Spring 2011

  • Apr-Jun 04-10 Mon-Fri

    Bridging Through the Arts: Transracial Community Building

    • Butterfly Woman spring 2011
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    EXHIBITION / MCC LOUNGE

    This exhibit creates a space for visual representation, embodied expression, and critical dialogue regarding the challenges, possibilities and visions of forming community across racial lines. Artists featured include Sophia Armen, Tara Atherley, Sandy Baños, Evan Bissell, Fabian Debora, Nayeli Guzmán, Nicole Leopardo, Ozi Magaña, Eric Murphy, Gabriel Navar, Shizue Seigel, Mica Valdez, Linda Vallejo. Join us for a reception and spoken word on April 7! Co-sponsored by the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.

  • Apr 06 Wed

    Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story

    • Brick by Brick
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story portrays a contemporary American battle for civil rights. It follows three families in Yonkers, New York, in the middle of a confrontation about the politics and law of racial discrimination in housing and schools that challenges and changes their hometown. Drawn deeply into the conflict, the people in this film show how contemporary America confronts the issues of race and opportunity. Through their city's crucible, they deal with the meaning of civil rights in a current-day context. William Kavanagh, 53 min., English, 2007, USA.

  • Apr 07 Thu

    OPENING RECEPTION Transracial Community Building

    • Butterfly Woman spring 2011
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    OPENING RECEPTION / MCC LOUNGE

    This exhibit creates a space for visual representation, embodied expression, and critical dialogue regarding the challenges, possibilities and visions of forming community across racial lines. Artists featured include Sophia Armen, Tara Atherley, Sandy Baños, Evan Bissell, Fabian Debora, Nayeli Guzmán, Nicole Leopardo, Ozi Magaña, Eric Murphy, Gabriel Navar, Shizue Seigel, Mica Valdez, Linda Vallejo. Join us for a reception and spoken word on April 7! Co-sponsored by the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.

  • Apr 13 Wed

    Reel Injun

    • Reel Injun
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives. With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, and Russell Means. Neil Diamond, 88 min., English, 2009, USA. Discussion with filmmaker Cedar Sherbert following the screening. Co-sponsored by the American Indian Cultural Resource Center; the American Indian Graduate Student Alliance; the American Indian Students Association; and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

  • Apr 14 Thu

    Exploring our Multiple Identities California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    The complexities of identity development cannot be understood without careful attention to multiple and intersecting identities and the socio-cultural contexts in which they are constructed. Join members of the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education for a discussion on how gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and age shape our own identity. How do we negotiate our multiple and layered identities in our daily lives? How do we experience our multiple identities in our interactions with others? How do others perceive those identities? How do these identities guide our behavior in different contexts and situations? Panelists will also explore how cultural centers in college campuses can honor these issues of intersectionality.

  • Apr 15 Fri

    An Evening if Chinese Music and Dance

    • Chinese Music and Dance
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Bay Area virtuosos of the Chinese traditional instruments Yongping Tian, Hecheng Liu, Jun Gao, and Duny Lam and Chinese folk dance masters Bing Wang and Xuebing Wang will present a collection of music and dance pieces. Experience the stirring melodies of the unique sound of Chinese ancient instruments like the erhupipa,dizi, and yangqin and the colorful and elegant Chinese folk dance that spans China's vast regions and ethnic groups. Co-sponsored by PIRE-ECCI (The Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces). Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Apr 19 Tue

    How Racism Takes Place George Lipsitz

    • George Lipsitz
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Relations between races are relations between places. White identity in the United States is place bound. It exists and persists because segregated neighborhoods and segregated schools are nodes in a network of practices that skew opportunities and life chances along racial lines. The racial imagination that relegates people of different races to different spaces produces grossly unequal access to education, employment, transportation, and shelter. Racial justice requires a new spatial imaginary, one that will replace hostile privatism and defensive localism with a commitment to open, inclusionary, and egalitarian places. George Lipsitz is Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at UCSB. He is the author of ten books, the most recent one How Racism Takes Place. He is senior editor of the journal KALFOU, editor of the Critical American Studies series at the University of Minnesota Press and co-editor of the American Crossroads series at the University of California Press. Lipsitz serves as president of the advisory board of the African American Policy Forum and as a member of the board of directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance.

