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September 2018

IV Live Presents Improvability: Welcome Back to Funny

September 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Opening Night Friday, September 28th at 8:00 PM Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista Only 3 bucks! Come early to get a seat! Sponsored by IV Live, Isla Vista Arts, UCSB, and Associated Students

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October 2018

IHC Open House

October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You are invited to the IHC’s Open House on Thursday, October 4, from 4-6 pm. Cosponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. Meet new Humanities faculty, IHC fellows, and staff members. Learn about Social Securities, our 2018-2019 public events series. Find out about our community-engagement programs and our numerous funding resources for faculty and graduate students. Enjoy good food, drink, and conversation.

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Presentation: UCHRI Funding Opportunities
David Theo Goldberg

October 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

All UCSB faculty members are encouraged to join us for a presentation by David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, about upcoming UCHRI funding opportunities. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable featuring UCSB grant recipients Juan Campo (Religious Studies), Alenda Chang (Film and Media Studies), Diane Fujino (Asian American Studies), and Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies).  The event will conclude with audience Q&A. Come learn about UCHRI funding opportunities and best practices for successful grant application.

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Social Securities Inaugural Lecture: Social Insecurities: Media Policy and the Fight for Digital Liberties
Jennifer Holt

October 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the US, media policy is designed to protect a host of cultural values, particularly those promoting the public interest and freedom of expression. This talk will explore how these values and their attendant “social securities” have been actively sabotaged by the regulators charged with preserving them, threatening everything from our individual privacy to democracy itself. In such a dire landscape, the humanities offer much needed direction toward reclaiming a brighter future. A reception will follow. Jennifer Holt is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies. She is the author of Empires of Entertainment and co-editor of Distribution Revolution; Connected Viewing; and Media Industries: History, Theory, Method. She is a former Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project and a Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series Image…

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Talk: The Great Recession and Precarious Entrepreneurship among Latinos in the United States
Zulema Valdez

October 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zulema Valdez, Sociology, UC Merced Valdez's research examines how social group formations—based on race, class, gender, and nativity—affect individual social and economic life chances. She is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: How Race, Class, and Gender Shape American Enterprise (2011) and Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream (2015). This event is a part of Organizing U.S. Capitalism: From the Federal Reserve to the Unions, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Social Securities Talk: Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Victoria Law

October 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Since 1980, the population of female prisoners has increased eightfold in this country, with women of color disproportionately impacted. In her talk, Ms. Law will examine the structural inequities and injustices behind the rise in the number of incarcerated women and the recurring violation of rights women face inside prison, including lack of access to reproductive and medical health care and pervasive sexual harassment and abuse. Law will also discuss how incarcerated women are challenging and organizing against prison conditions and suggest ways that people on the outside can support their actions and resistance. Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, which won the 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award. She frequently writes and speaks about the intersections between mass incarceration, gender and resistance.

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Talk: Instability and Inequality: American Capitalism after the Volcker Shock of 1980
Jonathan Levy

October 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jonathan Levy, History, University of Chicago Levy is an historian of U.S. capitalism, with interests in the relationships between the law, culture, political economy, and the history of ideas. He is the author of Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (2012) and the forthcoming Ages of American Capitalism. This event is a part of Organizing U.S. Capitalism: From the Federal Reserve to the Unions, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Taubman Symposium Talk: Does Trump Have a Middle East Policy?
Dennis Ross

October 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Humanities Decanted: Carlos Morton, Trumpus Caesar
Carlos Morton

October 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a staged reading of a new play by Carlos Morton (Theater and Dance), Trumpus Caesar, followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served. A bawdy satire in the tradition of Greco-Roman Comedy–Saturday Night Live meets Julius Caesar.  The comic premise is that Trumpus Caesar, having recently been elected emperor by the plebeians, is impeached by a Chorus of Republican satyrs who then fight over the crown.  In this "farce for our times," Caesar doesn't die but is subpoenaed by a chorus of Satyrs. Carlos Morton’s professional playwriting credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compañía Nacional de México, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company. He has written for Columbia Pictures Television and Fox Television and is the author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and…

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Award: Luis Leal Award For Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature
Tim Hernández

October 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tim Hernández will receive this year's Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.  His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust received the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on the receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction.  His latest book, All They Will Call You, was released in 2017. A genre bending work labeled a Documentary Novel, it is based on the song by Woody Guthrie, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” Sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Research Group.

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November 2018

Research Focus Group Talk: Origin Story: The Narrative of James Williams and the Formation of the African American Slave Narrative
Teresa Goddu

November 1, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

This talk provides a material history of the American Anti-Slavery Society’s first sponsored slave narrative, The Narrative of James Williams (1838) and illuminates how its publication and the controversy that surrounded it shaped the development of the genre as a whole. Teresa Goddu is Associate Professor of English & American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (1997) and the forthcoming book, Selling Antislavery: U.S. Abolition and the Rise of Mass Media. Sponsored by the IHC’s Slavery, Captivity, and the Meaning of Freedom RFG and the English Department’s American Cultures in Global Contexts Center

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Talk: The Pyramid Problem: Regulating Direct Sales at the Edges of Labor and Consumption, 1972-1982
Jessica Burch

November 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jessica Burch, School of Business, University of Utah Burch, a scholar of management, was a Newcomen fellow at Harvard University in 2015-16. She discusses a chapter from her forthcoming book, Door-to-Door Capitalism: Direct Selling in America from the New Deal to the Internet Age. This event is a part of Organizing U.S. Capitalism: From the Federal Reserve to the Unions, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Social Securities Talk: Money is No Object: Aesthetics, Abstraction, and the Politics of Care
Scott Ferguson

