Spring 2018

Upcoming Events

All events are open to the public and free, unless stated otherwise. We look forward to seeing you at our Center. Enjoy!

  • Apr-Jun 02-15 Mon-Fri

    Indian Heritage

    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Art  / MCC Lounge

    Artist Andrew MorrisonIndian Heritage is a Native American art exhibition that compliments the film Great Walls of Indian Heritage. The genesis of this exhibit starts at the red road, and the American Indian Student Association inspires its vitality. Andrew has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA and is currently a graduate student at the UCSB obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree. Please join artist, Andrew Morrison, for an opening reception in the MCC lounge at 6pm, with a special screening of his film “Great Walls of Indian Heritage” in the MCC Theater at 7pm. 

  • May 23 Wed

    Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    CoC_HonorandDutyThis film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century. ; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. The film’s importance arises not only from its focus on an almost unknown Chinese community in the heart of the Deep South, but also from what it reveals about the immigrant experience in America.

    Post-film discussion with Director and Producer, E. Samantha Cheng. 1hr 21min

  • May 30 Wed

    Black Panther

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Black Panther“Yet in its emphasis on black imagination, creation and liberation, the movie becomes an emblem of a past that was denied and a future that feels very present.” NY Times
    After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. 2hr 15 min.

    Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDjIWPwcPU

  • May 31 Thu

    A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History - Jeanne Theoharis

    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Jeanne TheoharisJeanne Theoharis debunks contemporary imaginings of the civil rights movement in her new book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. By showing how the movement was unpopular, disruptive, coast-to-coast, leader-full, and courageously persevering in its time, Theoharis challenges exceptionalist narratives of American democracy that place the civil rights movement firmly in the past and calls attention to the crucial work that remains to be done. Jeanne Theoharis is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College.

Past Events

  • May 18 Fri

    Chirgilchin: Master Throat Singers from Tuva

    7:30 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    ChirgilchinThe word Chirgilchin has two translations: "dance of the air in the heat of the day" and "miracle". Established in 1996, Chirgilchin is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Throat singing is an extraordinary vocal form in which one singer produces two or more voices simultaneously, the low sounds in the throat harmonizing with middle and high flute-like overtones, to create richly layered melodies that evoke Central Asian steppes and nomadic life. Atmospheric and mesmeric, this music is almost too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.

    Buy Tickets Here: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/chirgilchin-master-throat-singers-from-tuva/ 

    Watch Chirgilchin Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC7IcCKWLlA

     
     
  • May 17 Thu

    (RE)MEMBERING MY BODY: An Evening of Spoken Word with Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

    6:00 PM

    MCC in SB

    Spoken Word / SBCAST, 513 Garden St. Santa Barbara

    JamaicaJamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Queer Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley (Oʻahu). Jamaica is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. She is a proud graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA) and New York University (MA) and a PhD candidate in English (Hawaiian literature) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her poetry explores culture, dispossession and the disembodiment of Indigenous desires. (Re)membering My Body loves hard and deep, speaks desire back to the bone, and insists on being heard. 

  • May 16 Wed

    Check It

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Check ItAt first glance, they seem unlikely gang-bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped. Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery and drug dealing charges.

    Post-film discussion with RCSGD: Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. 1hr 30m.

    Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm8x2Mrs3-A

  • May 15 Tue

    All in This Together: Racial Justice and Democracy in the 21st Century Rinku Sen

    6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Rinku SenRace relations in the United States are the most contested in half a century. Communities of color face grave threats, as do our still-young democracy, all in a context of world changing technological revolution. This talk will explore how these issues are related, and what we can do to ensure a fair and sustainable nation for all. Rinku Sen is a Senior Strategist at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and contributing writer for Colorlines. The Diversity Lecture is co-presented with Maria Herrerea-Sobek, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy, and Ricardo A. Alcaíno, Director of the Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention Office.

  • May 11 Fri

    Orestis Koletsos Greek Ensemble

    7:30 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Orestis Koletsos Greek EnsembleMikis Theodorakis is one of the main figures to make Greek music globally appreciated. He was deeply inspired by Rebetiko music, which combines Byzantine modes with the harmonies of Western music and has been inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This concert includes instrumental pieces and songs composed by Mikis Theodorakis, and features Orestis Koletsos (bouzouki), Panagiotis Papageorgiou (piano), Giannis Karalis (guitar), and Jaime Smith (violin). $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission. This event is co-sponsored by the Argyropoulos endowment in Hellenic Studies and the Tsakolpoulos Foundation.

    Check her out here: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/an-evening-of-greek-rebetiko-music-orestis-koletsos-greek-music-ensemble/

  • May 09 Wed

    The Honest Struggle

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    The Honest StruggleAfter over 25 years of incarceration, a Muslim convert re-enters society in the Southside of Chicago to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling with his past as a gang chief while trying to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging. 57min.

    Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REyduTF5Hog

  • May 09 Wed

    Living Lives of Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Building the Capacity of Greater Inclusion: In It, to Win It. - Jamie Washington

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Jaime WashingtonThe work of diversity and inclusion requires a don’t give up attitude.  The Living Lives of Resilient Love in a Time of Hate series gives us an opportunity to consider how important it is to be resilient and loving in a tough time.  Rev. Dr. Washington's talk will give us to the tools to be successful. Washington has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 20 years. , he serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, a senior consultant with The Equity Consulting Group of California, and Elsie Y. Cross and Associates out of Philadelphia.

    RSVP HERE: goo.gl/yUXHZ8

     
  • May 07 Mon

    Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology Deirdre Cooper Owens

    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Dr. Deirdre Cooper OwensDr. Deirdre Cooper Owens will explore the origins of slavery, immigration, and race within the development of gynecology, documenting how  She will also trace the current controversies around the memory of the "fathers of gynecology" and the enslaved "mothers" of the field by providing context for how and why physicians denied poor women of color their full humanity, yet valued them as "medical superbodies" highly suited for medical experimentation.  In engaging with the 19th century ideas about so-called racial difference, she will shed light on disadvantages that women of color continue to face within the healthcare system. Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY.

  • May 05 Sat

    Chinese Lion Dancers

    11:00 AM

    Children’s Event

    Children’s Performance / Music Bowl

    Chinese DancersIn the early 1960's, Jeff Chan informally established the "Chinese Lion Dancers of Los Angeles." Jeff took in a group of kids from the L.A. Chinatown neighborhood to train them in martial arts and lion dancing.  Please join the Chinese Lion Dancers for performance in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, children of all ages are welcome!

  • May 04 Fri

    The Wong Street Journal - Kristina Wong

    7:30 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Kristina WongPart plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic through comedy. In her solo performance, Wong tells the story of how she as a not-so-white savior, became a hip hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America's legacy on the rest of the world. $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission. 

    Buy Tickets Here: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/the-wong-street-journal/

    Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwI7uWizgxI 

  • May 03 Thu

    An Evening of Self-Expression with Abraham Lizama

    7:30 PM

    MCC in IV

    Open Mic / BIKO Garage, 6612 Sueno Rd, Isla Vista

    Abraham LizamaThe MCC hosts a quarterly open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves using all creative outlets – including spoken word, poetry, hip hop, music, and dance. This quarters MC will be Abraham Lizama, a Xicanx Maiza, anti-colonial artivist and scholar, who uses hip hop, poetry, direct action, labor and performance as means for storytelling and as tools for educating people about marginalized communities, dismantling systems of oppression, and creating and fostering new identities and ways of being. 

  • May 02 Wed

    Coco

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    CocoAspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find help from his deceased musician great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer, to return him to his family among the living. Disney-Pixar’s Día de los Muertos gem honors Mexican culture and history on the big screen.

    Post-film discussion with the Chicanx/Latinx Resource Center. 1hr 49min.

    Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjudmcSxzpc

  • May 01 Tue

    The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race Neda Maghbouleh

    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Neda Magloubeh Race MattersTravel bans and other discriminatory policies have become routine features of Iranian American life in the Trump Era. But anti-Iranian, anti-SWANA, and anti-Muslim racism has a hidden history that spans centuries and haunts how Iranian Americans are imagined – and imagine themselves – today. Neda Maghbouleh, UCSB alum (PhD Sociology, 2012) and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto as will discuss and signs copies of her new book The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race. 

  • Apr 27 Fri

    MCC 30th Anniversary Kick-Off! - The Sh8peshifter

    7:30 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Sh8peshifterSh8peshifter makes music art through ritual. While her music has been compared to the love child of Radiohead + Erykah Badu, this Oakland-based performance artist occupies a world of her own. A soundtrack to #BlackGirlMagic and beyond, her afro-eclectic mix of soul, dance and theater inspire folks to find the divinity within and bounce their booties to the bassline. $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission. This concert is open to All Gaucho Reunion Attendees, students, and the community as part of MCC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.

    Buy Tickets Here: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/the-sh8peshifter-mcc-30th-anniversary-kick-off-all-gaucho-reunion/

    Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDtUS0k5r9o 

  • Apr 25 Wed

    Living Lives of Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Say Her Name: Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait - Kimberlé Crenshaw

    6:00 PM

    Lecture / Campbell Hall

    Kimberle CrenshawHeightening tensions in the US over police killings of Black people have undermined confidence that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US. The more lasting legacy may be the one championed by late Justice Scalia whose legal philosophy currently underwrites the central tensions in equality law in the United States. Through a Critical Race Theory prism, Professor Crenshaw will discuss Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name as challenges to contemporary jurisprudence on race, and assess the new openings presented by current events. Kimberlé Crenshaw is a Professor at both the UCLA School of Law and Columbia School of Law, and is the co-founder of the African American Policy Forum.

