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UCSB Reads 2015: Events & Exhibits

Author Talk

April 15, 8pm. UCSB Campbell Hall
Piper Kerman, author of the UCSB Reads 2015 book selection Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison will offer a free public reading and talk. Co-presented by UCSB Reads and UCSB's Arts & Lectures.


UCSB Library (Tower Gallery, First Floor)
January 12 - April 2015

Girls in Justice Cover Image








For the last eight years photographer and UCSB Art Professor Richard Ross has gone behind the doors of American juvenile detention facilities to visually document "the inside" and gather first-person stories of incarcerated youth. For his Girls-in-Justice photography exhibition, Ross focuses on the often forgotten and misunderstood lives of girls in the juvenile justice system.

Art in Prison 
UCSB Arts Library Lobby (First Floor) 
February 23 - May 29, 2015

Prison Art


This exhibition focuses on works created by incarcerated artists. Professional and novice artists use prison art programs as a form of rehabilitation and creative expression. Art in Prison demonstrates the variety of visual art produced by inmates who participate in such art programs and those who create art independently, often with a lack of typical supplies. An example includes original work created by Broderick (Drew) Hill, who used candy, coffee, and toothpaste to create his mail art pieces. A detail of one of Hill's images, from the front of an envelope, is shown here.

UCSB Reads Events Calendar


Thurs. May 28th, 6pm. "LESS PRISON, MORE COLLEGE: A CIVIL RIGHTS AGENDA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. Over the past few years, the US has begun to pay more attention to one of the nation's central contradictions: the world's wealthiest nation and oldest constitutional democracy is also the world's biggest jailer. James Forman, Jr. will discuss the problem of mass incarceration, focusing on how we got here and how to create a different future. James Forman, Jr. is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and is writing a book about African American attitudes toward crime and punishment in the era of mass incarceration. (Multicultural Center Lounge)


Mon. Jan. 12, 10am. FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY: Chancellor and Mrs. Dilling Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall, University Librarian Denise Stephens, Associated Students President Ali Guthy and Internal VP Angela Lau will distribute free copies of Orange Is the New Black to UCSB students (UCSB Library Lobby)

Mon. Jan. 12, 5pm. KNOWLEDGE IS FREEDOM: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP facilitated by Dr. Felice Blake in the Dept. of English and SB Lawyers. Sponsored by IGNITE: Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education (UCSB, MCC)

Tues. Jan. 13th, 5:15pm. EDUCATION AS A TOOL FOR DISMANTLING SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION: Teach-in on institutionalized racism and police brutality facilitated by Dr. George Lipsitz in the Depts. of Black Studies and Sociology. Sponsored by IGNITE: Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education (UCSB, UCEN Flying A Room)

Wed. Jan. 14, 7:30pm. OUR NEXT STEPS: FORMING A TASK FORCE ON POLICE BRUTALITY and establishing a list of demands w/ MCC user groups. Sponsored by IGNITE: Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education (UCSB, MCC Lounge)

Thurs. Jan. 15, 6pm. SCREENING OF FRUITVALE STATION & follow up discussion. Sponsored by IGNITE: Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education (UCSB, MCC theatre)

Sat. Jan. 17, MLK COMMUNITY CELEBRATION WEEKEND. In honor of the legacy and aspirations of Martin Luther King, Jr., this annual event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara and co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, Congregation B’nai B’rith, First United Methodist Church, the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Towbes Group, the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, Pacifica Graduate Institute and other community organizations.

Fri. Jan. 23, 1pm. THE MIS-EDUCATION AND CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK AND LATINO BOYS. Associate Professor of Sociology Victor Rios will discuss his findings from 10 years of ethnography in Northern and Southern California with "juvenile delinquent" and gang associated boys in this special seminar. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Higher Education Action & Research Consortium (HEARC). Contact: (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Room: ED 1203)

Fri. Jan. 23, 1-2pm.  RCSGD'S QUEER BOOKCLUB, led by students for students. This is the first meeting of a bi-weekly book club that will be reading Orange Is the New Black throughout the winter quarter (Feb 6, Feb 20, & Mar 6). For more information, contact: Ariana Rodriguez ( or Cassie Rubio ( (UCSB, Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Student Resource Building, 3rd Floor)

