Winter 2012

  • Jan-Mar 18-23 Wed-Fri

    Faces and Places Michael Massenburg

    • Michael Massenburg
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    EXHIBITION / MCC LOUNGE

    Michael Massenburg has exhibited in galleries and museums, completed private commissions, and worked on public art projects throughout the country and abroad in Mexico, Senegal, and Haiti. Some of his public works include MTA, LA County Arts Commission, ESPN, and the American Jazz Museum. He is the recipient of grants from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Arts Council and his work resides in many private collections. Massenburg is also an art educator who teaches for various organizations throughout the Los Angeles County. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union.

  • Jan 18 Wed

    Land of Opportunity

    • Land of Opportunity Family
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Through the eyes of urban planners, community organizers, displaced youth, immigrant workers, and public housing residents, this documentary dives deep into the tumultuous reconstruction of New Orleans. Land of Opportunity reveals how the story of this city is the story of urban America: how democratic processes can fail us, how economic crisis can pull the rug out from under us, and how (im)migration can prove to be a complicated bargain. Luisa Dantas and Rebecca Snedeker, 97min., English, 2010, Brazil, USA.

  • Jan 24 Tue

    "Taking it to the Streets:" Connecting the Arab Spring

    • Taking it to the Streets
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSIO / MCC THEATER

    Since the events of January 2011, the clamor for change and opportunity has continued to sweep not only through the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. In the past year, popular uprisings have swept across the United States, too, in the various "occupy" movements, and we’ve seen ordinary citizens stand up to authoritarian systems considered to be unjust. This panel will discuss comparisons, connections, and possible lessons to be learned from global crises and these widespread pro-democracy movements. Panelists include Salam al-Marayati, Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC); Juan Campo, Department of Religious Studies and Center for Middle East Studies; Nour M’rabet, Tunisian Fulbright FLTA, Department of Religious Studies; William I. Robinson, Department of Sociology; and moderator Kathleen M. Moore, professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Religious Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the Religious Studies Department.

  • Jan 25 Wed

    Gen Silent

    • Gen Silent
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them. Gen Silent puts a face on gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of discrimination (or worse) in long-term/health care, that many go back into the closet. Stu Maddux, 63 min., English, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

  • Jan 26 Thu

    The Demographics of Politics: The Changing Face of America and U.S. Politics Lisa García Bedolla

    • Lisa Garcia Bedolla
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    There has been much discussion in the media about the demographic changes in American society that became evident in the 2010 census. Less discussion has focused on how those changes will impact the symbolic and substantive content of U.S. politics in the 21st century. This conversation will explore this question, particularly considering what it means politically for the United States to be a majority minority nation. Lisa García Bedolla is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.

  • Jan 28 Sat

    An Evening of Gypsy Music with the Fishtank Ensemble

    • Buy Popular Demand
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Fishtank Ensemble

    The LA Weekly calls them "cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet." Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, and even on the street, the band includes two explosive violins, the best slap bass player in the world, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele. Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.Limited seating.

  • Feb 01 Wed

    Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide to Perú

    • Against the Grain
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    In 1989, Alfredo Marquez used an image of Mao in an artwork. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. For every artist, the need to create and be heard is as basic as food and shelter. But what happens when you live in a country where the state clamps down on free thinkers, forcing artists to censure themselves? Discussion with the director following the screening. Ann A. Kaneko, 
    65 min., Spanish, English, Japanese, and Quechua, 2008, Perú, USA. Co-sponsored by the UCSB Art, Design, and Architecture Museum.

  • Feb 02 Thu

    A Conversation with the Artist Michael Massenburg

    • Michael Massenburg
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    EXHIBITION / MCC LOUNGE

    Michael Massenburg has exhibited in galleries and museums, completed private commissions, and worked on public art projects throughout the country and abroad in Mexico, Senegal, and Haiti. Some of his public works include MTA, LA County Arts Commission, ESPN, and the American Jazz Museum. He is the recipient of grants from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Arts Council and his work resides in many private collections. Massenburg is also an art educator who teaches for various organizations throughout the Los Angeles County. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union.

