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UCSB Alumni and the Department of Black Studies of the University of California at Santa Barbara are proud to announce our fall celebration North Hall Takeover 50 Years After honoring the 12 students who, on October 14, 1968, took over the North Hall building to demand change in the curriculum and climate on campus for Black students. In response, then Chancellor Vernon Cheadle began a process of institutional change that resulted in the founding of the Department of Black Studies, the Chican@ Studies Department, the Center for Black Studies Research, and eventually the Departments of Asian American Studies and Feminist Studies with other research and curricular apertures to study inequality and a multicultural world. The energetic vision of these original 12 students also embodied the hope that all Black students in the state of California would have an excellent chance to attend its flagship university system in a world free of racism, fascism, and misogyny that nurtured equitable, spiritually meaningful lives. This conference is an opportunity not only to reflect on the importance of the North Hall Takeover, but also to think seriously about how we can create a better future for Black students, and consequently for all students, at the university.

For a social species, humans are notoriously prone to unsocial behaviors. It’s a truth that’s led scholars to ask a deceptively simple question: How do we get people to get along? Reward? Punishment? A mix of the two?

Two decades ago, a book by Black studies scholar and sociologist George Lipsitz fueled national discussions of race in America. A new edition of the book, “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics,” highlights how far we as a country have come — and, more important, how far we have yet to go.
 
In this 20th anniversary edition, published by Temple University Press, Lipsitz offers, in addition to updated statistics, analyses of defining issues and current events.
In its 2019 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities,” U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara No. 5.
 
Among “Best National Universities,” which includes both public and private institutions, UC Santa Barbara placed No. 30.
The photos are chilling: Giant swathes of devastation in the Brazilian Amazon. Men hip-deep in the brown muck of the gouged and flooded earth. They are the scenes of illegal gold mining in “Garimpeiros: The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest,” an exhibition in the Ocean Gallery of the UC Santa Barbara Library through Aug. 31.
 
Curated by Jeffrey Hoelle, an associate professor of anthropology, and Jonathan Rissmeyer, library senior artist, the exhibit of 42 photos explores the world of wildcat miners, or garimpeiros, who try to make a living scratching gold out of the rainforest.
All liars have classic tells: the lack of eye contact, the fidgeting, the overly elaborate stories. Except when they don’t.
 
In fact, researchers say, the most adept deceivers often don’t present any of those signs and, further, the average observer’s tendency to rely on such visual cues impedes their ability to tell when someone is lying. But those detection skills can be improved markedly with as little as one hour of training.

Park examines the landmark legislation and its role in reshaping the racial and political landscape in the U.S.

The next time UC Santa Barbara economist Rod Garratt testifies in front of House of Representatives Subcommittee on Montary Policy and Trade.
 

Today, as we approach the 53rd anniversary (Aug. 6) of Johnson signing the act, UCSB scholars argue that it’s been largely eviscerated by the Supreme Court. The deepest cut, they said, was Shelby County v. Holder (2013), in which the court deemed the act’s coverage formula — the way it determines which jurisdictions are subject to its special provisions — unconstitutional. Without a coverage formula the act’s chief enforcement provision is toothless.

It’s only fitting that UC Santa Barbara’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) commissions its cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at Goleta Beach. Where else would the Surfrider Battalion go?
 
The battalion returned to the beach Friday, June 15, to commission 13 cadets before family and friends. Eight of the new officers will go on active duty, while five will serve in the National Guard, Army Reserve or receive medical training. Most will attend Basic Officer Leaders Course.