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Spring Quarter 2007

Film Series: The Life of David Gale (2003)
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 5:00-7:00PM, ACGCC (South Hall 2710)

The ACGCC Film Series Presents
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Moderated by Karen Bishop (Comparative Literature)

Please join us for a screening and discussion of The Life of David Gale (2003), directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph.  The film, starring actors Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney, challenges viewers to rethink the American death penalty, what they know about how such a decision gets rendered and carried out, and the extent to which innocence and guilt may be confused in the American justice system.  Kevin Spacey plays a celebrated philosophy professor who is an outspoken advocate against the death penalty whose life takes a series of unexpected and disastrous turns that lead directly – if such a coincidence can be trusted – to death row.  Kate Winslet is the journalist hired by Spacey to investigate his crimes and save him from execution.  We will discuss what point of view the film’s script ultimately asks us to support, if it undermines itself or successfully merges politics and aesthetics, as well as consider the benefit and detriment of Hollywood’s efforts to represent the death penalty.  For more information, please visit the movie’s official website at

Light Refreshments Will Be Served.


Film Series: Saving Face (2004)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 6:30-8:30PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

The ACGCC Film Series Presents
Saving Face (2004)
Moderated by Caroline Kyungah Hong (English)

Please join us for a screening and discussion of Saving Face (2004), written and directed by Alice Wu. The film revolves around the relationships and secrets of Wil and her mother--Wil is a lesbian, and Ma is pregnant but won't reveal the identity of the father. Both a romantic comedy about two Asian American lesbian characters, as well as a family comedy that reimagines the Asian American mother-daughter trope, Saving Face "is the story of unspoken loves, contemporary and cultural taboos, and the journey of two women towards living their lives honestly." For more info, visit the film's official website.

Light Refreshments Will Be Served.


TALK: Pun Ngai, The 2006-2007 Hull Lecture on Women and Social Justice
Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 2:00PM, MCC Theater

Founder of the Chinese Working Women's Network and Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, she is the author of Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace, which won the 2006 C. Wright Mills Award of the American Sociological Association.

At a time when China turns itself into a "world workshop," we see conflict between neo-liberal globalization and a new class of workers emerging along with global production. The widespread utilization of a dormitory labor regime as a specific technology of control ironically opens up a space for subversion and resistance.

This year’s Hull Lecture is co-sponsored by the MultiCultural Center, the Women’s Center, Asian American Studies, East Asian Studies, New Racial Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, and the Center for Work, Labor and Democracy.


Spring Graduate Colloquium—Human Rights
Friday, May 18, 2007, 11:00AM-1:00PM, South Hall 2617, UCSB

The American Cultures & Global Contexts Center's quarterly colloquia provide a space for students and faculty to hear cutting edge work from advanced graduate students on the center's annual theme.

Our 2006-2007 annual theme is Human Rights.

11:00-11:20AM Mimi Khuc (Religious Studies) "Two Buddhisms in America: Racial and Religious Boundaries and the Case of Vietnamese Zen Monk Thich Nhat Hanh" Abstract
11:20-11:40AM Chrissy Lau (History) "Clash or Coalition? Christianity and the
Asian American Movement in the late 1960s/early 1970s"
11:40AM-12:00PM Dan Pecchenino (English) "Panels and Positioning: MAUS and the Diasporic Comic Book"
12:00-1:00PM Q&A, Discussion, and Refreshments

LECTURE: Rajkamal Kahlon, "You Said It Wouldn't Hurt: Revisualizing (South Asian) History through the Grotesque"
Wednesday, May 16, 2007; 4:00PM; HSSB 3041

Rajkamal Kahlon is a New York-based artist whose work interrogates forms of colonial and racial authority in her dialectical engagement with historical texts. Kahlon’s lecture will focus on her current project, which involves a series of gouache paintings that use as their base illustrations in the 1200-page Cassell's Illustrated History of India, a colonial ethnography published in 1875. As a means of critiquing the will to “make” humans implicit in the visual practices backed by repressive regimes of power, Kahlon paints over the actual pages of Cassell's Illustrated History of India and makes use of violent imagery, clashing colors, and images of the human body turned grotesque through its traumatic encounters with colonialism, military rule, and torture.

Sponsored by the IHC Visiting Artists Program and IHC South Asian Religions and Cultures Research Focus Group


CONFERENCE: Postcolonial Representation[s] & the U.S.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2007, Centennial House, UCSB

Keynote Address: "Opening Elsewhere: The Postcolonial Logics of Telepathy," Bishnupriya Ghosh, Associate Professor of English, UC Santa Barbara

The 2007 American Cultures and Global Contexts Graduate Conference, an interdisciplinary forum at UC Santa Barbara, will explore issues revolving around the postcolonial —encompassing representations of the postcolonial in the U.S., colonial, neo-colonial and postcolonial ideologies and debates surrounding imperialism and empire building. We are not only interested in representations of the postcolonial, inside and outside of the U.S., but also representations that have to do with the U.S. In the face of contemporary debates about whether postcolonial theory is bowing out to theories of globalization, what is at stake for us as postcolonial scholars in continuing our research? Has the U.S. Empire actually or only seemingly “moved on” from previous colonial models? Does postcolonial study reveal continuing colonial violences from a century ago that shape geopolitical balances of power, and internal colonialisms within the U.S. that are lost in overemphasizing transnational flows? The intersections between postcolonial theory, global studies, and American studies offer a rich field of study that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and we aim to cultivate our knowledge and open up a forum for discussion and debate.

For the conference schedule and other information, click here.


CONFERENCE: ACGCC Undergraduate Conference
Friday, May 11, 2007; 11:00AM-3:00PM; Lobero Room, University Center, UCSB

The American Cultures & Global Contexts Center (ACGCC) presents its first annual undergraduate conference. The conference will provide a space for UCSB undergraduate students to share cutting edge work and to gain experience in academic presentation in a more relaxed and collegial setting.

Light lunch will be served.

For more information on this conference, click here.


TALK & FILM: Vivian Price
Wednesday, May 9, 2007, TALK 2:00PM in Phelps 1425, FILM 6:00PM in MCC Theater

Vivian Price will discuss her work on global tradeswomen at 2PM in PHELP 1425. At 6PM the MCC will screen her film Transnational Tradeswomen, and she will be available for questions afterwards.

Inspired by organizers at the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995, former construction worker Vivian Price documented women in the construction industry in Asia. Capturing footage shattering stereotypes of delicate, submissive Asian women, Price discovers that women in many parts of Asia have been doing construction labor for centuries. However, development and the resulting mechanization are pushing them out of the industry.

Sponsored by Eileen Boris, the Hull Chair in Women’s Studies, as part of "Conversations for Change"


TALK: "Asian Crossroads/Transnational American Studies -- Some Challenges and Opportunities," by Professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin (English, Stanford University)
Thursday, April 26, 2007, 2:00-3:30PM, South Hall 2617

Shelley Fisher Fishkin's broad, interdisciplinary research interests have led her to focus on topics including the ways in which American writers' apprenticeships in journalism shaped their poetry and fiction; the influence of African American voices on canonical American literature; the need to desegregate American literary studies; the development of feminist criticism; the relationship between public history and literary history; and the challenge of doing transnational American Studies. A Professor of English at Stanford University, she is the author, editor, or co-editor of forty books, including Lighting Out for the Territory; Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African American Voices; From Fact to Fiction: Journalism and Imaginative Writing in America; The Oxford Mark Twain; and, most recently, Sport of the Gods and Other Essential Writings by Paul Laurence Dunbar. She is the author of over eighty articles, essay and reviews, including pieces published in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. As president of the American Studies Association (2004-2005), she launched the ASA's International Initiative, and helped encourage Americanists to embrace the "transnational turn" in the field. She has given keynote talks at national American Studies conferences in China, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. She is the Director of Stanford's Program in American Studies.


Sister Spit: Next Generation
Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 8:00PM, MCC Theater

Free and Open to the Public!

Join us for a rowdy, raucous literary adventure featuring readings and performances by Sister Spit: Next Generation, a national tour pairing five up-and-coming young queer female writers with award-winning literary sensations and seasoned road-dogs Eileen Myles, Ali Liebgott, and Michelle Tea. Don't miss this night of irreverent, inspired, and brilliant readings, spoken word, and genre-defying performance by a diverse and talented group of queer women artists. For more information check out their website:

Sponsored by Queer Student Union, Center for Chicano Studies, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Women's Center, Women's Studies Feminist Artist Series, American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, and Isla Vista Arts LIVE.