  • Feb 07 Tue

    New Racisms, Sexisms, and Homophobias in Video Game Worlds Lisa Nakamura

    • Lisa Nakamura
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    Racist, homophobic, and sexist language are common in military networked console games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a digital game franchise whose most recent releases Modern Warfare: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 broke media sales records. While many video game critics warn users against the dangers of video game violence, the racism and sexism that occur between players of these games are perhaps more worrisome than violent game content, and are poorly regulated and monitored. Social games are part of a new networked public sphere, one where youth are sorting out civility more or less on their own. Lisa Nakamura is the Director of the Asian American Studies Program, Professor in the Institute of Communication Research and Media and Cinema Studies Department, and Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

  • Feb 08 Wed

    Golden Venture

    • Golden Venture
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Three hundred undocumented Chinese immigrants sail into a 1993 tragedy that becomes a crucial turning point in US immigration history. The Golden Venture crash fed a media circus and became a symbol of a growing national concern over illegal immigration. Peter Cohn, 70 min., Chinese and English, 2006, USA. Co-sponsored by the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRE-ECCI).

  • Feb 09 Thu

    Crises in the Horn and the Gulf

    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    The Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula are wracked with a number of crises that have made this one of the most volatile parts of the world. Somalia and Yemen have become battlegrounds in the US "war on terror," replete with drone warfare, secret prisons, and proxy enforcers of US security. The revolutionary fervor that has swept the Arab world over the past year has been mercilessly crushed in Bahrain and turned into civil war in Yemen. This panel will address Sudan and geopolitics in the Horn, counter-revolution in the Gulf, and Eritrea's repressive authoritarian regime and the plight of refugees both inside and outside the country. Panelists include Toby C. Jones, assistant professor of History, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences; Khalid Medani, assistant professor of Political Science and Islamic studies at McGill University; and Mahader Tesfai, Living History Project Coordinator, Associated Students, UCSB. Co-sponsored by the A.S. Human Rights Board, the Center for Middle East Studies, and the Sociology Department.

  • Feb 11 Sat

    An Evening of Andean Music with Quijeremá Al Son del Tunduki

    • Quijeremá Al Son del Tunduki
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Quijeremá is a dynamic force driven by sweeping bandola choruses with a firm foundation of acoustic bass and the deep reverberations of the Cajon, a Peruvian "beat box." Melodies are based in the percussion, interwoven with trumpet and the complex rhythm of Venezuelan maracas. Their current work, Al Son del Tunduki, is a musical journey to unearth the African Diaspora in the Americas. The San Francisco Chronicle calls them "A potent mix of Latin American folk music and jazz." Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Feb 15 Wed

    ¡Viva México!

    • Viva Mexico
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    City of Los Angeles, USA. In the heart of the city, undocumented Mexican immigrants are hunted by the police and struggle to earn a living without losing their identity. On the other side of the border, in a journey from the mountains of southeastern Mexico to the northern border with the United States, Sub-commander Marcos and the people of Mexico trace the forgotten face of a country. A celebration of the struggle for land and dignity. Nicolas Défossé, 120 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 2010, Mexico.

  • Feb 16 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word with DJ Suelo

    • Open Mic
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in I.V.

    OPEN MIC / JAVANS’ (938 EMBARCADERO DEL NORTE, ISLA VISTA)

    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."

  • Feb 22 Wed

    White Wash

    • White Wash
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    White Wash xplores the complexity of race in America through the eyes of the ocean. In examining the history of world water culture and of black identity as it triumphs and evolves in the minds of black surfers, we learn about the power of transcending race as a constructive phenomenon. Discussion following the screening. Panelists include, Ted Woods, director; Rick Blocker, UCSB Alum and founder of BlackSurfing.com; Alison Rose Jefferson, Cultural Historian and UCSB Doctoral Graduate Student in History; and Peter Neushul, UCSB Lecturer on the History of Science and Surfing. Ted Woods, 78 min., English, 2011, USA. Co-sponsored by the A.S. Coastal Fund, the Center for Black Studies Research, and the History Department.