  • Apr 20 Wed

    Budrus

    • Budrus
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat yet remain virtually unknown to the world. Julia Bacha, 82 min., English, 2010, USA.

  • Apr 21 Thu

    The Language of Hip Hop Dr. Farai "Fafi" Bere (A.K.A. 3 Percent)

    • Dr. Farai "Fafi" Bere (A.K.A. 3 Percent)
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    LECTURE-DEMO / MCC LOUNGE

    A Zimbabwean born academic and musician, Dr. Farai Bere focuses on what he calls Black performativity, the performance of Blackness as a political force and how Black performance can be said to embody Blackness. He looks at the context of Black performance in Africa, the United States, and the rest of the African Diaspora. Bere received his PhD from New York University in Performance Studies with an emphasis on African and Afro-Diasporic music, theater, and orature. Fafi will perform briefly after his lecture. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Research Focus Group, Friends of Africa, and professors Peter Bloom, Mhoze Chikowero, and Stephan Miescher.

  • Apr 27 Wed

    Hustle and Flow

    • Hustle and Flow
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Hustle and Flow is the redemptive story of DJay, a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dreams. When he hears that a local boy who made good is coming back to Memphis, he throws together his greatest hustle for what he thinks is his last chance at a record deal. Join an engaging discussion on the representation of African American masculinity and gender roles through the controversial main character in this film. Craig Brewer, 116 min., English, 2005, USA. Co-sponsored by Counseling Services, the Men’s Think Tank, and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

  • Apr 28 Thu

    "That's So Gay:" The Impact of Microaggressions, Bullying, and Heterosexism on LGBT Communities. Kevin Nadal

    • Kevin Nadal
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    Sexual orientation and transgender microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities (whether intentional or unintentional) that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative heterosexist and transphobic slights and insults toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. People of color, women, and people with disabilities may face additional types of microaggressions because of the intersections of their identities based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. This interactive lecture will encourage individuals to reflect on their personal experiences with microaggressions while providing recommendations for preventing them on individual, institutional, and societal levels. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. As an assistant professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, he has published several works focusing on Filipino Americans, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in the fields of psychology and education. Co-sponsored by 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.

  • Apr 28 Thu

    Night of Self-Expression

    • Open_Mic_2
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    OPEN MIC / MCC LOUNGE

    Calling all conscious poets, artists, and musicians 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."

  • Apr 29 Fri

    An Evening of African American Spirituals, Blues and Jazz with Howard Wiley & The Angola Project featuring Faye Carol and Beyond

    • Howard Wiley
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    San Francisco saxophonist/composer Howard Wiley features his compelling exploration of African-American prison music inspired by the documented field recordings of Alan and John Lomax and Harry Oster. Wiley reflects on his personal experience visiting the plantation-like Louisiana state penitentiary in Angola. With an all-star San Francisco Bay Area band, he delivers a range of styles, from gospel to jazz to rap originals that tell tales of woe and redemption. Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research. Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating. 

    Click here to see a video of Howard Wiley

  • May 04 Wed

    Mexican Folkloric Dance: Rafael Zamarripa’s Artistic Trademark

    • Rafael Zamarripa’s Artistic Trademark
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Mexican folkloric dance is a stylized, choreographed art form that displays the cultural diversity of Mexico with energy, heart, and intricate technique. Rooted in the post-revolutionary period, folkloric dance blossomed in the 1960s and has become a thriving phenomenon in Mexico and the United States. This documentary traces its development through the experiences and artistic productions of Rafael Zamarripa and the dancers he has influenced. Olga Nájera-Ramírez and Russell Rodríguez, 53 min., English and Spanish, 2010, USA. Discussion with the directors following the screening. Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

  • May 05 Thu

    Ground Zero and Anti-Muslim Sentiments Maher Hathout, Nuha Khoury, and Edward Linenthal

    • Ground Zero and Anti-Muslim Sentiments
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    The battle over plans to build a Muslim religious center near ground zero has thrown into sharp relief anti-Muslim rhetoric that contradicts American values of religious tolerance. This panel will explore the origin of these sentiments in the context of ground zero as an emotionally-charged memorial space, and the exploitation of this history for political and ideological purposes. Maher Hathout is a Senior Advisor at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles; Nuha Khoury, is a professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at UCSB; and Edward Linenthal is professor of History at the University of Indiana. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies; the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s Geographies of Place series; and the Walter Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life.

