing that the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander do not adequately account for our connection to injustices past and present, Rothberg offers a new theory of historical responsibility through the figure of the implicated subject. Implicated subjects occupy positions aligned with power and privilege without being themselves direct agents of harm; they contribute to, inhabit, inherit, or benefit from regimes of domination but do not originate or control such regimes. Drawing on his forthcoming book The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators, Rothberg will discuss examples of…

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Research Focus Group Talk: The Dirt on Rubbish: What Discard Tells us about Home Life in Roman Egypt
Anna Lucille Boozer

May 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3041 HSSB, HSSB, UCSB

This paper explores activities of cleaning and disposing because they represent key principles of social organization. Close attention to discard behavior helps us to understand how people related to the material goods and places that once made up their object worlds – their material habitus (c.f. Meskell, 2005: 3). Human relationships to defilement, in particular, must be seen in in the context of how human identity as a rational being is established and maintained (Kristeva, 1982; Lagerspetz 2018). Unlike other social practices in the life history of settlements, rubbish disposal represents a critical component of the archaeological record (Rathje & Murphy, 2001). In this paper, I argue that a close examination of rubbish and waste depositions, along with the discarded items themselves, might be able to tell us about social values in the houses of Roman Egypt. Additionally, activities such…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Harry Potter Marathon

May 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - May 7, 2019 @ 6:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
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Talk: Towards a Palestinian Third Cinema
Nadia Yaqub

May 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the 1970s, the filmmakers Masao Adachi and Jean-Luc Godard each created a sophisticated essay film that used the Palestinian revolution to reflect questions of truth, representation, media circuits, and the relationships that can and cannot be formed through them. This talk shifts attention away from these well-known works to focus on the films Palestinians themselves were making at this time, exploring how they engaged differently with the ideas that animated Adachi and Godard, as well as those articulated in the third cinema texts of Latin American filmmakers.   Nadia Yaqub (PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1999), is professor of Arabic language and culture in the department of Asian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research addresses film, gender, and literature from the Arab world. She is the author of Pens, Swords, and the Springs…

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Talk: “Sold by her Own Desire”: Intimate Labor, Commodification, and Resistance in Female Intelligence Offices, 1810-1850
April Haynes

May 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

April Haynes, History, University of Wisconsin, Haynes is the author of Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-century America (2015) and the forthcoming Tender Traffic: Intimate Labors in the Early American Republic. She is the chair of the Program in Gender and Women’s History at the University of Wisconsin. This event is a part of Molding Development in the Democratic State, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.history.ucsb.edu/labor

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Happy Death Day 1 & 2

May 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Happy Death Day 1 & 2 at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability

May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Friday, May 10th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show

May 10, 2019 @ 11:59 pm - May 11, 2019 @ 4:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Taubman Symposia Talk: Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

May 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Steven Zipperstein, Stanford University Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Happy Death Day 1 & 2

May 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Happy Death Day 1 & 2 at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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CHIMERA: A Public Reading
Maiza Hixson

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

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

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Talk: The Cold War’s Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace
Paul Thomas Chamberlin

May 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Paul Thomas Chamberlin argues that the Cold War, long regarded as a mostly peaceful, if tense, diplomatic standoff between the West and East blocs, fostered a series of deadly conflicts that killed millions on battlegrounds across the postcolonial world. For half a century, as an uneasy accord hung over Europe, ferocious wars raged in the Cold War’s killing fields, resulting in more than fourteen million dead—victims who remain largely forgotten. In chronicling this violent history, Professor Chamberlin proposes a new geography and periodization and explores the lasting political impact of mass violence after 1945.   Paul Thomas Chamberlin is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University. His first book, The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. His most recent book, The Cold…

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Research Focus Group Talk: Land, Lineage, Embodied Practices, and the Khora of Migration: Himalayan Lives Between Nepal and New York
Sienna R. Craig

May 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3041 HSSB, HSSB, UCSB

This presentation will explore what it means for people from Mustang, Nepal, including those who have migrated to New York, to care for each other, steward a homeland across time and space, remake home elsewhere, and confront distinct forms of happiness and suffering through these movements. How do people honor and alter their shared responsibilities and senses of connection to people and place through migration? How do different generations abide with each other, even when they struggle to understand each other? Craig recruits the Himalayan/Tibetan concept of khora—the embodied act of circumambulation as well as a Buddhist philosophical principle that reflects the nature of desire, interdependence, and cyclic existence—to theorize cycles of mobility and patterns of world-making between Nepal and New York. She will interrogate the ways in which migration impacts the bodies and heart-minds of individuals and households as…

