The UC Santa Barbara Writing Program is pleased to announce the creation of the Charles Bazerman Endowed Faculty Fellowship for Professional Development in Writing. This endowed fund supports an annual, competitive, two-course fellowship for a Continuing Lecturer in the Writing Program.
Aline Ferreira, an assistant professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, is currently directing high-tech eye tracking equipment in UCSB’s Bilingualism, Translation, and Cognition Laboratory to observe the brain as it translates from a speaker or typist’s mother tongue to a second language and back again.
She discussed this and other projects in a recent interview with HFA student Sierrah DeBoer.
Writing Program lecturer Patricia Fancher’s research on 20th Century women physicians aligns with her focus on feminist rhetoric, women's writing and writing in the sciences. She was a first generation college student and attributes much of her own success to the community of women who supported her and mentored her through her educational journey.
“It feels like a beautiful tribute to continue to study how other communities of women mentor and support each other,” Fancher said.
Elizabeth Pérez, assistant professor in Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara, has won a top honor for her first book, Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions. Pérez was awarded the Clifford Geertz Prize in the anthropology of religion at the 2017 American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, D.C.
"When I was a PhD student and waiting to talk to people about larger-scale rituals, I was put to work in the kitchen: slicing vegetables, frying plantains for Platanos Fritos, or rolling little dumplings or balls of different kinds of flour. I found that it wasn't just the glamorous rituals with the splendid altars and the exciting music that were important, but that what I was doing had a place in the tradition, especially in the formation of religious subjects."
UCSB writing lecturer Robert Krut has some advice for soon-to-be teachers: “Remember what it’s like to be a student. Remember what it’s like to sit in a classroom.”
One would imagine that after investing thousands of dollars in tuition, students would be scribbling attentively in their notepads each piece of information that spills from the mouth of their respective professors.
UC Santa Barbara Art professor Jane Callister is a featured artist in the Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition, taking place at Porch Gallery in Ojai, California until March 11th. Callister is a 53-year-old professional artist who has exhibited works of paintings, drawings, and installations.
Originally from the Isle of Man, she has been a full-time faculty member of the Art Department at UC Santa Barbara for more than 20 years. She donated one of her paintings, the acrylic Turmoil (2017), to the exhibition to help raise funds to benefit local artists who were victims of the fire.
Michael Curtin, a UC Santa Barbara film and media studies professor, has released his newest book Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood, about the exploitation of labor in the entertainment industry.
The Carsey-Wolf Center wrapped up its fall film series “Hollywood Berlin: Exiles and Immigrants” with the final film Some Like It Hot. The event featured guest speaker David Mandel who is a writer, director and executive producer of shows such as Veep and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
For the past 11 years, UCSB historian Kate McDonald has had tourism on her mind - the tourism of early 20th century Japan. The resulting book “Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan,” has just come out. It investigates tourism, movement, and territory in Japan in the early 1900s, and how that travel contributed to the creation of a Japanese national identity. McDonald’s book looks at land and mobility, using a unique lens to examine the origins of the Japanese empire and identity. HFA intern Giovanna Vicini spoke to the author.