Fall 2019

Upcoming Events

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

  • Sep-Dec 30-31 Mon-Tue

    Teaching Artists: The Practice of Remembering

    • Abuelita Walkingstick
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    This exhibition is representative of artists whose teaching methodology is based on the process of making art as an intergenerational discussion. Our practice (whatever the form) is the ground from which the awareness of what matters -- the theoretical, political and spiritual --interconnect and emerge in conversation with the communities we seek to address and engage.

    Artists contributors: Margaret ‘Quica’ Alarcón, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Culver City Unified School District ; Yreina D. Cervántez, Chicana/o Studies CSU-Northridge; Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Las Maestras Center/Chicana/o Studies UCSB; Carlos Jackson, Chicana/o Studies UC-Davis; Vreni Michelini–Castillo, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Fan L. Warren, Art Department, Laney College, Oakland.

    • Fall 2019
  • Oct 23 Wed

    Decade of Fire

    • Decade of Fire
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Throughout the 1970’s, fires consumed the South Bronx. Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the devastation even as they battled daily to save their neighborhoods. In DECADE OF FIRE, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry pursues the truth surrounding the fires – uncovering policies of racism and neglect that still shape our cities, and offering hope to communities on the brink today. 1h 16m

  • Oct 24 Thu

    Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk about Racial Justice Matters Felice Blake, Paula Ioanide, Alison Reed

    • Felice Blake
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Panel Discussion / MCC Lounge

    This talk focuses on contemporary political strategies that appropriate

    antiracist discourses and practices to perpetuate injustice. From “free speech,” to “diversity,” to “implicit bias,” to “all lives matter,” we give everyday examples of new strategies for reinventing racism, yet also examine the ways organizers continue to struggle for racial justice in the context of such appropriations and incorporations. Dr. Felice Blake is a faculty member of the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Paula Ioanide is an associate professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Ithaca College in New York. Alison Reed is an assistant professor of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Oct 26 Sat

    Advocacy and Identity Through Art Andrew Morrison

    • Andrew Morrison
    11:00 AM

    Youth Event

    Interactive Workshop / MCC Lounge

    In a journey into the arts through spray paint, advocacy, truth, and love; Andrew Morrison, will work with youth to explore the endless possibilities of creating exterior artwork, wall paintings, murals, street art, drawing, and painting. He will show how  art can be a foundation for a career path, education, family, and future. Andrew Morrison’s art has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in numerous galleries throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Oct 29 Tue

    The Long Vendetta: Paul Robeson, Black Freedom, and the Warfare State Jordan Camp

    • Paul Robeson
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    In this talk, Jordan T. Camp examines the state surveillance and repression of Black freedom leaders. He offers a new trajectory of U.S. state formation during the Cold War and a historically grounded analysis of racism and counterinsurgency. Linking the violent 1949 Peekskill, New York attack on Black activist Paul Robeson to counterinsurgency programs, he demonstrates the relationship between the build-up of the largest warfare state on the planet and what he terms a “long vendetta” against the Black radical internationalist tradition. Jordan T. Camp is Director of Research at the People’s Forum, Visiting Scholar in the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Co-Director of the Racial Capitalism Working Group in the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.

  • Oct 30 Wed

    Rocio

    • ROCIO
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Rocio follows the journey an undocumented mother of three who receives a terminal cancer diagnosis and self-deports herself to seek alternative care. Woven from home videos collected by the Guerrero family since 1988, the film serves as a lens through which we begin to understand the Mexican immigrant experience. Rocio was adamant about supporting the community she came from and this film continues that mission by highlighting the flaws in the American healthcare and immigration systems and our peoples’ tenacity in subverting them. 1h 3m

  • Nov 05 Tue

    Constellations of Protest: Race, Solidarity, and Resistance Greg Burris

    • Greg Burris
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    This talk examines the history of solidarity networks and relations through the lens of media and culture. Focusing on a number of recent instances in which links between oppressed communities have been fashioned through an array of media forms including YouTube videos, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, hip hop music, and more. Greg Burris argues that media activism presents an opportunity to critically examine and challenge our notions of race, identity, and solidarity itself. Greg Burris is a film and cultural theorist whose work focuses on race, media, and emancipatory politics. After graduating from UCSB in 2015, he relocated to Lebanon where he is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut.

