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January 2018

Cold War Curvature: Measuring and Modeling Gravity in Postwar American Physics (David Kaiser, MIT)

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

A popular image persists of Albert Einstein as a loner, someone who avoided the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favor of quiet contemplation. Yet Einstein was deeply engaged with politics throughout his life; indeed, he was so active politically that the FBI kept him under surveillance for decades. His most enduring scientific legacy, the general theory of relativity – physicists’ reigning explanation of gravity and the basis for nearly all our thinking about the cosmos – has likewise…

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Life and Death at Ancient Eleon: Excavations in Central Greece, 2011-2017

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States

A lecture by Brendan Burke, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Excavations at ancient Eleon, located 15 km east of Thebes in central Greece, have revealed a center of vibrant activity throughout the Late Bronze Age, starting with a burial complex of the Late Helladic I period (ca. 1600 BCE) and continuing to significant settlement remains of the Late Helladic IIIC period (ca. 1100 BCE). Work has also revealed intriguing…

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February 2018

Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Quinones will discuss the origins of our nationwide opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical marketing, changes in our heroin market, and new attitudes toward pain among American healthcare consumers. He will also discuss cultural shifts that made this epidemic possible. Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015. He has reported on immigration, gangs, drug…

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Professor Jeremy Johns, Oxford University, “Documenting Multiculturalism in Norman Sicily”

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
HSSB 4020, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games

February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

You are invited to join us for the third meeting of the Colloquium for Latin American and Caribbean History as we welcome Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall from the California State University, San Marcos who will be presenting a paper entitled “‘Slave Revolts on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Videogames”. The lecture considers existing films and video games on the Haitian Revolution in light of anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s arguments about the “unthinkability” of this event. It will compare existing cinematic representations of the Revolution to…

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Royal Manuscripts of the Moroccan Royal Library: An Introduction and Overview

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
HSSB 4080, 4080 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Speaker: Dr. Khalid Zahri, Royal Library, Rabat, Morocco. Sponsored by the UCSB Center for Middle East Studies.

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Professor Tracy Adams, University of Auckland, New Zealand, “The French Political Royal Mistress and Gallic Singularity”

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
HSSB 4020, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

We are so used to the idea of the royal mistress as a constituent element of the French king’s grandeur that we tend not to think about how strange it is that in Ancien Régime France nine women who were not part of the royal family exercised significant political influence. Adams suggests that the key moment in the emergence of influential royal mistresses comes when the royal family, traditionally assimilated with the Holy Family, began to be assimilated with the…

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Seth Rockman, History, Brown University, “Plantation Labor Outsourced: Rethinking New England Outwork and the National Economy of Slavery in Antebellum America”

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
HSSB 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Rockman is the author of Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (2008) and co-editor, with Sven Beckert, of Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (2016). Scraping By won the OAH’s Merle Curti Prize, the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and the H.L. Mitchell Prize from the Southern Historical Association. Rockman spent the 2016-17 year at re:work, a research institute on global labor history at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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Citizens of Nowhere: The Case for Embracing the Stateless – David Baluarte, Washington & Lee University

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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Professor Terence Keel, “The Ghost in the Machine: How Christianity Haunts the Biological Sciences”

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Goleta Branch Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117 United States

Keel argues that the enduring belief that race comes from “nature” reflects the haunting influence of Christian intellectual history on the development of modern scientific thinking about human ancestry.2018-Keel-flyer-pdf

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