Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Catalyst Writing Collective
Instructors: Bishnu Ghosh and Natalie O’Brien
TTh 6:00 – 7:15 PM
SH 2623
The Catalyst Writing Lab meets bi-weekly every quarter. It is a 3-unit collaborative, interdisciplinary space for producing The Catalyst, issues 3, 4, and 5 (2014-5). The fall & spring issues will be 64 pages each, produced Zine-style with associated launch events; the winter annual issue will be 80 pages and associated with a large launch event. As a follow up to last year’s discussions on Isla Vista, the spring issue will be IV-themed. While conceptualizing, writing, and editing these issues will be the primary focus of the quarterly writing labs, the course will also train members of the collective in how to sustain a magazine. By the spring quarter, the expectation is that a student enrolled for a year will have had firsthand experience and tangible products in marketing, fundraising, planning, writing, editing, and collaborating. Those enrolled will take part in producing, exhibiting, and celebrating three issues of The Catalyst Literary Arts Magazine. Hence this is a course in designing, writing, creative directing, financing, marketing, and editing a magazine.  Please email thecatalystucsb@gmail.com for more information about enrolling.

IV Open Lab
Instructor: Kim Yasuda
Friday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
First meeting October 3 at 10:00 at Isla Vista Food Coop

IV OpenLab will be an open, capstone project-based, lecture/lab/seminar/studio/research/learning environment designed to locate and embed participants into the Isla Vista community. Weekly Friday gatherings will take place in IV, hosting different campus and community members who will present, discuss and provide feedback on the range of Isla Vista issues and opportunities. In addition, students taking the course for credit will be required to design an outside research projects (individually or collaboratively) to present to the community groups at the end of the quarter. Those participating faculty will hold one lecture, seminar or lab in Isla Vista as part of their contribution to the class. Through the exploration of both public and private spaces in the community of Isla Vista, students and community participants will research and propose concepts surrounding local development and stewardship, exploring a range of topics and models in urban planning as well as economic, environmental and social sustainability. Students who take the course for credit will develop and execute an IV-centered, ‘capstone’ project, exploring their individual and collaborative research and/or production skills through meaningful and effective community dialogue and engagement.

WORD: Isla Vista Arts and Culture Magazine
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson and D.J. Palladino
Friday 3-5 PM,TD-W 1701
The course publishes a free quarterly magazine that is designed, compiled, researched, written, edited, and distributed by students. We explore the burgeoning artistic endeavors in Isla Vista and highlight topical issues uncovered by student editors. Attendance at all production meetings is mandatory.
For more information, contact eanderson@theaterdance.ucsb.edu.

Writing Workshop for Student Veterans and their Loved Ones
Instructor: Susan Derwin
Monday 5:00-7:00 PM, 6056 HSSB
This creative writing workshop is for veterans and loved ones of veterans who wish to write about their military experiences. Participants will share and discuss their work with each other in an informal setting. For more information, contact Susan Derwin: derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu.

INT 594 AB
Ancient Borderlands
This course is affiliated with the Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group. The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group unites UCSB faculty and graduate students with common research interests in the history of Mediterranean antiquity, broadly conceived. We are investigating the process by which groups define, create and maintain their identities over time. The creation of boundaries, among ethnic, political, or religious groups, is a dynamic activity that can be reflected, not only by changes in material culture, but also in the rhetorical strategies adopted by ancient authors and the political tactics pursued by those seeking power. As members of several departments, including Classics, History, Religious Studies, and Anthropology, we are also interested in challenging the disciplinary boundaries between us, believing that we have much to learn from one another.