Winter 2017

Upcoming Events

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

  • Feb 22 Wed

    Agonistic Harmony and Transformation

    • Martha González
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    This talk will explore efforts involving two of Quetzal songs; “Estoy Aqui” and “Coyote Hustle.” In both cases the community engaged in“agonistic harmony.” The ideas and theory embedded in the songs were debated and explored by community, which, eventually led to critical action. As a Chicana musician who has mostly produced music for public consumption, González feels encouraged when audiences contemplate the messages or ideas in music beyond the listening. Dr. Martha González is an Assistant Professor of Chicana/o/Latina/o Studies at Scripps College and singer/songwriter/percussionist and founding member of Quetzal.

  • Feb 22 Wed


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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “Not only does her film convey the color and excitement of the event, it also analyzes it as a microcosm of the changing identity and role of the Chinese in American culture.” – Boston Globe

    9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys. A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition. (English and Chinese w/ English subtitles, 2015, 89 min)

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  • Feb 23 Thu

    Black Without God: A Conversation about Atheism in African American Life

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race & Religion Series

    Lecture & Discussion / MCC Theater

    This panel works with and across the boundary between the secular and religious to discuss the question of Black atheism and how it affects Black lives. Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars— first book on atheism to be published by an African-American woman. William David Hart, professor at Macalester College, researches the intersection of religion, ethics, and politics. James Edward Ford III, Assistant Professor at Occidental College, researches African-American literature, black radicalism, psychoanalysis, and Messianism.

  • Feb 24 Fri

    An Evening of Chican@ Rock: Quetzal

    • Quetzal
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Series

    Music Performance / The Hub

    A Grammy-Award winning East LA Chican@ rock group, Quetzal is the collaborative project of Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Tylana Enomoto (violin), Juan Pérez (bass), Peter Jacobson (cello), and Alberto Lopez (percussion). The ensemble is influenced by an East LA rock soundscape composed of Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, R&B, folk, and fusions of international music. Their political vision is based in social activism, feminism, and the belief that there is radical potential in expressive culture.

    Tickets on sale now: $5 for UCSB students and children under 12. $15 general admission.

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    Co-sponsored by: the Chicana/o Studies Department, the Division of Student Affairs, the Black Studies Department, the Center for Black Studies Research and the Chicano Studies Institute.

  • Mar 01 Wed

    A Poetry Reading with Yusef Komunyakaa

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    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Poetry Reading / MCC Theater

    Internationally renowned poet Yusef Komunyakaa is this year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence, a program created to bring distinguished practitioners of the craft of writing to the UCSB community. Komunyakaa is the author of seventeen books of poetry, including Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (1994), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Currently he serves as Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’s graduate creative writing program and is the State Poet of New York.

    Co-presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Writing Program

  • Mar 08 Wed


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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema. 98% rating.” –Rotten Tomatoes

    A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and coming of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. (English, 2016, 110 min)

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    Co-presented by: the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD)

  • Mar 11 Sat

    Dance & Art for Children

    • Janice
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Children of All Ages Event

    Performance / MCC Lounge

    Janice Staab will lead children through contemporary and street dance style movements that explore our connection to the cultural aspects of the earth and sea. Children will be encouraged to create their own cultural dance movements that express how they feel about the world around them. Janice grew up in Hawaii and specializes in environmental education.

Past Events

  • Jan 18 Wed

    Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequity

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    From director and educator Shakti Butler, comes a new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features moving stories from racial justice leaders, including Amer Ahmed (hip-hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator) and Michael Benitez (national social justice educator and activist-scholar). (English, 2014, 75 min)

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  • Jan 19 Thu

    Out of Our Constrictions: Love, Justice, and Imagination for a Broken World

    • Tricia Rose
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Series + Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / Corwin Pavilion

    Tricia Rose, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, will touch upon the current climate of the US and how love, justice, and imagination all play a part of the current times. Author of, The Hip Hop Wars, Longing to Tell, and Black Noise, Rose has brought to life much needed conversations around race, gender, sexuality, and culture. Hip hop, a foundation in Rose’s work, allows for dialogue to be grounded in culture and identity. Tricia Rose received a BA in Sociology from Yale University and PhD in American Studies from Brown University.