  • Nov 06 Wed

    Aladdin

    • Aladdin
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A man pursues the princess of Agrabah with the help of a powerful genie who can grant him three wishes. His primary opponent is a malevolent sorcerer who serves as the city's grand vizier and the chief advisor to the Sultan. Join us as we watch and deconstruct the latest version of this classic film. Post-film discussion to follow. 2h 8m

  • Nov 07 Thu

    Large and In Charge, Chunky Yet Funky, Bold & Beautiful: I am Latrice Royale

    • Latrice Royale
    7:30 PM

    Performance and Discussion / Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

     After years in clubs and being incarcerated, Latrice Royale was literally forced to remold herself into a stronger, more dedicated individual. Now, a decade after her release, she is stronger than ever and more determined to show the world who she is. Not only did she appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 4, where she won Miss Congeniality, but she has also hosted the documentary, “Gays in Prison,” which reveals her own experiences in jail and explores the stories of gay men and transgendered individuals in and out of the prison system. Latrice will perform two numbers, followed by a moderated discussion to share how drag is used as a platform to unapologetically express one’s identity and work through the oppression faced by queer people of color. 

  • Nov 13 Wed

    Scared of Revolution

    • Scared of Revolution
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    The legacy of the Last Poets is a signature and essential Black Arts Movement contribution that was part of the African diaspora oral tradition, which includes storytelling, the blues, jazz singing, spoken word, and rap and has had a significant impact on hip-hop. In intimate conversations with a Last Poets member, Umar Bin Hassan, and those closest to him, Scared of Revolution follows the visionary artist as he confronts the hardships of his past and strives to reconnect with his family. 1h 12m

  • Nov 14 Thu

    Open Mic and An Evening of Self Expression

    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, music, and dance. All are welcome to attend and participate.

  • Nov 15 Fri

    Ritmo Y Sonido Latino Los Pinguos

    • Los Pinguos
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Los Pinguos came to the United States from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a mixture of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba flamenca and rock. The sound of the band has claimed fans worldwide. Los Pinguos have appeared on three of the famous Putumayo World Music compilation albums, Baila!, Radio Latino, and World Party. They have performed worldwide in places such as India, Bali, The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States. $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.

    Buy Tickets Here:
    Ritmo y Sonido: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/ritmo-y-sonido-latino/

  • Nov 18 Mon

    Unpacking Your Privilege, White or Other Donald Proby

    • Donald Proby
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Workshops:

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    How do earned or unearned privileges interlock to create systems of power and marginalization? How do we make White privilege visible, as we unpack and reframe it, to move forward in cultivating spaces of allyship and belonging? This workshop is aimed at providing a platform to both learn about how to use privilege(s), as well as give an opportunity for people of color themselves to create and express definitions of allyship they appreciate. Donald Proby is the Senior Director of Training at Coro Northern California and has a long history working in higher education, leadership development, and diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

  • Nov 18 Mon

    Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Joy DeGruy

    • Joy DeGruy
    6:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    In this talk, Dr. DeGruy presents facts that illustrate how varying levels of both clinically induced and socially learned residual stress related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery. The theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggests that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors—some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience and others that are detrimental and destructive. Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter. She is a tell-it-like-it-is ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past and continue to struggle through the present.

  • Nov 19 Tue

    From Minority to Majority, Invisible to Envisioning Helen Zia

    • Helen Zia
    6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    In these challenging times, as people of color, feminists, LGBTQs, and People of Conscience make up the majority of America and refuse to be silenced, writer Helen Zia, the daughter of immigrants from China, explores our increasingly colorful future and the imperative for communities to move forward together to re-envision the new face of America.

    Helen Zia is an activist, award-winning author and former journalist who is outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women’s rights and countering homophobia. Helen received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Law School of the City University of New York and is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class.

  • Nov 20 Wed

    Guava Island

    • DonaldGlover-Rihanna
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In this film, starring Donald Glover and Rihanna, a young musician seeks to hold a festival to liberate the oppressed people of Guava Island, even if only for a day. Guava Island is a 2019 musical-romance-thriller from director Hiro Murai. 56m

  • Nov 21 Thu

    The Struggle Continues: Religion, Prisons, and Abolition

    • Laura McTighe
    6:00 PM

    Race and Religion

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Laura McTighe is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University and the
    Co-Founder and Associate Director of Front Porch Research Strategy in New Orleans.
    As an interdisciplinary scholar of gender, race, religion, and social movements, she
    studies the often-hidden histories of struggle that fill our present and asks how activists
    use religion to organize and transform our world. 

     

Past Events

  • Oct 01 Tue

    Teaching Artists: The Practice of Remembering

    • YDC Alerta
    6:00 PM

    Art Exhibition

    Opening Reception / MCC Lounge

    This exhibition is representative of artists whose teaching methodology is based on the process of making art as an intergenerational discussion. Our practice (whatever the form) is the ground from which the awareness of what matters -- the theoretical, political and spiritual --interconnect and emerge in conversation with the communities we seek to address and engage.

