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YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
AT UCSB

April 22 - April 30, 2017

1.  CONFERENCE: Transience, Garbage, Excess, Loss: The Ephemeral, 1500-1800
    Friday, April 21 / 1:00-4:30 p.m. / Loma Pelona Conference Center
    Saturday, April 22 / 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Loma Pelona Conference Center

2. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
    Special Earth Day Event with Paul Hawken
    Saturday, April 22 / 8:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free for students)

3.  Che Malambo - Genuine Gauchos Direct from Argentina! (performance)
    Sunday, April 23 / 7:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall

4.  Kabir in Song: A Night of North Indian Devotional Music (performance)
    Sunday, April 23 / 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater

5.  "Environmental Justice, Not Just an Afterthought" (BREN Colloquium)
    Monday, April 24 / 11:30-12:45 / Bren Hall 1414 (free)

6.  Like Frogs Around a Pond: Maritime Religion in Ancient Greek Culture (talk)
    Monday, April 24 / 4:00 p.m. / HSSB, room 4041 (free)

7.  Luis Alberto Urrea - Into the Beautiful North ( UCSB Reads - Author Event)
    Monday, April 24 / 8:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free)

8.  Confucianism:  An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture (talk)
    Tuesday, April 25 / 5:00-6:30 p.m. / HSSB, room 4080 (free)

9.  Who's Afraid of Facebook? Perceptions about Social Media in Europe (talk)
    Wednesday, April 26 / 12:00 noon / SSMS 2135 (free)

10.  UCSB Music of India Ensemble (performance)
    Wednesday, April 26 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

11. When School Meets the Other: Intercultural Policies in the Basque Inclusive School (Discussion)
    Thursday, April 27 / 12:30 p.m. / Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall (free)

12.  A Child Hero: Heroic Biographies in Children’s Literature (talk)
    Thursday, April 27 / 4:00 p.m. / Buchanan 1940 (free)

13.   Laila Lalami - Muslims in America: A Secret History (author talk)
    Thursday, April 27 / 7:30 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free)

14.  Thinking Palestine (Panel, Poster Exhibit, Reception)
    Friday, April 28 / 4:00-6;30 p.m. / Wireframe Studio, Music Library UCSB (free)

15.  An Evening of Azerbaijan Folk and Classical Music: Azeri Band (performance)
    Friday, April 28 / 8:00-9:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater

16.  Kid Flix Mix (Best of the NY International Children's Film Festival)
    Sunday, April 30 / 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall

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1.  CONFERENCE: Transience, Garbage, Excess, Loss: The Ephemeral, 1500-1800
    Friday, April 21 / 1:00-4:30 p.m. / Loma Pelona Conference Center
    Saturday, April 22 / 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Loma Pelona Conference Center

With the present rise of ephemera studies, we hope to investigate the limits, depths, and abilities of the ephemeral as it may pertain to literature, art, music, history, religion, philosophy, or other fields of inquiry. How is the ephemeral intimately connected to our study of early modernity? And what is at stake in plumbing what is, by definition, “short-lived” or “transitory”?

CONFERENCE WEB SITE: https://theephemeralemc.wordpress.com/
Speaker BIO's and Information http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/transience-garbage-excess-loss/

2. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
    Special Earth Day Event with Paul Hawken
    Saturday, April 22 / 8:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free for students)

“Paul Hawken states eloquently all that I believe so passionately to be true - that there is inherent goodness at the heart of our humanity, that collectively we can - and are - changing the world.”  Jane Goodall

Paul Hawken is a pioneering proponent of corporate ecological reform. His groundbreaking books on commerce and the environment include Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability and Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Hawken has consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology and environmental policy and has founded numerous ecologically-conscious businesses. His recent endeavor is the non-profit Project Drawdown, a compendium of climate solutions based on meticulous research that analyzes how we can reverse global warming.

Tickets: $15 General Public, FREE for all students with valid ID
For tickets and information https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3623

3.  Che Malambo - Genuine Gauchos Direct from Argentina! (performance)
    Sunday, April 23 / 7:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall

“A thrilling display... 14 stomping, drumming, roaring men pounded rapid-fire rhythms into the ground with many surfaces of their feet ? heels, toes, inside and especially outside edges ? and with spinning boleadoras.” The New York Times

Celebrate the thrilling South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho with Argentina’s Che Malambo, a powerhouse company of 14 performers. Malambo began in 17th century Argentina as a dueling display of agility, strength, dexterity and zapateo ? the fast paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. With precision dancing, rhythmic stomping, pounding drums and whirling boleadoras (stones attached to lassoes), the fiery malambo traditions of yesterday are transformed for the contemporary stage in this percussive dance and music spectacle.