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Disquantified Conference: Higher Education in the Age of Metrics

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

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

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“Disrupt and Advance”: The 25th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO)
Brandy Gatlin, Lynn Hou, Wesley Y. Leonard

May 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The LISO conference promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion in the analysis of naturally occurring human interaction. Papers will be presented by national and international scholars on a variety of topics in the study of language, interaction, and culture. This year’s conference theme is “Disrupt and Advance.” We understand ‘disrupt’ broadly as actions or ideas that intervene in or challenge the established theoretical, institutional, or narrative frame. The emphasis on disruption is an intentional examination of disciplinary constraints. By including ‘advance’ we hope to encourage submissions that operationalize critique into praxis. We welcome papers that engage in a critique of disciplinary conventions or somehow broaden the scope of (inter)disciplinary research, presenting innovative models for paths forward. For more information visit  http://liso.ucsblinguist.org/ Sponsored by the IHC’s Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Research Focus Group, Graduate Division, Linguistics Department, Education Department, Sociology Department,…

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Research Focus Group Workshop: Personhood: Do We Make It or Know It?
Jeannine DeLombard

May 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

This workshop will discuss the precirculated first chapter from Jeannine DeLombard’s current book manuscript, “Bound to Respect: Democratic Dignity and the Indignities of Slavery.” (Please click the "Download Reading" button above.) For many of us today, the artifice of legal personhood – the corporate person in particular – provokes outrage. Focusing on the legal fiction of slave personhood, this paper argues that in the 19th-century U.S., the greater danger came from naturalizing this artifice by attaching it to actual African American people, regardless of condition. This reconsideration of legal personhood contributes to current efforts by political theorists, legal historians, classicists, and philosophers to historicize the concept of dignity prior to the 20th-century human rights regime. DeLombard contends that what critic and novelist Ralph Ellison once called “the indignities of slavery” pertained less to the metaphysical value of humans than to the status of…

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Talk: From Farm to Tourist Trap: Tourism as a Rural Development Strategy
Doug Genens

May 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Doug Genens, History, UCSB Genens, a PhD candidate in the UCSB Department of History, is writing a dissertation on the varieties of rural development in the United States after World War II. This event is a part of Molding Development in the Democratic State, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.history.ucsb.edu/labor

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: How to Train Your Dragon

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of How to Train Your Dragon at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Friday Night Live

May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Friday Night Live Friday, May 17th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Research Focus Group Talk: Mediterranean Pathways: GIS, Network Analysis, and the Ancient World
Ryan Horne

May 20, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
3041 HSSB, HSSB, UCSB

We live in a world of maps and networks. GPS enabled phones allow us to instantly locate ourselves on the earth’s surface, guide us to stores or restaurants, or announce to the world our location through social media. Likewise, programs like Google Earth and desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized our engagement with maps, map-making, and have challenged traditional notions of space and place. The proliferation of GIS technologies and the “spatial turn” in digital humanities has also provided new avenues for challenging assumptions about the representations of past societies, the nature of empire, and the reach of imperial power. Despite their aesthetic beauty, traditional print maps, with clearly delineated static borders, often artificial naming conventions, and fixed viewpoints do not convey the complexity and uncertainty of the past. Ancient societies and empires were far from static; they were…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: How to Train Your Dragon

May 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of How to Train Your Dragon at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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

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

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

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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: The Social Origins of the Minimum Wage
Kathryn Sklar

May 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kathryn Sklar, Berkeley, CA Sklar, who taught history for many years at SUNY Binghamton, is author of Catharine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity (1973) and Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: The Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900 (1995), both of which received the Berkshire Prize. She has received fellowships from the Ford, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Mellon Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. This event is a part of Molding Development in the Democratic State, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.history.ucsb.edu/labor

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Psychedelic Short Films and Climax

May 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Psychedelic Short Films and Climax at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability

May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Friday, May 24th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Psychedelic Short Films and Climax

May 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Psychedelic Short Films and Climax at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Research Focus Group Talk: Homes for Gods and Mortals: Film Screening and Discussion with the Director
Gayatri Chatterjee

