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October 2013

Exhibition: Albert Camus, 1913-2013

October 15, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Beginning on October 15, UC Santa Cruz will be one of 500 venues worldwide to host an exhibit commemorating the 100th birthday of the French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher Albert Camus. The new digital/paper exhibit combines print editorial with QR code technology. The exhibit was conceived and produced by the Institut Francais, an arm of the French State Department in partnership with Camus’ publisher, Gallimard and Ecole Normale Superieure. “There are over 100 images, and more than 15…

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November 2013

Debarati Sanyal: "Camus's Afterlives: From the Holocaust to the Age of Terror"

November 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Debarati Sanyal is Associate Professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Violence of Modernity: Baudelaire, Irony and the Politics of Form (John Hopkins University Press, 2006) and a forthcoming book titled Dangerous Intersections: Complicity, Trauma and Holocaust Memory. She has recently published articles on Alain Resnaiss, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Jonathan Littell, Giorgio Agamben, the memory of World War II, and Holocaust memory. She has also co-edited a 2-volume issue of the Yale French…

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February 2014

Becko Copenhaver: "Berkeley on the Language of Nature and the Objects of Vision"

February 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

ABSTRACT: Berkeley holds that vision, in isolation, presents only color and light. He also claims that typical perceivers experience distance, figure, magnitude, and situation visually. The question posed in New Theory is how we perceive by sight spatial features that are not, strictly speaking, visible. Berkeley’s answer is “that the proper objects of vision constitute an universal language of the Author of nature.” For typical humans, this language of vision comes naturally. Berkeley identifies two sorts of objects of vision: primary…

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April 2014

Ned Block: "Conscious, Preconscious, Unconscious"

April 4, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

There are reliably reproducible strong brain activations that have little or no reportability and for that reason could be said to be unconscious, but can become reportable with a shift of attention and do not have many of the signature properties of unconscious states. This lecture discusses whether these states might be phenomenally conscious in the light of the close conceptual tie between conscious perception and first person authority. Advance reading: Consciousness, accessibility, and the mesh between psychology and neuroscience Professor…

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May 2014

Michela Ippolito: "Negative Conditionals"

May 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Abstract: In this talk I will look again at one kind of counterfactual conditionals, which I will call Negative Conditionals (NCs), from a cross-linguistic perspective. NCs have properties that set them aside from standard would conditionals: (i) they contain a negative element in the antecedent clause or in the complementizer domain; (ii) they are obligatorily counterfactual; (iii) the negation does not anti license PPIs; (iv) the negation does not license NPIs. Drawing on work by Schwarz (2006) and Schwarz and…

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Mikkel Johansen: Material and Social Conditions for the Development of Mathematics

May 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mathematical knowledge has traditionally been taken to be absolutely objective, i.e. completely independent of contingent facts about the agents who discover the results. Today, this absolutistic view of mathematics has been challenged by a number of different theories. Most noticeably, social constructivists such as David Bloor and Donald MacKenzie have stress the influence social factors have had on the development of mathematics, and Bloor simply describes mathematics as a social institution. Other theorists such as Rafael Núñez and George Lakoff…

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November 2014

Amena Coronado: "The Discipline of Suffering"

November 7, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Friday Forum For Graduate Research: A weekly interdisciplinary colloquium series for sharing graduate research across the humanities. Join us for light refreshments and weekly presentations by your fellow graduate students. Fridays from 12:00 - 1:30pm in Humanities 1, Room 202 *November 7th forum will be in Humanities 2, Room 259.     This event series is also made possible through the generous support of the departments of Literature, History of Consciousness. Anthropology, Feminist Studies, HAVC, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology and Sociology…

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CANCELLED: Eric Schwitzgebel: "The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors"

November 13, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Do professional ethicists behave any morally better than do non-ethicists of similar social background? If not, do they at least show greater consistency between their normative attitudes and their outward behavior? Despite a long philosophical tradition associating philosophical reflection with improved moral behavior, these questions have never been empirically examined. I describe four possible models of the relationship between philosophical moral reflection and real-world moral behavior (boosterism, epiphenomenalism, rationalization, and inert discovery). I then present convergent evidence from studies of…

