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Arts & Lectures’ Thematic Learning Initiative: Forces of Nature

January 14 - March 10

Transform your life. Transform your community.

Arts & Lectures’ Thematic Learning Initiative extends the conversation from the stage into the community, inspiring lifelong learning opportunities that initiate change and empowerment. Join A&L and other 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 provides opportunities for anyone interested in delving deeper into the issues raised by A&L artists and speakers. Connect with others at intimate salon-style discussions, film screenings and added special public events. Receive online educational resources, sign up for book giveaways and more!​

What does it cost?
It’s FREE!

Who participates?
More than 2,000 community members like you and local organizations like social services, health and wellness providers and civic organizations.

Get involved!
Start receiving Thematic Learning Initiative information and resources. Create or update your Arts & Lectures account and select “Thematic Learning” as one of your interests.

2020 Events

  • JAN 14, 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall
    PUBLIC LECTURE: Katharine Hayhoe  Science in a Fact-Free World
  • JAN 27, 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall
    FILM: This Changes Everything
    Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of climate change, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
  • JAN 29, 7:30 PM / SB Museum of Natural History, Fleischmann Auditorium
    PUBLIC LECTURE: Kenneth Rosenberg Three Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It
    Presented with the Santa Barbara Audubon Society and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • FEB 3, 4:00 PM / SB Central Library, Faulkner Gallery
    FILM: A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
    Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, the film connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change, through vivid archival footage and interviews that shed light on the battle for a living planet. Presented with the Santa Barbara Central Library
  • FEB 27, 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall
    FILM: Jane
    Drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage from the National Geographic archives, Jane tells the story of a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.
    Related Event: Dr. Jane Goodall public lecture, Mar. 31
  • MAR 10, 7:30 PM / UCSB Pollock Theater
    FILM: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
    The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, who are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. Includes post-screening Q&A. Presented with the Carsey-Wolf Center in conjunction with UCSB Reads


January 14
March 10
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