  • May 06 Fri

    An Evening of Hip Hop with Rebel Diaz

    • Rebel Diaz
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Fronted by MC’s Rodstarz and MC/Producer G1, Rebel Diaz shows us the true global power of Hip Hop. After first performing at an immigrant rights march in front of a half million people in New York City in 2006, the bilingual duo has taken the international community by storm with their explosive live shows, poignant social commentary, and energetic performances. With influences ranging from Dirty South bounce to South American folk, Rebel Diaz combines classic boom bap tradition with Hip Hop’s global impact. They have shared the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, and Public Enemy, while feeling right at home with acts like Rage Against the Machine and Mala Rodriguez. Tickets $5. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • May 10 Tue

    21st Century Socialism and Venezuela Eva Golinger

    • Eva Golinger
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Student Series

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    Eva Golinger will discuss the Bolivarian project for participatory democracy in Venezuela that has occurred through the empowerment of the country's poor majority during the last decade. As an advisor to elected President Hugo Chávez, she will also address some of the problems and conflicts facing Venezuela and the leftist South American-Caribbean bloc it helped found: the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América. Eva Golinger, winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico (2009), is an Attorney and Writer from New York, living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 and author of several best-selling books, including The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela. Organized by UCSB Campus Left and co-sponsored by El Congreso, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, the Sociology Department, and Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios (USEU).

  • May 11 Wed

    Harvest of Loneliness: the Bracero Program

    • The Bracero Program
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This documentary explores the historical accounts of migrant Mexican farm workers brought into the U.S. from 1942 to1964 under the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program to work as cheap, controlled, and disposable workers. Discussion with Gonzalez following the screening. Gilbert G Gonzalez, Vivian Price, and Adrian Salinas, 58 min., English and Spanish, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by the Hull Chair in Feminist Studies.

  • May 13 Fri

    Women of Color Revolutionary Dialogues

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Student Series

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Women Of Color Revolutionary Dialogues (WORD) is a collective of women and queer people of color, immigrants, working-class and first-generation college students. They created WORD seeking to represent their lives and struggles through poetry, spoken word, political theater, dance, film and music. WORD creates, directs, and performs original pieces. Co-sponsored by the Women Of Color Revolutionary Dialogues (WORD).

  • May 17 Tue

    Who's the Fairest of Them All? Race, Beauty and the Politics of Skin Tone Margaret Hunter

    • Skin Lightening
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Cosmetic skin-bleaching is a multi-billion dollar industry around the globe. In nations including India, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, and the United States, light skin garners more money and more status. Both historical and contemporary forces maintain a system of light-skin privilege within communities of color. Light skin tone is particularly valuable for women of color in the job and marriage markets. But in this global pursuit of fair skin, is the ultimate cost too high? Margaret Hunter is Edward Hohfeld Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology at Mills College in Oakland. She is the author of Race, Gender and the Politics of Skin Tone, a book on skin tone discrimination and women of color. She has also published on colorblind racism in the post-civil rights era and women of color in hip-hop.

  • May 18 Wed

    COINTELPRO 101

    • COINTELPRO_spring_2011
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    COINTELPRO 101 is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among local, state, and federal government agencies to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations. It represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial justice. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies. Discussion with director Claude Marks and former Black Panther Hank Jones following the screening. Andres Alegria, Prentis Hemphill, Anita Johnson, and Claude Marks, 56 min., English, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian American Studies and KCSB-FM.

