A&L’s Virtual Spring Events

By Steven Libowitz   |   April 7, 2021

UCSB Art & Lectures announced its new season of virtual events for the spring quarter – perhaps the last one necessitating such exclusively online programming before the pandemic releases its grip. The slate gets underway on April 10 with an old friend of A&L in Jane Goodall, the British primatologist, anthropologist, ethologist, and UN Messenger of Peace universally known as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. After more than half a century living among the chimps in Tanzania, Goodall has turned her attention to humans with, among other projects, her popular “Hopecast” podcast in which she discusses why hope is essential fuel for a better world. Goodall will share the importance and power of hope and its ability to spur the indomitable human spirit to take action even in the grimmest situations in a conversation with career broadcaster Santa Barbara Catherine Remak. Tune in at 11 am.

Hope is also a factor in the April 13 presentation by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, the health psychologist and lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business who translates insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. “The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection and Courage,” based on her recent book, delves into how and why movement is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety and loneliness. The event is more than talk: the presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A and a movement experience led by McGonigal. Tune in at 5 pm. Visit https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


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