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YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
AT UCSB

May 13 - May 28, 2017 (**TWO WEEKS of EVENTS**)

1.  Lynsey Addario - A Photographer’s Life of Love and War (National Geographic Live)
    Saturday, May 13 / 3:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall

2.  Almodóvar’s Queer Cinematic Excesses: Verbal-Visual Disjunctions, Haptic Intensities and the Post-filmic Turn (talk)
    Monday, May 15 / 2:00 p.m. / Alumni Hall, Mosher House (free)

3. It’s Complicated: Sexuality in Premodern Islamic Societies (Scholar talk)
    Monday, May 15 / 6:00 p.m. / HSSB, room  4080 (free)

4.  Omar Souleyman, UCSB Middle East Ensemble (performance)
    Monday, May 15 / 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. / UCSB Storke Plaza (free)

5.  Klezmer Music with Kalinka (performance)
    Wednesday, May 17 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

6.  The Arab Film Festival: Best of Shorts Program (film screenings)
    Wednesday, May 17 / 7:00-9:30 p.m. / UCSB Pollock Theater (free w/reservation)

7.   Naomi Klein - Our Environmental Future: Connection, Collaboration and Creation (talk)
    Wednesday, May 17 / 7:30 p.m. / The Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara (free)

8.  Modern history of Chinese Feminism (lecture)
    Thursday, May 19 / 5:00-6:30 p.m. / location TBA* (check web site) (free)

9.  2017 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate: Is ISIS an Existential Threat to the United States?
    Thursday, May 18 / 7:30 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free)

10.  The Central American International Film Festival (film screenings - 2 days)
    Friday, May 19 / 6:00 p.m. / UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater (free)
    Saturday, May 20 / 6:00 p.m. / UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater (free)

11.  Dances from the Middle East with Cris! Basimah (Children of All Ages Event)
    Saturday, May 20 / 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Lounge (free)

12.  Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation in Fisheries Management (BREN seminar)
    Monday, May 22 / 11:30-12:30 / Bren Hall 1414 (free)

13.  UCSB Gamelan Ensemble (performance)
    Wednesday, May 24 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

14.  From 9/11 to Now: Immigrant Rights Matter to Us All (Diversity Lecture)
    Thursday, May 25 / 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)

15.  Memorial Day (Holiday) - campus is closed
    Monday, May 29th

NOTE:  Passport is on vacation!  
No Events will be posted on Friday, May 26th for the week of May 29-June 2nd.

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1.  Lynsey Addario - A Photographer’s Life of Love and War (National Geographic Live)
    Saturday, May 13 / 3:00 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall

MacArthur fellow Lynsey Addario is an intrepid and courageous photojournalist who documents humanitarian crises for National Geographic, Time magazine and The New York Times. Her recent work includes reportage on the plight of Syrian refugees, the ISIS push into Iraq and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Listed among Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women, Addario has been kidnapped twice ? in Iraq in 2004 and Libya in 2011. She relates these and other experiences from her heroic work in her memoir, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, currently being adapted into a Steven Spielberg film starring Jennifer Lawrence. (Mature content)

Tickets:   $25 General Public, FREE for All Students (with valid student ID)
For tickets and information https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3631

2.  Almodóvar’s Queer Cinematic Excesses: Verbal-Visual Disjunctions, Haptic Intensities and the Post-filmic Turn (talk)
    Monday, May 15 / 2:00 p.m. / Alumni Hall, Mosher House (free)

Brad Epps (Spanish,University of Cambridge)

Foregrounding the human form, its expanses and folds, comings and goings, the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar also foregrounds its artful, artificial construction, its mutability and adaptability, its susceptibility to modification and alteration. The cinematic modification and alteration of the human entails not just cosmetic and performative manipulation, but also a certain cybernetic intensification by which the organic substratum of the human is itself unsettled. In this talk, Epps will track some of the many transformations, modifications and alterations that comprise a paradoxical constant in the work of Spain’s most celebrated living director.

