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April 2018

Taubman Symposia Talk: My Amazing, Demanding, Indelible Jewish Year
Abigail Pogrebin

April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.
Free

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the recently published book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was reviewed by David Gregory in the New York Times and featured on the Today Show. Her first book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, was adapted for the Off-Broadway Stage and her second book, One and the Same, covered her every aspect of being a twin. A former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes and for Bill Moyers at PBS, she has written for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Forward and Tablet, and has moderated conversations at the JCC in Manhattan, the 92Y, the Skirball Center, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. She currently serves as President of Central Synagogue in Manhattan. The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Winchester

April 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showing of Winchester at 7:00 PM, followed by An Anatomy of a Horror Film, featuring Michelle Bevis, UCSB Film grad.

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Symposium: Humanities in Prison

April 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Humanities in Prison

Why study the humanities in prison? Why teach them?  What is the value of prison humanities programs for communities both inside and outside of prisons?  What humanistic texts and skills do we teach? This day-long symposium, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will explore the building of intellectual communities across systemic divides through the humanities. The symposium will include the voices of educators and formerly incarcerated individuals and will be of interest to those involved in public humanities, social justice, transformative pedagogy and civic engagement. Sponsored by the IHC’s Crossings + Boundaries series and the Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment; the College of Letters & Science Critical Issues in America series, Changing Faces of U.S. Citizenship; and the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life Schedule 9:00–10:45      Introductory…

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Talk: Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967
Nate Citino

April 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Citino will discuss his most recent book, Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967 (2017). He is also the author of From Arab Nationalism to OPEC: Eisenhower, King Sa‘ud, and the Making of US - Saudi Relations (2002). Co-Sponsored with the Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski

April 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
Free

Showings of Miller's Crossing at 7:00 PM and The Big Lebowski at 10:00 PM. Celebrate Magic Lantern's 14th Birthday! Enjoy cake and FREE movies!

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IV Live presents Improvability’s Musical Show!

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Musical Show!

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May 2018

Talk: Sanctuary and Literature: Words on the Move
Marina Warner

May 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the present refugee crisis, millions of people are being driven from their homes by war, religious conflict, racial ostracism, famine, and poverty. Can literature help? Stripped of material possessions, refugees, migrants, and ‘arrivants’ still own their minds, which are filled with memories, stories, and knowledge. Can the cultural baggage of the imagination, the stories that displaced people carry in their heads, provide ways of establishing connection with their new circumstances? Can stories, inspired by the cultures they belong to, overcome barriers of language and custom, help them relate to the new place of arrival and develop a place of refuge where they belong? Marina Warner will explore how the role of the imagination, expressed in literary forms, can provide threads which may be woven into the fabric of belonging. She will look at travelling texts, such as the animal…

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Crossings + Boundaries Talk: Borderwall as Architecture
Ronald Rael

May 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ronald Rael’s talk will reexamine what the 650 miles of physical barrier dividing the US and Mexico is and could be, suggesting that the wall is an opportunity for economic and social development along the border that encourages its conceptual and physical dismantling. Rael will illuminate the transformative effects of the wall on people, animals, and the natural and built landscape through the story of people on both sides of the border who transform and creatively challenge the wall’s existence. He will also discuss his architectural studio’s counterproposals that reimagine, hyperbolize, or question the wall and its construction, cost, performance, and meaning. Rael proposes that despite the intended use of the wall, which is to keep people out and away, the wall is instead an attractor, engaging both sides in a common dialogue. Ronald Rael is the Eva Li Memorial Chair…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Double Lover

May 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Double Lover at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: Beatniks

May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Beatniks show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Double Lover

May 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Double Lover at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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The Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series: Truman’s Bomb and the Making of the Atomic Presidency
Alex Wellerstein

May 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

When we think of the importance of the atomic bomb to the Truman presidency, we think of Truman’s weighty decision regarding the use of the weapon on Japan. But historians have known for decades that the narrative of “the decision to use the bomb” is largely mythical, and his actual role was mostly peripheral. But despite this, Truman did make several decisions during the war that would have vast consequences for the future of nuclear weapons, decisions that still resonate today. This talk will look at the making of the Atomic Presidency during the Truman administration: the regulations, norms, and procedures that invest the power to destroy the world in a single man alone, which continue to govern our world to this day. Alex Wellerstein is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the College of Arts…

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Crossings + Boundaries TALKS: Sinan Antoon and Sara Pursley
Sinan Antoon and Sara Pursley

May 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Talk: The Times of Revolution in Jawad Salim’s Monument to Freedom The Iraqi artist Jawad Salim’s famous Monument to Freedom, which still stands in Baghdad’s Liberation Square, is usually read as a linear historical narrative of the Iraqi nationalist movement and the 1958 revolution it produced. Pursley’s talk explores heterogeneous conceptions of time in the work, including depictions of cyclical forms of temporality that reference Khaldunian historical time, Shi`i messianic time, and the time of mourning. She suggests that these forms of time do not work against promises of radical change in the monument, but, on the contrary, give such promises more imaginative purchase than they typically achieve in linear modernization narratives, with their tendency to open onto a singular and static future. Sara Pursley is Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Talk: Pre-occupation, Epistemic Violence,…

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Talk: Winds, Dreams, Theater: A Genealogy of Emotion-Realms through the Lens of The Peony Pavilion
Ling Hon Lam

