The Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment was established by Jane Crowell Rieffel in memory of her parents to recognize their interest in literature and the performing arts. Through this gift, Ms. Rieffel has expressed her personal commitment to UCSB's academic excellence and to the advancement of interdisciplinary scholarship and education. The Crowell Endowment is intended to support the mission and programs of the IHC by providing support for public lectures and conferences. It has made possible a series of highly successful conferences: Acts of Reconstruction: Shakespeare's Globe (May,1997); Acts of Reconstruction: Museums, Theme Parks and City Centers (February, 1998); Authorship (November, 1998); Dresden: Reconstructing a Culture (February, 2000); The Genius of Shakespeare (May, 2000), Narrative at the Outer Limits (May, 2001), Florence: Reconsidered (November, 2001) and A Symposium On Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (May, 2002) and Terry Gross (March, 2003).
2012 - 2013
Performance: Theater of War
Wednesday, January 30 / 7:00 PM
Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Junior High School
Thursday, January 31 / 4:00 PM
Hatlen Theater, UCSB
Theater of War is an innovative project that presents professional actors reading scenes from ancient Greek drama about soldiers returning from war. Following the reading, a panel of veterans and community members will offer their personal responses to the play in order to initiate an audience discussion about the psychological, physical, emotional and social challenges facing veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Note: the Theater of War cast will include Evan Parke (Django Unchained, King Kong), in lieu of Keith David.
This event is supported in part by The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund.
Sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life, the Department of Theater and Dance, the IHC’s Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment, and the IHC series Fallout: In the Aftermath of War.
2011 - 2012
SYMPOSIUM: Renaissance Publics, Material Goods
Patricia Fumerton (English, UCSB)
Ann Rosalind Jones (Comparative Literature, Smith College)
Julia Reinhard Lupton (English, UC Irvine)
Peter Stallybrass (English, University of Pennsylvania)
Friday, May 4 / 1:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
This symposium will contribute to the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s “Public Goods” theme by looking at the dynamic interplay of material goods and emergent publics in Renaissance Europe. Our four speakers will address the role played by furniture and affordances, costumes and conduct manuals, trinkets and ballad sheets, and the gathering and circulation of news in the creation and constitution of publics in the early modern period.
1:00: panel 1
Peter Stallybrass: “Gathering and Circulating News”
Patricia Fumerton: “The Pack of Autolycus”
3:00: panel 2
Ann Rosalind Jones: “The Emperor’s Clothes: Costume Books as Conduct Manuals, 1560-1600″
Julia Reinhard Lupton: “Furnitura: Reading Shakespearean Affordances”
Sponsored by the IHC’s Hester and Cedric Crowell endowment as part of its Public Goods Series, the Early Modern Center, Renaissance Studies, and the IHC’s History of Books and Material Texts RFG.
2010 - 2011
LA Urban Rangers (Art Collective, Los Angeles)
Thursday, April 28 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Join Ranger Jenny of the LA Urban Rangers for a campfire program about their past and current projects. An interdisciplinary art collective, the Rangers explore the complex human and natural workings of their home megalopolis, through projects that have included a field guide to the L.A. County Fair, a guided hike on Hollywood Boulevard, their Downtown L.A. Trail System, and their Malibu Public Beaches safaris, which imparted the advanced skills required to find and use a Malibu beach.
Sponsored by the IHC’s Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment, the IHC’s Geographies of Place series and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).
2009 - 2010
Tuesday, March 2 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
The artist speaks about her video essay investigating the transformations activated by a new transnational infrastructure, the BTC oil pipeline, which pumps the Caspian Crude from Baku passing through the Caucasus and Turkey. The pipeline is a geo-strategic project of some political impact, not only for the powerful players in the region, but also for a great number of locals: farmers, oil workers, migrants, and prostitutes.
Sponsored by the Department of Film & Media Studies, IHC’s Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment, IHC’s Oil + Water Series, and the Community Environmental Council.
2008 - 2009
CANCELLED: NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters
This event is cancelled due to the Jesusita Fire
Peabody Award-winning radio producers The Kitchen Sisters come the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center to present an afternoon of radio, readings and some fine Hidden Kitchen cooking. Hidden Kitchens, heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, explores secret, unexpected, below-the-radar cooking across America. The Kitchen Sisters show how communities come together through food: midnight cabyard kitchens, prison rodeo kitchens, a secret civil rights kitchen, food traditions and rituals from across the country. The series inspired two books, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More from NPR’s Kitchen Sisters and Hidden Kitchens Texas. Please join The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, to hear some radio stories–and the stories behind them–and tell some of your own.
Sponsored by the IHC’s Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment as part of the IHC’s Food Matters series.
2007 - 2008
Stephen Sondheim & Frank Rich
Saturday, March 8 / 4:00 PM
General public $48.00 – $68.00 / UCSB Students $22.00
Legendary theatrical composer Stephen Sondheim will appear in an on-stage interview with author and New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Rich. Together they will engage in a rare conversation about Sondheim’s epic career.
Sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Rubicon Theater, PCPA Theaterfest and the IHC’s Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment.
SCREENING & TALK: Il Postino: The World of Antonio Skármeta
Monday, March 3 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020
The acclaimed Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta whose novel Burning Patience was made into the award-winning film Il Postino, based on an episode in the life of the famous poet Pablo Neruda, will show a film and speak about his life and work including his latest novel.
Sponsored by the Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Spanish & Portuguese, College of Creative Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies.
2004 - 2005
John Walch, Pier Carlo Talenti, and Risa Brainin
Friday, May 25 / 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Preceding the West Coast Premiere of The Dinosaur Within presented by Dramatic Art, UCSB at 8:00 PM, join a panel discussion with John Walch (Playwright of The Dinosaur Within), Pier Carlo Talenti (Literary Manager at the Center Theatre Group) and Risa Brainin (Director of The Dinosaur Within / Assistant Professor of Dramatic Art, UCSB). Tickets for the performance are available from Arts & Lectures, (805) 893-3535
The Dinosaur Within plays, MAY 26th-27th @ 8:00 PM, JUNE 1st-3rd @ 8:00 PM, & JUNE 3rd 2:00PM
Box Office 805-893-3535
$17.00 General & $13.00 Student/Senior/UCSB Staff
This program is sponsored by the Hester and Cedric Crowell endowment, a program of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB.