Winter 2011

  • Jan-Mar 12-11 Wed-Fri

    Malik Seneferu

    • Malik Seneferu
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    EXHIBITION / MCC LOUNGE

    A self-taught painter, draughtsman, muralist, poet, and illustrator, Seneferu is the founder of Aesthetic Ascension art social network. The purpose of his compositions is to elevate the social, political, environmental, and spiritual issues of people deeply challenged by oppression and to capture the Black experience in America. His work traveled to Durban, South Africa's War against Racism in 2001, as well as to Kenya, Haiti and Italy.

  • Jan 12 Wed

    Pinjar

    • Pinjar
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Based on a novel by Amrita Pritam, Pinjar is a human saga set during the Indo – Pakistani partition. The story reveals many of the types of tragic atrocities committed during this time period, such as incidents of rape that plundered towns along the border. It illustrates the existence of love and victory during a backdrop of hate and violence. 
    Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, 187 min., Hindi, 2003, India.

  • Jan 18 Tue

    Beyond Gran Torino’s Race Politics: Lead Actor Bee Vang on Acting, Asian American Masculinities, and Media Activism. With Hmong Media Expert, Dr. Louisa Schein

    • Beyond Gran Torino’s Race Politics
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    In this workshop, Vang and Schein engage participants in analyzing portrayals of Hmong - and immigrants in general - in a mainstream film with a racist white man as protagonist. Vang shares on-set production experiences and the acting challenges of such a highly racialized scenario. There will be film clips, including Vang’s own Youtube spoof, and an active discussion on issues of masculinity, violence, and sexuality. Throughout, Vang and Schein consider strategies for social change in and beyond the media industry. 
    Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department, the Asian Resource Center- Educational Opportunity Program, and the East Asia Center.

  • Jan 19 Wed

    American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity and Half of Anything

    • Afro-Native Identity and Half of Anything
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Student Series- Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    American Red and Black follows six Afro-native Americans from around the U.S. as they reflect upon the personal and complex issues of Native and African heritage, ethnic identity, and racism within communities of color. In Half of Anything Christina Entrekin, Sherman Alexie, Deborah Bassett, and John Trudell respond to the question "What is a real Indian?" and examine the notion of how Indian identity is constructed from their individual and often very personal perspectives. 
    Discussion with Alicia Woods following the screening. Co-sponsored by the African diasporic Cultural Resource Center; 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. Alice Woods, 39 min., English, 2006, USA and Jon Tomhave, 24 min., English, 2006, USA respectively.

  • Jan 20 Thu

    La Angry Xicana?! Adelina Anthony

    • Adelina Anthony
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    La Angry Xicana?!, directed by D’Lo, is a solo show performed by acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Adelina Anthony. With her trademark use of “Spanglish” and humor, Anthony tackles a variety of subjects, including Hollywood, corporate media, purported lesbian gang epidemics, conservative politics, obesity and other health issues in the Chicano community, and dating rituals among queer women of color. Anthony’s stand-up comedy delves into Latino cultural taboos around sexuality, religion, and community bonds. 
    Co-sponsored by the A.S. Queer Commission, De Colores, and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

  • Jan 22 Sat

    An Evening of Rhythms from Central and South America’s Caribbean Coast with Buyepongo

    • Buyepongo
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Buyepongo is one of LA’s finest and vibrant young bands representing the rich musical heritage of Latin America and Africa. en agrupación draws inspiration from the cumbia and vallenato music of Colombia, punta music of Honduras and Belice, son andguaguancó of Cuba, merengue of La República Dominicana, kpalongo of Ghana , and voudoun of Benin and Nigeria. The sound produced is a natural blend of upbeat poly rhythms and joyous melodies. A sure shot for any dance floor. "Esto ta' dedicado, sólo para ti!" 
    Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Jan 25 Tue

    Internalized Racism Jacquelyn Reza

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    All of us struggle with internalized racism and carry in some way the "thousand little cuts" of racism. During our time together we will spend time unpacking the impact internalized racism has on our lives, focusing on how we can heal our hearts and continue our service to our world. Join us for a discussion and support as we empower ourselves. 
    Jacquelyn Reza is the Director of Professional & Organizational Development at De Anza College and teaches Human Sexuality, Women’s Studies, and Intercultural Studies. She also teaches part-time in the Department of International and Multicultural Education Doctoral Program at the University of San Francisco.

  • Jan 26 Wed

    Memories of Underdevelopment

    • Memories of Underdevelopment
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, decides to stay in Cuba even though his wife and friends flee to Miami. Sergio looks back over the changes in Cuba from the Castro revolution to the Cuban missile crisis, the effect of living in an underdeveloped country, and his relations with his girlfriends Elena and Hanna. 
    Discussion with Professor Colin Gardner of the Department of Art following the screening. Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 97 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 1968, Cuba. 
    This film will also be discussed at the panel, "The Fight to Stay Put: Social Lessons through Media Imaginings of Urban Transformation and Change," on Tuesday, February 1, 4 pm in 6020 HSSB.