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February 2015

Works in Progress: Abe Stone

February 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join the Philosophy Department for a Works-in-Progress presentation by Professor Abe Stone. At least once a quarter the Philosophy Department hosts a Works-in-Progress presentation by a member of the faculty. The format may vary from a traditional talk to a communal environment allowing for ideas to be tested and feedback solicited. All members of the campus community and interested public are welcome to attend. Coffee, tea, and cookies served.   Reviving Philosophy of History Paul Roth Tuesday, January 20, 2015…

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March 2015

Felipe De Brigard: "The Explanatory Indispensability of Memory Traces"

March 12, 2015 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Abstract: Many philosophers of memory have wondered whether or not it is indispensible to postulate the existence of memory traces to explain remembering. In this talk I will offer an argument in favor of the explanatory indispensability of memory traces. To that end, I will begin by demonstrating that the main arguments in favor of the claim that we need memory traces to explain remembering share the logical structure of a inference to the best explanation. As a result, most…

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April 2015

An Evening of Futuristic Musical Poetry with Luciano Chessa

April 10, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

An evening with Italian composer, performer, and musicologist Luciano Chessa. Chessa will perform Piedigrotta (a Futurist musical poem). Chessa is the author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (UC, 2012), the first English-language monograph dedicated to Russolo and the art of Noise. He has been performing futurist sound poetry for well over 10 years. He has been active in Europe, the U.S., Australia, and South America as a practitioner of world avantgarde music; his scholarly areas…

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Shelly Wilcox: "Immigration Justice in Nonideal Circumstances"

April 30, 2015 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Abstract: In recent years, political philosophers have begun to interrogate the methodology they use to construct normative principles. Some have voiced the concern that prevailing liberal egalitarian principles are constructed under idealized assumptions and thus are ill-suited to real-world circumstances where such assumptions do not apply. Specifically, critics have raised three related objections to so-called ideal theory: (1) ideal theory cannot help us understand current injustices in the actual, nonideal world; (2) ideal principles are not sufficiently action-guiding; and (3)…

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May 2015

Perverse Modernities: Conversations in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

May 21, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Perverse Modernities transgresses modern divisions of knowledge that have historically separated the consideration of sexuality, and its concern with desire, gender, bodies, and performance, on the one hand, from the consideration of race, colonialism, and political economy, on the other, in order to explore how the mutual implication of race, colonialism, and sexuality has been rendered perverse and unintelligible within the logics of modernity. Books in the series have elaborated such perversities in the challenge to modern assumptions about historical…

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November 2015

Imogen Dickie “Proper Names: Transition to the End Game”

November 5, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abstract: I shall prove a principle which brings out the significance for accounts of aboutness and reference of the fact that justification is truth conducive; use this principle to develop an account of reference-fixing for proper names which presents an alternative to the tired menu of traditional causalisms, descriptivisms, and crosses between; and identify two questions around which the next phase in discussions of reference-fixing for proper names should be structured. About: Imogen Dickie is an Associate Professor of Philosophy…

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Casey O’Callaghan “The Multisensory Character of Perception”

November 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abstract: My thesis is that perceptual awareness itself is richly multisensory. I argue for this conclusion on the grounds that certain forms of multisensory perceptual experience are incompatible with the claim that each aspect of a perceptual experience is associated with some specific sensory modality or another. First, I explicate what it is for some feature of a conscious perceptual episode to be associated with a given modality, or to be modality specific, since no clear criterion yet exists in…

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January 2016

WORKSHOP: Coding for Humanists with Fabiola Hanna

January 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Interested in coding, but not sure where to start? Fabiola Hanna, a new media artist and PhD Candidate in the department of Film and Digital Media, will walk us through the basics of coding for the web. Following Hanna’s short introductory workshop in December, this more intensive session will offer instruction for writing in HTML, styling with CSS, and building dynamic web content using Java Script. This introduction will not make you into expert coders - but it will provide you with insight into coding that…

