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January 2018

IV Live Presents Improvability: Winter Wonderland

January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Winter Wonderland show.

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Research Development Workshop: Proposal Writing 101

January 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6056 HSSB, 6056 HSSB. UC Santa Barbara

Learn about the different types of extramural funding and university protocol for proposal submission. Workshop will also cover the anatomy of a proposal and include writing tips

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Research Focus Group Talk: Cold War Curvature: Measuring and Modeling Gravity in Postwar American Physics
David Kaiser

January 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A popular image persists of Albert Einstein as a loner, someone who avoided the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favor of quiet contemplation. Yet Einstein was deeply engaged with politics throughout his life; indeed, he was so active politically that the FBI kept him under surveillance for decades. His most enduring scientific legacy, the general theory of relativity – physicists' reigning explanation of gravity and the basis for nearly all our thinking about the cosmos – has likewise been cast as an austere temple standing aloof from the all-too-human dramas of political history. But was it so? By focusing on examples of research on general relativity from the 1950s and 1960s, this lecture will examine some of the ways in which research on Einstein's theory was embedded in, and at times engulfed by, the tumult of world politics.…

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HUMANITIES DECANTED: Robert Samuels, Educating Inequality: Beyond the Political Myths of Higher Education and the Job Market

January 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Robert Samuels (Writing) and Heather Steffen (English and Writing) about Samuels’ new work, Educating Inequality. Refreshments will be served. Politicians and school officials often argue that higher education is the solution to many of our social and economic problems. Educating Inequality argues that in order to reduce inequality and enhance social mobility, public policies are needed to revamp the financial aid system and increase the number of good jobs. Exploring topics such as the fairness of the current social system, the focus on individual competition in an unequal society, and democracy and capitalism in higher education, this important book seeks to uncover the major myths that shape how people view higher education and its relation to the economy. Looking to models that generate economic mobility and social equality, this book advocates a broader vision…

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Talk: Financialization on the Factory Farm
Jan Dutkiewicz

January 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jan Dutkiewicz (Politics, New School for Social Research), who is writing a dissertation at the New School on the political economy of hog farming in the contemporary United States, is currently a fellow at UCSB’s International Center for the Humanities and Social Change. This event is part of "Food, Finance, and American Politics," 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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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Loving Vincent, World of Tomorrow, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show

January 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Triple Feature! Loving Vincent at 7:00 PM World of Tomorrow at 7:00 PM The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.

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IV Live Presents Star Wars: Improv Strikes Back

January 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Star Wars show.

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Taubman Symposium Talk: The Betrayers
David Bezmozgis

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd
Free

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is the author of several books, including Natasha and Other Stories (2004), The Free World (2011), and The Betrayers (2014). His writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus, among other publications. Bezmozgis is currently the head of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto. Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies

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Magic Lantern Films Present: Loving Vincent and World of Tomorrow

January 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Double Feature! Loving Vincent at 7:00 PM World of Tomorrow at 10:00 PM

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Research Development Workshop: Undergraduate Research

January 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
4108 Education, Education Building, UCSB

How to engage undergraduate students in social science, humanities, education research. Prof. Anne Charity-Hudley.

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February 2018

Crossings+Boundaries TALK: Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here
Sam Quinones

February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Click here to read an article about Quinones' talk. Quinones will discuss the origins of our nationwide opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical marketing, changes in our heroin market, and new attitudes toward pain among American healthcare consumers. He will also discuss cultural shifts that made this epidemic possible. Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015. He has reported on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, and the border as a reporter for the L.A. Times (2004–2014) and as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994–2004). Sponsored by the IHC's Crossings + Boundaries series, the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, and the IHC's Idee Levitan Endowment.

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Talk: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean

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

In addition to Democracy in Chains (2016), Nancy MacLean (History, Duke) is the author of the award-winning books Freedom is Not Enough: the Opening of the American Workplace (2008) and Behind the Mask of Chivalry: the Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan (1995). She is a past president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. This event is part of “Food, Finance, and American Politics,” 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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Magic Lantern Films Presents: The Florida Project

February 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of The Florida Project at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Flashback Friday

February 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Flashback Friday show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: The Florida Project

February 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of The Florida Project at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Research Focus Group Conference: Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir

February 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir is a two-day conference comprised of six interdisciplinary graduate student panels, two keynote presentations, one by Prof. Sayak Valencia (author of Capitalismo Gore) and the other by performance artist Lorena Wolffer (Mapping Dissent), a keywords dialogue with Prof. Marcia Ochoa (UCSC), and a charla with UCSB Profs. Micaela Díaz-Sánchez and Cherríe Moraga. On the conference theme: This conference will bring together scholars from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, other Andean countries, as well as Latinx communities in the US, along with activists and performers, to analyze the challenges of studying gender and sexuality in the Americas, under the current threat of racist populism, state violence, and new forms of mobilization. Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir grows out of a UCHRI-sponsored working group by the same name. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; the Latin American & Iberian Studies Program;…

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Crossings + Boundaries Talks: Sayak Valencia and Lorena Wolffer

February 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Talk: From Queer to Cuir: Geopolitical Ostranenie from the Global South Sayak Valencia’s talk will explore the politics of survival and the alliances of the trans/border/messtizx/sissy/lesbian/dressed/slut-fag/cripple. The word “cuir” represents a defamiliarization—or ostranenie—of “queer,” which challenges automatic reading and registers, through its unfamiliarity, a geopolitical inflection southward and from the peripheries. Countering colonial epistemology and Anglo-American historiography, cuir invokes a space of decolonialized enunciation, at once playful and critical. Sayak Valencia (Cultural Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte) is the author of Capitalismo Gore. Talk: Citizen Affects/Afectxs ciudadanxs Lorena Wolffer will discuss her experiences producing Citizen Affects/Afectxs ciudadanxs at UC Santa Barbara and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City in 2017. This participatory cultural interventions project is focused on the affects that cross, regulate, and define women, queer, and non-normative individuals in our interaction with others…

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Conference: Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier

February 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Twelve scholars from around the globe will present examples of the groundbreaking research taking place at the intersection of digital humanities and classical Chinese literary studies. Covering poetry, prose, fiction, history, linguistics, and philosophy over the course of two millennia, these studies will show how computing technologies can help researchers uncover previously unseen patterns and networks in their materials, shedding new light on premodern texts. Keynote Address by Michael Fuller (East Asian Languages and Literatures, UC Irvine), "Digital Humanities and the Discontents of Meaning," on Friday, February 9 at 4:30 PM. Free and open to the public. Conference participants include: JING CHEN (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), TIMOTHY CLIFFORD (Bryn Mawr College), MICHAEL FULLER (UC Irvine), YI-LONG HUANG (National Tsing Hua University), CHAO-LIN LIU (National Chengchi University), CHEN LIU (Kyoto University), THOMAS MAZANEC (UCSB), EVAN NICOLL-JOHNSON (University of Alberta), DONALD STURGEON (Harvard…

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Research Focus Group Talk: Recognizing (and not recognizing) the richness of children’s linguistic repertoires: A raciolinguistic perspective on identity and interaction in urban schools
Ramón Antonio Martínez

February 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
1205 Education, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB

This talk draws on “raciolinguistic ” perspectives to explore how language and race were perceived, constructed, and invoked in a diverse urban elementary school in Los Angeles, California. Based on ethnographic and interactional data from a Spanish-English dual language classroom, the talk illustrates how “raciolinguistic ideologies” mediated the construction of racialized subjectivities and reified forms of language among a diverse group of multilingual children and their teachers. The dynamic translingual practices of these children are contrasted with the static notions of both language and race that predominate in the discourse around educational diversity. Foregrounding the relationship between language and racialization highlights the processes by which these children’s forms of semiosis were variously displayed, ignored, (mis)construed, and recruited in the construction of racialized identities. The talk concludes by addressing the role of an analytic focus on children’s linguistic practices and ideologies…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Thor: Ragnarok

February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Thor: Ragnarok at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: The Musical Show

February 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Musical Show

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Presentation: Imagining America
Erica Kohl-Arenas

February 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Please join us for a presentation by Imagining America director Erica Kohl-Arenas about public humanities and arts. The event will take place at 10:00 AM in the McCune Conference Room and will include audience discussion. Imagining America (IA) is currently based at UC Davis, its third host campus, as of July 2017. Comprised of a network of college and university members and community partners, IA’s annual programming includes convening a national conference and cultural organizing institutes, and collaborative research and action projects. IA contributes resources to an expanding membership; offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student leaders, including the Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) network, an annual cohort funded by IA that acts as a incubator for scholarly writing, innovative thinking, and bold experimentation; and provides significant leadership to the field of engaged scholarship in higher education, as evidenced in Public: A Journal of Imagining America,…

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Talk: Jews and Revolution: The American Experience
Tony Michels

February 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd
Free

Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History (2012) and A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (2005). Michels is the co-editor of The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 8. The Modern World, 1815-2000 (2017). Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Thor: Ragnarok

February 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Thor: Ragnarok at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Research Development Workshop: Academic Strategic Planning

February 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1150 Kerr, Kerr Hall, UCSB

Aligning your time with your priorities (NCFDD webinar)!

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Talk: Plantation Labor Outsourced: Rethinking New England Outwork and the National Economy of Slavery in Antebellum America
Seth Rockman

February 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Seth Rockman (History, Brown) is the author of Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (2008) and co-editor, with Sven Beckert, of Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (2016). This event is part of “Food, Finance, and American Politics,” 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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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

February 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Anti-Valentine’s Day

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

Improvability Anti-Valentine's Day Show

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

February 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Film Screening: Beyond Fordlandia

February 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Written and directed by Marcos Colón, Beyond Fordlândia (2017, 75 min) presents an environmental account of Henry Ford’s Amazon experience decades after its failure. The story addressed by the film begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. This film addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage. There will be a Q&A with director Marcos Colón after the film. Sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Latin American and Iberian Studies; the Department of Anthropology; and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

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HUMANITIES DECANTED: Bhaskar Sarkar, “No Man’s (Is)land: Ecology of a Border”

February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Bhaskar Sarkar (Film and Media Studies) and Lisa Sun-Hee Park (Asian American Studies) about Sarkar’s new article, “No Man’s (Is)land: Ecology of a Border.” Refreshments will be served. Focusing on a stretch of the international border between Bangladesh and India that coincides with the river Ganges, Sarkar’s new article examines the ambiguous productivities of proliferating borders in the era of globalization. In this overpopulated region of South Asia, the Farakka barrage has compounded problems of riverbank erosion, causing the loss of arable lands and homes. When displaced communities move to the silt islands—chars— that emerge in the middle of the river, they pose a problem for both states: are they citizens or foreigners? Analyzing a documentary film about the char people, Sarkar explores contemporary documentary’s engagement with border ecologies and migrant communities, state policies…

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Research Development Workshop: Research Plus Interdisciplinarity

February 23, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Faculty engaged or interested in interdisciplinary research projects are invited to join the next UC Humanities Research Plus webinar on February 23 from 1:30-2:30 pm. UC Santa Barbara Associate Director of Research Development Brandon Fastman will talk about interdisciplinary collaboration with Ann Taves, Professor of Religious Studies at UCSB. To bridge the humanities and the sciences, Taves has established the Religion, Experience, and Mind (REM) Lab Group. Its goals are to assist in the development of individual and collaborative research projects, including papers, dissertations, and grant proposals, that seek to understand the interaction of religion, experience, and mind across traditions and cultures. Fastman and Taves will discuss how humanities centers and research development staff can create an environment for fostering productive collaborations with researchers from across the disciplines and how to nurture such collaborations into successful proposals. Faculty interested in joining the webinar should…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: I, Tonya

February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of I, Tonya at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Random Show

February 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Random Show

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: I, Tonya

February 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of I, Tonya at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Research Focus Group Talk: Finding Echigo in Edo: Snow Country Migrants and their Urban Worlds
Amy Stanley

