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January 2020

Magic Lantern Films Presents: The Lighthouse

January 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of The Lighthouse at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Humanities Decanted: Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou
Roberto Strongman

January 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Roberto Strongman (Black Studies) and Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies) about Strongman’s new book, Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou. Refreshments will be served. In Queering Black Atlantic Religions, Roberto Strongman examines Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé to demonstrate how religious rituals of trance possession allow humans to understand themselves as embodiments of the divine. In these rituals, the commingling of humans and the divine produces gender identities that are independent of biological sex. As opposed to the Cartesian view of the spirit as locked within the body, the body in Afro-diasporic religions is an open receptacle. Showing how trance possession is a primary aspect of almost all Afro-diasporic cultural production, Strongman articulates transcorporeality as a black, trans-Atlantic understanding of the human psyche, soul, and gender as multiple, removable, and…

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Symposium: Drawing Diversity: Identity, Organizing, and Imagining in Comics and Graphic Narratives
Frederick Luis Aldama

January 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

“Drawing Diversity” seeks to highlight the research and ideas of comix scholars who research questions of power, representation, and identity in comics. The symposium hopes to engage the politics and poetics of representing the intersections of race, nationhood, gender, and sexuality, among other social locations, through the comics form. Some central questions we will explore include: • What are the ethics and politics of visual representation amid the violent realities of white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, imperialism and (neo)colonialism? • How can comics represent historical traumas both past and present? • Can the visual/verbal incite new modes of identification, empathy, and ethics in narrative? • What possibilities for activism (or artivism) exist within comics, popular culture, and literary studies across cultures and geographies? • How does graphic narrative (mis)represent individuals and communities? • What is the place of graphic narrative in a…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Terminator: Dark Fate

January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Terminator: Dark Fate at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Terminator: Dark Fate

January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Terminator: Dark Fate at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Jojo Rabbit

January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Jojo Rabbit at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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February 2020

Magic Lantern Films Presents: Jojo Rabbit

February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Jojo Rabbit at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Black History Month Celebration: Harriet

February 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Harriet at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Black History Month Celebration: Harriet

February 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Harriet at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Valentine’s Day Celebration: Student Choice Film

February 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of TBA at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

February 14, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Ford v Ferrari

February 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Ford v Ferrari at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Critical Mass Talk: Art as Compass
Aaron Huey

February 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Aaron Huey Critical Mass Talk

Amplifier.org is "a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times." In this lecture the Founder of Amplifier will speak on the power of art at threshold moments, recounting visual campaigns like We The People, which flooded the streets for the Women's March and 2017 Presidential Inauguration protests. Amplifier believes that in times of uncertainty--in times like these, when fear and misinformation attempt to divide us-- that art is more than beauty or decoration: It is a weapon and a shield.  Art has the power to wake people up and serve as a catalyst for real change. It is a megaphone for important but unheard voices that need amplifying. It is a bridge that can unite movements with shared values in ways other mediums cannot. Art gives us symbols to…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Parasite

February 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Parasite at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Parasite

February 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Parasite at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Conference: Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement

February 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - February 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

The Sal Castro conference will bring together 28 participants to present their research on a variety of topics on the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The Chicano Movement was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment in the history of Mexican Americans. There is a renewed interest in the Chicano Movement by historians and other scholars and this will be showcased at the conference. Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Chicano Studies Institute, Office of the Graduate Dean, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Equal Opportunity & Discrimination, Educational Opportunity Program, Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Las Maestras Center, Department of History, Latin America & Iberian Studies

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Talk: Missing Babies and Tacit Tolerance of Infanticide in Early Modern Europe
Sara Beam

February 28, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

Aggressive criminal prosecution of unwed mothers who killed their newborns in early modern Europe (1550-1750) has led historians to assume that Europe was less tolerant of illegitimacy and infanticide than other pre-modern societies, including China and Japan. New research throws this assumption into question. In early modern Geneva, authorities often turned a blind eye to the untimely deaths and abandonment of unwanted bastards. These findings suggest that Europeans took a more practical approach to managing fertility than we had thought. Sara Beam, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria (Canada), is the author of numerous works on judicial violence, including torture, in early modern Europe, with a special expertise on the city of Geneva. She is especially interested in the definition and prosecution of early modern “women’s” crimes, including infanticide and adultery. She is completing…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Uncut Gems

February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Uncut Gems at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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March 2020

Magic Lantern Films Presents: Uncut Gems

March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Uncut Gems at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Humanities Decanted: Transgenerational Remembrance: Performance and the Asia-Pacific War in Contemporary Japan
Jessica Nakamura

