Winter 2019

  • Feb 01-28 Fri-Thu

    A "New Dawn of Freedom" and the Frederick Douglass Family Celeste Bernier

    • Celeste Bernier
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Working together and against a changing backdrop of US slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, the Frederick Douglass family fought for a new "dawn of freedom.” This exhibition displays the speeches, letters, autobiographies, essays, and photographs of Frederick Douglass and his daughters and sons, Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond, and Annie Douglass. The Douglass family have much to teach us today as they lived with the scars of slavery and the wounds of war in their shared fight for all freedoms.  

  • Feb 19 Tue

    A "New Dawn of Freedom" and the Frederick Douglass Family Celeste Bernier

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Opening Reception

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Working together and against a changing backdrop of US slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, the Frederick Douglass family fought for a new "dawn of freedom.” This exhibition displays the speeches, letters, autobiographies, essays, and photographs of Frederick Douglass and his daughters and sons, Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond, and Annie Douglass. The Douglass family have much to teach us today as they lived with the scars of slavery and the wounds of war in their shared fight for all freedoms.  

  • Feb 20 Wed

    BlacKkKlansman

    • Blackkklansman
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth becomes the Colorado Springs police department’s first black police officer. When he spots an ad asking people to call the Ku Klux Klan for more information, he dials and reaches David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He tells Duke he hates Blacks, Jews, Mexicans, Italians, Irish, and Chinese. Through his contact with Duke, Ron discovers that the Ku Klux Klan is planning an attack. He gets Flip Zimmerman, a white officer, to play him in order to meet face to face with Duke and his fellow Klan members. The  Klan allows no less than three undercover cops to join their den, as Stallworth and his fellow cops hilariously disprove all their delusions of white superiority.

  • Feb 21 Thu

    Confronting Institutional and Systemic Racism Chandan Reddy and Stephen Dillon

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    6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Panel Discussion / MCC Theater

    This panel aims to discuss in greater detail two main questions - what is institutionalized racism? and how do we navigate a system when we are still a part of it?. The goal is to give all affiliated with the university who have experienced institutionalized racism, either consciously or unconsciously, the tools to handle and combat it. Chandan Reddy is Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and the Program for the Comparative Study of Ideas at the University of Washington, Seattle. Stephen Dillon is an Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Queer Studies at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. The panel will be facilitated by Gaye Theresa Johnson, Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

  • Feb 25 Mon

    Bad Indians

    • Bad Indians
    6:00 PM

    Race and Literature Series

    Co-Facilitators: Margaret McMurtrey and Mia Lopez / 

    This year, the MultiCultural Center kicked off a new series to explore the issues of race and belonging through literature. This will be an interactive space for lively discussions on various theories about race, a safe space for articulating perspectives on identity and belonging which are contextualized by different authors, and an intentional time for centering the narratives of marginalized communities. Discussions will be facilitated by various faculty members, graduate students, and staff members. Readings may be suggested but are not required for attendance. This series hopes to cultivate open dialogue, and a spirit of appreciation and intellectual kinship. Dessert will be provided! All are welcome.

     
  • Feb 26 Tue

    Healing Through Restorative Justice Fania Davis

    • Fania Davis
    6:00 PM

    Engaging Communities with Resilient Love

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    A quickly emerging field which invites a fundamental shift in the way we think about and do justice, restorative justice is based on a desired set of principles and practices to mediate conflict, strengthen community, and repair harm. This talk will speak to the importance of restorative justice and how it can contribute to processes of individual and community healing. Fania Davis is co-founder and Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge. A national thought leader in the field, Fania Davis is a long-time social justice activist, restorative justice practitioner, and professor. 

  • Feb 27 Wed

    Constructing the Terrorist Threat

    • Constructing a Terrorist Threat
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Deepa Kumar, one of the nation’s foremost scholars on Islamophobia, looks at how Muslims have become the predominant face of terror in U.S. news and entertainment media — even though terror attacks by white extremists have far outnumbered attacks by Muslim Americans since 9/11. Arguing that racialized threats have long been used to induce moral panics and advance anti-democratic policies, Kumar explores how ruling elites have been raising the specter of Arab and Islamic terror since the 1970s to justify militarism, war, and curbs on civil liberties. From the Iran-Hostage Crisis in 1979 to the “war on terror” after 9/11 to the rise of ISIS today, she argues that Americans have been taught to fear Muslims out of all proportion to reality, presenting a wealth of eye-opening data about the actual threat level posed by Muslim terrorists in the United States.

  • Feb 28 Thu

    An Evening of Self Expression with Fong Tran

    • Fong Tran
    7:30 PM

    MCC in IV

    Open Mic / Biko Garage 6612 Sueno Rd, Isla Vista

    The MCC hosts a quarterly open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves using all creative outlets including spoken word, poetry, music, and dance. All are welcome to attend and participate. The MCC is happy to welcome back Fong Tran, a spoken word poet, higher education professional, and youth development trainer, to act as this quarter’s MC. An enthusiastic orator whose master’s degree focuses on the experiences of youth of color in social media, Fong’s work has been featured by TEDx, Upworthy, Kollaboration, Angry Asian Man, California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CACCCHE) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). 

  • Mar 02 Sat

    Doun-Doun-Ba! Music & Dance from Guinea with Fara Tolno & Leida Tolentino

    • Leida Tolentino
    11:00 AM

    Children’s Event

    Performance and Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Would you like to meet Mrs. Dundounba? How about Mr. Sangban and the little Kenkeni? Together they form a family of West African drums, and they sound just like their names. West African dance is power. It is freedom in rhythmic expression, and it is also deeply healing. Come learn how to play these and other instruments, as well as dance to their beats, no matter what your age is! This high-energy community class will be led by Leida Tolentino, who grew up in the Cape Verde Islands and is a passionate student and performer of West African and African diaspora dance styles since 2002, and Fara Tolno who was born in Guinea, West Africa and spent his youth in the village of Kissidugu and Guinea’s capital city, Conakry. Playing djembe since the age of nine, he has traveled extensively performing and teaching both drumming and dance. 

  • Mar 06 Wed

    Our People Will Be Healed

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy.  Its teachers help students to develop their abilities and sense of pride. This documentary conveys a message of hope: in an appropriate school environment, one that incorporates their people’s history, language, and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.