Spring 2013

  • Apr-Jun 10-14 Wed-Fri

    Dignidad Rebelde: Signs of Solidarity

    • Dignidad Rebelde
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    Oakland-based artists and activists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes boldly partner their social and creative work, spreading knowledge on the artform of silkscreen printing and fostering an awareness of social justice issues worldwide. Signs of Solidarity showcases a selection of portraits and posters that they have created to reflect political and cultural struggles and visions. A screen printing demonstration by Barraza will take place at the opening reception. Co-sponsored by the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum – UC Santa Barbara; Chicano Studies Institute; and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

  • Apr 10 Wed

    Lost in the Crowd

    • Lost in the Crowd
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Shot over eight years, this ground breaking documentary follows a group of homeless LGBT teens living in New York City. The film reveals the many trials in their fight to survive in a world that is hostile to their very existence, but also the dreams and desires that keep them going. Susi Graf, 72 min., English, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

  • Apr 11 Thu

    An Evening of Irish Poetry with Ethna McKiernan

    • Ethna McKiernan
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Poetry Reading / MCC Lounge

    In honor of National Poetry Month, award-winning Irish-American poet Ethna McKiernan will not only share her poetry, but will focus on “the largest leap of imagination there is in poetry, writing from the perspective of the 'other'.” Author of three collections of poetry, her most recent work, Sky Thick With Fireflies (Salmon Poetry, 2011), was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award. She currently works as a housing advocate in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the long-term homeless. Co-sponsored by the College of Creative Studies and the Department of English.

  • Apr 17 Wed

    United States of Africa: Beyond Hip-Hop

    • United States of Africa
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    An insightful look at the power of music and the need for political engagement, this film follows African hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi as he creates an album on revolutionary black leaders. His travels throughout Africa spark deeper reflection on the power of music and the potential for real political transformation. Yanick Létourneau, 86 min., French and English, 2012, Canada. Co-sponsored by the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum – UC Santa Barbara and the Education Abroad Program – UC Santa Barbara.

  • Apr 18 Thu

    What is Fair Education? Jeffrey Stewart

    • Jeffrey Stewart
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Though the FAIR Education Act in California was passed in 2011, little progress has been made in including the histories of underrepresented communities in the K-12 curriculum, especially those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and persons with disabilities. Jeffrey C. Stewart will discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by the FAIR Act and suggest it lays the groundwork for developing a new organon of K-12 and university education in California. Jeffrey C. Stewart is Chair and Professor in the Department of Black Studies at UCSB. For more information please contact the Black Studies Department.

  • Apr 19 Fri

    An Evening of Filipino Music and Dance with Likha

    • Likha
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Comprised of 20 dancers and musicians, the Likha ensemble combines native Filipino culture with European influences seen throughout their performances from the Habaneras to the Rondalla string ensemble. Mesmerizing dances from various regions of the Philippines, such as tinikling, will be accompanied by a variety of traditional instruments including the agongs, kulintang gandingan, and the gabband. Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy on-line at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited seating. Co-sponsored by After Dark and the Department of Music.

  • Apr 20 Sat

    Tommy and the Hip-Hop Clowns

    • Hip-Hop Clowns
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Youth Event

    Dance Performance / MCC Theater

    Tommy the Clown began dancing as a way to motivate and inspire youth to stay on a positive track. Now he and his dance crew, the Hip-Hop Clowns, tour the world exciting audiences with a high energy street dance known as krumping. Join us for this incredible and interactive dance performance. Great event for all ages! FREE! Co-sponsored by the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative; Isla Vista/UCSB Liaison; and the UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  • Apr 22 Mon

    Dreaming of Freedom: Prisons, Politics, and Black Liberation Theresa Shoatz and Quincy Saul

    • Shoatz and Saul
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Theresa Shoatz and Quincy Saul discuss Maroon the Implacable by Russell Maroon Shoatz, former Black Panther and current political prisoner. This new collection of writings offers self-critical and fresh analyses on Black Liberation struggles, prisons, and theories and methods of organizing. Theresa Shoatz is a longtime community organizer and Russell Maroon Shoatz’s daughter. Quincy Saul is co-editor (with Fred Ho) of Maroon the Implacable. Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research; the Center for New Racial Studies; the Department of Asian American Studies; and the Department of Feminist Studies.

