Celebrating 50 Years of the College of Creative Studies


The College of Creative Studies was established on the UC Santa Barbara campus in 1967 (yes, the summer of love) to serve students who demonstrated talent for original work in science or the arts. Join us in celebrating 50 years of creating new knowledge during the 2017-2018 academic year, reflecting on how we have evolved over the years.

The success of CCS is due to a dedicated community of faculty, students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends. The CCS 50th Anniversary Honorary Council represents a microcosm of this community, responsible for making the College a unique place for unconventional learning and where radical curiosity is celebrated.



CCS will be hosting a variety of 50th Anniversary events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Join us in celebrating CCS 50th Anniversary by attending our events, open to the public at no charge (unless noted otherwise). For more information, contact Will Proctor.


Transdisciplinary Workshop with MacArthur Fellow Angela Belcher (CCS  Biology ’91/PhD ’97), James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

  • October 4, 3:00 PM

Transdisciplinary Workshop with artist and writer William L. Fox, Director, Center for Art & Environment, Nevada Museum of Art

  • October 31-November 2

Research and Creative Activity Conference (RACA-CON) featuring CCS students

  • November 4, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 


Lecture and Dialogue on CCS Founder Marvin Mudrick by environmentalist, publisher, and author Karen Christensen (CCS Literature '81)

  • January 29, 5:00 PM

Exhibition on The Future Can Only Be Told in Reverse

  • Reception and Discussion: February 16, 4:00 PM 
  • Exhibition on view: February 14 - March 9 

A Viewing of City of Gold and a Conversation with Jonathan GoldAmerican Food Critic; Restaurant Critic, Los Angeles Times; the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize; he is showcased in 2015 documentary film City of Gold 

  • March 2, 5:00 PM 

CCS 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception in Los Angeles, graciously hosted by Amber Kaplan Sprague (CCS Biology '06) and Ben Sprague 

  • March 9, 5:30 PM

Translational Sports Biomedicine: From Bench to Bench by Dr. Christopher Proctor, Managing Partner at Alta Orthopaedics

  • March 12, 3:00 PM

50th Anniversary Celebration Brunch in San Jose

  • March 18, 9:00 AM


CCS TV Musical 

  • April 5-7, 8:00 PM

A Reading of Bury What We Cannot Take with author Kirstin Chen

  • April 23, 6:30 PM

Conversation with Jennifer Koh: Creative Inquiry, Intersection, and Intervention

  • April 26, 4:00 PM

Alumni Career Panel

  • April 27, 3:00 PM

CCS 50th Anniversary Social

  • April 28, 5:00 PM  

Meet-&-Greet with author Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See

  • May 3, 4:00 PM

Pre-Apocalyptic Party Planning by CCS Alumna Mika McKinnon

  • May 7, 3:00 PM

Spring 2018 Visiting Artist Colloquium: Harry + Sandra Reese

  • May 24, 5:00 PM

50 for 50

CCS is honored to showcase 50 individuals and activities during our 50th Anniversary to share our rich history and amazing people responsible for making our unconventional College possible! Return regularly to learn more.

Robert and Karen Holtermann
We often ask CCS alumni and parents how they heard about CCS and what led them to decide on the University of California. Well, for the Holtermanns, it seems to be in their blood.  “We are big believers in the University of California,” said Karen and Robert Holtermann, proud parents of Wesley Holtermann (CCS Literature ’13) and passionate members of a multi-generation UC family.
Max Weiss
When UCSB Chancellor Vernon Cheadle directed Marvin Mudrick, the College of Creative Studies (CCS) founder and first Provost, to design the College, he and Mudrick formed a committee of key faculty members across campus to help turn this revolutionary idea into reality. Max Weiss was one of them and subsequently became the College’s first Mathematics Faculty member.

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CCS Stories

Each week throughout our Anniversary celebration we are posting stories from our past and present. Share your CCS story! Don't miss weekly #UCSBCCS50 posts by following us on social media. 

More than 30 years after leaving CCS I’m still using the methods I first discovered: be open to all the possibilities, plan a path and start simply, take time to evaluate, edit, and repeat.  The College of Creative Studies provided an environment of experimentation and a creative community where learning by doing was the culture.  I’m so fortunate that I found CCS.