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Silicon Valley's Caste System: Race, Class and All Women Coding Boot Camps

GMTaC Lab Research Lecture: “Silicon Valley’s Caste System: Race, Class and All Women Coding Boot Camps” by Professor France Winddance Twine, UCSB

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Why do Black women comprise roughly 1.2% of technical workers in Silicon Valley technology firms? In this talk, Twine examines the 'inequality regimes' that currently operate in Silicon Valley and how recruiting practices shape the recruitment, retention, and treatment of technically-skilled women of diverse ethnic and class backgrounds.

Border as Method: Or the Multiplication of Labor

Backyard Theory Meeting in March, 2021

March 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Professor Bhaskar Sarkar will facilitate a group discussion of Sandro Messadra and Brett Neilson's book, Border as Method: Or the Multiplication of Labor (Duke UP, 2013). If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please contact Tinghao Zhou at: tinghaozhou@ucsb.edu

Tranworlding

Transworlding (III): Hongyuan Jin (Economics), “The Influence of Foreign-born Directors on the US Film Industry”

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This chapter is the quantitative analysis on whether foreign-born directors show higher film yields than native-born directors in terms of the domestic and international box office, and the number of awards (e.g. Oscars) and award nominations. The study is conducted on a data set that I collected from multiple sources, and the data set includes about 27 thousand US-produced films released between 1925 and 2018.

“Perhaps Eartha Kitt is the Instrument…:” How a Supernova Defied Stardom – Dr. Philana Payton (Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA)

April 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this talk, I consider the multiple ways Eartha Kitt commanded narrative ownership through her engagement with autobiography, as well as her performative practices. In 1956, she published her first autobiography (of four) at the age of twenty-nine entitled Thursday’s Child. In it, she revealed how performance was not simply reserved for the stage and screen, but that it was the very essence that was Eartha Kitt. Her recognition of Eartha Kitt as an entity separate from her true self…

Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas

Backyard Theory Meeting in May, 2021

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Professor Greg Siegel will facilitate a group discussion of Jonathan P. Eburne's book, Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please contact Tinghao Zhou at tinghaozhou@ucsb.edu

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