February 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

The Echigo province migrant was a familiar type in nineteenth-century Edo. Every year in the tenth month, snow country peasants would come down the mountains on the Nakasendō Highway and enter the city through Itabashi Station. They wandered down the main street in Hongō, where they were met by labor scouts who had learned to recognize their bewildered expressions and country accents. Many ended up in the city’s notorious boarding houses for laborers, where they were dispatched to rice polishers and bathhouses. Others found work in service with the help of migrants who had come before. Most went home eventually, but others stayed on in the city to become shop owners, peddlers, and even low-ranking samurai. This talk delineates the importance of regional connections and rural-urban migration in the development of Japan’s largest city, and considers how documents kept in…

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Crossings + Boundaries Talk: Exodus: The Largest Movement of People Since the Second World War
Dexter Filkins

February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

The world is witnessing the greatest mass migration since 1945. More than sixty-five million people, about one in every hundred on Earth, have fled their homes. Some are internally displaced; others are refugees who have moved to multiple countries. This talk will discuss the three main causes of this giant human tide: the implosion of the Middle East following the Arab Spring; climate change, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where drought and advancing deserts are pushing people to abandon their homes; and famine, because of which at least twenty million people are currently at risk of starvation, most of them in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. In his talk, Filkins will take the audience on a tour of these places and discuss ways to address the complex causes of mass migration. Filkins has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since…

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March 2018

Talk: Burgers in the Age of Black Capitalism: Fast Food and the Remaking of Civil Rights after 1968
Marcia Chatelain

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

Marcia Chatelain (History, Georgetown) is the author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (2015) and co-editor, with Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, of Staging a Dream: Untold Stories and Transatlantic Legacies of the March on Washington (2015). This event is part of “Food, Finance, and American Politics,” 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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Conference: Beyond Academia

March 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

The Beyond Academia conference at UC Santa Barbara is an annual event aimed at preparing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all stages and disciplines to pursue a wide range of career options after graduate school. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to interact with professionals who have established careers outside the professoriate in industry, government, administration, nonprofits, and more. Come learn about potential careers in a variety of sectors and specialties outside of and alongside academia. Whether you are on the job market or just starting to explore career options, the Beyond Academia conference will help you create an action plan for your future. Sponsored by the UCSB Graduate Division; Stimulating Entrepreneurial and Economic Development in Santa Barbara (SEED-SB); UCSB Career Services; UCSB Center for Science & Engineering Partnerships; Materials Department; Computer Science Department; Physics Department; Electrical & Computer…

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Research Focus Group Symposium: Cross-Currents: Navigating Translation
Cutcha Risling Baldy and Donald L. Fixico

March 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Please join the American Indian & Indigenous Collective (AIIC) and keynote speakers Dr. Cutcha Risling-Baldy and Dr. Donald Fixico for three days of panels, presentations and discussions exploring the cross-current of translation writ large for Native and Indigenous peoples. Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminisms, California Indians and decolonization. She has published in the Ecological Processes journal, the Wicazo Sa Review, and the Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society journal. She has also published creative writing in the As/Us journal and News from Native California. Dr. Donald L. Fixico, Professor of History at Arizona State University. He is a policy historian and ethno-historian, focusing on American Indians, oral history and the U.S. West. His publications include: American Indians in a Modern World (2008); Treaties with American…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Clueless and Mean Girls

March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Clueless at 7:00 and Mean Girls at 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: 90th Annual Academy Awards

March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability 90th Annual Academy Awards show

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Research Development Workshop: Intro to the NEH

March 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6056 HSSB, 6056 HSSB. UC Santa Barbara

Learn about grant programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Breakfast Club

March 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Fast Times at Ridgemont High at 7:00 and of The Breakfast Club at 10:00 PM.

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Crossings + Boundaries Talk: Murder and Mattering in Harambe’s House
Claire Jean Kim

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

Date change to Tuesday, March 6th at 4:00PM. This talk approaches the controversy over the killing of the gorilla Harambe in the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016 as a unique window onto the making of animalness and blackness in the contemporary U.S.  It will explore the notion of a racial-zoological order in which the “human” is constructed simultaneously in relation to both the “black” and the “animal.” Claire Jean Kim is Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine.  She is the author of Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (2000) and Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age (2015), both of which won book awards from the American Political Science Association. Sponsored by the IHC’s Crossings + Boundaries series and the Sara Miller McCune and George…

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The 2018 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Helen Macdonald

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

This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence is acclaimed naturalist and writer Helen Macdonald. She is the author of three books, including Shaler’s Fish (2001), Falcon (2006), and H Is for Hawk (2014), winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, the Costa Book Award, and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. Her work includes poetry, naturalist non-fiction about birds, and memoir. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. In addition to her work as a writer, Macdonald has contributed to various film and television programs, most notably the 2017 documentary “H Is for Hawk: The Next Chapter” for PBS Nature, the film “10 X Murmuration,” made in collaboration with filmmaker Sarah Wood for the 2015 Brighton Festival, and the BBC Four documentary series, “Birds Britannia.” She is also an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department…

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Taubman Symposia Talk: Biblical Women and Gender Constructions: Ancient and Contemporary Perspectives on Women in the Bible
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi

March 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero del Mar
Free

Rabbi Prof. Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is the Effie Wise Ochs Professor of Biblical Literature and History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She is the first woman appointed as a professor to the rabbinical faculty since the founding of Hebrew Union College in 1875. At Hebrew Union College, Dr. Eskenazi trains rabbis, educators, and Jewish communal service professionals, as well as graduate students in Judaic Studies. Dr. Eskenazi is an award-winning editor, author, and biblical scholar. She is the Chief Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary, the winner (with Dr. Andrea Weiss) of the 2008 Jewish Book of the Year Award. This unique 1400-page book includes contributions from hundreds of women scholars, clergy, and poets. Its purpose is to bring the voices and visions of women to the interpretation of the Bible in the…

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Conference: Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800