November 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In his talk, Scott Ferguson will rethink the historical relationship between money and aesthetics in an effort to broaden the politics of care using the alternative conception of money articulated by the contemporary heterodox school of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Mobilizing MMT, Ferguson critiques exhausted dialectical oppositions between money and art and contends that monetary abstraction, rather than representing a private, finite, and alienating technology, is instead a public and fundamentally unlimited medium that harbors still unrealized powers for inclusion and cultivation. A reception will follow. Scott Ferguson is Associate Professor of Film and New Media Studies in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Dependence: Money, Aesthetics & the Politics of Care (2018) and Co-Director of The Modern Money Network Humanities Division, co-host of the Money on the…

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Talk: Research Services in the Labor Movement
Samir Sonti

November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Samir Sonti, UNITE-HERE Local 11 Sonti took his Ph.D. at UCSB in 2016 with a dissertation entitled "The Price of Prosperity: Inflation and the Limits of the New Deal Order." He is a research analyst in a trade union local representing 23,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout Southern California and Arizona. This event is a part of Organizing U.S. Capitalism: From the Federal Reserve to the Unions, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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Taubman Symposium Talk: The View from the Edge of Modernity
Rabbi Ed Feinstein

November 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Valley Beth Shalom Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Humanities Decanted: Mario T. García, Father Luis Olivares: A Biography
Mario T. García

November 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Mario T. García (Chicana and Chicano Studies and History) and Verónica Castillo-Muñoz (History) about García’s new biography, Father Luis Olivares: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles. Refreshments will be served. García's latest book is the untold story of the Los Angeles sanctuary movement's champion, Father Luis Olivares (1934–1993), a Catholic priest and a charismatic, faith-driven leader for social justice. Beginning in 1980 and continuing for most of the decade, hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees made the hazardous journey to the United States, seeking asylum from political repression and violence in their home states. Instead of being welcomed by the "country of immigrants," they were rebuffed by the Reagan administration, which supported the governments from which they fled. To counter this policy, a powerful sanctuary movement rose up to provide safe…

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December 2018

Talk: Neoliberalism Before Its Time? Labor and the Free Trade Ideal in the Era of the “Great Compression”
Leon Fink

December 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Leon Fink, History, Georgetown Fink, the editor of LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History, is the author or editor of a dozen books.  These include The Long Gilded Age: American Capitalism and the Lessons of a New World Order (2014); Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World's First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present (2011);  The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (2003); and Progressive Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Democratic Commitment (1997). This event is a part of Organizing U.S. Capitalism: From the Federal Reserve to the Unions, a series of UCSB talks and workshops sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; and the Policy History Program.

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January 2019

Taubman Symposium Talk: Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s
Marc Dollinger

January 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero del Mar

Marc Dollinger, San Francisco State University Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Social Securities Talk: Felicia Kornbluh
Felicia Kornbluh

January 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Felicia Kornbluh is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at University of Vermont.  She is the author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Poverty and Politics in Modern America (2007) and, with Gwendolyn Mink, Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective (2018).  She is at work on two books, How to Win a War on Women: My Mother, Her Neighbor, and the Fate of Reproductive Rights and Justice, and an essay collection titled Constant Craving: Identity Politics and Economic Justice.

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Taubman Symposium Talk: Seeking Lions: An Afternoon with Kenneth Bonert
Kenneth Bonert

January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

Kenneth Bonert Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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February 2019

Taubman Symposium Talk: The Weight of Ink
Rachel Kadish

February 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.

Rachel Kadish Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Taubman Symposium Talk: The Three Cantors
Cantor Marc Childs, Cantor Marcus Feldman, and Cantor Shmuel Barzilai

February 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.

Cantor Marc Childs (Congregation B'nai B'rith, Santa Barbara) Cantor Marcus Feldman and Organist Aryell Cohen (Sinai Temple, Los Angeles) and Cantor Shmuel Barzilai (Chief Cantor of the Vienna Jewish Community) Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Social Securities Talk: Environmental Justice as Freedom
Julie Sze

February 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Julie Sze is a Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. Sze's research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism.

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March 2019

Taubman Symposium Talk: The Strange Stories of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews
Eddy Portnoy

March 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

Eddy Portnoy, Ph.D., Yivo Institute for Jewish Research Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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April 2019

Humanities Decanted: Silvia Bermúdez, Rocking the Boat
Silvia Bermúdez

April 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Silvia Bermúdez (Spanish and Portuguese) and Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies) about Bermúdez’s new book, Rocking the Boat: Migration and Race in Contemporary Spanish Music.  Refreshments will be served. Rocking the Boat is a nuanced account of how popular urban music, produced between 1980 and 2013, shaped the discourse on immigration, transnational migrants, and racialization in the Spanish State borne after the Constitution of 1978. Silvia Bermúdez is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literatures.  Her most recent publications include the co-edited volumes A New History of Iberian Feminisms (University of Toronto Press, 2018) and Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and the Global North (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018). Sponsored by the IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment

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Taubman Symposium Talk: Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art
Irvin Ungar

April 14, 2019 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, Music Building

Irvin Ungar Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Taubman Symposium Screening: Film Marking Yom ha-Shoa

April 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pollock Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara

Film screening marking Yom ha-Shoa Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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May 2019

Taubman Symposium Screening: Film Marking Yom ha-Shoa

May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pollock Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara

Film screening marking Yom ha-Shoa Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Taubman Symposium Talk: Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

May 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

Steven Zipperstein, Stanford University Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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