Series

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 / 7:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Ratatat Theater Group is proud to present Happy Few, a new play based on the first-person accounts of Santa Barbara veterans and Shakespeare's Henry V.  It mixes the stories of veterans about the wars in...

Tim O'Brien (author of The Things They Carried) Tuesday, October 22, 2013 / 4:00 PM Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB Music Building (please note venue change) National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien will discuss the similarities between his own experiences in Vietnam forty years ago and the experiences of...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 / 8:00 PM Campbell Hall – FREE Debate participants: David Cole (Law, Georgetown University) Mary Ellen O’Connell (Law, University of Notre Dame) Avery Plaw (Political Science, Dartmouth University) Moderator:Jeff Greenfield The use of militarized drones – flying unmanned aircraft equipped with weaponry – represents a major shift...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 / 2:00 - 5:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Casey Cooper Johnson (filmmaker, “UNMANNED: A Filmmaker's Journey”) Arthur Kroker (Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the...

Caren Kaplan (American Studies, UC Davis) Friday,  February 22, 2013 / 1:00 PM SSMS 2135 Before the advent of aviation, industrializing nations sought to produce increasingly accurate surveys of territorial possessions, drawing on new technologies and sciences to interpret and reproduce sights and images.  Kaplan will argue that...

(Heather Courtney, 2011, 90 min.) Tuesday, October 30, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Emmy award-winning documentary Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who, after graduating from high school in rural Michigan, join the National Guard, enticed by a $20,000...

Hubertus Kohle (Professor and Chair, History of Early Modern and Modern Art Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich) Wednesday, May 30, 2012 / 12:00 PM McCune Conference Center, 6020 HSSB Professor Kohle is renewing the time-honored “République des lettres” in a modern guise. Renowned for his work in digital art...

(Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott, 2003, 145 min.) Thursday, May 24, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In this acclaimed documentary, forty corporate insiders and critics -- including Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Milton Friedman -- explore the nature and spectacular rise of...

Laurel Beckmen (Art, UCSB) Rita Ferri (Visual Arts Coordinator, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission) Colin Gray (local artist) Harry Reese (Art, UCSB) Thursday, May 10, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Something happens when art goes public. Cultural interventions in spaces designated as belonging to the public are...

Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff, Regents' Lecturer in Film and Media Studies ) Thursday, April 12, 2012 / 7:30 PM Pollock Theater When Annie Leonard released The Story of Stuff film, she had no idea that her message would resonate so widely. Since its launch in 2007, the...

(Michael Moore, 2009, 127 min.) Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The IHC celebrates Valentine’s Day with a screening of Moore’s scathing film, which examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans and asks the question:...

Keynote Speakers: Michael Kazin (History, Georgetown University) Tom Hayden (principal author of the Port Huron Statement, political activist) Thursday-Friday, February 2-3, 2012 Corwin Pavilion and McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The 1962 Port Huron Statement was the most important manifesto of the early New Left. This conference brings together...

Mark Hall (director) Peter Alagona (History, UCSB) ann-elise Lewallen ( EALCS, UCSB) Mike McGinnis (Environmental Studies, UCSB) Tuesday, January 24, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Sushi, a cuisine formerly found only in Japan, has grown exponentially in other nations, and an industry has been created to...

Sharon Farmer (History, UCSB) Eileen Boris (Feminist Studies, UCSB) Alice O'Connor (History, UCSB) Tuesday, January 17, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Contrary to conventional wisdom, the notion of welfare as a public good has a venerated--if highly contested--history, and has found valence in many different cultures,...

Peter Van Wyck (Media Studies, Concordia University of Montreal) Andrew Lakoff (Anthropology, Sociology & Communications, University of Southern California) Friday, January 13, 2012 / 2:00 PM Catastrophic events produce radical uncertainty. The temporality of such events varies: they could be sudden, unexpected, but ever-possible (e.g. natural...

Rob Nixon (English, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Friday, November 18, 2011 / 2:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of "slow violence"...

Tara McPherson (USC, School of Cinematic Arts) Wednesday, November 9, 2011 / 3:30 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In a belated recognition of Open Access Week (October 24-30), Tara McPherson, strong  advocate and practitioner of open access publishing and explorer of innovative interdisciplinary digital scholarship, will share...

Rick Perlstein (journalist, author of Nixonland) Saturday, November 5, 2011 / 9:30 AM – 4 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Application deadline: Monday, October 10 As part of its yearlong “Public Goods” series, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB invites interested faculty and other members...

Michael Madsen  (film director, conceptual artist) Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / 5:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Michael Madsen will talk about his own film, Into Eternity, and other media projects that engage questions of nuclear energy and security. Sponsored by the Critical Issues in America Series Speculative...

Wolf Kittler (Germanic, Slavic & Semitic Studies, UCSB) Colin Milburn (English,UCD) Friday, October 14, 2011 / 2:00-6:00 pm Wallis Annenberg conference room, SSMS 4315 Serving as an introduction to programs on Speculative Futures (the Critical Issues in America theme for 2011-2), the talks offer both history and post-mortem: the...

Salman Khan (founder of the Khan Academy) Monday, October 10, 2011 /  8:00 PM Campbell Hall Admission: $20 / UCSB Students $10 A hedge-fund manager turned internet superstar, Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online educational platform and not-for-profit organization that streams educational lessons...

