Welcome to the Walter H. Capps Center

Greetings!

The Capps Center is eager to share news of our programming for the Winter Quarter and to update you about our various initiatives.

Before turning to this information, I want to convey sincere gratitude to all who organized and participated in our momentous Walter H. Capps celebration event in November. Our community enjoyed two remarkably robust days of presentations and social time. We invite you to watch recording of the sessions (day 1, day 2) and to view wonderful photographs from the event (here). We have received encouraging feedback from this event that will inform and inspire future directions for the Center and we remain open to additional ideas, so please reach out to us.

We have a fantastic schedule of events for the coming several months. Our primary events are the following:

Additionally, we are collaborating with other entities on campus and in the community to cosponsor several additional events, which you can find on our website.

We have several updates on our Center initiatives:

  • Repatriation work here at UCSB continues to move forward. The Capps Center continues to play a modest role in this work through my work on the Campus Repatriation Committee. This is a long-term project that will be years in the unfolding, but I sincerely think we are moving in the right direction, especially by way of strengthening relationships with our Chumash partners.
  • Our work with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Implementation Project continues to move forward. A draft of our Hawai`i-specific implementation toolkit is currently in the revision stage and will be published this year. Will we share the toolkit on our website once it is published.
  • Work with our partners at UC Irvine, the UC Reserve System, and several Paiute nations in the Owens Valley on the Eastside fire mitigation and consultation project continues apace. We are simultaneously working with our partners to tackle near-term fire management issues while also helping to rethink long-range consultative processes that will position tribes and nations for engagement with federal and state entities in a manner that foregrounds their sovereignty and cultural concerns.
  • We have good news to share about a recent Henry Luce Foundation award that will advance our emerging focus on AAPI issues. The grant will fund a workshop this May on the topic of race, law, and Asian American religions featuring a dozen scholars who are contributors to an anticipated edited volume. There will be one panel open to the public where some of the contributors will share their research.
  • Finally, our three student-focused programs are in full swing with enthusiastic cohorts. We wish our McCune interns, Civic Engagement students, and Mendell fellows a productive and rewarding quarter.

Please reach out if you have questions for us and we hope to see you soon. Stay tuned for our Spring offerings!

Sincerely,

Greg Johnson

Director