Fall 2016

Upcoming Events

All events are open to the public and free, unless stated otherwise. We look forward to seeing you at our Center. Enjoy!

Past Events

  • Sep-Dec 19-09 Mon-Fri

    50 Years Strong and Counting: The Revolutionary Art of the Black Panther Party

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    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Fifty years after the formation of the Black Panther Party (BPP), the cultural work of Panther artists continues to inform and inspire the activism of today’s freedom movements. This exhibit showcases the work of revolutionary artists, Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the BPP, and Akinsanya Kambon, author of the Black Panther Coloring Book. This exhibit explores the origins of their art, and reflects upon their ongoing contributions to the liberation of Black communities across the globe.

    CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS: Emory Douglas and Akinsanya Kambon, in conversation with Professors Felice Blake and Diane Fujino, will deliver a presentation on the role of art in cultivating a radical imagination and developing activist practices on Mon, Nov 14, at 6-8pm in the MCC Theater. Conversation to be followed by reception honoring the artists’ work in the MCC Lounge at 8 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Sep 19 Mon

    La Misa Negra

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    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Welcome Week/Discovery Days

    Music Performance / San Miguel Stage

    La Misa Negra is a 9-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high energy Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy.

    Listen to their music: Misa de Medianoche

  • Oct 05 Wed

    DOPE

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    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    "“Dope” traces the rise—and steeper rise—of a geeky high-school senior who learns how to work the system." –Wall Street Journal

    A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival. In DOPE, Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. (English, 2015, 121 min)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L41xwM8tIRQ

  • Oct 11 Tue

    PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    “A powerful indictment of the cultural beliefs, policies, and practices that criminalize and dehumanize Black girls in America, coupled with thoughtful analysis and critique of the justice work that must be done at the intersection of race and gender.” —Michelle Alexander

    This discussion highlights the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged--by teachers, administrators, and the justice system--and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Pushout shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, Black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice advocate, in addition to Adjunct Faculty at University of San Francisco.

  • Oct 12 Wed

    Painted Nails

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Painted Nails enters the rich culture of Vietnamese-American Van Hoang’s bustling nail salon in San Francisco. Through the advocacy of nail salon safety groups and the media, the world becomes aware of the toxic chemicals in nail products. She wants the world to care about the dangers she and others, who are largely immigrants from Vietnam and other Asian countries, have been facing from unregulated chemicals. (English, 2015, 57 min)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtMsIYDa3NE

  • Oct 13 Thu

    Election 2016: How can ethno-racial communities and women’s groups use elections to build power?

    • Dr. Hahrie Han
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Women's Center Collaboration

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Presidential elections have always been focal points in American democracy, when people come together to elect a new president. Yet, often, these elections work for certain groups of people more than others. Election 2016 is no different. How can ethno-racial communities and women’s groups organize to build power in the political process? This talk will discuss research and strategies around organizing for social change. Dr. Hahrie Han is Associate Professor in Political Science at UCSB.

    Co-presented by the Women’s Center and the Women, Gender, & Sexual Equity Department

  • Oct 18 Tue

    Race and Opportunity: The Limits and Possibilities of Schooling in an Unequal Society

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    As social and economic inequality increases the pressure on schools to do more to meet the needs of impoverished children grows. Pervasive school failure in poor communities serves as proof to some that schools can never succeed unless or until inequality is addressed. However, a small number of schools and communities are demonstrating that even under adverse conditions progress can be made in creating schools that meet the needs of students. Drawing upon research in poor communities in the US and several other nations, this presentation will examine the work of these schools and the role of agency in countering oppressive conditions including the political mandates that often obstruct progress. The presentation will also consider what role educational researchers should play in the effort to create just schools during unjust times. Dr. Pedro Noguera is a distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA, and the Director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation.

    Co-presented by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy, and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention

  • Oct 19 Wed

    The Idol

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    6:00 PM - 7:40 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair. To Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their playground. Their band plays on old instruments but their ambitions are sky high. Their dreams are at the Cairo Opera Hall. It might take them a lifetime but some dreams are worth living for as Mohammed travels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt to audition for “Arab Idol.” (English, 2015, 100 min)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF0Fh3WU5LI

  • Oct 20 Thu

    Presidential Elections and Social Justice: Wither the University?

