Winter 2013

  • Jan-Mar 16-22 Wed-Fri

    Aaron Carey Presents The Art Seen: An Exhibit by Phatty B.

    • Phatty B.
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    Aaron Carey (Phatty B.) is a UCSB alum (2000), published author, artist, and illustrator inspired by music, people and the faces they make. A former dance and fitness instructor, Aaron was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, thereby putting his boogie on pause. He translates his dance to brush strokes on canvas making his love for music and movement even more evident. Aaron primarily focuses on private commissions and custom graphic design. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries, jazz festivals, and restaurants from Oakland to Los Angeles with collectors as far as London. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union. 

  • Jan 16 Wed

    The 800 Mile Wall

    • The 800 Mile Wall
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Highlighting the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S., this powerful film is an unflinching look at a failed U.S. border strategy that many believe has caused the death of thousands of migrants and violates fundamental human rights. John Carlos Frey, 90 min., English, 2009, USA. 

  • Jan 22 Tue

    Asiatic Static: Asian American Rappers, Negotiating Race Oliver Wang

    • Oliver Wang
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    This conversation will look at how Asian American emcees have negotiated issues of race and authenticity over the last twenty-plus years. Wang will give a short history of Asian American hip-hop and discuss various strategies these rappers have pursued in regards to how they do (or do not) present racial identity through their music. Oliver Wang is Associate Professor of Sociology at CSU-Long Beach and writes on music and culture for NPR, the Los Angeles Times, and KCET's ArtBound.

    Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department.

     
  • Jan 23 Wed

    A Good Day to Die

    • Dennis Banks
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This documentary recounts the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians. David Mueller and Lynn Salt, 92 min., English, 2011, USA. Co-sponsored by the American Indian Graduate Student Alliance; the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; the American Indian Students Association; and the EOP- American Indian Cultural Resource Center.  

  • Jan 24 Thu

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara An Evening of Spoken Word with Javon Johnson

    • Javon Johnson
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

     / Reds - 211 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center is back in town with an evening of energizing grooves by DJ Tempest and an amazing performance by highly awarded spoken word/slam poet Javon Johnson. Merging race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism, and rhyme schemes, Javon has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and BET’s Lyric. He is currently the Artistic Director of Say Word, an organization that mentors teenagers and promotes creative self-expression through spoken word poetry in Los Angeles. “From subject matter, to wordplay to delivery, he is working it out! It's hard not to have good times while watching him have a good time on stage.” The Los Angeles Times. 

  • Jan 25 Fri

    An Evening of Music from Ghana with the African Showboyz

    • African Showboyz
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Born and raised in Binaba, a small village in the North East region of Ghana, brothers Napoleon, Joseph, Isaac, and Francis Sabbah have performed for enthusiastic audiences in Togo, Nigeria, Cameroun, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Libya, and Cote d’ Ivoire, while collaborating with Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Alpha Blondy, Freddie Meiwey, Ras Kimono, and Steve Wonder. Using the kone, siyak, binbill, and the bintitat, all instruments made in the small village, they sing about peace, happiness, and togetherness. 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.  

              
  • Jan 28 Mon

    VIETNAMERICA: Drawing Our Past to Write Our Future GB Tran

    • GB Tran
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    GB Tran, author and illustrator of the graphic memoir VIETNAMERICA, shares the journey of discovering his roots and identity as a first generation Asian American artist. Selected by TIME Entertainment as one of the top 10 graphic memoirs of all time, VIETNAMERICA details his family story of trauma, tragedy, and triumph during and after the Vietnam War as well as GB's own unexpected search to preserve their legacy in a unique and complex art form. Co-sponsored by the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, the Asian American Studies Department, the Asian Resource Center Educational Opportunity Program, the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative and the Transcriptions Center.

