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Situated in the English Department, the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center builds upon the considerable strengths in American Studies at UCSB by offering an interdisciplinary setting for new research and teaching initiatives. Equipped with a small library of key resources in the field and computing equipment to support web-based research, this Center provides a unique site for collaborations among faculty and students.

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The Carsey-Wolf Center supports research, teaching, and public programming about media. The Center fosters creativity, critical skills, historical understanding, and new forms of literacy that students need to be informed citizens in the 21st Century. Engaging industry professionals and policymakers, as well as students and scholars, the Center seeks to increase public understanding of the role of media in society and inform policy debates.

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The Center for Black Studies Research supports academic and cultural activities designed to promote and explore issues of blackness, tolerance and other progressive social change initiatives off campus and within the larger Santa Barbara region. The broader public mission is marked by a commitment to community collaboration, which includes enhancing communication between the university and the community on issues of mutual concern; facilitating access for the community to university resources; participating in the development and implementation of community based educational and social initiatives; providing co-sponsorship for cultural activities on campus and in the community.

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Founded in 1994 and based in the Department of History, the Center for Cold War Studies presents annual conferences, lectures and workshops, and provides on-line resources for historians of diplomatic history. The Center is committed to promoting discussion and the exchange of ideas on topics related to the Cold War.

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The Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS) is a multidisciplinary endeavor at UCSB spanning the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. Our overarching goal is to apply the knowledge of these diverse perspectives to understand the development, use, and effects of information technologies in contemporary society. To achieve this, CITS hosts conferences, workshops, and speakers, supports a variety of working groups, and provides administrative support for the Ph.D. Emphasis in Technology and Society. CITS is composed of a vibrant group of active researchers at UCSB who are affiliated with the Center, and is guided by a world-renowned advisory board.

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The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice in which all people participate on some level. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple disciplines, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.

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Since opening in August 2000, CMES has been a vital campus resource for speakers, seminars, film series, conferences, cultural events, and research on the Middle East. We are especially proud of our outreach to schoolteachers at all grade levels. CMES has sponsored one-month long intensive curriculum development seminars for California teachers in Egypt and Jordan from 2003 through 2006. CMES has gained a national and international reputation for excellence in a very short time because of its innovative programming and the dedication of its faculty and staff.

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The NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society serves as a national research and education center, a network hub among researchers and educators concerned with societal issues concerning nanotechnologies, and a resource base for studying these issues in the US and abroad. The Center addresses education for a new generation of social science and nanoscience professionals, and it conducts research on the historical context of the nano-enterprise, on innovation processes and global diffusion of nanotech, and on risk perception and the public sphere. CNS-UCSB researchers address a linked set of social and environmental issues regarding the domestic US and global creation, development, commercialization, production, consumption, and control of specific kinds of nanoscale technologies.

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The Center for Portuguese Studies provides support for teaching and degree programs and promotes the study of the literatures, language and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Services and activities include awarding student scholarships and stipends; promoting Portuguese language classes; hosting colloquia; maintaining the Center library; and sponsoring publications.

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Founded in 1986, the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) is situated within the Department of Music as well as having strong ties to the Media Art and Technology program and the Allosphere research facility. CREATE serves as a productive environment available to students, researchers, and media artists for the realization of music and multimedia works. We present several concerts per year of electroacoustic music. Courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels in collaboration with several departments. The Center also serves as a laboratory for research and development of a new generation of software and hardware tools to aid in media-based composition. CREATE is committed to maintaining the highest possible level of artistic and technological capability. Professional composers will find the Center a productive place to realize their works.

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The Center for Taiwan Studies (CTS) promotes Taiwan-related scholarly activities in the humanities, fine arts, and other cultural areas in an academic venue in the United States. It provides a forum for the public and a vehicle to meet the professional interests of faculty and students from a variety of disciplines by supporting collaborative programs involving visiting writers and scholars, hosting conferences, publishing Taiwan literature in English translation, and by encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship and Taiwan-related campus activities.

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The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy is an interdisciplinary research and education initiative that aims to expand public understanding and discussion of important issues facing working people. In cooperation with the Department of History, the Center administers an undergraduate minor in Labor Studies and a graduate-level Colloquium in Work, Labor and Political Economy. The Center also hosts conferences and workshops that contribute to an understanding, of the issues and ideas, past and present, illuminating the character of American capitalism and the working class that sustains it. The Center is part of the All-UC Miguel Contreras Labor Program.

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The purpose of the Institute, as articulated in El Plan de Santa Bárbara, is to undertake, promote and disseminate research regarding the Chicano/Latino experience in California and the United States.  The Institute ’s research activities serve the intellectual interests of Chicana/o Studies students, researchers and faculty from all departments and units on the UCSB campus. Together with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, the Institute supports research that promotes the growing national and international stature of the field and assists in the recruitment and retention of Chicano/Latino faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara.

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The Confucius Institute was established in 2014, funded by the Office of Hanban in Beijing, China, with matching funds from UCSB.  The Institute promotes educational exchanges and cooperation between UCSB and academic institutions in China, and works with our partner university in China, Shandong University, to strengthen and support China Studies, including the learning of the Chinese language, as well as humanistic and social science research on China.

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The Early Modern Center is the UCSB English Department's locus for students and faculty working in sixteenth- through eighteenth-century studies. The EMC has a seminar room, reference library, and networked computers with access to the latest research databases. The Center offers courses, conferences, and special events annually and supports collaborative on-line projects, including an extensive picture gallery with slideshow feature and an NEH-funded archive of the collected ballads of Samuel Pepys.

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The EAC at UCSB extends a warm welcome to all scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, writers and other people interested in East Asian cultures. The role of the EAC is to bring this diverse group of people together more often and create a space for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries and across the academy and the wider community.

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The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) is composed of faculty and students from across the arts and humanities who focus on a range of environmental issues. With over 70 faculty members from 24 Departments, Programs, and Schools teaching over 200 graduate and undergraduate courses, UC Santa Barbara has an unprecedented commitment to the environmental humanities.

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The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) aims to enrich and enhance the experience of students and faculty involved in literary studies, by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and encounters at various levels. The Center is directed by Dominique Julien (Professor of French and Comparative Literature) with an advisory board consisisting of both faculty members and graduate students from different humanities departments.

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The IHC provides research funding to faculty and graduate students through a variety of awards, including collaborative research grants, individual fellowships, and faculty release-time awards. IHC events include lectures, seminars and conferences organized by IHC research focus groups and sub-units, as well as events co-sponsored with campus departments. In addition, the IHC mounts year-long public programs on themes suggested by UCSB faculty and graduate students. Interdisciplinary courses are offered each quarter at the IHC. A course taught through the IHC may be linked to a course in the instructor’s home department, or may be simply listed with the IHC.

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The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life promotes discussion of how ethical teachings and values relate to civic life – at local, national, and global levels.  It is committed to the fundamental belief that public dialogue and an informed and engaged citizenry are vital to democratic society. Non-partisan and non-sectarian, the Center seeks to strengthen and extend the principles on which such diverse, modern society rests, namely, tolerance and respect for the views of others, the practice of civility, and efforts at achieving the common good.

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