March 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - March 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800 The Early Modern Center's Annual Conference: March 9-10, 2018 Featuring Keynotes from: Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University), "Human Boundedness: Shakespeare's Bear, Launce's Crab, and King Lear (with Sheep)" and Michelle Burnham (Santa Clara University), "Bodies at Risk: The Global Pacific in the Eighteenth Century" March 9, Mosher Alumni Hall, 1pm-5pm and March 10, McCune Conference Room, 9:30am-5:30pm

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Research Focus Group Talk: LISO’s Annual John J. Gumperz Lecture
John B. Haviland

March 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
1205 Education, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB

John B. Haviland will present a lecture on “K’alal Lajyak’bekon Notisia, ‘Bweno Ta Xinupunkutik’, Gloria a Dios, Háganlo Bien (When they told me ‘Well, we’re getting married’—Glory to God! Do it well!): Changing Tzotzil Discourses of Marriage.” Haviland is an anthropological linguist, with interests in the social life of language, including gesture, emerging sign languages, and interaction. His work concentrates on Tzotzil (Mayan) speaking peasant corn farmers from Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico, and on speakers of Guugu Yimithirr (Paman), especially at the Hopevale Aboriginal Community, near Cooktown, in northern Queensland, Australia. He has most recently engaged in two fieldwork projects: one an ongoing study of language origins based on extensive documentation of a first generation sign language (Zinacantec Family Homesign, or ZFHS) from Chiapas, Mexico; and the other with speakers of Amuzgo (Otomanguean), both in their home community in Oaxaca and…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: The Shape of Water

March 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of The Shape of Water at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Friday Night Live!

March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Friday Night Live Show

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: The Shape of Water

March 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of The Shape of Water at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Research Development Workshop: Grant Budgets

March 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2218 North Hall, North Hall, UCSB

How to Write a Grant Budget: how to manage grant funds.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Lady Bird

March 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Lady Bird at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live Presents Improvability: Naughty & Nice

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - March 17, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Nice Show at 8 pm. Naughty Show at 10 pm.

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Research Focus Group Workshop: The First Proslavery Novel? An Attribution and Analysis of the 1763 novel The Pregrinations of Jeremiah Grant, Esq. A West Indian, by Anonymous
Alpen Razi

March 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
4065 HSSB, HSSB, UC Santa Barbara

Brown-bag lunch workshop featuring work in progress by Alpen Razi, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at CalPoly. Sponsored by IHC’s Slavery, Captivity, and the Meaning of Freedom RFG.

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Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

March 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies features papers representing all fields of British Studies -- broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain's imperial cultures.. Plenary Speakers are Dr. Susan Amussen, professor of history at UC Merced, is a leading scholar of early modern Britain (1500-1750), gender, race and slavery in the Atlantic World and Dr. Jordanna Bailkin, the Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies, in the history department of the University of Washington. Dr. Bailkin is a scholar of Modern Britain and its empire, who has worked broadly on topics such as Victorian liberalism, decolonization, race and decolonization. This event is Cosponsored by: UCSB College of Letters and Science Humanities and Fine Arts UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center UCSB Department of History UCSB Department of English…

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April 2018

First Writers and Scholars in Indigenous Languages and Literatures Conference: Verbal Kaleidoscope

April 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - April 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

In a time where indigenous literatures are becoming more distinguishable, it is crucial to explore, challenge, and reformulate preexisting notions of spaces, identity, and knowledge. For the first time at UCSB, renowned indigenous poets of Mexico and the Basque country will establish an international dialogue with top scholars from all over the world to discuss the topic of the poetic act as a factor of visibility for marginalized cultures and political action. For the First Writers and Scholars in Indigenous Languages and Literatures Conference, we welcome Mazatec poet and director of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI), Juan Gregorio Regino, Zapotec poet and essayist, Irma Pineda Santiago and renowned scholar Patrick Johansson from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as representatives of indigenous literatures of Mexico. From the Basque country, our guest culture, we welcome scholar María José…

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The Sixth Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference: Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory

April 6, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - April 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Borderlands, broadly defined, are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into contact, often without any one authority exercising complete control. These encounters require both individuals and societies to adapt culturally, politically, economically, religiously, artistically, and technologically to other ways of life, often with unexpected and surprising results. The sixth biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference, “Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory” showcases how studying the borderlands reveals marginality as a decentralizing process, treating the marginalized subject as the center of the discourse rather than at its outskirts. Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; the UCSB Graduate Student Association; the Virgil Cordano, OFM, Endowment in Catholic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB; the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Global Studies, History of Art and Architecture, Religious Studies, and…

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IV Live presents Improvability: Survivor

April 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Survivor show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

April 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at 7 and 10 PM.

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IHC Visiting Scholar Talk: Media Before Gutenberg
Ingrid Nelson

April 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Although “media” conjures modern, technologized modes of communication (television, the internet, print journalism), mediation is a central part of all communication. In the Middle Ages, media referred to networks of voices, texts, bodies, human actions, and nonhuman forces that were involved in sense perception, social interaction, storytelling, and other acts of cultural transmission. This talk will elaborate on the media ecology of the medieval West by putting Aristotle’s theories of sense perception in dialogue with theories of new media and embodied informatics, from Marshall McLuhan’s description of media as the “extensions of man” to N. Katherine Hayles’s cyborg theory. Understanding media before machine technologies and the era of mass communication heralded by the printing press also yields new insights into medieval literature, and this talk will conclude with a discussion of media and mediation in Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterwork, The Canterbury…

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Crossings + Boundaries Reading: Of Great Importance
Nachoem M. Wijnberg

April 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wijnberg Poetry Reading

The poems in Of Great Importance discuss taxes and debts, stocks and flows, citizenship and labor contracts, notaries and accountants, factories and strikes, freedoms and fundamental rights, how to make money and how to win elections, when to declare war and when to found a new state. The collection has been called “a painfully consistent and uncomfortably accurate analysis of power, economic and social structures and mechanisms which are at the root of the degenerate world in which we wake up each morning.” The poems look at history in order to learn something from it and build upon the best work of thinkers and poets such as Marx, Keynes, Heine, Miłosz, and especially Kaváfis. Nachoem M. Wijnberg is a Dutch poet and novelist who has been acclaimed as one of the foremost Dutch authors of the last decennia. His poetry has received many Dutch and Belgian awards,…

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Screening: Special Yom HaShoah Event: Central Coast Premiere of Amichai Greenberg’s film The Testament

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.