  • Jan 30 Wed

    An Evening with Director Wayne Wang A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

    • 1000 Years of Good Prayers
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Film

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Maid in Manhattan, and Last Holiday) screens A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. Enticing and absolutely delightful, this is an amazingly smart and fascinating movie about a Chinese man who, after the death of his wife, decides to travel to the United States in order to see his estranged daughter. In the end, their stories are intimately and irrevocably linked to the legacy of what they went through during the Cultural Revolution. Conversation with Yunte Huang, Professor of English, and director Wayne Wang following the screening. Wayne Wang, 83 min., Mandarin, Persian, and English, 2007, USA. Co-sponsored by the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRECCI).

  • Jan 31 Thu

    A Conversation with the Artists Aaron Carey

    • Phatty B.
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Conversation

    Conversation  / MCC Lounge

    Aaron Carey (Phatty B.) is a UCSB alum (2000), published author, artist, and illustrator inspired by music, people and the faces they make. A former dance and fitness instructor, Aaron was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, thereby putting his boogie on pause. He translates his dance to brush strokes on canvas making his love for music and movement even more evident. Aaron primarily focuses on private commissions and custom graphic design. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries, jazz festivals, and restaurants from Oakland to Los Angeles with collectors as far as London. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union. 

  • Feb 01 Fri

    Dengue Fever in Concert

    • Dengue Fever
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Specializing in an unlikely mix of 1960s Cambodian pop, rock, and other genres, Dengue Fever is a band of rollicking lightness that keeps coming up deep. Featuring a Cambodian-born singer who sings mostly in Khmer and five American alt-rockers, Dengue Fever's music is a tribute to the lost pop that Armed Forces Radio blasted across the region during the Vietnam War. Tickets $10 UCSB students and children under 12/$20 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.        

        
  • Feb 06 Wed

    The House I Live In

    • The House I Live In
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This film captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, this film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, revealing its profound human rights implications and the creation of a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor and minority communities. Eugene Jarecki, 108 min., English, 2012, USA, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Japan, and Australia. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. 

  • Feb 07 Thu

    The Future of Interfaith Varun Soni

    • Varun Soni
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Interfaith engagement has emerged as a global trend and has especially been embraced by the millennial generation. As interfaith practitioners and advocates expand their reach, they face significant challenges as well as unique opportunities. This talk will focus on the future of interfaith engagement by making the case that interfaith is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, Soni taught for four years in the Law and Society Program at UCSB. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County; the Interfaith Intern, A.S. Community Affairs Board; the Religious Studies Department; and the University Religious Center Interfaith Fund.  

  • Feb 09 Sat

    Tales of the Ashanti Jim Gamble Puppet Productions

    • the Ashanti
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Jim Gamble Puppet Productions presents Tales of the Ashanti, two folk tales from the Ashanti tribe of West Africa. Large hand and rod puppets will teach us the strength of working together and that if we are willing to listen with our hearts as well as our ears, we can hear the entire world talking to us and sharing its wisdom. Great outing for the whole family! Co-sponsored by the Isla Vista/UCSB Liaison and the UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  • Feb 11 Mon

    The Presumption of Passing among Multiracial Persons: Perceived Benefits and Associated Resentments Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly

    • Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly
    6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    In her forthcoming book, By the Least Bit of Blood: The Allure of Blackness among Mixed-Race Americans of African Descent, 1862-1935, Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly has uncovered the uplift potential, in terms of social and political mobility, a mono-racial black identity afforded mixed-race people of African descent in nineteenth and early-twentieth century America. Dr. Dineen-Wimberly will lead a discussion regarding the implications of a similar phenomenon derived from a contemporary racial system, which both limits and benefits persons of color. The perception of benefits gained from claiming minority status on college applications, fellowships, scholarships, etc. has reinforced resentments from non-minority students, while it devalues the continued racism students of color face. All voices are welcome.  

              
  • Feb 13 Wed

    Cultures of Resistance

    • Cultures of Resistance
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? Director Iara Lee embarked on a two-year, five-continent trek to find out. From Mali to Burma, Brazil, and Lebanon, Cultures of Resistance explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Iara Lee, 73 min., English, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum- UC Santa Barbara. 

