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University of California Santa Barbara
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May 2016

Film Screening/Talk: “American Umpire”

May 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Elizabeth Cobbs and James Shelley grant us a sneak preview of their forthcoming PBS documentary film, “American Umpire,” based on Prof. Cobbs’s acclaimed history book of the same name. The film recounts America’s post-World War II role as the world’s policemen and explores whether the United States can, and should, continue to play that role in the future. After screening the film, which runs for 56 minutes, Professor Cobbs and Mr. Shelley, the film’s director, will discuss the making of…

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September 2016

Save the Date! Breakfast with the Humanities, September 20

September 20, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

On Tuesday, September 20, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts will host the fourth annual Breakfast with the Humanities for HFA undergraduates at the McCune Conference room (HSSB 6020) at 9:30am. $50 gift certificates to the UCSB Bookstore as well as cool gear from local marketing company Oniracom will be raffled off!!!

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October 2016

Free

Suez at Sixty: Remembering the Suez Crisis and War of 1956

October 20, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - October 21, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

This fall marks the 60th anniversary of the Suez War of 1956, a pivotal moment in Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and international history. In response to Egypt’s nationalization of the Suez Canal Company, Britain, France, and Israel launched a coordinated military assault against Egypt. The United States, the Soviet Union, and much of the international community strongly opposed this move, eventually compelling the aggressors to withdraw their forces from Egypt. These events signaled a new complexity in the Cold War and…

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February 2017

Free

Panel Discussion: Historical Perspectives on President Trump’s Jan. 27 Executive Order on Immigration

February 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Three faculty of the UCSB History Department will provide historical perspectives on immigration in the U.S.: Giuliana Perrone, “The History of Exclusion in American Law” Nelson Lichtenstein, “Immigrants Built the American Left and They Will Do It Again” Paul Spickard, “Immigration in a Time of Hate” Feb. 8 Poster

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Free

Film—”Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt”

February 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:20 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
poster of Film—"Nasser's Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt"

The Center for Cold War Studies and International History will show Icarus Film’s new documentary, “Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt,” a stirring but unflinching portrayal of Gamal Abdel Nasser and his impact on Egyptian, pan-Arab, and international politics. After the screening of the film, which runs about 80 minutes, Sherene Seikaly, Associate Professor of History at UCSB, will offer commentary and lead a discussion of the film. The event is free an open to the public. Delicious refreshments…

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March 2017

Mary Furner, History, “The Jacobs Era in US Labor Standards Law and Regulation, 1885-1899”

March 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
Photo of Mary Furner

Professor Furner is the author of Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science (with a new Introduction, 2010); “Ideas, Independencies, Governance Structures, and National Political Cultures: Norbert Elias’s Work as a Window on U.S. History,” in Christa Buschendorf, et al, eds, Civilizing and Decivilizing Processes: Figurational Approaches to American Culture (2011); and “From ‘State Interference’ to the ‘Return of the Market’: The Rhetoric of Economic Regulation From the Old Gilded Age to the New,” in…

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January 2018

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

January 24, 2018 @ 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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February 2018

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

February 1, 2018 @ 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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Citizens of Nowhere: The Case for Embracing the Stateless – David Baluarte, Washington & Lee University

February 16, 2018 @ 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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April 2018

Critical Issues in America presents Prof. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, “Citizenship’s Insular Cases”

April 23, 2018 @ 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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Humanities in Prison (Critical Issues in America Co-Sponsored Event)

April 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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May 2018

Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture – Alex Wellerstein on “Truman’s Bomb”

May 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join us on May 9, 4PM, in the McCune Conference Room for the 2018 Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture. Our guest speaker will be Alex Wellerstein who will be giving a lecture titled Truman’s Bomb and the Making of the Atomic Presidency.  When we think of the importance of the atomic bomb to the Truman presidency, we think of Truman’s weighty decision regarding the use of the weapon on Japan. But historians have known for decades that the narrative of “the decision to…

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Critical Issues in America: Hanink on Citizenship

May 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:50 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Prof. Johanna Hanink (Brown University), “Modern Citizenship Tests and Classical Funeral Orations.”

