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

Upcoming Event


April 21, 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. Head to the All Gaucho Reunion page to register and see the full schedule of events.


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.

November 2020

Presented during Virtual Parents and Family Weekend

The Anna Blake School

The Anna Blake School, founded in downtown Santa Barbara in the 1890s, is the original antecedent of UCSB. We will discuss the school’s early years and explore how the views of Santa Barbara reformers in the 1890s effect higher education today. Sarah H. Case earned her MA and PhD in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is a continuing lecturer in history. 

March 2020

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

Coral reefs are a hub of of marine biodiversity. They provide food, recreation, and shoreline protection to some 1 billion people. But reefs around the globe have seen a 50 to 90 percent decline in coral abundance, and forecasts of reef health have been dire. Professor Deron Burkepile, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, will talk about coral reef  survival in a warming world.


February 2020

Our Anthropocene Ocean

What will the next 100 years bring for our oceans? There is much reason to believe that our oceans will change more rapidly than ever before in the near future - and that this will matter for people as well as ocean wildlife. Professor Douglas McCauley will provide a brief history of the ways we have already changed ocean ecosystems and will examine how marine science can be used to predict what future human impacts may be on our seas. 


“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*