Winter 2018

Upcoming Events

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

  • Jan-Mar 08-23 Mon-Fri

    La Hija de Jardineros / The Gardeners’ Daughter Alexandra “Lexx” Valdez

    • Art Exhibition
    6:00 PM

    Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 16th, 6 pm

    Art Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Alexandra “Lexx” Valdez is a Xicana creative who believes in collective growth through a transformative and sustainable creative process. Raised in the small agricultural town of Guadalupe, California, Lexx earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Lexx’s style can be characterized by its photo-collage aesthetic and the bold colors that she uses to create vibrantly-illustrated worlds that aim to uplift ancestral knowledge. In La Hija de Jardineros, Lexx Valdez presents a collection of digital collages that have been inspired by ancestral knowledge and the earth that grows it.   

Past Events

  • Mar 05 Mon

    Free-Dem Foundations: From Wrongful Incarceration to Community Mobilization

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    12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Panel Discussion

    Discussion / MCC Theater

    Robert Jones, Jerome Moran and Daniel Rideau

    Panel Discussion at Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall: 12PM
    Discussion with Jerome Morgan, MCC Theater: 6PM

    Free-Dem Foundations is a non-profits community based organization that partners with local business and NGO's to empower New Orleans' area youth. Created by Robert Jones, Jerome Moran and Daniel Rideau, these men were all wrongfully convicted and served a total of more than fifty years in Angola Prison before being found innocent.

  • Mar 08 Thu

    An African American and Latinx History of the United States Paul Ortiz

    • Paul Ortiz
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Paul Ortiz will discuss and sign copies of "An African American and Latinx History of the United States," his new book on the intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latina/o human rights. This book is a reinterpretation of United States history from the American Revolution to present keying on Black and Brown workers and social movement leaders who sought to democratize the country in ways we have too often forgotten--but must now remember in this time of national crisis. Paul Ortiz is Professor of History at the University of Florida. 

  • Mar 07 Wed

    Symbols of Resistance

    • Symbols of Resistance
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Symbols of Resistance looks at the history of the Chican@ Movement as it emerges in the 1970s with a focus on events in Colorado and Northern New Mexico. The documentary explores the struggle for land, the student movement, and community struggles against police repression. Specifically, it challenges the criminalization of immigration by emphasizing the history of the U.S. expansion and occupation of northern Mexico during the Mexican-American War (1846–48) – when “the border crossed people.” 1h 15 mins.

  • Mar 01 Thu

    Honor the Scorned: An Evening of Self Expression with Eve Moreno

    • Eve Moreno
    7:30 PM

    MCC in IV

    Open Mic / BIKO Garage 6612 Sueno Rd, Isla Vista

    The MCC hosts a quarterly open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves using all creative outlets – including spoken word, poetry, hip hop, music, and dance. This quarters MC will be Eve Moreno, a trans femme and queer multimedia artist who identifies with the pronouns they/them/ and theirs. Eve's cultural background stems many parts of Latin America. Moreno's work highlights transgender and queer communities of color through photography, writing, video, painting, illustration and performance. Their work has been featured in community shows in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum, and the Huntington Library.  

  • Feb 28 Wed

    Crown Heights

    • Crown Heights
    6:00 PM

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “Lakeith Stanfield delivers a breakout performance in “Crown Heights,” a dramatized true story of miscarried justice that he anchors with restrained stillness and sensitivity.” - Washington Post
    In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin's childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin's freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This incredible true story is adapted from the acclaimed This American Life segment by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King. 94 min. 

  • Feb 27 Tue

    Laughing out Faith: Comedic Redemption and Love Cona Marshall

    • Cona Marshall
    6:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    What is the function of comedy in religion?  As we laugh at vines and YouTube clips, might they tell us more about humanities' conditions? This talk introduces comedic redemption as an ethic within Black women's comedy that juxtaposes “comedic relief” and nuances laughter as the counter balance of tears to a liberative ethic that names and situates humanity in the midst of the absurd. Dr. Cona Marshall is a Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College.