Feel free to contact Andrea Fontenot (fontenot at with any questions.

Winter Quarter 2007

TALK: "World History According to Katrina," A Lecture by Wai Chee Dimock, English Department, Yale University
Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 4:00PM, SH 2635

Wai Chee Dimock, the William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies, focuses her teaching and writing on American literature, law and literature, and world literature. She is especially concerned with the relation of literature to law, philosophy and the history of science. She has authored two books, Empire for Liberty: Melville and the Poetics of Individualism and Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy. Dimock is also co-editor of Rethinking Class: Literary Studies and Social Formations. In her recent work, she has attempted to link American literature to world literature, and she has two new books in progress: Literature for the Planet and Deep Time: American Literature and World History.


CONFERENCE: "Human Rights and Neoliberalism: Universal Standards, Local Practice and the Role of Culture Conference"
March 2-3, 2007, IHC and Campbell Hall

Keynote address: Tariq Ali

Many of the most controversial foreign policy decisions pursued by the United States government in recent years have been defended as means of spreading democracy and of realizing basic human rights. In this regard, the U.S. has been explicit in its attempt to reshape international governance, and to achieve human rights by conjoining these to neoliberal economic policies. Taking up these dynamics, the Human Rights and Neoliberalism Conference will analyze the cultural dimensions of human rights policies, activism and scholarship, and examine closely the ways in which these human rights efforts challenge, extend or otherwise engage the ideals of neoliberalism. Most often associated with free market economies, minimal governmental regulations regarding production, and the dismantling of tariffs and related international trade controls, neoliberalism is also a cultural system, one that claims priority for the individual. Often times echoing the rhetoric of Social Darwinism, advocates of neoliberal policies value individual freedoms and the notion of meritocracy, while arguing against a variety of welfare programs and the recognition of social groups. Both the international human rights movement and the neoliberal economic
imperative (coming of age with Reagan and Thatcher), carry strong cultural assumptions interacting in complex ways that call out for further analysis.

For more information on this conference, click here.


Winter Graduate Colloquium—Human Rights
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 1:00-3:00PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

The American Cultures & Global Contexts Center's quarterly colloquia provide a space for students and faculty to hear cutting edge work from advanced graduate students on the center's annual theme.

Our 2006-2007 annual theme is Human Rights.

1:00-1:20 Eric L. Martinsen (English) "Reading Torture and Tortured Readings in Barthelme's "Indian Uprising" and Hagedorn's Dogeaters" Abstract
1:20-1:40 Carina Evans (English) "Intersections and Innovations: Genre and Interracial Desire in Octavia Butler's Kindred" Abstract
1:40-1:50 Q&A
1:50-2:10 Mary Seliger (Comparative Literature) "Race, Rights, and Resistance in Louise Erdrich's Tracks and Yakima v. Confederated Tribes" Abstract
2:10-2:30 Elizabeth Freudenthal (English) "'Let's Throw Our Wastes into Space!': Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the Commodity in Infinite Jest" Abstract
2:30-3:00 Q&A, Discussion, and Refreshments

Film Series: HANNIBAL (2001)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 7:00PM, South Hall 2635

The ACGCC Film Series Presents


Moderated by Gina Valentino (English)

Please join us for a screening and discussion of Hannibal (2001), directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from the Thomas Harris novel of the same name. Set seven years after The Silence of the Lambs, the film was a commercial success but was greeted with mixed reviews. Time Magazine called it "a banquet of creepy, gory, or grotesque incidents…[with] romance in its dark heart." Less favorably, the UK's biggest selling film magazine, Empire, gave it 2 out of 5 stars, calling it "laughable to just plain boring" and "toothless to the end." Come out and decide for yourself!

It's All about Taste...

Light Refreshments Will Be Served.


TALK: Professor Rebecca Wanzo, "The Abduction Will Not Be Televised: Sentimental Discourse and Child Protection"
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:30PM, South Hall 2635

Rebecca Wanzo is an assistant professor in the departments of Women's Studies and African-American and African Studies at Ohio State University.


Chicano Secret Service , "Pre-Emptive Strike"
Friday, February 2, 2007, 8:00PM, MultiCultural Center Theater

A cross between the radical theories of Franz Fanon and Paulo Freire, and the high jinx comedy of Monty Python, Chicano Secret Service's performance is edgy, topical, and politically keyed to the beat of today's Los Angeles. Urban and media-literate, but with academic know-how, they are reinventing the enthusiasm of the 60's and 70's for a new generation. Their latest multi-media political satire play "Pre-Emptive Strike" continues the saga of earlier characters while blending in all-new developments.

Sponsored by the Center for Chicano Studies, the American Cultures and
Global Contexts Center, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and
the MultiCultural Center.


Ron Paris, "Sweet Soul Music"
Monday, January 22, 2007, 4:00-6:00PM, MultiCultural Center Theater

Come hear about
  • Sam Cooke (who said "no" to segregated concerts);
  • Mose Wright ("thar he is");
  • Charles Brown (the Christmas man);
  • Ruth Brown ("Motormouth Maybelle");
  • the rope;
  • and the four girls from 16th Street Baptist Church.

Singer Ron Paris sings soul music and presents the history of rhythm and blues in a special performance. This lecture describes moments in the history of music in America and music's contribution to social justice and human rights. It pays tribute to those R&B pioneers who literally and figuratively made the rope disappear that used to divide white from black audiences. Hear about Charles Brown, Johnnie Ace, Bobby Bland, Ruth Brown, B.B. King, and James Brown, with special focus on the Platters (with whom Ron sang in the early 70s) and Sam Cooke.

Sponsored by the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center, Department of Black Studies, the Center for Black Studies Research, the Center for Chicano Studies, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and the MultiCultural Center.

Fall Quarter 2006

Film Series: Lord of War (2005)
Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 5:00PM, South Hall 2716 (American Cultures Seminar Room)

Moderated by Allison Britt and Jenna Taylor (ACGC Undergrad Reps)

Light Refreshments Will Be Served

Please join us for a screening and discussion of Lord of War (2005), written and directed by Andrew Niccol.  According to Salon film critic Stephanie Zacharek, the film is “a geopolitical satire about a nice Ukrainian boy from Brooklyn, NY, Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), who builds an outrageously successful gunrunning business from the ground up….  Niccol isn’t exactly subtle, but there’s a lightness to his approach that underscores, rather than diminishes, the gravity of the material.”


TALK: Esther Lezra, "Cultural and Material Passages of the Atlantic: Surinam, Haiti, and the Transnational British Imaginary"
Monday, December 4, 2006, 12:00PM, Library of the Department of Religious Studies (HSSB, 3rd floor)


Reading: Yvette Christiansë, "Unconfessed"
Thursday, November 30, 2006, 4:00PM, MultiCultural Center Theater

Join us as Yvette Christiansë, South African poet and author of the widely known epic poem Castaway, reads from her first full-length novel. Based on actual 19th century court records, Unconfessed tells the fictionalized account of Sila van den Kaap, an African slave woman who is spared death but sent to spend the rest of her life on Robin Island for the murder of her own child. Through the rich flow of Sila's voice the reader is introduced to the precise details of a slave woman's life in the South African outback of the early 1800s.

Sponsored by the MultiCultural Center, the IHC, and the Departments of American Studies, Black Studies, English, Sociology, and Women's Studies.


Reading: Russell Leong
Monday, November 13, 2006, 5:00PM, MultiCultural Center Lounge

Click here for the MCC flyer.

Join the UCSB MultiCultural Center as Russell Leong, current editor of Amerasia Journal, the premier interdisciplinary scholarly journal of Asian American Studies, reads from some of his recent works. Leong is a highly gifted editor, professor, writer, and Chen taichiquan instructor, whose literary work includes The Country of Dreams and Dust (poems), winner of the PEN Josephine Miles Award in Literature, and Phoenix Eyes and other Stories, the winner of the 2001 American Book Award. Leong has also been featured as one of the 50 U.S. poets on the PBS series, The United States of Poetry.

For more information or assistance in accommodating people of varying abilities, contact the MultiCultural Center at (805) 893-8411.


Halloween Poetry & Pizza Slam!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 12:00-1:00PM, ACGCC (South Hall 2607)

As part of the “Trick or Treat in the Centers” festivities, the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center hosts its first annual Halloween Poetry and Pizza Slam!

Bring your appetite and a spooky poem to read!

And don't forget to visit the EMC and Transcriptions for more Halloween treats!