     
  • Apr 24 Tue

    BEYOND NOSTALGIA: Impossible Monuments in the Wake of Displacement - Mary Ann Peters

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Mary Ann PetersMary Ann Peters is an Arab American artist who makes paintings, drawings and installations that respond to the interplay between contemporary and historical migration narratives out of the Middle East.  Her installation series “impossible monuments” identifies seemingly incidental but influential events that deserve reverence yet would never be elevated to the status of a monument.

  • Apr 18 Wed

    Beyond Standing Rock

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Beyond Standing Rock"Beyond Standing Rock," is an hour long documentary that shines a spotlight on the Dakota Access pipeline protest and its roots in a 170-year-long conflict between tribes and the U.S. government over independence, land ownership, and control of resources. 57 min.

    Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDY_KN66dno

     
  • Apr 17 Tue

    Nobody Cries When We Die - Patrick Reyes

    6:00 PM

    Race and Religion

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Patrick Reyes Race ReligionHow do we create conditions for communities of color to thrive? Drawing on an institutional history of supporting scholars of color in religion since 1968, the director of doctoral initiatives at the Forum for Theological Exploration, Dr. Patrick B. Reyes, will facilitate the shared wisdom and practices as explored in his book Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood. Through embodied practice and play, we will explore our diverse traditions and discern our shared work. 

  • Apr 16 Mon

    Conjure and Manifest: Building a Sustainable Artistic Practice - A-Ian Holt

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Workshop  / MCC Lounge

    A-lan Holt, Headshot PC Zakkiyyah NajeebahIn this workshop students spend time investigating their artistic practice as a framework for promoting power, wellness, and creativity; and as a tangible means for disrupting oppressive systems. We spend time critically examining the philosophies and works of Black artists including James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Nayyirah Waheed, in order to explore new visions for the artist as activist, as futurist and as spiritual healer. We then use a mixture of these ideas and our own along with meditation and mindfulness experiences to begin conjuring and manifesting intimate relationships with our art practice and ourselves. Participants will develop creative confidence, formulate game plans for success, and begin to find balance between the uncertainty and ultimate freedom that life as a creative can bring. A-lan Holt is a poet, playwright, and associate director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, where she develops curriculum exploring art practice, spiritual practice and social justice.

    RSVP HERE: goo.gl/CMiUuo

     
  • Apr 12 Thu

    Indian Heritage Opening Reception

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Art / MCC Lounge and Theater

    Artist Andrew MorrisonIndian Heritage is a Native American art exhibition that compliments the film Great Walls of Indian Heritage. The genesis of this exhibit starts at the red road, and the American Indian Student Association inspires its vitality. Andrew has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA and is currently a graduate student at the UCSB obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree. Please join artist, Andrew Morrison, for an opening reception in the MCC lounge at 6pm, with a special screening of his film “Great Walls of Indian Heritage” in the MCC Theater at 7pm. 

  • Apr 11 Wed

    The Rape of Recy Taylor

    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Rape of Recy Taylor “Its voices… are gentle and persuasive, using the horrific details of the rape and its aftermath as ballast to stabilize a heart-wrenching history of systemic injustice.”- NY Times
    Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. As was common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

    Post-film discussion with CARE: Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education. 1hr 31min

    Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyC7yHeFVZY

     
  • Apr 09 Mon

    U.S. Immigration Policy in 2018: Evolving Notions of Citizenship

    2:00 PM

    Julie Chávez Rodríguez

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Julia Chavez RodriguezSince 2017, the Trump Administration has drastically limited access to American citizenship, be it for refugees seeking to escape violence and start a new life in the United States or young undocumented immigrants brought to this county as children. Julie Rodríguez, state director and senior advisor to U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, will survey U.S. immigration policy in 2018 and its impact on notions of citizenship. A former senior public engagement official to President Obama, Rodríguez will also address recent efforts to solve the immigration crisis and conclude with current efforts to resist and organize against the Trump Administration's deportation force.

    This event is co-presented by the Critical Issues in America Series. The CRITICAL ISSUES IN AMERICA series is sponsored by the College of Letters and Science and in 2018 is organized by Professor Beth DePalma Digeser (History) and Professor Helen Morales (Classics, Argyropoulos Professor of Hellenic Studies), with co-sponsorship from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Equity, and the Academic Senate.