Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 7-Friday, November 8 / 4:30  PM Locations: Thursday, November 7th / Mosher Alumni House Friday, November 8 /  MultiCultural Center Saturday, November 9 / Casa de la Guerra Organized by the Dept.  of Spanish and Portuguese (University of California, Santa Barbara) and UC-Mexicanistas (Intercampus Research Program). Participants...

Jessamyn Fiore (curator, author) Thursday November 7 / 5:00 PM Pollock Theater Jessamyn Fiore has done extensive research on the Matta-Clark’s life and artistic practice as co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark with her mother Jane Crawford, Matta-Clark’s widow. She has curated a number of related exhibitions,...

Jessamyn Fiore (curator, author) Nicholas Olsberg (Director of the Gordon Matta-Clark Archive) Thursday, November 7 / 2:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB A public conversation about the Matta-Clark archives and his artistic genetics and processes will take place with Jessamyn Fiore and Nicholas Olsberg, independent...

Monday, November 4 / 7:00 PM IV Theater $4 Magic Lantern Films screens critically acclaimed films as well as cult classics. The diverse selection of films will appeal to a variety of audience tastes. According to the film distributors Swank and Criterion who specialize in college markets, Magic...

Friday, November 1 / 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista UCSB's premier improvisational comedy troupe performs every Friday evening at Embarcadero Hall. Delighting audiences for over seven years with themed shows, a dynamic cast, and the funniest skits anywhere, IMPROVABILITY is the way to get your...

Monday, October 28 / 7:00 PM IV Theater $4 Magic Lantern Films  proudly presents A premiere free screening of The Motel Life starring Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning. Followed by a Q&A with the screenwriters Noah Harpster (UCSB Alum) and Micah Fitzwater-Blue.    ...

Friday, October 25 / 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero Del Norte $3 Admission UCSB's premier improvisational comedy troupe performs every Friday evening at Embarcadero Hall. Delighting audiences for over seven years with themed shows, a dynamic cast, and the funniest skits anywhere, Improvability is the...

Steven Feld (Anthropology and Music, University of New Mexico) (dir. Nii Yemo Nunu & Steven Feld, 2013) Wednesday, October 23 / 8:00 PM McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 Drawing on their work with Accra's La Drivers Union, Nunu & Feld's film chronicles Ghana's intertwined histories of colonial-era lorry driving...

Tim O'Brien (author of The Things They Carried) Tuesday, October 22, 2013 / 4:00 PM Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB Music Building (please note venue change) National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien will discuss the similarities between his own experiences in Vietnam forty years ago and the experiences of...

Performance and Politics RFG Monday, October 21 / 3:30 PM Crowell Reading Room, HSSB 6028 Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic practice, and political life, we explore embodied practice-performance as a vehicle for the shaping, crafting, structuring, and transmission of cultural values and identities, encompassing conventional manifestations,...

Friday, October 18 / 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero Del Norte $3 Admission UCSB's premier improvisational comedy troupe performs every Friday evening at Embarcadero Hall. Delighting audiences for ten laugh filled years with themed shows, a dynamic cast, and the funniest skits anywhere, Improvability is...

Dr. Andy Yatsko (Senior Archaeologist and Navy Region Southwest Archaeologist for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego) Friday, October 18 / 3:30 PM 2001a HSSB Yatsko will discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating academic archaeological research and regulatory compliance through his many years of...

Roberto Lovato (Co-Founder of Presente.Org and former Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center) Angelica Salas (Executive Director of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) Gloria Campos (Co-Chair of UCSB IDEAS) William I. Robinson (Sociology and Global and International Studies, UCSB) Thursday, October 17...

Kenneth Hough (PhD candidate, History, UCSB) Wednesday, October 16 / 7:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB In this classic 1963 film, a school’s civil defense warning system is activated, signaling the onset of nuclear war.  The principal closes the school and instructs the teachers to escort the...

Friday, October 11 / 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero Del Norte $3 Admission UCSB's premier improvisational comedy troupe performs every Friday evening at Embarcadero Hall. Delighting audiences for ten laugh filled years with themed shows, a dynamic cast, and the funniest skits anywhere, Improvability is...

