“When I was a student working toward my MFA in Writing, esteemed authors visited campus. Listening to and mingling with these individuals had a huge impact on my creative outlook. To gain inspiration in such a way is empowering. It gives me great pleasure to offer this opportunity to the UCSB community.”
Diana Raab is the award-winning author of nine books, including the 2014 poetry collection Lust. She recognizes the transformative power of writing for both the writer and the reader. Thanks to the generous support of Diana and Simon Raab, the UC Santa Barbara community has the opportunity to engage with some of today’s most dynamic authors. Through The Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series, creative writers, humanities scholars, journalists, and filmmakers explore the craft of writing with UCSB students in an intimate classroom setting. While in residence, the writers also deliver a public lecture or reading for the Santa Barbara community.
The Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series is based at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), one of the most active and innovative humanities centers in the country. The IHC organizes lectures, seminars and conferences and sponsors an annual series on an issue of social consequence. It also supports interdisciplinary research groups, hosts artist residencies and offers a variety of humanities courses, including a writing workshop for student veterans and military dependents. TheDiana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series is copresented by the UCSB Writing Program. Serving more than 7,000 students each year, the Program’s courses focus on study of and practice with writing in academic, professional, and civic contexts. Recognized nationally for its innovative theoretical and practical approach, the Writing Program was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
TheDiana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series is pleased to welcome Gary Shteyngart as the inaugural Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence. Shteyngart will give a public reading on Thursday, April 10 at 8:00 PM at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. This event is copresented by UCSB Arts and Lectures. Shteyngart, whose latest book is Little Failure: A Memoir, was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His novel Super Sad True Love Story won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by more than forty news journals and magazines around the world. Absurdistan was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and TheRussian Debutante’s Handbook won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Shteyngart’s work has appeared in The New Yorker,Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.
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. (more…)
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.
The IHC fosters interdisciplinary research in the humanities, fine arts and humanistic social sciences. Its grants support scholarship that makes original contributions to established areas of humanistic study, traverses disciplinary boundaries and advances emerging fields of inquiry. The IHC is also committed to developing projects that engage humanistic practices in addressing issues of social consequence. A cornerstone of the Center’s activities is its year-long public events series, which explores topics and issues of far-reaching concern. As a member of the UC Consortium of Humanities Centers, the IHC serves as a link between the campus community and the University of California system.