The Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series launched in 2014 to showcase UCSB faculty and graduate students from diverse disciplines speaking about their current research, publications, or creative work. Talks are held in the Library's stunning 8th Floor Pacific View Room, with a reception to follow. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.

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To suggest future events in the series, contact Alex Regan, Events & Exhibitions Librarian, at 805-893-3605 or aregan [at] ucsb [dot] edu.

Upcoming Talks

Who Gets to Drink? The Past, Present and Future of Drinking Water 
James Salzman (Bren School)
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 4:00 pm
UCSB Library Pacific View Room

Conflicts over drinking water highlight the most pressing issues of our time -- from social justice and globalization to climate change and emerging contaminants. Ensuring provision of safe drinking water has always been one of society's most important challenges and remains highly controversial around the globe. The United Nations has declared a Human Right to Water but what does that really mean? Who gets to drink in times of scarcity? How can access to clean water be provided in developing countries, and what is the role of corporations when the public sector has failed?

Past Speakers

Oceanography in the Thomas Fire: Preliminary Results from a Graduate Student Led Expedition
Kelsey Bisson (Geography) and Eleanor Arrington (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