Maher Hathout (Senior Advisor, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles) Nuha Khoury (History of Art and Architecture, UCSB) Edward Linenthal (History, University of Indiana) Thursday, May 5, 2011 / 7:30 PM MultiCultural Center Theater The battle over plans to build a Muslim religious center near ground zero has thrown...

Ellen Anderson (playwright) Melinda Palacio (poet and novelist) D.J. Palladino (novelist and journalist) Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (poet and playwright) Thursday, April 21, 2011 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Four local creative writers will discuss the ways in which notions of place have shaped their work. In “Loving Detroit Like...

Tuesday, April 19 / 12:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB We invite interested faculty and graduate students to join us for a brainstorming meeting for the 2011-2012 IHC series Public Goods. Public Goods will be a year-long program at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center that will explore...

Alessandro Barchiesi (Latin Literature, University of Siena, Arezzo) Friday, April 15, 2011 / 4:00 PM ** PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE** HSSB 4041 This lecture will examine representations of Italic landscapes in the Aeneid, especially wilderness, as seen in mountains and woods, and (super)natural phenomena, volcanic and sulphurous. Professor...

Ido Haar (editor of I Am Carolyn Parker, dir. Jonathan Demme) Friday, April 8, 2011/12:00 PM 2135 Social Sciences and Media Studies Building (SSMS) Reclaiming home in the wake of disaster is the theme of this month’s meeting of the Environmental Media Initiative Research Group (EMIRG). The discussion...

Ido Haar (Documentary Filmmaker) Friday, April 1, 2011 / 2:00 PM MultiCultural Center Theater Just as Mexicans cross U.S. borders illegally to find work as day laborers, thousands of Palestinians do likewise, into neighboring Israel, seeking jobs in construction. For 9 Star Hotel, Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar gained...

Colin Gardner (Art, UCSB) Wednesday, March 2, 2011 / 5:00 PM IHC’s Platform Gallery, 6th Floor HSSB Where Platform's last exhibition, Snarled Megalopolis, visualized the organic shapes generated by cities out of control, Suburbia will highlight landscapes and architectures characterized by regulation, uniformity, and standardization. These landscapes are...

Friday-Saturday, February 25-26, 2011 Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara This conference will examine the intersection between Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the spatial turn in the humanities. Participants have been asked to describe their mapping projects in relation to traditional humanities methodologies, research objects, and concerns....

Esther Bates (Executive Director, Elverhøj Museum of History and Art) Ethan Turpin (Local Filmmaker) Wednesday, February 16, 2011 / 3:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Solvang’s particular Danishness has evolved in step with the American twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.  An emphasis on tourism has both preserved and distorted the...

Daniel Rosenberg (History, University of Oregon) Thursday, February 10, 2011 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The convention of mapping historical chronologies in the form of straight, measured lines is ubiquitous. Yet, like the conventions of historical narrative, this graphic convention has a complex history. This...

Aranye Fradenburg (English, UCSB) Wednesday, February 9, 2011 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB "Surround Sound" explores the affective significance of the relationship between sound and the experience of space, particularly with respect to language acquisition and its role in attachment.   The practice of making and...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This panel uses different media expressions to explore how urban re-productions of space/place often have emotional impacts on people whose values, cultural ways and quality of life are at best secondary to economic interests of...

Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1968) 97 min. Wednesday, January 26, 2011 / 6:00 PM Introduction by Colin Gardner (Arts, UCSB) MultiCultural Center Theater Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea in 1968, Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo) tells the story of Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, who decides to stay...

Edward Soja (Urban Planning, UCLA) Tuesday, January 25, 2011 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience. In his 2010 book Seeking Spatial Justice from which this lecture will be drawn, Soja argues that justice has a geography...

Thursday-Friday, January 20-21, 2011 McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The event will build on contemporary retheorizations of the Global South by exploring the rapid transformation of many relationships, communities, and alliances within the Western hemisphere. While the concept of the Hemispheric South suggests a move away from...

Charmaine Nelson (Art History and Communication Studies, McGill Univeristy, Montreal) Thursday, November 18, 2010 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Charmaine Nelson is an Associate Professor of Art History, in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal. Her research and teaching...

Saturday, November 13, 2010 / 6:00 PM 479 Gallery in Old Gym on UCSB campus "Spatium Sets" is a group art exhibition of contemporary art practitioners in collaboration with a solo exhibition of UCSB MFA candidate, Daniela Campins.  Venezuelan-born Campins' artwork articulates the idea of space and...

Stanley Katz (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University) Monday, November 8, 2010 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The financial crisis of the past two years looks like its becoming structural, especially in the public universities.  Is privatization the answer, at least for the "elite" state sector in higher education?  If so, what are the implications both for the elites and "the rest"?  A related question is what can/will replace the traditional, if nervous, balance between research and instruction in universities?  How do we balance the growing pressures for greater inclusion of the college age cohort, and the growing  cost of increasingly specialized research?  The post-World War II history of higher education, with the emergence of the multiversity, has been one of more or less successful adaptation of traditional organizational structures.  But haven't we reached the point at which we can no longer add epicycles without destroying the basic structure of higher education? Click here to listen to a recording of Stanley Katz's talk for the IHC's Faculty Forums series. Sponsored by the IHC's Faculty Forums series and the UCSB Faculty Association.