May 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Homes for Gods and Mortals is a 2018 documentary by the acclaimed Indian film scholar Gayatri Chatterjee. It follows life in two small settlements neighboring the temple complex of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madhya Pradesh, India, that is famous for its ornate medieval architecture. The film focuses on the present-day residents of the villages—the nature of their embodied modes of worship and ritual performances—and the interaction of individual lives in a dynamic network around the temples. The film traces a continuous history of migration, settlement, and displacement and of material poverty amid spiritual riches. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Gayatri Chatterjee, a film scholar based in Pune, India. She has taught and lectured widely in India, Europe, and the United States. She is currently based at Pune's Symbiosis School…

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Reading: UC Santa Barbara Student Veteran Writers

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

Read the student veterans' stories in The Santa Barbara Independent. Nine student veterans will read stories about their military experiences.  Following the reading there will be time for questions from the audience. Gio Caballaro | Bradley Fry | John Lucero | Adrian Mejia | Andy Molina-Ochoa | Scott Rothdeutsch | Edward Rutherford | Kyle Shipe | Melissa Weidner Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the UC Santa Barbara Veterans Writing Workshop.

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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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Research Focus Group Talk: The Color of Belonging: Skin Tone and Attitudes towards Ethnic Voting in India
Amit Ahuja

May 30, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Lane Room, Ellison 3824, UC Santa Barbara

Ethnic voting is a feature of many multiethnic democracies the world over. The existence of an identity group does not guarantee the electoral solidarity of group members. Besides the desire to corner state resources, relations of fear and prejudice between groups are identified as prominent motivations for ethnic voting. But how members of a group treat each other, how they exercise their preferences and prejudices towards fellow group members also matter to group solidarity in elections, especially when a substantial number of the interactions that people have are with in-group rather than with out-group members. In this presentation, drawing on a survey of over 5200 voters conducted across two very different political contexts in India, Amit Ahuja will discuss the effect of one such prejudice—the universal bias against dark skin color—on attitudes towards the electoral solidarity of caste groups. Amit…

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Artist Talk: American Cotton
Marshall Sharpe

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

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

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Ash Is Purest White

May 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Ash Is Purest White at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Symposium and Staged Readings: The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

May 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - June 1, 2019 @ 9:30 pm

Cherríe Moraga’s play, The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea (1995), depicts a dystopic future in a fractured América, aggravated by an entrenched patriarchy. It also explores the tenets of the movement that founded what are now thriving Chicana/Latina programs throughout the Southwest, including the UCSB Chicano Studies program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. This symposium will present a timely (re)consideration of a movement in progress, alongside two staged readings of the play. Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM | Multicultural Center Theater, UCSB Staged reading of The Hungry Woman by a professional Los Angeles cast and UCSB community members, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Saturday, June 1, 1:00 PM | McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB 1:00 P.M. Opening and Welcome 1:15 P.M. "The Making of The Hungry Woman" - Playwright, Cherríe Moraga (Department of English) presents on…

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Improvathon (24 Hour Show!)

May 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Improvathon (24 Hour Show!) Friday, May 31st at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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June 2019

Magic Lantern Films Presents: Ash Is Purest White

June 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Ash Is Purest White at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Captain Marvel

June 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Captain Marvel at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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July 2019

Nuestra Voz

July 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UCSB Studio Theater, TD East 1101

Nuestra Voz Join us for 3 short new plays by Isla Vista teens! Wednesday, July 31st at 6:00 pm in the UCSB Studio Theater. Reception starts at 7:00 pm. Reserve your seats at ihc-ivarts@ucsb.edu. FREE

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September 2019

IV Live Presents Improvability: Welcome Back

September 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Welcome Back Friday, September 27th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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October 2019

IHC Open House

October 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You are invited to the IHC’s Open House on Thursday, October 3, from 4-6 pm. Cosponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. Meet new Humanities faculty, IHC fellows, and staff members. Learn about Critical Mass, our 2019-2020 public events series. Find out about our community-engagement programs and our numerous funding resources for faculty and graduate students. Enjoy good food, drink, and conversation.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Midsommar

October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Midsommar at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Fairy Tale Show

October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Fairy Tale Show Friday, October 4th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Midsommar

October 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Midsommar at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Research Focus Group Talk: The Politics of Eros and Ecofeminism in India
Savita Singh

October 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3041 HSSB, HSSB, UCSB

