Winter 2014

  • Jan-Mar 15-21 Wed-Fri

    Bliggity Black: Blacker Than Black Mahader Tesfai

    • Mahader Tesfai
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    Eritrean artist Mahader Tesfai will be having a solo exhibition of his newest mixed-media artwork, from 2011-2013. Mahader is best known for his colorful works on canvas and wood that combine paint, ink, and collage to create powerful images of Africans. Using overlapping faces and bodies, this show explores a beautiful spectrum of African identities while constructing images of resistance and power. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union.

  • Jan 15 Wed

    The Abominable Crime

    • Abominable Crime
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This film gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland. Their personal accounts expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on LGBTQ, and offer a first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad. Micah Fink, 66 min., English, 2013, USA. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

  • Jan 21 Tue

    The Voice of the Voiceless: the Social Responsibility of the Artist Malaquias Montoya

    • Malaquias Montoya
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Presentation / MCC Theater

    Legendary Chicano activist, artist, and UC Davis Professor, Malaquias Montoya, has and continues to give voice to the often ignored Chicano and Latino working class as well as other disenfranchised communities of the world through his artwork. In this talk, he will present how art can be used not only as a way to express oneself, but as a tool for social activism. “What better function for art at this time? A voice for the voiceless.” Malaquias Montoya is co-founder of the Mexican-American Liberation Art Front (1968); inspiring a generation of artists and activists. Books will be sold following the presentation. Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicano/a Studies; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance.

  • Jan 22 Wed

    Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath

    • Divided We Fall
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In fall of 2001, Valerie Kaur took off around the country following hate crimes against the Sikh American community with a video camera and a streak of bravery. What began as a solitary journey to document untold stories became an award-winning documentary film that inspired a movement for brave new dialogue about race and religion in America. Sharat Raju, 110min., English, 2006, USA. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the EOP-Middle Eastern Resource Center.

  • Jan 23 Thu

    Opening Reception/Conversation with the Artist Mahader Tesfai

    • Mahader Tesfai
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Opening Reception/Conversation with the Artist / MCC Lounge

    Eritrean artist Mahader Tesfai will be having a solo exhibition of his newest mixed-media artwork, from 2011-2013. Mahader is best known for his colorful works on canvas and wood that combine paint, ink, and collage to create powerful images of Africans. Using overlapping faces and bodies, this show explores a beautiful spectrum of African identities while constructing images of resistance and power. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union.

  • Jan 29 Wed

    Bringing King to China

    • Bringing King to China
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Bringing King to China examines Dr. King's international impact and the changing beliefs of China's future leaders. The film provides a unique lens for Americans to review the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr.'s inspiring call for global peace. Discussion with Director Kevin McKiernan following the screening. Kevin McKiernan, 85 min., English and Chinese with English subtitles, 2011, USA. Co-Sponsored by the National Science Foundation: Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces.

  • Jan 31 Fri

    Bells Atlas

    • Bells Atlas
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Bells Atlas emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. Blending heavy percussion, soulful harmonies, and thoughtful arrangements, this dynamic group captures the essence of Afro-Indie Soul, but has a sound that is uniquely their own. They combine an eclectic range of influences, including Highlife, Hip-Hop, Samba, R&B, and aspects of Indie Pop. Quickly drawing a wide audience with diverse tastes, Bells Atlas is fresh off their first full-length album, intent on providing their listeners with an experience that instantly grabs the ear and evokes relentless body movement. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. 

  • Feb 01 Sat

    Capoeira Workshop

    • Capoeira Workshop
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    Performance / MCC Theater

    The Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara, led by Master Mariano Silva, brings a Brazillian tradition to the community through arts education! Join in for a free workshop and performance to experience Capoeira and Brazilian music live. Great outing for the whole family!

  • Feb 04 Tue

    Little Hope, Little Change: African Americans and Their Discontent in the Age of Obama Clarence Lusane

    • Clarence Lusane
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    This talk will focus on the nature of American racial politics and policies during the Obama presidency and beyond. Lusane argues that the failure to address longstanding racial disparities was a consequence of conservative political resistance, missed opportunities by the Obama administration, and an understandable but problematic hesitation on the part of the black community to challenge the president. Clarence Lusane is an Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University, the Program Director for Comparative and Regional Studies, and has regularly appeared on C-SPAN, PBS, and BET. Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research and the Center for New Racial Studies.

  • Feb 05 Wed

    Detained in the Desert

    • Detained in the Desert
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Two people on opposite sides of the immigration debate find each other lost in the desert and discover their humanity and the true plight of migrants crossing the Arizona desert. Join us for a special screening and discussion with Chicana playwright Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves) following the screening. Iliana Sosa, 82 min., English, 2013, USA. Co-sponsored by Latin American & Iberian Studies.

  • Feb 06 Thu

    Tikkun Olam and U.S. Jewish Women in Their 20s Cheri Gurse

    • Cheri Gurse
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    By highlighting the voices of 17 remarkable U.S. Jewish women in their 20s, this presentation will examine certain domains of Jewish identity including the Jewish value of tikkun olam, “repair the world.” If Jews are to advocate for social equity and to partner with other social justice activists and educators, these are the voices that offer vision and promise. Dr. Cheri Gurse is a UCSB alumna whose research suggests the possibility of new and different relationships about structural inequality, diversity, activism, and identity; coinciding between Jewish social justice activists and others who work for justice.  

               
  • Feb 07 Fri

    Immortal Technique

    • Immortal Technique
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / The Hub

    Felipe Coronel, known as Immortal Technique, is a recording artist, filmmaker, writer, and activist. Hailing from Peru, by way of Harlem, New York, he is one of the highest selling independent artists putting forth a combination of globally themed revolutionary music with a gritty reality based street Hip-Hop. Not only is he an artist, but also a human rights advocate. The President of Viper Records, 4 records deep in the game, with over 250,000 records sold, he has the Hip-Hop community highly anticipating his 5th studio album, The Middle Passage. The Hub is located in the University Center at UC Santa Barbara. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Co-sponsored by A.S. Program Board and the Hub.