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Panel Discussion / MCC Theater

    The U.S. political system is in crisis as impassioned struggles for social justice break out everywhere. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections may be the most controversial in recent memory. What role does, or should, the university play in the burning issues of our day? Three nationally-prominent commentators from the front lines will discuss and debate these matters. Panelists includes Dr. Melina Abdullah of California State University-Los Angeles, Robert Scheer of Truthdig as editor-in-chief, Dr. Antonia Darder of Loyola Marymount University, and moderated by Dr. William Robinson of UCSB.

    Following the panel, Health & Wellness will be hosting a community space in the MCC Lounge for students to decompress from election-related stress.

  • Oct 26 Wed

    KTOWN Cowboys

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Based on the wildly successful web-series of the same name, KTOWN COWBOYS is a bro-mantic dramedy that follows a group of ball-busting, hard-partying friends wrestling with their evolution into adulthood. As their individual struggles come to light, the group of friends band together in Koreatown and through late nights at seedy after-hour soju bars, karaoke, drinking, girls and even a stint in jail, each emerges as a better version of himself. Live Q&A with the filmmaker and the cast to follow the screening. (English, 2016, 81 min)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIzBxl1J_Uw

  • Oct 27 Thu

    An Evening of Self Expression

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    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    The MCC in IV

    Open Mic / IV Coffee Collaborative, 6560 Pardall Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

    The MCC hosts an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves through all creative outlets including music, poetry, spoken word, and dance while educating others on current issues affecting students of color, women, and all marginalized groups. This quarter’s MC is Sarah Toutant, 2016 Berkeley Champion for the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

  • Nov 01 Tue

    Whiteness as God: The Theo-Politics of a Post-Democratic USA

    • Andre C. Willis
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race & Religion Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Given that the 2016 election has been a farce largely orchestrated by marketers, civic participation in politics is on the decline, and our political representation is paralyzed, we must ask the question: is democracy a language of equality that produces inequality? Considering this question through a theological lens that takes whiteness seriously helps us get a better understanding of where we are and how we might best move forward together. Andre C. Willis is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University.

  • Nov 02 Wed

    Ovarian Psychos

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “Compelling portraits in grass-roots inspiration and female strength.” –The Hollywood Reporter

    Since forming in the summer of 2010 by activist, poet M.C., and single mother, Xela de la X, the Ova’s have made it their mission to cycle for the purpose of healing, reclaiming their neighborhoods, and creating safer streets for women on the Eastside. At first only attracting a few local women, over the past few years the Ovarian Psycos have inspired a ferocious and unapologetic crowd of local heroines who are a visible force along the barrios and boulevards of Los Angeles. Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ovas, exploring the impact of the group’s brand of feminism on neighborhood women and communities as they confront the violence in their lives. (English, 2016, 81 min) Free bike diagnosis from AS Bike Shop before the screening.

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZp9qiE1NrE

  • Nov 03 Thu

    Campus Climate Struggles: Cross-University Lessons for Change

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Panel Discussion / MCC Theater

    University campuses have long been a hub for social movement. What role does the university have in progressing societal change, on campus and beyond? Join UCLA’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and faculty of law Jerry Kang, along with Yale University’s Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development and faculty of religious studies, Kathryn Lofton, to explore campus climate issues affecting students throughout the nation. Together, let’s explore cross-campus approaches to cultivating more inclusive campuses. This discussion is designed for students, staff and faculty to engage with the future of the campus climate issues. The discussion will be moderated by UCSB’s Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy.

  • Nov 03 Thu

    [OUTrageous Film Festival] Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America

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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    OUTrageous Film Festival

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Growing up in rural North Carolina, Moises Serrano fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity - both as an undocumented immigrant and as a gay man. The documentary project Forbidden follows Moises’ personal journey as an activist fighting for the American Dream. There will be a Q&A afterwards with editor/producer Heather Mathews.

    Trailer link: https://vimeo.com/156426119

    This film is part of the OUTrageous Film Festival in Santa Barbara on November 3-5, 2016. For more details, visit this website

  • Nov 04 Fri

    An Evening of East/West Fusion: Delhi 2 Dublin

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    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    “Mainstream DJ party animals with an epic sound that deserves to be cranked proudly with the windows down.” – Stylus Magazine

    Delhi 2 Dublin’s sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breakbeats to just straight up happy dance music, mesmerizing crowds at many of the top festivals across the world. D2D plays a fusion of bhangra, electronic, funk, dub reggae, hip hop, Celtic music and mash up of other genres.

    Tickets: $5 for UCSB students and children under 12 // $15 general admission. Purchase tickets here.