    Co-sponsored by: Division of Student Affairs

  • Jan 23 Mon

    Teach-In: Current Issues & Events

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    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Series

    Teach-In Discussion / MCC Lounge

    UCSB faculty will have a series of teach-ins to raise consciousness, learn together. , and support each other at a time when divisions are spreading. It will be a space to look at imaginative and radical ways to combat racism, sexism, homophobia, islamophobia and oppression. It will also be a space that would address building a community that is just and equal, ensuring dignity for all.

    Upcoming Teach-In
    Current Events & Issues with Dr. Felice Blake
    Mon, Jan 23, 12 pm, MCC Lounge

    More Teach-Ins to be scheduled set during the quarter. Please check the MCC website or call us at 805-893-8411.

  • Jan 24 Tue

    Meet the Artist: Favianna Rodriguez/The Radical Imagination

    • Favianna
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Resilient Love in a Time of Hate Series + Art Exhibition

    Exhibit + Opening Reception / MCC Lounge

    Favianna Rodriguez’s art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. She aims to critique and reinterpret the larger discursive immigration narratives that are shaping people’s lives around the globe, but especially here in the United States. Her practice serves as a tool for education, agitation, and social critique. Favianna has self-identified as queer and Latina with Afro-Peruvian roots. Rodriguez began as a political poster designer in the 1990s in the struggle for racial justice in Oakland, California.

    SPECIAL LECTURE: Favianna’s lecture will be an opportunity for the UCSB community to interact with her on current social issues and how art can inform our Radical Imagination on Tue, Jan 24 at 6 pm in the MCC Theater. 

    ART OPENING RECEPTION: Stay after Favianna's lecture for a reception on Tuesday, January 24th at 8 pm in the MCC Lounge. Get to talk to the artist and be around community. Small bites and refreshments will be provided.

    Co-sponsored by: Undocumented Student Services

  • Jan 25 Wed

    Love & Solidarity: James Lawson and Non-Violence in the Search of Workers’ Rights

    • Love & Solidarity
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening + Q&A / MCC Theater

    What can people do to change a world full of violence and hate? Is non-violent revolution possible? The film addresses these questions through the life and thought of Rev. James Lawson. This African American Methodist minister worked with Martin Luther King, Jr., to initiate civil rights struggles in the South in the 1960s. In recent years, he taught non-violence organizing to coalitions of poor Black and Latino workers who have remade the labor movement in Los Angeles. Q&A to follow the film with Director Michael Honey. (English, 2016, 38 min)

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  • Jan 26 Thu

    Part Starfish, Part Citrus: An Evening of Poetry with Franny Choi

    • Franny Choi
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in Santa Barbara

    Performance / Breakfast Culture Club, 711 Chapala St

    Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and the forthcoming chapbook Death by Sex Machine. She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour, Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review and the Indiana Review. . She is a Project VOICE teaching artist and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

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  • Jan 28 Sat

    The Korean Road: Dancing Through History

    • OngDance Company
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music & Dance Performance / MCC Theater

    “…they brought electricity! The Korean dancers were a percussive high light; their intensity and skill unremitting.” –Ballet magazine

    Known as a global movement with a bold mix of the East and West, the OngDance Company brings a sacred journey through the history of Korean dance and music. From the ancient Court dance of the Goryeo Dynasty to the earliest forms of traditional Korean dance, the dancers and musicians provide an intensifying expose of the history of Korean traditional dance through the sequence of each piece. Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, the OngDance Company has been involved in promoting cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of Korean artistry and engaging communities to connect to their own backgrounds.

    Tickets on sale now: $5 for UCSB students and children under 12. $15 general admission.