TALK: Professor Sieglinde Lemke, "Diasporic Modernism: On Jean-Michel Basquiat's Cryptic Art"
Monday, October 9, 2006, 4:00-6:00PM, Center for Chicano Studies Conference Room
South Hall 4503 (Fourth Floor near Grad Tower)

Dr. Sieglinde Lemke (American Studies, Freiburg University, Germany) taught at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin, for fifteen years and recently became a Professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

Her publications include:
• Vernacular Matters: A Comparativist Approach to American Literature, Duke University, forthcoming.
• Primitivist Modernism; Black Culture and the Origins of Transatlantic Modernism. New York: Oxford U Press, 1998.
• Zora Neale Hurston. The Complete Stories. Co-Editor with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
• “Berlin and Boundaries: Sollen vs. Geschehen.” boundary 2, vol 27/3 (WS 2000): 45-78.

Dr. Lemke was a Visiting Scholar in residence at UC Irvine (2000-2001) and a Visiting Professor at the African American Studies Department at Harvard University (1994-95).

Spring Quarter 2006

Film Series: West Side Story (1961)
Thursday, June 8, 2006, 5-7:30 PM, South Hall 2617 (across from the Sankey Room)

Please join us for our final screening and discussion of the year: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise's musical film West Side Story, named the best picture of 1961 and winner of 10 Academy Awards.

West Side Story is a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City, where rival street gangs (the Anglo-American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks) battle for territory and respect. Is the love affair between former Jets leader Tony, and Maria, sister to Sharks' leader Bernardo, doomed to failure?

According to cultural critic and filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner, "West Side Story has simultaneously become a Puerto Rican movie and foundation for a critical discourse of representation, and has bound Puerto Ricans to a "classic" American cultural product. In other words, regardless of whether as a spectator you are oblivious to West Side Story's racism, queerness, or the genericness of "Latin" culture embedded in its music and choreography, Puerto Ricans (as a sign) are forever part of the history of Broadway and American motion pictures--the repositories of American national fantasies."

Discussion moderated by Steve Shane (English). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.


READING/RECEPTION: Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Sister Swing
Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 4:00 pm, MultiCultural Center Lounge

Acclaimed poet, novelist and UCSB professor of English, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim presents excerpts of her newly published novel Sister Swing in a moving reading. This sensitively written story about Asian women finding their place in modern society, told in the voices of the three Wing sisters, chronicles their migration from Malaysia to the United States. Among other works, Lim is the author of Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands and Monsoon History.

Karen Yamashita, author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest
"... [set] against [a] wild cultural backdrop... the story unfolds to reveal the strong and intimate ties and responsibilities of sisterhood."

Shawn Wong, author of American Knees
"... a richly textured understanding of a family rooted in a rigid patriarchy ... and their new identity molded in [1980s'] America."

Richard Lim, The Straits Times
"As in her first novel Joss and Gold, Shirley... has infused the work with her poetic sensibility. A compelling read."

For more information or assistance in accommodating people of varying abilities, contact the MultiCultural Center at (805) 893-8411.

Film Series: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
Thursday, May 25, 2006, 5-7:30 PM, South Hall 2617 (across from the Sankey Room)

Please join us for a screening and discussion of Danny Leiner’s 2004 film Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. Two twenty-something stoner roommates -- one a Korean American investment banker, the other an Indian American medical school candidate -- go through a life changing journey, as they spend a night roaming the state of New Jersey in search of White Castle hamburgers.

"Without lifting a finger to make its point, Harold & Kumar . . . may have said more about race in America today than any other movie of [2004]," writes critic Stephanie Zacharek. "There's something freeing in the way Harold & Kumar treats its characters' ethnic backgrounds not as a novelty, as a stumbling block or even as an advantage, but as a simple fact."

Discussion moderated by Caroline Hong (English) and Aimee Woznick (English). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

TALK: John Jota Leaños, "Imperial Silence: Ideological Disruptions and Social Art Documentary in a Time of Infinite War"
Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Reception to follow), English Conference Room, 2635 South Hall

A Presentation by Professor John Jota Leaños
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Arizona State University

John Jota Leaños is a social art practitioner who utilizes varied media to engage in the symbolic arenas of popular culture. He has completed a range of new media, public art, installation, and performance work focusing on the convergence of memory, social space and decolonization. He will be discussing decolonial art activism and emerging forms of documentary art making. Leaños' latest animation, Los ABCs ¡Qué Vivan los Muertos! had its theatrical debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. His work has been has also been exhibited at the 2002 Whitney Biennial, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Leaños is currently Artist/Scholar-in-residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Center for Chicano Studies.

TALK: Jaideep Singh, "Caught in the Crosshairs: Muslims Amidst Contemporary International White and Christian Supremacy"
Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, HSSB 5024

The Department of Asian American Studies Spring 2006 Colloquium presents Jaideep Singh whose project seeks to interrogate the recent international controversy emanating from the publication, in numerous Western media sources,of maliciously malevolent cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad, through the intersecting lenses of international white and Christian supremacy.

Beginning with a contextualization of the increasingly pervasive modern incarnations of white and Christian supremacy in the United States, the paper will move this frame of analysis to the international context. In particular, it will focus on illuminating salient issues elided and submerged by the Western media and politicians in representing Muslim reaction to the cartoons. For instance, the paper deconstructs the facile and deceptive manner in which such opinion-makers have attempted to limit public discourse on the issue to the ultimately peripheral issue of freedom of speech, while ignoring the rampant Islamophobia and racism undergirding so many of the public conflicts in contemporary Europe.

Jaideep Singh is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the co-founder and managing director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), a Sikh American mediawatch and civil rights advocacy organization.

Light refreshments will be available. If you need assistance due to a disability, please call (805) 893-8039.

Keynote Speaker: Shelley Streeby (Associate Professor of Literature, UC San Diego), "The Sensational West: Cultural Memories of the US-Mexico War and the Civil War during the Mexican Revolution"
Saturday, May 13, 2006, 1:00-2:20 pm, 2006, Centennial House

Shelley Streeby, keynote speaker for the ACGCC Graduate Conference, was awarded the American Studies Association's 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for American Sensations: Class, Empire and the Production of Popular Culture (UC Press, 2002). The Lora Romero Prize, presented annually, recognizes an author’s first published work in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with class, gender, sexuality, and/or nation.

An innovative cultural history, American Sensations investigates an intriguing and often lurid assortment of sensational literature that was extremely popular in the United States in the 18th century. Through dime novels, cheap story paper literature, and journalism for working-class Americans, Streeby uncovers themes and images that reveal the profound influence that the U.S.-Mexican War and other nineteenth-century imperial ventures throughout the Americas had on U.S. politics and culture.

Click here for more details.

Conference: Racing Across Borders: National and Transnational Narratives
Saturday, May 13, 2006, 9 AM-5:30 PM, Centennial House

The third annual ACGCC Graduate Conference will explore issues revolving around race and racial formation and how these processes function differently as they move across a variety of borders such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, discipline and nation. We will take up the question of how multiple racial formations arise and are represented within particular cultural contexts as well as what happens to these formations and representations when they come into contact with racial structures from other cultural contexts. Presentations will investigate what happens to the concepts and constructions of race as they move across various contact zones, borders, and intersections, and how the increasing speed of this mobility challenges national and global assumptions about race.

This one-day conference will focus on national and transnational narratives of race and racial formation. We hope to provoke discussions of both contemporary and historical narratives that emerge from the broadest definition of culture, encompassing literature, the visual arts, religion, politics, the media, class, music, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, law, commerce, and so on. In particular, one of the bigger questions we seek to open up, is what happens to race when we bring together Global studies and American studies? Is race elided or does it undergo a transformation? How do we discuss ethnic/race studies when they are globalized? Click here for a detailed schedule of events.

Film Series: Blazing Saddles (1974)
Thursday, May 11, 2006, 5-7:30 PM, South Hall 2617 (across from the Sankey Room)

A sendup of Hollywood and whitewashed American history, Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles "is an over-the-top parody of the Western film genre, in addition to being an intelligent satire about racism," according to Wikipedia. When the sheriff of a small frontier town is killed, convict Bart is appointed the first black sheriff of the all-white Rock Ridge by the evil Hedley Lamarr in a plot to chase the townspeople from their homes. critic Max Garrone writes that the film "skewers race in the West, Hollywood westerns, manifest destiny and everything else under John Ford's sun." Blazing Saddles also represents comic Richard Pryor's only writing credit on a feature film.

