GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Malcolm Rashid (Video)

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Malcolm Rashid (Video)

This video, created by Malcolm Rashid, is the winner of the Video category of the “Tell Your Story” student contest conducted by UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts for Give Day 2018.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Nicholas Wagenseller

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Nicholas Wagenseller

UC Santa Barbara offers 411 study abroad opportunities in 44 countries under its popular Education Abroad Program. One of those programs enabled Nicholas Wagenseller to study abroad in Japan, which he had always longed for. Finally, that dream came true.

“Middle school students looked surprised when they saw I spoke in Japanese, and they asked me to take a picture together,” he said.

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Brent Gibbs (Photography)

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Brent Gibbs (Photography)

This photo edit, created by Brent Gibbs, is the winner of the Photography category of the “Tell Your Story” student contest conducted by UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts for Give Day 2018.

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Alyssa Smith (Creative Writing)

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Alyssa Smith (Creative Writing)

“The Water is Cold”, a poem by Alyssa Smith is the winner in the Creative Writing category of  the “Tell Your Story” student contest conducted by UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts for Give Day 2018.

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Jessica O'Brien (Visual Art)

GIVE DAY CONTEST WINNER: Jessica O'Brien (Visual Art)

This small painting, created by Jessica O’Brien, is the winner of the Visual Art category of the “Tell Your Story” student contest conducted by UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Humanities and Fine Arts for Give Day 2018.

 

Students Shine in Give Day "Story of Creativity" Contest

Students Shine in Give Day "Story of Creativity" Contest

Humanities and Fine Arts is proud to announce the winners and runners up in the UCSB Give Day 2018 contest, which provided a platform for entrants to tell their own "Story of Creativity" by submitting their photography, visual art, videos and creative writings. A panel of student intern judges and alumni  picked the winners, who were honored at a lunch on Give Day with Dean John Majewski.  Their submissions will be featured here on the HFA website in coming days.

ANNOUNCING: The Charles Bazerman Faculty Fellowship in Writing

ANNOUNCING: The Charles Bazerman Faculty Fellowship in Writing

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. 

Curiosity: The Key to Navigating University

Curiosity: The Key to Navigating University

By Michael Dominguez

At UC Santa Barbara, we students are surrounded by academically-seasoned minds within an elite research institution. College doesn’t hand you a career, you must build a career with your own hands, and your own mind. Universities hand you the tools to learn from your passions. But, how can we use these learning tool-kits to transform our own passions into a life-long goal? My answer: Curiosity.

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Maya Zhobi

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Maya Zhobi

Maya Zhobi is an Art Major at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) in its College of Creative Studies. Hear her talk about her work, inspirations, and aspirations outside of school in the following Student Spotlight video.

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Aline Ferreira

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Aline Ferreira

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.

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Patricia Fancher wins a research grant

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Patricia Fancher wins a research grant

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.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Zac Erstad

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Zac Erstad

At a time when Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music dominate the music industry, it can be hard for those playing classical and acoustic instruments to get the recognition they deserve.  That hasn’t stopped UC Santa Barbara student  Zac Erstad,  a composer who hopes to fulfill his dream in the music industry by becoming a song producer for either films or video games.

Erstad played with the UCSB Percussion Ensemble in February in performance for mallet instruments called “Old and New,” transcriptions and compositions for mallet instruments. He will also take part in the College of Creative Studies’ musical at the end of the quarter when he will perform three songs that he wrote, along with the show’s overture.

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Elizabeth Pérez

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Elizabeth Pérez

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."

ALUMNI ALL-STARS: Julia Marsh

ALUMNI ALL-STARS: Julia Marsh

For many undergraduate students nearing the end of their fourth year, graduating college and entering the real world feels daunting and uncertain. For others, the future after college is clear. UC Santa Barbara alumna Julia Marsh is one of those grads who was ready to forge her way to professional success after building the necessary skills while completing her undergraduate degree. Today, she is a successful graphic designer and graduate student in New York, preparing for a future in a field she loves.

Marsh is a 24-year-old from Carmel, a small town on the coast of Northern California. Her college journey started in 2011. While she loved art, she thought it was too impractical a field to pursue as a career so she chose to study writing. In her freshman year, Marsh decided to apply for a job at The Daily Nexus, the student run newspaper on campus. She became fast friends with the design director at the paper, who convinced her to take an available position working in layout. Within a few short months, she took over the role of design director.

ALUMNI ALL-STARS: Lisa Russell

ALUMNI ALL-STARS: Lisa Russell

Filmmaker Lisa Russell, a UC Santa Barbara alum, travels across the globe to inspire  to create a global network of artists for social good.

“The challenge and priority for me now is that I really want to teach. I want to inspire and train responsible storytellers,” Russell said in a recent interview.

At Home Abroad: An International Student's Story

At Home Abroad: An International Student's Story

About a week before the fall quarter started, I needed to print a document for my home university. As an international exchange student from Japan, it was hard to take in the enormous resources at UCSB. And I was relieved to get to the right building finally, after almost getting lost.

But the building was locked unexpectedly, so I stayed there for about 10 minutes before a man yelled at me to be come back once school started, and then slammed the door in my face. I felt lonely and intimidated, because I was new in the United States and was trying to find my way.

Dexter Filkins Speaks on Today's Refugee Crisis

Dexter Filkins Speaks on Today's Refugee Crisis

Pulitzer prize winning journalist Dexter Filkins spoke recently at Corwin Pavilion about the modern refugee crisis and why he calls it “the great apocalypse of our time.” The talk was sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s Crossings + Boundaries series.

The New Yorker staff writer drew attention to the dire situations of 200 million migrants, coming mainly from South Sudan, Syria, and Afghanistan, who are living in refugee camps for an average stay of 10 years or internally displaced within their home countries.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Aryana Moreno

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Aryana Moreno

Q+A: UCSB STUDENT DISCUSSES HER JOURNEY AS AN ASPIRING FILMMAKER

Aryana Moreno, who is set to graduate from the Film and Media Studies department at UC Santa Barbara this spring, did the camera work and editing on The Tipping Point, a short documentary that recently premiered at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. A large audience embraced the film at its screening, inspiring Moreno to gain even more hands-on experience in shooting and editing.

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Robert Krut

FOCUS ON FACULTY: Robert Krut

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. 

But, this is often not the case.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Robert Brian Huerta

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Robert Brian Huerta

Robert Brian Huerta places himself in a long line of artists who are considered rebels in their own generation as they explore new directions in their work. 

At his recent Glassbox exhibition, UC Santa Barbara’s student-run exhibition space, Huerta invited several punk rock groups to perform within the space.  He titled the exhibition Tresspassing:  punks in the glassbox.

At the event, Huerta encouraged a clash by having conventional art pieces surround a group of people drinking, singing, and dancing to a live, black-clad punk band.