1. Memorial Day (holiday - campus is closed)
Monday, May 27, 2019
2. Homes for Gods and Mortals (Film Screening and Discussion with the Director)
Wednesday, May 29 / 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)
Homes for Gods and Mortals is a 2018 documentary by the acclaimed Indian film scholar Gayatri Chatterjee. It follows life in two small settlements neighboring the temple complex of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madhya Pradesh, India, that is famous for its ornate medieval architecture. The film focuses on the present-day residents of the villages—the nature of their embodied modes of worship and ritual performances—and the interaction of individual lives in a dynamic network around the temples. The film traces a continuous history of migration, settlement, and displacement and of material poverty amid spiritual riches.
3. A Family Romance: Specters of Incest in Eileen Chang’s Heart Sutra (1943) (talk)
Thursday, May 30 / 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. / Buchanan Lecture Hall 1920 (free)
This lecture focuses on Eileen Chang’s Xinjing, The Heart Sutra to map and understand the ways in which the author depicted different types of emotional, erotic, sexual, and psychological flows and exchanges between parents, children, and their partners and spouses. Xinjing will be here read in conversation with a wide array of other sources, first and foremost the mid – and late – Qing literary heritage that so greatly occupied and influenced Eileen Chang’s own literary universe and pursuits, as well as the westernized literary milieu in which she lived and operated in 1940s Shanghai.
Paola Zamperini is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University.
4. Symposium and Staged Readings: The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea
Friday, May 31 / 7:30 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)
Saturday, June 1 / 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. / McCune Conference Room (free)
Saturday, June 1 / 7:30 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)
Cherríe Moraga’s play, The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea (1995), depicts a dystopic future in a fractured América, aggravated by an entrenched patriarchy. It also explores the tenets of the movement that founded what are now thriving Chicana[x]/Latina[x] programs throughout the Southwest, including the UCSB Chicano Studies program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. This symposium will present a timely (re)consideration of a movement in progress, alongside two staged readings of the play.
5. UCSB Middle East Ensemble Spring Concert (performance)
Saturday, June 1 / 7:30 p.m. / Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present an evening of music and dance reflecting the great variety of cultures found in the Middle East on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The Ensemble's Spring concert will feature two extended sets of regional Persian folk songs presented by Bahram Osqueezadeh (UCSB Persian music lecturer) and Special Guests Mitra Khorsandi (vocalist), Siamak Bozorgi (tar, shurangiz, and vocal), and Nadia Sabet (tombak and daf).
The ensemble will also perform two celebrated Arabic art songs (recorded by Umm Kulthum and Warda) presented by graduating senior Sarah Salem; two Sephardic songs featuring Andrea Fishman; and a Kazakh song by UCSB Kazakh Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Nazerke Doskeldi.
As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Egyptian, Greek, and Turkish cultures, and also a Latin-Arab fusion dance, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah; Ellen Chang and Alicia Cordero; Alexandra King; and Karim Nagi. Ari Marcus will also make a special guest appearance.
Tickets: $15 General, $10 non-UCSB students, $5 UCSB Students, Children under 12 free
6. Son Jarocho Ensemble (performance)
Wednesday, June 5 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)
Directed by Alexandro D. Hernández, the UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble presents string music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico.