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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 is an opportunity for anyone interested in delving deeper into the issues raised by A&L artists and speakers, and connecting with others through book giveaways, discussions, online resources and more!
  • What does it cost? It's FREE!
  • How do I participate? Email TLI@ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu to receive updates about upcoming events – or, simply attend one of the events listed on this page!

2017-2018 Themes:

Creating a Meaningful Life

Our Changing World

Pico Iyer, Walter Isaacson, Orchestra of Exiles, Mexrrissey, Avi Avital, Jon Meacham, Emily Esfahani Smith

1. Pico Iyer 2. Walter Isaacson 3. Orchestra of Exiles 4. Mexrrissey 5. Avi Avital 6. Jon Meacham 7. Emily Esfahani Smith

Pico Iyer Author Discussion
Wed, Oct 11 / 12 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library
Speaking with Pico series

Walter Isaacson Public Lecture
Sat, Oct 14 / 2 PM / Arlington Theatre

Orchestra of Exiles Film Screening
Thu, Oct 19 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs Nov 1

Conversation with Camilo Lara and Ceci Bastida of Mexrrissey
Fri, Nov 3 / 12 PM
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Día de Los Muertos Tour performs Nov 3

Conversation with Avi Avital, Kinan Azmeh and Colin Jacobsen
Fri, Nov 10 / 11 AM / The Piano Kitchen
430 Rose Ave, Santa Barbara
The Knights with Avi Avital and Kinan Azmeh perform Nov 9

History Book Club Discussion, American Lion by Jon Meacham
Mon, Nov 13 / 7 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library
Jon Meacham public lecture Nov 16

Emily Esfahani Smith Author Discussion
Wed, Nov 29 / 4 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library
Emily Esfahani Smith public lecture Nov 30

Fall 2017 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 Book

"Beautifully written and rigorously researched, The Power of Meaning speaks to the yearning we all share for a life of depth and significance... This warm and wise book leads us down the path to what truly matters."
– Susan Cain, author of Quiet

Reserve your FREE copy of Emily Esfahani Smith’s The Power of Meaning online. Pick-up available at the A&L Ticket Office (UCSB bldg. 402) beginning Oct 1, and at the Nov 30 public lecture at Campbell Hall. Available while supplies last.

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

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