Discussion moderated by Mac Oliver (English). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

Film/Discussion: Mitsuye and Nellie: Asian American Poets (1981)
Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 3:00-3:50 PM, HSSB 1214

Japanese American poet Mitsuye Yamada will lead a discussion of the absorbing documentary that examines the lives of Asian Americans through the inspirational poetry of Yamada and Nellie Wong (pictured right). Interviews, rare archival footage, intimate family scenes and a lively dialogue between these fascinating women underscore the different histories of Chinese and Japanese Americans but also shared experiences of biculturalism and generational difference. Ideal for literature and poetry classes, women's studies and Asian American groups.

For more information about this film, click here.

Reading/Lecture: Mitsuye Yamada, Japanese American Poet
Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 11 AM, Girvetz 104

Mitsuye Yamada is a poet, educator, and founder of Multicultural Women Writers of Orange County. She was born on July 5, 1923 in Fukuoka, Japan. Yamada spent most of her childhood and youth in Seattle, Washington, until she and her family were incarcerated at the relocation camp in Idaho in 1942. Her ordeal during World War II and observations of her mother's way of life bring anti-racist and feminist attitudes to her works.

Yamada's first publication was Camp Notes and Other Poems (1976). The book is a chronological documentary, beginning with "Evacuation" from Seattle, moving in the camp through "Desert Storm," and concluding with poems recounting the move to Cincinnati. "Cincinnati" illustrates the visible racial violence and "The Question of Loyalty" shows the invisible humiliation of the Japanese during World War II.

Her latest volume, Desert Run: Poems and Stories (1988), returns to the unforgettable experience at the internment camp. Also, Yamada is searching for her cultural heritage in her poems by visiting and communicating with her relatives in Japan.For more information on Mitsuye Yamada, click here.

Film Series: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Thursday, April 27, 2006, 5-7:30 PM, South Hall 2617 (across from the Sankey Room)

"The feminist and lesbian film critic B. Ruby Rich, writing at length
on 'Pussycat' in... Village Voice, said she dismissed 'Pussycat' 20
years ago as just a skin flick. Seeing it again during its revival at
New York's Film Forum [in 1995], she had a different reaction,
viewing it now as female fantasy, its images of 'empowerment'
fascinating to her. Meyer, from the beginning of his career and
almost without exception, has filmed only situations in which women
wreak their will upon men" (

Discussion moderated by Adriane Friedl (English). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

Film Series: Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Thursday, April 13, 2006, 5-7:30 PM, South Hall 2617 (across from the Sankey Room)

A Bollywood version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this film is "a free-spirited which Mr. Darcy and the unmarried sisters and their family are plugged into a modern plot that spans London, New York, Bombay and Goa," according to critic Roger Ebert. Critic Subhash K. Jha writes, "By relocating Jane Austen's trans-Atlantic romance to an Indo-British context, [director Gurinder] Chadha brings in the whole post-colonial modern Indian dilemma of globalization and cultural homogenization."

Discussion moderated by Laura Miller (English). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

TALK: Leslie Ito, "Visual Communications: Connecting Communities Through the Media Arts"
Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, HSSB 5024

The Department of Asian American Studies Spring 2006 Colloquium presents Leslie Ito who will discuss VC’s new directions and its future visions. She will also share videos from VC's Armed with a Camera Fellowship Program for Emerging Media Artists, the Digital Histories Program for Adult Learners and clips of VC's most recent production, Grassroots Rising.

Leslie Ito is Executive Director of Visual Communications (VC), a 35-year old (and the nation’s first) Asian Pacific American media arts center located in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. Its mission is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation, and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Islanders. VC was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives and create an environment for critical thinking necessary to build a more just and humane society.

Light refreshments will be available. If you need assistance due to a disability, please call (805) 893-8039.

Winter Quarter 2006

Film Series/CISM: Shadows (1959)
Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 5-7 PM, South Hall 2716

Shadows film poster "Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema, John Cassavetes's 1959 Shadows is the prototype for Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, and all their progeny," writes Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman. Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950's) New York City. "Using the members of a drama workshop he directed, Cassavetes shot 30 hours of footage based on their improvisations. The Charles Mingus score later added makes the jazz analogue explicit. Indeed, as the movie's principals are black, white, and mulatto, race is crucial to the movie," according to Hoberman.

Please join us for a screening of what has been called a "low-budget, post-neorealist, pre-cinema-verité Something New," co-sponsored by the ACGCC and Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM). Discussion moderated by Rob Wallace (English) and Ralph Lowi (Ethnomusicology). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

Special Symposium on Asian American Literary Studies
(featuring Maxine Hong Kingston)

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, 1:00-6:00 PM, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Maxine Hong KingstonPlease visit the symposium website for a more detailed schedule.

Featuring an interview with novelist Maxine Hong Kington, this special half-day symposium will also include two panel discussions on critical issues in Asian American literary and cultural studies. The symposium will conclude with a reception to celebrate the release of a new collection of essays, Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits, edited by UCSB English Professor Shirley Geok-Lin Lim with English doctoral candidates John Blair Gamber, Stephen Hong Sohn and Gina Valentino. For more information on the book, click here.

"Sweet Soul Music:" A Lecture/Performance by Ron Paris
Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 4:00 PM, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

"Sweet Soul Music," presented in honor of Black History Month, conveys the early history of R&B and the contribution of soul music to social justice through word, image, and song. Ron Paris is a soul singer, entertainer, and activist. He has sung with The Platters, has opened for the Jackson Five and Red Foxx, and has performed as The Ron Paris Show in clubs and casinos in Las Vegas from 1971 until 1997. Since moving to Santa Barbara, Ron has been presenting his lecture-performance, "Sweet Soul Music," to youth and university audiences.

For more information, please contact Julie Carlson at

Film Series: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Thursday, February 9, 2006, 6:30 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

One critic has labeled this film "an existential fable" while another has called it a "meditation on cross-cultural exchange." Come and make up your own mind at the ACGCC's screening of Jim Jarmusch's 1999 film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. According to film critic Stephanie Zacharek, "Forest Whitaker plays a reclusive and mysterious inner-city hit man who lives and breathes by the code of ancient Japanese warriors" ( According to Zacharek, the film "has an almost dreamy, rather than gritty, urban look," and it is edited "beautifully against RZA's resonant hip-hop soundtrack."

Discussion moderated by James Hodge (English) and Geoffrey McNeil (English). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

Freedom Is Not Enough:
The Secret of the Sixties that Transformed America
Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and African American Studies, Northwestern University

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, 4:00 PM, Multicultural Center, UCSB

Nancy MacLean The story of the struggles of the sixties is usually told with a focus on symbolic confrontations like the lunch counter sit-ins or the demonstration at the 1969 Miss American pageant. In shifting attention to the fights for jobs and justice waged by the black freedom movement, the feminist movement, and the Mexican American civil rights movement, MacLean uncovers the secret of how these movements managed to alter gender, race, and the workings of power in the U.S. as much as they did. Yet she also reveals how in the 1970s a conservative movement opposed to this transformation mastered a new form of political jujitsu, as it used the power of the language of civil rights and "color blindness" to roll back the gains made by men of color and all women. In a talk based on her new book, Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace, MacLean will offer a fresh interpretation of the last half century of U.S. history.

Presented with the Center for Work, Labor, and Democracy. Co-sponsors: Women's Center, Multi-Cultural Center, Women's Studies, New Racial Studies

Winter Colloquium—Ethnicity, Transnationality and Radical Politics
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, 2:00-4:30 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

The colloquium provides a space for students and faculty to hear cutting edge work from advanced graduate students on the center's theme of "Race Studies: National and Transnational Debates."

Click here to download a poster with colloquium details.

2:00-2:20 Alicia J. Rivera (History) Wysinger v. Crookshank: the case that ended school segregation of African- Americans in California Abstract
2:20-2:40 John Munro (History) “Colonial and Coloured Unity”: The Manchester Pan-African Congress and the links between African American Freedom Struggle and Decolonization Abstract
2:40-2:50 Q&A
2:50-3:10 Sarah MacLemore (English) Transatlantic Fenianism and the Politics of Place: Irish-American Insurgents and the London Dynamite War Abstract
3:10-3:30 Steven H. Shane (English) Appropriated Identity in Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album Abstract
3:30-4:30 Discussion and Refreshments

Film Series: Bamboozled (2000)
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, 6:30 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

You are cordially invited to a screening of Spike Lee's controversial film Bamboozled (2000). In the words of Salon film critic Andrew O'Hehir, the film tells "[t]he story of Delacroix, an uptight buppie with a Harvard coffee mug and a dubious Francophone accent who creates a nightmarish blackface minstrel show for his fictional TV network." According to O'Hehir, "[o]n one hand, it's a furious protest against the persistent media stereotyping of blacks (or "Negroes," as the persnickety Delacroix always says) that has existed throughout American history. But Lee also suggests that blacks have become conscious and unconscious collaborators in the perpetuation of these stereotypes and must bear some responsibility for it."