Mon. Jan. 26, 12pm. KICK-OFF, KCSB-FM 91.9. LIVE RADIO READINGS: Tune in weekdays at noon to hear campus and community readers share excerpts from Orange Is the New Black on KCSB-FM 91.9 community radio station. Also streaming at

Tues. Feb. 3, 4pm. JUVENILE-IN-JUSTICE: Richard Ross, UCSB Art Professor, will speak about his exhibition of photographs in the UCSB Library documenting girls in American juvenile detention facilities (UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor)

Tues. Feb. 10, 4-5:30pm. "THE ROAD FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF BLACK EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY." Na'ilah Suad Nasir (UC Berkeley) and Tyrone Howard (UCLA) will offer this Black History Month lecture as part of a day-long event of activities about what works in stimulating achievement among black children and what punitive challenges African-American learners face when trying to learn. Presented by the Department of Education, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Department of Black Studies, Center for Black Studies Research, and Center for New Racial Studies. (Multicultural Center Theater, UCen)

Wed. Feb. 18, 6pm. FILM SCREENING: A PLACE TO STAND. This is the story of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s transformation from a functionally illiterate convict to an award-winning poet, novelist, and screenwriter. A Place to Stand is inspired by Jimmy’s memoir of the same name, and tells the story of an extraordinary life that is both inspiring and haunting, simultaneously an indictment of our current criminal justice system and a model of the potential for human transformation. Daniel Glick, 85 min., English, 2014, USA. (UCSB Multicultural Center Theater)

Mon. Feb. 23, 5pm. FILM SCREENING: PARIAH. Pariah tells the story of Alike (Adepero Oduye), a 17-year old African-American teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian. Sponsored by Black Student Union, Week of Education. (UCSB, Santa Rosa Lounge)

Tues. Feb. 24, 5pm. #TEAMLIGHTSKIN VS. TEAMDARKSKIN: COLORISM IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. Colorism has been a crucial issue that creates an intraracial divide among groups based on their skin colors. This workshop examines the effects of colorism on the development of beauty concepts, perceptions, behaviors, partner selection, and physical preferences within the African Diaspora. The workshop will investigate the prevalence of color discrimination in popular culture, social media, and society. The vision of this workshop is to educate one another about the existence and detrimental effects of colorism, foster a safe space for victims of intraracial colorism to share their experiences, and develop strategies that will eradicate shade discrimination. Sponsored by Black Student Union, Week of Education. (UCSB, Flying A Room)

Wed. Feb. 25, 5pm. WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL-TO PRISON PIPELINE. UCSB students attending the workshop will receive a free copy of the UCSB Reads 2015 book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Sponsored by IGNITE: Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education (UCSB, UCen SB Mission Room)

Fri. Feb. 27, 12pm. RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: BRINGING VICTIMS & OFFENDERS TOGETHER AT UCSB & BEYONDThree panelists -- Joaquin Becerra from UCSB, Laurel Kaufer of, and Lizzie Rodriguez of Conflict Solutions Center -- will speak about how they use restorative justice with students, in the prisons, and in the community. Restorative justice is a process through which victims, offenders, and community members meet to collectively repair the harm caused by a crime. (UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor) 

Fri. Feb. 27, 9pm-12am. BLACK HISTORY MONTH BLOCK PARTY. Sponsored by Black Student Union, Week of Education. (Ansiq'Oyo' Park, Isla Vista)

Wed. Mar. 4, 4pm. PRISONER RE-ENTRY PANEL DISCUSSION. Re-entry refers to the transition of prisoners back into the community. Panelists will talk about the challenges faced by offenders after their release, focusing on youth and female prisoners. Speakers are Sister Terry Dodge from Crossroads Inc., a nonprofit that supports women who have been incarcerated; Billi Jo Starr from Freedom4Youth, an organization that works with youth in the juvenile justice system; and Kristianne Clifford from the Freedom to Choose Foundation, which offers workshops in California prisons. (UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, 3rd Floor)

