is our highly successful, free seminar for community members
interested in discussing intellectual issues in depth. Since
1995 Symposium members have met twice a quarter with UCSB faculty
to engage in a lively exchange regarding social, political,
and cultural issues of vital importance in the contemporary
world.The Symposium is structured as a dialogue involving 35
to 40 participants who read a short article pertinent to the
theme in advance. It begins with brief, informal remarks by
the faculty convener lasting no more than 20 minutes. They are
followed by what might be described as a "democratic dialogue"
or a spirited exchange of views among all the participants.
At its best, The Symposium operates like a seminar of peers:
the convener and the participants engage in a provocative interrogation
of the issues raised in the readings and presentation as well
as of the viewpoints expressed by each other.The Symposium takes
place from 5:00 to 7:00 on weekday afternoons at the Karpeles
Manuscript Library Museum, 21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.
It is organized by the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
and co-sponsored by UCSB Affiliates and the UCSB Office of Community
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