Herbert Marcuse (1898–1979), the German-American philosopher and political theorist who was a prominent member of the Frankfurt School of critical social theory, envisioned a new form of feminist socialism in which Eros, desire, the domain of the body and the passions, would be restored to its proper place as equal to Logos, reason. In this talk Savita Singh will explore the politics of Eros articulated by Marcuse through an analysis of the politics of ecofeminism in contemporary India. She will examine a range of anti-development struggles in India, from the work of ecofeminist activists Medha Patkar and Vandana Shiva to the Chipko movement to tribal protests in Odisha, and will suggest that these struggles give concrete expression to a Marcusean vision of a feminist socialism that seeks to establish a balance between Eros and Logos and between the forces of…

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

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

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

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Research Focus Group Talk: Daylighting Conflict: Board Games as Decision-Making Tools
Janette Kim

October 10, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Janette Kim will join us to discuss Win-Win, a series of board games that play out climate risk scenarios. By designing interactions among players, objectives and resources, these games model the social justice implications of innovative financial and legal strategies. Equally important, they model the space of cities, offering unique ideas about the built environment in direct relationship to such dynamics. Together, these two interpretations of a ‘model’ serve as a new kind of decision-making tool—one that imagines new relationships among economies, publics and architectural design. Janette Kim is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Urban Works Agency at California College of the Arts, principal of design practice All of the Above, and founder of ARPA Journal. Her work spans across scholarship, research and design and focuses on political ecology and the built environment. Janette is author of…

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Critical Mass Inaugural Lecture: Plastic’s Tipping Point
Roland Geyer

October 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plastic production, use, and pollution have been growing steadily for decades, without much public comment or concern. But suddenly, and very recently, there has been strong and widespread backlash against the pervasiveness of plastic. What prompted this sudden change in public opinion?  Did plastic pollution itself reach a tipping point?  Or did public attitudes toward this pollutant undergo a radical shift? Roland Geyer will discuss the history of global plastic production and disposal and will consider the future of both plastic and public outrage against its environmental impact. A reception will follow. Roland Geyer is a Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. In his research he uses the approaches and methods of industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment and material flow analysis, to assess pollution prevention strategies based on reuse, recycling, and material…

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Talk: Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs
Colin Gordon

October 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Colin Gordon, History, University of Iowa Gordon is an historian of U.S. public policy, political economy, and urban history. He is the author of Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (2008), Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America (2003) and New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics, 1920-1935 (1994). This event is a part of The Political Economy of Racial Inequality, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.labor.history.ucsb.edu/

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Lion King (2019)

October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Lion King (2019) at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Art Show

October 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Art Show Friday, October 11th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Lion King (2019)

October 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Lion King (2019) at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Talk: A Fabulous Failure: Bill Clinton, American Capitalism, and the Origin of Our Troubled Times
Nelson Lichtenstein

October 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

Nelson Lichtenstein, History, UC Santa Barbara Lichtenstein is the Academic Senate’s 2019 Faculty Research Lecturer. He is the author of Walter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit (1996); The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business (2009), and co-editor of Beyond the New Deal Order: From the Great Depression to the Great Recession (2019). This event is a part of The Political Economy of Racial Inequality, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.labor.history.ucsb.edu/

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Research Focus Group Talk: Approaching Classical Chinese Poetry in Early Modern Japan: Intralingual and Interlingual Translation Strategies in Japanese “Remarks on Poetry”
Matthew Fraleigh

October 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

Residents of the Japanese archipelago have been avid readers of classical Chinese texts in a great many genres from the very origins of literacy down to the present day. To varying degrees over the centuries, they have also been enthusiastic creators of such texts. This talk examines how authors from the latter half of the early modern period (1603–1868) conceptualized and discussed the reception and composition of Sinitic poetry. What strategies did they use to make Sinitic poetry intelligible to a readership that did not speak Chinese? How did they understand these practices, and how should we think about them? What do their writings tell us about how they perceived the borders between the Japanese and Chinese languages? Matthew Fraleigh is Associate Professor of East Asian Literature and Culture at Brandeis University. His research concerns the literature of early modern…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Good Boys

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Good Boys at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Government Show

October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Government Show Friday, October 18th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Good Boys

October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Good Boys at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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

October 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

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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Public Forum: Building a Green New Deal: Community, Coalition, and Organizing for Environmental Justice

