Fall 2011

  • Oct-Dec 05-09 Wed-Fri

    INdiVISIBLE Shari Arai DeBoer, Nancy Hom, and Cynthia Tom

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    • Art_Exhibit_Shari_Reductionis
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    EXHIBITION / MCC LOUNGE

    Artists Shari Arai DeBoer, Nancy Hom, and Cynthia Tom make visible the Asian American experience. Their perspective is indivisibly Asian AND American—a distinctive hybrid shaped by a collective history of sexism, racism, and economics and nurtured by the interconnectedness that is essential to thrive in America. They are community activists as well as artists. As leaders in the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) they express their individual artistic vision while creating opportunities for others to show and share their work. Co-sponsored by the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRE-ECCI).

  • Oct 05 Wed

    Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

    • TAQWACORE
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    EXHIBITION / MCC THEATER

    This film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits on their first U.S. tour, where they incite a riot of young hijabi girls at the largest Muslim gathering in North America after Sena takes the stage. The film then travels with them to Pakistan, where members of the first Taqwacore band, The Kominas, bring punk to the streets of Lahore and Michael begins to reconcile his fundamentalist past with the rebel he has now become. Omar Majeed, 80 min., English, 2009, CanadaCo-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Muslim Student Association, and Students for Justice in Palestine.

  • Oct 11 Tue

    Art as Activism, Political Prisoners, and Puerto Rican Independence: A Conversation with Carlos Alberto Torres

    • Carlos Alberto Torres
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Puerto Rican independentista Carlos Alberto Torres, a political prisoner for 30 years, speaks on life in prison, the colonial status of Puerto Rican, human rights, and ongoing political prisoner campaigns. His stirring ceramics and paintings were featured in an art exhibit at Santa Barbara’s La Casa de la Raza in 2008. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department.

  • Oct 12 Wed

    THIRD WARD, TX

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    THIRD WARD TX is the story of Project Row Houses, a successful public art program by local artists in inner-city Houston. By boarding up abandoned houses and creating a "drive-by" exhibit to providing free refurbished houses for single mothers in college and an after-school program for local kids, these artists have helped to revive their section of Third Ward, a historically African-American neighborhood.Discussion with the director following the screening. Andrew Garrison, 57 min., English, 2007, USA. Co-sponsored by the African diasporic Cultural Resource Center- Educational Opportunity Program and the University Art Museum.

  • Oct 13 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word

    • Open Mic
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE / GIOVANNI’S IN IV

    Calling all conscious poets to the stage! The MCC is creating an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves while educating others on current issues affecting students of color, women, differently abled people, queers, and allies. Come, enjoy, and share talents in this safe space for a night of "edutainment."

  • Oct 15 Sat

    An Evening of Music from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa with Mamadou and Vanessa Sidibe

    • Mali, West Africa with Mamadou and Vanessa Sidibe
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Winners of several prestigious music awards, Mamadou and Vanessa perform soulful, uplifting rhythms from the historic Wassoulou Region of Mali, believed to be the birthplace of the American Blues. Mamadou Sidibe, master of the traditional kamale ngoni (12 stringed hunters harp), and Vanessa are joined with virtuoso balafon player Balla Kouyate and master of the djembe, Karamba Diabate. Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Get 20% off of general admission if you purchase your ticket by Monday, October 10th or with purchase of the whole concert season. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 from Monday to Thursday 10 am – 5 pm and Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. No extra charge for telephone orders. Limited seating.

  • Oct 18 Tue

    Race and the New Biocitizen Dorothy Roberts

    • Dorothy Roberts
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture Series

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    In this talk Dorothy Roberts discusses a new racial politics that relies on re-inventing the political system of race in biological terms using genomic science and biotechnologies. Her presentation is based on her new book Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century. Roberts, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, is also author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty andShattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare
    In conjunction with the Annual Hull Lecture on Women and Social Justice. 

    Co-sponsored by the Center for Nanotechnology and Society; the Center for New Racial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; the Department of Feminist Studies; the Hull Chair in Women’s Studies; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance.

  • Oct 19 Wed

    Precious Knowledge

    • Precious Knowledge
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In this gripping account, Tucson High School Students and teachers become academic warriors and community leaders to save their Mexican American Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program. Ari Palos and Eren Isabel McGinnis, 75 minutes, English, 2011, USA.

  • Oct 20 Thu

    OUTrageous! SB Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival

    • OUTrageous!
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In celebration of its 20th anniversary the MCC is excited to present the first screening of the 20th 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. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival.

