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  1. Mar

    1. Chinese Language Placement Test – Spring 2015 @ HSSB 4080
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Visit the Chinese Language Program website for more information and to sign up for the test. Please fill out the sign-up sheet and send it to Chen-Chuan (Jennifer) Hsu,

    2. Japanese Language Placement Test – Spring 2015 @ HSSB 4020
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Testing Date:

      Monday, March 30 @ 3:00PM  (HSSB 4020)

      Check out the Japanese Language Program Website for more information and to sign up for the test.

  2. Apr

    1. “The New (Old) Image Wars: Rethinking Image and Violence after Paris,” lecture by Anna Marazuela Kim, University of Virginia @ HSSB 4041
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm



      Anna Marazuela Kim
      Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

      About the Lecture

      Photo of Anna Marazuela KimThe tragic events at Charlie Hebdo are a reminder of the continuing force of images in contemporary culture. Far from an isolated incident, tensions surrounding portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad continue to resonate and escalate, threatening further polarization and violence. Media responses to the crisis have framed this as a clash between “Western” and “Islamic” values – freedom of speech versus religious extremism – with the assumption of an arcane view of pictorial representation at its basis. This lecture aims to shift the terms of the debate by giving a longer view of the relation of images to violence. Drawing upon historic examples, ontologies and anthropologies of the image, I engage the image wars of the past as a means to leverage a more nuanced understanding of their operation in the present, articulating confluences between East and West to open a space for dialogue.

      Download Anna Kim Lecture Flyer (pdf)


      Organized by the ISF Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies, and co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of Film and Media Studies.

  3. Apr

    1. Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language – TOCFL @ Multiple rooms (check description)
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      2015 TOCFL


      HSSB 2206 (Level 1&2), UCSB

      HSSB 2252 (Level 3&4), UCSB

      HSSB 2251 (Level 5&6), UCSB

      Registration Deadline: March 4, 2015

      2015 Registration Form (PDF)

      Mock test can be found at

      For further questions, please contact Chen-chuan Hsu

  4. Apr

    1. Film screening “Us & Them” on Korean Indie rock music @ McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      With directors and musicians Stephen Epstein (Victoria University, New Zealand) and Tim Tangherlini (UCLA), David Novak (Music, UCSB) and others.

  5. May

    1. Symposium: “War and Remembrance: Cultural Imprints of Japan’s Samurai Age.” (all-day)
      May 8