Upcoming Events

Rita Lucarelli (Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley) Monday, June 5, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In this lecture the character of the ancient Egyptian magical practices, with a special focus on the role that demons played in magical texts and images, will be thoroughly...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 / 12:00 PM McCune Conference Room Derek Downey (Navy) Edgar Guapo (Army) Rocio Iribe (Marine Corps) Ruben Maldonado (Marine Corps) Four student veterans will read stories about their military experience. Following the reading there will be time for questions and answers from the...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 / 12:30 PM Lane Room, Ellison Hall 3824 Each year the IHC's Identity Studies RFG sponsors a graduate student panel. Students present their current research - seminar papers, professional papers, dissertation chapter. Nicole Filler, Political Science;  "Different Pathways, Common Fates:Assessing the Gender Dynamics of...

Saturday, May 20, 2017/ 1:00 PM Leilah Danielson (History, Northern Arizona University) HSSB 4041 Leilah Danielson is the author of American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the 20th Century (2014). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy....

Friday, May 19, 2017 / 12:30 PM-6:30PM Girvetz Hall 1004 Events at Standing Rock - from April 2016 to February 2017 - altered the media landscape, created new ways to protect the water and land, and launched a resurgence of indigenous centered leadership. Join co-founders of...

Saturday, May 13, 2017/1:00 PM HSSB 4041 Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Political Science, Columbia)  Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Political Science, Columbia) is completing a book, Politics at Work, and with Theda Skocpol is writing a study that examines the rise of the Koch political network. Sponsored by the Center for the Study...

Jacqueline (Jac) Gares (Director) CeCe McDonald (Activist, Prison Reform Advocate) Lal Zimman (Linguistics, UCSB) Wednesday, May 10, 2017/7:0o0 PM Pollock Theater In 2011 CeCe McDonald survived a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. Her story inspired an international movement advocating for her freedom, and since...

Heather Blurton (English, UCSB) Shamma Boyarin (English, University of Victoria) Christine Chism (English, UCLA) Paul Cobb (History, University of Pennsylvania) Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) Sharon Kinoshita (Literature, UCSC) Elias Muhanna (Comparative Literature, Brown) Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies, UCSB) Daniel Seldon (Literature, UCSC) Friday, May 5, 2017 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Loma Pelona Center This...

May 5, 2017/1:00 PM University Center and Corwin Pavilion The Beyond Academia conference at UC Santa Barbara is an annual event aimed at preparing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all stages and disciplines to pursue a wide range of career options after graduate school. The conference...

Weavers: Jennifer Bates Lois Bohna Linda Yamane Thursday, May 4, 2017 / 3:00 PM McCune Conference Room Three Native American basketweavers will discuss the role that weaving plays in each of their communities. The basketweavers will also weave in their traditional style, showcasing each of their designs and techniques. Jennifer Bates...

Svetlana Maslinskaya (Research Fellow, the Institute of Russian Literature) April 27, 2107 / 4:00 PM BUCHN 1940 The idea of child heroism in Russian literature for children first can be traced to state ideology and analyzed as part of patriotic pedagogical discourse both in the Russian...

Jonathan Goldberg (English, Emory) Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook (English, UCSB) Friday, April 21, 2017 / 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Saturday, April 22, 2017 / 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Loma Pelona Conference Center With the present rise of ephemera studies, we hope to investigate the limits, depths, and abilities of the...

Julie Eizenberg (Founding Principle, KoningEizenberg) Hank Koning (Founding Principle, KoningEizenberg) Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 Architects Koning Eizenberg take on the idyll of local and neighborhood through the design of recent projects in the Los Angeles region in Urban Hallucinations. They bring...

Lorena Wolffer (Artist) Thursday, April 13, 2017 / 12:45 PM meet in front of the Student Resource Building Mapping Dissent is a collaborative public art project with queer feminist and Mexico-City based artist, Lorena Wolffer and part of the ongoing Queer Hemispheres Radical Performance Series. During the performance...