Tickets:  $25 - $40 General Public, $15 Students
For tickets and information https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3497

4.  Kabir in Song: A Night of North Indian Devotional Music (performance)
    Sunday, April 23 / 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater

The poetry of Kabir, the acclaimed 15th century poet-saint of North India, has had a transformative influence on both Hindu bhakti traditions and the Sikh scriptural tradition enshrined in the Adi Granth. Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his ensemble of singers make Kabir’s poems come to life in the joyful folk style of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region. Join us for a truly unique concert where Linda Hess, a leading scholar of Kabir, will present translations of the powerful poetry put to song.

Tickets: $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission
MultiCultural Center http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/events/spring-2017

5.  "Environmental Justice, Not Just an Afterthought" (BREN Colloquium)
    Monday, April 24 / 11:30-12:45 / Bren Hall 1414 (free)

"In a time of great inequality, what can we do to ensure that environmental costs and benefits are distributed equitably among all people? Join us as we discuss what the Bren community and society at large can do to promote a more just and fair world."

What is Environmental Justice? Who does it effect and why? Environmental injustice tends to arise when marginalized parties experience disproportional exposure to pollutants, and it is often only addressed after damage has occurred. How can we as scientists, economists, and environmental managers change this narrative that is far too often repeated? Join the Bren Environmental Justice Club as we tackle these questions and more.

Student-Selected Panel - Presented by the Bren Environmental Justice Club
For BIO's and details http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/events/environmental_justice_panel.htm

6.  Like Frogs Around a Pond: Maritime Religion in Ancient Greek Culture (talk)
    Monday, April 24 / 4:00 p.m. / HSSB, room 4041 (free)

Amelia R. Brown (Greek History & Language, University of Queensland)

The ancient Greeks were never politically unified before the rise of Rome, yet they succeeded in developing and maintaining a common culture all around the Mediterranean coasts ‘like frogs around a pond’ (Plato Phaedo 109b). Modern scholars struggle to explain how the ancient Greeks could have shared such strong bonds of religion, language and identity, despite a homeland of separate city-states, and large-scale migration and intermarriage with other ancient peoples around the Mediterranean sea. Brown argues that the religious system of sailors and travellers helped the ancient Greeks develop and maintain their common culture all around the Mediterranean sea. Cults of seafaring gods were carried from port to port around ancient Greece, its colonies, and into foreign cities, yet this maritime religion and carriage of cults ‘on the winedark sea’ is not well understood today. The sources are very widely scattered. Bringing this evidence back together, however, reveals a durable yet flexible network of travelling rituals and beliefs which bound the ancient Greeks together in unexpected and close-knit ways, even across great distances and without political bonds.

For Flyer and details http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/like-frogs-around-a-pond/

7.  Luis Alberto Urrea - Into the Beautiful North ( UCSB Reads - Author Event)
    Monday, April 24 / 8:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free)

"Luis Alberto Urrea is one of the foremost chroniclers of the border between the United States and Mexico... he has sympathetically and imaginatively documented the lives of unknown Mexicans crossing into America and the agents charged with stopping them.” The Washington Post

Hailed by NPR as a “literary badass” and a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of numerous books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea uses his dual culture to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. A gifted storyteller, he has received an American Book Award for his memoir Nobody's Son and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Devil’s Highway, among many accolades. Urrea’s bestselling novel Into the Beautiful North, the UCSB Reads 2017 selection, follows a young woman on a memorable quest to define herself without borders.

For details https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3614

8.  Confucianism:  An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture (talk)
    Tuesday, April 25 / 5:00-6:30 p.m. / HSSB, room 4080 (free)

This talk examines how Confucian political culture operates in contemporary Chinese politics.  The author draws upon a wide range of data—surveys, interviews, archives, public hearings records, and Communist Party reports—to argue that China’s authoritarian political culture performs functions similar to democratic political cultures, i.e., providing legitimacy for the government and enabling citizens to engage the state.  The talk also discusses how Chinese notions of morality, reciprocity (guanxi), rule of law, legitimacy of the state, and the modes citizens employ to connect with the state are all rooted in key principles of Confucian discourse.

For Flyer and details http://www.eastasian.ucsb.edu/confucius/news/announcement/318

9.  Who's Afraid of Facebook? Perceptions about Social Media in Europe (talk)
    Wednesday, April 26 / 12:00 noon / SSMS 2135 (free)

Ulrike Klinger, Visiting Scholar, Center for Information Technology & Society, UCSB; Senior Researcher, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Europeans seem to be more reluctant to embrace social media in political communication than their US counterparts. The use of social media varies between the US and European countries, as does the role that social media play in election campaigns and public administration. In this talk, Dr. Ulrike Klinger (University of Zurich) will provide a comparative perspective and present some of the current regulatory discussions, particularly in Germany and Switzerland, around constraining platforms and holding social media companies accountable for their distribution of content, such as hate speech or fake information. The objective of the talk is to spark discussion on cultural, historical, economic, and political aspects at play when transnational communication systems based largely on "Californian optimism" meet local structures, narratives, and traditions.

