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Transform your life. Transform your community. The Thematic Learning Initiative extends the conversation from the stage and into the community, inspiring lifelong learning opportunities that initiate change and empowerment. Join A&L and knowledge-seekers like you who want to learn more, know more and do more to improve ourselves and the world around us.

  • What is it? The Thematic Learning Initiative provides opportunities for anyone interested in delving deeper into the issues raised by A&L artists and speakers. Connect with others at town hall meetings, intimate salon-style discussions and added special public events. Receive online educational resources, sign up for book giveaways and more!
  • What does it cost? It's FREE!
  • How do I participate? Visit Thematic-Learning.org to join the conversation, view online tool kits and learn about upcoming events and activities.
  • Get Involved! Email TLI@ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu to start receiving Thematic Learning Initiative information and resources.

2017-2018 Themes:

Creating a Meaningful Life

Our Changing World

Q&A with BJ Miller, M.D.: How Can We Rethink Our Perspective on End of Life Care?
Thu, Jan 11 / 3 PM / Parish Hall, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St.
Registration Recommended
Related Event: BJ Miller in conversation with Pico Iyer, Jan 11

History Book Club Discussion: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
Thu, Jan 25 / 10:30 AM / Santa Barbara Central Library
Registration Recommended
Related Event: Jeffrey Toobin public lecture, Jan 29

Conversation with Cameron Carpenter, Creator of the International Touring Organ
Tue, Feb 13 / 2 PM / UCSB Elings Hall, Room 1605
Related Event: Cameron Carpenter performs Feb 12

Q&A with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz: All the World's a Lab: Analyzing Data to Discover What Customers Want
Tue, Feb 13 / 3 PM / Carrillo Recreation Center Ballroom, 100 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara
Registration Recommended
Related Event: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz public lecture, Feb 13

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Public Lecture
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who You Really Are Tue, Feb 13 / 7:30 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

History Book Club Discussion: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Thu, Feb 22 / 10:30 AM / Santa Barbara Central Library
Registration Recommended
Related Event: Sarah Vowell & Tony Kushner in conversation, Feb 20

Film: An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
Registration Recommended
Mon, Mar 5 / 4 PM / Santa Barbara Central Library

Exploring Treasures of Our Local Libraries and Archives featuring Writer/Curator Maria Popova
Thu, Apr 5 / 4 PM / Santa Barbara Central Library
Registration Recommended
Related Event: Maria Popova in conversation with Pico Iyer, Apr 5

Winter Book Selection

Each quarter, we select a book written by an upcoming A&L speaker that expands upon one of the season's themes, and provide free copies for the community.

Thematic Learning Initiative book selection

"A deeply humanizing and empathetic book about poverty… Its influence on housing experts has been enormous " Slate

FREE copies of Matthew Desmond’s Evicted will be available beginning Jan 8 at the A&L Ticket Office (UCSB bldg 402) and the Santa Barbara Central Library (40 E Anapamu St). Books available while supplies last. Tickets to Desmond’s Feb 22 public lecture at Campbell Hall are available now.

With thanks to our visionary partners, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, for their support of the Thematic Learning Initiative

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