Nathan Schneider (Media Studies, University of Colorado - Boulder) Thursday, April 6, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB What motivates people and mobilizes them to create change? In 2011, people in countries around the world rose up against their governments and economic systems,...

Thursday, March  9, 2017 / 4:00 PM UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312 Local attorney Marysol Bretado & members of the Latina/o community will discuss this year's UCSB Reads 2017 book selection, Into the Beautiful North, which explores issues of immigration, return migration, and border...

Comments by Giuliana Perrone (History, UCSB) Jannie Scott (Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB) Jasmine Yarish (Political Science, UCSB) Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall Jannie Scott (Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB) "Refashioning Black community in the Wake of Emancipation:...

M.M. McCabe (Emerita Professor of Ancient Philosophy, Kings College, London and Sather Professor, UC Berkeley) Friday, March 3, 2017 / 4:00 PM HSSB 4080 M. M. McCabe is Emerita Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Kings College, London, and is currently Sather Professor of Classics at UC Berkeley. She...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / 7:00 PM MultiCultural Center Theater FREE This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence is internationally renowned poet Yusef Komunyakaa. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry, including Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (1994), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa's other works include Warhorses (2008); Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1 (2006); Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (2001); Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000); and Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent collections of poetry include The Chameleon Couch (2011), Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (2013), and Emperor of Water Clocks (2015). He is the author of Gilgamesh: A Verse Play (2006), and, in collaboration with composer T.J. Anderson, the opera libretto Slip Knot.

Saturday, February  25, 2017 / 2:00 PM Pollock Theater This event is free but space is limited; please reserve a ticket here. In a special Cinephile Saturday program, the Pollock Theater is proud to present Seven Samurai on 35mm film.  Kurosawa's masterpiece tells the story of a...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 / 9:30 AM Social Sciences and Media Studies Building 2F, Conference Room 2135 A striking aspect of contemporary Japanese culture is the pervasive nature of discussions and representations of “spirits” (tama or tamashii), generally rooted in vaguely articulated discourses on “animism” (animizumu) that...

Friday, February 17, 2017 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Annenberg Conference Room, SSMS 4315 Participants: Jeremy Douglass (UCSB) Lisa Han (UCSB) Mél Hogan (Calgary) Melody Jue (UCSB) Paulina Mickiewicz (McGill) Rahul Mukerjee (U Penn) Max Ritts (UBC) Rafico Ruiz (Trent) Chris Russill (Carleton) Bhaskar Sarkar (UCSB) John Shiga (Ryerson) The presence or absence of water determines the...

Juan E. Campo (Religious Studies, UCSB) Edina Lekovic (Director of Policy & Programming, Muslim Public Affairs Council) Yasmin Sallak (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, UCSB) Laila Shereen Sakr (Film & Media, UCSB) Sherene Seikaly (History, UCSB) Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In the aftermath...

Marian Schwartz (translator) Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 12:30 PM  McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Marian Schwartz has translated over seventy volumes of Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. She is the principal English translator of the works of Nina Berberova and translated...

Dimitri Gutas (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University) Monday, February 13, 2017 / 5:00 PM HSSB 6020 This talk examines Hellenic science in late antiquity in its historical, social, and political context, including the consolidation of the Aristotelian/(Neo-)Platonic curriculum of higher studies, expressing the scientific...

 Nicole Holliday (Linguistics, Pomona College)  Friday, February 3, 2017/12:00 PM 3605 South Hall Bring a brown-bag lunch; dessert will be provided. Dr. Nicole Holliday is a Mellon Chau Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. Nicole Holliday's research is in sociolinguistics, specifically, how individuals interact...

Henry Jenkins (Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education, USC) Thursday, February 2, 2017 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Henry Jenkins's 2006 book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collides ended with the speculation that we were acquiring skills through play that would soon...

