Faculty Nights

“Faculty Nights” is a fun and interactive event that bridges the gap between students and faculty through the exploration of a “hot topic”. We created these events based on focus group results in which students expressed desire to interact with professors outside of the classroom. Faculty Nights are FREE. Advance registration is required.


Spring18Agree to Disagree? An Uncensored Discussion on Civil Discourse

Wednesday, May 16, 2018  6:00 pm in Loma Pelona

Join the conversation! RSVP here!

Opening Remarks by Dr. Jody Enders, Distinguished Professor and Director of UCSB’s Public Speaking Initiative; and Dr. Vanessa Woods, Lecturer in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department

Does “civil discourse” exist? What does it look like? What does it sound like? How do we cultivate it? At home, in class, in life, how do we talk to people who might hold viewpoints radically different from our own? Are some subjects so controversial that we fear talking about them at all? Dr. Jody Enders, a historian of rhetoric and theater, and Director of the Public Speaking Initiative, will be joined by Dr. Vanessa Woods, a specialist in teaching psychology and neuroscience, for some unscripted examples of persuasive—and unpersuasive—communication. Join fellow students and scholars for a free-wheeling and fun discussion where all viewpoints are welcome and no subject is off limits.

  • A 10-minute presentation (listed above) followed by

  • Informal discussions at tables with faculty and staff table hosts with approximately 6 students

  • Food and refreshments will be provided FREE for attendees on the RSVP list

  • This program is designed to give students access to how professors and peers feel about issues that affect our UCSB community outside of the  classroom. Please do not censor your opinions.

 


Patel_150Inequality is Statistically Significant! An uncensored discussion about gender discrimination

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  6:00 pm in Loma Pelona

Opening remarks by Dr. Priyam Patel, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Current headlines and longitudinal data are undeniable: women face daily discrimination and on average are paid 80% of what men are paid, with racial/ethnic minorities suffering from an even larger pay gap. How do we change this? Why do scholars estimate it will be another 100 years before closing this gap? Why do more women enroll and graduate from colleges than men, yet hold far fewer leadership positions? How are transgendered and gender fluid persons still excluded from these analyses? Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcomed.


Armbruster-Sandoval_150BEYOND TRUMP: Hope and Fear - Where Do We Go From Here?

November 7th, 2017  6:00 pm in The Club

Opening remarks by Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, Professor of Chicana/o Studies

Where are "we" one year after the historic 2016 presidential election? Are you hopeful or fearful about what lies ahead? What most concerns you right now given the current climate on campus, in the nation, and in the world? Do you find it challenging to talk with colleagues, students, family members, and loved ones who may hold different opinions on these matters than your own? What keeps you going during these divisive times? Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcomed.


Kim-Yasuda-150ISLA VISTA, A LIVING LABORATORY: An Uncensored Discussion

May 17, 2017 6:00 pm in Loma Pelona Center

Opening remarks by Kim Yasuda, Artist and Professor of Public Practice in the Department of Art

Public Art Professor and local community advocate, Kim Yasuda, will provoke a renewed vision for Isla Vista and challenge external perceptions that have negatively defined this college community. She will recount recent student, staff and faculty-led movements in self-governance, environmental stewardship and cultural engagement that are shaping the quality of life and bright future of Isla Vista. Yasuda will provide questions about the forces that continue to plague this community as it experiments with models of Democracy and civic life.

 


schooler photoGENETIC MODIFICATION IS THE NEW REALITY: An Uncensored Discussion

February 22, 2017 6:00 pm in Loma Pelona Center

Opening remarks by Dr. Kathy Foltz, Interim Dean of the College of Creative Studies and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Genetic modification is no longer science fiction – it is the new reality!  Dr. Kathy Foltz will provide poignant questions about genome modification, and UCSB’s contributions to this controversial new world. Gene drive, gene therapy, and genetic modification are all possible, but are they ethical? Designer babies or life-saving therapy? Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcomed.


Trietler_150BLACK LIVES MATTER VS. ALL LIVES MATTER: An Uncensored Discussion

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00 pm in Loma Pelona Center

Opening remarks by Vilna Bashi Treitler, Chair of Black Studies
How did “Black Lives Matter” go from a hashtag to a movement? Do we really need a movement of this kind at this time? What does it mean to say that All Lives Matter in rebuttal? Vilna Bashi Treitler, Chair of the Department of Black Studies, writes and teaches about race and ethnicity, international migration, and inequality, and will discuss these questions in the context of US/global inequality and racial/ethnic divisions.  


Trietler_150PEOPLE AREN’T PETRI DISHES: Why Antibiotics Fail: An Uncensored Discussion

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:00 pm in Carrillo Dining Commons

Opening remarks by Michael Mahan, Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Dr. Michael Mahan will provide poignant questions about the changing world of infectious diseases and the emergence of multidrug-resistant superbugs. His team’s work has been featured in the news around the world - leading what many are calling a “paradigm shift” in our understanding of antibiotics and pathogens. Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcomed.


ISIS and ISLAMOPHOBIA: An Uncensored Discussion

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:30 pm in Carrillo Dining Commons

Opening Remarks by Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor of Global and International Studies

Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, UCSB’s world-renowned author, journalist, and Professor of Global Studies and Sociology will provide poignant questions about the rise of ISIS abroad and Islamophobia at home. Is there an end to ISIS? How does religious fear grow? Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcomed.

This event is being co-sponsored by UCSB’s Veterans Resource Center and student veterans and staff, some of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be in attendance to contribute their unique perspective.


PAY ATTENTION: An Uncensored Discussion about Mind-Wandering In and Out of the Classroom

Tuesday, November 10, 2016, 6:30 pm in Carrillo Dining Commons

 

Opening Remarks by Jonathan Schooler, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Schooler, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences will provide poignant questions about why it can be so hard to pay attention and what can be done about it.  Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcomed.

This event is co-sponsored by UCSB Academic Initiatives, Housing and Residential Services, and with special welcome from Faculty-In-Residence Dr. Amit Ahuja.