News Highlights


Sep 14

Two decades ago, a book by Black studies scholar and sociologist George Lipsitz fueled national discussions of race in America. A new edition of the book, “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics,” highlights how far we as a country have come — and, more important, how far we have yet to go.

In this 20th anniversary edition, published by Temple University Press, Lipsitz offers, in addition to updated statistics, analyses of defining issues and current events.

Sep 12

In its 2019 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities,” U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara No. 5.

Among “Best National Universities,” which includes both public and private institutions, UC Santa Barbara placed No. 30.

Sep 6
Author and conservation advocate T.A. Barron has donated $500,000 to UC Santa Barbara to create the T.A. Barron Endowed Environmental Leadership Fund. The fund is meant to expressly support and advance environmental advocacy by undergraduates in the humanities. With the fund, UCSB aims to provide outstanding students with opportunities to combine academic training, team-based learning and practical experience to help make a difference in the world by becoming effective and persuasive advocates for the environment. 
Aug 27
Recognized for its efforts around green building, waste reduction and sustainable investing, UC Santa Barbara has been named a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.
The annual index ranks the nation’s most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
Aug 6
The Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series explores contemporary societal issues of national or international significance through the examination of divergent viewpoints presented by leading figures and argued in a scholarly format. Suggestions are now being solicited for which vital question might be taken up at the Spring 2019 Rupe Debate and which debaters could best represent divergent opinions. 
A list of previous Rupe Great Debate topics and panelists is available here. More information about the debate format is available here. Please email your suggestions for possible debate topics and speakers to IHC Director Susan Derwin at by August 31, 2018.