Fall 2009

  • Oct 07 Wed

    Paradise Now

    • Paradise Now
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    A 2006 Golden Globe winner for best foreign language film, Paradise Now intensely and powerfully tells the story of two lifelong friends that are tapped by an unidentified Palestinian resistance organization to carry out a suicide bombing together in Tel Aviv. Hany Abu-Assad, 91 min., Arabic and English, 2005, Palestine.

  • Oct-Dec 08-11 Thu-Fri

    Race, Lies & Stereotypes: Posters on Racism and Anti-Semitism

    • Posters on Racism and Anti-Semitism
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    ART EXHIBIT / MCC LOUNGE

    Insidiously, from generation to generation, racism and anti-Semitism are perpetuated in Africa and the Middle East, in Europe, and on the streets of Los Angeles. Race, Lies and Stereotypes presents powerful international and domestic graphics that penetrate the experience of discrimination. The exhibition illustrates historical and current events on the world stage and explores efforts to combat stereotypes. By showing the pervasiveness of bigotry and discrimination, this exhibition emphasizes that intolerance can be avoided by the active involvement of individuals to ensure that the past is not repeated. Produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, California.

  • Oct 10 Sat

    An Evening of West African Music with Koumbemba

    • West African Music with Koumbemba
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Founded by acclaimed singer and Kora player Karamo Cissokho and master drummer Ibrahima Ngom, Koumbemba blends traditional West African music with a modern Reggae style. Karamo sings mostly in his native language of Manding and in Wolof, Senegal’s national language. As a group of expert musicians, the band also includes two master drummers in the West African tradition of the griot, who have played in the world renowned National Senegalese Ballet. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.

  • Oct 13 Tue

    “The Latina Moment:” The Nomination and Appointment of Sonia Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice • Pei-te Lien

    • Sonia Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina justice on the Supreme Court spurred a heated debate heavy with partisan and ethnic politics. Despite her impressive credentials, the GOP questioned her gender and ethnicity and her past affiliation with a liberal advocacy group to strategically tarnish her credibility as a Justice. Pei-te Lien, professor in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara and co-principal investigator of the Gender and Multicultural Leadership project, will lead a discussion on U.S. racial and ethnic politics and political representation of non-white Americans.

  • Oct 14 Wed

    Meet the Filmmaker Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority

    • Meet the Filmmaker  Patsy Mink
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This award-winning film explores Patsy Takemoto Mink’s legacy as the first woman of color to ever serve in the United States Congress. A legislative trailblazer, Mink overcame racial and gender discrimination to become one of the most influential public servants of her generation. She was a tenacious advocate of women’s rights who co-authored the ground-breaking Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the landmark legislation that mandated gender equity in education and especially celebrated for its impact on women’s high school and college athletics. Discussion with director Kimberlee Bassford following the screening. Kimberlee Bassford, 56 min., English, 2008, USA

  • Oct 15 Thu

    Open Mic with CYPHER

    • Open Mic
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Open Mic

    OPEN MIC / MCC LOUNGE

    Come and check out CYPHER (Culture of Youth Progressing Humanity in Expression and Rhythm) in an open mic expression night of local artists that share their work through spoken word, freestyle battles, beat boxers, dancers, and plenty of other art forms of expression.

  • Oct 17 Sat

    Caribbean Mask Making

    • Caribbean Mask Making
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    WORKSHOP / MCC LOUNGE

    Learn about the masks of the world in this mask-making workshop with Dancing Drum. This session will focus on making a Vejigante-style mask from Puerto Rico, using paper, paint, and a variety of colorful materials. Participants will learn about the use of this style of mask in Caribbean culture, listen to plena and bomba music that is traditionally played for the mask dance, and create their own wearable mask to take home with them. This workshop is for children ages 6 and up.

  • Oct 19 Mon

    MEDIA THAT NURTURES • Gregory Coyes

    • MEDIA THAT NURTURES • Gregory Coyes
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    For the last twenty-five years, Gregory Coyes has been producing award-winning films and television in the Metis and First Nations communities of Canada. His work has been broadcast on Canadian and international networks, including the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. In this lecture, Coyes will consider what we regard as value in our own communities, why it is of value to our communities, and what approach we take in the treatment of this information to bring it to a wider, public audience.

  • Oct 20 Tue

    MEGAPHONIC LITERATURE: CREATING COMMUNITY THROUGH PERFORMANCE POETRY • Jason Magabo Perez

    • Jason Magabo Perez
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    EPCA WORKSHOP

    WORKSHOP / MCC LOUNGE

    Jason Magabo Perez teaches creative writing and performance for the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of San Diego. Through critical dialogue, creative writing, and performance exercises, attendees will explore representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the media and use their bodies and languages to represent themselves. The literary practice of spoken word and methods of the Theatre of the Oppressed will be used as tools for resistance and radical social transformation. Be prepared to read, write, perform, and resist!

  • Oct 21 Wed

    Pilipino American Heritage Month Meet the Filmmaker Sounds of a New Hope

    • Sounds of a New Hope
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Sounds of a New Hope is a documentary film about the life of Pilipino-American emcee KIWI and the growing use of hip-hop as an organizing tool in the people’s movement for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines. Eric Tandoc's short film draws connections between music and politics, the Philippines, and Pilipino America. He follows KIWI as the young rapper grows from his brash youth as a gang banger on the streets of Koreatown to radical political activism promoted throughout the slum-dwellings of the Philippines. Followed by a performance by KIWI and a Q & A with the director. Eric Tandoc, 45 min., English and Tagalog, 2009, USA/Philippines.