For BIO and details http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/almodovars-queer-excesses/

3. It’s Complicated: Sexuality in Premodern Islamic Societies (Scholar talk)
    Monday, May 15 / 6:00 p.m. / HSSB, room  4080 (free)

R. Stephen Humphreys Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Everett K. Rowson (Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU)

Views of sexuality in modern and contemporary Islamic societies are in general completely at variance with those held in premodern Islamic societies, largely due to the impact of Western colonialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  This talk will attempt to sketch out some of the complexities of premodern attitudes, noting that our available Arabic textual sources are anything but reticent about questions of gender and sexuality, aspiring to a full and frank taxonomy of variations in both realms, but also exhibiting a range of attitudes that can by no means be reduced to a simple exposition of what “Islam” says about sex.

For BIO and details http://www.cmes.ucsb.edu/

4.  Omar Souleyman, UCSB Middle East Ensemble (performance)
    Monday, May 15 / 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. / UCSB Storke Plaza (free)

KCSB-FM 91.9 and Associated Students welcome Syrian musician and EDM sensation OMAR SOULEYMAN to Storke Plaza. Opening for the mostly techno Souleyman will be the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, playing traditional instruments with dance accompaniment.

Souleyman, who started as a wedding singer is his native Al-Jazira region in northeastern Syria, has emerged as a world and electronic music marvel playing shows throughout the United States and Europe. He’s currently on tour with his newest album “To Syria, with Love,” a reflection on his war-torn homeland.

The concert will also serve as a forum to raise awareness of the evolving humanitarian crisis in Syria, and offer a space for attendees to participate in relief efforts. Student socio-cultural groups and organizations focused on Middle East issues will be on hand to share information.

For details https://events.ucsb.edu/event/omar-souleyman-ucsb-middle-east-ensemble/

5.  Klezmer Music with Kalinka (performance)
    Wednesday, May 17 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

Klezmer music and Balkan tunes with Kalinka, a Santa Barbara-based quartet, led by clarinetist, Fred Nadis. With Eric Ederer, guitar; Daniel Moltke, violin; and Andrew Fedders, bass.

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

6.  The Arab Film Festival: Best of Shorts Program (film screenings)
    Wednesday, May 17 / 7:00-9:30 p.m. / UCSB Pollock Theater (free w/reservation)

This event will feature a selection of six outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival. The 90-minute program showcases the emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists.

CAFE REGULAR, CAIRO (Egypt, 2012)
AVE MARIA (Palestine, France, Germany, 2015)
TRANSIT GAME (USA, Lebanon, Canada, 2014)

SILENCE (Lebanon, 2016)
BAHIYA AND MAHMOUD (USA, Jordan, Lebanon, 2011)
PHATWA: THE NARCICYST (Canada, 2009)

Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q&A with the Director of the Arab Film & Media Institute Serge Bakalian and the Artistic Director and Festival Programmer of the Arab Film Festival Deana Nassar. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Mona Damluji of the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies.

For RESERVATIONS and details
http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock/events/arab-film-festival-best-sh...

7.   Naomi Klein - Our Environmental Future: Connection, Collaboration and Creation (talk)
    Wednesday, May 17 / 7:30 p.m. / The Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara (free)

“This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate is a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable…. The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.” New York Times Book Review, 100 Notable Books of the Year

An award-winning journalist, environmentalist and activist, Naomi Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s and a regular columnist for The Nation. Her incisive books include The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. A writer who puts ideas into action, her most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, was made into an acclaimed documentary film. Klein is one of the authors of Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels in Canada that has inspired similar initiatives around the world. In 2016, she received Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize.

For details https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3619

8.  Modern history of Chinese Feminism (lecture)
    Thursday, May 19 / 5:00-6:30 p.m. / location TBA* (check web site) (free)

"Modern history of Chinese Feminism”
Prof. Zhen Wang, Women’s Studies and History, University of Michigan

Sponsored by Confucius Institute. Co-sponsored by UCSB Feminist Studies Department

For details  http://www.eastasian.ucsb.edu/event/prof-zhen-wang-modern-history-of-chi...

9.  2017 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate: Is ISIS an Existential Threat to the United States?
    Thursday, May 18 / 7:30 p.m. / UCSB Campbell Hall (free)

Participants:  Monica Duffy Toft, Marc Gopin
Moderator: Mark Juergensmeyer

The question of whether ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) poses an existential threat to the United States and to countries in the Middle East remains a security issue of national and international consequence. Monica Duffy Toft and Marc Gopin will engage in an informed debate about the extent and nature of the threat ISIS poses and how the US should respond.

