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Dear Friend of the MCC,

May we count on you to support the MultiCultural Center at UC Santa Barbara?
It’s easy to make a gift online! Click DONATE and choose "MultiCultural Center".
Or, you may mail your gift check. Print a gift form, make your check payable to "UC Santa Barbara Foundation", and send to:
Student Affairs Grants and Development
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5015.

Your gift to the MultiCultural Center will help to expand and enrich our popular and innovative series:

  • Race Matters: interactive, intimate discussions and workshops designed to increase our understanding of both racial differences and commonalities;
  • Diversity Lectures: conversations to promote awareness and heighten sensitivity regarding diversity issues on campus and in the community;
  • Cup of Culture: weekly coffee house and movie nights with filmmakers, directors and guests in post screening Q & A’s;
  • Music Concerts: master musicians represent diverse musical genres from home and abroad; and
  • The MCC in Santa Barbara presents in downtown Santa Barbara venues during monthly art celebrations

Despite the downsized economy and budget cuts facing our public university, the MCC continues to present cutting-edge programs and provide a public forum and safe space to foster diversity of expression and build community. Your generous support will allow us to bring even more creative programming to the MCC, like the kind you see in the 2012 calendar.

Thank you from all of us at the MCC.

Zaveeni Khan-Marcus, Director

P.S. The MCC welcomes--and deeply appreciates--gifts of any size.
The MultiCultural Center (MCC) at UC Santa Barbara is a dynamic force for change on campus and in the community. Our programs address complex, contemporary issues; institutional racism; political activism; the intersection of race, gender and sexual orientation; environmental concerns; social justice; and more. Musicians, writers, artists, and scholars present their works in our theater, lounge, gallery and at campus and community venues. More than 60 UC Santa Barbara student groups, representing more than 5,000 students, use the MCC as a nexus for organizing and advocating on behalf of their communities; our programming is a critical component of their higher education.
It is a policy of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the UC Santa Barbara Foundation that a modest portion of gifts and/or the income from gifts may be used to defray the costs of raising and administering funds (currently 6%).

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Upcoming Events

Cup of Culture
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

Wednesday, April 23, 6pm

Narrated by Liev Schrieber, Rescue in the Philippines is the untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, together with Manuel Quezon (first president of the Philippines), Paul McNutt (US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana), and ambitious Army Colonel, Dwight Eisenhower, helped 1200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. 3 Roads Communications, 56 min., English, 2013, USA.

Cup of Culture

Friday, April 25, 8pm

Terakaft ("caravan" in Tamasheq) is a band that must be seen live! They are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. The perfect mix of two rhythm guitars and the deep tones of the bass will send you on a journey to the deepest heart of the desert, from which you’ll never want to return. The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by KCSB-91.9FM.

Children’s Event
Middle Eastern Drumming and Dance
with Sue Rudnicki

Saturday, April 26, 1pm

Join us for an exciting afternoon of Middle Eastern drumming and dance! UCSB lecturer Sue Rudnicki will teach children of all ages in this hands-on workshop. In addition to learning how to play the drums, kids will be taught dabke (Middle Eastern line dancing). Sue is widely known and praised for her ability to teach beginners with clarity and infectious enthusiasm! Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker
Queer China, Comrade China
With Director Cui Zi’en

Wednesday, April 30, 6pm

China’s most prolific homosexual filmmaker presents a historical account of the queer movement in modern China. This film documents the changes and developments in LGBT culture that have taken place in China over the last 80 years and explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe’s Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress in 2003, a major landmark event in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China. Discussion with Director Cui Zi’en will follow the screening. Cui Zi’en, 60 min., Mandarin with English subtitles, 2009, China. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures; the Department of Feminist Studies; the Department of Film and Media Studies; the East Asia Center-ISBER; The Mellichamp Fund; the National Science Foundation: Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces; and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

Roger Guenveur Smith’s Rodney King

Thursday, May 1, 7pm

History, poetry and tragedy collide when Obie Award-winning actor, writer, and director Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King—deemed "the first reality TV star"—from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. Smith's solo performance seamlessly fuses facts and friction, motion and emotion into a gripping narrative that poses impossible questions while illuminating his subject with grace and empathy. Co-sponsored by American Cultures & Global Contexts; AntiRacism, Inc.; the Black Student Union; and Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative.

Arthur Adams

Friday, May 2, 8pm

Known as "Mr. Rhythm of the Blues," Arthur Adams returns this spring to deliver an energetic and soulful performance of blues music. Born in Tennessee, Adams has performed throughout the US, recording with such talents as B.B. King, Quincy Jones, James Brown, James Taylor, and Bonnie Raitt. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Blues Society

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