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‘Reads’ Program Brings Discussion Into Communities

University Librarian Brenda Johnson holds the book that is driving conversations across the South Coast.

The community conversations part of the campus libraries’ UCSB Reads program shifts into high gear for the remainder of this month, thanks to collaborations with the Santa Barbara Public Library System and Santa Barbara City College.
Today, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. the Carpinteria Public Library hosts a free conversation with scholars from UCSB and SBCC as well as Patagonia Co.’s manager for social responsibility. The free panel discussion about globalization issues grows out of issues raised by Pietra Rivoli’s “the Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: an Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade.”
Montecito library is the location on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. for another discussion, but with new panelists. This pattern of keeping the same time but rotating panelists continues on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Goleta library, and on Feb. 27 at the Solvang library.
However, on Feb. 28, in the Santa Barbara Central Library’s Faulkner Gallery, the time switches to 5:30 p.m. and the panel expands to include the city’s mayor, Marty Blum. Assistance is available from the libraries by phoning 564-5608, and directions to the panels can be had by calling 564-5604.
UCSB’s Davidson Library will also host on Feb. 21 at noon a panel on the book’s ideas; then on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. the Women’s Center in the new Student Resource Building will look at gender and globalization with help from faculty members and a graduate student.
All this discussion about globalization and what it means is hoped to generate a warm welcome, as well as questions, for “T-Shirt” author Rivoli when she comes to campus on March 5. Her 8 p.m. lecture in Campbell Hall will be free and open to the public.