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November 2018

The Fabricant: Symposium on the Figure of the Translator
Suzanne Jill Levine and Jerome Rothenberg

November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

This gathering seeks to explore the critical role of translator as the mediator between cultures. In today’s political landscape, the translator is often called upon to be the go-between different peoples, spaces—both real and fictional— academic fields, and cultures. Even as the Executive Order has banned immigrants of numerous countries to the United States, the literary translator is one of the artistic professionals that enables communication between countries. The translator, as a transcultural ambassador, is the figure who creates thresholds in the globalized world of today. The aim of the symposium is to incite a truly interdisciplinary dialogue, hence the potentiality of the word fabricant. We want to emphasize the creative capacities (fictional, poetic, intellectual, and political) of the translator, in other words a constructor that can transfer/relocate theories, epistemologies, genres and imaginary spaces. To do so, we will bring…

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Talk: Research Services in the Labor Movement
Samir Sonti

November 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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IV Live presents Improvability

November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Friday, November 16th 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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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: Embracing Shari’a: Women, Law, and Activism in Somalia
Mark Fathi Massoud

January 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

     Gender equality is a key principle of human rights and political security. But how are gender equality and human security ensured in societies struggling with legacies of civil war and political violence? This lecture reveals how, in a space where many observers presume law and security are absent, women are turning to Islam's foundational sources -- the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam) and the Hadith (statements and actions of the Prophet Muhammad) -- to promote women’s rights and human and political security. Research draws on archival research in England and ethnographic fieldwork in Somalia.      Mark Fathi Massoud is Associate Professor of Politics and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the role of law and religion in promoting human security in conflict settings and authoritarian states. His first book, Law's…

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Social Securities Talk: Why Can’t Feminists Change the Law? The History and Politics of Welfare Reform in the Modern U.S.
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. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment

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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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Social Securities Talk: Shaping Community Futures through Policy + Architecture
Elizabeth Timme

January 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Elizabeth Timme is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of LA-Más, a non-profit urban design organization based in Los Angeles that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. Timme teaches at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture and serves on the Zoning Advisory Committee of Re:Code LA, a city-led effort to transform the city’s outdated zoning code. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Idee Levitan Endowment

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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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Social Securities Talk: Teaching the People: Enlightenment and the American Republic
David Marshall

February 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

David Marshall, UC Santa Barbara Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment

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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. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment

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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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Humanities Decanted: Miroslava Chávez-García, Migrant Longing and John S.W. Park, Immigration Law and Society

March 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Miroslava Chávez-García (History) and John S.W. Park (Asian American Studies) about Chávez-García’s new book, Migrant Longing and Park’s new book, Immigration Law and Society.  Refreshments will be served.   Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (2018) draws upon Miroslava Chávez-García’s personal collection of 300 letters exchanged by family members across the U.S.-Mexico border, illuminating what migrants experienced in their everyday lives both "here" and "there" (aqui y alla). Chávez-García uses these private, firsthand accounts to demonstrate not only how migrants struggled to maintain their sense of humanity in el norte but also how those remaining at home made sense of their changing identities in response to the loss of loved ones. Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor of History at UCSB. She is the author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (2004) and States…

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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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The Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series: Science, Freedom, and the Cold War: A Political History of Apolitical Science
Audra J. Wolfe

April 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Why do so many U.S. scientists continue to lean on the language of apolitical science, even as political leaders display less and less interest in scientists’ claims to expertise, or even the existence of facts? In a new book, Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science, historian Audra J. Wolfe suggests the answer lies in Cold war propaganda. From the late 1940s through the late 1960s, the U.S. foreign policy establishment saw a particular way of thinking about scientific freedom as essential to winning the global Cold War. Throughout this period, the engines of U.S. propaganda amplified, circulated, and, in some cases, produced a vision of science, American style, that highlighted scientists’ independence from outside interference and government control. Working (both overly and covertly, wittingly and unwittingly) with governmental and private organizations, U.S. scientists tried to…

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Humanities Decanted: Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments in Mexico
Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

April 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (Music) and Jessica Nakamura (Department of Theater and Dance) about Hellier-Tinoco’s new book, Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments in Mexico. Refreshments will be served. Performing Palimpsest Bodies proposes the concept of palimpsest bodies to interpret provocative theatre and performance experiments that explore issues of cultural memory, bodies of history, archives, repertoires and performing remains. Combined with ideas of postmemory and rememory, palimpsest bodies are inherently trans-temporal as they perform re-visions of embodied gestures, vocalized calls and sensory experiences. Focusing on one of Mexico’s most significant contemporary theatre companies, La Máquina de Teatro, this study documents the playfully rigorous performances of layered, plural and trans identities as collaborative, feminist, and queer re-visions of official histories and collective memories. Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco is a scholar, creative artist and an associate professor of performing arts and…

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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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Social Securities Poetry Reading: Tyree Daye
Tyree Daye

May 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns (April, 2017). Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow and longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. He received his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, New York Times, Nashville Review. Daye recently won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue. He is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment.

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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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