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Luigi Pirandello (28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre.” Pirandello’s works include novels, hundreds of short stori…
 
In this episode, we talk to our first threepeat guest, Dr. Jeffrey Milem, the Jules Zimmer Dean's Chair of the Gevirtz School of Education at UC Santa Barbara, about the mysteries of tenure. Faculty tenure is a dream to some who feel it protects academic freedom, a scapegoat for those who feel it cushions professors from reality, and the truth is l…
 
Moderator Stephanie Malia Hom joined Professor Joan Roman Resina to discuss Death in Venice and the work of filmmaker Luchino Visconti. Resina contextualized the film within the larger context of Visconti’s German trilogy and his long, storied career. He also discussed the film’s adaptation from the Thomas Mann novella. Resina examined the idea of …
 
Violet Lucille Fletcher (March 28, 1912 – August 31, 2000) was an American screenwriter of film, radio and television. Her credits include The Hitch-Hiker, an original radio play written for Orson Welles and adapted for a notable episode of The Twilight Zone television series. Lucille Fletcher also wrote “Sorry, Wrong Number,” one of the most celeb…
 
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center are like two amazing cabinets of curiosities. This episode's guest is Jenna Hamilton-Rolle, Director of Education for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center, whose sense of wonder is comes through in her enthusiasm for teaching about the natural world.…
 
In this episode, we talk with one of our heroes: Diane C. Fujino, a professor of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her inspirational work examines Japanese and Asian American activist history within an Asian American Radical Tradition and shaped by Black Power and Third World decolonization. Her new book, Contemporary Asian American Activ…
 
Moderator Jennifer Tyburczy discusses the production and impact of HBO miniseries Veneno with star Daniela Santiago. Santiago talks about the process and pressures of portraying transgender icon La Veneno, and the importance of representation both in front of and behind the camera. She detailed the significance of La Veneno, including her famous ch…
 
In this episode, we talk with Mary Franitza, a grad student at the Gevirtz School about her work, which includes supporting other graduate students in education as the President of the Graduate Student Association in Education (GSAE), where she advocates for stronger connections between cohorts and greater transparency from the university.…
 
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, screenwriters of "Captain America: The First Avenger," discuss the film with moderator Matt Ryan. Markus and McFeely cover how they adapted the beloved comic book hero to the screen, and their collaboration with director Joe Johnston. They explained in detail how they crafted the characters of Steve Rogers, B…
 
Robotics just seems to get cooler and cooler. In this episode, we talk to two grad students from UCSB's Hawkes Lab, doing work on the cutting-edge of robotics engineering: Charles Xiao and Matt Devlin. Charles Xiao is a mechanical engineering PhD candidate, also in the Hawkes’ Lab, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Rese…
 
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