University of California, Santa Barbara

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Current Quarter

Spring 2015

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Cup of Culture

To Be Takei

Wednesday, April 8th, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

A look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure. George boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love. 90 min., English, 2014, US

Really Feeling It: Ambiguity and Sincerity in Egyptian Pop Music & Politics

Wednesday, April 15th, 4pm

Discussion/MCC Theater

The political music created during and after the 2011 uprising in Egypt is a dichotomy between the music industry’s importance of attracting the widest audience possible by generating vague and superficial lyrics; and Egyptian youth’s place an importance of sincere emotion as an aesthetic criteria for pop music. This talk will explore the nature of aesthetic conundrums and explain one of the major problems that activists face in trying to gain public support for systemic change. Daniel Gilman’s research is based from his time in Cairo in which he was witness to the 2011 uprising.

MCC in Santa Barbara

An Evening of Spoken Word with Beau Sia

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm

Muddy Waters Café / 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA

Beau Sia is the son of Chinese immigrants from the Philippines and a world-renowned poet and performer. Raised in Oklahoma City, he discovered poetry as a way to express himself in an environment where he felt invisible. Beau’s style is humorous and satirical. He is a Tony Award winning spoken word artist, featured on all 6 seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and the winner of two National Poetry Slam championships.

Cup of Culture

Two Americans

Wednesday, April 15th, 6pm

Film Screening /MCC Theater

During a two-year period beginning in July of 2010, the parents of over 200,000 US children were removed from the country; the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, run by Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio incarcerates more undocumented immigrants than any other prison in the nation. Bolstered by federal programs and draconian state laws, Arpaio has routinely conducted work site raids and saturation patrols to make arrests in neighborhoods that are predominantly Latino. Two Americans is a character-driven documentary that redefines what it means to be “American.” English, 2012, US.

Religion Today

Not Quite Conquered: Identity Politics and Free Speech in a Secular Age - Abbas Barzegar

Thursday, April 16th, 6pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

From Chick-fil-A to Charlie Hebdo, the boundaries of freedom of speech and religion continue to provoke public debate. Although European social thought and practice divided the worlds of science, philosophy, and political organization over the course of its own Enlightenment experiment, similar efforts were rarely realized in the contact zones of Colonialism. Is it helpful to understand religious identity as an unconquered site of colonial modernity? This talk explores the historical and philosophical underpinnings of contemporary American and European debates on the limits of free speech and religious identity. Abbas Barzegar is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University.

Children of All Ages Event

TUPUA Hawaiian Dance

Saturday, April 18th, 3pm

Performance/MCC Courtyard

Leave your worries behind and journey through the Polynesian Islands with dance and storytelling from Hawaii, Tahiti, and Aotearoa. Feel the beat of the rhythmic Tahitian drums and the Hula Maidens will enchant you with their graceful performance. The TUPUA dancers will teach the attendees, young and old, a fun Hawaiian dance with the spirit of aloha!

Cup of Culture

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

Wednesday, April 22nd, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 from Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum, chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream America history since the 1960s. Brannum, celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging Native leaders around the world. 63 min., English, 2014, US.

Ana Tijoux

Friday, April 24th, 8pm

Music Performance/The Hub

Award-winning French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux is coming to rock The Hub! Regarded as one of Latin America’s leading female MCs, Tijoux has a hip-hop style and sound that crosses borders, which comprises of socially conscious lyrics, a hypnotic jazzy voice, and dynamic beats. Named 'Best Female Rap Album of 2014' by the Los Angeles Times, her album ‘Vengo’—a mix of soulful, funky cumbia, throwback hip-hop, neo-soul, and folk--debuted #1 on iTunes and has earned strong praise at Rolling Stone, NY Times, and many more outlets around the world. 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).

Race Matters

Black Cultural Profiling and the Corporate Management of Dissent
Tricia Rose

Tuesday, April 28th, 5pm

Lecture/MCC Lounge

Tricia Rose will consider the importance of expressive culture in developing challenges to inequality and why these spaces are in trouble today. She will argue that the mainly invisible impact of the corporate takeover of public displays of performance spaces and institutions have stifled creative outlets for public creative challenges to discrimination and injustice. Tricia Rose is currently a professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

Cup of Culture

Cesar’s Last Fast

Wednesday, April 29th, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be the final act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven by penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his "Fast for Life," a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez and testimonies from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez's life, vision, and legacy. 100 min., English, 2014, US.

Race Matters

Challenging the Borders of Education: Undocumented Students and Public Pedagogy - Jennifer Nájera

Thursday, April 30th, 6pm

Lecture/MCC Lounge

Who are our teachers? A critical aspect of the undocumented student movement has been to create new spaces of learning and to broaden people’s ideas about who can be a teacher. From on-campus DACA clinics to Cash for College nights at high schools, undocumented students are teaching people how to navigate education and immigration policies, often to increase access to higher education for other unauthorized youth. This talk explores how undocumented students use public pedagogy to change people’s relationships to learning and education and to challenge the borders of higher education. Dr. Jennifer Nájera is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.

