The Gevirtz School and the Santa Barbara Public Library announce the fourth “Fast & Curious” lecture that features education and psychology research and practice that matters now

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
the presenters at the November 6, 2017 Fast & Curious lectures

The presenters at the November 6, 2017 Fast & Curious lectures (l-r): Collie Conoley, Danielle Harlow, Diana Arya, Maryam Kia-Keating, Dean Jeffrey Milem, Tim Dewar, Leesa Beck

Free public event on February 28 at 7 pm
at Santa Barbara Public Library

The fourth edition of the lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 pm at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature four faculty members and two Ph.D. candidates from the Gevirtz School giving no more than an eight-minute talk each about their research or work that is shaping education. This edition will feature topics ripped from the current headlines, examining issues like DACA, post-disaster mental health, and how to create healthy masculine identities in the age of #metoo. A reception in the Faulkner Gallery will follow immediately after the presentations.

This evening will be the fourth in the successful series. Videos of talks from the first three evenings (February 16, May 23, and November 6, 2017), which drew crowds of approximately 75 each, can be seen online.

Presenters and titles for February 28:

Richard Durán, Professor, Department of Education, “Changes in the Demographics of the US Workforce and the Latinx Higher Education Imperative”
Erika Felix, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Supporting Child and Family Mental Health Recovery Post-Disaster”
Sue Johnson, Lecturer with Security of Employment, Department of Education, Coordinator, CalTeach/Science Math Initiative, “Brain-Based Teaching and Learning”
Jasmine McBeath, Doctoral student, Department of Education, M.A. from the Gevirtz School, “Community-Oriented Making: Engineering Change”
Ana Romero Morales, Doctoral student, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, M.A from Loyola Marymount University, “Voices of Undocumented Siblings: Stories of Gratitude, Closeness, and Empowerment”
Steven Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Boyhood in the Age of Weinstein and Trump”

The event is the brainchild of Professor Jeff Milem, who became Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) in July 2016. “Upon arriving in Santa Barbara I was struck not only by the immensely talented faculty and the breadth and depth of their research, but also by their commitment to the public good and their desire to make that research matter,” Milem explains. “This series is a very direct – and fun – way for faculty, alumni, and eventually our students to share their insights with the local community.”

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education offers M.A.s, M.Ed.s, and Ph.D.s from the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, the Department of Education and the Teacher Education Program, which also prepares students for teaching credentials. The School also offers three minors in Education, Applied Psychology, and Science & Mathematics Education. GGSE is a hub of educational innovation with world-class research produced by distinguished faculty and exceptional graduate students who are doing leading-edge work in research methods, science and mathematics education, literacy education, second language learning, culture and language, educational policy, autism, school safety, positive psychology, resilience and recovery from trauma, and strengths-based interventions with vulnerable populations. . . and this is only a partial list. The Gevirtz School is currently rated as a top 40 education school among public universities by U.S. News & World Reports. Learn more about the school at

While the event is free and open to the public, we ask that attendees RSVP for planning purposes to: Please put “Fast & Curious” in the subject line.

[The presenters are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805.893.5789]