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November 2018

Parents’ and Family Weekend faculty panel event: “Crossings and Boundaries”

November 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join us for our Parents’ and Family Weekend faculty panel event. The History Department faculty will discuss the ways in which boundaries—ideological, cultural, political, and intellectual—build barriers that impact the lives of ordinary people and their ability to access resources, knowledge, and power. Come join us, and bring along your family!

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Film screening: “1968: The Year that Shaped a Generation”

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

1968 Poster1968 was a pivotal year in U.S. and global history. In the United States, students protested the Vietnam War. In France, they protested university conditions and sparked worker strikes across the country. In Mexico City, they protested state violence. This was also the year when the peaceful protest known as the “Prague Spring” flourished in Czechoslovakia, when Martin Luther King planned a Poor People’s March on Washington, and when Robert Kennedy ran for president. But the backlash against all…

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Talk by Professor Bonnie Honig, Brown University: “Postures of Refusal”

November 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
Bonnie Honig sitting at a table

Postures of Refusal: From Antigone to Kaepernick How do the postures of our bodies communicate citizens’ dissidence or conformity, non-compliance or care? When Kaepernick kneels, Black Lives Matter lie down in the streets, soldiers stand at attention, and we all speak of moral fortitude as having a spine or showing spine, are these mere dramatizations and harmless metaphors? Or might they tell us something about the gendering of moral conscience? This talk will look at the significance of posture of…

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January 2019

Free

Film showing: “In the Shadow of the Moon”

January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo program. The mission’s crewed flights began in 1968 with the first lunar circumnavigation; on July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on another planet. By the end of 1972 Apollo’s funding was cut and NASA’s moon explorations were over. From 1969 to 1972 there were eight crewed missions and 12 astronauts walked on the surface of the moon, exploring and doing scientific work “for the benefit of…

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February 2019

Heavenly Hermaphrodites, a Lecture by Leah DeVun

February 4, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

DeVun Flier This lecture examines how certain ancient and medieval thinkers claimed that “hermaphroditism” was the original condition of humanity, created by God and documented in the first chapters of Genesis. The idea that Adam was a hermaphrodite fueled medieval debates about sex and gender, as well as about human nature. In the modern world, objections to transgender and gender-nonconforming people often cite the bible, which is viewed as describing the division of humans into two distinct sexes. Historians and…

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Book Launch and Signing by David Treuer, University of Southern California: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present

February 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Almost from the moment it occurred, the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was cast in the popular imagination as a point of no return, at which not only did hundreds of Lakota men, women and children perish but so, in a sense, did Native American life itself. Now David Treuer–the critically acclaimed writer, anthropologist, and journalist, himself Ojibwe from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota–brings to that mythology its long-overdue reckoning.…

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Colloquium: Celebrating the Work and Pedagogy of Sharon Farmer

February 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

The Medieval Studies Program and the Department of History are proud to sponsor a colloquium on the work and pedagogy of Sharon Farmer. The event will include presentations by six of her students exploring Professor Farmer’s areas of expertise. The event will take place on February 16th in the McCune Conference Room, and the schedule will be as follows: 1:00-2:30 I. Gender Nicole Archambeau (Colorado State University). “Granting Access: Revealing Women’s Networks through Miraculous Healing.” Abigail P. Dowling (Mercer University).…

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Book Talk: Brendan W. Rensink, Brigham Young University “Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands”

February 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

In Native but Foreign, historian Brenden W. Rensink presents an innovative comparison of indigenous peoples who traversed North American borders in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examining Crees and Chippewas, who crossed the border from Canada into Montana, and Yaquis from Mexico who migrated into Arizona. The resulting history questions how opposing national borders affect and react differently to Native identity and offers new insights into what it has meant to be “indigenous” or an “immigrant.” Rensink’s findings counter a prevailing…

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April 2019

Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture by Audra J. Wolfe: “Science, Freedom, and the Cold War: a Political History of Apolitical Science”

April 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer of Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture by Audra J. Wolfe: "Science, Freedom, and the Cold War: a Political History of Apolitical Science"

As a part of the Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center presents Audra J. Wolfe on the development of so-called apolitical science. Why do so many U.S. scientists continue to lean on the language of apolitical science, even as political leaders display less and less interest in scientists’ claims to expertise, or even the existence of facts? In a new book, Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science, historian Audra J. Wolfe suggests the…

