Highlighted Events

  • May 2, 2016
    A Black Swan Event is by definition a highly improbable happening with a massive impact. No one questions the impact of rise of Islam, but just how improbable was it? Two of its central features look very unlikely against the background of earlier history: the appearance among the Arabs of a new monotheistic religion, and the formation of a...
  • May 2, 2016
    Lauded for her prodigious technique, the 28-year-old Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire and the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and charismatic stage presence. From her “enormous sensitivity” to her “endless range of...
  • May 3, 2016
    In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week, Leslie Gilbert-Lurie will read from her 2009 memoir, written jointly with her mother Rita Lurie. Bending Toward the Sun tells the story of a unique family bond forged in the wake of brutal terror. Weaving together the voices of three generations of women, Gilbert-Lurie provides powerful evidence of the...
  • May 3, 2016
    Hilarious and daring, this timely multimedia performance-lecture is a detailed look into American apathy, disengagement, and the commoditization of death and incarceration in rap culture. Ise Lyfe is an award-winning spoken word and recording artist, justice advocate and author. His core teaching focuses on social literacy and is grounded in a...
  • May 4, 2016
    The 11 March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and associated tsunami and nuclear meltdowns took nearly 20,000 lives, created half a million refugees, and affected energy policies as far away as Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. In Japan, mortality rates in coastal communities in the Tohoku region were not constant; instead, they varied widely from...
  • May 4, 2016
    During the 1980s, the Korean government created a special camp where gyopo (foreign-born teenagers) could spend a summer in Seoul learning about their motherland. While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were sometimes not. The program was eventually cancelled because the government could not control the...
  • May 5, 2016
    Part of the 35th annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit
    Co-presented with the UCSB Economic Forecast Project Featured speakers are: James Bullard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In January 2015, The Economist named Bullard as the 7th most influential economist in the world; Rob Arnott,...
  • May 5, 2016
    Alva Noë is a philosopher of mind whose research and teaching focus on perception and consciousness, as well as the theory of art (with special attention to dance as well as visual art). Other interests include Phenomenology, Wittgenstein, Kant, and the origins of analytic philosophy, as well as topics in the philosophies of baseball and biology....
  • May 5, 2016
    How should we understand the nature of contemporary Islamophobia? What motivates it? What sustains it? Who gains by it? Moustafa Bayoumi—author of the award-winning books How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America and This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror—discusses “War on Terror culture” as way to...
  • May 5, 2016
    Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut in this inspirational documentary, which examines why girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in the rapidly growing computer science job sector. Code explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in...
  • May 5, 2016
    Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took more than 100,000 photographs that remained hidden in storage lockers for decades. Following the surprising discovery of the trove, Maier is now among the 20th century’s greatest street photographers. The strange and riveting story of her life and art is revealed through never before seen...
  • May 6, 2016
    Active Minds at UCSB and the Mental Wellness Center of Santa Barbara wants you to end your school week celebrating your mental health and well-being on Friday afternoon, May 6, 2016, by joining them at the 5th Annual 5k Walk for Mental Wellness in Santa Barbara at East Beach. To register, use the link below to join the UCSB WALKERS team! Student...
  • May 6, 2016
    TOO MUCH WATER follows Ophelia’s ghost as she revisits Elsinore, guided by other famous suicides like Meriwether Lewis, Seneca, and Virginia Woolf. Combining found text, transcriptions of interviews with contemporary young women, and highly theatrical movement, TOO MUCH WATER explores the lives of “good girls,” the social taboos of madness, and...
  • May 6, 2016
    Deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro-Cuban music, the Arango Family Band hails from Havana. It’s leader and bass player Feliciano Arango has toured worldwide with top Cuban bans. Join these exciting artists for an evening of traditional Cuban music with a modern edge. Dancing is encouraged!
  • May 9, 2016
    Živilė Etevičiūtė will discuss the thematic narratives of “Time,” “The City,” and “The Individual” in Soviet era Lithuanian documentaries and then screen a selection of films. These documentaries portray the stories of everyday people, sometimes through poetic imagery and cryptic language and sometimes through personal observations and struggles....
  • May 10, 2016
    Julie Carlson (English, UCSB)
    Cole Cohen (Interdisciplinary Humanties Center, UCSB)
    Aranye Fradenburg (English, UCSB)
    Dominique Jullien (French and Italian, UCSB)
    Mark Leffert, M.D.
    Jonathan Schooler (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB)
    Ann Taves (Religious Studies, UCSB)
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016 / 3:00...
  • May 10, 2016
    Perhaps the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the subject of the multi-award-winning HBO biopic Temple Grandin. Though she was labeled “weird” in her youth, Grandin found a mentor who recognized her...
  • May 12, 2016
    "An engaging and affectionate tribute to one of the art world’s most loveable characters.” The Times (U.K.) Hockney is the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation. David Hockney gives acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an...