  • Oct 21 Fri

    From Texas to Tehran: An Evening of Modern Classical Persian Music with Fared Shafinury & Friends

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    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Iranian-American singer/songwriter Fared Shafinury stands out from his contemporaries both in his powerful voice and radiff influenced compositions. Shafinury has studied under some of Iran’s most prominent Masters including Ostad Mozaffari, Ostad Zolghadr, Ostad Shaari, Ostad Soukuti, and Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi. In his hands, the setar, Fared's virtuoso specialty, produces a sound that is simultaneously singular in character and universal in appeal. Get 20% off of general admission if you purchase your ticket by Monday, October 10th or with purchase of the whole concert season. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 from Monday to Thursday 10 am – 5 pm and Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. No extra charge for telephone orders. Limited seating.

  • Oct 22 Sat

    Let’s Make a Mosaic! Luis Perez

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    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    WORKSHOP / MCC LOUNGE

    Seed and grain mosaic is one of the many endangered ancient Mexican traditions. In this workshop you will learn methods used in the past for flora and fauna Pre-Columbian designs with seeds, grains, and wax. During the delicate placing of seeds and grains, children will learn about the history, symbols, and beliefs of ancient Mexican civilizations. Born in Mexico City, Luis Perez is a professional musician and artist who has devoted his life to the research of Pre-Columbian music and art. Ages 9 and up. 
    Co-sponsored by the Isla Vista Elementary ASES Grant, Isla Vista/UCSB Liaison, and UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  • Oct 25 Tue

    Black and Brown Relations in Higher Education Becky Martinez

    • Becky Martinez
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Within the systemic dynamics of privilege and oppression, Black and Brown communities are often in conflict with each other over resources and support in the academy. Thus, instead of working together, division is created. Additionally, members of these communities struggle to find a sense of belonging with the lack of Black and Brown faculty and administrators to serve as role models and mentors. This interactive session will discuss the opportunities and challenges for members of Black and Brown communities to intentionally cultivate solidarity between and across difference. As a multi-cultural development consultant, Becky works with colleges and universities across the nation to develop socially just campuses for people of all groups. Her work focuses on dismantling systems of oppression through critical dialogue and reflection intertwined with theoretical foundations.

  • Oct 26 Wed

    The Learning

    • The Learning
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    The Learning follows four Filipino teachers during their freshman year in America as they take their place on the frontline of the No Child Left Behind Act. The film chronicles the sacrifices they make as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship with their children and families and begin a new one with the mostly African-American students whose schooling is now entrusted to them. Their story is at once intensely personal and fundamentally public as they become part of the machinery of American education reform policy. Ramona Díaz, 98 min., English, 2011, USA. Co-sponsored by the Asian Resource Center , Kapatirang Pilipino, and the UCSB Library. 
    Library

  • Nov 01 Tue

    The Reel Mixed Media: Portrayals of the Mixed Experience on Film and TV Fanshen Cox

    • Fanshen Cox
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Join us for an open conversation on the Mixed experience and an exploration of how Mixed people are portrayed on television and in film. Fanshen Cox is co-founder/co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and co-host of the award-winning podcast Mixed Chicks Chat, both of which were created to highlight and share stories of the Mixed experience – including those of trans-racial/cultural adoptees and their families, those in interracial/cultural relationships and any person who identifies with having Mixed heritage.

  • Nov 02 Wed

    Club Native

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Club Native raises critical questions about belonging and indignity, the heartbreak of "marrying out" of the Mohawk Nation, and the unjust patriarchal laws that disenfranchise Native women. In a community where tribal membership rests on the equivocal measurement of blood quantum (the measurement of blood "purity"), following one’s heart requires risking one’s Mohawk status, as well as one's family and community.Tracey Deer, 78 min., English, 2008, Canada. -sponsored by the American Indian Cultural Resource Center ; American Indian Graduate Student Alliance ; American Indian Students Association; American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the UCSB Library.

    Library
  • Nov 03 Thu

    WEIGHTS Lynn Manning

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    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    In 1978, Lynn Manning was shot in the face and blinded by a stranger in a Hollywood bar. Through the use of dramatic story telling peppered with poetry and humor, Lynn recreates that fateful night, then takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride through his life growing up impoverished in South-central Los Angeles. You will hear gut wrenching tales of child neglect and sexual abuse, comedic reenactment of learning to use a white cane, tender descriptions of first love 'in the absence of light,' and thought provoking revelations within this 'metamorphosis from black man to blind man' in America. Co-sponsored by the African diasporic Cultural Resource Center, the Black Studies Department, and the Disabled Students Program. 
    Photo by Christopher Voelker and Voelker Studios

  • Nov 05 Sat

    An Evening of TurbanGrooves with Live Punjabi Hip Hop and Funk Music by BlackMahal featuring Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti

    • BlackMahal featuring Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    You’ve heard urban groove music, but chances are that "turban groove" is a new sound to you. That’s what the unique San Francisco-based band BlackMahal calls its blend of hip-hop, funk and Punjabi music. The nine-piece band is fronted by the grey-bearded singer and dhol drummer Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, known as the godfather of Punjabi-American music. He has performed for nearly every US president since Gerald Ford. Event will conclude with a Q & A session with the band. 
    The band plays rollicking, "Their sound is perhaps unlike anything else out there today... It’s awesome!" – Rolling Stone Magazine. 
    Get 20% off of general admission if you purchase your ticket by Monday, October 10th or with purchase of the whole concert season. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 from Monday to Thursday 10 am – 5 pm and Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. No extra charge for telephone orders. Limited seating.

