Winter 2009

Arts Lecture Series
Tu 4-5:50 PM 6020 HSSB

Earn 2 units of academic credit by attending the Arts Research Initiative‘s inaugural winter lecture series! Featured artists and scholars include Gina Werfel, Shana Lutker, Sally Stein, Gregory Sholette and members of the Luminous Green and Just Seeds collectives. Registration information will be available at the first lecture — Tuesday January 13 / 4-5:50 pm / McCune Conference Room / 6020 HSSB
Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place from 4-5:50 pm in the McCune conference room, 6020 HSSB. All events are free and open to the public. This lecture series is a special project sponsored by ARI, the UCSB College of Creative Studies and UCIRA.

Isla Vista Design Studio
Instructor: Kim Yasuda
Fridays 9-11 AM

What does Isla Vista mean to you? What visual images best describe your community? What sort of impact can public art have in a place like Isla Vista?
Explore these questions and more as you help design the new look of Pardall road during Winter quarter 2009!
This 2-4 unit course is designed to give interested students the opportunity to participate in an Isla Vista public art project. Through a partnership with the Isla Vista Redevelopment Agency and the UCSB-I.V. Liaison, students will have the opportunity to help create the new look of the Pardall Corridor by determining the visual program for 44 new street banners.
If you are interested in Isla Vista, in contemporary design or in public art, this is a course for you! The first class meeting is Friday, January 9th from 9-11am in the lower level Atrium in the Art Department. For further information about the course or its meeting time/location, please contact Kim Yasuda (, or Holly Unruh (

INT 185IV / THTR 42/142
I.V. LIVE Staff
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson (TA Jason Narvy)
Friday 6-10 PM EMBAR Hall
Monday 3-3:50 PM SNDCR 2609
This course produces a weekly performance series in Isla Vista. Students get first-hand experience in the rigors of theatrical production, as they learn to execute all logistical, technical and promotional details. The course is affiliated with Isla Vista Arts ( Enrollment: A maximum of 16 units of Theater 42 and 142 combined may be accepted for credit in the major.
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WORD: Isla Vista Arts and Culture Magazine
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson and D.J. Palladino
Friday 3-5 PM, 6056 HSSB
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.
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INT 185WE/ED191B
Alcohol and Drugs: The College Culture
Instructor: Sabina White
Tuesday and Thursday 3-5 PM, Student Health 1
This class is a training course for peer health educators in the area of alcohol and drugs, stress management, and wellness.  Training includes life skills such as self-awareness, self-esteem, and communication; health skills related to alcohol and drugs or wellness skills related to positive health; and internship skills including public speaking and how to help a friend.  After completing this course, students are eligible to apply for a Peer Health Education Internship through Education 191D.

American Cultures and Global Contexts:  Colloquium on Global Ecologies
Instructor: Stephanie LeMenager
Friday 10 AM-12 PM SH 2617
Prerequisites: Graduate standing
This is the first in a three-quarter, in-progress course (274A, B, then C) in which a final grade will be assigned after the completion of English 274C. Taking a cue from Arjun Appadurai’s naming of the “fluid, irregular shapes” of modernity, we will consider the ecoscapes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, meaning those biotic networks that make up the world in which we live, inclusive of species, living and dead, species marked as resource, natural or technological cycles of production and consumption, all that comes together from the etymology of “ecology” as oikos, economy and home. Our more specific foci will be systems of energy production and consumption, weather and water cycles, and the problem of sensing, imagining, and representing global ecoscapes, which we will pursue as both an aesthetic problem and a problem of “doing justice.”
Readings and film screenings constitute the bulk of the course, along with two special colloquia featuring internationally renowned scholars Catherine Gautier (most recently author of Oil, Water, and Climate Change) and Evelyn Hu, director of the Hu Research Group and former Scientific Co-Director of the California Nanosystems Institute. Films, drawn from the ACGCC 08-09 series “Documenting Globalization,” include: Up the Yangtze (2007), A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006), Mondovino (2004), and Life and Debt (2001).
Readings may include articles and chapters, collected in a colloquium reader, by Vandana Shiva (from Water Wars, Biopiracy), Naomi Klein (from The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism), David Harvey (from Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference), Ulrich Beck (from Risk Society), Joseph Schumpeter, Charles Jeanneret Le Corbusier (from The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning), Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Theodor Adorno (from Aesthetic Theory), Martin Heidegger, Elaine Scarry (from The Body in Pain, On Beauty and Being Just), Timothy Morton (from Ecology without Nature), Ursula Heise (from Sense of Place, Sense of Planet ), Lawrence Buell (“Ecological Affects”) and Julie Sze (“The Hummer: Race, Military and Consumption Politics”).
The course will meet twice Fall quarter and four times in Winter and Spring quarters. It is run as a colloquium, with participants expected to give two presentations and to turn in two approximately ten page papers that reflect the content of these presentations. The pass/no credit option best serves this style of course, though special arrangements can be made for those who wish to receive a letter grade. This year’s colloquium anticipates the end-of-year conference, Beyond Environmentalism: Culture, Justice, and Global Ecology, and readings have been chosen to include speakers or panelists involved in the conference and to anticipate the dialogues it might produce. Participants in the colloquium are invited to act as chairs/respondents for conference panels.

INT 201 VC / ARTH 260D
Visual Cultures
Instructor: Laurie Monahan
W 9 AM – 12 PM, Arts 2622
Radical Practices:  Modernism/Postmodernism/Contemporary
This course is organized as a colloquy rather than a seminar, and explores concepts of modernism, post-modernism and contemporary art as radical practices.  What makes an art practice “radical”?  Is this determined by formal innovation, appropriation, political engagement or disengagement?  In what ways do historical and/or social circumstances modify the conception of art practice and its radical potential?  These questions will be critical guides for approaches to modernism, postmodernism and contemporary art.  The colloquy will feature a combination of discussions, visiting speakers and artists, and field trips to museums, galleries and artists’ studios in the Los Angeles area.  The course format is designed to cover two quarters (Winter 2009 and Spring 2009) and it is highly recommended – but not required — that students register for both.  Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll.

INT 420
Grant Writing
Instructor: John Hammond and Barbara Walker
Tuesday 1-4 PM, HSSB 6056
Graduate-level course covering the fundamentals of research design and grant writing for students in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Through presentations by the instructors and UCSB faculty members, students will learn and practice effective techniques for searching for funding, identifying appropriate funding sources and writing successful proposals.

INT 594 AB
Ancient Borderlands
Instructor: Elizabeth Digeser, Christine Thomas
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 and Religious Studies, we are also interested in challenging the disciplinary boundaries between us, believing that we have much to learn from one another. During the 2008-9 academic year, this course will focus on the different research methodologies available for scholars of antiquity.

INT 594 ST
IHC Pre-doctoral Fellowship Seminar
Instructor: Ann Bermingham
TBA, HSSB 6056
This one-unit seminar is open to recipients of the IHC pre-doctoral
fellowship. Participants meet regularly throughout the year to present
work in progress. For more information on the course, contact Ann Bermingham: For information on Pre-Doctoral Fellowships see or contact Associate Director Holly Unruh at