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  • Jan 31 Tue

    Unsettled: The Refugee in the Hyperghetto

    • Eric Tang
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Scholar-activist Eric Tang will explore themes from his new book, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto, including the relationship between immigrant communities and African Americans as they experience common and distinct forms of state violence taking shape in America’s inner cities. Tang’s research sits at the intersection of two issues that define the current moment: the international refugee crisis and the resurgent movement against police violence in the urban United States. Eric Tang is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas-Austin.

  • Feb 01 Wed


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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13TH will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking.” – The NY Times

    Award-winning director/writer Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out with bracing lucidity. (English, 2016, 100 min)

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  • Feb 02 Thu

    Poetry Reading with Shirley Geok-Lin Lim & Rick Benjamin

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    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Performance / MCC Lounge

    Join Shirley Geok-Lin Lim and Rick Benjamin for poetry readings, open mic, and reception. Shirley Geok-Lin Lim will be reading poetry written during the 2014 Hong Kong Democracy Movement protests and from more recent work on the U.S. and Santa Barbara scenes. She hopes to facilitate discussion on the relations between the poet and the world, poetry and politics. Rick Benjamin’s work walks the line between the mystical and the mundane and sometimes attempts to blur it altogether. He will be reading new work and other poems from his three books, Passing Love, Floating World, & Endless Distances. He has just completed his term as State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island (2012 - 2016) at Brown University.

  • Feb 06 Mon

    Trump Says Go Back, We Say Fight Back

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Panel Discussion / MCC Theather

    Donald Trump's election has been viewed with dismay, even alarm. Join us in a discussion of the opportunities for organizing and coalition building that we can and must engage. The panel discussion will include Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson and Dr. Robin Kelley from UCLA. Johnson writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, spatial politics, and political economy. Kelley’s research has explored the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies and more. Elizabeth Robinson is an independent media practitioner and activist, both locally and internationally, and who currently produces ‘No Alibis’ on KCSB fm.

  • Feb 08 Wed

    I Learn America

    • I Learn America
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening and Q&A / MCC Theater

    “There’s no denying the film’s social relevance, especially considering the fact that one out of four children in America is an immigrant...” – The Hollywood Reporter

    The International High School is a NYC public school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrant teenagers. The students strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, confront the universal trials of adolescence, and search for a future they can claim as their own. Through these five vibrant young people, their stories and struggles, and their willingness to open their lives and share them with us, we “learn America.” (English, 2013, 93 min)

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    Co-sponsored by: Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

  • Feb 09 Thu

    An Evening of Self Expression: Yosimar Reyes

    • Yosimar Reyes
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in Isla Vista

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

    The MCC hosts an open mic for anyone to express themselves through spoken word, poetry, or music. This quarter’s MC is Yosimar Reyes, who is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work.

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  • Feb 10 Fri

    Greek Music with Hohlax Trio

    • Hohlax Trio
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    From the backstreets of Pireus to the magical islands of Aegean, Hohlax Trio is sure to take audiences on a musical journey. Hohlax Trio is comprised of Orestis Koletsos, (bouzouki player and songwriter), Jaime Smith (violinist), and Athena (guitar and vocals). They have four albums, including their last entitled "Ta Vlamakia". Two years ago, they announced the release of Orestis Koletsos' CD entitled "Me Plimirizei Fos", featuring Mario, Foteini Velessiotou, Martha Fritzila, and other significant singers of Greece.

    Tickets on sale now: $5 for UCSB students and children under 12. $15 general admission.

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  • Feb 15 Wed

    Latino: The Changing Face of America

    • Latino: Changing Face of America
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A revolution is happening in the United States. By 2035, Latinx will represent 35% of the U.S. population. With their fast-growing numbers, Latinx are changing the political landscape of the United States, and their votes hold the key to the White House. This film documents the lives of dozens of Latinx young adults and they speak, in their own voices, about their vision of their own future in this country. (English, 2016, 60 min)

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