An Engaging, Free Speaker Series Featuring UCSB Professors At Santa Barbara’s Favorite Watering Holes.

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Past Events

March 2023

Associate Professor Amy Boddy as she discusses shared health vulnerabilities of female animals across the tree of life.

January 2023

It’s All About Getting Attention: How Social Media Increases Beliefs in Fake News

The Director of UCSB’s Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS), Joe Walther, invites you to learn about the Center's research on fake news. Take a dive into its recent experiment on the influence of getting ♥’s on people’s belief in fake news, and the dark corners where research on the power of online social

April 2022

All Gaucho Reunion Prof Slam

Inspired by UCSB Graduate Division’s wildly popular Grad Slam, Prof Slam challenged eight UCSB professors to share — in an entertaining, interesting, and digestible way — their research in just three minutes!

October 2022

Dr. Conroy-Beam presented the psychology of romantic relationships. This talk discussed how computer simulations shed light on how people choose their romantic partners and how these models can help people form happier relationships.

February 2021

Major Restrictions and Social Stratification in the UC System and Beyond 

Public universities increasingly restrict entry into the highest-demand majors. This talk will analyze the effects of these restrictions at four UC campuses, demonstrating that they disproportionately filter out students from under-represented minority groups and lower-income families. Aashish Mehta is an Associate Professor of Global Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He studies employment patterns around the world, their relationship with globalization, and their implications for equitable development through education and work.

April 2021

During the virtual All Gaucho Reunion 

Join fellow alumni in listening to an engaging talk, led by Professor of Counseling Psychology; Tania Israel. Learn about her book Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide: Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work. Hear from the author herself as she offers tools to increase understanding in an increasingly polarized society. The talk will be led by Professor Israel and will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Learn more about Tania by visiting her website

July 2021

Humbug: A Theory of Ritual

Join Associate Professor of Religious Studies, David Walker, as he delves into P.T. Barnum's theories of ritual and religion. Follow along as Professor Walker details the lives of spiritualists, magicians, and more. Learn the history of popular performance via the recording of this event. 

November 2021

Teaching the Pandemic: Italy in the Age of Coronavirus

This November, tune in once again to Profs at the Pub! This edition features Assistant Professor of Transnational Italian Studies, Stephanie Hom, as she presents "Teaching the Pandemic: Italy in the Age of Coronavirus." Join Professor Hom in a discussion around the teaching of the pandemic through the experience of Italy, one of the first countries hit by the coronavirus.


Our Anthropocene Ocean
Professor Douglas McCauley

What will the next 100 years bring for our oceans?


The Future of Coral Reefs: Does it Depend on Help from Fish?
Professor Deron Burkepile

Coral reefs are a hub of of marine biodiversity. They provide food, recreation, and shoreline protection to some 1 billion people. Professor Burkepile will discuss coral reef survival in a warming world.


The Anna Blake School
Professor Sarah Case

Learn about UCSB's antecedent, the Anna Blake School. You can watch a recording of this installation on Youtube.


“Cut!”: The Doctor Patient Relationship in Film and Television
Adjunct Professor James McNamara

A talk on how film and television portray the doctor-patient relationship, specifically, how patients and doctors "read" the body differently.


Can Playing Games Save the Planet
Associate Professor Alenda Chang

An ecological discussion on how games offer exciting opportunities to represent and respond to these complex ecological problems.


Understanding US-Iranian Confrontations in the Persian Gulf
Associate Professor Juan Campo

An exciting talk on global politics presented by Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UCSB, Juan Campo.


The Black Plague

In five short years, between 1346 and 1359, the Black Plague claimed the lives of 1/3 to 1/2 of Europe's population. To many who lived through it, this event seemed like it might spell the very end of civilization.


Doing Good versus Doing Right; Medical Ethics in the ER
Jason Prystowsky '05 MD, MPH

A brief overview of medical ethics theory and then interactive case studies of ethical dilemmas in the emergency department


The Why, Where and How of Long Term Ecological Research
Frank W. Davis PhD

Much environmental change can only be detected and understood through studies lasting many decades, whereas most research projects last less that 4 years. Long term ecological research is more important now then ever. I will describe a unique network of sites conducting long term studies - the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network - and introduce the recently launched National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). This will be a quick tour of memorable places, fascinating experiments, and ecological surprises.


Fascinating Facts About Bisexuality
With Professor Tania Israel

Are there really more bisexuals than lesbians and gay men put together? Can bisexuals be monogamous? Which U.S. state has a bisexual governor? Come learn the answer to these and other questions about bisexuality!


History of Jazz

With 2018 National Book Award Winner, Professor Jeffrey Stewart*

UC Santa Barbara Professor Jeffrey Stewart shares his insights about the birth and evolution of Jazz music at a special Profs @ the Pub edition that will include live music by versatile jazz musician George Friedenthal and the stunning jazz vocalist, Lois Mahalia.



Climate Change: An Issue for the Humanities (and Human Beings)
With Professor Ken Hiltner*


FrankenStem - the promises and the hype of stem cell
technologies and therapies

With Professor Beth Pruitt*


Hamilton! The Musical as History
With Dean John Majewski*


The History and Geography of Beer
With Dr. Dan Montello*