To commemorate Yom HaShoah, the Taubman Symposia in Jewish Studies will present the Central Coast premiere of Amichai Greenberg's award-winning film, The Testament. The screening will take place at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Harold Marcuse (UC Santa Barbara Department of History) and Mashey Bernstein (Emeritus Faculty Member, UC Santa Barbara Writing Program). The event is free and open to the public.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Paddington 2

April 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Paddington 2 at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: Mystics & Seers & Palm Readers, Oh My!

April 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Mystics & Seers & Palm Readers, Oh My! show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Paddington 2

April 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Paddington 2 at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Conference: Lukács and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production

April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4429 SSMS, Social Sciences and Media Studies, UCSB

See attached flyer for detailed schedule. Sponsored by the College of Letters and Sciences, the Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics (COMMA), the Carsey-Wolf Center, IHC, Mellichamp Global Dynamics, Department of English, Department of Film and Media Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies.

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Talk: Economic Justice is a Women’s Issue: The Chicana Welfare Rights Organization’s Challenge to Welfare Reform in the 1970s
Rosie Bermudez

April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bermudez is completing a dissertation, “Doing Dignity Work: Alicia Escalante and the East Los Angeles Welfare Rights Organization, 1967-1974.” She is a Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellow at UCSB. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, 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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Conference: Exploring Catalan Identity

April 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mosher Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara

14:00 — Opening Remarks: Dean John Majewski and Chair Leo Cabranes-Grant 14:15-14:45— Debra Blumenthal (UCSB), “«Send me all the receipts that you have regularly»: Slave Women as Business Agents in the Late Medieval Mediterranean World” 14:50 -16:00 — Antonio Cortijo Ocaña (UCSB): “Amor y religión en la Corona de Aragón: la creación de la sentimentalidad moderna”— Óscar Perea (Lancaster University): ” La Valencia multilingüe del Cancionero general de Hernando del Castillo (1511-1514)” — Jordi Aladro Font (UC Santa Cruz): “Trento y su impacto en la iconografía de los santos más populares en la Corona de Aragón” 16:00-16:15 — Coffee break 16:15-17:30 — Josep Vicent Garcia Sebastià (Universitat d’Alacant): “«Temps ha»: saturació, intensificació i usos discursius (s. XVI-XVIII)” — Enric Mallorquí Ruscalleda (California State University, Fullerton): “Carner, Frankl, Barthes”— Eloi Grasset (UCSB): “ Modelos literarios y hegemonía cultural en la literatura catalana”…

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IV Live presents Improvability: Summer of Love

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability Summer of Love show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Winchester and Rocky Horror Picture Show

April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Winchester at 10:00 PM, and Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.

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Taubman Symposia Talk: My Amazing, Demanding, Indelible Jewish Year
Abigail Pogrebin

April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd.
Free

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the recently published book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was reviewed by David Gregory in the New York Times and featured on the Today Show. Her first book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, was adapted for the Off-Broadway Stage and her second book, One and the Same, covered her every aspect of being a twin. A former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes and for Bill Moyers at PBS, she has written for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Forward and Tablet, and has moderated conversations at the JCC in Manhattan, the 92Y, the Skirball Center, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. She currently serves as President of Central Synagogue in Manhattan. The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Winchester

April 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showing of Winchester at 7:00 PM, followed by An Anatomy of a Horror Film, featuring Michelle Bevis, UCSB Film grad.

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Symposium: Humanities in Prison

April 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Humanities in Prison

Why study the humanities in prison? Why teach them?  What is the value of prison humanities programs for communities both inside and outside of prisons?  What humanistic texts and skills do we teach? This day-long symposium, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will explore the building of intellectual communities across systemic divides through the humanities. The symposium will include the voices of educators and formerly incarcerated individuals and will be of interest to those involved in public humanities, social justice, transformative pedagogy and civic engagement. Sponsored by the IHC’s Crossings + Boundaries series and the Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment; the College of Letters & Science Critical Issues in America series, Changing Faces of U.S. Citizenship; and the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life Schedule 9:00–10:45      Introductory…

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Talk: Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967
Nate Citino

April 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Citino will discuss his most recent book, Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967 (2017). He is also the author of From Arab Nationalism to OPEC: Eisenhower, King Sa‘ud, and the Making of US - Saudi Relations (2002). Co-Sponsored with the Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, 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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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski

April 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
Free

Showings of Miller's Crossing at 7:00 PM and The Big Lebowski at 10:00 PM. Celebrate Magic Lantern's 14th Birthday! Enjoy cake and FREE movies!

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IV Live presents Improvability’s Musical Show!

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Musical Show!

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May 2018

Talk: Sanctuary and Literature: Words on the Move
Marina Warner

May 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the present refugee crisis, millions of people are being driven from their homes by war, religious conflict, racial ostracism, famine, and poverty. Can literature help? Stripped of material possessions, refugees, migrants, and ‘arrivants’ still own their minds, which are filled with memories, stories, and knowledge. Can the cultural baggage of the imagination, the stories that displaced people carry in their heads, provide ways of establishing connection with their new circumstances? Can stories, inspired by the cultures they belong to, overcome barriers of language and custom, help them relate to the new place of arrival and develop a place of refuge where they belong? Marina Warner will explore how the role of the imagination, expressed in literary forms, can provide threads which may be woven into the fabric of belonging. She will look at travelling texts, such as the animal…

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Crossings + Boundaries Talk: Borderwall as Architecture
Ronald Rael

