Announcements The 2017 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate: Is ISIS an Existential Threat to the United States?

Thursday, May 18, 2017 / 7:30 PM
UCSB Campbell Hall
The question of whether ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) poses an existential threat to the United States and to countries in the Middle East remains a security issue of national and international consequence. Monica Duffy Toft and Marc Gopin will engage in an informed debate about the extent and nature of the threat ISIS poses and how the US should respond.

Announcements Humanities in the Community awards

The IHC congratulates the recipients of the 2016 Humanities in the Community summer awards. (more…)

Announcements WATCH Past IHC Events on Vimeo

Talks by previous speakers for the IHC’s public events series are now available on Vimeo.

Announcements IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows Program 2017-18

The 2017-18 IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows program seeks graduate students to work as instructors in a correspondence program on “Foundations in the Humanities” for inmates of North Kern State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison. The curriculum for the course consists of brief foundational readings in the humanities, including works by Yusef Komunyakaa, Jack London, Tim O’Brien, Sandra Cisneros, and Annie Dillard. (more…)

Announcements Reading by student veterans in UCSB Current.

Read the article about this reading by UCSB student veterans at the IHC.

Announcements The Humanities and the Brain in UCSB Current

Read the article about this year’s series.

Announcements UC Public Scholars Program

The IHC congratulates Margaret Bell, UCSB’s representative to the 2016 UC Public Scholars Program. (more…)

Announcements Metadata Central

IHC congratulates Alanna Bartolini (English), UCSB’s representative to the Metadata Central workshop at UCLA.  (more…)


Mary Karr (The Liars’ Club, The Art of Memoir)
Wednesday, February 10
7:00 PM UCSB Corwin Pavilion FREE

Announcements Previous IHC Talks now Available on Soundcloud

Missed an event? You can listen to it here.

Announcements ihc open house

Thurs, October 8, 2015 / 4:00 – 6:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Announcements 2015-16 IHC Graduate Affiliates Program (GAP)

Designed to encourage academic professionalization, the IHC Graduate Affiliates Program will foster a community of graduate student scholars to engage in dialogue around the events of the 2015-16 IHC series The Humanities and the Brain(more…)

Announcements The Humanities and the Brain

Announcing the IHC public events series for 2015-16: “The Humanities and the Brain”

Announcements Language Has a Soul: Unpacking the Meanings and Interpretations of Indonesian Language Discourse in the Case of Singkawang, Indonesia

Todd Sandel (Communication, University of Macau)
Friday, October 23, 2015 / 1:30 PM
Education 1205 (more…)

Announcements Call for papers: The Humanities, the Neurosciences and the Brain

Conference dates: Thursday-Friday, May 12-13, 2016
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara
Abstract deadline Monday, February 29, 2016


Announcements “Bantu in the Bathroom”: Sex and Race in the New Millenium

Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London)
Monday, October 19, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

The killing of Reeva Steenkamp and the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa touch on some of the most difficult questions of sexual and racial violence in the twenty-first century.  In this talk, Jacqueline Rose will draw on her feminist and psychoanalytic understanding to argue that this is a test case for the humanities as it pushes us to the limits of contemporary thought.

Jacqueline Rose is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and the politics and ideology of Israel-Palestine.  Her publications include Women in Dark Times, Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the école freudienne (with Juliet Mitchell), Sexuality in the Field of Vision, The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, States of Fantasy, and The Question of Zion.  She is a regular writer for The London Review of Books, a co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the UK and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Courtesy of Chaucer’s Bookstore, copies of Rose’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Professor Rose will also be introducing and discussing the film Niagara on Tuesday, October 20 at the Pollock Theater.  For details and tickets, visit this page.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Sara Miller McCune and George D. McCune Endowment, the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Comparative Literature Program, the Dept. of English, the Dept. of Film & Media Studies, the Dept. of German and Slavic Studies, and the Literature and the Mind specialization.

Announcements This year’s Inaugural Lecture is now available to watch

Click here to watch the 2015-16 IHC Inaugural Lecture: Ecstasy: Linking the Humanities and the Brain by Ann Taves.

Announcements Call for Proposals: 2016 UC Public Scholars

Deadline: Monday, January 4, 2016

Audio / Visual Drawing the End of our World: Comics, Climate Change and Pizzly Bears

Andy Warner (comics journalist)
Thursday, February 5, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Dialogue With Water

Wang Shu (China Academy of Art, winner of the Pritzker Prize)
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 / 4:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater


Audio / Visual On Streaming

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (poet, winner of the American Book Award)
Thursday, January 29, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Announcements Call for Papers: Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the Humanities and Fine Arts

Thursday-Friday, May 7-8, 2015
Abstract deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

Audio / Visual High and Dry: On Deserts and ‘Crisis’

Dick Hebdige (Film & Media Studies & Studio Art, UCSB)
Thursday, December 4, 2014 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Problems with the Anthropocene: A View from Rural Amazonia

Nicholas C. Kawa (Anthropology, Ball State University)
Friday, November 21, 2014 / 1:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Into the Bowels of the Anthropocene: Excrement and the Current Ecological Crisis

Nicholas C. Kawa (Anthropology, Ball State University)
Thursday, November 20, 2014 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Balancing on a Planet: Can Local Food Improve Health, Increase Equity, and Slow Global Warming?

David A. Cleveland (Environmental Studies, UCSB)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / 4:00 PM
Pacific View Room, UCSB Library

Audio / Visual Charting a ‘Good’ Path in a Turbulent Age

Andrew Revkin (The New York Times)
Thursday, November 13, 2014 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
(Please plan to arrive early; seating is limited.)

