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January 2022

Bishnupriya Ghosh – Multispecies Distributions in the Epidemic Episteme

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Bishnupriya Ghosh teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has published two monographs, When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (Rutgers UP, 2004) and Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (Duke Up, 2011) on global media cultures. Her current work on media, risk, and globalization includes the co-edited Routledge Companion to Media and Risk (Routledge 2020) and a new monograph, The Virus Touch: Theorizing Epidemic Media (under contract, Duke UP). Presented by THI's Center for…

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Demystifying Book Publishing for FirstGen Scholars

January 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
Demystifying Book publishing

Join us for a panel with first-gen authors about their publishing experiences, followed by a presentation and Q&A with UC Press editors about common publishing topics, such as choosing the right publisher; preparing a book proposal; how the peer review and Editorial Committee process works; revising your manuscript; and working with publishers to promote your book. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. A recording will be made available after the event. Sponsored by: UC Press and the UC Collaborative of…

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Living Writers: Karen Tei Yamashita and Eric Wat

January 27 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The Living Writer Series is sponsored by The Puknat Literary Endowment, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, The Laurie Sain Endowment, The Humanities Institute, and Bookshop Santa Cruz. Karen Tei Yamashita is an award-winning writer who was born in Oakland, California. For many years she was Professor of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her works, several of which contain elements of magic realism, include novels I Hotel (2010), Circle K Cycles (2001), Tropic of Orange (1997), Brazil-Maru (1992), and…

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Watsonville is in the Heart Online Screening: Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance

January 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

ONLINE SCREENING: Talk Story II: Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance screening, and community discussion. On Sunday, January 30, the Watsonville is in the Heart (WIITH) project team rings in 2022 with a screening of Geoffrey Dunn and Mark Schwartz’s Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance (1984). The documentary offers a portrait of Filipino agricultural workers, who traveled to California in the early through the mid-twentieth century. Join community members for a conversation between director Geoffrey Dunn, local…

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February 2022

From the Margins: Dante 701 Years Later – Reading Dante, Seeking Freedom, Fleeing Racism

February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

African American culture has been attentive to Dante Alighieri, the man and his writing, since the mid-19th century. Dante's Divine Comedy has proved to be an effective primer on issues of justice for the broader community. This talk will present the work of African American authors from the 19th century to today who have turned to Dante and amplified his voice that speaks truth to power, that calls out for justice without compromise, that seeks a better community for us…

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Isebill Gruhn, “From McCarthyism to Today: Demagoguery Then and Now”

February 8 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Setting the stage for the era in which Red Letter Days takes place, Professor Emerita "Ronnie" Gruhn will describe world events during the 1950’s and developments leading up to current day. She will define the various "isms"(authoritarianism, socialism, etc) that are often misused in today’s political discussions and explore the similarities, if any, of the McCarthy era to today. Professor Gruhn arrived at UC Santa Cruz in 1969 as a member of the Political Science department and an affiliate of…

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Living Writers Series: TC Tolbert

February 10 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

TC Tolbert (he/him/hey grrrl) is a trans and genderqueer monkey-goat who never ceases to experience a simultaneous grief and deep love any time s/he pays attention to the world. S/he writes poems, works with wood, learns, teaches, and wanders. In 2019, TC was awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship for his work with trans, non-binary, and queer folks as Tucson’s Poet Laureate. Publications include Gephyromania (originally published by Ahsahta Press in 2014, to be re-released by Nightboat Books in 2022)…

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Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Life and Death of King John

February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
life and death of king john

Join Santa Cruz Shakespeare, UCSC Shakespeare Workshop, and The Humanities Institute, as we launch Undiscovered Shakespeare: King John, the third installment of our annual virtual Shakespeare program. Over the course of three sessions (February 10, 17, and 24), we will immerse ourselves in another rarely performed play and reflect on it both as a point of departure for Shakespeare’s career and as a mirror for the times in which we live. Session 1: February 10th, 2022 6:30pm-8:30pm We begin with…

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From the Margins: Dante 701 Years Later – Dante’s Mediterranean Awakening

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

During Dante’s lifetime, the maritime city-states of northern Italy consolidated their position at the center of Mediterranean transit and trade. Thanks to broader trends in the centuries before his birth – the Crusades, increasing trade in essential foods and luxury goods, and swift advances in naval architecture and financial supports for trade, for instance – Genoa and Venice became important hubs for trade and travel between western Europe and the greater Mediterranean world. Florence grew dramatically during the thirteenth century,…

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Living Writers Series: Yuri Herrera

February 24 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Yuri Herrera’s first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, received great critical acclaim in 2015 and was included in many Best-of-Year lists. Yuri is a political scientist, editor and contemporary Mexican writer who teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans. His prose was described as “stunning” and his novel as an entrance “to the golden gate of Mexican literature” by Elena Poniatowska. Born in Acopan, Mexico, Yuri resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. Change Me: Stories…