For flyer and details http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/2017-rupe-debate/
Information at A&L https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3636

10.  The Central American International Film Festival (film screenings - 2 days)
    Friday, May 19 / 6:00 p.m. / UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater (free)
    Saturday, May 20 / 6:00 p.m. / UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater (free)

Nurture and promote Central America’s burgeoning film movement [I don’t believe we can call it ‘an “industry” yet, but that’s what we aim to achieve!!], its film artists and the isthmus’ rich array of cultural expressions as reflected in its best films. Central American International Film Festival will be a key player, from its location in downtown Los Angeles, in forging an innovative global industry with Central American roots that will enhance the region’s international standing and create new opportunities for development of its communities in the isthmus and abroad

As the iconic US-based film festival dedicated exclusively to the Central American region, we will serve as a valuable bridge where global film personalities come together with filmmakers born on the isthmus, with ancestry there or with an interest in Central American stories, generating global distribution opportunities for all participating producers and parties.

For schedule and film details http://centralamericanfilmfest.com/about

11.  Dances from the Middle East with Cris! Basimah (Children of All Ages Event)
    Saturday, May 20 / 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Lounge (free)

Come learn dances from the Middle East featuring line dances and Egyptian Folk steps in this fun and interactive workshop with Cris! Basimah. Children will be encouraged to forge connections with their own bodies as they engage in this cross-cultural exchange. Cris is the director of the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble Dance Company.

http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/events/spring-2017

12.  Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation in Fisheries Management (BREN seminar)
    Monday, May 22 / 11:30-12:30 / Bren Hall 1414 (free)

Melissa Garren (Chief Scientific Officer, Pelagic Data Systems
Adjunct Research Professor, California State University Monterey Bay)

"Melissa is a fantastic speaker and a true pioneer working at the intersection of marine science and entrepreneurship. In this exciting talk, she will walk us through the details of her work supporting sustainable fisheries while successfully navigating the competitive startup scene."  — Gonzalo Banda-Cruz (MESM 2018), Latin American Fisheries Fellow

Traditionally, the efforts of small scale fisheries have been managed largely in the absence of data and have not been easily incorporated into the global picture of fishing effort. That means that the activities of the vast majority (~90%) of people employed in the fishing industry world-wide have remained unquantified and largely opaque. Pelagic Data Systems has developed a technology that harnesses solar power and cost-effective cellular networks to transmit data to provide a scalable vessel tracking solution to fill this need. Furthermore, capitalizing on the relatively inexpensive cellular networks to transfer the information enables data of much higher granularity to be captured compared with traditional vessel monitoring systems (VMS). By recording a vessel’s position every few seconds, instead of minutes to hours as is traditional, we are able to resolve a diverse array of behaviors happening at sea, including when and where fishing occurred and what type of fishing gear was used. When this information is integrated with other data streams, such as landings records, powerful decision making tools become accessible to management bodies, the research community, and individual fishing vessels. In addition, the ability to integrate vessel tracking data streams from multiple technologies is helping to fill in the global picture of when and where fishing occurs, to support robust data-based management and regulatory decision making. In addition to discussing the science and technology of our work, I will also provide some of the business context for how Pelagic Data Systems evolved as an enterprise.

For BIO and details http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/events/melissa_garren.htm

13.  UCSB Gamelan Ensemble (performance)
    Wednesday, May 24 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

Gamelan is the celebrated gong orchestra of Indonesia. Led by Richard North, the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble will showcase an ancient style of gamelan from Cirebon, West Java, that ranges from calm and contemplative to exuberant and energetic, featuring dynamic drumming, lively interlocking rhythms, and exciting mask dancing.

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

14.  From 9/11 to Now: Immigrant Rights Matter to Us All (Diversity Lecture)
    Thursday, May 25 / 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)

Reflecting on his own family history, Ahilan Arulanantham, director of the ACLU of Southern California, will guide us through 15 years of his career in Immigrants’ Rights Advocacy spanning the aftermath of 9/11 through the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Whether representing detained immigrants in New York during the Fall of 2001, defending detained refugees and Central American children, or championing those affected by the President Trump’s “Muslim Travel Ban,” Ahilan shares his experience in upholding immigrant rights for which he has been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant.

http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/events/spring-2017

15.  Memorial Day (Holiday) - campus is closed
    Monday, May 29th