Mon. Mar. 9, 4pm. REGINA SCHWARTZ: "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: RETRIBUTION AND FORGIVENESS". The law presumes not only the right but the duty to punish: it does not ask whether it should punish, but how much, who, when and how. In contrast, Christianity offers a different response to wrongdoing.  “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28).  How are we to begin to understand this radical difference? Regina Schwartz, the current J.E. and Lillian Byrne Tipton Distinguished Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at UCSB will address this question in a talk sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB (UCSB, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB)

Thurs. Mar. 12, 6pm. PUBLIC LIBRARY PANEL (DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA): A panel of UCSB faculty from multiple disciplines and community experts will discuss the UCSB Reads selection, Orange Is the New Black. Panelists are Dr. Charles Nicholson, psychiatrist; Auli Ek, Writing Program; and Michael Morgan, Theater & Dance (Santa Barbara Public Library, Central Branch, 40 East Anapamu Street)

Thurs. Mar. 19, 6pm. PUBLIC LIBRARY PANEL (CARPINTERIA): A panel of UCSB faculty and graduate students from multiple disciplines will discuss the UCSB Reads selection, Orange Is the New Black. Panelists include Jeremy Douglass, English; Jill Sharkey, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology; and Yanira Rivas Pineda, PhD candidate in Department of Political Science (Santa Barbara Public Library, Carpinteria Branch, 5141 Carpinteria Avenue)

Tues. Mar. 24, 6pm. KRISTIANNE CLIFFORD, a Santa Barbara native, will talk about her experiences serving 18 years of an indeterminate life sentence in the Central California Women’s Facility. While incarcerated, Clifford created and facilitated a variety of self-help and recovery programs, completed her AA degree, developed a restorative justice program focusing on accountability and victim awareness, and completed the first Female Offender Mentor Certification Program. She is currently the Program Assistant for a local non-profit, the Freedom to Choose Foundation, which teaches communication and self-forgiveness and has been doing workshops in prisons for over 11 years (Santa Barbara Public Library, Central Branch, 40 East Anapamu Street)

Thurs. Apr. 2, 6pm: PUBLIC LIBRARY PANEL (GOLETA): A panel of UCSB faculty from multiple disciplines will discuss the UCSB Reads selection, Orange Is the New Black. Panelists are Merith Cosden, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology; Caren Converse, Writing Program; and Eileen Boris, Feminist Studies (Santa Barbara Public Library, Goleta Branch, 500 North Fairview Avenue)

Wed. April 8, 4pm. WRITERS CAFÉ PANEL: WRITING FROM LIFE: UCSB faculty, alumni, and local authors will discuss writing, publishing, and teaching memoir, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Panelists include Cole Cohen, author of Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders, from UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; Sameer Pandya, author of The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, from the Department of Asian American Studies; Jervey Tervalon, author of six novels, most recently Monster’s Chef, from the College of Creative Studies; and Diana Raab, author of Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal along with other books of poetry and nonfiction. Facilitated by Amy Boutell and Chryss Yost of Writers’ Café. (UCSB Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room).

Wed. April 8, 7pm. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR ALLISON ANDERS. A select episode of Orange Is The New Black  — an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison — will be screened followed by a discussion with director Allison Anders (award-winning director of Gas Food Lodging, and Things Behind the Sun). FREE admission for the first 100 UCSB students to make a reservation. Tickets: $5 students, $10 community, available here. (UCSB Pollock Theater).

Fri. April 10, 2pm. WRITING FROM LIFE WORKSHOP: In this CLAS Creative Writing workshop, we will discuss drawing from personal experience to write both memoir and fiction. We will also participate in writing prompts. Led by Amy Boutell. Space is limited; students can sign up by emailing  (UCSB Student Resource Building, 3280.)

Wed. April 15, 8pm. AUTHOR TALK: "THE REAL STORY BEHIND 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK'": Free reading, lecture, and book-signing by Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black. No tickets needed; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:20pm. Line may form earlier. (UCSB, Campbell Hall)

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