  • Feb 19 Tue

    Articulating a Politics of (Multiple) Identities: LGBT Sexuality in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities Mignon R. Moore

    • Mignon R. Moore
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    MCC Lounge / MCC Lounge

    In this conversation, Mignon Moore discusses issues related to African American LGBT people who are living, worshipping, and socializing in their racial communities. They claim unity in spaces that have simultaneously internalized homophobic violence AND unconditional love for Black LGBT people. But what does it mean for them to be articulating a visible gay identity in contexts that are filled with inconsistencies? Mignon R. Moore is Associate Professor of Sociology and Vice-Chair and Director of Graduate Affairs in African American Studies at UCLA. Her book Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women was published in 2011.

    Co-sponsored by Black Quare and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

     
  • Feb 20 Wed

    The Light in Her Eyes

    • The Light in Her Eyes
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. Discussion with the directors following the screening. Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix, 87 min., Arabic with English Subtitles, 2011, USA and Syria. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; the Education Abroad Program, Santa Barbara; and the EOP- Middle Eastern Resource Center.

  • Feb 21 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word

    • Spoken Word
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    MCC in I.V.

    Open Mic / Crushcakes – 6533 Trigo Rd., 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 27 Wed

    América’s Home

    • América’s Home
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    UCSB alumnae C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan, directors of Mountains That Take Wing (a documentary focusing on legendary activists Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama), screen their latest film América’s Home. An inspiring documentary about senior citizens and young people in Puerto Rico and Chicago struggling to save their homes and communities from being bulldozed and the transformative power of the cultural arts, community, and belonging. Discussion with the directors following the screening. C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan, 68 min., English and Spanish with subtitles, 2012, Puerto Rico and USA.

  • Mar 02 Sat

    An Evening of Latin Music with LOS PINGUOS

    • LOS PINGUOS
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    They came to the US from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a mixture of Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajón and harmonizing vocals. Vivacious and infectious, they have played with Ozomatli, Yerba Buena, Charlie Zaa and Pablo Montero, Paul Anka and Plácido Domingo.
    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.

  • Mar 04 Mon

    Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Black-Brown Politics and Resistance in Los Angeles Gaye Theresa Johnson

    • Gaye Theresa Johnson
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles is a history of social and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. It details the interracial anti-racist alliances, divisions among aggrieved minority communities, and the cultural expressions and spatial politics that emerge from the mutual struggles of Blacks and Chicanos in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the present. Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of Black Studies and affiliated faculty member in the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies.Co-sponsored by the Black Studies Department; the Center for Black Studies Research; the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department; and the History Department.

  • Mar 05 Tue

    Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism Nadine Naber

    • Nadine Naber
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Speaking from a transnational feminist perspective, Naber reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States. She also explores the apparently intra-communal cultural concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality as the battleground on which Arab American young adults and the looming world of America all wrangle. Naber is a professor at the University of Michigan in the departments of American Culture, Arab American Studies, Women’s Studies, and adjunct in the Department of Anthropology. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; the Education Abroad Program, Santa Barbara; 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 Wed

    Homeboy

    • Homeboy
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture – Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A documentary film that centers around portraits of various gay Latino men as they describe their experiences with being in a gang, the realization and acceptance of their sexual orientation, and how they faced a multitude of struggles, including social, personal and cultural challenges. Discussion with the director following the screening. Dino Dinco, 56 min., English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by the Chicano Studies Department.

  • Mar 07 Thu

    An Evening of Hip Hop with Omar Offendum

    • Omar Offendum
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Syrian American hip hop artist, architect, educator, and activist Omar Offendum has toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at prestigious academic institutions, and most recently has been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa. He has been featured on several major news outlets including Aljazeera, PBS, the LA Times, and Rolling Stone. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; the Education Abroad Program, Santa Barbara; the Hani Sadek Endowment in Religious Studies; and the Muslim Student Association.