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Bettina Aptheker, Julie Olsen Edwards and Dena Taylor – “Red Diaper Babies: Growing Up During the HUAC Years of the 1950s”

February 24 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Growing up closer to home than the London scenes depicted in “Red Letter Days,” three “red diaper babies” discuss how their lives were impacted by the McCarthy era and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). They will share some of the lessons learned that they have carried into the present. Bettina Aptheker: Distinguished Professor Emerita, Feminist Studies Department, UCSC. Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel (2006) and The Morning Breaks:…

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Meena Kandasamy – Caste Fanaticism and Misogyny: The Hate Politics of Internet Hindutva

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Meena Kandasamy (b. 1984) is an anti-caste activist, poet, novelist and translator. Her writing aims to deconstruct trauma and violence, while spotlighting the militant resistance against caste, gender, and ethnic oppressions. She explores this in her poetry and prose, most notably in her books of poems such as Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), as well as her three novels, The Gypsy Goddess (2014), When I Hit You (2017), and Exquisite Cadavers (2019). Her latest work is a collection of…

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March 2022

Craig Haney – Media and Criminal Justice in the U.S.

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Craig Haney is a social psychologist and criminologist whose work leverages interdisciplinary approaches to policy theory and practice in the pursuit of justice and equity within institutions of policing and corrections. Drawing on social histories of crime and punishment, as well as the environments of public media and representation in which opinions and beliefs and crime and justice are formed, Haney and his students examine the personal and social histories, the psychological effects of incarceration, and the complex mechanisms in…

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LASER Talks with Paula Arai, Kyle Robertson, and Ruth Murray-Clay

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Join us for an online LASER Talk ​featuring Buddhist scholar Paula Arai, astrophysicist Ruth Murray-Clay, and public philosophy scholar Kyle Robertson. The wide-ranging presentations will explore subjects including the science of Buddhist painting, the formation and evolution of planetary systems and the search for life, and the interconnections between philosophy and social justice. Zoom registration information forthcoming. Paula Arai received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University, specializing in Japanese Sōtō Zen. She is author of Women Living Zen:…

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Living Writers Series: Student Reading

March 3 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Change Me: Stories of Radical Transformation - A Living Writers Series After a long period of sheltering in place and an even longer period of restricting our daily movements, many of us are ready for change. This winter’s living writers all have stories of radical transformation to tell. TC Tolbert searches for a language to enact his transition from being Melissa to being TC; Jane Wong struggles to reconcile her American present with the transnational ghosts of her past; Yuri…

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Aslı Bâli – “From Revolution to Devolution? Dilemmas of Decentralization in the Middle East”

March 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

This seminar engages in a qualitative comparison of four experiences with decentralization in the Middle East to explore the ways in which decentralized governance arrangements might address governance crises, identity-based conflict and self-determination demands in the Middle East. I argue that the failure to engage with these and other experiences in the MENA region in the growing literature on decentralization in comparative politics and law produces gaps in both the institutional design strategies available in the prescriptions derived from the…

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Agnes Callard – “Inquisitive Politics”

March 14
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The public intellectual space seems to be dominated by various forms of bullying, in various kinds of disguise. One person wants to "call out" your bad assumptions; another commands you to concede their point of view. The overall effect, for participants, is of being in a tug of war for one's attentions, emotions, allegiance. Is there another way to conduct public intellectual activity? When the matters under discussion are of pressing, vital importance, is it really possible to be inquisitive…

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Linguistics Colloquia: Mara Breen

March 18 @ 1:20 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

About eight times each year, the Linguistics department hosts colloquia by distinguished faculty from around the world. For full speaker and event information, please visit: https://linguistics.ucsc.edu/news-events/colloquia/index.html

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April 2022

Linguistics Colloquia: Maria Gouskova

April 1 @ 1:20 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

About eight times each year, the Linguistics department hosts colloquia by distinguished faculty from around the world. For full speaker and event information, please visit: https://linguistics.ucsc.edu/news-events/colloquia/index.html

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Rohit De – Lawyering in Times of Lawlessness: Defending Dissenters in India and Sri Lanka (1947-1971)

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Please stay tuned for more info. Presented by THI's Center for South Asian Studies.

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Suryakant Waghmore – Being an Ambedkarite Under Hindu Rashtra

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Suryakant Waghmore is a Public Sociologist, Academic and Writer. Currently a Professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Bombay, he earned his PhD in Sociology as a Commonwealth Scholar from University of Edinburgh (2011). He is author of Civility against Caste (2013) and Co-editor of Civility in Crisis (2020). He was recently awarded the New India Foundation Fellowship (2021) to work on his book tentatively titled, Is a Post Caste City Possible? He was previously Professor…

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