  • Feb 11 Tue

    Cages Are the New Plantations: Policing, Prisons and Abolition Sights for a New Millennium Paula Ioanide

    • Paula Loanide
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Prisons and jails depend on confining and exploiting the poor, particularly poor people of color. They require divesting from life sustaining economies like education, affordable housing, health care, and environmental protection in order to invest in economies that denigrate and dehumanize. This talk will focus on how to stop the new Jim Crow in your town and the urgency to create new freedom dreaming sights and sites. Paula Ioanide is Assistant Professor for the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College.      

          
  • Feb 12 Wed

    Jasad and the Queen of Contradictions

    • Jasad
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Lebanese poet and writer Joumana Haddad has stirred controversy in the Middle East for having founded Jasad (the Body), an erotic quarterly Arabic-language magazine. Dedicated to the body’s art, science and literature, Jasad is one of the first of its kind in the Arab world and has caused a big debate not only for its explicit images, erotic articles and essays on sex in Arabic, but also for the fact that an Arab woman is behind it all.

    Amanda Homsi-Ottosson, 40 min., Arabic with English Subtitles, 2011, UK/Lebanon.

     
  • Feb 13 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word with Anis Mojgani

    • Anis Mojgani
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara

    Open Mic / Granada Books -1224 State St., Santa Barbara

    UCSBs MultiCultural Center is headed back to Santa Barbara, this time hitting the heart of downtown with two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the World Cup Poetry Slam, Anis Mojgani. A TEDx Speaker, Anis has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. Anis has three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Over the Anvil We Stretch, The Feather Room, and Songs From Under the River.            

     
  • Feb 18 Tue

    The Erotic Life of Racism, Explained Sharon Holland

    • Sharon Holland
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Sharon Holland will introduce students to the work behind the book, The Erotic Life of Racism (ELR). If racism has an everyday life, how does it remain so powerful and yet mask its very presence? To answer this question, ELR moves into the territory of the erotic, understanding racism's practice as constitutive to the practice of racial being and erotic choice. Starting with the everyday scene that inspired the book, Professor Holland will trace the everyday life of racist practice by way of popular culture. Sharon Holland is Associate Professor in African & African American Studies at Duke University and author of The Erotic Life of Racism. Books will be sold following the presentation.

  • Feb 19 Wed

    Young Lakota

    • Young Lakota
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A young Lakota woman, Sunny Clifford, returns to the Pine Ridge Reservation and is inspired by her tribe’s first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder. Cecelia defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the reservation. Embroiled in a controversial political season that hinges on reproductive rights and tribal sovereignty, Sunny and others are drawn into a political firestorm that changes the course of their lives. Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt, 82 min., English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by the EOP-American Indian Cultural Resource Center.

  • Feb 20 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word

    • Open Mic
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    MCC in I.V.

    Open Mic / Biko Garage - 6612 Sueño 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 25 Tue

    The N*!@% Moment: Examining Racist Outbursts in "Cosmopolitan Canopies" Elijah Anderson

    • Elijah Anderson
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Elijah Anderson introduces the concept of the “cosmopolitan canopy”—the urban island of civility that exists in ethnic enclaves where segregation is the norm. Incidents can arise that threaten the canopy, including scenes of racism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia and sexism. Anderson reveals how the canopy can ease tensions, but also how the spaces in and between canopies can reinforce boundaries. Elijah Anderson is Director of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University, and author of Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City and The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. Books will be sold following the presentation. 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.

  • Feb 26 Wed

    Facing Mirrors

    • Facing Mirrors
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Set in contemporary Iran, this is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and religious beliefs. Rana, a traditional wife and mother, picks up the wealthy and rebellious Edi, who is trying to leave the country. Rana attempts to help, but when she realizes that Edi is transgender, a dangerous series of conflicts arise. Negar Azarbayjani, 102 min., Iranian with English subtitles, 2011, Iran/Germany.

  • Feb 28 Fri

    Classic Arpana Ramya Harishankar and the Arpana Dance Company

    • Classic Arpana
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Classic Arpana will feature a repertory selection of works that represent the true classical tradition Bharata Natyam including a live musical ensemble. The ensemble will include a violinist, vocalist, and Mridangam player. Torch bearers of the centuries old South Indian dance tradition, Bharata Natyam, Harishankar and the Arpana Dance Company have performed worldwide over the last two decades and presented over 15 productions and participated in several major festivals and events. Ramya Harishankar is a recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy award from Arts OC and the Choreographers Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited Seating.

  • Mar 04 Tue

    Interfaith Peacemaking: Healing the World Najeeba Syeed-Miller

    • Najeeba Syeed-Miller
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Interfaith

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Professor Syeed-Miller will discuss the building blocks for making peace between and among diverse communities. As an experienced peacemaker, she will provide real life examples and stories to illustrate how interfaith leaders can model mediation techniques in their work. Join us for an evening of inspiring conversation and build your own toolbox for making peace every day. Co-sponsored by the University Religious Center Interfaith Fund.

  • Mar 05 Wed

    Linsanity

    • Linsanity
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In 2012, Jeremy Lin scored more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player within the NBAs modern era; obliterating stereotypes along the way. This film chronicles Lin’s inspirational story long before that fateful month; at a time when Lin was constantly facing adversity in his career and struggling to find a place in a league that didn’t want him while never wavering on his hope for an opportunity. Evan Jackson Leong, 88min., English, 2013, USA.