Spring 2010

  • Apr 06 Tue

    From Watts to Dakar: A View of African American Culture in Los Angeles and in the African Diaspora • Jayne Cortez

    • The African Diaspora • Jayne Cortez
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    2010 Shirley Kennedy Lecture

    LECTURE  / MCC THEATER

    Jayne Cortez, poet, activist, and founder of the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles in the 1960s will share her reflections on African American Los Angeles and her travels through the African Diaspora. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, Jazz, Blues, and visceral sound. One of the founders of the spoken word movement, she has produced four albums, two films, and her ten books have been translated into 27 languages. She is also the president of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa. 

    Sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research.

  • Apr 08 Thu

    Town Hall

    • Town Hall March
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    DISCUSSION / CORWIN PAVILION

    On March 9th, several Student Affairs departments, concerned students, faculty, and community members came together to discuss recent racial incidents in college campuses across the country. At informal small group discussions, attendees shared their feelings and how they have been impacted by recent events. The group also agreed on the need to follow up with a campus-wide meeting to discuss these issues in a larger setting. This Town Hall will focus on the need to instill positive change by brainstorming on how to create safer forums for discussion, to enhance learning through exposure to different perspectives, and to create a safe and respectful climate at UCSB.
    Co-sponsored by Associated Students, Educational Opportunity Program, KCSB, Orientation, Office of Student Life, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the Women’s Center.

  • Apr 12 Mon

    Tomorrow is Now! Afro-Asian Music and the Revolutionary Imagination • Fred Ho

    • Fred Ho
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    LECTURE-DEMO / MCC THEATER

    Composer, baritone saxophonist, author, scholar, revolutionary matriarchal socialist and aspiring luddite activist Fred Ho will give a unique talk and solo baritone sax recital inter-connecting music and activism for social-political and cultural transformation to combat the plasticity and toxicity of industrial capitalist existence and to replace it with a new social life that is ecological and matriarchal. Fred Ho is the 16th Harvard Arts Medalist in the nearly 400 years of Harvard University. 
    Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies, Center for Black Studies Research, and the Department of Black Studies.

  • Apr-Jun 13-11 Tue-Fri

    Double Vision: A Celebration of Hybridity • Shizue Seigel

    • Shizue Seigel
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    Japanese American artist Shizue Seigel blurs the boundaries between photography, painting, found objects, and poetry to explore the shifting planes of multicultural identity. In today's evolving world, where minorities are the majority, the complexity of our stories is our American story. Seigel is also a poet and the author of In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Interment (AACP, Inc. 2006).

  • Apr 13 Tue

    Double Vision: A Opening Reception • Shizue Seigel

    • Shizue Seigel
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Opening Reception / MCC Lounge

    Japanese American artist Shizue Seigel blurs the boundaries between photography, painting, found objects, and poetry to explore the shifting planes of multicultural identity. In today's evolving world, where minorities are the majority, the complexity of our stories is our American story. Seigel is also a poet and the author of In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Interment (AACP, Inc. 2006).

  • Apr 14 Wed

    “Buscando a Frida”: Transnational Media Images in the Creation of Relational White Sexualities through the Consumption of Women of Color Aída Hurtado

    • Aída Hurtado
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Professor Aída Hurtado, new Chair of the department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, will present her recent work analyzing the transnational images of women of Color in fashion magazines. The focus of her work is the relational construction of white femininities in comparison to femininities of Color as part of maintaining the current racial order. She concludes by applying her analysis to the current political climate as it reacts to perceived threats to white privilege.