  • Feb 23 Fri

    A Musical Experience of Detroit Soul Rock Ifé Mora

    • Ifé Mora
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Ifé Mora, a Detroit Native, weaves her African American and Mexican roots for creating a gritty mix, guitar-driven sonic vision of blending Rock, Blues, Soul and Bluegrass genres. Ife is a Singer and Musician who reimagines the origins and future of Black American rock. As one of the founding bands of the AfroPunk movement in New York City, Ifé Mora has Punk Rock in her roots, and has remained in the forefront of women of color creating and performing Rock and Roll.

    This concert is presented with The UC Consortium for Black Studies in California.

    $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.

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  • Feb 22 Thu

    Upstander Intervention Training - Council on American-Islamic Relations

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    In today’s society we constantly see bullying, discrimination, and even hate crimes happening around us. According to Council on American Islamic Relation’s 2017 Civil Rights Report, the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 has spiked 91 percent compared to that same time period in 2016. There is a marked increase in hate violence, not just for the Muslim community but for all communities of color. In this Upstander Intervention Training you will gain the tools needed to de-escalate a situation that can become violent while supporting the targeted person(s).

    RSVP for Feb 22nd here:

  • Feb 21 Wed


    • Gook
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In 1992, two Korean-American brothers and director running a shoe store in South Central Los Angeles share a friendship with an 11-year-old black girl who likes hanging out with them. As news of the verdict in the beating case filters down during the day, their livelihood is upended when riots break out and everything they've built in the community is threatened by violence and looting. 94 min.

  • Feb 14 Wed

    Urban Fruit

    • Urban Fruit
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    URBAN FRUIT tells the story of a handful of city dwellers (Rishi Kumar / Founder of The Growing Home. Gardner Jenna & Adam Barber / Homegrowers for Forage Restaurant. Ron Finley / 'Gangsta Gardner', Eco-visionary) growing food in Los Angeles, California. They are a diverse group intent to reclaim a skill that has been lost to the industrial food complex. We witness their struggles with the city, their families, nature and themselves. 1 h 8 min.

  • Feb 15 Thu

    BreakBeat Poets in the Age of Hip Hop: Resilient Community Voices

    • Kevin Coval/Idris Goodman
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Living Lives of Resilient Love in a Time of Hate


    Writing Workshop: MCC Lounge - 2 pm 
    Performance: MCC Theater - 6 pm

    Rooted in the core values of hip hop culture, writer/performer-educator-organizers Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin use poetry as a tool for empowerment and discourse across different walks of life. Join these two award winning artists for a writing workshop and live performance of socially engaged break beat poetry. Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians. Idris Goodwin is an Assistant Professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College. Idris Goodwin is an award winning playwright, director, orator and essayist. His play How We Got On developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, premiered in Actors Theater’s 2012 Humana Festival, and is being produced at theatres across the country.

  • Feb 13 Tue

    Enacting Identity through Writing Ali M. Rahman

    • Ali M Rahman
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Creative Writing Workshop

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Discourse cannot exist independently from cultures and ideologies, and therefore when we write we are inherently enacting our own identities in the process.  This workshop will explore how we are able to give voice to our experiences and engage with audiences about race, gender, sexual identity, and more through the particularly intimate medium of creative writing. Through discussion, reading, and writing, we will contemplate authenticity, what it means to find truth through fiction, especially when our own voices are co-opted by others.  Led by Ali M. Rahman (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and M.F.A. in Creative Writing), the workshop will include onsite writing activities but writers are also encouraged to bring in their own work (poems, personal essays, flash fiction, or other short works) as it relates to their own identity.

    RSVP for Feb 13th here:

  • Feb 13 Tue

    “Hypervisibility and Invisibility: The Indochinese Women’s Conferences, Global Sisterhood, and Asian American Women Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

    • Hypervisibility and Invisibility
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    In April of 1971, approximately one thousand female activists from throughout North America gathered in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada to attend the Indochinese Women’s Conferences.  Women from the U.S. and Canada attended to meet a delegation of women from North and South Viet Nam as well as Laos.  The Indochinese Women’s Conferences of 1971 represented the first opportunities for large numbers of North American women to have direct contact with their Asian “sisters.”  This talk examines the motivations, experiences, and outcomes of the conference, particularly for Asian American and other women of color, and the implications of these international exchanges for understanding the dynamics of global sisterhood. Dr. Judy Tzy-Chun Wu is Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine.