Discussion moderated by Elizabeth Freudenthal (English) and Ralph Lowi (Ethnomusicology). Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

Fall Quarter 2005

Faculty Seminar Series: Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Professor of English
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, 3:00-5:00 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

Professor Gutiérrez-Jones, director of the ACGCC, will present a paper entitled "Paranoid Designs: Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My Child and 'The Squalor of the Truth.'" Refreshments will be provided.


Fall Colloquium—Race Studies: National and Transnational Debates
Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, 2:00-3:45 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

The colloquium provides a space for students and faculty to hear cutting edge work from advanced graduate students on the center's theme of "Race Studies: National and Transnational Debates." Presenters include English doctoral candidates Jacob Berman, John Gamber and Laura Szanto.

2:00-2:20 Jacob Berman Exquisite Desertion: Petra and the Landscape of American Optimism
2:20-2:40 John Gamber Ridding the World of Waste: Pollution in Erdrich's The Antelope Wife
2:40-3:00 Laura Szanto Stories of Dislocation: Reconstructing Indian Space in Greg Sarris's Grand Avenue and Watermelon Nights
3:00-3:45 Discussion and Refreshments

Film Series: GATTACA (1997)
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, 5:30 PM, Transciptions Studio, UCSB

Gattaca DVD cover The ACGCC and Transcriptions Studio are co-sponsoring this screening of Andrew Niccol's 1997 film GATTACA. According to an article by David A. Kirby, this film, "[a]lthough GATTACA relies on the recognizable tropes of racial discrimination to support its claims about genetic discrimination, it ignores contemporary issues of race and genetics in America. In actuality, Gattaca functions as a 'passing' film that utilizes terminology, images, and situations familiar in discussions of racial discrimination." Discussion moderated by Kimberly Knight and Yanoula Athanassakis. Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.


Faculty Seminar Series: Candace Waid, Associate Professor of English
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, 3:00-5:00 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

Professor Waid's talk is entitled "Bonfire of the Masculinities: Whistler, Wharton, Jewel & Joe Christmas." This lecture is drawn from her book-in-progress, Maternal Muse, Signifying: William Faulkner's Parables of Art. Refreshments will be provided.


Film Series: The Business of Fancy Dancing (2002)
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, 5:30 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB
DVD cover of The Business of Fancy Dancing
You are cordially invited to a screening of Sherman Alexie's 2002 film The Business of Fancy Dancing. In the film, Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Indian poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend. It is based upon Sherman Alexie's book of poetry of the same name. Discussion moderated by John Gamber. Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

Trick-or-Treat in the Centers
Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, 12:00-1:00 PM, English Department, UCSB

Ever wonder exactly what goes on in Transcriptions? Confused about what ACGCC actually stands for? Is the Early Modern Center a foreign land to you? Come visit the centers on Halloween to learn more about our resources and upcoming events! Visitors will be rewarded with treats! Get out of "your" center and visit the others. Costumes are optional.


Happy Hour & Book Release Celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, 5:00 PM, Woodstock's Pizza

The American Cultures & Global Contexts Center warmly invites you to a happy hour at Woodstock's Pizza to celebrate the center's publication of our first book--War Narratives and American Culture, edited by Giles Gunn and Carl Gutiérrez-Jones--and to mark the beginning of a new academic year. Click here for more information about the book.


Film Series: Crash (2004)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, 5:30 PM, South Hall 2635, UCSB

DVD cover of CrashYou are cordially invited to a screening of Paul Haggis' 2004 film Crash, the first film in the 2005-2006 American Cultures & Global Contexts Center. According to Roger Ebert, this film, set in Los Angeles, "tells interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism." Discussion moderated by Eric Martinsen. Light refreshment will be served. Click here for more information about the film.

2004-2005 Calendar of Events

American Identities & Global Crises: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 14, 2005, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Centennial House, UCSB

The 2005 American Cultures and Global Contexts Graduate Conference, an interdisciplinary forum at UCSB, will explore the ways that identities in the U.S. and the Americas shape and are shaped by global crises, whether they are historical or contemporary.  This year we are pleased to host distinguished keynote speaker George Lipsitz (see below). This one-day conference will explore the construction of various identities in the Americas, including those associated with, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, politics, religion, and profession. In particular, we seek to consider these identities in the context of various kinds of global crisis, including the exceptionally charged global environment of recent years. Click here for more information.

George Lipsitz
"The Metaphor of Two Worlds: Abolition Democracy and Global Justice"

Saturday, May 14, 2005, 1 PM, Centennial House, UCSB

19th Century American Culture and Globalization: A Special Symposium
Friday, April 29, 2005, 3-5 PM, English Dept. Seminar Room, South Hall 2635

The Americas are and have always been "global." This symposium situates the contexts of globalization and the Americas from three different perspectives, presented by UCSB scholars from a variety of backgrounds.

§     Stephanie LeMenager, associate professor of English at UCSB, will focus on the ways in which 19th Century American discourse deals with and is influenced by enviromental issues.

§      Jacob Berman, a Ph.D. candidate in English, will present on mid 19th Century American representations of the lost Nabatean city of Petra and the image of the Arab in American writing.

§       Revell Carr, a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology, will look at the role of music in the globalized and globalizing space of whaling ships.

Laurie Shannon
"Actaeon's Coat"

Friday, April 22, 2005, 2 PM, English Dept. Seminar Room, South Hall 2635

Laurie Shannon is Associate Professor of English at Duke University, where she specializes in English Renaissance thought and writing. She is the author of Sovereign Amity: Figures of Friendship in Shaespearean Contexts, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School who uses her legal training as one of her tools in the analysis of Elizabethean life. Her talk will address the philosophical place of animals as the underwriters of "Man" in the early modern milieu, when Elizabetheans made surprisingly ambiguous attempts to distinquish humans from animals.

A Bilingual Celebration of Poetry Month (local poets reading in
Spanish and English)

Friday, April 22, 2005, 12-1 PM, Front Entrance, Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Readers: Maria Herrera Sobek, Adrianne Davis, Osiris, John Romo, Melinda
Palacio, Kelly Peinado.

Coordinated by Zia Isola, UCSB Department of English, and Patsy Hicks, Santa
Barbara Art Museum. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Project and SBMA

Janice Radway

Friday, April 22, 2005, 11:45 AM-1:30 PM, English Dept. Seminar Room, South Hall 2635

Come for lunch provided by the ACGCC and lively discussion. This open seminar will be of particular interest to
anyone interested in American Studies.

Janice Radway
"What's the Matter with Reception Studies: On the Origins, Persistence, and Limitations of a Paradigm"

Thursday, April 21, 2005, 1 pm, McCune Conference Room, UCSB

Janice Radway is Professor and Chair of the Literature Program at Duke University and past president of the American Studies Association. She is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature, a landmark work of cultural studies and of the study of women's uses of popular culture. She is also the author of A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle Class Desire, a major reconsideration of the relations between practices of reading and the publishing industry in the formation of the American middle class. She is currently completing a history of the book in the United States in the twentieth century. Her talk will discuss the current status of one of the most important methods of studying the effects of popular culture, one that lies at the intersection of literary studies, American studies, race studies, gender studies, and sociology


Stayin' Alive: The Revival and Near Death of the American Working Class in the 1970s
Jefferson Cowie

February 6, 2004, 12-1, 4044 HSSB

Jefferson Cowie teaches labor history at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. He is the author of the prize-winning Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor (New Press) and is now working on a book, Last Days of the Working Class: A Social History of Politics and Pop in the 1970s (New Press).

Cowie's talk is sponsored by the Labor Focus Research Group and the Department of History Colloquium Committee.


