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Arts & Lectures Offering Grad Students FREE Tickets to Two Events

UCSB Arts and Lectures is offering graduate students a pair of FREE tickets to each event: the March 1 performance by The Danish String Quartet and the March 8 performance by Taylor MacA 24-Decade History of Popular Music, both at UCSB Campbell Hall. 

To redeem, UCSB graduate students can visit the Arts and Lectures Ticket Office (located in Bldg. 402) with a valid UCSB student ID on Friday, Feb. 26 and Monday, Feb. 29, between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. [Offer not retroactive; not available by phone; limit one pair to each performance per ID; available while supplies last.] 

The Danish String Quartet

Danish String QuartetDanish String QuartetTue, Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. 

UCSB Campbell Hall

One of the hottest string quartets right now, the Danish returns for a consecutive season, following its thrilling 2014 Santa Barbara debut. Garnering seemingly every possible plaudit, from being appointed BBC New Generation Artists to endlessly quotable reviews, “these shaggy-haired Danes” (The New Yorker) are in demand worldwide for their integrated sound, flawless intonation and judicious balance. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed called the quartet “mystical,” remarking, “They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.”


Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6

Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 (“The Kreutzer Sonata”)

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 13

Program subject to change. View program notes.

Taylor Mac

Taylor MacTaylor MacTue, Mar. 8 at 8 p.m.

UCSB Campbell Hall

Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist who has been called “a critical darling of the New York scene” (New York Magazine) and “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time” (Time Out New York). Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a decade-by-decade revue exploring the evolution of American attitudes and ideas through pop music. A sharp social critic and glittering, elaborately costumed showman, Mac is so much more than a cabaret artist, describing himself as “the Elizabethan fool… phantasmagorical enough to say what everyone knows is true.” In Santa Barbara we are delighted to present Mac as he performs two decades of his ambitious project, 1906-1926, backed by a live band - drums, piano, guitar, bass and more.

View program notes



Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement Feb. 26 & 27 

Credit: Chicana/o Studies Department

Join us in honoring Sal Castro, an educator and activist who played a pivotal role in the 1968 Los Angeles student walkouts also known as the "Blowouts." He empowered students to protest and demand that the unequal conditions of their schools be changed. 

The Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference highlights the historical importance of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The keynote address, "On the Past and Present of the Chicano Movement: Some Reflections and Questions," will be delivered by David Montejano, an ethnic studies professor from UC Berkeley. 

When: Friday, Feb. 26, & Saturday, Feb. 27

Time: 8:30 am - 6 pm

Where:UCSB McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Science Building  

Price: Free and open to the public



Free Talk by Adam Grant: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam GrantAdam GrantUCSB Arts & Lectures presents Adam Grant, influential thinker on business and management, discussing his new book, "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World."

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Campbell Hall


Grant is an influential educator and top-rated professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. As a writer and speaker on business and management issues, he has captured the attention of groundbreaking thought leaders such as Malcolm Gladwell and Sheryl Sandberg. His previous book, "Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success," was celebrated by top business leaders such as Oprah and Arianna Huffington.


Library Exhibition Opening Event on Jan. 28: Modes of Codex

Check out the opening event for the UCSB Library exhibition, Modes of Codex: The Art of the Book from Medieval Fragments to Movable Type and Fine Press Printing. The exhibition is curated by Danelle Moon, Head of Special Research Collections, and focuses on the history of the written word and book production.

Modes of Codex

Thursday, Jan. 28,  4:30-7 p.m.

Special Research Collections, 3rd Floor, Mountain Side

Free Admission

Opening Schedule

Codex cover4:30 p.m. View the exhibition starting 

5 p.m. Have a conversation with the book artists from UCSB College of Creative Studies: Harry and Sandra Reese, Linda Ekstrom, Carolee Campbell, and Mary Heebner

6 p.m. Reception 

The exhibition will be on display from Jan. 28-Apr. 29 and features rare books, manuscripts, artist books, illuminations, and other treasured texts from the Library’s Special Research Collections. 


UCSB Arts & Lectures: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera Feb. 1  

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Evening with the 2015-16 United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, on Mon., Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant farmworkers from Mexico, is the first Latino to be appointed U.S. Poet Laureate. While attending UCLA, Juan Felipe Herrera was involved in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and among the first to receive an Educational Opportunity Program Scholarship. His work as an activist led to works that gave voice to the Latino and indigenous experience. He was the California Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

Herrera's work has received numerous awards, such as the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, a PEN West Poetry Award, and two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, among others. His most recent works are Notes on the Assemblage (2015) and Half of the World in Light (2008).   

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  

Event Details

When: Monday, Feb. 1st, 7:30 p.m. 

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall 

Tickets: Free Event 

Juan Felipe Herrera is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures with support from the UCSB Department of Chicana/o Studies Department.


Open Access Week Programs at Library from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2

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Ready to get your Open Access on this month? The Davidson Library is hosting Open Access programs from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2.

Open Access Week is an annual international event that promotes Open Access (OA) as a new norm in research and scholarship.

Attend programs to learn about trends and challenges in scholarly publishing.

Reinventing Scholarly Publishing: UC Press

Monday, Oct. 19, 4-5:15 p.m.

