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Japanese Language Placement Test – Winter 2016 @ HSSB 3001E
Jan 4 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 4 @ 5:00 pm

Testing Dates:

January 4, 3:00PM (HSSB 3001E)

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

Meet-the-Artist Conversation with Lin Hwai-min, Founder and Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan @ Multicultural Center Theater
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Lin Hwai-minHosted by Dr. Michael Berry, Director, UCSB East Asian Center; Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

International renowned choreographer and honored in 2013 with the prestigious Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, Lin Hwai-min often draws his initial inspiration from traditional Asian culture and aesthetics. Join Mr. Lin and UCSB Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies for a conversation on Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s history and contribution to Taiwanese culture and identity.

Co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, East Asian Culture Center, the MultiCultural Center.

“Networks and Negotiations” — UCSB Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Japan @ McCune Room (HSSB 6020)
Feb 12 – Feb 13 all-day
Networks & Negotiations Poster

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This conference aims to explore the relationships between institutions, polities and individuals in premodern Japan (antiquity to 1868). With the theme of “networks and negotiations” in mind, we aim to expand our understanding of the construction and maintenance of complex connections between and within diverse groups and how they shaped the premodern history of Japan. Featuring graduate student research from a variety of disciplines and universities, panel topics include women’s networks, politics and the divine, and foreign relations.

We are delighted to have Kären Wigen, Professor of History at Stanford University, as our keynote speaker. A specialist of early modern Japanese history and cartography, Professor Wigen will speak on the subject of Tokugawa era maps and their making.

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Lecture: “Recent Development on Criminal Procedure Law Reforms in China” by Guo Zhiyuan @ SSMS 3145
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm

“Recent Development on Criminal Procedure Law Reforms in China”… a lecture by Guo Zhiyuan, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing.

China has revised its Criminal Procedure Law in 2012. This lecture will
first introduce the background and process of law reforms relating to
criminal procedure and follow with discussion of some key changes in the
new Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). Professor Guo will then go on to discuss
the challenges that confront China in implementing the new CPL, including
the implementation of the exclusionary rule.

Guo Zhiyuan is a Professor of Law at China University of Political Science
and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, where she specializes in Criminal Procedure,
Evidence, International Human Rights Law and Law and Society Studies. Her
research interests include exclusionary rules of evidence, Plea Bargaining,
Effective Counsel, and Criminal Mental Health Law. She was appointed as
Fulbright Research Scholar for 2015-2016 and is visiting Stanford Law

Sponsored by the East Asia Center and the Department of East Asian
Languages & Cultural Studies

Japanese Language Placement Test – Spring 2016 @ HSSB 3041
Mar 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Testing Dates:

March 28, 2:30PM (HSSB 3041)

Remember to fill-out and bring the information sheet found here on the Japanese Language Program Website!

Chinese Language Placement Test – Spring 2016 @ HSSB 2252
Mar 29 @ 3:30 pm – Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm

Note: Date changed from Monday, 3/28 to Tuesday, 3/29!

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,

James Benn: Buddhism, Tea, and Material Culture in Premodern China @ SSMS 2135
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm

This lecture by James Benn (McMaster University) looks at the surviving artistic, material, and literary evidence for Buddhist involvement in the promotion of tea drinking and the invention of a Chinese tea culture in premodern times. Some of the questions it looks to answer include…

  • What was the connection between religious practice, beverage consumption and aesthetics in Tang and Song-dynasty China?
  • In what ways did Buddhist institutions, individuals, and ideologies help to create meaning around a relatively new beverage?
  • How can historians of religion and culture make sense of modes of consumption in the past?

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“The Environment: Issues and Strategies in China and the U.S.” – 中美环境保护:问题与策略 @ McCune Room (HSSB 6020)
Apr 15 – Apr 16 all-day

An International Conference Organized by

U.C. Santa Barbara Confucius Institute 聖塔芭芭拉加州大學孔子学院

Co-Sponsored by
UCSB Bren School of Environmental Sciences & Management
& College of Letters & Sciences

April 15, 2016:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

April 16, 2016:  9:00 am to 12 noon

 McCune Hall, 6th floor, Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg. (HSSB)
El Colegio Road, U.C. Santa Barbara campus

Keynote Addresses by:

  • Prof. Jianguo (“Jack”) Liu
    Director, Center for Systems Integration & Sustainability, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability; Distinguished Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University
  • Prof. Dale Jamieson
    Founding Director of Environmental Studies & Animal Studies, Professor of Environmental Ethics, New York University
  • Conference panels on environmental issues in China & the U.S.
  • Papers presented by natural scientists, social scientists, media studies & humanities scholars, and political economists with six scientists and scholars visiting from China.


Test of Chinese As a Foreign Language (TOCFL) 2016 @ HSSB 2252
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education Division of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in LA is conducting a Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL). TOCFL is a standardized test to measure the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers from different language and culture backgrounds. This test is developed by the Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Hua Yu (SC-TOP). Tests have listening and reading sections.

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Japanese Language Placement Test – Summer 2016 @ HSSB 2252
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Testing Dates:

April 28, 3:00-4:00PM (HSSB 2252)
May 26, 3:00-4:00PM (HSSB 2252)

Remember to fill-out and bring the information sheet found here on the Japanese Language Program Website!