  • Apr 14 Wed

    Two Spirits

    • Two Spirits
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Student Series Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that he 'bug-smashed a fag.' But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition – the 'nadleeh', or 'two-spirit,' who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits—a special gift according to his traditional Navajo culture. Through telling Fred's story, Nibley reminds us of the values that America's indigenous peoples have long embraced. Discussion with producer Russell Martin following the screening. Lydia Nibely, 65 min., English/Navajo, 2009, USA.
    Presented by the American Indian Cultural Resource Center, the American Indian Graduate Student Alliance, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the American Indian Student Association, and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

  • Apr 15 Thu

    Stacks of Obits: A Choreopoem • Stephanie Batiste

    • Stephanie Batiste
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Stephanie L. Batiste’s one-woman show is a rhythmic performative contemplation of the street murders of young people of color in Los Angeles. Batiste processes the obituaries, contained in a young woman’s scrapbook, of young black people killed with guns. The show acts as an intellectual and emotional intervention in a flood of unchecked violence. Directed by Brian Granger, graduate student in the Department of Theater and Dance. Krump performances by UCSB students.
    Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research, the Department of Black Studies, the Chicano Studies Institute, the Hemispheric Souths Research Initiative, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance.

  • Apr 17 Sat

    An Evening of Gospel with B. McCargo and Kingdom Worship

    • B. McCargo and Kingdom Worship
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Music blazing, hands waving, feet jumping, and pulse racing, this is going to be an exciting night of gospel music that you will never forget. B. McCargo, with his high energy directing and Kingdom Worship with their soulful melodic tones will have you on your feet dancing, praising, and worshipping. This will be an explosive night!Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Apr 20 Tue

    Understanding, Resisting, and Transcending On-Campus Racism Marc-Tizoc González

    • Marc-Tizoc González
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Recent media reports have spotlighted on-campus racism and creative student resistance to it. Deploying concepts from Critical Race and LatCrit (Latina & Latino Critical Legal) theory, Marc-Tizoc González, a staff attorney at the Alameda County Homeless Action Center and lecturer in the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department, will facilitate a discussion about building critical coalitions for justice across race and the other salient dimensions of power, identity, and possibility that so often divide people in US society, relating stories of student organizing at the UC Berkeley Law School and in The United People of Color Caucus of the National Lawyers Guild.

  • Apr 21 Wed

    A Village Called Versailles

    • A Village Called Versailles
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This powerful documentary chronicles the New Orleans Vietnamese American community’s struggles and political awakening after Hurricane Katrina. It follows the epic story of the community from their arrival in New Orleans as an isolated group of refugees in the ‘70s to their successful fight for environmental justice and their transformation into a politically engaged community. Discussion with the director and UCSB alumnus Leo Chiang following the screening. S. Leo Chiang, 68 min., English, 2008, USA. Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies, Asian American Studies Davidson Library, Political Science, and Residential Life.

  • Apr 22 Thu

    Art and Social Policy: A Conversation with Blair Underwood

    • Blair  Canceled
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    Blair Underwood, motion picture actor, Harvard guest lecturer, and book producer, will be interviewed by Visiting Black Studies Professor Derrick Gilbert in connection with the Black Studies course The Urban Dilemma. This conversation will explore ways in which art and popular culture can give us a unique perspective on our most pressing social problems.
    Co-sponsored by the department of Black Studies; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.

  • Apr 26 Mon

    Race and Hiphop • Dawn-Elissa Fischer

    • Dawn Elissa Fischer
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    In this dialogue, Dawn-Elissa Fischer, professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, explores the analytic relationship between race and Hiphop. That is, how does race operate as a referent within Hiphop culture? How does Hiphop become racially imbued? In this discussion, Hiphop is a point of entry, a site of inquiry for understanding how race, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship intersect and affect our everyday lived experiences.

  • Apr 28 Wed

    White Boy Brown

    • White Boy Brown
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Armed with only a very important letter, Curtis Brown, a black man embarks on the most difficult journey of his life. A journey that will force him to confront his own demons of hatred and prejudice, while discovering a love, long lost, for his adopted “White” brother Johnny. Discussion with director Sean Sawyer and producers Eren Moore and Christopher Johnson following the screening. Sean Sawyer, 90 min., English, 2009, United States.

  • Apr 29 Thu

    Looking Back to Look Forward: Cross-Cultural Diversity and Today's American Theater • Harry Elam

    • Harry Elam
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    In this talk, Professor Harry Elam will discuss cross-racial diversity in contemporary American theater. Is the current American theater a place where ethnic groups--African Americans, Latinos, Asians--reach across ethnic borders of difference? Do we see new trends in co-ethnic communication? Does or can theater function as a microcosm of the racial dynamics that are playing out in the American social order? Harry Elam is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow for Undergraduate Education, Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, as well as the Senior Associate Vice- Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.
    Co-sponsored by Black Studies; the Center for Black Studies Research; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and Theater and Dance.