    Listen to their music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWwRGOHJ-2A

  • Nov 05 Sat

    Winter Wonderland with Ina Buckner-Barnette, the Sunshine Storyteller

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    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Children of All Ages

    Performance / Music Department’s Music Bowl

    Winter Wonderland is an enchanting multicultural storytelling concert of wintery stories, movement games and songs from around the globe to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. This interactive collection of seasonal tales is sure to delight children ages 3-12. In case of rain, event will be held in the MCC Lounge.

  • Nov 09 Wed

    An Act of Love

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening and Q&A Session / MCC Theater

    An Act of Love tells the story of an unwitting advocate in the fight for equal rights and same-sex marriages within the United Methodist Church. Rev. Frank Schaefer had his ministerial credentials revoked in 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. Will his story be the final chapter in the long struggle for LGBTQ equality within the UMC? Live Q&A with Reverend Frank Schaefer to follow the screening. (English, 2014, 86 mins)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eBY3Nb3v8

    Co-presented bythe Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity

  • Nov 14 Mon

    Reception - 50 Years Strong and Counting: The Revolutionary Art of the Black Panther Party

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    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Fifty years after the formation of the Black Panther Party (BPP), the cultural work of Panther artists continues to inform and inspire the activism of today’s freedom movements. This exhibit showcases the work of revolutionary artists, Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the BPP, and Akinsanya Kambon, author of the Black Panther Coloring Book. This exhibit explores the origins of their art, and reflects upon their ongoing contributions to the liberation of Black communities across the globe.

    CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS: Emory Douglas and Akinsanya Kambon, in conversation with Professors Felice Blake and Diane Fujino, will deliver a presentation on the role of art in cultivating a radical imagination and developing activist practices on Mon, Nov 14, at 6-8pm in the MCC Theater. Conversation to be followed by reception honoring the artists’ work in the MCC Lounge at 8 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Nov 15 Tue

    Can We “Teach to Transgress”?

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    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    A social justice approach to building campus community encourages activism. What does it look like to have an inclusive university invested in just community values on and off campus? A conversation about the challenges, lessons learned, and thoughts about the way forward. Dr. Margaret Klawunn is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UCSB where she oversees over 20 non-academic departments on campus that exist to serve the student body.

  • Nov 16 Wed

    A Thousand Voices

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. These women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. (English, 2014, 57 min)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXfEpcGTe9A

  • Nov 17 Thu

    Speak Deadly: Poetry as Social Justice / An Evening of Spoken Word with Paul Tran

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    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    The MCC in Santa Barbara

    Performance / Breakfast Culture Club, 711 Chapala St

    Paul Tran is a queer & gender queer Vietnamese American poet & historian. In 2015, they became the 10th ranked slam poet in the world & the first Asian American to represent the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe at the National Poetry Slam. Paul is a teaching artist at Urban Word NYC and Poetry Editor at The Offing, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Join us for a night of poetry & conversation about intergenerational trauma, racialized labor, U.S. Empire, & sexual violence.

  • Nov 19 Sat

    An Evening of Music & Dance of Bali: Gamelan Sekar Jaya

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    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music & Dance Performance / MCC Theater

    Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers a scintillating performance of Balinese music and dance, complete with gongs, flutes, metallophones of bronze and bamboo, fluttering fingers, and the powerfully-determined expressions of golden-clad dancers. The ensemble will bring to the stage classic and contemporary works from Bali's great traditions in this intimate theater. Formed in 1979, the orchestra has performed in various settings and venues from the bustling village squares in Bali to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

    Tickets: $5 for UCSB students and children under 12 // $15 general admission. Purchase tickets here.

    Watch them dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFAzCKej1fI

  • Nov 30 Wed

    El Canto del Colibrí

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In an intimate documentary, immigrant Latino fathers across the U.S. recount the impact of their LGBTQ children’s coming out. They delve deeply into issues of immigration, prejudice, and isolation, while thoughtfully asking questions of their communities, culture, and even their religious beliefs. The result is a powerful lesson on solidarity and humility in a film that both heals and inspires. Live Q&A with the director following the film. (Spanish w/ English Subtitles, 2015, 53 min)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akkMDt4trUQ

  • Dec 01 Thu

    The Importance of Black Radical Imagination

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Over the last decade, we have witnessed an all-out assault on the black radical tradition. What stands as legitimate forms of black political dissent now seem to be limited to some form of black liberalism (or neoliberalism). As the material conditions of black life continue to deteriorate, the battleground of the imagination becomes all the more important. How might we open up space to imagine black politics differently—to reactivate a black radical imagination in the aftermath of the Obama years? Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is the Chair of the Department for African American Studies and Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University.