Thursday, October 10 / 4:00-6:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Please join us for the IHC’s eighth annual Open House.  Meet new faculty, fellows and staff.  Learn about the IHC’s  programming series for this academic year: The Value of Care.  Find out about collaborative research programs...

Friday, October 4 / 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero Del Norte $3 Admission UCSB's premier improvisational comedy troupe performs every Friday evening at Embarcadero Hall. Delighting audiences for ten laugh-filled yearswith themed shows, a dynamic cast, and the funniest skits anywhere, Improvability is the way...

Christopher B. Krebs (Classics, Stanford) Friday, October 4 / 3:00 PM HSSB 4080 Caesar's style has been admired for its stringency and simplicity–and to the detriment of a fuller appreciation of its complexities. His classic texts are worth a second glance. They reveal not only far greater debts...

Wednesday, October 2 / 1:00 PM MultiCultural Center Auditorium This forum will feature the speakers Marcos Vargas, executive director of  the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and Manuel Pastor of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Sponsored by CAUSE and the Center for...

Saturday, September 28 / 7:00 PM Sunday, September 29 / 7:00 PM Anisq'Oyo' Park With their tongue-in-cheek production of Rosenstern and Guildencrantz, UCSB's Shakespeare in the Park takes a jocular Commedia dell'Arte approach to the two characters of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and Shakespeare's Hamlet....

Ira Katznelson (Political Science, Columbia University) Friday, September 27/ 1:00 PM 4041 HSSB The author of ten books, Katznelson is a former president of the American Political Science Association and current president of the Social Science Research Council. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor...

Eugene Yelchin (Award-winning children's writer and illustrator) Wednesday, June 5 / 4:00 PM Old Little Theater Award-winning children’s writer and illustrator Eugene Yelchin will speak about the dramatic role reading played in the Soviet Union, the courage of writers and their readers, and how the struggle...

May 31–June 2 McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB The Summer Institute will serve as a forum for intensive exploration of topics relating broadly to Japanese book history and the ways in which knowledge and reading experiences are structured by material form. Issues that may arise include: the past,...

Sarah Dry (author, independent scholar) Rob Iliffe (History, University of Sussex) Thursday, May 30 / 3:30 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Isaac Newton generated a huge amount of manuscript material during a long and active life.  This rich and daunting archive includes millions of words...

Dr. Ellis Tinios (Art, University of Leeds) Thursday, May 30 / 4:15 PM HSSB 4080 Japanese illustrated woodblock printed books produced between 1680 and 1900 represent a remarkable achievement in terms of their technical perfection, diversity, and beauty. Artists created designs exclusively for reproduction in book form and...

Tuesday, May 28-Wednesday, May 29 McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This conference explores the social, cognitive, philosophical, and religious dynamics of personhood. Participants will explore alterations of subjectivity, altered states of embodiment and emplacement, and cross-disciplinary theories of transient selves. We welcome proposals for full panels...

Tuesday, May 21 / 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Multipurpose Room, Student Resources Building High school students in the SKILLS program at Carpinteria High School and Santa Barbara High School will present the results of their original research on language and culture in their local communities. In addition, UCSB...

Nazym Shedenova (Sociology, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University) Saule Ualieva (Sociology, East Kazakh Technical University, Oskemen) Monday, May 20 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, Ellison Hall Shedenova is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and a professor of sociology at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. ...

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval & Renaissance Players (Shepherd University) Friday, May 17 / 5:00 PM Theater & Dance West 1701 This year's Medieval Studies Program Graduate Student Conference welcomes a student performance by the Rude Mechanicals Medieval & Renaissance Players. Traveling from Shepherd University in West Virginia, this troupe...

Keynote speaker: Professor Steven Justice (English, UC Berkeley) Friday, May 17 / HSSB 4080 / 12:30pm - 5pm Saturday, May 18 / McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB  / 8:45am - 4:30pm   The theme of this year’s conference is, “Says Who? Contested Spaces, Voices, and Texts”. Since Henri Lefebvre’s...