  • May 19 Thu

    Patricia Selbert in Conversation with Pico Iyer. The House of Six Doors

    • Pico Iyer
    • Patricia Selbert
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    In an intimate conversation with renowned author Pico Iyer, local author Patricia Selbert shares her experiences and excerpts from her recent novel, The House of Six Doors, a compelling story of immigration from the Caribbean Islands to California that follows a girl as she moves between two cultures, cradled between longing for her indigenous past and the glittering promise of her future in America. Born to Dutch parents in the jungles of Venezuela and raised in Curaçao, Selbert richly spices this novel with images from her own life and experiences. She artfully portrays the honest transformation of an immigrant family, moving from memories of a windswept island and a grandmother’s wisdom to the poignant integration and reality facing all American immigrants. Refreshments will be served.

  • May 21 Sat

    Silly Rabbit: Tricksters Are for Kids! Trickster Tales from Around the World. Boxtales

    • Silly Rabbit
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Join us for a fun and magical journey with wily creatures who teach us folk wisdom, morals, and life lessons in this collection of Trickster Tales from around the world. Through these stories, Boxtales inspires self-reliance and creative problem solving. Directed by the company, this show features performers Matt Tavianini, Michael Andrews, and Deven Sisler and beautiful masks by Ann Chevrefils and Lindsay Rust. Co-sponsored by UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  • May 23 Mon

    JUST ADDED! Busting the Myth: Are Asian Americans really up for it? Mitchell Chang

    • Mitchell Chang
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Recently, two stories have captured broad public attention. One surrounds parenting methods used to produce hyper achieving students (see Amy Chua's “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”) and another reports on how elite colleges hold APAs to higher admissions standards than applicants from other race groups (see Jon Marcus’ “Competitive Disadvantage”). These two stories are alike in that they both reinforce the stereotype of Asian Americans as model minorities. How Asian Americans respond to recent popular stories may well set the tone for our collective sense of self-determination. If Asian Americans really want to bust the model minority stereotype, which has become folklore, it will require nothing short of a radical resistance against social norms. 

     Mitchell J. Chang is Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change and Asian American Studies (by courtesy) at UCLA. He has written over 70 publications, including a book that was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Grutter v. Bollinger. Professor Chang received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship in 2001 and was awarded the Outstanding Outcomes Assessment Research Award, 1999-2000 by the American College Personnel Association. He was also profiled in 2006 as one of the nation’s top ten scholars under forty by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and in 2008, he received the ACPA Asian Pacific American Network Outstanding Contribution to APIDA Research Award.

  • May 25 Wed

    Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii

    • Noho Hewa
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This documentary is a contemporary look at Hawaiian people, politics, and resistance in the face of their systematic erasure under U.S. laws, economy, militarism, and real estate speculation. It is a raw, unscripted story that makes critical links between seemingly unrelated industries, and is told from the perspective of Hawaiians. Keala Kelly, 82 min., English and Hawaiian with English subtitles, 2009, USA.

  • May 26 Thu

    True Tales and Clever Lies Dan Kwong

    • Dan Kwong
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Award-winning performance artist Dan Kwong presents excerpts from his most recent solo IT’S GREAT 2B AMERICAN. From elementary school stories to historical sagas, Kwong reveals the delicious irony that comes with a U.S. passport and an Asian face: “oppressed minority” here at home, yet privileged citizen of the great global power while abroad. Dan also performs other gems from the Kwong-repertoire that highlight his unique mix of autobiography, family history, historical events, and contemporary issues. A powerful, funny, poignant evening of performance!

  • May 31 Tue

    Student Series - Meet the Filmmaker La Isla - Archives of a Tragedy

    • La Isla - Archives of a Tragedy
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In this artfully rendered film, Guatemala’s violent history of repression at the hands of extremist political regimes is laid bare following the discovery of a vast archive of secret police documents. Found near the site of La Isla—a notorious extrajudicial prison—the cache details with chilling specificity the surveillance, torture, and killing of thousands of civilians targeted by the country’s succession of fanatical right-wing governments. Discussion with the director following the screening. Uli Stelzner,
    83 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 2009, Germany and Guatemala. Co-sponsored by Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios (USEU).