May 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ronald Rael’s talk will reexamine what the 650 miles of physical barrier dividing the US and Mexico is and could be, suggesting that the wall is an opportunity for economic and social development along the border that encourages its conceptual and physical dismantling. Rael will illuminate the transformative effects of the wall on people, animals, and the natural and built landscape through the story of people on both sides of the border who transform and creatively challenge the wall’s existence. He will also discuss his architectural studio’s counterproposals that reimagine, hyperbolize, or question the wall and its construction, cost, performance, and meaning. Rael proposes that despite the intended use of the wall, which is to keep people out and away, the wall is instead an attractor, engaging both sides in a common dialogue. Ronald Rael is the Eva Li Memorial Chair…

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Talk: Keeping it Real? Vinyl Records, Digital Media, and the Future of Independent Culture
Michael Palm

May 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Feedback loops abound between digital media and contemporary vinyl culture. The majority of record sales occur online, the download code is a familiar feature of new vinyl releases, and turntables outfitted with USB ports and Bluetooth are outselling traditional models. The manufacture of records cannot be digitized; however, as with most commercial culture today, vinyl traffic is driven by algorithms and thrives on social media. Furthermore, the ascent of streaming over the past five years has boosted record sales, creating both-and markets for “flow” and “publication” media, distinguished by Raymond Williams as being accessed or acquired by consumers. Contemporary vinyl culture demonstrates how digital media can play a vital role in any community organized around a shared appreciation for cultural forms and formats, analog or otherwise. Eschewing nostalgia for records as (merely) a reprieve from digital saturation, in this talk…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Double Lover

May 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Double Lover at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: Beatniks

May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Beatniks show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Double Lover

May 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Double Lover at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Taubman Symposia Talk: Living in English, Writing in Hebrew: A Conversation with Israeli-American Author Ruby Namdar
Ruby Namdar

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

Eighteen years ago, Israeli author Ruby Namdar arrived in New York, not knowing that he had just taken the first step of an incredible literary, cultural, and personal journey. The novel The Ruined House, winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award, was an artistic response to Namdar’s wonderful experience of discovering America, American Jewry, and American Jewish literature. Translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin, The Ruined House was recently published in the U.S. by Harper Collins and was recognized by The New York Times as a “masterpiece of modern religious literature.” The renowned critic Adam Kirsch (Tablet Magazine) called it "a new kind of Jewish novel, which everyone interested in Jewish literature should read." In this talk Ruby Namdar will discuss his sources of inspiration, his new-found relationship to the great Jewish-American authors of the…

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Talk: Nubian Studies: A Case Study in Scholar-Led Open Access Publishing
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

May 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Nubian studies scholar, punctum books co-director, and philologist Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei will discuss how community-focused, scholar-led open access publishing can help launch fields of inquiry and study that otherwise would not have adequate resources to establish themselves, because most publishers would consider the discipline too "small," and thus too risky to commit publishing resources. Part of Vincent’s work focuses on the study of the Old Nubian language, and the development of a new grammar, which he discusses in the article "Remarks toward a Revised Grammar of Old Nubian," from the open access journal that he is founder and co-editor of, "Dotawo: A Journal for Nubian Studies. " The journal has essentially served as an incubator for a new, collaborative and inclusive approach to Nubian studies as an area of inquiry. Starting such a journal as a traditional subscription…

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The Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series: Truman’s Bomb and the Making of the Atomic Presidency
Alex Wellerstein

May 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

When we think of the importance of the atomic bomb to the Truman presidency, we think of Truman’s weighty decision regarding the use of the weapon on Japan. But historians have known for decades that the narrative of “the decision to use the bomb” is largely mythical, and his actual role was mostly peripheral. But despite this, Truman did make several decisions during the war that would have vast consequences for the future of nuclear weapons, decisions that still resonate today. This talk will look at the making of the Atomic Presidency during the Truman administration: the regulations, norms, and procedures that invest the power to destroy the world in a single man alone, which continue to govern our world to this day. Alex Wellerstein is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the College of Arts…

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Crossings + Boundaries TALKS: Sinan Antoon and Sara Pursley
Sinan Antoon and Sara Pursley

May 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Talk: The Times of Revolution in Jawad Salim’s Monument to Freedom The Iraqi artist Jawad Salim’s famous Monument to Freedom, which still stands in Baghdad’s Liberation Square, is usually read as a linear historical narrative of the Iraqi nationalist movement and the 1958 revolution it produced. Pursley’s talk explores heterogeneous conceptions of time in the work, including depictions of cyclical forms of temporality that reference Khaldunian historical time, Shi`i messianic time, and the time of mourning. She suggests that these forms of time do not work against promises of radical change in the monument, but, on the contrary, give such promises more imaginative purchase than they typically achieve in linear modernization narratives, with their tendency to open onto a singular and static future. Sara Pursley is Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Talk: Pre-occupation, Epistemic Violence,…

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Talk: Winds, Dreams, Theater: A Genealogy of Emotion-Realms through the Lens of The Peony Pavilion
Ling Hon Lam

May 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1930 Buchanan, Buchanan Hall

In his talk, Lam will give a revisionist history of emotions in Chinese literature and culture centered on the idea of emotion as space – which the Chinese call “emotion-realm” (qingjing) – rather than a state of mind. If The Peony Pavilion (Mudan ting, 1598) is the romantic play par excellence in early modern China, it is not because, as many assume, it celebrates emotion as the innermost essence of a liberated individual. Rather, it is because the play eloquently encapsulates the three major historical regimes of the spatiality of emotion: winds, dreamscapes, and theatricality. The Peony Pavilion has deployed these various regimes in an anachronistic juxtaposition, obliterating their timeline and structural differences. Lam will give an archaeological reading of the play that renders visible the subtle transformation of Chinese theater and subject formation—of which the transfiguration of the dream…

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Talk: Florence Kelley and the Improbable Origins of Minimum Wage Legislation in the United States, 1887-1899
Kathryn Sklar

May 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A pioneering women’s history scholar, Sklar’s books include the prize-winning Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: the Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900 (1995), Women's Rights Emerges within the Antislavery Movement (2000), and Catherine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity (1973). This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, 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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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Lord of the Rings Marathon