  • Jan 27 Thu

    Why Do they Fear Us? Religious and Racial Profiling of Muslims Today

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    The terrorist attacks of 9/11 resulted in a growing public suspicion and mistrust toward Muslims and Islam. This year, the debate over the proposed site of Park51, or the "Ground Zero mosque" caused an uproar and increase of Islamophobia. Recently, the TSA has tightened airport security measures by installing Advanced Imaging Technology and full-body scanners. Muslims are often stopped and searched when they fly, women wearing head scarves have become a target, and hate crimes against Muslims have spiked. In this panel, Elliott Bazzano and Sohaira Siddiqui, graduate students in the Department of Religious Studies, will discuss their experiences as Muslims in the United States today; Muslims as the new targeted group; racism, discrimination, and religious and racial profiling. Eddy F. Alvarez, graduate student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and VP, Internal Affairs for the Graduate Students Association; Reginald Archer, graduate student in the Department of Geography; and Lily Anne Y. Welty, graduate student in the History Department and the VP of Academic Affairs for the Graduate Students Association, will share similar experiences of profiling, policing, and criminalization of other historically targeted communities. The panel will be moderated by Walid Afifi, Professor in the Department of Communication at UCSB. 

  • Jan 31 Mon

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST Malik Seneferu

    • Malik Seneferu
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST / MCC LOUNGE

    A self-taught painter, draughtsman, muralist, poet, and illustrator, Seneferu is the founder of Aesthetic Ascension art social network. The purpose of his compositions is to elevate the social, political, environmental, and spiritual issues of people deeply challenged by oppression and to capture the Black experience in America. His work traveled to Durban, South Africa's War against Racism in 2001, as well as to Kenya, Haiti and Italy.

  • Feb 01 Tue

    Arizona in Santa Barbara? PUEBLO

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    This is a tense moment for immigrant rights, not only in Arizona but throughout the nation. Here in Santa Barbara there is increasing surveillance and harassment of immigrants, which is tied to stepped-up racial profiling of Latin@s. Pretext policing -- immigrant dragnets disguised as something else, like DUI enforcement -- are a regular practice. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security, regularly deports people from Santa Barbara. 
    This forum is about immigrant rights in Santa Barbara, where PUEBLO -- People United for Economic Justice /Building Leadership Through Organizing -- is the leading advocate for immigrants. This small community organization is also very central in battles for a living wage and fair and affordable housing. In this forum PUEBLO Director Belén Seará will discuss issues of immigrant rights and the fight against racial profiling of Latin@s. Faculty members who work on these problems will respond. An open discussion will follow. PUEBLO is also seeking volunteers and offering internships for UC students. 
    Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department and the Center for New Racial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Feb 02 Wed

    Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

    • Neshoba
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers in the small Mississippi county of Neshoba – the infamous "Mississippi Burning" murders. The young men, two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi, were in the Deep South helping to register African-American voters during what came to be known as the Freedom Summer. Although the killers bragged about what they did, it took the State 40 years to indict the mastermind, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old Baptist preacher and notorious racist. 
    Discussion with Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, Associate Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies, following the screening. Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano, 87 min., English, 2010, USA.

  • Feb 03 Thu

    Let’s Talk About Identity! What Makes You Who You Are? Cristina González

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Teens' Event

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Join us for a facilitated conversation and reflection on cultural identity and how to develop a feeling of belonging. When did you first become aware of your race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation? How would you describe them to others? When did you become aware of racial and ethnic identities different from your own? What have you learned about those differences and similarities? How do these identities affect your daily life? Cristina González is the Program Manager of the Fund for Santa Barbara and coordinates the Fund's Youth Making Change program. She is a Mediator and Restorative Justice Facilitator with the Conflict Solutions Center. In 2009 she became a member of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and teaches fundraising to social justice organizations. 
    Co-sponsored by the Fund for Santa Barbara.

  • Feb 05 Sat

    An Evening of Eclectic Balkan & Appalachian Music with Janam

    • Eclectic Balkan & Appalachian Music with Janam
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Janam creates a compelling, eclectic blend of Balkan, Sephardic, Romani (Gypsy) and American roots music, plus inspired originals. These driving rhythms and sultry melodies deliver a dance- and trance-inducing groove that carries the listener from the shores of the Black Sea to the foothills of the Appalachians. Janam’s fresh and soulful sound features stunning vocals and virtuosic musicianship by several of SF Bay Area’s most innovative interpreters of Southern Balkan and Near Eastern traditional music. 
    Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Feb 08 Tue

    COME TOGETHER: Interethnic Collaborations for Equity and Social Change in the 1970s

    • COME TOGETHER
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    This panel discussion is presented as part of the exhibit of the same title featuring selected 1970s vintage posters by San Francisco Bay Area activist artists who represent a spirit of cultural diversity, social equity/social change, and international human rights from various perspectives. Revealed in the imagery are significant interethnic collaborations in which shared interests of African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American communities are united within individual posters. Artists Juan Fuentes and Nancy Hom, featured in this exhibit, will present their past and current work with communities of color. The posters are drawn from major graphic art collections housed in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) in the UCSB Library. You can view the exhibit at the College of Creative Studies Gallery from February 7 to March 4, 2011 from 12 noon to 5 pm . 
    Co-sponsored by CEMA and the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.