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February 2016

Works in Progress Session: Mapping Liminal Jewish Spaces with Katie Trostel and Erica Smeltzer

February 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Literature graduate students, Katie Trostel and Erica Smeltzer will present their digital works-in-progress as part of their ongoing work related to the Venice Ghetto and Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Imagination. Sponsored by the Siegfried B. and Elisabeth Mignon Puknat Literary Studies Endowment.   Katie Trostel,"Shifting Zones of Memory": Digitally Mapping Marjorie Agosín's Cartographies: Meditations on Travel (2004)”  This digital mapping project centered on Marjorie Agosín’s Cartographies: Meditations on Travel (2004) stems from larger questions posed by the Venice Ghetto Working Group at UCSC; the…

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Noa Latham: Meditation and Self-Control

February 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

This paper seeks to analyze an under-discussed kind of self-control, namely the control of thoughts and sensations. I distinguish first-order control from second-order control and argue that their central forms are intentional concentration and intentional mindfulness respectively. These correspond to two forms of meditation, concentration meditation and mindfulness meditation, which have been regarded as central both in the traditions in which the practices arose and in the scientific literature on meditation. I analyze them in terms of their characteristic intentions,…

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March 2016

Anna Tsing: “The Mushroom at the End of the World”

March 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Emerging Worlds and the Center for Cultural Studies present the new series, "Book Talks," which invites authors to read from their books and engage in discussion. Next week we present Anna Tsing reading from "The Mushroom at the End of the World." A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, "The Mushroom at the End of the World" follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism.…

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April 2016

Book Talk: Sherene Seikaly

April 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Men of Capital examines British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on economy. In a departure from the expected histories of Palestine, this book illuminates dynamic class constructions that aimed to shape a pan-Arab utopia in terms of free trade, profit accumulation, and private property. And in so doing, it positions Palestine and Palestinians in the larger world of Arab thought and social life, moving attention away from the limiting debates of Zionist-Palestinian conflict. Professor Sheren Seikaly…

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PhD+: Eric Hayot: “Writing for Publication in the Humanities”

April 22, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
PhD+ Workshop Series Flyer 2015-16

PODCAST: "Writing for Publication in the Humanities" Eric Hayot is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Professor Hayot will present strategies--both psychological and practical--for writing for publication in the humanities from his recent book, The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (Columbia UP, 2014). His talk will offer specific insights into how to write literary scholarship in the mode that was born out of the influence of philosophy and cultural studies on…

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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong “Implicit Moral Attitudes”

April 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong "Implicit Moral Attitudes

Most moral philosophers and psychologists focus on explicit moral beliefs that people give as answers to questions. However, much research in social psychology shows that implicit moral attitudes (unconscious beliefs or associations) also affect our thinking and behavior. This talk will report our new psychological and neuroscientific research on implicit moral attitudes (using a process dissociation procedure) and then explore potential implications for scientific moral psychology as well as for philosophical theories of moral epistemology, responsibility, and virtue. If there…

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May 2016

Cathy Park Hong: “Stand Up: A Symposium on Race and the Avant-Garde”

May 13, 2016 @ 1:45 pm - 6:00 pm

UCSC's Poetry & Politics Research Collective invites you to attend our spring event, "Stand Up: A Symposium on Race and the Avant-Garde with Cathy Park Hong." Please join us on Friday, May 13 for a symposium featuring creative and critical work by Literature faculty, lecturers, and graduate students, and a keynote reading by Cathy Park Hong (poet and professor at Sarah Lawrence College). Presenters will include Chris Chen, Vanessa Fernandez, David Lau, Rob Sean Wilson, and Ronaldo Wilson. Coffee, snacks,…

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October 2016

Linguistics Colloquium: Akira Omaki

October 7, 2016 @ 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Linguistic Colloquium: Akira Omaki