  • Apr 30 Fri

    An Evening of Latin Music with Rupa and the April Fishes

    • An Evening of Latin Music with Rupa and the April Fishes
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Rupa & the April Fishes blend an alternative pop attitude with international spices, mixing in elements of Gypsy swing, Colombian cumbia, French chanson, and Indian ragas. Beneath their infectious and captivating melodies are thought-provoking themes that address life, love, art, death, and the real and artificial divisions that keep us apart. The San Francisco-based musical agitators are specialists in crossing borders and building bridges, blurring the boundaries of genre and geography to create a sound Time Out has called global agit-pop. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • May 03 Mon

    Central American Forced Migration: Conversations for Change

    • Central American Forced Migration
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    The mainstream media largely frames the topic of migration by utilizing terms such as illegal and undocumented, which have an immediate impact in shaping public perceptions of criminal behavior. The media also focuses much attention on the arrival of migrants from Mexico, the need for more security on the U.S./Mexico border, and accelerated deportation hearings. Unfortunately, such coverage ignores the ongoing influx of Central Americans, the increased security south of the Mexican border, and strategies for survival once in the U.S. Dr. Cecilia Menjivar, Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, Eric Popkin, Dean of Summer Programs and Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado College, and Horacio Roque-Ramírez, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara, will discuss these issues and their relevance to promoting immigration reform.
    Co-sponsored by the Chicano Studies Institute; Feminist Studies; the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research; the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; and Sociology.

  • May-Jun 04-11 Tue-Fri

    Public Lives of Posters in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Manilatown, and Japantown, 1970s and 1980s. The Kearny Street Workshop Archives Poster Collection.

    • The Kearny Street Workshop Archives Poster Collection.
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Art Exhibit / MCC Meeting Rooms

    This exhibition is a special compendium which encapsulates visual cultures, global ethnopoles, and urban public spaces of that time. On street poles, storefront windows, and community centers— historic Asian Pacific American graphic art posters publicly announced and affirmed counter-narratives. Curated by Julianne P. Gavino, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture.
    Co-Sponsored by Asian American Studies, the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives—UCSB Library, Instructional Development, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

  • May 04 Tue

    Opening Reception Public Lives of Posters in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Manilatown, and Japantown, 1970s and 1980s.

    • The Kearny Street Workshop Archives Poster Collection.
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Opening Reception / MCC Meeting Rooms

    This exhibition is a special compendium which encapsulates visual cultures, global ethnopoles, and urban public spaces of that time. On street poles, storefront windows, and community centers— historic Asian Pacific American graphic art posters publicly announced and affirmed counter-narratives. Curated by Julianne P. Gavino, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture.
    Co-Sponsored by Asian American Studies, the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives—UCSB Library, Instructional Development, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

  • May 05 Wed

    On These Shoulders We Stand

    • On These Shoulders We Stand
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This film shows postwar Los Angeles as a city of startling contrasts; a city with a substantial, vibrant gay community, yet a city obsessed with rendering that community invisible, kept in the closet, or locked in its jails. This is an illuminating historical account told by eleven elders of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community from the 1950s into the early 1980s. Discussion with the director following the screening. Glenne McElhinney, 75 min., English,2009,USA.
    Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

  • May 06 Thu

    "Selenidad": How Latinos Remember Selena • Deborah Paredez

    • Deborah Paredez
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    An outpouring of memorial tributes and public expressions of grief followed the death of the Tejana recording artist Selena Quintanilla Perez in 1995. The Latina superstar was remembered and mourned in documentaries, magazines, websites, monuments, biographies, murals, look-alike contests, musicals, drag shows, and more. Deborah Paredez explores the significance and broader meanings of this posthumous celebration of Selena, which she labels "Selenidad."
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

  • May 11 Tue

    “The Compton Cookout” and More: Race in the College Party Scene

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / EMBARCADERO HALL

    Racially charged theme parties are a growing trend on college campuses. But the parties have garnered national attention from those who question whether they are just clean fun, or symptomatic of more serious race- related issues in our community. Clyde Woods, professor in Black Studies and UCSB graduate student Reginald Archer will facilitate this discussion.