John Dower
"Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9/11"
February 5, 2004, 4pm, UCSB Campbell Hall
"Visualizing Cultures: East Meets West, West Meets East"

February 6, 2004, 1pm, UCSB McCune Reading Room (HSSB 6020)

Pulitzer-Prize-winner and Elting E. Morrison Professor of History at MIT, Dower is a specialist in modern Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. His most recent book, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in nonfiction, the Bancroft Prize in American history, the John K. Fairbank Prize in Asian history and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history, among other accolades. His use of visual and popular cultural materials for scholarly research is groundbreaking, and he is collaborating with MIT Linguistics and Philosophy Professor Shigeru Miyagawa on "Visualizing Cultures," a project compiling and exploring the visual representations of Japan and the United States' first encounters in 1854. Dower's main lecture Thursday afternoon will explore whether there are parallels between world re-making in the Pacific after World War II and world re-making in the Middle East after 9/11. In an additional presentation Friday, Dower will discuss his visual representations of the encounter between East and West, Japan and the United States, when Commodore Perry's "black ships" entered Tokyo harbor in 1854. Dower's Thursday lecture is co-sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures.


Documentaries, Docudrama and World Governance Film Series:
Victoria Riskin and David Rintels

February 9, 2004, 7-9pm UCSB McCune Reading Room (HSSB 6020)

Writer's Guild of America, West President Victoria Riskin and her husband, writer-producer David Rintels, have both created docudramas and films about moments of world-making. Rintels' work includes Nuremburg (2000) about the famous Nazi trials; Day One (1989) about the Manhattan Project; and Washington: Behind Closed Doors, (1977) about the Nixon Administration. He and Riskin collaborated in writing and producing World War Two: When Lions Roared (1994), as well as co-producing Riskin's scripts for My Antonia (1995), The Last Best Year (1995), and The Member of the Wedding (1997). Riskin is a longtime leader in Human Rights Watch, currently co-chair of its Southern California committee and on the advisory board of its Asia division; in addition, she co-founded the Tibetan Aid Project. Using film clips from their politically-oriented docudramas, Riskin and Rintels will discuss the difficulties of writing, producing and financing serious films in today's industry.

Looking for Color in the Anti-War Movement
Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez

January 27, 2004, 6:30pm, UCSB Multicultural Center Theater

Co-founder and director of the Institute for Multi-Racial Justice, Martinez talks about racism, prejudice and ignorance in the current anti-war movement and the need for an anti-racist critique. Author of the book De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century, Martinez draws on her experience as a writer, educator and social justice activist for 40 years.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o
"Moving the Center: Language, Culture and Globalization"

January 22, 2004, 4pm, UCSB Girvetz 1004

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, and Director of UCI’s International Center for Writing and Translation, is one of Africa’s greatest living writers and intellectuals. World-renowned as a novelist, essayist, playwright, and critic whose works have forged an important link between the pioneers of African writing and a younger generation of postcolonial writers, Professor N’gugi is author of such important works of fiction as Weep Not, Child (1964), The River Between (1965), A Grain of Wheat (1967), Petals of Blood (1978), and many other works. He is also the author of Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986), Moving the Center: The Struggle for Cultural Freedom (1993), and, most recently, Pinpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams: The Performance on Literature and Power in Post-Colonial Africa (1998). Before coming to the University of California, Irvine, he was Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance Studies at New York University, and has also held professorships at the University of Bayreuth, the University of Auckland, Yale University, Smith College, and Amherst College.

Rudy Busto: "The Case of the Missing 'Living Buddha': Why Asian American Studies and American Religious History Need Each Other"

Tuesday, December 2, 12:30pm
Asian American Studies Conference Room, HSSB 5024

Professor Busto is an assistant professor of religion at UCSB. His talk is part of the Department of Asian American Studies' Fall 2003 Colloquia, organized by Celine Parreñas Shimizu and Hung Cam Thai.

If you need assistance due to a disability, please call (805) 893-2371.


Sweet Peace, by Monica Palacios

Thursday, November 13
Studio Theater, Snidecor Hall, Rm 1101, UCSB

Premier Public reading of Palacios' new play, featuring UCSB students and directed by Leo Cabranes-Grant. Seating will be limited.

Leading queer Chicana writer/performer Monica Palacios was awarded a prestigious Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from the Center for Chicano Studies at UCSB for the academic year 2003-2004. As an artist in residence for this year long project, Ms. Palacios will collaborate with campus and community members to stage the world premiere of her original play, Sweet Peace. Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellows are junior, senior and independent scholars as well as artists who are conducting research on Chicana/o culture and the interplay of hybridity, cultural mobility and literacy in a transnational context. This honor recognizes both the relevance, promise and merit of Palacios' current theatrical project, Sweet Peace, as well as the originality and intellectual distinction of her previous work as a playwright, performer, teacher, journalist and storyteller over the past 20 years.

Catch the world premiere of Sweet Peace: A sleazy motel, a couple enjoying lust and love, a voyeur, a death. Now only a cherished father daughter memory and the spirituality of the desert can save Paz and Dulce from their nightmare.

May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2004 at Center Stage Theater in downtown Santa Barbara, CA.


UC-Systemwide Faculty Roundtable
Tuesday, November 4, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
McCune Room, HSSB 6020, UCSB

This rountable is the inaugural event of a year-long project supported by the "Critical Issues in America" series and co-sponsored by the Department of English's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and the Global and International Studies Program. Distinguished faculty members from six different campuses will each address a specific question bearing on the role that culture plays, or has played, in the global debate about America's right to reshape a new world order. Taking up both the historical and theoretical dimensions of these questions, participants will be encouraged after each presentation to interact with each other before moving on to the next presentation, and time will also be reserved at the end of the presentations for further interactions with the audience. By means of this format, our hope is to create as participatory an intellectual event as possible, one calculated to open up some of the larger issues that will come into play during programs scheduled for the remainder of the year. Those programs will include a lecture series, a large conference, a film series, and a variety of tie-ins with courses scheduled throughout the year.

Participants: Shelly Streeby (UCSD), Vincent Pecora UCLA), Emory Elliott (UCR), Eve Darian-Smith (UCSB), George Lipsitz (UCSC).

Co-sponsors: The American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, UCSB's Deaprtment of English; the Global and International Studies Program with support from the "Critical Issues in America" series.


An Evening with the Author: Michele Serros
Tuesday, November 4, 5:00 PM
Multicultural Center Theater, UCSB

Born in Oxnard, Michele Serros was still a student at Santa Monica College when her first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa, was published. When her original publisher went out of business, Serros sold copies of her book from her garage - now her books are required reading in high schools and universities across the U.S. In this evening, Serros will share pieces from both of her books Chicana Falsa and How to Be a Chicana Role Model. Co-sponsored by the Stranger No More Series.

This event is presented in conjunction with a discussion of Serros' novel Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM, 2003, in the MCC Lounge.
From the white boy who transforms himself into a full-fledged Chicano, to the self-assured woman who effortlessly terrorizes her Anglo boss, to the junior-high friend who accused her of being a "chicana falsa," the people and places that Michele Serros brings to vivid life in this collection of poems and stories call to mind a rare wit and biting humor. Selected for discussion is the short story, "Attention Shoppers" and the poem, "White Owned." Pick up your copy of the essay at the MCC. This café hour discussion will be led by Writing Program lecturer, Marc Coronado.



Becoming Native: The Ecology of State Literature Anthologies
Friday, November 7, 4:00 PM
South Hall 2635, UCSB

Cheryll Glotgelty specializes in Western American literature, environmental literature, ecocriticism, and women's literature. The Sanford Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at University of Nevada, Reno (2000-2002), Professor Glotfelty is the co-editor (with Harold Fromm) of The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology. An introduction to the field as well as a source book, this reader has been heralded for the productive way it defines ecological literary discourse, sketches the development of this discourse over the past quarter-century, and provides appealing and lucidly written examples of the range of ecological approaches to literature.

Sponsored by the Department of English. For information, please call 893-3479.

ACGC Graduate Student Pizza Party
Friday, October 17, 1:00-2:00 PM
South Hall 2635

Grad students US-cultures-focused and otherwise are cordially invited to the ACGC pizza party next Friday, October 17, in the English department's conference room. Please join your colleagues to relax, enjoy each other's company, and plan ACGC activities.
Giles Gunn will be there to discuss the center's plans for this year, to field questions and to brainstorm ideas. Topics include the Critical Issues in America events, a possible brown bag lunch series, and the development of ACGC Center resources. The party officially lasts from 1-2, but we'll be there until at least 2:30 for lingering questions and discussion, should they arise. Shortly after the party, the ACGC board will meet to discuss, among other things, the ideas generated on Friday. We hope to see you there!