Akira Omaki will be speaking on Developing incrementality: Grammar and parsing of wh-dependencies in children It is well established in the adult psycholinguistics literature that our comprehension is incremental: based on partial sentence input, the parser uses linguistic knowledge and multiple sources of information to assign interpretations. However, it has largely remained unknown how such incremental processing mechanisms emerge during development, or how the immature parsing mechanisms affect the course of grammar acquisition. In this talk, I will present recent…

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California Semantics and Pragmatics 9 (CUSP)

October 21, 2016 - October 22, 2016

CUSP 9 will be held at UC Santa Cruz on October 21-22, 2016. Established in 2009, CUSP serves as a venue for researchers in semantics and pragmatics to exchange ideas and receive feedback in a small, friendly, collaborative environment. For more information visit

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November 2016

Ronaldo V. Wilson: “Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other”

November 1, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008), Poems of the Black Object (2009), and Lucy 72 (2015). He is co-founder of the Black Took Collective, and is currently Associate Professor of Poetry, Fiction, and Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Farther Traveler is an expansive, complex hybrid of poetry, prose, and memoir. Wilson writes of loss, desire, abjection and radical possibility, traversing and transgressing boundaries of genre to…

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The Immigrant Youth Movement and the Fight Against Deportations: A Talk with Dr. Kent Wong

November 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dr. Kent Wong is the author and editor of DREAMS DEPORTED: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation, a UCLA student publication featuring stories of deportation and of the courageous immigrant youth and families who have led the national campaign against deportations and successfully challenged the president of the United States to act.   Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center, where he teaches labor studies and ethnic studies. For more than 50 years, the UCLA Labor Center…

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Linguistics Colloquium: Kie Zuraw

November 18, 2016 @ 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

The Linguistic department hosts colloquium talks by distinguished faculty from around the world. Fall 2016 Nov 18: Kie Zuraw, UCLA Winter 2017 February 7: TBA March TBD: LASC: Linguistics at Santa Cruz Spring 2016 April 14: Junko Ito, UC Santa Cruz April 28: Ashwini Deo, Yale May 26: Susan Lin, UC Berkeley May/June TBD: LURC: Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

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December 2016

Engaging Precarity: A Seminar with Marcel Paret

December 2, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Inaugurating Session II of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, labor scholar Marcel Paret of the University of Utah and University of Johannesburg leads a seminar on Guy Standing's concept of the precariat. Professor Standing of the School of Oriental and African Studies takes part in a half-day symposium on labor mobility and precarity with Alejandro Grimson of Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires and…

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February 2017

Writing Here → Writing There: A Transfer Model for Teaching and Learning

February 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writing Here Writing There Poster

Event Photos:   This conference invites graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators to participate in a series of roundtables and presentations that showcase our current successes in developing an innovate, locally-responsive writing curriculum. Participants will also contribute to moving our vision forward so that we set a broader, campus-wide agenda that accounts for the needs of all stakeholders--from students to WASC. New Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kara Taczak, Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, will deliver the keynote and…

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April 2017

Linguistics Colloquium: Junko Ito

April 14, 2017 @ 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

The Linguistics department hosts colloquium talks by distinguished faculty from around the world. Spring 2016 April 14: Junko Ito, UC Santa Cruz April 28: Ashwini Deo, Yale May 26: Susan Lin, UC Berkeley May/June TBD: LURC: Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

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Spanish Colloquium: Ximena Briceño, “A vuelo de pájaro: Vallejo y Arguedas”

April 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

A vuelo de pájaro: Vallejo y ArguedasA talk in Spanish by Ximena Briceño Ximena Briceño enseña literatura latinoamericana en el Departamento de Culturas Ibéricas y Latinoamericanas de Stanford University desde 2008. Es doctora por la Universidad de Cornell y egresada de la Universidad Católica del Perú. Su trabajo de investigación se enfoca en teorías de animalidad en la literatura moderna de América Latina, especialmente de la zona andina. Ha sido becaria del Instituto Iberoamericano de Berlín y es coordinadora del…

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Graduate Alumni Panel Discussions

April 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for lively panel discussions: Careers and Resources for Entrepreneurship for Graduate Students in the Santa Cruz Region, San Francisco to Monterey (1p-2:15p); Graduate Student Alumni Leaders in Santa Cruz Region, San Francisco to Monterey (2:30p-3:45p) and, Life after Graduate School. Panelists will share their stories and work experience in academic career, non-academic career, government, and startups. Refreshments will be provided. Registration link: REGISTER HERE   Panel 1: Careers and Entrepreneurship for Graduate Students 1:00–2:15 p.m., Humanities and Social…

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May 2017

“What’s Left of Progressive Politics?”