March 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jessica Nakamura

Join us for a dialogue between Jessica Nakamura (Theater and Dance) and Catherine Nesci (French and Italian, Comparative Literature) about Nakamura’s new book, Transgenerational Remembrance: Performance and the Asia-Pacific War in Contemporary Japan. Refreshments will be served. In Transgenerational Remembrance, Jessica Nakamura investigates the role of artistic production in the commemoration and memorialization of the Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945) in Japan since 1989. During this time, survivors of Japanese aggression and imperialism, previously silent about their experiences, have sparked contentious public debates about the form and content of war memories. Working from theoretical frameworks of haunting and ethics, Nakamura develops an analytical lens based on the Noh theater ghost. Noh emphasizes the agency of the ghost and the dialogue between the dead and the living. Integrating her Noh-inflected analysis into ethical and transnational feminist queries, Nakamura shows that performances move remembrance beyond…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Frozen II

March 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Frozen II at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Frozen II

March 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Frozen II at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: 1917

March 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of 1917 at 7:00 and 10:00 PM

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April 2020

Critical Mass Exhibit, Talks, and Staged Reading: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff
William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff

April 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Exhibit: The Cheez-It Boxes of Professor King 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm – Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm – Staged Reading: Collections of Nothing More or Less EVENT DETAILS: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Exhibit: The Cheez-It Boxes of Professor King  King’s Cheez-It box collection will be on exhibit in the Crowell Reading Room (HSSB 6028) from 10 am to 4 pm.  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm – Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff The Creative Edge of Collecting William Davies King has spent a lifetime collecting nothing in a way he brought to light in his 2008 book Collections of Nothing. His collecting of such things as Cheez-It boxes, “Place Stamp Here” squares, hotel door cards, and the little stickers you…

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Critical Mass Talk: Notes on the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration
Reuben Jonathan Miller

April 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reuben Miller Critical Mass Talk

While more people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other nation in the history of the western world, the prison is but one (comparatively) small part of a vast carceral landscape. The 600,000 people released each year join nearly 5 million people already on probation or parole, 12 million who are processed through a county jail, 19 million U.S. adults estimated to have a felony conviction, and the staggering 79 million Americans with a criminal record. But the size of the U.S. carceral state is second in consequence to its reach. Incarcerated people are greeted by more than 48,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions upon release that limit their participation in the labor and housing markets, in the culture and civic life of the city, and even within their families. They are subject to rules other people…

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Humanities Decanted: Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths
Helen Morales

April 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Helen Morales (Classics) and Vilna Bashi-Treitler (Black Studies) about Morales’ new book, Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths. Refreshments will be served. A witty, inspiring reckoning with the ancient Greco-Roman myths and their legacy, from what they can illuminate about #MeToo to the radical imagery of Beyoncé. The picture of classical antiquity most of us learned in school is framed in certain ways -- glossing over misogyny while omitting the seeds of feminist resistance. Even today, myths are still informing harmful practices like diet culture and school dress codes. But in Antigone Rising, classicist Helen Morales reminds us that the myths have subversive power because they can be told -- and read -- in different ways. Through these stories, whether it's Antigone's courageous stand against tyranny or Procne and Philomela punishing…

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The 2020 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Jesmyn Ward

April 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been called “the new Toni Morrison” (American Booksellers Association). In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award twice—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike. Her writing, which encompasses fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, is “raw, beautiful, and dangerous” (The New York Times Book Review). Ward’s novels, primarily set on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, are deeply informed by the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, deals with the loss of five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows people…

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May 2020

Talk: Lilla Balint
Lilla Balint

May 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lilla Balint is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of German at University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century German literature, culture, and intellectual history in its broader comparative contexts. At UC Berkeley, she is affiliated with the Institute for European Studies and the Jewish Studies Program. Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript, “Ruins of Utopia: History, Memory, and the Novel after 1989,” that exposes the afterlife of socialism in contemporary literature. This comparative and multilingual study puts authors from Central Europe in dialogue to investigate how historical fiction after 1989 reconstructs the Cold War East. Located at the intersections of narrative poetics, cultural history, and memory studies, the book analyzes how novelists from diverse linguistic and cultural contexts re-envision Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sponsored by the UC Humanities…

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Critical Mass Talk: Struggling to Save America’s Cities in the Suburban Age: Urban Renewal Revisited
Lizabeth Cohen

May 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Urban Renewal of the 1950s through 1970s has acquired a very poor reputation, much of it deserved. But reducing it to an unchanging story of urban destruction misses some important legacies and genuinely progressive goals. Those include efforts to create more socially mixed communities, to involve suburbs—not just cities--in solving metropolitan inequality, and most importantly, to hold the federal government responsible for funding more affordable housing and other urban investments, rather than turn to the private sector. Cohen will revisit this history by following the long career of Edward J. Logue, who worked to revitalize New Haven in the 1950s, became the architect of the “New Boston” in the 1960s, and later led innovative organizations in New York at the state level and in the South Bronx. She will analyze the evolution in Logue’s thinking and actions, when and how…

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