Thursday, May 16 / 7:00 PM Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Fleischmann Auditorium Bubonic Plague. Yellow Fever. Cholera. HIV AIDS. For thousands of years, humans have faced devastating epidemics that suddenly kill millions and cause massive social and economical disruption. How have different cultures grappled with...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 / 8:00 PM Campbell Hall – FREE Debate participants: David Cole (Law, Georgetown University) Mary Ellen O’Connell (Law, University of Notre Dame) Avery Plaw (Political Science, Dartmouth University) Moderator:Jeff Greenfield The use of militarized drones – flying unmanned aircraft equipped with weaponry – represents a major shift...

Negin Farsad (director) Wednesday, May 15 / 6:00 PM MultiCultural Center Theater Using jokes as a way of combating Islamophobia, a group of Muslim-American stand-up comedians go on a comedy tour throughout the United States. The comedians use this tour as a chance to create dialogue,...

Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12 / 9:00 AM McCune Conference Room,6020 HSSB Featured plenary speakers: Marjorie Harness Goodwin (Linguistic Anthropology, UCLA), Kira Hall (Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder), Susan Speer (Psychology, University of Manchester), and Kathryn Woolard (Anthropology, University of California, San Diego) The LISO conference...

Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11 McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Today precarity, a life without any guaranteed work, is becoming the condition of millions of people worldwide. The conference focuses on the social and affective costs of precarity, but also on what possibilities it may open....

Jayne Loader (director) Thursday, May 9 / 7:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Released in 1982, “The Atomic Café” was a masterful compilation of U.S. government propaganda films that exposed the madness of the nuclear arms race. Jayne Loader, one of the film’s directors, screens excerpts of...

Geoff Allen (Political Science, UCSB) Natasha Bennett (Political Science, UCSB) Magarita Safronova (Political Science, UCSB) Thursday, May 9 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, Ellison Hall Please join us in learning about new research by graduate students in the field of identity and providing feedback for their future work....

John D. Lyons (French, University of Virginia) Wednesday, May 8 / 9:30 AM Girvetz 1004 In the early-modern period European society was shaken by turmoil that touched almost every aspect of culture, though the most visible symptoms were religious and political crises. At stake was the very framework...

Wednesday, May 8 / 12:00 PM-9:00 PM UCSB Pollock Theater and UCen State Street Room Celebrating the publication of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press, 2013), a co-edited volume produced by three UC Santa Barbara professors—Constance Penley, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine...

Sjón (novelist, poet) Monday, May 6 / 3:30 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Well-known Icelandic author Sjón (his pen name means 'sight' or 'vision' in Icelandic) is one of the most interesting contemporary Icelandic novelists and poets. His visit to UCSB will mark the beginning of a...

Friday, May 3 / 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Tom Boellstorff (Anthropology, UC Irvine) McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This workshop engages with the media forms that ethnographic products take (e.g., video, text) and, more broadly, mediation -- its production, consumption, circulation -- as part of socio-cultural life....

Mario Bellatin (author) Paulo Franchetti (Literature Theory, Universidad Estatal de Campinas) Randal Johnson (Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA) Friday, May 3 / Mosher Alumni House, Henley Board Room Saturday, May 4 / McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This conference gathers a variety of work, including that of graduate...

Ikuyo Morimoto (Graduate School of Language, Communication, & Culture, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan) Friday, May 3 / 1:30 PM Education 1205 Morimoto's research examines language use and body behavior in multiparty social interaction both in everyday conversations and in institutional (judicial) contexts. She has been working on videotaped...

Rüdiger Campe (Literature, Yale University) Wednesday, May 1 / 9:30 AM Girvetz 1004 The probabilistic revolution in the 18th century provides a history of the relations between mathematical and rhetorical techniques, between the scientific and the aesthetic. This was a revolution that overthrew the "order of things," notably...

Jonathan Kalan (photographer, writer, journalist) Tuesday, April 30 / 2:00 PM Arts 1237 Jonathan Kalan is an award-winning photographer and journalist specializing in innovation, technology, development and social entrepreneurship in emerging markets. A graduate of UCSB's Global Studies Program, he has traveled to over 44 countries and...