Cup of Culture

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)

Wednesday, May 6th, 6pm

Film Screening & Discussion/MCC Theater

Junior is nine years old and has curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to straighten his hair for his yearbook picture. Junior’s obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his mother. She finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s personality and tries to induce him into ‘macho’ ways, convinced his obsessions are in fact signs of his undefined sexuality. Pelo Malo is a Venezuelan film that addresses race, intolerance, hair, and sexuality in Latin America. 93 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, Venezuela.

An Evening of Vietnamese Music The V’AV

Friday, May 8th, 8pm

Music Performance/MCC Theater

Emmy Award-winning artist Vân Ánh Vo dedicates her life to creating music on the dan Tranh (16-string zither). She fuses her traditional Vietnamese foundation with freshness in new structures and compositions. Vân Ánh will take the audience on a journey to Vietnam through this performance of traditional sounds of North, Central, and South Vietnam will blend with modern Western soundscapes as Vân Ánh presents solo works and collaborative performances with her ensemble The VA’V. 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.

Dreaming of Selena Twenty Years Later
Deborah Paredez

Monday, May 11th, 6pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Selena Quintanilla Perez. How and where does Selena's legacy persist? What does her continued afterlife--or cultural amnesia about her--tell us about current struggles and triumphs faced by Latinas/os in the US? Deborah Paredez is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin.

Cup of Culture

Let the Fire Burn

Wednesday, May 13th, 6pm

Film Screening & Discussion/MCC Theater

Using only archival news coverage and interviews, filmmaker Jason Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern American history in Let the Fire Burn. On May 13, 1985, a feud between the city of Philadelphia and radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration which quickly escalated—resulting in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children. It was later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Discussion with Dr. Diane Fujino following the screening. 95 min., English, 2013, US.

Diversity Lecture

Revenge of the Bad Girls: Sor Juana, las Maqui-Locas, the Salem Witches, and Alma López
Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Thursday, May 14th, 6pm

Lecture/MCC Theater

Alicia Gaspar de Alba analyzes how specific brown/female bodies have been framed by racial, social, cultural, sexual, national/regional, historical, and religious discourses of identity—as well as how Chicanas can be liberated from these frames. Employing interdisciplinary methodologies of activist scholarship that draw from art, literature, history, politics, popular culture, and feminist theory, she shows how "bad women" are transgressive bodies that refuse to cooperate with patriarchal dictates about what constitutes a "good woman" and that queer/alter the male-centric and heteronormative history, politics, and consciousness of Chicano/Mexicano culture. Prof. Gaspar de Alba is a founding faculty member of the Chicana/o Studies Department at UCLA.

In Memory of the I.V. Tragedy

Come Together: Isla Vista Remembrance - Felice Blake

Tuesday, May 19th, 6pm

Discussion & Expression/MCC Lounge

One year after the incident that shook the Isla Vista community, we invite you all to reopen the discussion on how to combat racism and sexist domination that continues to manifest itself in our communities. As an open discussion, this event will create a space of healing, hope, and transformation for students, faculty, and community members that wish to speak or partake.

Cup of Culture

3 ½ Minutes

Wednesday, May 20th, 6pm

Film Screening & Discussion/MCC Theater

In 2012, four African-American teenagers stopped at a gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. One, Jordan Davis, got into an argument with Michael Dunn, a white man parked beside them, over the volume of music playing in their car. The altercation turned to tragedy when Dunn fired 10 bullets at the unarmed boys, killing Davis almost instantly. This riveting documentary film presents the danger and subjectivity of Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense laws through the trial of Michael Dunn. Discussion with Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson following the screening. 98 min., English, 2015, US.

MCC in I.V. Remembrance

Come Together: An Evening of Self-Expression

Thursday, May 21st, 7:30 pm

Open Mic/ Crushcakes & Cafe - 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista

Calling all conscious artists to the stage! The MCC hosts an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves through all creative outlets such as music, poetry, spoken word, and dance while educating others on current issues affecting students of color, women, and all marginalized groups. We welcome all to perform!

Cup of Culture

Margarita, with a Straw

Wednesday, May 27th, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Laila is a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. She is a student at Delhi University as an aspiring writer. She then gets admitted to New York University and decides to move with her mother. Living in Manhattan, she falls in love with an activist whose passion sparks a journey of sexual discovery and strains the relationships between her family and friends. 100 min., English/Hindi with English subtitles, 2014, India.

Race Matters

Less Prison, More College: a Civil Rights Agenda for the 21st Century
James Forman, Jr.

Thursday, May 28th, 6pm

Lecture/MCC Lounge

Over the past few years, the US has begun to pay more attention to one of the nation's central contradictions: the world's wealthiest nation and oldest constitutional democracy is also the world's biggest jailer. James Forman, Jr. will discuss the problem of mass incarceration, focusing on how we got here and how to create a different future. James Forman, Jr. is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and is writing a book about African American attitudes toward crime and punishment in the era of mass incarceration.

World War Free - The Narcicyst

Friday, May 29th, 8pm

Music Performance/MCC Theater

Yassin "The Narcicyst"/“Narcy” Alsalman is a leading Arab musician, actor and artist. Born in Dubai and raised in Canada, Narcy has experienced life in many contexts and has always prided himself on questioning the powers that be in his music or writings. With his unique visual show, he invites you to explore the history of war between the continents and help shape a future made by the will of humanity for peace and prosperity. Catch Narcy premiere his new album ‘World War Free’ at the MCC! 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.