The Gevirtz School's latest “Fast & Curious” lectures speak to the themes in the 2019 Santa Barbara Reads selection

Monday, October 7, 2019
Rebeca Mireles-Rios and cover of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Free public event on October 23 at 7 pm
at Santa Barbara Public Library

The next edition of the lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Wednesday, October 23 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 three faculty members, one graduate student, one alumna, one retired faculty member/alumna, and one non-GGSE professor giving no more than eight-minute talks each their research or work that is shaping education and applied psychology.

To further strengthen the partnership between the Gevirtz School and the Santa Barbara Public Library, this edition will focus on the themes found in the 2019 Santa Barbara Reads selection Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Affectionately referred to by fans as Ari and Dante, this multiple award-winning young adult novel is a coming of age story that explores topics such as racial and sexual identities, family relationships, families with incarcerated members, queer youth, veterans, and mental health issues.

A reception in the Faulkner Gallery will follow immediately after the presentations.

This evening will be the seventh in the successful series that began in February 2017. Videos of talks from the other evenings, which drew crowds of approximately 75 each, can be seen online.

Presenters and titles for October 23:

Alison Cerezo, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Identity as Resistance: Queer Latinxs and the Politics of Belonging”
Ann Lippincott, retired former associate director of the Teacher Education Program, Department of Education alumna, “Yes, Mental Health Matters”
Melissa Morgan Consoli, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Overcoming Adversities Using Things our Grandmothers Taught Us”
Rebeca Mireles-Rios and Victor Rios, Assistant Professor, Department of Education and GGSE alumna and Professor in Sociology (respectively), “Supporting At-Promise Students Through Community Engaged Research”
Diana Santacrose, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University and GGSE alumna, “Voz y Poder: Latinx Youth Empowerment”
Kelly Whaling, Doctoral student, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Serving our Kids... All of our Kids: Mental Health Needs of Incarcerated Adolescents in Santa Barbara County and Adolescent Gang Members in California”

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 rated as a top education school among public universities by U.S. News & World Reports. Learn more about the school at education.ucsb.edu.

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

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