May 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - May 12, 2018 @ 4:00 am
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Enjoy a full Lord of the Rings marathon, starting at 7:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: Free Stuff Show

May 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Free Stuff Show.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Student Film

May 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of a student film at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Talk: Lawyers and Legal Consciousness in Early Modern Europe: A Cultural History
Michael P. Breen

May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
4080 HSSB, HSSB UCSB

Michael P. Breen is the author of Law, City, and King: Legal Culture, Municipal Politics and State Formation in Early Modern Dijon (2007) and numerous articles on lawyers and legal culture in early modern France. In this talk, he will address the following question: “Historians have long believed that lawyers played a central role in the dissemination of legal knowledge and the ideal of the ‘rule of law’ in early modern Europe. Recent scholarship, however, has called this view into question, emphasizing instead the ways ordinary men and women appropriated the law and its institutions for their own ends. This talk will reconsider the ways legal professionals helped mediate the development of early modern legal consciousness by examining their activities beyond the courtroom and the identities they fashioned for themselves not as legal experts, but as intellectuals, literary figures, and…

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Reception: The Chess Club: 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition

May 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Art Design & Architecture Museum, 552 University Rd.

Reception for the Department of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Bruce Ferguson, President of Otis College of Art & Design. "Duchamp, following Wittgenstein, understood that the world as we know it is a language game. He used chess as a metaphor for “pure” art – a set of endlessly iterated and re-iterated “moves” which together constitute a language of sorts. Not language as a set of fixed or final rules or as a vehicle for predetermined meanings but as a succession of related speech acts." Exhibiting graduate students: Toni Scott, Jimmy Miracle, Carlos Ochoa, Lucy Holtsnider, Robert Huerta, Jennifer Lugris and Daria Izad. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Graduate Division, IHC, and the Dept. of History of Art & Architecture

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Thoroughbreds

May 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Thoroughbreds at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: The Apocalypse

May 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Apocalypse show.

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Santa Barbara Food Cycle Exploration

May 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where does our food come from? What are issues affecting food access in this community? Join us to explore these questions with farmers, beekeepers, scientists, and activists from the Santa Barbara Foodshed. The Santa Barbara community is invited to attend this free event to learn from local experts about the food cycle from soil and seed, to seedling and harvest, to distribution and justice. The event will take place at UC Santa Barbara’s Greenhouse and Garden Project. Participants will engage with local, seasonal varieties in various stages of reproduction and growth. Together participants will integrate science, action, and justice through an exploration of the food cycle from a diversity of perspectives. Each local expert will give a short presentation followed by Q&A with the audience. The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion and time for enjoying a local fruit…

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RFG Talk: The Double Consciousness of Henry Box Brown in Four Acts
Matthew Rebhorn

May 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2635 South Hall, South Hall, UCSB

If Henry Box Brown is known to contemporary audiences, then it is as the slave who achieved freedom by mailing himself in a box from Virginia to Philadelphia in 1849. While critics have explored this incredible event, less attention has been focused on Brown’s subsequent life as the performer of a moving diorama in England, a mesmerist, and a prestidigitator. Taking up his fascinating boxing experience, but also shedding more light on his later “acts,” as I call them, I argue that Brown used his performances of the black body to construct a new idea of “double consciousness,” Du Bois’s classic term for the psychological splitting of African-American subjectivity. By exploring the way that Brown used his performative acts to construct a conscious body—minding the body, as it were—I argue that he offered a new “onto-possibility,” as Jane Bennett calls…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Thoroughbreds

May 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Thoroughbreds at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Conference: Cultural Sustainabilities: Music, Media, Language, Advocacy

May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - May 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

Cultural Sustainabilities is driven by the proposition that environmental and human sustainability are inextricably linked. Leading social scientists, humanists, and activists will convene to address the premise that reversing or ameliorating the negative impacts of human behavior on the globe’s environments is at its core a human cultural question. Topics considered include media, language, singing, fandom, indigeneity, trauma, and trash. The conference honors the work of the keynote speaker, Jeff Todd Titon. Keynote Address by Jeff Todd Titon (Ethnomusicology, emeritus, Brown University), “Toward a Sound Ecology,” on Friday, May 25, 3:30 PM. Free and open to the public. EVENT SCHEDULE Thursday, May 24 7 PM Film Screening: Powerhouse for God (57 minutes) Followed by Q&A with Barry Dornfeld (Documentary Filmmaker) and Jeff Todd Titon (Brown University), moderated by Janet Walker (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) and Timothy J. Cooley (Music,…

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Talk: The Republic of Samsung: Labor, Governance, and the Crisis of Korean Democracy
Jin Hee Kim

May 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Currently a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of the Work, Labor, and Democracy, Kim is the author of Labor Law and Labor Policy in New York State, 1920s-1930s (2006) and translator into Korean of John Dewey’s Liberalism and Social Action (2011). The editor and author of numerous books and articles on U.S. and Korean labor, Kim serves on the steering committee of the Seoul Labor Center. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, 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: Law & Order

May 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's Law & Order show.