Tues, Jan. 31,  2017 /4:00 PM UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312 Enda Duffy (English, UCSB) Ken Kosik (Neuroscience, UCSB) Sameer Pandya (Asian American Studies, UCSB) Kay Young (English, UCSB) By selecting a fiction book this year, after 10 years of non-fiction titles, the UCSB Reads Selection Advisory...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 6:00 PM MultiCultural Center Lounge Stephanie Camba is a writer, poet, singer, MC, visual art-maker, fighter, healer, and eternal learner. With transnational origins, they were born in the Philippines and raised in the Marshall Islands. Camba has struggled with finding a...

Sahar Sajadieh (Media Arts & Technology, UCSB) Thursday, Jan 26th, 4:00 PM at UCSB Glass Box Gallery Reception at 3:45pm “How to Explain Pictures to a Live Paro” is an interactive durational performance artwork about gun control policies in the US, and the safety and security...

Michele Valerie Ronnick (Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Wayne State University) January 19, 2017 / 6:00 PM Art Design and Architecture Museum For many years only well-born Americans had access to a classically–based liberal arts education. But after the Civil War newly freed slaves aspired to...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 /10:00 AM UCSB Library Paseo Chancellor Henry T. Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall, and University Librarian Denise Stephens will hand out free copies of the UCSB Reads 2017 book, Into the Beautiful North by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, to UCSB...

Cynthia Kaplan (Political Science, UCSB) Gulnar Nassimova (Political Science, Al Farabi Kazakhstan National University) Thursday, January 12, 2017 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall Kazakhstan, a state in Central Asia, became independent upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today’s university youth were socialized in the post-Soviet...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 5:00 PM UCSB Library (Special Research Collections, 3rd Floor, Mountain Side) A new UCSB Library exhibition in its Special Research Collections will explore the political, cultural, and social struggles of Isla Vista to become an independent, cohesive community, from 1970 to the...

Benjamin Page (Political Science, Northwestern University) Friday, November 18, 2016/1:00 PM 4041 HSSB Page, who studies the political attitudes and behavior of the 1%, is the author of Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality (2009) and many other books on U.S. public opinion...

Donna Zuckerberg (Eidolon Journal) Friday, November 18, 2016 / 4:00 PM HSSB 4020 The manosphere - a virtual network of more than a hundred thousand men, mostly white and heterosexual, sharing anti-feminist ideology on blogs and internet forums - seems an unlikely place to find classical reception. But...

Mhoze Chikowero  (History, UCSB) Thomas Mapfumo (Blacks Unlimited) Thursday, November 17, 2016 Book Launch: MultiCultural Center, 5:00-6:00 PM Blacks Unlimited Concert: Storke Plaza, 7:00-10:00 PM Mhoze Chikowero  is a historian of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. His book, African Music, Power and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe, documents...

Margaret Klawunn (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UCSB) Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 4:00 PM MultiCultural Center Theater A social justice approach to building campus community encourages activism. What does it look like to have an inclusive university invested in just community values on and off...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 4:30 PM Graduate Student Lounge, Multi Cultural Center, UCSB Friday, November 11, 2016 / 9:00 AM Centennial House, UCSB Saturday, November 12, 2016 / 9:00 AM Casa De La Guerra, Santa Barbara The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCSB and...

UCSB students: Zenzile Riddick Katie Walker Jonathan Gomez Jasmine Kelekay Moderators: Rick Benjamin (Associate Director for Community Engagement, IHC) Margaret Klawunn (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UCSB) Thursday, November 10, 2016  / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB How best might our academic experiences at UCSB be both guided and deepened...

Friday, October 28, 2016 / 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Scholars from UCSB examine how and why traditional folktales are continuously renewed and reused in genres as divergent as children's bedtime stories, adult literature, oral folk tales, Disney films, contemporary television programs,...

