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UCSB Reads 2022: Events

How Quantum Mechanics Affects Our Lives: Panelists

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Sci Fi Writing Workshop

Sci Fi Writing Workshop

Past Events

Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm: AUTHOR TALK: Free lecture by Ted Chiang, author of Exhalations: Stories. Registration Required. Doors open at 6:50pm. UCSB Campbell Hall. 

Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm: ARRIVAL SCREENING (Pollock Theater) Adapted from the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by acclaimed science fiction author Ted Chiang, Arrival (2016) centers on communicating with tentacular alien visitors, whose language changes one’s experience of time. Jennifer Rhee (English, Virginia Commonwealth University, author of The Robotic Imaginary) will join Melody Jue (English, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of Arrival.

SCI-FI WRITING WORKSHOPUndergraduate students are invited to join UCSB Library and UCSB Reads 2022 for a three-part Sci-Fi creative writing workshop. The goal of the workshop is to spark the imagination of both novice and experienced writers, and to guide them toward the creation of their own original science fiction short story. 
Thu, 04/07/2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Wed, 04/13/2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Thu, 04/21/2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thursday, April 14, 12:30 -2:00pmUNTANGLING ENTANGLEMENT & OTHER QUANTUM IDEASQuantum physics defies our intuition about how the physical world is supposed to work. Are you curious about quantum physics and quantum computing? Drop by the Library on World Quantum Day and participate in fun interactive games and activities designed to build your quantum intuition.

Thursday, April 14, 4:00pm: HOW QUANTUM MECHANICS AFFECTS OUR LIVES: A PANEL DISCUSSIONJoin industry and academic experts in the quantum field for a panel inspired by Ted Chiang's story "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom." Moderated by Erik Lucero, Lead Quantum Engineer, Google Santa Barbara.

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00-7:00PM: GOLETA VALLEY VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB: EXHALATION. Join Goleta Valley Library for a virtual discussion of Ted Chiang's latest collection of short stories.  Event is in conjunction with UCSB Reads 2022 and is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 11, 5:30pm: UCSB Reads 2022 Student Book Club. Join the UCSB Reads student book club and connect with other students over this year's UCSB Reads selection, Exhalation by Ted Chiang. This book club will be facilitated by two UCSB undergraduate students. Participants will be given a free copy of the book and the first meeting will be in-person at the Library. Snacks provided.

Fri. March 11, 4pm, EXHIBITION OPENING: Picture This: From Text  to Image
UCSB Library invites you to join us for a public reception to celebrate the opening of Picture This: From Print to Canvas, an exhibition of paintings by student artists responding creatively to the UCSB Reads 2022 book Exhalation by Ted Chiang.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 12 Noon. TEACHING THE UCSB READS BOOK UCSB Library and the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL) invite you to a moderated discussion about incorporating the UCSB Reads book into a course. Hear from UCSB faculty across the disciplines who have done this successfully and learn how the UCSB Reads program can support your instruction. Virtual event.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 4pm.  FACULTY PANEL BOOK DISCUSSION with Rudy Busto (Religious Studies), Jane Callister (Art), Misha Sra (Computer Science. Moderated by David Weld (Physics)Virtual event.

Tuesday, Feb 1,  from 10am while supplies last:  STUDENT BOOK GIVEAWAY: free copies of the UCSB Reads 2022 book for UCSB students. Outside in front of Library's Paseo West entrance.

Ongoing, starting February 2, ON AIR READINGS OF THE UCSB READS 2022 BOOK 
On air every Wednesday from 6-6:30 PM:Tune in to KCSB-FM 91.9 or every Wednesday starting Feb. 2 to hear on air readings of the UCSB Reads 2022 book, Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Contact KCSB Advisor Ted Coe at if you are interested in prerecording readings of the book, via Zoom, for weekly broadcast on KCSB-FM.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4pm. PACIFIC VIEWS LECTURE: What is Responsible AI? A talk by William Wang, Associate Professor of Computer Science. Virtual event.


A virtual conversation between Kai-Fu Lee and William Wang, Director, Center for Responsible Machine Learning and Mellichamp Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UCSB. Consponsored by UCSB Library

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