May 2, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Center for Emerging Worlds presents "What's Left of Progressive Politics?" Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Vijay Prashad, Dr. Lisa Rofel, Dr. Mayanthi Fernando, and Asad Haider Dr. Vijay Prashad is Professor of International Studies and South Asian History at Trinity College, Connecticut and a renowned journalist. He was trained as a historical anthropologist and received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago. Prashad’s work addresses issues like race and imperialism, race and immigrant communities in the US, geopolitical changes in…

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Ecology & the Rise of Capitalism Nature, Power, and the Origins of Our Times

May 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jason Moore, UCSC talk

A colloquium by Associate Professor Jason W. Moore Fernand Braudel Center Binghamton University Jason W. Moore is an environmental and world historian at Binghamton University, where he is Associate Professor of Sociology and Research Fellow at the Fernand Braudel Center. He is author of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015) and editor of Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016). A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, written with Raj…

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Radical Jewish Politics Workshop

May 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Marking the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the UCSC Center for Jewish Studies invites you to attend an afternoon of roundtable discussions around the theme of “Radical Jewish Politics.” This event both addresses and pushes the standard canon to discuss a wide variety of contexts, not only on their own, but in conversation with one another. Geographically, these contexts include Iran, Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Egypt, Russia, Hungary, Egypt, Morocco, and the United States of America. Thematically, these contexts…

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Linguistics Colloquium: Susan Lin

May 26, 2017 @ 2:40 am - 3:40 pm

The Linguistics department hosts colloquium talks by distinguished faculty from around the world. Fall 2016 May/June TBD: LURC: Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

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January 2018

Yarimar Bonilla: “The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico”

January 31, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Yarimar Bonilla 2018

The Race, Violence, Inequality, and the Anthropocene Research Cluster Presents: "Dr. Yarimar Bonilla, The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico" Event Photos: Dr. Yarimar Bonilla is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latino/Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the colonial logics of sovereignty and on questions of race, citizenship, and nation across the Americas. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2016). Free and open…

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February 2018

Film Screening: Io sono Li (Shun Li & the Poet)

February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Crossings Film Series Over 2017-18, the CLRC and the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics is proud to present "Crossings," a quarterly film series about migration and the Mediterranean. We open with the 2014 documentary, "Io sto con la sposa," winner of the Human Rights Nights Award at the Venice International Film Festival. All films are subtitled and screenings are free and open to the public. Io sono Li (Shun Li & the Poet, 2013) Two outsiders become unlikely friends…

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Sora Y. Han: “Poetics of MU”

February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sora Y. Han

The daughter appears in Hortense Spillers’s literary criticism as an oblique subject of both the Oedipal “law of the Father” and the slave law of partus sequitur ventrem. With this figure, this talk presents the broader question of how a law of reproduction without genealogy raises the stakes of theorizing race, colonialism, and the limits of translation. Slave law, Oedipus, kinship, and language as forms of law contain two essential a-genealogical characteristics. The first concerns the perverse logics of law,…

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Reading Group: Cathy Davidson “The New Education”

February 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Teaching and Learning in the Humanities Now research cluster will meet on Friday, February 23 (9-11am in 2 HUM 259) to discuss The New Education in preparation for Cathy Davidson's visit on March 1. Davidson will also be facilitating a hands-on workshop with the research cluster on Friday, March 2 at 2-4 pm in 1 HUM 202. For copies of Cathy Davidson's book The New Education, please email the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning at