  • Apr 23 Tue

    The Politics of Film Preservation: The Case of The Man and Other Hidden Cultural Legacies

    • Hidden Cultural Legacies
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Dialogue

    Panel Discussion / MCC Theater

    Actor and activist Clayton LeBouef (Something the Lord Made, The Wire, and Homicide: Life on the Street) brings his Make the People Conscious (MTPC) campaign to UC Santa Barbara and raises this question. MTPC is a people’s film preservation movement concerned with the politics of film preservation and race. The lost 35mm print of The Man, a 1972 film about America’s first black president, informs a timely conversation between LeBouef, Professors Jeffrey Stewart (Black Studies) and Ross Melnick (Film and Media Studies), with University Librarian Denise Stephens. A Screening of The Man will be shown in the Pollock Theater Tuesday, April 23 at 1 pm. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance.

  • Apr 24 Wed

    Dakota 38

    • Dakota 38
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Native spiritual leader Jim Miller and a group of riders retraced the 330-mile route on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site of 38 Dakota ancestors on the anniversary of their execution ordered by President Lincoln. This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way as well as the dark history they wipe away. Smooth Feather Productions, 78 min., English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by the EOP- American Indian Cultural Resource Center.

  • Apr 25 Thu

    Dignidad Rebelde: A Conversation with the Artist/Opening Reception

    • Dignidad Rebelde
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    Oakland-based artists and activists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes boldly partner their social and creative work, spreading knowledge on the artform of silkscreen printing and fostering an awareness of social justice issues worldwide. Signs of Solidarity showcases a selection of portraits and posters that they have created to reflect political and cultural struggles and visions. A screen printing demonstration by Barraza will take place at the opening reception. Co-sponsored by the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum – UC Santa Barbara; Chicano Studies Institute; and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

  • Apr 26 Fri

    An Evening of Gypsy Jazz The Black Market Trust with Nick Coventry

    • Black Market
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Characterized by a fusion of new school pop and old world Gypsy jazz, the members of the Black Market Trust and Nick Coventry are sure to get the crowd going with their swinging rhythms yet tender musicality. The group creates music inspired by Roma guitarist Django Reinhardt, Eddie Van Halen, the Beatles and more, with not much more than two guitars, a bass, and violin. They have performed worldwide including the renowned Django festival in Samois-ser Seine, France. Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy on-line at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited seating. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music.

  • Apr 30 Tue

    Beyond Race, Gender, and Class: Understanding the Roots of Privilege Robert Jensen

    • Robert Jensen
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Using the concept of privilege in race, gender, and class, this discussion will raise questions about systems and structures of power that can allow us to go beyond polite “diversity talk” to discuss what would be needed to transform our society and promote justice and sustainability. Any serious effort toward those goals must confront the structures of power in the contemporary United States that produce such profound inequality. Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013) and The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005). Co-sponsored by the Department of History.

  • May 01 Wed

    English-Vinglish

    • English Vinglish
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Fun at the MCC

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This Bollywood story centers around a woman who, after constantly being the butt of her family’s jokes, is determined to master the English language as well as teach the world the way to becoming a confident woman. Hilarious, touching, and sensitive, this film marks the come back of India’s biggest female star Sridevi Kapoor. Chai and samosas in the lounge following the screening. Gauri Shinde, 134 min., English and Hindi with subtitles, 2012, India. Co-sponsored by the Education Abroad Program – UC Santa Barbara and Indus – South Asian Student Association.

  • May 02 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word Featuring Yosimar Reyes

    • Yosimar Reyes
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    MCC in I.V.

    Open Mic / Crushcakes- 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista

    Nationally acclaimed spoken word poet Yosimar Reyes will join us for an evening of powerful and moving poetry based on issues facing queer immigrant youth. In addition to Yosimar’s performance, we will have Angel Martinez sharing his poetry. The event is not only a performance by Reyes and Martinez, but an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves while educating others on current issues. Be prepared to come up on stage and share your talents in this safe space for a night of "edutainment." Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

  • May 07 Tue

    One Drop of Love: A Daughter's Search for Her Father's Racial Approval Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni

    • Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Performance

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Incorporating filmed images, photographs and animation, this one-woman show tells the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the U.S., and its effects on the narrator’s relationship with her father – a journey that will take audiences from the 1600s to the present, to cities all over the U.S. and to West and East Africa, where both father and daughter spent time in search of their ‘racial’ roots. Special performance by Ryan Yamamoto. FREE! FREE!Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Department of Sociology

  • May 08 Wed

    Osuofia in London

    • Osuofia
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Fun at the MCC

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Based in Nigeria and London, this Nollywood comedy stars African Movie Academy Award winner Nkem Owoh as Osuofia, a lazy deer hunter supported by his five daughters. Luck is on his side when he finds out an inheritance has been left for him by a deceased relative in London. See his adventures as the cultural differences for this villager unfold. Discussion with Dr. Jude Akudinobi following the screening. Kingsley Ogoro, 105 min., English, 2003, Nigeria. Co-sponsored by Education Abroad Program – UC Santa Barbara; the EOP – African diasporic Cultural Resource Center; and the Pan – African Student Union.