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May 2019

Book Launch: Juan Cobo Betancourt and Natalie Cobo’s “The legislation of the archdiocese of Santafé”

May 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join the Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies and the Department of History to celebrate the publication of Juan Cobo Betancourt and Natalie Cobo’s new book, La legislación de la arquidiócesis de Santafé en el periodo colonial [The legislation of the archdiocese of Santafé in the colonial period] (Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, 2018). The book will be presented, in Spanish, by Juan Carlos Estenssoro, professor and director of the Center for Research on Colonial Spanish…

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Talk by Juan Carlos Estenssoro, “The inescapable Indian”

May 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join us for a lecture by Juan Carlos Estenssoro, entitled “The inescapable Indian: Yungas, chunchos and serranos in the geographical, social and pictorial imaginings of Peru, 16th through 18th centuries.” Juan Carlos Estenssoro is an historian and professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies at l’Université Paris, where he also directs the Center for Research on Colonial Spanish America (CRAEC). ** The lecture will be delivered in Spanish with consecutive English translation from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  After a…

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Talk by Nadia Yaqub, “Towards a Palestinian Third Cinema”

May 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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Talk by Paul Thomas Chamberlin, “The Cold War’s Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace”

May 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Paul Thomas Chamberlin recounts the brutal conflicts that killed millions on battlegrounds across the postcolonial world. He proposes a new geography and periodization and explores the lasting political impact of mass violence after 1945.

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October 2019

Steve Zipperstein, “The Impeachment Wars: What Lies Ahead”

October 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer for Steve Zipperstein, "The Impeachment Wars: What Lies Ahead"

The Trump impeachment saga has gained startling momentum in recent days. As the proceedings accelerate, fascinating legal and policy questions arise. Can the president pardon people who have committed crimes at his behest? Can he pardon himself? Does impeachment require proof of a federal crime? Is the Senate required to hold an actual trial? Can nonfederal legal authorities—like the New York State Attorney General or the Manhattan District Attorney—bring criminal charges against the president while he remains in office? Steve Zipperstein explores these and other…

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November 2019

Einstein’s War: How World War I Made Relativity (Matt Stanley, NYU)

November 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Join us for the next Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture…13 November 2019 at 4PM  About the talk: Einstein’s ascent to worldwide celebrity was, in large part, not his own doing. The 1919 confirmation of the German Einstein’s theory of general relativity by British astronomers soon after the end of the First World War made him an emblem of how science could rise above nationalism and petty patriotism.  But in fact international science – and relativity with it – was nearly shattered…

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January 2020

Susan Lederer, “‘Send My Body to the Medical College’: Alternative Afterlives in Turn of the Century America”

January 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Dr. Susan Lederer, Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison will be giving a talk on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 pm entitled “‘Send My Body to the Medical College’: Alternative Afterlives in Turn of the Century America.” In 1876 American and English newspapers reported the extraordinary will made by an American woman living in London. Inspired by Bentham’s 1832 bequest of his body, Susan Fletcher Smith approached the Royal College of Surgeons with the proposal that,…

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February 2020

Documentary film screening: “McCarthy”

February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

McCarthy 2Seventy years ago this February, Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin launched his destructive anticommunist rampage. Addressing the Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, WVA, McCarthy charged that 205—or was it 57?—known communists were working for the U.S. State Department, enjoying the protection of an indifferent or even a disloyal Truman administration. McCarthy went on to even wilder charges, intensifying an anticommunist Red Scare that had begun shortly after the end of World War II. For a few years in…

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Panel Discussion, “Impeachment in Historical Perspective”

February 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune Room), University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

On Tuesday, February 11, from 4 to 5:30 pm in HSSB 6020 (McCune Center), the Center for Cold War Studies and International History and the Walter H. Capps Center will host a panel discussion titled, “Impeachment in Historical Perspective.” Three UCSB historians will speak on the following topics: Giuliana Perrone on the Impeachment and Senate Trial of Andrew Johnson Laura Kalman on Richard Nixon’s Watergate Scandal and the Impeachment and Senate Trial of Bill Clinton   Salim Yaqub on Presidential Impeachments and U.S. Foreign Policy After the…

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