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March 2018

Friday Forum: Elizabeth Goldman

March 2, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Once Helpful, Always Helpful? Infants’ Expectations About Helping and Hindering Behavior Across Scenarios The present work examined 16 to 18 month-olds’abilities to generalize a person’s tendency to help or hinder across multiple scenarios. Infants saw three familiarization events where an agent consistently helped or hindered another agent. In test, infants saw two test trials (consistent or inconsistent with the behavior in familiarization) in a new scenario. Experiment 1 showed that infants tracked a person’s helping behavior across scenarios and expected…

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Friday Forum: Kiki Loveday

March 9, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

What You Love: The Library at Alexandria, Quotation, and Survival The figure of Sappho is paradigmatic of the queer-feminist archive: she is the founding figure of female artistic genius and sexual deviance in Western Civilization, yet neither her work nor her story has survived. Between 1896 and 1931 over twenty cinematic versions of Sappho were produce for the screen, making it one of the most ubiquitous texts of the silent film era. Yet this once wildly popular and frequently re-made…

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June 2018

Stephanie Bosch Santana: “The Digital Worlding of African Literature: From Blog and Facebook Fiction to the Blockchain”

June 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Stephanie Bosch Santana is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work, which has been supported by the Mellon foundation, focuses on Anglophone and African language fiction from southern Africa. Her current book project examines an alternative history of literary forms in periodical print and digital media from the 1950s to the present. It argues that writers from South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have developed new genres of fiction in these media to…

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November 2018

Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing Ceremony

November 13, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join the Writing Program in celebrating UC Santa Cruz’s ninth annual Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing ceremony. UCSC VPDUE Richard Hughey, Humanities Dean Tyler Stovall, Writing Program Chair Tonya Ritola, and Writing Program faculty members will be attending the ceremony along with this year’s six winners and their families. Please RSVP by completing this short survey.

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January 2019

Linguistics Colloquium: Naomi Francis

January 14, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Linguistics Colloquium: Jess Law

January 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jess Law, Constraints on distributivity Abstract

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Nadine Theiler: “A Unified Semantics for Additive Particles”

January 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

English has several additive particles, which differ in their distribution. One of these is also, a common choice to signal additivity in assertions and polar questions, (1a-b). It has been suggested that this particle can’t appear in a wh-question without triggering a so-called show-master interpretation (Umbach, 2012), in which the speaker already has a certain answer in mind when asking the question, (1c). (1) Mary danced all night. a. John also danced. b. Did John also dance? c. #Who also…

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February 2019

Breanne Fahs: “Burn it Down: Firebrand Feminism and the Legacy of Second-Wave Radical Feminism”

February 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Her most recent book is Firebrand Feminism: The Radical Lives of Ti-Grace Atkinson, Kathie Sarachild, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Dana Densmore. This colloquium will consider the historical impact of second-wave radical feminism and its impact on contemporary iterations of collective forms of resistance, particularly around the subjects of feminist rage, sex and love, tactics of feminist resistance, and intergenerational knowledge- making. Lunch will be provided

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April 2019

2nd Annual Grad Student Conference: “Citizenship in Flux: Migration and Exclusion in World History, 1750-2019”

April 12, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

The rise of nativist or nationalist movements in many countries and the closing of borders to migrants seeking refuge from persecution, war, and violence calls into question the world historical context of migration, borders, and political belonging. This conference queries citizenship and borders across time and region to make sense of their implications for citizens, non-citizens , subjects, refugees, and exiles in world history. We welcome broad definitions of “border,” “citizenship,” and “migration”to include boundaries that migrate even when people…

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May 2019

Monterey Bay Applied Linguistics Symposium

May 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Symposium Program 9:00AM- Opening Remarks: Bryan Donaldson, Mark Amengual, Kimberly Adilia Helmer 9:30-10:00 – Thor Sawin (Middlebury Institute of International Studies): From Serial Monolingualism to Polylingualism in the Field: Policy and Perspective Challenges in a Large NGO 10:00-10:30 - John Hedgcock (Middlebury Institute of International Studies): Obstacles and Opportunities in Cultivating Teacher Language Awareness 10:30-11:00 - Jason Martel (Middlebury Institute of International Studies): Enacting an Identity Approach in Language Teacher Education 11:00-11:30 - Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies):…

