Highlighted Events

  • November 8, 2016 to June 30, 2017
    The widespread introduction of steel protective helmets was among the major military and cultural changes wrought by the Great War (1914-1918). This exhibition showcases original helmets, photographs, and WWI artifacts and can be viewed at the UCSB Library's Mountain Gallery, 1st floor.
  • February 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
    Stop by the UCSB Library's Ocean Gallery to see our exhibition of Christopher Cardinale’s illustrations of Rosario, Mexico, the town depicted in Into the Beautiful North. The illustrations were originally created for the graphic novel Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea. See the following links for more information on...
  • February 2, 2017 to June 30, 2017
    This exhibition represents the legacy of the movements of a people from their origins in Africa, their struggles for social justice in that continent, and their dispersal to North and South America, as represented in the graphic art collections in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) in the Department of Special Research...
  • March 29, 2017 to June 9, 2017
    The works featured in this exhibition are part of an ongoing collaboration this Spring with UC Santa Barbara’s Library, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the 6E Survey offered through the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Students enrolled in this course are working to revise the museum labels you see on display by...
  • April 6, 2017 to August 11, 2017
    Located in the Special Research Collections, this exhibition exposes the intimate power of women’s voices through book arts. As scholar and printer Johanna Drucker reminds us: “Women create authority in the world by structuring a relation between enclosure and exposure. The women who make books out of the materials of their lives and imaginations...
  • April 29, 2017
    “An extraordinarily imaginative and intelligent pianist who connects deeply with music lovers.” The Seattle Times With a distinguished career spanning more than four decades, cherished pianist Murray Perahia is celebrated for his “breathtaking drive and imagination” (Los Angeles Times). His wide and varied discography includes a special...
  • April 30, 2017
    The annual festival that is “redefining what kids’ entertainment can be” (Time Out New York) returns with a fresh and exciting lineup of kid-friendly, parent-approved and jury selections. A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, this entertaining mix of musical and narrative shorts offers a delightful...
  • May 1, 2017
    This talk by Janneke Adema, Research Fellow at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University (UK), will provide an overview of the problems these kinds of platforms, Academia.edu and ResearchGate, and the overarching trend towards metricization and self-branding pose to the future of academia. Adema will explore how the measurements that...
  • May 2, 2017
    Hahrie Han (UCSB Political Science) specializes in the study of collective action, social change, and democratic revitalization, particularly as it pertains to social justice and environmental issues. Her talk will examine the recent outpouring of protest activity since the election of Donald Trump. What does social science research tell us about...
  • May 2, 2017
    “[Yo-Yo Ma] may be the greatest cellist in the world and, some would argue, the greatest cellist ever.” The Washington Post “[Edgar Meyer is] the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.” The New Yorker “Chris Thile [is a] devilishly dexterous and eclectic American mandolin player.” The Guardian (U.K.) In...
  • May 3, 2017
    Under the direction of Jon Nathan, the UCSB Percussion Ensemble presents “Ritual and Ceremony: Chamber Music for Percussion, Piano, and Dance” on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Special guests will include Christina McCarthy, choreographer (Vice Chair, UCSB Department of Theater and Dance); Leslie Cain and Sio...
  • May 3, 2017
    “A master of pointing out the absurd in everyday life.” USA Today “The funniest writer in America.... Sedaris is thoughtful and sweet in addition to being slyly hilarious.” O, the Oprah Magazine David Sedaris’ sidesplitting Santa Barbara shows have quickly become a local tradition. Returning with his strange-but-true experiences, spot-on satire...
  • May 4, 2017
    Weavers:
    Jennifer Bates
    Lois Bohna
    Linda Yamane Panelists:
    Dana Bardolph (Anthropology, UCSB)
    Kaitlin Brown (Anthropology, UCSB)
    Jan Timbrook (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History) Four Native American basketweavers will discuss the role that weaving plays in each of their communities. The basketweavers will...
  • May 4, 2017
    Documentary Raising Zoey offers a vibrant and inspiring portrait of family, following thirteen-year-old Zoey, her mother Ofelia and sister Letty as they navigate Zoey's transition, legal battles against discrimination in Zoey's public school, and the joys and complexities of adolescence. A powerful demonstration of how resilience,...
  • May 4, 2017
    Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday®, heard weekly on Public Radio International, and online. He will explore the challenges and efforts to explain the uncertainty that scientists welcome but the public finds bewildering. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session from...
  • May 4, 2017
    "Energetic country music chameleons, Nashville's Old Crow Medicine Show are an exuberant, curious bunch. Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry… a massively successful live band, as remarkable for its energy as its unexpected variety." The Guardian “The twentysomethings in Old Crow Medicine Show marry old-time string music and punk...
  • May 5, 2017
    This symposium addresses the strange fact that, in both European and Middle Eastern medieval studies, those texts that we now study and teach as the most canonical representations of their era were in fact not popular or even read in their day. On the other hand, those texts that were popular, as evidenced by the extant manuscript record, are...
  • May 5, 2017
    Caitlin Rathe (History, UCSB)
    Friday, May 5 / 1:00 PM
    4041 Humanities and Social Science Building While completing her dissertation, Rathe is affiliated with the Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development. Sponsored by the Center for Work, Labor, and Democracy.
  • May 5, 2017
    Assembled over a lifetime of passionate collecting, the Allen G. Debus Collection in UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections is one of the most comprehensive collections of sound recordings devoted to the early American recording industry and popular entertainment in a public institution. Through words and sound, our assembled panel will...
  • May 6, 2017
    Now in its third season, Jill Soloway’s award-winning series Transparent has been described as “revolutionary television” for its trans-affirmative approach to queerness, trans politics, and gender identity. Using innovative visual storytelling of the sort that is usually reserved for documentary feature productions, Transparent foregrounds and...
  • May 6, 2017
    Elizabeth Gilbert is everything you would love in a tour guide… she’s wise, jaunty, human, ethereal, hilarious, heartbreaking, and God, does she pay great attention to the things that really matter.” – Anne Lamott Elizabeth Gilbert has put some serious time into writing about big topics, inspiring and empowering readers from all walks of life with...
  • May 9, 2017
    Featured speakers include: Russ Roberts, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, host of the award-winning podcast EconTalk and the author of How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life; Esther George, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee,...
  • May 9, 2017
    “The closest thing to a rock star [in the world of graphic design].” USA Today Designer and art director Chip Kidd has changed the way book jackets are perceived – from a protective covering to a work of art. He has produced some of the most recognizable book covers of the past three decades for authors such as Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris and...
  • May 10, 2017
    Human nature contains the seeds of humanity’s destruction. Or so it seemed to popular consumers of evolutionary theory in the late 1960s who maintained that the essential quality distinguishing the human animal from its simian kin lay in our capacity for murder. This startlingly pessimistic view enjoyed particular currency in the United States...
  • May 11, 2017
    “Classical music fans will appreciate the fine quality of the playing, world music aficionados will enjoy the cross-cultural currents, and it’s very easy to see kids reared on post-rock and minimalist electronic music feeling at home here.” Pitchfork The innovative young string quartet Brooklyn Rider is praised for its “Beethoven-goes-indie foray...