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Research Focus Group Workshop: Shakespeare and Global Media Works in Progress Event #2


In our second Works-in-Progress workshop, we will discuss various strategies and resources for conducting archival work, receiving funding, and getting involved in larger scholarly activities (such as conferences, journals, and symposia) related to Shakespeare and Global Media. We will build on our previous work of cultivating a multimedia bibliography, as well as developing questions and frameworks that interrogate established modes of scholarly production. We will consider questions like: What does it mean to do “global ...

Research Focus Group Talk: Passing for Perfect Book Launch


In her new book, Passing for Perfect, erin Khuê Ninh considers the factors that drove college imposters such as Azia Kim—who pretended to be a Stanford freshman—and Jennifer Pan—who hired a hitman to kill her parents before they found out she had never received her high school diploma—to extreme lengths to appear successful. Why would someone make such an illogical choice? And how do they stage these lies so convincingly, and for so long? These ...

Regeneration Artist Talk: Harmonia Rosales


REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link Afro-Cuban American artist Harmonia Rosales will discuss her new and dynamic body of work presented in the exhibition, Entwined. Rosales’ interweaving of representations from ancient Greek and Yoruba mythologies invites viewers to challenge their ideas about identity and empowerment. Women and people of color, the protagonists of her canvases, assume roles of power and beauty in exquisite imaginings of ancient myths and ...

Research Focus Group Talk: Discussing The Shape of Sex with Leah DeVun


Join the Un-disciplining Premodern Histories of Race and Gender Research Focus Group for a guest talk and conversation with Professor Leah DeVun on DeVun's new book, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance. We will discuss the rich history DeVun traces in premodern Europe through the intersections of race, religion, sex, and gender. Leah DeVun is Associate Professor of History and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education at Rutgers University, as well ...

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


Rubén Martínez will receive this year's Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Martínez is Professor of English and the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature & Writing at Loyola Marymount University. His books include The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City & Beyond (1993), Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico (with Joseph Rodriguez, 2006), The New Americans (2004), Crossing Over: A Mexican Family over the Migrant Trail (2001), and East Side Stories ...

Regeneration Talk: Maintaining Life, Repairing the World: Ethics, Philosophy, and Literature


REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link The COVID pandemic appeared as a threat to human life, both in the vital sense (a risk to biological life) and in the social sense (a risk to social life: disruption from the suspension of activities, lack of public transport, closure of schools, etc.). It has revealed radical vulnerabilities: of institutions, the species, and the planet; of fragile populations, workers “on the ...

Research Focus Group Discussion: Disability, Blackness, and Race in US Literature


In celebration of Black History Month, the Disability Studies Initiative invites you to discuss two essays that shed light on the material intersections of disability and race: Josh Lukin's short article, "Disability and Blackness" (2006), which calls for the consideration of Black experiences in the history of disability and its artistic representations, and Michelle Jarman's "Race and Disability in US Literature" (2018), which takes its framework from Black feminist theories and calls for relational approaches ...

Humanities Decanted: The First Black Archaeologist


REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link Join us online for a dialogue between John W. I. Lee (History) and Krzysztof Janowicz (Geography) about Lee's new book, The First Black Archaeologist: A Life of John Wesley Gilbert. Audience Q&A will follow. The First Black Archaeologist reveals the untold story of a pioneering African American classical scholar, teacher, community leader, and missionary. Born into slavery in rural Georgia, John Wesley Gilbert ...

Regeneration Talk: Infrastructures of Collective Life: A Formalist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis


REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link Join us online for a talk by Caroline Levine. Audience Q&A will follow. What do scholars of literature and the arts have to offer in response to the climate crisis? The aesthetic humanities have long traditions of insisting on open-endedness, negation, and inaction. Levine argues that in this moment of rapid and destabilizing change, this tradition has reached its political limit. She ...

Research Focus Group Discussion: Sameer Pandya


Dr. Sameer Pandya will lead a discussion with graduate students to discuss his latest novel, Members Only, as well as his broader thoughts on South Asian American Studies. Sameer Pandya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara, a fiction writer, and an interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies scholar. In both his fiction and scholarship, Pandya is primarily interested in the question of cultural dislocation and racial identity ...

Research Focus Group Discussion: Chalk Talk Revisited


After the success of our first Chalk Talk this past fall, the What Is a Shakespeare?: Shakespeare and Global Media RFG is hosting “Chalk Talk Revisited.” Even if you weren’t able to make our first event, we welcome everyone to join us from any discipline as we continue our discussions about cultivating socio-culturally aware pedagogy and global media in the classroom. Whether you are a veteran Shakespearean or a first-timer to teaching the Bard, we ...

Regeneration Talk: Elizabeth Kolbert

Corwin Pavilion* 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA

It is said that we live in a new geological epoch characterized by climate change and other disastrous human impacts on the planet. In her new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Should we be seeking technological solutions to the damage humans have caused to the environment, or will such “solutions” only make the problems ...

Regeneration Talk: Vivian Gornick

Corwin Pavilion* 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA

Join us for a talk by writer and critic Vivian Gornick, whose works include Fierce Attachments: A Memoir (1987), Approaching Eye Level (1996), The End of the Novel of Love (1997), The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative (2001), The Men in My Life (2008), The Odd Woman and the City (2015), and Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader (2020). The New York Times selected Fierce Attachments as the #1 Best ...

Regeneration Talk: Ensuring the Future of Historic Textiles: The Case of a Japanese Empress’s Court Gown

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB* Santa Barbara, CA

Objects talk to us over time and space, transmitting in their colors, shapes, textures, and materials insight into other lives and ways of living. Some we wish to preserve for their sheer beauty, others for the people, times, or places they represent. Of the items that are central to our daily lives, textiles are among the most perishable: if not used until they are rags, they still degrade naturally over time, prey to insects, mold, ...

Regeneration Talk: Dexter Filkins

Corwin Pavilion* 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA

Join us for a talk by Dexter Filkins (The New Yorker) on the U.S withdrawal from and future of Afghanistan. Dexter Filkins has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 2011. He has written on a range of subjects, including, more recently, Europe’s migration crisis, Colin Powell and the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Trump’s Pentagon purge, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, the uprisings in Yemen, ...