    Artists contributors: Margaret ‘Quica’ Alarcón, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Culver City Unified School District; Yreina D. Cervántez, Chicana/o Studies CSU-Northridge; Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Las Maestras Center/Chicana/o Studies, UCSB; Carlos Jackson, Chicana/o Studies, UC-Davis; Vreni Michelini–Castillo, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Fan L. Warren, Art Department, Laney College, Oakland.

  • Oct 03 Thu

    MCC Open House

    6:00 PM

    MCC Open House

    Open House / MCC Lounge

    Join us at the MultiCultural Center as we kick off another school year. Come meet our team, learn about what we have to offer, and our upcoming events and programs Bring a friend or two and enjoy a fun, entertaining night in our center!

  • Oct 09 Wed

    Ivory Tower

    • Ivory Tower
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    The film questions the value of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than any other service in the United States. It explores the different types of higher education around the nation and how they impact students of color. These include: community colleges, four-year universities, vocational schools, online courses, and less conventional forms of education. The film argues that the high cost of tuition is at a breaking point. 1h 48m

  • Oct 10 Thu

    A Night of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry Javon Johnson

    • Javon Johnson
    7:30 PM

    Spoken Word

    Spoken Word / MCC Lounge

    Merging race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism, and rhyme schemes, Javon Johnson is a renowned and highly awarded slam and spoken word poet. Javon is a three-time national poetry slam champion, has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and BET’s Lyric Café, and co-wrote a documentary in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. Having earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies. He is the author of Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities.

  • Oct 12 Sat

    Traditional Music from India: An Evening with Mahesh Kale

    • Mahesh Kale
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / Lotte Lehmann Hall

    Mahesh Kale is a San Francisco/Bay Area-based Indian Classical vocalist renowned for his specialization in Indian Classical (Hindustani), Semi-Classical, Devotional music, and Natya Sangeet. After winning India’s National Film Award as the Best Playback Singer for the classical piece in the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (2016), he has firmly established himself as a face of Indian classical music of the new generation. Mahesh is also a teacher and founder of Indian Classical Music and Arts Foundation. Join us for a dynamic night with Mahesh and his accompanists from India playing the harmonium, violin, tabla, and pakhawaj. $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.

    Buy Tickets Here:
    Traditional Music: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/traditional-music-from-india-an-evening-with-mahesh-kale/

     
  • Oct 14 Mon

    Funny Boy Shyam Selvadurai

    • Shyan Selvadurai
    6:00 PM

    Race and Literature:

    Discussion / MCC Meeting Room

    Last year the MultiCultural Center kicked off a new series to explore the issues of race and belonging through literature. This series is an interactive space for lively discussions on various theories about race, a safe space for articulating perspectives on identity and belonging which are contextualized by different authors, and an intentional time for centering the narratives of marginalized communities. Discussions will be facilitated by various faculty members, graduate students, and staff members. Readings may be suggested but are not required for attendance. This series hopes to cultivate open dialogue, and a spirit of appreciation and intellectual kinship. Dessert will be provided! All are welcome.     

     

  • Oct 15 Tue

    Writing Myself into the Diaspora Shyam Selvadurai

    • Shyam Selvadurai
    6:00 PM

    Race and Literature Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Shyam Selvadurai will read from his novels Funny Boy and The Hungry Ghosts and talk about what it means to be a writer working from the hyphen between Sri Lankan and Canadian. Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and migrated to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen. He has studied creative writing and theatre and has a BFA from York University, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Funny Boy, his first novel, won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the US.

  • Oct 16 Wed

    Nailed It!

    • Nailed It!
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In virtually every city, state, and strip mall across the U.S., women get their nails done in salons likely owned by Vietnamese entrepreneurs. How did this community come to dominate an $8 billion dollar nail economy? Nailed It takes viewers from Los Angeles to the Bronx to meet the diverse people and relationships behind this booming and enigmatic trade. Post-film discussion to follow. 60m

  • Oct 19 Sat

    The Klezmatics

    • The Klezmatics
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    The Klezmatics are globally-renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award. The Klezmatics emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City’s East Village in 1986 with klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights, anti-fundamentalism and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin, and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. Join us for what promises to be a sold out night of entertainment! $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.

    Buy Tickets Here:
    The Klezmatics: https://events.ucsb.edu/event/the-klezmatics/
     

  • Oct 22 Tue

    Empowering Women of Color and Their Feminism(s): Feminista Jones

    • Feminista Jones
    6:00 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Due to heightened and forceful impositions of western feminism, this talk is aimed at validating the lived experiences of women of color and empowering them to practice feminism in a way that speaks true to their identities, backgrounds, and political beliefs. Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based feminist writer, public speaker, retired social worker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed 2019 release, Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets. Her writing and activism centers Black American culture, feminism, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health, poverty, and women’s health and well-being.