  • May 12 Wed

    Papers

    • Papers
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and yet risk deportation to countries they may not even remember.
    Anne Galisky, 90 min., English, 2009, USA. Co-sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Program, Chicana/o Latino/a Cultural Resource Center.

  • May 13 Thu

    Open Mic

    • Open Mic
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    OPEN MIC

    OPEN MIC / MCC THEATER

    Whether you’ve got some art to share, a song to sing, poetry or a performance reflecting your identity, you are invited to this open forum for self-expression. Anyone and everyone are welcome to grace the stage in a supportive space.

  • May 18 Tue

    Coming Out in High School

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Student Series Teens’ Event

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Coming out can be very freeing. You no longer have to hide who you are, censor what you say, and watch what you do. Yet because homophobia is so pervasive in high schools, a big part of coming out is being prepared to deal with anti-gay reactions. In this conversation, we will look at coming out in high school as a process, share stories, and learn how to strengthen Gay-Straight Alliances in high schools. We welcome all parents, families, friends, and anyone interested in an educational experience and in learning how to make a difference for gay and questioning youth and young adults.
    Presented by A.S. Queer Commission and the Queer Student Union.

  • May 19 Wed

    Mountains that Take Wing

    • Mountains that Take Wing
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This film features conversations that span thirteen years between two formidable women whose lives and political work remain at the epicenter of the most important civil rights struggles in the US. Through the intimacy and depth of conversations, we learn about Davis, an internationally renowned scholar-activist and 88-year-old Kochiyama, a revered grassroots community activist and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee's shared experiences as political prisoners and their profound passion for justice. Discussion with the directors following the screening. C. A. Griffith & H. L. T. Quan, 97 min., English, 2009, USA. 
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538867/

  • May 20 Thu

    Boots Riley and The Coup

    • Boots Riley and The Coup
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    MCC in I.V.

     / CORNER OF OCEAN ROAD AND 6500 BLOCK OF DEL PLAYA

    Co-founder of the world-renowned hip hop group The Coup, Boots Riley is a hip hop artist, “raptivist” for social justice, and integral in the struggle for radical change through culture. As righteous revolutionaries, The Coup continues to effect social change by speaking against the bombing of Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and a variety of other topics from music, to grassroots organizing, to US imperialism and racism.

  • May 26 Wed

    New Muslim Cool

    • New Muslim Cool
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Perez's ride through the streets, projects, and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places - where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing. Discussion with the director and Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Senior Project Advisor for the film, following the screening. Jennifer Maytorena, 86 min., English, 2009, USA. Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research; the Center for New Racial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; and the Muslim Student Association.

  • May 27 Thu

    Elements of Hip Hop: Graffiti Workshop • Osiris Castaneda

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    WORKSHOP / MCC LOUNGE

    From the walls at Venice beach to neighborhoods in Brazil... Nationally recognized local artist Osiris Castaneda takes you on a creative journey of graffiti art. Experience this artistic expression through slide shows, then pop open a spray can and Castaneda will demonstrate the keys to making your own graffiti masterpiece. Bring a t-shirt, your skate board or anything you want to leave your prints on.

  • May 29 Sat

    An Evening of North Indian Classical Music with Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod and Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

    • An Evening of North Indian Classical Music with Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod and Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / LOTTE LEHMANN CONCERT HALL

    Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the 20th century’s greatest masters of the Indian sarod and the sixth generation sarod player in an illustrious family of musicians. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kennedy Center, St. James Palace’s, and the Opera House in Australia, to name a few. Amjad Ali Khan will be accompanied by his two sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, the seventh generation of musicians in the family and “coming masters” as the New York Times calls them. Tickets $10 UCSB students / $20 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.