IN THE NEWS: UCSB Conference on U.S.-China Forum to Discuss Climate and Environment

From The Santa Barbara Independent:

U.S.-China Forum to Discuss Climate and Environment

Conference Brings Scholars Together at UCSB over Earth Day Weekend

The weekend Santa Barbara celebrates Earth Day is being marked at UCSB by a conference that brings together scholars from the U.S.and China to discuss the eco-issues of the day. Organized by the university’s Confucius Institute and Bren School, the two-day talkfest features keynote talks by Michigan State University’s Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, Jianguo “Jack” Liu, and New York University’s founding director of Environmental Studies, Dale Jamieson.

Mayfair Yang

Conference organizer Mayfair Yang noted of the two major polluting countries: “The U.S. is such a huge country for climate change deniers, contrary to China. While China is a huge polluter, they don’t deny climate change. They have made a lot of effort to try to stem it.” Yang, a cultural anthropologist and director of Confucius Institute, added that China had good environmental laws: “The main problem is implementation, especially among lower-level local officials. China also has this problem of not moving quickly to shut polluting industries, because what are they going to do with those people out of jobs?”…

 

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http://www.independent.com/news/2016/apr/11/us-china-forum-discuss-climate-and-environment/

Seeking Lecturer in Persian Language (Full-Time)

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a one-year lecturer position in Persian language beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.

About the Position

The position is renewable based on performance and department needs. Responsibilities include teaching three quarters of Persian annually at the first- and second-year levels (six courses) plus two upper division undergraduate courses in modern and classical Persian literature in translation. We are especially interested in candidates with specialization in modern and classical Persian prose literature and/or poetry.

About the Candidate

The successful candidate will also be the assistant coordinator of the Iranian internship program and have responsibilities for assisting with related cocurricular programming. Minimum Qualifications: MA or Ph.D. in relevant academic field; native command of Persian and English; and excellent record of teaching experience of undergraduates at the college level.

Experience in coordinating programs and institutions highly desirable. The department is especially interested in candidates who contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. UCSB has recently been designated a Hispanic serving institution under the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines (where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of total enrollment).

Applying

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to UC Recruit.

Submit application and materials at: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00706.

Complete applications received by May 31, 2016, will receive full review.

More Information…

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Kathleen Moore, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Seeking Faculty Fellow in Japanese Religions

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seek to appoint a Faculty Fellow in Japanese religions, beginning on July 1, 2016.

The fellowship has a term of one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension. It offers recent Ph.D. recipients (awarded between January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) a unique opportunity to develop their research and teaching interests within the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. The Faculty Fellow position is designed for a recent Ph.D. who has not held the rank of assistant professor. The Fellow will teach three courses during the academic year (normally one course per quarter, but different arrangements are also possible), including at least one lower-division, large enrollment course. The field of research is open, but we are especially interested in candidates working on premodern topics (medieval and/or Tokugawa periods). Candidates are expected to be familiar with premodern sources (in classical Japanese and kanbun), in addition to secondary sources in modern Japanese and other languages.

This is a temporary appointment. Fellowship award provides an annual salary of $50,000. The award also includes health, vision, and dental benefits, and up to $2000 for research-related and travel expenses. The selection committee will begin reviewing the applications on May 15, 2016. Applications, including a letter of interest, CV, syllabi of proposed courses, and two letters of recommendation, should be sent to the UCSB Shinto Studies Chair via UCRecruit at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00697. Questions may be addressed to Professor Fabio Rambelli, at rambelli@eastasian.ucsb.edu. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies and the Department of Religious Studies are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

“Teaching Islamic Law (After 9/11, After Paris, or at Any Point in the Future),” by Prof. Ahmad A. Ahmad

Professor Ahmad Atif Ahmad posted on The Huffington Post about why he chose to study Islamic law and how he came about developing the Religious Studies’ undergraduate teaching program centered on the topic.

Read the full entry: “Teaching Islamic Law (After 9/11, After Paris, or at Any Point in the Future)” by Prof. Ahmad Atif Ahmad

 

Special Topics Courses in Religious Studies for Spring 2015

This spring quarter, Religious Studies is offering five “Topics in Religious Studies”. Below are the course numbers and titles with downloadable course flyers:

  • RGST 190JA/FEMST 185EG Politics of Veiling in Modern Egypt (pdf)
  • RGST 190VM – Gods, Minds & Bodies (pdf)
  • RGST 190NF – World Making: Religious, Fictional and Virtual (pdf)
  • RGST 190JD – Jewish Dream Interpretation from the Bible to Freud (pdf)
  • RGST 190IEVocabularies of Islamic Ethics (pdf)
  • RGST 190TC – God, Death, Love: On Seeing and Believing in Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy (pdf) *(posted 3/10/2015)