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HUMANITIES DECANTED: Lal Zimman, Transgender Language Reform: Some Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Trans-Affirming, Gender-Inclusive Language

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

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Lal Zimman (Linguistics) about his new work, “Transgender Language Reform.” Refreshments will be served. With a growing societal interest in the experiences of transgender people has come a new kind of awareness about gendered language. Zimman’s recent article, “Transgender language reform: some challenges and strategies for promoting trans-affirming, gender-inclusive language,” takes a linguistic approach to trans-inclusive language by distilling the practices of transgender speakers of English into a series of challenges and potential solutions. A short presentation of his work will be followed by an audience discussion of practical strategies for trans-affirming and gender-inclusive language in the university context. Lal Zimman is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Barbara. His research takes a broad perspective on trans language, from voices to narratives to terminological choices. His edited volume, Queer Excursions: Retheorizing…

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Launching New Research in the Humanities: Presentations by the IHC’s 2017-18 Faculty Fellows
Jennifer Holt, erin Khuê Ninh, Eric Prieto

May 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Please join us in celebrating our 2017-18 Faculty Fellows, whose works-in-progress are supported this year by IHC release-time awards. Fellows will give a short presentation of their work followed by a reception. Jennifer Holt Film and Media Studies “From Convergence to the Cloud: Media Policy in the Digital Era”     erin Khuê Ninh Asian American Studies “Almost Perfect: Passing for the Model Minority”     Eric Prieto French and Italian “World Literature, Urban Theory, and the Informal City”

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June 2018

RFG Talk: LISO’s John J. Gumperz Memorial Lecture
Susan Gal

June 1, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
1205 Education, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB

Discursive Strategies of Dominance: How Publics Are Homogenized Scholars have been noting for many years the increasingly polyphonous, fractured and heterogeneous discourses that have gained public visibility in this era of the internet, “superdiversity” and “globalization.” Yet, if we look around the world, we see many recent processes – equally remarkable – that move in a different direction: There is a closing down and homogenization of mass mediated political talk. Right wing parties in power in many European countries have destroyed opposition newspapers, TV outlets, billboards, internet sites. Often these discourses gain their authority as "the voice from nowhere" by aligning with the figure of the nation and claiming to speak for "everyone" who is "really" part of the nation.  The making of boundaries and exclusions follows, producing a homogenization of mass media, often controlled by the state. I explore…

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Isle of Dogs

June 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Isle of Dogs at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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IV Live presents Improvability: IMPROVATHON

June 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte
$3

Improvability's IMPROVATHON: 24 hours of improv! Stay all 24 hours, and earn a lifetime pass to Improvability shows.

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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Isle of Dogs

June 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Isle of Dogs at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Talk: “I am fragile and small”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics
Ainsley Morse

June 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6206C Phelps, Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara

In “'I am fragile and small'”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics," Ainsley Morse will examine the presentation of masculinity (usually that of the lyric speaker) in the work of several unofficial poets of the late Soviet period. As an institution, unofficial literature occupied a powerless position vis-a-vis officially published literature; yet, unofficial poets drew on the tradition of predecessors including Vladimir Mayakovsky and Daniil Kharms to construct a lyric presence that combined exaggerated weakness (“loserdom”) with the implicit power of the voice and word. Ainsley Morse is a scholar, teacher and translator of Russian and former Yugoslav literatures. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the post-war Soviet period, particularly unofficial or "underground" poetry, as well as the avant-garde and children's literature. Her Ph.D. is from Harvard University. She has taught lately at Dartmouth College and UCSD; in 2018-19 she…

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Talk: General Electric versus the Market: the Road from Industrial to Financial Capitalism
Serge Ferrari

June 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ferrari is completing his dissertation on GE, tracing how the corporation remade itself into a large-scale financial enterprise at the end of the twentieth century. This event is a part of Economic Justice in a World of Corporate Hegemony, 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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Magic Lantern Films Presents: Love, Simon

June 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
IV Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte
$4

Showings of Love, Simon at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.

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Exhibit: INSIDE

June 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Red Barn Project Space, Building 479, UCSB

A presentation of art, film and dance created by and with artists from the Mental Wellness Center Santa Barbara. Organized by Jimmy and Stephanie Miracle with support from the Fellowship Club and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center UCSB. June 25 - July 6 Hours by appointment Email jimmymiracle@gmail.com or 805-299-5061 OPENING RECEPTION June 29 4 - 6 PM Red Barn Project Space, Building 479, UCSB

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August 2018

Coco

August 11, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Anisq’Oyo Park, Anisq'Oyo Park

Magic Lantern Films screening of Coco. Magic Lantern Outdoor Summer Films for Everyone All films Anisq'Oyo Park 8:30 pm Free Bring a chair or blankets, there will be snacks

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Black Panther

August 18, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Anisq’Oyo Park, Anisq'Oyo Park

Magic Lantern Films screening of Black Panther. Magic Lantern Outdoor Summer Films for Everyone All films Anisq'Oyo Park 8:30 pm Free Bring a chair or blankets, there will be snacks

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Big Hero 6

August 25, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Anisq’Oyo Park, Anisq'Oyo Park

Magic Lantern Films screening of Big Hero 6. Magic Lantern Outdoor Summer Films for Everyone All films Anisq'Oyo Park 8:30 pm Free Bring a chair or blankets, there will be snacks

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Screening: Skid Row Marathon

August 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In collaboration with UCSB New Beginnings presents: A very special screening of Skid Row Marathon documentary followed by a panel with the filmmakers Gabriele and Mark Hayes and and cast including Rafael Cabrera and Judge Craig Mitchell who started the LA Skid Row Running Club - and inspired the film. This film follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn. Their story is one of hope, friendship and dignity. Audience Choice Award at 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The messages of hope and human dignity in Skid Row Marathon resonate powerfully with the mission of New Beginnings Counseling Center to help clients find housing and support services. See movie trailer: skidrowmarathon.com New Beginnings Counseling Center is a local, Santa…

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September 2018

Wonder Woman

September 1, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Anisq’Oyo Park, Anisq'Oyo Park

Magic Lantern Films screening of Wonder Woman. Magic Lantern Outdoor Summer Films for Everyone All films Anisq'Oyo Park 8:30 pm Free Bring a chair or blankets, there will be snacks

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The Princess and the Frog

September 8, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Anisq’Oyo Park, Anisq'Oyo Park

Magic Lantern Films screening of The Princess and the Frog. Magic Lantern Outdoor Summer Films for Everyone All films Anisq'Oyo Park 8:30 pm Free Bring a chair or blankets, there will be snacks

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Rogue One

September 15, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Anisq’Oyo Park, Anisq'Oyo Park

Magic Lantern Films screening of Rogue One. Magic Lantern Outdoor Summer Films for Everyone All films Anisq'Oyo Park 8:30 pm Free Bring a chair or blankets, there will be snacks

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