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UCSB Reads 2019: Events & Exhibits

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Please let us know if your bookclub is interested in reading The Best We Could Do.



In Her Own Image. 
Opens February 15.
In conjunction with UCSB Reads 2019, UCSB Library is pleased to present an exhibition that explores and celebrates female comic book creators and their works. Materials are drawn from UCSB Library collections.

Curated by UCSB librarians Chizu Morihara and Leahkim Gannett.

UCSB Reads Events Calendar

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. See also "Book Clubs" tab.
Please contact Alex Regan with any questions or 805-893-3605.

Past Events:

Thurs. Jan. 10, 10am-12pm. FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY TO STUDENTS: Chancellor Henry T. Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall, and University Librarian Kristin Antelman will hand out free copies of the UCSB Reads 2019 book to UCSB students. UCSB Library Paseo.

Tues. Jan. 22, 4pm. PACIFIC VIEW LECTURE:   Associate Professor Maryam Kia-Keating will present a talk titled "Exiled: Loss and Resilience Among Refugee and Forcibly Displaced Youth and Communities." Mass migration and forced displacement of communities due to disruptions by violence, climate change, and economic and political instability, have heralded an era of global movement that has reached crisis levels. How do we address irrevocable loss and adversity, and support resilience for refugee and forcibly displaced youth and communities resettled in the United States? UCSB Library, Pacific View Room.

Wed. Jan. 23, 4pm. PANEL DISCUSSION: "The Best We Could Do: Telling and Re-telling the stories of Asian America." Panelists erin Khue Ninh, Sameer Pandya, Eleanor Ty, and Xiaojian Zhao, from UCSB Department of Asian American Studies will discuss the UCSB Reads 2019 book The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui and its themes from a variety of perspectives. Refreshments will be served UCSB Library, Instruction & Training 1312.

Thurs. Jan. 24, 6pm. AN ACTIVIST-SCHOLAR PROJECT: A collaboration among the Asian American studies departments at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis and the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, the symposium is slated for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25, in the campus’s MultiCultural Center. It is open to the public and will be live-streamed to a national audience.

The keynote speaker will be Pam Tau Lee, a founding member of the Chinese Progressive Association, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and the Just Transition Alliance. She will discuss “The Struggle to Abolish Environmental Racism: Asian Radical Imaginings from the Homeland to our Frontlines” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. UCSB MultiCultural Center.

Mon. Feb. 4, 6:30pm. WOMEN IN COMICS: In conjunction with UCSB Reads 2019 and its companion exhibition In Her Own Image, Professor Brian Donnelly is opening up his undergraduate English class to campus and the community for a discussion of comics by and about women. Please join us for a preview of the upcoming Library exhibition that will explore and celebrate female comic book creators and their works. This preview by Chizu Morihara, Art & Architecture Librarian, and one of the curators of the exhibition, will be followed by a discussion about comics by women and about women in comics with panelists Addie Jensen, graduate student in History, Rachel Rys, graduate student in Feminist Studies, and Maite Urcaregui, graduate student in English. Moderated by Swati Rana, Assistant Professor of English. Donnelly’s class is reading the UCSB Reads 2019 book, the graphic novel The Best We Could Do by the author Thi Bui and will have prepared some questions in advance.  The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions. UCSB Buchanan Hall 1910.

Fri. Mar. 1, 2-3pm. SPEED FRIENDING EVENT FOR STUDENTS: In collaboration with UCSB Library, join Health and Wellness at the Library for an interactive afternoon of Speed Friending (like speed dating, but for friendships!). We will address themes related to the 2019 UCSB Reads illustrated memoir The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui such as identity, family, and personal history.  This event is free and open to all students.  For more information, please contact Refreshments will be served. The first 25 people will receive a free copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui UCSB Library, Instruction & Training 1312.

Wed. Mar. 20, 6pmPROFS AT THE PUB: In partnership with UCSB Reads 2019, UCSB Alumni presents Professor John Park (Asian American Studies) as the March speaker in the free speaker series featuring UCSB professors at Santa Barbara's favorite watering holes.  Impact Hub, 1117 State Street, Santa Barbara.

Thurs. Apr. 4, 6-8pm. DIY ZINE WORKSHOP: Join UCSB's Southeast Asian Student Union for a free zine workshop. Similar to how UCSB Reads 2019 author Thi Bui uses the graphic novel format, this workshop is designed to help students explore their families' migration histories and culture using creative writing and craft. The first 15 people will receive a free copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui  UCSB Library, Instruction & Training 1312.

Wed. Apr. 10, 4-6pm.  VIETNAMESE FOOD IN AMERICA: A CONVERSATION ABOUT (AND TASTE OF) IMMIGRANT CUISINE:  UCSB Library is bringing chef and immigrant workers' activist Diep Tran to campus for a discussion about Vietnamese cuisine and how it fits in with a broader conversation about immigrant cuisine in America, with an emphasis on labor and workers' rights. Diep will offer attendees a snack of banh mi.  Space is limited and advance registration is strongly advised. To register, or for more information, please write UCSB MultiCultural Lounge.

Thurs. Apr. 11, 7-9:15pm.  SHORT FILMS FROM THE VIET FILM FESTIVAL: DIASPORA, FAMILY, MEMORY. Six shorts by filmmakers from the Vietnamese diaspora including documentary, narrative, and experimental films.  This selection of films was curated in cooperation with the Viet Film Fest. Filmmakers Kady Le, Lan Nguyen, and Quyên Nguyen-Le will join moderator erin Khuê Ninh (Asian American Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion. UCSB Pollock Theater.

Thurs. Apr. 18, 4-5:30pm.  SPEED FRIENDING. Join UCSB Reads for an interactive afternoon of Speed Friending (like speed dating, but for friendships!). Participants will be given a set of questions with topics related to the 2019 UCSB Reads illustrated memoir The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui and engage in a fun activity centered around cultivating new friendships. Join other students in a safe space to discuss common themes in the book such as identity, family, life transitions and personal history.  Anacapa Residence Hall.

Thurs. Apr. 25, 7:30pm. AUTHOR TALK: Free lecture, and book-signing by Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do. No tickets needed; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:50pmUCSB Campbell Hall. 

Wed, May 22, - 9:30 to 10:45am. CLASS SHOWCASE: Reading in Santa Barbara: Past, Present, and Future
Join students in the upper division English 197 Spring Quarter 2019 class "Reading in Santa Barbara: Past, Present, and Future" as they present their final showcase that focuses on this year's UCSB Read's book The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui.  See below for the class description and stay tuned for details about this public humanities event. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. UCSB Library Instruction & Training 1312.

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