  • Feb 09 Wed

    State of Aloha

    • State of Aloha
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This film offers an exhaustive examination of Hawaii’s current struggles to define its culture and sense of identity in the fifty years since statehood in 1959. What emerges is a troubling history dictated by U.S. imperialism and business interests ranging from the development of the sugar cane industry, racist xenophobia, Pearl Harbor and the resulting internment of Japanese Americans. 
    Anne Misawa, 78 min., English, 2010, USA.

  • Feb 10 Thu

    Open Mic

    • Open_Mic_2
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    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.

  • Feb 15 Tue

    The Dilemmas of Anti-Racism: Lessons from California Politics Daniel Martinez HoSang

    • Daniel Martinez HoSang
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    The long history of racialized ballot measures in California will serve as a springboard for a discussion on the dilemmas of organizing for racial justice on the ballot and beyond. What lessons can be learned from the (failed) electoral struggles over employment rights (1946), housing discrimination (1964), school desegregation (1972 & 1979), English Only (1984 & 1986), immigrant rights (1994), prison expansion (1994), affirmative action (1996), bilingual education (1998), and other issues? How has the framework of "political whiteness" come to dominate these debates, and how can it be undone? How can a racial justice framework anchor a broad range of issues, strategies, and political visions for the future? 
    Daniel Martinez HoSang is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California. HoSang worked for ten years as a community organizer in California before graduate school and continues to collaborate with social justice organizations in California and the Northwest. 
    Co-sponsored by the Center for New Racial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Feb 16 Wed

    Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream

    • The Search for the American Dream
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream tells the story of the massive migration of African Americans from the rural south to the prosperous north during the World War II years and beyond. They left behind the legacy of slavery and segregation and set out to find the American dream. 
    Discussion following the screening. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series. Jim Schaub, 58 min., English, 2009, USA.

  • Feb 23 Wed

    City of Borders

    • City of Borders
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence, and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. City of Borders goes inside this underground sanctuary where people of opposing nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations create an island of peace in a land divided by war. 
    Discussion with the director following the screening. Yun Suh, 66 min., English, 2009, USA.

  • Feb 24 Thu

    You Better Recognize: Visibility, Recognition, and Regulation Herman Gray

    • Herman Gray
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    In this talk Herman Gray considers the continuing desire and push for greater media visibility and recognition of diverse groups, cultures, and histories against the back drop of the changing conditions and means of representation made possible by digital technologies, neoliberalism, and discourse of diversity and post racial cultural politics. Herman Gray is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written widely about cultural politics, television, and jazz. His most recent book, co-edited with Macarena Gomez Barris is entitled Toward a Sociology of the Trace, a book about memory, trauma, and identity. 
    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.

  • Feb 26 Sat

    Classical South Indian Meets Jazz with VidyA

    • Jazz with VidyA
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    VidyA is an adventurous new group that merges the virtuosity of Jazz with the melodic and rhythmic nuance of South Indian classical (Carnatic) music and elaborates Carnatic ragas infused with melodic richness. Led by critically-acclaimed saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan along with David Ewell (bass) and Sameer Gupta (Drums), VidyA has emerged with a soulful, penetrating sound that pushes the labels of "fusion" or "world music." The group weaves in and out of the two genres while all the time merging them into one. "...Pioneering trans-cultural terrain." ‐ San Francisco Chronicle. 
    Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Feb 28 Mon

    Home(town) Security Majora Carter

    • Majora Carter
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    Majora Carter made her mark on the South Bronx and the nation by connecting one of the most economically and environmentally challenged communities to a new brand of solutions strategy. As green-infrastructure has taken root in advocacy and corporate circles alike, Majora has continued to push the envelope that she helped to create. By re-imagining America through the lens of what she calls, "Home(town) Security," Majora Carter illuminates the value of smart environmental management on local economic development and all aspects of our civic and personal lives. 
    How we manage storm water, redesign food systems, adapt to climate changes, and reduce our public health & incarceration obligations can have profound effects on the well-being of communities. Majora is a living example of the potential for communities to change the world by changing themselves. She now consults clients around the world on how they can achieve their best performance in all areas and unleash the potential of the most valuable resources available: their people. Co-sponsored by the A.S. Environmental Affairs Board. 

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/majora_carter_s_tale_of_urban_renewal.html

  • Mar 03 Thu

    Asianicity:Voices from Asia America

    • Asianicity:Voices from Asia America
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    READING / MCC THEATER

    The Santa Barbara community and UCSB students collaborate for a selection of Asian American readings. Prose, poetry, and original pieces go to make up a heartfelt evening of what has been and what will be. 
    Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.