Friday, April 26 / 12:00 PM SH 2509 4Humanities@UCSB is our campus's local chapter of the international 4Humanities initiative, which uses digital technologies to design and create media campaigns to advocate for the value of the humanities.  Following up on 4Humanities@UCSB's previous meetings, when we started humanities...

Katrina Daly-Thompson (Applied Linguistics, UCLA) Friday, April 26 / 12:00 PM IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB This timely talk reflects on discourses of identity that pervade local talk and texts in Zimbabwe, a nation beset by political and economic crisis. As she explores questions of culture that...

Karen Anzoategui (performer) Saturday, April 13 / 5:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB "Bodies in Space III: A Guerrilla-Style Graduate Conference" invites the UCSB community at large to observe the culmination of this year's conference, a performance directed  by Karen Anzoategui and featuring UCSB students....

Scott McCloud (Regents’ Lecturer) Friday, April 12 /10:30 AM -3:00 PM Theater & Dance Building: Courtyard & Room 1530 With graphic novels, sequential art, comic books becoming more prevalent in scholarship and education, the need for interdisciplinary conversation grows so that we might collaboratively imagine the...

Friday, April 12 / 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Corwin Pavilion This conference is the culminating event of the year-long Figuring Sea Level Rise series. It focuses on several crucial questions in the debate about climate change and sea level rise: who is likely to be immediately affected? What...

Thursday, April 4-Friday, April 5 McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020 Keynote Speaker: Ricardo Dominguez (Visual Arts, UC San Diego) The Media Fields collective will be holding its fourth graduate student conference, on the theme of "Access/Trespass," this April 4th - 5th. The conference features a keynote talk by...

Leo Panitch (Political Science,York University) Sam Gindin (Political Science,York University) Tuesday, April 2 / 4:00 PM IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB Panitch has edited the Socialist Register since 1985. He is the author of numerous books including Working Class Politics in Crisis. Gindin was Research Director of the...

Thursday, March 7 / 4:00 PM Valerie Hansen (History, Yale) SAASB 1102C Whenever we speak of the Silk Road, the mind’s eye conjures up a single merchant traveling on a camel laden with goods, most likely on his way to Rome.  The discovery of multiple artifacts and...

Harry Reese (Studio Art, UCSB) Wednesday, March 6 / 4:00 - 5:00 PM Platform Gallery (near the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB) Artist and Professor Harry Reese makes prints, artists’ books, paintings, and public art installations. Reese’s ongoing research in pattern recognition, the book form and...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 / 2:00 - 5:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Casey Cooper Johnson (filmmaker, “UNMANNED: A Filmmaker's Journey”) Arthur Kroker (Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the...

Amy Slaton (History, Drexel University) Friday, February 22  / 1:00 PM  4041 HSSB Slaton is the author of Race, Rigor and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line (2010) and Reinforced Concrete and the Modernization of American Building, 1900-1930. Her new book project considers...

Caren Kaplan (American Studies, UC Davis) Friday,  February 22, 2013 / 1:00 PM SSMS 2135 Before the advent of aviation, industrializing nations sought to produce increasingly accurate surveys of territorial possessions, drawing on new technologies and sciences to interpret and reproduce sights and images.  Kaplan will argue that...

Richard Halpern (English, New York University) Wolf Kittler (German, Slavic, & Semitic Studies,UCSB) Joseph Roach (Theater, Yale) Friday, February 8 / 1:00 PM Saturday, February 9 / 8: 30 AM McCune Conference Room. HSSB 6020) Contemporary discussions of "risk" or "speculation" often identify these concepts as distinguishing...

Friday, February 8 / 1:00-5:30 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Keynote Speaker: Richard Halpern, (English, New York University): "The Loss of Hazard: Fugitive Risk in The Merchant of Venice" w/Shakespeare is a new multi-campus research group dedicated to the innovative study of Shakespeare. Convened by Julia...

Nan Enstad (History, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Friday, February 8 / 1:00 PM 4041 HSSB Enstad is the author of Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Her new book project is “The Jim...

Wednesday, February 6 / 5:00 PM IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.   A discussion of research work-in-progress on topics concerning contemporary Mexico, by faculty and students. If you would like more information please see the RFG website or contact...