Oct 24 Fri
Events TALK: C. Wright Mills, Then and Now John H. Summers (Editor, The Baffler)
Oct 29 Wed
Events TALK: The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World Kati Marton (former NPR and ABC News Correspondent and bestselling author)
Oct 30 Thu
IHC's Machines People and Politics RFG TALK: New Topographies of Wind and Power in Kansas Lisa Cartwright (Professor of Art and Communication, UC San Diego)
Oct 30 Thu
The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities Series INAUGURAL LECTURE: Should We Welcome the Anthropocene? Ken Hiltner (English and Enviornmental Studies, UCSB)
Oct 31 Fri
Magic Lantern Films SCREENING: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Nov 4 Tue
The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities Series TALK: The Anthropocene: A New Epoch of Thought? Kathryn Yusoff (Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London)
Nov 5 Wed
Events TALK: University Press Publishing in the Age of Kindle Leslie Mitchner (Rutgers University Press, Editor in Chief)

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The Anthropocene:


IHC Open House

Thursday, October 23, 2014 / 4:00 – 6:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB


Announcing the IHC public events series for 2014-15

The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities

IHC Graduate Affiliates Program: Due July 15

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IHC congratulates the 2014-15 UC Graduate Fellows in the Humanities

Congratulations to Andrew Kalaidjian (English) and Jacqueline Viskup (Theater & Dance).

For more information and a list of previous UCSB UC Graduate Fellows in the Humanities click here.

NEH Summer Stipends for 2015

Applications due August 20, 2014.  For more details, click here.

New series at the IHC: The Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series


IHC Funding Opportunities: Due May 15

For more information, please visit:

UC Graduate Fellows in Humanities 2014-15: Due May 22

Call for Nominations

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, on behalf of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Graduate Division, is now accepting applications for the UC Graduate Fellows in the Humanities program, now in its fifth year.

Gary Shteyngart Reads at UCSB on Thursday, April 10

Gary Shteyngart (author, Super Sad True Love Story, Little Failure)
Thursday, April 10 / 8:00 PM
Campbell Hall, UCSB

UC Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome Gary Shteyngart as the inaugural Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence.  He will read selections (more…)

Nature of Care: The Racial Politics of American Philanthropy

Karen Ferguson (History, Simon Fraser University)
Thursday, May 1 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

For over a century the largest American philanthropies, from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Gates Foundation, have promised no less than to promote the well being of all mankind. Acting on this grandiose mission, these powerful private institutions have had great influence globally and at home in areas such as education, public health, and economic development. However, the often ambiguous results and outright failures of these efforts have exposed the contradictions and conflicts inherent in a program of universal well-being, as well as the boundaries of philanthropists’ putatively limitless circle of care. At home, these limits are most apparent in the racial politics of American philanthropy.  Since the late eighteenth century, African Americans and the American “race problem” have been at the very center of American philanthropy’s domestic agenda. Yet white American philanthropy’s record in promoting black people’s well-being has been decidedly mixed. In her talk Karen Ferguson will interrogate the nature of white philanthropists’ care when it comes to addressing racial inequality in the United States. Who or what, exactly, have they cared about?

Karen Ferguson is the author of Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism. Ferguson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in suburban Toronto. Always a city lover, she reveled in living in Montreal while pursuing an undergraduate degree at McGill University. she received a doctorate in African-American history from Duke University in North Carolina in 1996. Since 1997, she has been teaching at Simon Fraser University and enjoying living in Vancouver. In July 2007, she began a joint appointment with SFU’s Program in Urban Studies.

Click here to listen to a recording of Karen Ferguson’s talk for the IHC’s The Value of Care series.

Sponsored by the Critical Issues in America series “The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America, 1964/2014,” the IHC series The Value of Care and the IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment.

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