Summer Sessions Events


September 5, 2017
12:30pm
HSSB 6020, McCune Room
Public Lecture by Mhoze Chikowero

Mhoze Chikowero, Professor in the Department of History, will give a public lecture detailing the history of the mbira musical instrument as an epitome of the historical Madzimbabwe metallurgical and sound engineering, the persecution and stigmatization of the instrument, and the spiritual cultures that it respresents by the British colonial and missionary system throughout the 1900s.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 


September 6, 2017
12:30pm
HSSB 6020, McCune Room
Public Lecture by Albert Chimedza

FIlmmaker, musician, and mbira maker, Albert Chimedza, will give a publice lecture titled, 'Recentering African Knowledge Systems and Institution Building for Self-Liberation and Development: The Mbira Centre and the Mbira Institute.'

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Archived Events


August 17, 2017
3:30pm
Various UCSB locations
Summer Music Festival

The second annual UCSB Summer Music Festival will take place Thursday, August 17th through Saturday, August 19th on the UCSB campus. The festival will feature contemporary, world, classical, and folk music, with performances by Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo (violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell); Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks; violist Jonathan Morgan; violinist and UCSB faculty member Andrew Tholl and friends; the Celtic fusion band, Dannsair; as well as a number of UCSB graduate students and alumni. The event will be free and open to the public, and will take advantage of UC Santa Barbara’s many performance venues, including the Multicultural Center Theater; the Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Karl Geiringer Hall; and the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater.

Among the exciting new developments of this year's festival are the world premieres of five newly composed works by UCSB composers Marc Evans, Scott Perry, Mason Hock, Federico Llach, Rodney Duplessis, and Heena Yoon, as well as a Saturday morning concert and workshop for children with appearances by festival artists.

Admission if free. For more information, please visit: http://music.ucsb.edu/summerfestival


August 10, 2017
7:30pm
UCSB Studio Theater
'Meanwhile There are Letters' by Declan Hughes

The fourth play in the 2017 LAUNCH PAD summer reading series, directed by Risa Brainin.

LAUNCH PAD in association with The Margaret Millar Charitable Trust presents Meanwhile There are Letters by Declan Hughes, based on the book Meanwhile There are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald edited and with an introduction by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan. In the middle of their lives, two of America’s greatest writers, Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, embarked on a friendship conducted largely through letters that blossomed into a devoted love affair. Using these letters as a starting point, Meanwhile There Are Letters charts the course of this fascinating relationship between two brilliant, lonely people in the middle of their lives whose great fortune it was to find each other.

For more information, please visit UCSB's Theatre and Dance website. 


August 3, 2017
8:00pm
HSSB Ballet Studio
Theater and Dance: Summer Dances

Summer Sessions 2017 will present Summer Dances, Wed. & Thurs., Aug. 2 & 3, 8pm, in the HSSB Ballet Studio. The program is full of variety, featuring choreography specifically created for the dancers enrolled in ballet, modern and jazz by Dance faculty Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston and Delila Moseley. UCSB Dance graduates Chelsea Retzloff (2007) and Lauren Serrano (2011) will be performing new works as will Brandon Whited (Dance Faculty). Tonia Shimin (Professor Emerita) will offer a sneak preview into her new film currently in production, and Christina Sanchez of Santa Barbara Dance Theater will perform the powerful solo Cante Flamenco, created in 1944 by Jane Dudley. Lighting for these new works will be designed by UCSB Theater graduate Andrew Schmedake. 


August 3, 2017
7:30pm
UCSB Studio Theater
'Staging The Daffy Dame' by Anne Garcia-Romero

The third play in the 2017 LAUNCH PAD summer reading series, directed by Risa Brainin.

In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latina theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega, with a cast of four university students and two community professionals. Amidst budget cuts, diversity protests and faculty opposition, Lupe employs non-traditional casting as she attempts to stage a “bare bones” version of this classical comedy from the Spanish canon. In La Dama Boba, two sisters, Finea and Nise, are in love with a poor schoolteacher, Laurencio, but their lives are upended when their father, Octavio, arranges for Finea to marry a nobleman, Liseo. Nise, the elder sister, is educated while, Finea, the younger, is daffy. However, Finea gains a new kind of intelligence through the power of love. While Lupe directs her actors, tempers flare as conflicts arise when the company addresses issues of race, class and gender in portraying these roles. As opening night approaches, Lope de Vega’s comedy challenges the company to confront their own prejudices by asking the question: Can love help us overcome our differences and truly lead us to a new kind of knowledge?

For more information, please visit UCSB's Theatre and Dance website.