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)
Nov 13 Thu
The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities Series TALK: Charting a ‘Good’ Path in a Turbulent Age Andrew Revkin (The New York Times)
Nov 13 Thu
IHC's Identity Studies RFG ROUNDTABLE: Perspectives on Citizenship
Nov 13 Thu
Events KEYNOTE LECTURE: Labor and Empire Vivek Chibber (History, New York University)
Nov 14 Fri
Events TALK: No-Win Situations: Roman Heroes, Exempla, and Military Ethics Rebecca Langlands (Classics, University of Exeter)
Nov 16 Sun
Events TALK: David: The Divided Heart Rabbi David Wolpe (Sinai Temple, Los Angeles)
Nov 18 Tue
The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities Series TALK: Balancing on a Planet: Can Local Food Improve Health, Increase Equity, and Slow Global Warming? David A. Cleveland (Environmental Studies, UCSB)

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The Anthropocene:


Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence for 2015: Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis


Announcing the IHC public events series for 2014-15

The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities

IHC Graduate Affiliates Program: Due July 15

For more information please visit:


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.

The Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence Series

raab“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

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. The Diana 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.

The Diana 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 The Russian 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.

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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