  • Feb 09 Fri

    Migration Is Natural: An Evening of Spoken Word Jess X Snow

    • Jess X Chen
    6:00 PM

    Breakfast Culture Club - 711 Chapala St, Santa Barbara / MCC in SB

    Migration is Natural is a hybrid spoken word poetry show, film screening and artist talk. Jess will talk about how she created a home for herself in her art and story-telling. She will share about her coming of age journey as an artist–how after the rootlessness and migrations that marked her childhood, she developed a stutter which she overcame through her discovery of visual and written language. Through her poetry, she channels the spirit of queer Chinese photographer Ren Hang, her immigrant mother, her ancestors and explores the creation of love and safety in the time of Trump America, and the queerness of the four billion year old mother Earth.

  • Feb 08 Thu

    Forgivable Whiteness: Sports, Race and the Last of the Great White Hopes Ben Carrington

    • Ben Carrington
    6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture / MCC Theater

    Ben Carrington will argue that sport has become the preeminent public space for the performance of white heterosexual masculinity that is underpinned by supra-national discourses of family. He examines the emergence of a particular form of white American masculinity, encapsulated in the term “the Great White Hope”. The expression, the Great White Hope, reveals how, in this moment in the early twentieth century, white masculine identity was produced as a negation of blackness. Carrington contrasts the “unforgivable blackness” of the current black athlete in contrast to the “forgivable whiteness” of the white athlete, and reflects upon the elevation of the white quarterback (the last of the Great White Hopes) within American culture in the context of what Ta-Nehisi Coates has referred to as America’s First White President. Dr. Ben Carrington is Professor of Sociology at University of Southern California.

  • Feb 07 Wed

    Get Out

    • Get Out
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “An exhilaratingly smart and scary freak out about a black man in a white nightmare”. - The NYTimes
    Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Dr. Anna Everett, Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB will lead a post-film discussion. 1h 44 min.

  • Feb 06 Tue

    From Surviving to Thriving: Stigma, Shame, and Resilience Alyssa Hufana

    • Alyssa Hufana
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Social Justice Workshop

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Students are invited to consider how stigma and shame has shaped Asian American mental health and well-being.  Using personal narratives and discussion, students will explore their own history, beliefs about mental health, and engage in dialogue about resilience and well-being.  This workshop will provide a communal and collaborative space to collectively strategize ways to move forward and discuss important ways the Asian American community can empower one another to thrive.  This workshop is led by Alyssa Hufana, a 2nd year doctoral student in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. 

    Social Justice Workshop:

  • Feb 03 Sat

    Chumash Cultural Workshop

    • Chumash
    12:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    Performance and Workshop / Music Bowl

    Children of all ages are welcome to learn about Chumash culture and tradition with the Samala Cultural Presenters of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. From Malibu to Paso Robles, Chumash history spans thousands of years and acres, and is an ever present part of our lives in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Come learn about Native American culture and traditions, through stories, singing, and dancing. Kaqinaš (thank you) for helping us honor the vibrant presence of communities indigenous to California’s Central Coast, from history to the present. 

  • Feb 09 Fri

    Constelacion de Sonidos, songs and stories of love, migration, displacement and resistance Los Cambalache

    • Los Cambalache Bottom
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Cambalache, meaning exchange, is a chicanx/jarochx ensemble based in LA.  We will be playing traditional son jarocho music, while bringing our Chicanx experiences and soundscape through verse and dance. In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, Cambalache engages its audience through participatory performances. Cambalache is active in the dialogue between Chicanos in the U.S. and Jarochos in Veracruz, thus strengthening decades of social and cultural exchange of the Chicano-Jarocho network.

    $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.  

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  • Feb 01 Thu

    Enhancing Participation & Engagement in the Scholarship & Internship Search for Ethnic Minority Students Kim Hunter

    • Kim Hunter
    6:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), a nonprofit organization that strives to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations, will award $250,000 in scholarships to 100 ethnically diverse students to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Seeking to enhance and diversify the academic and pre-professional development of next-generation communicators, Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter, discusses the pre-professional opportunities TLF offers to rising professionals.