UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures - Creating Hope

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This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond. Our 2021 CREATING HOPE initiative will inspire our community with shared experiences – online, outdoors, in the schools, in theaters and in alternative spaces. By engaging thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries, CREATING HOPE programs will strengthen human connection, bridge our partisan divides, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change.

Hope is your superpower.
Don’t let anybody or anything make you hopeless.

– Bryan Stevenson

Keynote Event

Creating Hope with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
In Conversation with Pico Iyer
Tue, May 18 / 8:30 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL
In this keynote event of A&L's 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative, His Holiness is joined in conversation by Pico Iyer, a friend, observer and student of the Dalai Lama for more than 40 years.

Thematic Learning Initiative Book Giveaways

As part of CREATING HOPE, free copies of the books below will be available for pickup from the Santa Barbara Central Library and the Goleta Valley Library. (Books available while supplies last.)

  • Dusk, Night, Dawn by Anne Lamott - available starting Apr 5
  • Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks - available starting Apr 19
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