About Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series

The Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series is an opportunity for UCSB faculty and graduate students from diverse disciplines to speak about their current research, publications, or creative work. 

The talks are free and open to the public, and are held in the Library's stunning 8th Floor Pacific View Room. Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series began in 2014.  

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To suggest future events in the series, write Alex Regan, Events & Exhibitions Program Manager, at aregan@ucsb.edu.

Upcoming Speaker:

Past Speakers

A Talk by Rae Wynn-Grant
Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 4pm. Link to video recording.

Public Art and Campus Placemaking: Recentering the Artist in Communities of Practice 
Kim Yasuda (Art)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 4pm

A Fabulous Failure: The Clinton Presidency, the Transformation of American Capitalism, and America Labor Today
Nelson Lichtenstein (History)
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 4pm

Spatial Data Science Solutions for Better Bicycling
Trisalyn Nelson (Geography)
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 4pm

The Business of Less: The Role of Companies and Households on a Planet in Peril
Roland Geyer (Bren School)
Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 4pm

What is Responsible AI?
William Wang (UCSB Computer Science)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 4pm

The Scientific Body of Knowledge - Whose Body Does it Serve? A Spotlight on Women's Brain Health
Emily Jacobs (UCSB Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 4pm

Do Environmental Markets Cause Environmental Injustice? Evidence from California’s Carbon Markets
Kyle Meng (Bren School and UCSB Department of Economics) and Danae Hernandez Cortes (PhD Candidate, Department of Economics)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4pm

Social Justice Advocacy and the Culture of Outrage
Tania Israel (UCSB Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology ) 
Tuesday, January 13, 2021, 4pm

Black Power Afterlives: From the Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter
Diane C. Fujino (UCSB Department of Asian American Studies) 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 4pm

An Education for Social Transformation: Learning, Leadership, and the Highlander Idea
Ethan Chang (Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in UCSB Departments of Asian American Studies and Black Studies)
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 4pm

Climate Change in our Backyard: Impacts, Policy, and Politics
Leah Stokes (UCSB Department of Political Science)
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4pm

Is Politics Our New Religion?
Ann Taves (UCSB Department of Religious Studies) 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 4pm

Ecosystems of Oil at the Ocean's Floor and Other Secrets of the Santa Barbara Channel
David Valentine (UCSB Department of Earth Science)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 4pm

Exiled: Loss and Resilience Among Refugee and Forcibly Displaced Youth and Communities
Maryam Kia-Keating (Gervitz School, UCSB) 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 4pm

Who Gets to Drink? The Past, Present and Future of Drinking Water 
James Salzman (Bren School, UCSB)
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 4pm

Oceanography in the Thomas Fire: Preliminary Results from a Graduate Student Led Expedition
Kelsey Bisson (UCSB Department of Geography) and Eleanor Arrington (UCSB Department of Earth Science), PhD candidates in the UCSB Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 4pm

The Anthropology of Rainforest Destruction
Jeffrey Hoelle (UCSB Department of Anthropology)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 4pm

Robotics meets Wireless Communications: Opportunities and Challenges
Yasamin Mostofi (UCSB Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4pm

Understanding Protest and Resistance in the Trump Era
Hahrie Han (UCSB Department of Political Science)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4pm

’A Collective Intelligence Gathered from Struggle’: Cedric Robinson & the Black Radical Tradition
Professor George Lipsitz (UCSB Departments of Black Studies and Sociology)
January 17, 2017, 4pm

On Thin Ice: Antarctic Biology in a Changing Ocean
Gretchen Hofmann (UCSB Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology), with artist Lily Simonson
November 1, 2016 4pm

Science Fiction and Creative Self-Destruction
Carl Gutierrez-Jones (UCSB Department of English)
April 12, 2016 4pm

Of Mice and Men: How Wildlife Loss Affects Ecosystem and Human Health
Hillary Young (UCSB Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology)
November 17, 2015, 4pm

The Evolution of Malware (or "Ninja Malware Attack!")
Giovanni Vigna (UCSB Department of Computer Science)
April 28, 2015, 4pm

Balancing on a Planet: Can Local Food Improve Health, Increase Equity, and Slow Global Warming?
David Cleveland (UCSB Department of Environmental Studies)
November 18, 2014, 4pm