  • Oct 22 Thu

    The Cultural and Religious Significance of Food in the Middle East • Magda Campo

    • Cultural and Religious Significance of Food in the Middle East
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    LECTURE-DEMO / MCC LOUNGE

    Ful Midammis, falafel anyone? Egyptian fast food dishes throughout the Middle East, although simple in their appearance and preparation, are part of Egyptian identity and culture and encompass religious meanings and practices. In her talk, Magda Campo, who teaches Arabic in the Religious Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara, will discuss the significance of these dishes accompanied by a demonstration on how to make them.

  • Oct 23 Fri

    An Evening of Jarocho Music with Conjunto Hueyapan de la Familia Herrera

    • La Familia Herrera
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Founded by Professor Fermín Herrera in 1973, Conjunto Hueyapan performs the finest interpretation of the festive, traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico, known as son jarocho. This familiy masters the jarana, therequinto, and the dual harp. They have delighted audiences at the Kennedy Center in Washington, President Ronald Reagan's 1985 Inaugural Ball, the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, and numerous other national and international venues and television programs. In addition, individual members have been guest performers in concert tours and recordings by Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and Jaguares. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.

  • Oct 27 Tue

    Graduate Students of Color at UC Santa Barbara Domestic Abuse and Communities of Color

    • Domestic Abuse and Communities of Color
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Members of the Graduate Student Association at UC Santa Barbara will lead a discussion on issues related to the experiences of graduate students of color at this campus. They will address the particular challenges they face including isolation and language barriers, lack of diversity on the campus, labeling, peer (mis)perceptions, mentoring, and faculty/graduate student relations. At the same time, presenters will highlight both campus and community resources. Undergraduate students considering graduate school should also attend. Participation is encouraged, so please bring questions and comments!

  • Oct 28 Wed

    Bordertown

    • Bordertown
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Student Series

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Bordertown is based on the tragic account of hundreds of women working in American-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where dozens of women working in the maquiladoras have been kidnapped, raped, and murdered; and little, if anything, has been done about it. Eva, a 16-year-old factory worker who was left for dead by the two men who raped her, seeks the help of a local newspaper man. Lauren Adrian, an up-and-coming Chicago newspaper reporter is assigned to the story. What she finds is a corrupt system of unfair labor practices, where workers are offered absolutely no protection from the police, the government agencies, or the companies they slave for. Discussion with Mujeres de Juarez de UCSB following the screening. Gregory Nava, 112 min., English and Spanish, 2006, USA.

  • Nov 02 Mon

    Does Race Matter? The Henry Louis Gates Case and RaceRelations in America

    • The Henry Louis Gates  Case and RaceRelations in America
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    The arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 16, 2009 ignited a wide range of legal and social debate as well as a media firestorm worldwide. Mark Sawyer, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics at UCLA; Tarika Lewis, community activist and first female recruit of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense; and law enforcement representatives will address topics such as racial profiling, civil rights, incarceration, and other topics on race relations in America.

  • Nov 03 Tue

    Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Post-Katrina • Jason Berry

    • New Orleans Post-Katrina
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    Jason Berry, distinguished author, cultural historian, and documentarian will share a video of jazz funerals in New Orleans and discuss the state of music and politics since Hurricane Katrina. He will sign copies of the book Up from the Cradle of Jazz after his presentation.

  • Nov 04 Wed

    American Indian Heritage Month Alcatraz is Not an Island

    • American Indian Heritage Month Alcatraz is Not an Island
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In November 1969, a small group of Native American students and urban Indians began the occupation of Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eventually joined by thousands of Native Americans, they reclaimed “Indian land” for the first time since the 1880s, forever changing the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture, and their sovereign rights. Discussion following the screening. James M. Fortier, 69 min., English, USA.

  • Nov 12 Thu

    OUTRAGEOUS! OPENING NIGHT SB Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival

    • OUTRAGEOUS! OPENING NIGHT
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    The MCC is excited to present the first screening of the 18th Annual Santa Barbara Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival. The film shorts presented on this night will feature the latest and greatest in film by and for queer communities throughout the United States. A free reception to meet and greet will follow the show.

  • Nov 13 Fri

    An Evening of Chinese Music with Melody of China

    • Chinese Music with Melody of China
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Formed by a group of enthusiastic professional musicians from some of the most prestigious music conservatories in China, Melody of China is the premiere Chinese music ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area. . Multi-instrumentalist Hong Wang, Linhong Li on pipa (Chinese lute), and Haiyue Zhang on ruan (moon guitar) and liuqin (Chinese mandolin) will play an array of classical, folk, and contemporary music. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.

  • Nov 17 Tue

    Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success • IDEAS

    • IDEAS
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Student Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Students from IDEAS will present the opportunities and barriers of undocumented immigrant students in the higher education system. While the AB 540 law allows more "affordable" tuition for these students at many universities, these students are still blocked out of the workforce upon graduation. Come and learn what undocumented students and allies are doing to help achieve their dreams through activism and how YOU can help create equal access to education on your campus.

  • Nov 18 Wed

    PARIAH

    • PARIAH
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Pariah is a coming-of-age drama about a lesbian teenager who unsuccessfully juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from her friends and family. Set against the kinetic and incongruous social landscape of middle class New York City, Alike vacillates between being a proud and sexually independent woman amongst her openly gay friends and being the feminine, obedient girl that her strict Christian upbringing dictates. Discussion with producer Nekisa Cooper following the screening. Dee Rees, 90 min., English, 2006, USA.

  • Nov 19 Thu

    Jails are not Homes: Transforming Skid Row

    • Jails are not Homes: Transforming Skid Row
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION / MCC THEATER

    A compelling multimedia presentation on the campaign to build a sustainable community in the downtown Los Angeles community of Center City East (Skid Row). Residents and activists associated with the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) will present their stories, poems, and short films on the resilience of residents in the face of economic recession, homelessness, displacement policies, and negative media representations such as The Soloist.