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May 2019

North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

May 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult. For decades they were infamous as the region’s most militarized and repressed, self-isolated and under sanctions by the international community while, from Singapore to Japan, the rest of Asia saw historic wealth creation. Andray Abrahamian, author of the recent book North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths (McFarland, 2018), examines and compares the recent histories of North Korea and Myanmar, asking how both became pariahs and why Myanmar has…

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Dare We Reclaim Our Futures? A Systems Perspective on the Climate Crisis

May 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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Friday, May 24 with talk at 11 a.m. and conversation with students at noon in Girvetz Hall 2320Futures studies deals with complexities of the world on the systems level. One of the key systemic problems we now confront is something we call climate change.This talk will cover the specific perspective of futures studies for the understanding of climate change as a planetary problem that deals with our complex and largely problematic relationship to nature.The talk will explore more than twenty…

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SPECIAL EVENT: Flows of Vulnerability

May 24, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Goleta Beach, 5986 Sandspit Rd
Goleta, CA 93117 United States
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A special event organized by Dr. Summer Gray, UCSB Department of Environmental Studies. Join us for a panel discussion on the intersection of resilience building in Montecito and sediment dumping on Goleta Beach followed by a walking tour of Goleta Beach.

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October 2019

An EPIC Opportunity for Faculty and Students at UCSB

October 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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The UCSB community will have a meeting opportunity with the EPA folks Laura Bloch and Jose Zambrana of the California EPA to learn about the EPIC Network and its opportunities for involving our students in projects with local governments this coming Wednesday, October 2 from 10:30 to noon in Girvetz 2320.They are coming to talk with UCSB colleagues about Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC); science-based tools for decision making (they’ll briefly introduce a tool you may be interested…

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TALK: Lakshmi the Rebel Goddess

October 9, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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A talk by Bidyut Mohanty, former Orfalea Center fellow. Lunch will be provided. Bidyut Mohanty, PhD, is Head of Women’s Studies at the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in New Delhi. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Global and International Studies program at UC Santa Barbara and is a fellow of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UCSB. She is the coordinator of ISS and UNDP project on Capacity Building of Elected Women Leaders in…

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RESEARCH FOCUS GROUP TALK: DAYLIGHTING CONFLICT: BOARD GAMES AS DECISION-MAKING TOOLS

October 10, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Janette Kim will join us to discuss Win-Win, a series of board games that play out climate risk scenarios. By designing interactions among players, objectives and resources, these games model the social justice implications of innovative financial and legal strategies.

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November 2019

FROM BEIRUT TO BAGHDAD – Vices from the Ground

November 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave
Goleta, CA 93117 United States
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Goleta Valley Community Center, Room 7 Please join us at a live video conference with UCSB Professor Sherene Seikaly, Nadya Sbaiti and Omar Sirri (American University of Beirut) this Sunday morning to learn about the latest situation of the demonstrations across Lebanon and Iraq. This event is organized by the Center for Middle East Studies and co-sponsored by the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.

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UC and CSU EDUCATORS ANNOUNCE NEW CLIMATE EMERGENCY TEACHING TOOL — NXTerra

November 18, 2019

UC-CSU NXTerra is both a Knowledge Action Network (KAN) and Digital Platform (web site) for teaching the climate crisis. As part of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the sustainability efforts of the California State University system — our mission at NXTerra is to enable and scale up climate change education in California and across the world to reflect the rising urgency of the climate crisis. We invite you to visit and explore the website, announce its…

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December 2019

An Afternoon and Evening with Dr. Ruken Sengul

December 3, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
SSMS 2001, Social Sciences and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Goleta, CA 93106 United States
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On December 3, 2019, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies and the Center for Middles East Studies will host Dr. Ruken Sengul for a series of events associated with her work with Kurdish feminist history and current political reality. Please join us for an afternoon of thoughtful conversation during a graduate student workshop regarding Dr. Sengul's research methods, work in solidarity and public engagement, and epistemology. Then, join us for her public talk "Kurdish Struggles Today: Epistemologies of Identity, Resistance,…

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January 2020

Pallav Das, Transformations: Vikalp Sangam and the Search for Alternatives in India

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orfalea Center Conference Room, Girvetz Hall, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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Thursday, January 9, 2020 at noon2320 Girvetz HallThe need for systemic transformation arises as much from discontent with the current economic and environmental scenario as it does from hope for a better tomorrow. Societal discontent, obviously, manifests itself in the form of resistance to the existing structures and is channeled through people’s movements. Hope, on the other hand, propels the society to look for alternatives to the existing paradigm. Significant efforts are being made by the civil society in the global…

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