October 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In communities, classrooms, and protest sites across the country, people have embraced the call for a Green New Deal as a way of recognizing that climate change presents us with an unprecedented historic challenge—and the need for comprehensive and transformational reform. California’s Central Coast has a powerful tradition of grassroots activism to draw on in rising to the challenge, from the wide-ranging environmental movement sparked by the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill to the multi-racial labor, immigrant, and indigenous people’s rights organizations leading the struggle for economic justice region-wide. Together, these and allied organizations have formed the Central Coast Climate Justice Network, a regional coalition dedicated to developing a collective vision and coalitional strategy for achieving holistic and intersectional environmental justice in our region. Featuring presentations from Network member organizations, the aim of the forum is to launch a broad,…

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Talk: The Pyramid Problem: Regulating Direct Sales at the Edges of Labor and Consumption, 1972-1982
Bernhard Reiger

October 25, 2019 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bernhard Reiger, History, University of Leiden Reiger’s research examines European history within a comparative and transnational framework. His publications include Technology and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and Germany, 1890-1945 (2009) and The People’s Car: A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle (2013). This event is a part of The Political Economy of Racial Inequality, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.labor.history.ucsb.edu/

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Horror-thon

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Horror-thon Friday, October 25th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Crawl

October 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Crawl at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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UCHRI Funding Opportunities Information Sessions
Shana Melnysyn

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

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

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November 2019

Magic Lantern Films Presents: Student Films

November 1, 2019
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of student films (time TBD)

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Eco-Friendly Show

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Eco-Friendly Show Friday, November 1st at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Student Films

November 4, 2019
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of student films (time TBD)

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Talk: A New Deal Voting Rights Case: A Strategy of the Roosevelt Justice Department, 1939-1941
Eric Rauchway

November 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Eric Rauchway, History, UC Davis Rauchway is the author of Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America (2003); The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace (2015); and Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash over the New Deal (2018). This event is a part of The Political Economy of Racial Inequality, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program. Pre-circulated papers available at www.labor.history.ucsb.edu/

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Spider-Man: Far From Home

November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Spider-Man: Far From Home at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Gold Show

November 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability: Gold Show Friday, November 8th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show

November 8, 2019 @ 11:30 pm - November 9, 2019 @ 2:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Spider-Man: Far From Home

November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Spider-Man: Far From Home at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Research Focus Group Symposium: Celebration of Guru Nanak: 550th Birth Anniversary
Anshu Malhotra and Mark Juergensmeyer

November 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

This South Asia symposium celebrates the life of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh tradition, on the 550th anniversary of his birth. The symposium will feature talks by two UCSB faculty members: Anshu Malhotra, Professor and Kundun Kaur Kapany Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies, will give a talk on “Guru Nanak in Popular Imagination,” and Mark Juergensmeyer, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, will share his reflections on “Global Sikhism.” Cosponsored by the IHC South Asian Religions and Cultures Research Focus Group and the Department of Global Studies

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Screening and Panel Discussion: Surviving Home

November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SURVIVING HOME is an intimate documentary that follows four U.S. military veterans from different generations over an eight year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with veterans' voices from across the country, their unique paths of healing and transformation shed light on longterm consequences of war and raise questions about the roots of war and societal cycles of violence. A severely injured Iraq War veteran discovers a new voice that helps heal his wounds of war, as he and his wife struggle to keep their marriage alive. A Vietnam War veteran becomes a Buddhist monk in an effort to come to terms with the carnage and dehumanization of combat. A female Iraq War veteran fights through the effects of Military Sexual Trauma to take on the U.S. government in a class action lawsuit that could improve the…

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The Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series: Einstein’s War: How World War I Made Relativity
Matthew Stanley

November 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Einstein’s ascent to worldwide celebrity was, in large part, not his own doing. The 1919 confirmation of the German Einstein’s theory of general relativity by British astronomers soon after the end of the First World War made him an emblem of how science could rise above nationalism and petty patriotism.  But in fact international science – and relativity with it – was nearly shattered by the war. It was only the dedicated efforts of pacifist scientists, chiefly A.S. Eddington, that pulled both Einstein and his theory from behind the trenches and onto the front pages of newspapers around the globe. Matthew Stanley teaches and researches the history and philosophy of science. He holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics, and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. He is the author of…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Ready or Not

November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Ready or Not at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Wrestlemania

November 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

IV Live Presents Improvability: Wrestlemania Friday, November 15th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista $3 Admission Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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