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.

Does Race Matter? An uncensored discussion

Tuesday, February 2nd @ 5pm

Opening remarks by Dr. Terrance Wooten, Assistant Professor, Black Studies

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Why so much emphasis on “race”? Does using the term “race” turn people away from talking about it? Should we use “caste” instead? Given the current state of America, how do we have a civilized conversation about inequality. Can we unite around a different language? Join this uncensored discussion with fellow students and scholars.  All viewpoints are welcomed.

This quarter’s Faculty Night event is a special collaboration with UCSB Arts & Lectures Race to Justice series.
                     
The format of the event is as follows:

A 10-minute presentation (listed above) followed by informal discussions at small “tables” (breakout rooms) with faculty and staff and students.

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.

Zoom link will be sent out prior to event.

Prepare for the Conversation: 
Hear Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson speak about her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, which examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Her presentation will be followed by a live Q&A moderated by Ingrid Banks, Chair of the UCSB Department of Black Studies. 
 
FREE to UCSB Students. Tues. JAN 26, 5 pm. A replay will be available for 7 days following the live event. Students must register in advance of the live event to watch the replay. Sign up to attend

 

COVID and COLLEGE: An uncensored discussion of our new reality! 

Tuesday, November 24th @ 5pm 

Opening remarks by Dr. Carolina Arias, Assistant Professor, MCDB

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COVID-19 has forever changed our world and the way we interact with each other. Universities are at the center of this change. Our vibrant campuses are closed, teachers are recreating classrooms online, students are juggling the challenges, and researchers are looking for solutions for this crisis. What does the future look like? How do we manage our personal and collective responsibilities? How do we stand up to misinformation? When can we return to UCSB? When will life be normal again? Join this uncensored discussion with fellow students and scholars (Including the COVID-19 task force).  All viewpoints are welcomed.

 

The format of the event is as follows:

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

  • Informal discussions at small “tables” (breakout rooms) with faculty and staff and students

  • 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.

 

 


FAKE NEWS AND THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION: AN UNCENSORED DISCUSSION ON LEGAL SHAMING

Thursday, May 2, 2019  6:00 pm in Loma Pelona

JOIN THE CONVERSATION! RSVP HERE!

Opening Remarks by Gina L. Genova, Writing Program Continuing Lecturer and Retired Litigator

Has the court of public opinion overtaken the rule of law? Are new forms of media changing our ability to hold fair trials? What does the future of “evidence” look like? Did the Brett Kavanaugh hearings taint our trust in the legal process? Do such public accusations irreparably harm the accused, even after innocence is proven?Trial lawyer and writing lecturer Gina L. Genova will start an uncensored discussion of public opinion and the law. Join this discussion with fellow students and scholars, all viewpoints are welcome. 

  • 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.



Spring18Agree to Disagree? An Uncensored Discussion on Civil Discourse

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

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.

 


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.