UCSB Library, Room 1575, First Floor

Dan Morgan, Digital Science Publisher at University of California Press, will discuss new UC Press initiatives: Collabra, an open access journal, and Luminos, an open access program for monographs.

Reinventing Scientific Publishing: Collabra, JoVE, PLOS

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4-5:15 p.m.

UCSB Library, Room 1575, First Floor

A panel of representatives from three innovative scientific journals — Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), Collabra (UC Press), and Public Library of Science (PLOS) — will discuss their own publications and the future of scholarly publishing.

Reinventing Impact Factors: Altmetrics

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m.

UCSB Library, Room 1575, First Floor

Previously, journal citation impact factors have been exclusively used to measure research quality. Librarian Chuck Huber introduces alternative metrics, or altmetrics, such as article views and downloads, and scholarly social media citations. The session will also explore how researchers can use altmetrics to their advantage.

Reinventing Publication Management at UC

Thursday, Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m.

UCSB Library, Room 1575, First Floor

California Digital Library representatives will demonstrate the new UC Publication Management System, which was acquired to support the Open Access Policy adopted by the Academic Senate. The demonstration will be followed by a drop-in, self-directed workshop with one-on-one assistance available.

Innovation, Copyright, and the Academy: The Reinvention of Your Scholarship

Monday, Nov. 2, 4-5:15 p.m.

Mary Cheadle Room, Third Floor

Changing technologies and new developments in copyright allow fresh opportunity to create and share our scholarly works. This revolution has led to collisions with copyright law. The good news is that copyright is flexible. The challenge is that we need to give copyright serious attention to fully reinvent the nexus between copyright and academic pursuits. This session will offer an overview of fair use, public domain, open access, and other critical developments. Presenter Kenneth D. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant.


W. Kamau Bell's Comedy Show on Feb. 5 Is Now Free to Students

W. Kamau BellUCSB's Arts and Lectures program is distributing FREE tickets to W. Kamau Bell's comedy show on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. 

Tickets are limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis, so interested students should call the box office at 805-893-3535 for more information. Students who already paid for the show can have their tickets refunded. Please bring a valid, current student ID to the door on the night of the performance.

W. Kamau Bell's show, "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," explores the timely issues of race in America. Bell is the former host of the FX TV comedy show, "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." His second stand-up album, "Face Full of Flour," was nominated as one of the top 10 comedy albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. You can see the promotion for his comedy show here


Upcoming Sociology Presentation: Professor Victor Rios

Courtesy of UCSB Dept. of SociologyThe Higher Education Action Research Consortium (HEARC) invites all graduate students to attend a special seminar on Friday, January 23, at 1 p.m. Victor Rios, an associate professor in UCSB's Department of Sociology, will discuss 'The Mis-Education and Criminalization of Black and Latino Boys' at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

In his presentation, Professor Rios will discuss his ethnographic research in Northern and Southern California over the past ten years with "juvenile delinquent" and gang-associated boys. Rios' work analyzes how social control shapes the well being of young people living in urban marginality, follows the social impact of the punitive state across institutional settings, and examines how young people respond to social marginalization.

When: Friday, January 23, at 1 p.m.

Where: Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE), Room 1203



Free Library Event: 'The Brave New World of Scholarly Publishing'

Open Access LogoThe UCSB Davidson Library will host a free panel discussion on publishing this Thursday called "Survival of the Fittest: The Brave New World of Scholarly Publishing." UCSB journal editors will discuss the challenges they face in scholarly publishing, relations with publishers, open access publishing, and more.

"The Brave New World of Scholarly Publishing"

When: Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m.

Where: UCSB Davidson Library, Mary Cheadle Room

Food: Light refreshments


Dorothy Chun, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Education and editor of Language Learning, & Technology, an open access journal.

Charles Kolstad, Professor Emeritus, Bren School, and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Environmental Energy and Policy Analysis Center, will discuss the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists' efforts to break away from Elsevier and the Association's journal, which culminated in the Association starting two new journals.

Helen Morales, Argyropoulos Professor of Hellenic Studies and co-editor (with A.J. Boyle) of the journal Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature, will discuss how Open Access has been detrimental to independent scholarly journals.

Eunice Schroeder will moderate the discussion following the presentations.  As Head of Collection Development at UCSB Library, she can also provide insight into the budget challenges the library faces in providing access to the journal literature.

For more information, see: Open Access Week Programs at the Library.


A Weekend Getaway to I Madonnari: Enjoy Italian Arts and Culture

Credit: I Madonnari Website.

What’s your plan for the Memorial Day weekend? Aside from catching up with work and writing papers, what else do you have planned? If you'll be in Santa Barbara, I recommend you visit the “I Madonnari” festival . "I Madonnari" is a famous Italian street painting festival held every year in Santa Barbara. Madonnari, or street painters, will amaze you as they create more than 150 beautiful, large scale images on the Mission plaza pavement using colorful pastels.

Reasons to go:

  • It’s a romantic festival. Take your loved ones to this beautiful event.
  • With the colorful pavement as your photo background, it’s a great place to take "selfies.”
  • The event is FREE.
  • The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

When: May 24, 25, and 26 from 10 to 6 p.m.

Where: Santa Barbara Mission