John Abner: American Perspectives: The Visual Artist as a Social and Political Commentator
Thursday, October 9, 4:00 PM, Artist's Lecture
Exhibit running Monday, September 22- Monday, December 15
UCSB's MultiCultural Center

"Saying it out loud," Philadelphia-based artist John Abner uses the medium of art to increase the prominence of the plights of the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, the poor and the disenfranchised. With works of mixed media, Abner provides a unique and profound insight into the social and political tides that shape the landscape of the U.S.


Marilyn Chin at the MultiCultural Center
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 PM
MultiCultural Center

Marilyn Chin is currently on the faculty of the M. F.A. program at San Diego State University. Her poetry has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Paris Review, and Parnassus. She has received numerous honors including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Fulbright Fellowships, a Stegner Fellowship, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Mary Roberts Rienhart Award.

Describing her work as “a delicate and apocalyptic melding of east and west,” the Hong Kong born author of The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty and Dwarf Bamboo, writes poetry about mourning, cultural hybridity and the travails of immigration, including love in another culture. In her latest book, Rapsody in Plain Yellow, the author fuses East and West, high and popular culture, modern life and ancient myth. She describes the tension of being caught between cultures. Chin draws out both the demands of her dead mother and the expectations of her adopted country.

Co-Sponsors: the MultiCultural Center and the English Department, American Cultures and Global Contexts Center.

An Invitation to Slamming: Poets Performing Their Work
Sunday, April 13, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Little Theater, UCSB

All poets, from teenagers to senior citizens, are invited to read their work at the April Poetry Slam, held at the Little Theater, UCSB, April 13, from 3-5 p.m. Poetry slams are like jazz jamming sessions, when poets read their works to friends and family, and the poets who receive the highest rankings will win prizes for their performance. Each poet is limited to about three minutes of reading a poem.

Prizes awarded to three different groups of poets (young poets, undergraduates, all others) will be donated by the UCSB Bookstore. There will be a reception and refreshments after the performances.

If you are interested in reading at this event, please contact Barry Spacks (, CCS, or Shirley Geok-lin Lim, English Department, UCSB. The Poetry Slam is co-sponsored by Student Affairs, the College of Creative Studies, and the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center of the English Department.

Co-Sponsors: Student Affairs; the College of Creative Studies; English Department, American Cultures and Global Contexts Center.

"Inventing an Archive: Writing Red as Counter-History"
A talk by Paula Rabinowitz

Thursday, February 27, 2:00-3:15 PM
Girvetz 2120

Prof. Paula Rabinowitz will be visiting ENGLISH 114RW "Radical Women Writers of the 1930s." She is presenting at the Capitalism & Its Culture Conference the next day and has generously offered to extend her visit to talk with our students who have been reading her volume Writing Red: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1930-1940 co-edited with Charlotte Nekola.

Her recent publications include Black and White and Noir: America's Pulp Modernism and she is currently completing a book on Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Emily Carr that looks at feminism, nationalism, and modernism.

The class she is speaking to is an upper division seminar. (Online course page.)

Co-Sponsors: the Hull Chair in Women's Studies, Prof. Eileen Boris;
   American Cultures and Global Contexts Center.

"Histories, Poetics, and Politics of Homeland Security"
A forum on recent developments in civils rights legislation

Friday, February 7, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
McCune Conference Room / 6020 HSSB


The English Department’s, American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center will cosponsor “Histories, Poetics, and Politics of Homeland Security,” a forum on recent developments in civil rights legislation. The forum will be open to students and faculty, and will be make a special effort to bring members of our community to participate in the dialogue

Appearing as panelists at the forum will be: John Woolley; Acting Dean, Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science; J. E. Talbott, Professor of History; and Mitsuye Yamada, Nisei poet and activist. Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Professor of English and noted author, will moderate.

This event, which will take place February 7th at 4:00 in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB, is being held in conjunction with “Big Head,” an art performance by Denise Uyehara on February 7th at 8 p.m. at the Multicultural Center Theater.


John Woolley,
Acting Dean, Division of Social Sciences and
Professor of Political Science

Selected Recent Publications:
"The California Watershed Movement: 'Place' and the
Role of Science" (with Michael V. McGinnis), Natural Resources Journal, (Winter 2002).
"Democracy and National Economic Performance:
The Preference for Stability" (with Dennis Quinn), American Journal of Political Science 44 (July 2001), pp. 634-657.
"The Conflicting Discourses of Restoration" (with Michael V.
McGinnis), Society and Natural Resources 13 (June 2000), pp. 339-357.
"Using Media-Based Data in Studies of Politics,"
American Journal of Political Science 44 (January 2000), pp. 156-173.
"Exorcising Inflation-mindedness: Ideas, Interests and
the Politics of Inflation in the 1970s," Journal of Policy History 10 (1998).

J. E. Talbott,
Professor of History

Major Publications:
The Pen and Ink Sailor: Charles Middleton and the
King's Navy, 1778-1813 (London, 1998)
The War without a Name: France in Algeria, 1954-1962
(New York, 1980)
The Politics of Educational Reform in France
(Princeton, 1969)

Mitsuye Yamada,
Nisei poet and activist

Camp Notes and Other Poems, 2nd ed. (1992)
Desert Run: Poems and Stories (1988)
Camp Notes and Other Poems (1976)


Paul Spickard,
Professor of History

Major Publications:
A Global History of Christians: How Everyday Believers
Experienced Their World, with Kevin M. Cragg (2001)
We Are A People: Narrative and Multiplicity in the
Construction of Ethnic Identity edited with Jeffrey Burroughs (2000)
World History by the World's Historians edited with
James V. Spickard and Kevin M. Cragg (1997)
Japanese Americans: The Formation and Transformations
of an Ethnic Group (1996)
Pacific Island Peoples in Hawai'i (1994)
Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in
20th-Century America (l989)

Shirley Geok-lin Lim,
Professor of English and author

Major Publications
Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American
Memoir of Homelands (1996) (Chinese translation, 2001)
Joss and Gold (Feminist Press and Times Books
International, 2001)
Writing South/East Asia in English (1994)
English-language Writing from the Philippines and
Singapore (1993)
What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (1998)
Two Dreams: New and Selected Stories (1997)
Monsoon History (1994)
Modern Secrets: New and Selected Poems (1989)
Life's Mysteries (1985)
No Man's Grove and Other Poems (1985)
Another Country (1982)
Crossing the Peninsula and Other Poems (1980)

Co-Sponsors: Department of English, American Cultures; Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Pretty Vacant
A film by Jim Mendiola

Wednesday, January 22 7:00 PM
South Hall 2635

Jim Mendiola is a writer/director who divides his time between Los Angeles and his home in San Antonio. His award winning film "Pretty Vacant," about a Sex Pistols-obsessed Chicana punk rocker, has screened in numerous film festivals

Co-Sponsors: Center for Chicano Studies; Department of English; Educational Opportunity Program.

'What Are You' The Question of Multiracial identity
Race Matters Series

Tuesday, January 21, 2003 5:30 PM
MultiCultural Center Lounge

PhD candidate in English, Marc Coronado will lead a discussion that explores issues of multiracial identity.

Co-Sponsors: MultiCultural Center

Memoria is a Friend of Ours: On a Discourse of Color
Professor Victor Villanueva

Monday, October 7, 2002 4:00-5:00 PM
Chicano Studies Conference Room (1623 South Hall)

Inaugural Event of the Writing Program Colloquium Series

Professor Villanueva teaches rhetoric and composition studies and is the Chair of the English Department at Washington State University.  He is the winner of two national awards on research and scholarship for Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color and is the editor of Cross Talk in Composition Theory: A Reader. He is a former head of the national organization for writing and rhetoric, the Conference on College Composition and Communication. His concern is always with the political as embodied in rhetoric and literacy.

Co-Sponsors: Center for Chicano Studies; Department of English; Educational Opportunity Program.

Professor Villanueava will sign books following the talk.


Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies, and Discourse
Francisco Lomeli

Monday, October 4, 2002 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room (6020 HSSB)

Presented by the IHC Chicano/Latino/Mexicano Studies Reesearch Focus Group

Francisco A Lomeli discusses his new co-edited book which examines the many sides of Nuevomexicano culture: its treatment of the sacred, its discourses on identity and difference, and its historical and literary legacy from colonial times to the present.

Francisco Lomeli is professor of Chicano Studies and Spanish and Portuguese and chair of the Department of Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written, co-authored, and translated numerous books including: Chicano Perspectives in Literature: A Critical and Annotated Bibliography; La novelistica de Carlos Droguett; Handbook of Hispaninc Cultures in the U.S.: Art and Literature; Dictionary of Literary Biography; and Aztlan: Essays on the Chicano Homeland.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of Chicano Studies, and IHC Chicano/Latino/Mexicano Studies Research Focus Group.
For more information visit

David Oliveira and Shirley Geok-Lin Lim Poetry Reading

Thursday, October 3, 2002 7:00 PM
Ridley-Tree Education Center
1600 Santa Barbara Street

A Presentation of the Santa Barbara Poetry Series

David Oliveira is the recipient of an Individual Artists Award in poetry from the Santa Barbara Arts Fund and the author of a chapbook, In the Presence of Snakes (Brandenburg Press). His work had been twice nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. He is the publisher of Mille Grazie Press and a founding editor of SOLO, an award-winning national journal of poetry. He also published In a Near Country: Poems of Loss (Solo Press), a collaboration with Glenna Luschei and Jackson Wheeler. He lived in Santa Barbara for many years, where he was named the city's first Poet Laureate. David currently lives and writes in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia.

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim received the prestigious Commonwealth Poetry Prize for her first collection of Poems, Crossing the Peninsula (1980). She is also the author of three books of short stories and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces (1996), which received the 1997 American Book Award for non-fiction. Her co-edited anthology The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Woman's Anthology received the 1990 American Book Award. She has also published four books of poetry. Bill Moyers featured Ms. Lim for a 1999 PBS special on American poetry, "Fooling with Words" and again in February on his newest program "Now." Ms. Lim is a professor of English at UCSB.

This event is made possible through a grant from Poets & Writers
$4.00 suggested donation
For more information, email or call 563-1247
Rebellious Reading: The Dynamics of Chicana/o Cultural Literacy
May 17-19, 2002
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

The Rebellious Reading Conference will pursue a dynamic understanding of border culture and renegotiate the legacy of identity politics by shifting emphasis to the study of hybridizing processes and the varying resistances they encounter. Our efforts will build on theories of cultural literacy that have been offered by John Guillory in response to the canon debates and by Gerald López with regard to the counter-hegemonic reading practices of Chicana/o laborers. The conference offers an exciting way to rethink key concepts within cultural studies (including race, class and gender), tools that shift in complexity and power as they are framed by a more nuanced formulation of literacy dynamics. Ultimately our aim is to explore a variety of reading technologies that shape the flows of culture; in this vein, Chicana/o arts and criticism merit distinct recognition precisely because of the ways they read and teach us to understand reading (in its broadest interpretive sense). We propose, then, as our end product a history of Chicana/o cultural hybridity that traces how competing literacies have been shaped by individuals, groups, institutions and technological developments (including telephone, radio, television, film, and internet). This event will be co-sponsored by the Center for Chicano Studies. Major funding has been provided by UC/Mexus.

American Studies and War Narratives Conference
May 10-11, 2002
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

This conference will examine the cultural response to war in America, with particular emphasis on how literary, visual and dramatic representations of armed conflict from the seventeenth century to the present become occasions to reimagine America's place in the world. As such, the conference aims to focus energies devoted to "internationalizing" American Studies, by inviting renewed attention to specific moments of ethnic violence and military intervention, to global partnerships, diplomacy, strategic alliances and transcultural contact. By drawing together scholars who have turned their attentions to various scenes of conflict ---from colonial encounters to the Civil War to U.S. campaigns abroad --- the event will consider the rhetoric and iconography of war as a recurrent feature of attempts to articulate America's national project while commemorating its losses and gains. At the same time, this conference will examine the special importance of war to the interpretive gestures of American Studies, a discipline crucially shaped in the decades spanning WWII and the Vietnam War, and long invested in arguments about violence in the name of national interests. Our hope is that close attention to narratives of American combat will encourage discussion of how war stories have helped to define and challenge the history of American Studies itself. The event will facilitate such discussions by structuring multi-disciplinary panels that are devoted both to analyzing discrete historical conflicts, and to the interpretation of war discourse across time and into our present moment. This event is being co-sponsored by UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, The English Department and the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center.

Second Annual Hull Lecture on Women and Social Justice
Monday, April 29, 4 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Lisa Crooms presents the lecture “Back to the Middle - Black Feminist Thought, Multidimensional Identity and the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance”

Lisa Crooms, Associate Professor at the Howard University School of Law, will speak about critical race praxis and the United Nations. Crooms will focus specifically on the use of intersectionality as a way of marginalizing women’s issues and leaving unexamined the implications of race and gender for maleness (which remains the unspoken norm for conceptualizing human rights actors and violations).

Crossing Lines Conference: Race and Mixed Race
Across the Geohistorical Divide
Saturday, April 13, 8 AM to 5 PM
South Hall
free and open to the public

The American Cultures and Global Contexts Center is pleased to sponsor this graduate and undergraduate conference. Keynote speaker for the event is George Lipsitz, PhD, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at San Diego. Professor Lipsitz is the author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics. Presentation topics include issues of popular culture, history, language and literature, education, art and art history, and sociological studies. The event includes Hawiian Plate Lunch and will conclude with a spoken word event at the MCC. All sessions are open and free to the public. Registration fee for speakers is $10, and lunch is available for an additional $10.

For more information contact Marc Coronado at

Other event cosponsors include Multiethnic Student Outreach, the Center for Chicano Studies, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Film Studies, English, Speech and Hearing, History of Art and Architecture, History, Chicano Studies, Sociology and Asian American Studies Departments, Givertz Graduate School of Education, Givertz Graduate School of Education Student Association, David Marshall, Dean of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Ed Donnerstein, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences.


Reading by Carl Gutierrez-Jones
Tuesday, March 5, 4 PM
McCune Conference Room,
6020 HSSB

UCSB English department chair Carl Gutierrez-Jones will read from his latest book, Critical Race Narratives, which situates such controversial events as the beating of Rodney King, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the LAPD Rampart Scandal in a framework of reading, writing and race. He is also the author of Rethinking the Borderlands: Between Chicano Culture and Legal Discourse. Copies of Critical Race Narratives will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the UCSB bookstore.

Soul Music Lecture and Performance
by Ron Paris and Friends
Thursday, February 28, 7 PM
Corwin Pavilion

Singer Ron Paris and Friends sing soul music and present the history of rhythm and blues in a special performance. This lecture describes moments in the history of music in America and music's contribution to social justice. It pays tribute to those R&B pioneers who literally and figuratively made the rope disappear that used to divide white from black audiences. Hear about Charles Brown, Johnnie Ace, Bobby Bland, Ruth Brown, B.B. King and James Brown, with special focus on the Platters (with whom Ron sang in the early 70s) and Sam Cooke. This event is free and open to the public.

Reading by Shirley Lim
Thursday, February 21, 7 PM
Borders Books, 900 State Street

Award-winning poet Shirley Lim celebrates her debut novel, Joss and Gold. Borders is honored to welcome acclaimed poet and UCSB English Professor Shirley Lim in celebration of her new novel, Joss and Gold. The "Madame Butterfly" view of Asian women as submissive creatures of beauty with eyes for Western men to whom they are worthy of only a trifling relationship is contrary to what Lim knows about modern Asian women, and in Joss and Gold, the story's heroine finally gets her due. Ms. Lim has published four books of poetry, the first of which, Crossing the Peninsula, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She was a featured poet on Bill Moyers' Public Broadcasting System poetry special, Fooling With Words.

Werner Sollors Lecture
Thursday, February 21, 4 PM
South Hall 2635

Werner Sollors will speak on "Interracialism: The True American Exception?" based on his new book Interracialism. The author and editor of numerous books, including The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature: A Reader of Original Texts with English Translations, Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader, Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience At Harvard and Radcliffe, and Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature, Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of Afro-American Civilization Program at Harvard University.

American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Potluck
Friday, February 15, 4-6 PM
South Hall 2635

The ACGCC invites interested graduate students and faculty to share a meal and discuss the future of our new center. What directions should this new center take? What suggestions do you have for programming and library development? Come hear your colleagues' thoughts on what is --- and should be --- American Studies, and bring a dish that you feel somehow represents a segment of American culture.


The Future of American Studies Roundtable
November 15, 2001
Harbor Room, University Center, 3:00 PM


As an inaugural event, the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center will be presenting a roundtable that will discuss the future of American studies. Our goal is to explore where the field is going and how the Center might shape itself to these intellectual routes.