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Balancing Fair Use and Student Access in Selecting Course Texts: A Workshop for Instructors

May 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  About the workshop: Understanding how to balance equitable access to course texts with our ethical and legal responsibility to uphold the values of intellectual property can often be challenging. This workshop will help faculty navigate the complexities of copyright and fair use and focus on best practices and resources for choosing course texts for our Humanities classrooms. Faculty will come away with a better understanding of how to protect themselves while at the same time lowering textbook cost for…

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October 2019

Imagining Otherwise: Resisting and Queering Racial and Gender Violence

October 17, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

A Philosophy and MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) sponsored Colloquium. Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Philosophy and the Humanities Institute This talk will explore how gender violence intersects with racist and transphobic violence and how those intersections are erased or distorted in public discourse. Professor Medina will examine the communicative dysfunctions that exist around gender and racial violence and how sexist, transphobic, and racist imaginaries create vulnerabilities that remain unaddressed. He will discuss how we can exercise the imagination in…

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February 2020

Student Meet and Greet with Leila Fadel and Hannah Allam

February 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us to meet and talk with the award-winning NPR journalists Leila Fadel and Hannah Allam. The journalists have covered a wide range of questions concerning the Middle East, Islam in America, race, culture, and American extremism. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.   Leila Fadel is currently a national correspondent for NPR, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race in America. Previously, Fadel worked as a journalist in the Middle East. She covered the Iraq War for nearly…

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April 2020

CANCELLED – Linguistics Colloquia: Kathryn Davidson

April 3, 2020 @ 1:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Kathryn Davidson (Harvard) - Title TBD Kathryn Davidson is an assistant professor in Linguistics at Harvard University where her research investigates the unique capacity that we have to understand an infinite number of sentences that we’ve never encountered before (semantics), how we incorporate contextual information into these meanings (pragmatics), and how we ever learn to do this (development). In her lab they make balanced use of theory for hypothesis creation with psycholinguistic experimental methods for gathering and analyzing behavioral data…

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CANCELLED – Linguistics Colloquia: Kevin Ryan

April 17, 2020 @ 1:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Kevin Ryan (Harvard) - Title TBD Kevin M. Ryan is a phonologist whose research focuses on prosodic systems and the constituents of speech, especially stress, weight, meter, and phrasal phonology. This work draws on the statistical analysis of speech/text corpora, experiments, and studies of particular languages (often Indic or Dravidian). About eight times each year, the Linguistics department hosts colloquia by distinguished faculty from around the world. For full information visit:

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POSTPONED – The Challenge of Diversity: A Conference on Global Minorities

April 24, 2020

The 3rd Annual Center for World History Grad Student Conference. Please stay tuned for more information.

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May 2020

CANCELLED – Linguistics Colloquia: Jesse Harris

May 8, 2020 @ 1:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Jesse Harris (UCLA) - Title TBD Jesse Harris is an assistant professor at UCLA in the Department of Linguistics, and director of the UCLA Language Processing Lab. His research investigates how language users develop a sufficiently rich linguistic meaning during online comprehension, concentrating in particular on three related areas: (a) the formal semantics of context sensitive expressions, (b) the semantic processing of contextually dependent terms, and (c) the pragmatic and processing defaults engaged when generating a semantic or discourse representation…

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April 2022

James H. Mills – South Asia’s Lost Cocaine? Coca Leaf and Colonialism in India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), c. 1870-1894

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Doctors and officials in Britain's South Asian colonies were quick to spot the potential of cocaine. Carl Koller's influential experiments with the substance in Vienna were first reported in print in October 1884 and yet by December it was already being used in medical practice in Indore. Further experiments with it followed early in 1885, and by the end of the year druggists across the country were supplying the growing local market for the drug. As the 1880s proceeded it…

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