  • May 14 Tue

    Why Won’t They Just Pull Their Pants Up? People of Color and Colorblind Discourse Felice Blake

    • Felice Blake
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Many discussions of colorblindness examine white people's investments in refusing to talk explicitly about race, power, and privilege. Blake will address why colorblind ideals appeal to people of color in the post-Civil Rights era and enlists their support in disciplining behavior, pursuing individualism, and limiting aspirations. Felice Blake is Assistant Professor in UCSB’s Department of English. co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the English Department.

  • May 15 Wed

    The Muslims are Coming!

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

    Fun at the MCC

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Using jokes as a way of combating Islamophobia, a group of Muslim-American stand-up comedians go on a comedy tour throughout the United States. The comedians use this tour as a chance to create dialogue, tackling stereotypes and other issues Muslim Americans face today. Discussion with Director/Comedian Negin Farsad following the screening. Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; the Department of Black Studies; the Department of Religious Studies; EOP – Middle Eastern Resource Center; Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; and the Muslim Student Association.

  • May 16 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word with Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

    • Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara

    Performance / The Coffee Cat-1201 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara

    UCSB’s MultiCultural Center is back at the Coffee Cat with Poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. Join us as she takes us through a lyrical journey across America where race, class, culture, sexuality, and gender aren't neatly defined, where times of war coexist with times of peace, and where poetry still survives and thrives. Tsai has performed worldwide including the White House, Tyra Banks' Flawsome Ball Hosted by Drake, and three seasons of Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry. Co-sponsored by the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center; the Department of Asian American Studies; the Department of Feminist Studies; and the Santa Barbara Arts Commission.

  • May 17 Fri

    An Evening of Chinese Music with the Jumping Buddha Ensemble

    • Buddha Ensemble
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Named after a dish so delicious that even Buddha would break out of meditation for a taste, this ensemble’s performance is certain to be magnificent. These four musicians perform music ranging from traditional to contemporary using Chinese instruments such as the erhu and guqin to perform Chinese and Western music. Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy on-line at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited seating. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music; the Education Abroad Program – UC Santa Barbara; and the National Science Foundation: Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRECCI).

  • May 21 Tue

    Black Star, Crescent Moon: Islam and Muslims in the Black Radical Imagination Sohail Daulatzai

    • Sohail Daulatzai
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Despite the “post-racial” euphoria associated with the election of Barack Obama, the specter and threat of Muslims to the U.S. and the larger West persists. As this talk will reveal, there was a pre-history to 9/11 in which Blackness, Islam and the politics of the Muslim Third World found common cause. In resurrecting this past, we will explore the significance of this forgotten history for contemporary politics and arts when Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as part of a global majority. Sohail Daulatzai is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Program in African American Studies at UC Irvine as well as author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America (2012). Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Center for New Racial Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies.

  • May 22 Wed

    Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

    • Harvest of Empire
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Revealing the direct connection between the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the current immigration crisis, this film based on Juan González’s book by the same title, provides a powerful glimpse into the sacrifices and triumphs of the growing Latino communities, putting a human face on issues that are often reduced to stereotyping. The film features immigrant stories as well as interviews with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, and more. Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez, 90 min., English and Spanish with English subtitles, 2012.

  • May 28 Tue

    Seekers without Borders: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    • Rabbi Rami Shapiro
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Interfaith

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Five questions lay at the heart of the spiritual quest: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? How shall I live? and Why? Called the Perennial Wisdom, this understanding of life and how best to live it crosses religious borders and speaks directly to the emerging vanguard of spiritually independent seekers of truth. Rabbi Rami Shapiro will explore Perennial Wisdom through the five questions, and help us deepen our search for truth. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Walter H. Capps Center.

  • May 29 Wed

    Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden

    • Schooling the World
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Posing a challenge to the assumption that the western model of education improves lives wherever it is, this controversial film gives insight to the effects of western education as a panacea for world issues. "With a rare, philosophical sense for the truth, the documentary reflects on the alienating impact of schooling not just on children but also on adults in indigenous contexts such as Ladakh." Dr. Nosheen Ali, UC Berkeley. Carol Black, 66 min., English, USA and India, 2010. Co-sponsored by the Education Abroad Program – UC Santa Barbara.