  • Nov 07 Mon

    After a Decade of "War on Terror" How Have Human Rights and Civil Liberties Fared? Ahilan Arulanantham, Asli Ü. Bâli and Lisa Hajjar

    • Ahilan Arulanantham, Asli Ü. Bâli and Lisa Hajjar
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there have been unprecedented changes in US government policies toward human rights and civil liberties. This panel will highlight the sweeping use of immigration detention and deportations of Muslims, FBI entrapment of Muslims and other activists, the significance of the official authorization of a policy of torture and extra-judicial assassination, and the failure of the country to pursue any modicum of accountability for those responsible for state crimes. Ahilan Arulanantham is the ACLU/Southern California deputy legal director. In 2010, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded him the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for his innovative litigation and its enormous benefits for the rights and dignity of vulnerable non-citizens. Asli Ü. Bâli is assistant professor of international law at UCLA Law School and specializes in the laws of war, nuclear proliferation, and Middle East politics. After 9/11, she engaged in extensive pro bono work relating to immigration, civil liberties, and international human rights. Lisa Hajjar is associate professor of Sociology at UCSB. Her research and writing focus on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. In 2010, she went to Guantánamo three times to cover military commission trials for Middle East Report, where she serves on the editorial committee. Co-sponsored by the American Civil Rights Union-Santa Barbara Chapter; A.S. Human Rights Board; the Center for Middle East Studies; the Center for New Racial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; and the Sociology Department.

  • Nov 08 Tue

    Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys Víctor Ríos

    • Victor Rios
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    In this compelling sociological narrative, Ríos analyzes how punitive juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of Black and Latino urban youth. He deftly balances analysis with vivid anecdotes about uninterested educators, struggling parents, police brutality, and gang victimization. Ríos terms this criminalization "the youth control complex" and explains how it systematically deprives boys of their dignity and their ability to succeed at school or in the job market. Once they accumulate "negative credentials," the young men are subject to increased surveillance--and are consequently more likely to end up in prison. Ríos makes a compelling argument that better financed social programs and positive reinforcement could make all the difference. Víctor Ríos is associate professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests include urban ethnography, policing, criminal justice, and youth culture. In 2010 Ríos received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, The Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award, the Office of Residential Life Outstanding Faculty Award, and the "Young Scholar Award" from the American Society of Criminology Division on People of Color. He is also the recipient of the 2011-12 Harold J. Plous Award, one of the university's most prestigious faculty honors given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university.

  • Nov 09 Wed

    Hollywood Chinese

    • Hollywood Chinese
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    From the first Chinese American film produced in 1916 to Ang Lee’s triumphant Brokeback MountainHollywood Chinese brings together a captivating portrait of filmmakers and iconic images for a high-spirited look at the ways the Chinese have been imagined in the movies, from silent classics to contemporary blockbusters. Discussion with the director following the screening. Arthur Dong, 89 min., English, 2007, USA. Co-sponsored by the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRE-ECCI).

  • Nov 15 Tue

    Move the Crowd: Hip Hop and the Reshaping of Power Melina Abdullah

    • Melina Abdullah
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Hip Hop was born the child of racially and economically oppressed communities. In its early form, rap music especially, served as a voice of protest and a form of resistance. This session will offer an overview of Hip Hop’s political history, examine the ways in which corporate interests have appropriated Hip Hop, and engage in a collective exploration of the enduring potential for Hip Hop as a revolutionary force. Melina Abdullah is Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on power allocation and societal transformation. She is currently working on a book entitled Move the Crowd: Hip Hop and Political Mobilization.

  • Nov 16 Wed

    Magic Radio

    • Magic Radio
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This documentary depicts radio culture in the Sahel state of Niger after the state radio lost its monopoly in 1994 and dozens of local and private radio stations were established, leading to the so-called révolution FM. It discusses the consequences of media democratization for society, culture, politics and everyday life and sheds a light on the magic of the media radio, seen from the perspective of both producers and listeners. Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peter, 83 min., French and Hausa with English subtitles, 2007, Switzerland and France. Co-sponsored by KCSB- FM and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum as part of KCSB’s 50th anniversary celebrations.