Fast & Curious

Posted on Feb 27 by SEASONS Magazine

Fast & Curious ED Talks, courtesy UCSB.

Fast & Curious ED Talks, courtesy UCSB.

“Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” takes place on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library (40 E. Anapamu St.).

The event, the fourth edition of the lecture series, which is free and open to the public, features 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, in particular, features 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 follows immediately after the presentations.

Presentations 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 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, the organizers ask that attendees RSVP for planning purposes to: Please put “Fast & Curious” in the subject line.

Videos from the first three evenings (February 16, May 23, and November 6, 2017) can be seen online.


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