May 2012

The British Council and the Social Science Research Council have announced the launch of Our Shared Past, a collaborative grants program designed to encourage new approaches to world history curriculum and curricular content design in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. The program is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Our Shared Past is designed to promote the development of international scholarly communities that are committed to analyzing history curriculum and reframing the teaching of world history through the identification of new scholarship and the development of new curricular content that illustrate shared cultural, economic, military, religious, social, and scientific networks and practices as well as shared global norms and values that inform world history and society. The project will encourage both the synthesis of existing scholarship on these topics and the exploration of concrete ways that this reframing can be successfully introduced into teaching curriculum in European, Middle Eastern, North African, and North American contexts.

The First Peoples Fund's Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards program is a national fellowship award for established American Indian artists who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their community through their careers as artists. The program annually honors American Indian artists who exemplify traditional cultural values and way of life through the sharing of their creative talents and skills with others in the community. In addition to visual arts, the program recognizes contemporary and traditional forms of performing arts as well as literary arts.

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...

    Gender, Creative Dissidence, and the Discourses of African Diaspora: A Colloquium in Honor of Ama Ata Aidoo   May 24-26, 2012 McCune Room, 6020 HSSB UC-Santa Barbara campus   © Nana Kofi Acquah © Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. © Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd.   The African Studies Research Focus Group at UCSB proudly...

Barbara Junisbai  (Assistant Dean, Pritzer College) Thursday, May 24 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, Ellison Hall Kazakhstan's international image is of utmost importance to the government.  The government's approach to cultivate its image abroad  raises a number of questions about identity and nation-building.  Should the government...

(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...

© Nana Kofi Acquah The African Studies Research Focus Group at UCSB proudly presents Gender, Creative Dissidence, and the Discourses of African Diaspora, a three-day conference at that will explore the work of eminent Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo and the broader questions of Diaspora and...

"Band, Battle, and Badass Cinema" Friday, May 18 The Givers and Takers LIVE / 7:00 PM Youtube Battle / 8:00 PM (All are encouraged to enter! See Magic Lantern Facebook page for more info) The Artist 10:00 PM $2 Admission The Artist Monday, May 21/ 10:00 PM Isla Vista Theater $4 Admission...

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation affiliated with Stage Directors and Choreographers, is accepting grant proposals for SDCF’s Guest Artist Initiative Program. Through the program, SDCF facilitates and funds the hiring of professional SDC directors and choreographers to helm theater productions at universities and colleges across the United States.

Yanoula Athanassakis (IHC Research Fellow) Wednesday, May 16 / 1:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This talk centers on Bich Minh Nguyen’s memoir, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner (2008). In unpacking the scenes of consumption of “foreign,” “native,” and “junk” foods, the talk explores Nguyen’s veiled engagement with...

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for Round 9 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a $100 million grant initiative encouraging innovation in global health and development research. The program seeks dynamic, transformative ideas that address the world's greatest health and development challenges. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization — colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. Anyone with a transformative idea is invited to submit the two-page online application.

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...

The UC Humanities Research Institute is pleased to accept calls for Working Group proposals. Working Groups will provide financial and technological resources for University of California faculty to support research collaboration and communication within the extended range of humanities disciplines. Working Groups are designed to catalyze collaboration between individuals from different disciplines, locations, and UC campuses around a specific problem, theme, object or topic. A Working Group may consist of 5 to 15 people who will collaborate over one academic year to address a clearly defined timely issue or early stage of research on an emergent topic in the humanities. Members of a Working Group will be expected to be connected virtually for ongoing communication and to meet face-to-face at least one time throughout the year.

  Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Sociology, UCSB) Holly Unruh (Associate Director, UCIRA) Jai Ranganathan (NCEAS) Jarrett Byrnes ( NCEAS) Monday, May 7 / 12:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Can academics raise money for their research by convincing members of the public to open their wallets for small...

Saturday, May 5 / 10:00 AM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This conference, which has been designed to refocus the study of religion in 19th century America into less institution-based areas of study, brings together former students of Catherine Albanese (Religious Studies, UCSB) to present scholarship that...

Paul Pierson (Political Science, UC Berkeley) Friday, May 4 / 1:00 PM 4041 HSSB Pierson is the author, with Jacob Hacker, of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer - and Turned its Back on the Middle Class (2010). Sponsored by the Colloquium on Work, Labor,...

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. In...