  • Feb 23 Thu

    Create Politically Conscious Entertainment! with CAMPUSBUILLD ILL-Literacy

    • CAMPUSBUILLD  ILL-Literacy
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    WRITING WORKSHOP / MCC LOUNGE

    CampusBuiLLd is a unique method of addressing political issues that are important to college students while honoring the integrity of entertainment. Engage in this workshop that specifically addresses the different aspects of organizing creatively onstage, on campus, and in the professional world.Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Resource Center – Educational Opportunity Program.

    MERC – Educational Opportunity Program.
  • Feb 23 Thu

    USBUiLLD ILL-Literacy

    • CAMPUSBUILLD  ILL-Literacy
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Written during the revolution in Egypt and fusing elements of hip-hop, electronic music, and experimental theater, USBUiLLD addresses bubbling societal factors that contributed to the various uprisings we've seen globally. Touching on economic crisis, police brutality, and racism, the show is an interpretation of the way that issues are often fed to us – short and passing, convoluting, and sometimes only surface level. This performance is a narrative piece that appeals to fantasy as a means of unpacking some of the critical issues for communities of color locally and globally. It follows a growing conflict over imagination and who controls it. Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Resource Center – Educational Opportunity Program.

  • Feb 24 Fri

    An Evening of Balenese Music and Dance Gamelan Sekar Jaya

    • Dance Gamelan Sekar Jaya
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Gamelan Sekar Jaya's delicate and intricate angklung ensemble, its playfully lighthearted tingklik group, and its dynamic dance ensemble come to Santa Barbara with a rich evening of Balinese music and dance. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is the only foreign group to ever receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali's highest award for artistic achievement. Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • Feb 25 Sat

    African Storytelling: Behind the Mask Joseph Velasco

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    WORKSHOP / MCC LOUNGE

    West African design and perform a story with local storyteller Joseph Velasco, co-founder of BOXTALES Theater Company. Co-sponsored by the UCSB Early Childhood Care and Education Services.

  • Feb 29 Wed

    Another Side of Peace

    • Another Side of Peace
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This film follows Roni Hirshenzon, a 60-year-old Israeli man who has lost both of his sons to terrorism and his efforts to reach reconciliation and to come to terms with their deaths. He works with his Palestinian partners to connect with other bereaved families in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Their message is simple: No More Death. Ellen Frick, 60 min., Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, 2004, USA.

  • Mar 01 Thu

    Reflecting on Diversity as a Tool for Institutional Transformation Nancy "Rusty" Barceló

    • Nancy "Rusty" Barceló
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    LECTURE / MCC THEATER

    Dr. Barcelo's presentation will be an overview of diversity looking at historical trends and the implications for future challenges and opportunities. She firmly believes that for students to develop the competencies they need to thrive in the world's diverse communities and workplaces, they need to be taught and mentored by a diverse faculty, and have access to diverse knowledge systems as embodied in inclusive and diversity-infused curricula, pedagogies, resources, and services. Barceló is the President of Northern New Mexico College and one of the nation's most highly respected authorities on equity and diversity in higher education. She has been hailed as a visionary leader for transformational change and as a dedicated administrator with a gift for community building. 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.

  • Mar 06 Tue

    The Most Segregated Hour? Race and Religion in 21st Century America Karen Yonemoto

    • Karen Yonemoto
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC LOUNGE

    In 1963 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. notably observed that "Sunday mornings are the most segregated hour in America." As we enter the 21st century, questions arise over whether or not this phenomenon has actually changed. Come and join us in a lively conversation about race and religion in America. We will share our stories, experiences, and observations about the complex ways in which religion often unites, bridges, and even divides American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Latinos, and Whites in the United States. Karen Yonemoto is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Claremont McKenna College. Her research focuses on race, religion, and social justice among multiracial congregations in the U.S.

  • Mar 07 Wed

    Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare

    • Don’t Get Sick After June
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Told from the Native American perspective, this documentary chronicles the history of Indian healthcare from the early 1800’s to President Obama’s recent Healthcare Reform Act signed into law in 2010. This well-researched documentary presents a troubling portrait - and indictment - of the U.S. government's dismal failure to provide health care in fulfillment of federal treaty and trustee obligations with American Indian nations. Chip Richie, 60 min., English, 2010, USA. 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.