Cavan Concannon (Religion,University of Southern California) Friday, October 28, 2016/12:00 PM HSSB 4080 Modern historians map the diversity of early Christianity in a variety of ways, from declines into heresy to competition among “varieties” of early Christianities. Drawing particularly on the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze...

Laura Browder (English, University of Richmond) Wednesday, October 26, 2016 / 10:00 AM-12:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In this workshop, Laura Browder will draw on her sixteen years of creating documentary dramas and museum exhibitions through university-community partnerships to address participants’ questions. These might include...

Enrico Mario Santi (Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky) October 26, 2016 / 3:00 PM Wofsy Room, 4th Floor Phelps Hall Enrico Mario Santi, the William T. Bryan Professor of Hispanic Studies at University of Kentucky, will discuss Cabrera Infante's Carnavalesque masterpiece in light of Santi's work with the...

Jeremy Douglass (English, UCSB) Eileen Joy (punctum books) John Majewski (Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts) October 20, 2016/4:00 PM Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, Library Room 2322 A scholar (Jeremy Douglass), publisher (Eileen A. Joy) and administrator (Dean Majewski) share their work, and their views on DH, scholarly publishing,...

Mary Nash, (History, Universitat de Barcelona) Tuesday October 18, 2016/1:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Catalonia has a lengthy history of resistance to the nation's central government, especially in the news recently for its push to succeed from Spain. Professor Nash will discuss Catalonia's role in moving...

Nguyễn Quốc Thành (Founding Director, QUEER FOREVER) Monday, October 17, 2016/5:00 PM 6020 HSSB, McCune Conference Room Nguyễn Quốc Thành holds a Master of Science from Warsaw University, Poland. Since 2007, he has co-organized the Five Flavor Film Festival in Warsaw. In Hà Nội, Nguyễn recently exhibited Soldiers'...

Karl Jacoby (History, Columbia University) Members of the Ellis family Thursday, October 13, 2016 / 1:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican banker and broker, with an apartment on Central Park West...

Monday, June 13, 2106/9:30 AM McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 This multidisciplinary conference gathers together leading experts in the broad field of Japanese religious history, as well as emerging young scholars (including advanced graduate students and recent PhDs), from several countries, in what is perhaps the first...

H. Samy Alim (Education, Stanford University) Friday, June 3, 2016 / 1:30 PM McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 H. Samy Alim is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs African & African American Studies (AAAS), the Center for Race,...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Suzanne Jill Levine (Spanish & Portuguese, UCSB, translator of Tides) Jorge Luis Castillo (Spanish & Portuguese, UCSB) Professors Suzanne Jill Levine and Jorge Luis Castillo will present a bilingual reading of Tides, Levine’s translation...

Keynote: Efraín Kristal (University of California, Los Angeles) Friday, May 27, 2016 / 8:30 AM McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 The Graduate Center for Literary Research's third annual graduate conference seeks to explore the topics of translation, memory and exchange within the context of migration. We are interested...

Friday, May 27, 2016 / 5:00 PM CNSI, Elings Hall, UCSB Akshay Cadambi (Media Arts & Technology, UCSB) Sölen Kiratli (Media Arts & Technology, UCSB) HIVE is a sculptural sound instrument, in which the design of sound and spatial geometry are taken as a unified notion. By...

Thursday, May 26, 2016 / 12:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB UCSB student veterans will present original writings on topics relating to their diverse military experiences, including their reasons for enlisting, their deployments, homecomings, and return to the civilian community. There will be time for questions...

Friday, May 20, 2016 / 7:30 PM Art, Design & Architecture Museum Exhibit: Saturday, May 14-Sunday, May 29. The past two years have been a time of trials and errors, of successes and failures, and times of solitude and community life. The work presented here is the...

Peter Leese (Institute of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen) Thursday, May 19, 2016 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB One of the earliest definitions of historical trauma studies is Mark Micale and Paul Lerner’s edited collection Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry and Trauma in...