For BIO and details http://www.cits.ucsb.edu/news/event/506

10.  UCSB Music of India Ensemble (performance)
    Wednesday, April 26 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

Scott Marcus leads a performance of North Indian classical music performed on sitar-s with tabla accompaniment by Shashank Aswath and Ziyad Marcus.

This is part of the Spring 2017 World Music Series presented by the Ethnomusicology Program and the MultiCultural Center every Wednesday at noon.  For more information, contact the MultiCultural Center at 893-8411.  In case of rain, the event will be held in the Music Room 1145 in the Music Building.

http://music.ucsb.edu/news/world-music-series

11. When School Meets the Other: Intercultural Policies in the Basque Inclusive School (Discussion)
    Thursday, April 27 / 12:30 p.m. / Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall (free)

Maria Martinez (Feminist Studies, UCSB)

This discussion will focus on Gabriel Gatti, Ignacio Irazuzta & María Martínez  When School Meets the Other: Intercultural Policies in the Basque Inclusive School, Patterns of Prejudice (2017) and From Identity to Vulnerability / De la identidad a la vulnerabilidad by Maria Martinez and Ignacio Irazuzta.

For BIO and flyer http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/when-school-meets-the-other/

12.  A Child Hero: Heroic Biographies in Children’s Literature (talk)
    Thursday, April 27 / 4:00 p.m. / Buchanan 1940 (free)

Svetlana Maslinskaya (Research Fellow, the Institute of Russian Literature)

The idea of child heroism in Russian literature for children first can be traced to state ideology and analyzed as part of patriotic pedagogical discourse both in the Russian imperial period and in the Soviet Union. Secondly, models of heroic behavior and their narrative representations closely resemble models of behavior by saints found in hagiographic literature. Finally, a character of a child hero who commits an act that is both extraordinary and valuable for the community partakes in an international repertoire of motifs encountered across genres. The poetics of heroic narrative in Soviet children’s literature since the 1920s retains features formed in the previous period and invents some new features, especially by transforming the category of the enemy. This talk focuses on typological and genetic analysis of Soviet narratives of a child hero, with particular attention to works by leading authors of Soviet children’s literature.

For BIO and details http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/a-child-hero/

13.   Laila Lalami - Muslims in America: A Secret History (author talk)
    Thursday, April 27 / 7:30 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free)

“One of her generation’s most gifted writers.” – Reza Aslan, author of Zealot

Among today’s most influential and articulate voices, author and essayist Laila Lalami delivers salient explorations of timely issues such as injustice and Islamophobia. Born in Morocco and educated in England and the U.S., Lalami is celebrated for her deft interplay between the local and the global, the personal and the collective and the contemporary and the historical. Her most recent novel, The Moor’s Account, received the American Book Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her cultural commentary regularly appears in publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and The New York Times.

For details https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3625

14.  Thinking Palestine (Panel, Poster Exhibit, Reception)
    Friday, April 28 / 4:00-6;30 p.m. / Wireframe Studio, Music Library UCSB (free)

June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The anniversary makes all too evident what activists and scholars have long noted: the Israeli military occupation is not temporary. It is a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political landscape.

Along with UCLA and UCB, UCSB is hosting a day of commemoration that will include a pane, a poster exhibit, and a reception. The panel seeks to build on decades of critical thinking and political organizing around Palestine and justice more broadly. It will engage how legality, legitimacy, and history have intersected over the last half a century.

Panelists: Felice Blake, Richard Falk, Lisa Hajjar, Sherene Seikaly
Discussant: Jennifer Tyburczy

For flyer and details http://www.cmes.ucsb.edu/events.html

15.  An Evening of Azerbaijan Folk and Classical Music: Azeri Band (performance)
    Friday, April 28 / 8:00-9:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater

With countless successful concerts, more than 15 albums in 15 years, and a group of highly talented musicians, it is an honor to present Rahim (garmon & vocals), Armen (piano), Leva (keyboard), Garnik (clarinet), and Gaik (Nagara) as they play the beautiful tunes of Azerbaijan live! Azeri music is a harmonious folk tradition that reaches back to nearly 1,000 years. Come and be dazzled by a performance that will always remain in your heart.

Tickets:  $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.
MultiCultural Center http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/events/spring-2017

16.  Kid Flix Mix (Best of the NY International Children's Film Festival)
    Sunday, April 30 / 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall

The annual festival that is “redefining what kids’ entertainment can be” (Time Out New York) returns with a fresh and exciting lineup of kid-friendly, parent-approved and jury selections. A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, the fun begins with films geared toward ages 4-6 and continues in the second half with films for ages 6 and above (approx. 60 min. each). This entertaining mix of musical and narrative shorts is a delightful cinema experience for all ages.

Second screening added!
11 AM (recommended for ages 4-6)  *NOTE TIME CHANGE*
12:30 PM (recommended for ages 6 and up)

Tickets good for admission to one or both screenings. Come for one, stay for both! Family fun activities and concessions will be available in between the screenings.

Tickets:  $10 General Public, $5 Child (12 & under)
For tickets and Film Lineup https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3481