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October 2021

“By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution” with David Talbot and Margaret Talbot

October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Salon.com founder and former editor-in-chief David Talbot and his sister Margaret, a longtime staff writer at the New Yorker, together explore the potential landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. Based on exclusive interviews, original documents, and archival research, By the Light of Burning Dreams explores critical moments in the lives of a diverse cast of iconoclastic leaders of the 20th-century radical movement. Join us for our conversation moderated by Nikki Silva as she explores with Margaret and David Talbot and…

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Douglas Abrams – The Book of Hope

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
Doug Abrams

VIRTUAL EVENT: Local author Douglas Abrams (The Book of Joy) will join Bookshop Santa Cruz for an online discussion of The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, his wonderful new collaboration with environmentalist Jane Goodall. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. “Vibrant with wry humor, scientific fact, grassroots advances, compassion, and spiritual depth, this compelling and enlightening dialogue of hope amplifies Goodall’s mantra: ‘Together we can. Together we will.” —Booklist, starred…

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Living Writers: Nouri al-Jarrah with translator Camilo Gómez-Rivas and Omar Pimienta with translator José Antonio Villarán

October 21 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Nouri al-Jarrah is a Syrian poet and influential poetic voice on the Arab literary scene. He has lived in exile and been publishing his poetry for nearly 40 years. His poetry draws on diverse cultural sources, and is marked by a special focus on mythology, folk tales and legends. A Boat to Lesbos and Other Poems (Banipal Books, 2018), is Nouri Al-Jarrah’s first collection in English translation. This powerful epic poem was written while thousands of Syrian refugees were enduring…

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Living Writers: Lara Vapnyar

October 28 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Lara Vapnyar moved from Moscow to Brooklyn in the 1990s. Knowing very little English, she quickly picked up the language and soon began writing in it. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Zoetrope: All-Story. She is the author of two short story collections, There are Jews in My House (Anchor, 2003) and Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love (Anchor, 2008) as well as four novels, Memoirs of a Muse…

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November 2021

Living Writers: Claire Vaye Watkins and Cathy Thomas

November 4 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of two novels I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness (Riverhead Books, 2021) and Gold Fame Citrus (Riverhead Books, 2015). She is also the author of the short story collection Battleborn (Riverhead Books, 2012), winner of the Story Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Battleborn was named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe,…

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Unbound: The Life and Legacy of Asian American Community Historian Judy Yung

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
Judy Young

Through this event we aim to honor and celebrate Judith "Judy" Yung’s tremendous legacy as a UC Santa Cruz emerita professor of American Studies, community and public scholar of Chinese American history, pioneer of oral history methodology, prize-winning author, teacher, supportive colleague, and cherished mentor. Please register by November 4, 2021 Program: Welcome remarks by Professor Alice Yang (UCSC) Remembrances by George Ow (Chinese American History Enthusiast and Philanthropist) and Buck Gee (Angel Island Foundation) Community forum: Professor Alice Yang…

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A Conversation with Michelle Obama

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Event, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The Humanities Institute is excited to announce that UC Santa Cruz has been invited to participate in a special event with Michelle Obama on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. This event will feature Mrs. Obama in conversation with a moderator and selected students from a small group of participating colleges, including ours. Our campus community will have remote access to the free event and an opportunity to receive a free copy of Mrs. Obama’s book…

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Precarity and Belonging Book Launch

November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Moderated by Dr. Camilla Hawthorne, this webinar will celebrate UCSC professors and their recent publication of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2021). Precarity and Belonging looks at mobility through space and society. It examines how the movement of people and their incorporation, marginalization, and exclusion, under epochal conditions of labor and social precarity, have challenged older notions of citizenship and alienage. This book brings precarity and mobility together to explore the points of contact and…

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A.M. Darke – Games and Play as Social Intervention

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Game designer A.M. Darke frames powerful dialogue about the role of games in the shaping of power in contemporary digital culture, and beyond. What is at stake in self-representation, and our representations of our communities, through gaming. How are industry representations variously coded as racial, as gendered? How can aspiring game-makers intervene in their communities and social representations of them? A.M. Darke rejoins our series for the third time, pivoting from panelist to core/keynote lecturer. His lecture will take shape…

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Gary Young

Morton Marcus Poetry Reading with Gary Young

November 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Event, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Please join us for the 12th annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading, featuring honored guest Gary Young. Poet Danusha Laméris will host the program, and the evening will include an announcement of the winner of the Morton Marcus Poetry Contest (recipient receives a $1,000 prize). Gary Young is the author of many volumes of poems and translations, and has edited several anthologies and poetry textbooks, including Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California and The Geography of Home: California’s…

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Gowri Vijayakumar – Risk and Respectability: Sexuality and the Nation in the Time of AIDS

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Gowri Vijayakumar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, affiliated with the South Asian Studies Program at Brandeis. She is the author of At Risk: Indian Sexual Politics and the Global AIDS Crisis, published by Stanford University Press in 2021. Her articles and essays on gender, sexuality, transnational politics, and the state have appeared or are forthcoming in Gender & Society, Social Problems, Qualitative Sociology, Signs, and World Development. Presented by THI's Center for South…

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Linguistics Colloquia: Bridget Copley

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 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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December 2021

Living Writers: Student Reading

December 2 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Virtual Event Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The World Beyond Us: A Living Writers Series - Taking advantage of our (hopefully) last virtual Living Writers this Fall, 2021, this series will be centered on writers working and living outside the United States, writers who look beyond the U.S. in their work, and writers who work in languages other than English. Due to the prohibitive cost of travel and lodging, many of these writers would have been difficult if not impossible to bring in person. Some writers will…

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January 2022

Bishnupriya Ghosh – Multispecies Distributions in the Epidemic Episteme

January 21, 2022 @ 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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February 2022

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

February 25, 2022 @ 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

Linguistics Colloquia: Mara Breen

March 18, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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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