Original Thinkers in Los Angeles

UC Santa Cruz is a place where critical and original thinking are fostered, norms are challenged, and new ideas emerge from an open invitation to explore.
Our faculty engage students in extraordinary learning opportunities, like a quest to Okinawa, sparked by an army captain’s collection of photos from the 1950’s—an effort that lead to The Okinawa Memories Initiative, a far-reaching public history project.

UC Santa Cruz is also a place that cares deeply about not only what it teaches, but how it teaches. The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is part of a longstanding commitment to outstanding teaching and bold educational experimentation.
Join us for a remarkable evening of memorable talks from impassioned teachers and learners.

$15 admission includes wine and small bites reception. Free for current and potential students and their family members.


Alan Christy
Alan is an associate professor of history at University of California, Santa Cruz and the co-director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories. Every year, Alan takes a small group of students to Japan for The Okinawa Memories Initiative, a collaborative public history project that explores the founding years of the American military occupation of Okinawa after World War II.

Nirupama Chandrasekhar
Nirupama is a third year undergraduate student, studying history and creative writing. She is affiliated with the Okinawa Memories Initiative (OMI) and has worked with project leader, Alan Christy, at the OMI for three years and is researching the historical evolution of Okinawan religion and culture.

Jody Greene
Jody Greene is the associate vice provost for Teaching and Learning, director of the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning, and a professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and literature. Greene is guiding a research-driven approach to a culture of excellence in teaching and learning at UC Santa Cruz.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:30pm

Los Angeles Central Library 630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Academic, Arts & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Research


$15/person. Free for current & prospective students

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