May 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1930 Buchanan, Buchanan Hall

In his talk, Lam will give a revisionist history of emotions in Chinese literature and culture centered on the idea of emotion as space – which the Chinese call “emotion-realm” (qingjing) – rather than a state of mind. If The Peony Pavilion (Mudan ting, 1598) is the romantic play par excellence in early modern China, it is not because, as many assume, it celebrates emotion as the innermost essence of a liberated individual. Rather, it is because the play eloquently encapsulates the three major historical regimes of the spatiality of emotion: winds, dreamscapes, and theatricality. The Peony Pavilion has deployed these various regimes in an anachronistic juxtaposition, obliterating their timeline and structural differences. Lam will give an archaeological reading of the play that renders visible the subtle transformation of Chinese theater and subject formation—of which the transfiguration of the dream…

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Talk: Florence Kelley and the Improbable Origins of Minimum Wage Legislation in the United States, 1887-1899
Kathryn Sklar

May 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A pioneering women’s history scholar, Sklar’s books include the prize-winning Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: the Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900 (1995), Women's Rights Emerges within the Antislavery Movement (2000), and Catherine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity (1973). This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Lord of the Rings Marathon

May 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - May 12, 2018 @ 4:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Enjoy a full Lord of the Rings marathon, starting at 7:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: Free Stuff Show

May 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Free Stuff Show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Student Film

May 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of a student film at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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HUMANITIES DECANTED: Lal Zimman, Transgender Language Reform: Some Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Trans-Affirming, Gender-Inclusive Language

May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Lal Zimman (Linguistics) about his new work, “Transgender Language Reform.” Refreshments will be served. With a growing societal interest in the experiences of transgender people has come a new kind of awareness about gendered language. Zimman’s recent article, “Transgender language reform: some challenges and strategies for promoting trans-affirming, gender-inclusive language,” takes a linguistic approach to trans-inclusive language by distilling the practices of transgender speakers of English into a series of challenges and potential solutions. A short presentation of his work will be followed by an audience discussion of practical strategies for trans-affirming and gender-inclusive language in the university context. Lal Zimman is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Barbara. His research takes a broad perspective on trans language, from voices to narratives to terminological choices. His edited volume, Queer Excursions: Retheorizing…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Thoroughbreds

May 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Thoroughbreds at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: The Apocalypse

May 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Apocalypse show.

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Santa Barbara Food Cycle Exploration

May 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where does our food come from? What are issues affecting food access in this community? Join us to explore these questions with farmers, beekeepers, scientists, and activists from the Santa Barbara Foodshed. The Santa Barbara community is invited to attend this free event to learn from local experts about the food cycle from soil and seed, to seedling and harvest, to distribution and justice. The event will take place at UC Santa Barbara’s Greenhouse and Garden Project. Participants will engage with local, seasonal varieties in various stages of reproduction and growth. Together participants will integrate science, action, and justice through an exploration of the food cycle from a diversity of perspectives. Each local expert will give a short presentation followed by Q&A with the audience. The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion and time for enjoying a local fruit…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Thoroughbreds

May 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Thoroughbreds at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Presentation by UCSB Student Veterans

May 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Student veterans will read stories about their military experience. Following the reading there will be time for questions and answers from the audience. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the UCSB Veterans Writing Workshop and UCSB Veteran and Military Services.

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Talk: The Republic of Samsung: Labor, Governance, and the Crisis of Korean Democracy
Jin Hee Kim

May 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Currently a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of the Work, Labor, and Democracy, Kim is the author of Labor Law and Labor Policy in New York State, 1920s-1930s (2006) and translator into Korean of John Dewey’s Liberalism and Social Action (2011). The editor and author of numerous books and articles on U.S. and Korean labor, Kim serves on the steering committee of the Seoul Labor Center. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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IV Live presents Improvability: Law & Order

May 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Law & Order show.

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Launching New Research in the Humanities: Presentations by the IHC’s 2017-18 Faculty Fellows
Jennifer Holt, erin Khuê Ninh, Eric Prieto

May 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
research fellows

Please join us in celebrating our 2017-18 Faculty Fellows, whose works-in-progress are supported this year by IHC release-time awards. Fellows will give a short presentation of their work followed by a reception. Jennifer Holt Film and Media Studies “From Convergence to the Cloud: Media Policy in the Digital Era”     erin Khuê Ninh Asian American Studies “Almost Perfect: Passing for the Model Minority”     Eric Prieto French and Italian “World Literature, Urban Theory, and the Informal City”

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June 2018

Magic Lantern Films Presents: Isle of Dogs

June 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Isle of Dogs at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: IMPROVATHON

June 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's IMPROVATHON: 24 hours of improv! Stay all 24 hours, and earn a lifetime pass to Improvability shows.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Isle of Dogs

June 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Isle of Dogs at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Talk: General Electric versus the Market: the Road from Industrial to Financial Capitalism
Serge Ferrari

June 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ferrari is completing his dissertation on GE, tracing how the corporation remade itself into a large-scale financial enterprise at the end of the twentieth century. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Love, Simon

June 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Love, Simon at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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November 2018

Humanities Decanted: Mario Garcia, Father Luis Olivares: A Biography
Mario Garcia

November 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Mario Garcia (History) and Veronica Castillo Munoz (History) about Garcia's new book, Father Luis Olivares: A Biography: Faith, Politics, and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment.

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