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UCSB Reads 2024

Upcoming UCSB Reads Events

Events are listed in chronological order. As new events are confirmed they will be added below. 

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Interested in joining or organizing a book club reading Your Brain on Art?  Book Club Information Page

5:30PM, every Thurs. starting Feb 1: UCSB Reads on KCSB-FM 91.9
Beginning February 1, tune in to 91.9 FM on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for weekly readings of Your Brain on Art. KCSB is seeking volunteers to read. If you are interested, contact This weekly broadcast event will also feature interviews with local artists and staff from arts organizations. On the radio at 91.9 FM and streaming at

7:30PM Wed. May 8: UCSB Reads Authors Event: Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross will present a free, public talk in UCSB's Campbell Hall. This event is presented by UCSB Library in partnership with UCSB Arts & Lectures. Register 

New Date! - 2:30PM-3:30PM Fri. May 10: Exploring the Healing Arts with Sound.

This event will be held at the Student Resource Building, Multi-Purpose Room. In collaboration with this year’s UCSB Reads book, “Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us," UCSB Health & Wellness invites you to an immersive journey into rejuvenation and self-discovery with sound healing. According to Your Brain on Art, sound vibration has the capacity to disrupt the stress cycle and return the body to homeostasis, and in fact is one of the more effective aesthetic experiences to reduce and alleviate stress. Dr. Stella Wuttke will guide you through an immersive sound healing experience using tuning forks to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy free tea, snacks, a raffle, and connection with others following the event. Register on ShorelineCo-sponsored by UCSB Health & Wellness.

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5:00PM-5:45PM, Weeks 2-4 Student-Led UCSB Reads 2024 Book Club 

Join a Student-Led UCSB Reads 2024 Book Club in Room 1359, the "Fish Bowl". Sign up for a Book ClubA book club led by two UCSB students will meet in the Library from 5:00PM to 5:45PM on three Wednesdays, April 10th, 17th, and 24th.  In addition club members are invited to meet up on May 8th to attend the UCSB Reads 2024 author talk at Campbell Hall together.

5:00pm to 5:45pm Wed. April 10 Cookie Decorating 

5:00pm to 5:45pm Wed. April 17 Pass the Painting

5:00pm to 5:45pm Wed. April 24 Collage Making

The Library will provide refreshments, a free UCSB Reads tote bag, and free copies of Your Brain on Art to all undergraduate participants. To get your copy of the book in advance, email

12:00PM-1:00PM Sat. April 13: Open Studios at CCS: A UCSB Reads 2024 Event

The College of Creative Studies (CCS) and UCSB Reads 2024 invites you to an open studios event hosted by CCS students in the Book Arts, Sculpture, and Painting programs. Location: College of Creative Studies

4:00 PM - 6:00PM, Tues. April 16: Stencil Screen Printing Workshop

UCSB Library invites you to sign up for a free Stencil Screen Printing workshop led by Self Help Graphics & Art Barrio Mobile Art Studio. Space is limited. Register. Participants will learn how to create a handmade stencil with their own designs using cardstock and cutting tools. Artist and assistant will help participants through the design and cutting process before printing the designs via silkscreen. Designs will be printed as posters with vibrant inks. This workshop is in conjunction with the Library's exhibition "Cultura Cura: 50 Years of Self Help Graphics in East LA" in addition to UCSB Reads 2024, which this year selected the book, Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross.

7:00PM Tues. April 9th Active Minds - Pass the Canvas!

Join Active Minds in partnership with UCSB Reads and Health & Wellness in a collaborative painting activity highlighting this year's book selection "Your Brain on Art".

4:00PM Tues., Feb 27: Public Art and Campus Placemaking: Recentering Artists in Communities of PracticeThrough her own place-based, public research and teaching, and drawing on the UCSB Reads 2024 book, Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross, Yasuda makes a compelling case for the untapped potential of the arts to enhance innovative campus research and interdivisional exchange among scholars and artists. RSVP for the event (UCSB Library, Pacific View Room 8th Floor)

Weeks 3-6 Exploring Your Brain on Art: Health & WellnessUCSB students only Join us for a four-week art series that explores the UCSB Reads book selection, Your Brain on Art. Each week we will have a unique experience that will guide your discovery of art in your daily life through canvas painting, bracelet making, creative writing, and candle making.  Advance registration on Shoreline required. (SRB 1238 Community Room).

4:00PM-5:00PM Thurs. Jan. 24: Exploring Your Brain on Art
Part. 1. 
Mindful Painting with CARE 

4:00PM-5:00PM Thurs. Jan. 31: Exploring Your Brain on Art
Part. 2. 
Bracelet Making Tea Party

4:00PM-5:00PM Thurs. Feb. 7: Exploring Your Brain on Art
Part. 3. 
Creative Writing Workshop

4:00PM-5:00PM Thurs. Feb. 14: Exploring Your Brain on Art
Part. 4.
Candle Making 

4:00PM Tues., Feb. 13 Guided Tour of AD&A Museum's new exhibition "A Box of One's Own: Women Beyond Borders." 20 minute tour led by Leticia Cobra Lima, PhD Candidate in the Dept. of Art & Architecture. of the exhibition starts at 4PM at the AD&A Museum

4:30PM Tues., Feb. 13:  Gather & Graft: An Arts Workshop. Join a free art making workshop at the Library in conjunction with the AD&A Museum's new exhibition "A Box of One's Own: Women Beyond Borders."  The workshop, which will be led by Negar Farajiani, MFA graduate student, begins at 4:30PM at the Library (Library Room 1539, Ocean Side). RSVP for the event.

5:00PM Tues., Feb. 6:
Arts & Well-Being 
Join a free workshop to help you discover your path to creativity and creative expression in fostering well-being, with reference to the UCSB Reads 2024 book, Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross. Through interdisciplinary conversation, Drs. Lisa Wong and Cristina Pato, two professionals whose careers explore intersections between education, arts, sciences and humanities, will lead this interactive workshop. RSVP for the event.  Refreshments will be served (UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312).

7:00PM -9:30PM Tues. Jan. 30: CWC DOCS: Gyorgy Kepes: Interthinking Art + Science. Filmmaker/curator Márton Orosz will join moderator George Legrady (Media Arts & Technology, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of György Kepes: Interthinking Art + Science. (Pollock Theater)

5:30PM Wed., Jan. 17: Music Mirrors Mind: Neuroaesthetics, Music, and Japanese Spirituality, a talk by composer and director Gene Coleman explores the concepts of Neuroaesthetics and Neuro Music (SSMS Building, Conference Room 2135).

10:00AM-12:00PM Thurs., Jan. 18: Free Book Giveaway for UCSB Students. The Chancellor, University Librarian, and Executive Vice Chancellor will be handing out free copies of the UCSB Reads 2024 book to students while supplies last (UCSB Library Paseo). 

10:00AM - 12:00PM Thurs., Jan. 18: Drop-in Button Making Marathon - In the spirit of the UCSB Reads 2024 Book Giveaway, come experience your brain on art after you've picked up your book copy! Learn how to use the button maker to create custom pins that will show off your creativity. UCSB students only (UCSB Library Makerspace). 

6:30PM Thurs. Jan 18: The Transcultural Exploratorium: Neuro Music and Japanese Culture. Performance featuring music and video works by Gene Coleman, with Fabio Rambelli (Shō) (Theater Studio, next to Hatlen Theater).

Authors Talk

 UCSB Reads 2024 Author Photos

At 7:30PM, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024: Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross, authors of Your Brain on Art, will present a free public talk in UCSB's Campbell Hall. This event is presented by UCSB Library in partnership with UCSB Arts & Lectures.