Audio / Visual The Anthropocene: A New Epoch of Thought?

Kathryn Yusoff (Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014  / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Should We Welcome the Anthropocene?

Ken Hiltner (English and Environmental Studies, UCSB)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Announcements NEH Summer Stipends for 2015

Applications due August 20, 2014.  For more details, click here.

Announcements 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.

Announcements 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…)

Audio / Visual Nature of Care: The Racial Politics of American Philanthropy

Karen Ferguson (History, Simon Fraser University)
Thursday, May 1, 2014 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Inhabiting the Space of Empathy

Jennifer Luce  (architect, Luce et Studio)
Thursday, April 17, 2014 / 5:00 PM (more…)

Announcements 2014 Faculty Grant and Fellowship Writing Seminars

Thursdays: April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29
12:00pm-2:00pm (lunch included)
Education Building Board Room, 4th floor

You must submit your application to attend this seminar series by Friday, March 28 at 5:00 PM.


Audio / Visual Much Ado About Liberal Education: What It is and How to Get One, Clio’s Mischief Notwithstanding

Sheldon Rothblatt (History, UC Berkeley)
Tuesday, March 4 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Announcements Call for Papers: First Responders: Care in Literature, Art and Psychoanalysis

Thursday-Friday, May 8-9, 2014
Abstract deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014 (more…)

Audio / Visual To Grow or Not to Grow: Post-Recession Challenges Facing UC

John Aubrey Douglass
(Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care

Thomas Lynch (poet, author of The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade)
Thomas Long (Candler School of Theology, Emory University)
Thursday, February 6, 2014 / 5:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual Helplessness

Deborah Nelson (English, University of Chicago)
Thursday, January 23, 2014 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual The Po-ethics of Mediterranean Melancholia

Laura Sarnelli (IHC Visiting Scholar, University of Naples L’Orientale)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual Caring Democracy: The Paradigm Changes

Joan Tronto (Political Science, University of Minnesota)
Thursday, January 9, 2014 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual Robot Caregivers and Robo-therapy in Japan: Treating the “Trauma” of Aging

Jennifer Robertson (Anthropology, Art, University of Michigan)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 / 5:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual Soul Service: The Politics and Ethics of Practicing Michel Foucault’s Care of the Self

Jane Flax (Philosophy and Religion, American University)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Audio / Visual Life as a Terrorist: The FBI and Me

William T. Vollmann (National Book Award recipient)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual Ethics, Animality and Ahuman Theory

Patricia MacCormack (English, Communication, Film and Media, Anglia Ruskin University)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 / 4:00 PM (more…)

Audio / Visual Inaugural Lecture: Care of the Wild: Sense, Sentience and the ‘Primitive State’

Aranye Fradenburg (English, UCSB)
Thursday, October 17, 2013 /4:00 PM (more…)

Announcements Announcing the 2013-14 Interdisciplinary Humanities Center events series: The Value of Care

Responding to the needs of others and relying upon others are twin conditions of human interconnectedness. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s 2013-14 series “The Value (more…)

Announcements National Book Award recipient Tim O’Brien visits UCSB

Tuesday, October 22 / 4:00 PM
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB Music Building
(please note venue change)

Announcements Congratulations to the UCSB recipients of the UC President’s Faculty Fellows award

Stephanie Batiste (English and Black Studies) and Veronica Castillo-Munoz (History) have received 2013-14 fellowships from the UC Humanities Network.  Details here.

Announcements IHC congratulates the 2013-14 UC Graduate Fellows in Humanities

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients, Maria Corrigan and Pawan Deep Kaur Rehill. (more…)

Announcements Announcing the IHC Graduate Affiliates Program (GAP)

Deadline to apply is July 15, 2013. For more information please visit http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/graduate-affiliates-program/

Announcements “Fallout” Mural Currently on Display in UCSB Library

On view through June 17
First Floor Gallery

Announcements New Podcast Recordings Available

Please click on the links below to listen to recordings from previous events in the IHC’s year-long series, Fallout: In The Aftermath of War. (more…)

Audio / Visual Remembering War, Looking Forward

John W.I. Lee (History, UCSB)
with series closing remarks by IHC director Susan Derwin (more…)

Announcements IHC spring 2013 awards

Congratulations to the 2013-14 predoctoral fellows and faculty fellows. (more…)

Announcements Collective Intelligence: Early Human Narratives

Please join the IHC’s Platform Gallery at the closing reception for our latest exhibit, “Collective Intelligence: Early Human Narratives“, as we prepare for our upcoming “Post-human Nature” exhibit. (more…)

Announcements UC Graduate Fellows in the Humanities 2014-15

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 fourth year. (more…)

Audio / Visual Combat Trauma and Moral Injury

Jonathan Shay (author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB


Announcements New Winter 2013 Interdisciplinary Graduate Course Available

The Refusal of Work: Scarcity, Affect, Laziness

Announcements Call for Papers: Narrative-Making in the Aftermath of War

April 25-26, 2013
CFP Deadline: February 1, 2013


Announcements Fallout: In the Aftermath of War — IHC theme for 2012-13

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan draw to a close, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center will consider, from the perspective of the humanities, the impact of war upon individuals, cultures, institutions and societies. (more…)

Announcements IHC welcomes Director Susan Derwin

Incoming IHC Director Susan Derwin is a Professor in UCSB’s Department of German, Slavic and Semitic Studies and an affiliate of the Comparative Literature Program. (more…)

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