Highlighted Events

  • April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
    Exhibit/MCC Lounge: April 2nd – June 15th Opening Reception/MCC Lounge and Theater: Thursday, April 12th, 6 pm Indian Heritage is a Native American art exhibition that compliments the film Great Walls of Indian Heritage. The genesis of this exhibit starts at the red road, and the American Indian Student Association inspires its vitality. Andrew...
  • April 19, 2018 to April 20, 2018
    He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father’s death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics – William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" and George Bernard Shaw’s "Saint Joan" – are brought vividly to life in two riveting...
  • April 20, 2018 to April 21, 2018
    Please join us for the Conference "Ancient China in A Eurasian Context" on April 20-21. We are delighted to have the following important speakers: Prof Dame Jessica Rawson from Oxford University, a path-breaking scholar in the study of ancient China and its relations with non-Chinese cultures Prof Qingbo Duan from Northwest University, Xi’an, ...
  • April 20, 2018
    He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father’s death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics – William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan – are brought vividly to life in two riveting...
  • April 22, 2018
    The Taubman Symposia in Jewish Studies presents author Abigail Pogrebin on Sunday, April 22nd, at 3:00 pm at Congregation B'nai B'rith (1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara). Ms. Pogrebin's presentation, "My Amazing, Demanding, Indelible Jewish Year," will be followed by a reception. The presentation and reception are free and open to the...
  • April 23, 2018
    The second edition of The Dean’s Lecture Series on Education, Diversity and Democracy, presented by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, will feature a lecture by Dr. Daniel G. Solorzano—“Using the Critical Race Tool of Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism in Academic and Social Spaces.” Solorzano is a Professor of Social Science and...
  • April 23, 2018
    Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, will conduct the UCSB Chamber Orchestra and present a talk entitled "Music Careers in the 21st Century" on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 7-8:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, hosted by Professor Steven Gross.  Kabaretti will rehearse the first movement of Beethoven's ...
  • April 23, 2018
    Santa Barbara is the place we call home. We want to celebrate it, nourish it, and above all, see it thrive through engaged citizens and productive dialogue. Part of A&L’s Thematic Learning Initiative, this town hall is an opportunity to hear from specialists, ask questions and participate in a public conversation about a community issue. Two-...
  • April 24, 2018
    Mary Ann Peters is an Arab American artist who makes paintings, drawings and installations that respond to the interplay between contemporary and historical migration narratives out of the Middle East.  Her installation series “impossible monuments” identifies seemingly incidental but influential events that deserve reverence yet would never be...
  • April 24, 2018
    Based on an unbelievable true story, I, Tonya (2017) is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and her role in one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. The film features an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and a tour-de-...
  • April 24, 2018
    Profound, caring and hopeful, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects like addiction, motherhood and faith with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. Her wisdom and forthrightness has made her an “icon of blessed imperfection [whose] classics like Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird have become handbooks for parents and...
  • April 25, 2018
    Heightening tensions in the US over police killings of Black people have undermined confidence that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US. The more lasting legacy may be the one championed by late Justice Scalia whose legal philosophy currently underwrites the central tensions in equality law in the United...
  • April 26, 2018
    Western scholars have woven intricate categories for Pende masks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the basis of their materials, style, and shape. However, Pende themselves categorize masks primarily by the aesthetic emotions that they arouse, e.g. joy, fear, laughing out loud. What would happen if we were open to a more Africa-centric...
  • April 26, 2018
    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? A day-long symposium, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will include the voices of...
  • April 26, 2018
    In conversation with Director Bruce Robertson, Jane Gottlieb reflects on her love-affair with France. She discusses how her evolving photographic process has allowed her to refine her vision of France, making her images bolder and denser, embodying through color the complex memories and emotions she brings to her experience.
  • April 26, 2018
    Internationally-acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Combining highly-physical taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart deliver an unforgettable, pulsating production that has audiences...
  • April 26, 2018
    Zama (2017) centers on a Spanish colonial administrator who was born in South America. The title character waits for a letter from the Spanish king that would grant him a transfer from the small town in which he is stagnating to Buenos Aires. Zama’s situation is delicate, and he must ensure that nothing interferes with his transfer. He is forced...
  • April 27, 2018
    No stranger to ambitious undertakings, violinist Jennifer Koh presents Shared Madness, an unprecedented project that speaks to the generous and supportive spirit that thrives within the musical community. Out of reciprocity toward the benefactors who helped purchase her instrument, Koh asked more than 30 composers to create short violin pieces...
  • April 27, 2018
    The Sh8peshifter Fri, April 27th, 7:30 pm Music Performance/MCC Theater Sh8peshifter makes music art through ritual. While her music has been compared to the love child of Radiohead + Erykah Badu, this Oakland-based performance artist occupies a world of her own. A soundtrack to #BlackGirlMagic and beyond, her afro-eclectic mix of soul, dance and...
  • April 29, 2018
    A three-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist, Joey Alexander has a “sophisticated harmonic palette and a dynamic sensitivity” (The New York Times) that draws comparisons to masters like Bill Evans. Self-taught off his father’s Thelonious Monk records as a 6-year-old in Indonesia, his musical intuition and passion has led him down a remarkable...
  • May 1, 2018
    Travel bans and other discriminatory policies have become routine features of Iranian American life in the Trump Era. But anti-Iranian, anti-SWANA, and anti-Muslim racism has a hidden history that spans centuries and haunts how Iranian Americans are imagined – and imagine themselves – today. Neda Maghbouleh, UCSB alum (PhD Sociology, 2012) and...
  • May 2, 2018
    Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find help from his deceased musician great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer, to return him to his family among the living. Disney-Pixar’s Día de los Muertos gem honors Mexican culture and history on the big screen. Post-film...
  • May 2, 2018
    The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, 1926) is one of the best known films that uses a silhouette animation technique, in which cutout figures come to life through the remarkable color prismatic manipulation of light. The story of the film is based on the “Tale of the Magic Horse” from The Arabian Nights. It features ...
  • May 2, 2018
    Multi award-winning composer Michael Giacchino will present a talk and Q&A session on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Giacchino has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Inside Out, The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Incredibles, Ratatouille...
  • May 3, 2018
    Ronald Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an applied architectural researcher, design activist, author, and thought leader in the fields of additive manufacturing and earthen architecture. He is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (...