Winter 2020

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 06 Mon

    Reconstructing Slippages in Time: Between Home and Here Ann Le

    • 2020-01-06-Reconstructing-Slippages-in-Time
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Ann Le has always dealt with identity, culture, family history, and the duality of becoming Vietnamese-American in her work. As layers of images are stacked upon one another, Le travels through time, commenting on the idea of home, displacement, separation, and how we embrace and conquer loss. Tragic and Poetic composites are pieced together to unravel narratives which place her Vietnamese-American perspective into a contemporary landscape.

  • Jan 07 Tue

    Reconstructing Slippages in Time: Between Home and Here Ann Le

    • 2020-01-07-Reconstructing-Slippages-in-Time
    6:00 PM

    Art Exhibition

    Reception / MCC Lounge

    Ann Le has always dealt with identity, culture, family history, and the duality of becoming Vietnamese-American in her work. As layers of images are stacked upon one another, Le travels through time, commenting on the idea of home, displacement, separation, and how we embrace and conquer loss. Tragic and Poetic composites are pieced together to unravel narratives which place her Vietnamese-American perspective into a contemporary landscape.

  • Jan 15 Wed

    Reel Bad Arabs

    • 2020-01-15-Reel-Bad-Arabs
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, this film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs; from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists.” The film offers devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypical images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture. 50m

  • Jan 21 Tue

    Cultural Switching & Gender Judo Lela Lee

    • 2020-01-21-Lela-Lee
    6:00 PM

    Resilient Love Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Lela Lee is an Asian-American actress, cartoonist, television writer, and the creator of the animated cartoons the Angry Little Asian Girl, Five Angry Episodes, and the comic strip Angry Little Girls. In this talk, she focuses on the opposing value systems that often create inner conflict for Asian-American women who often find themselves walking a tightrope with conflicting expectations on each side. What are the solutions to feel whole and valued both at work and at home? Lela uses her own experience to help young women navigate these dual burdens in the workplace.

  • Jan 22 Wed

    The Unafraid

    • 2020-01-22-The-Unafraid
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    The Unafraid is a documentary that follows the lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. This film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursue their right to an education, and fight for the rights of their families and communities. The Unafraid shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. Post film discussion with the film-maker to follow. 1h 25m

  • Jan 23 Thu

    Documenting the Undocumented

    • 2020-01-23-Documenting-the-Undocumented
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    As a Latina immigrant filmmakter, Anayansi uses her documentary films and personal experiences to take us through the changing landscape of undocumented immigration in the U.S. throughout the last 20 years. Anayansi Prado was born in Panama and moved to the United States as a teenager, where she attended Boston University and received a B.A. in Film. Since then, she has been a visiting/adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, California State University, Northridge’s Journalism Department, and at Chapman University's Dodge School of Film & Media Arts.

  • Jan 27 Mon

    The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman Facilitated by: Cheri Gurse

    • 2020-01-27-Cheri-Gurse
    6:00 PM

    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. Reading the materials is suggested but are not required for attendance. This series hopes to cultivate open dialogue, and a spirit of appreciation and intellectual kinship. All are welcome.

  • Jan 29 Wed

    Standing Above The Clouds

    • 2020-01-29-Standing-Above-the-Clouds
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Standing Above the Clouds is a story of inter-generational women activists, who call themselves Aloha ʻĀina, or warriors of the land. The mothers and daughters find themselves standing with many others at the forefront of the Indigenous movement to safeguard their sacred mountain, Mauna a Wakea, after a construction permit was granted for an eighteen story, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to be built directly below the summit on pristine, untouched land. The film brings into focus how this movement has brought a new found expression of solidarity and a spirit of hope to people across lands and oceans who work to form alliances that will safeguard their environment, lifeways, and future. Post film discussion panel to follow.

  • Jan 30 Thu

    The Flourish Jahman Hill

    • 2020-01-30-Jahman-Hill
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Spoken Word

    Spoken Word / MCC Lounge

    Jahman Ariel Hill is a poet, playwright, and college professor based in Birmingham, AL. He is currently ranked 3rd in the world in slam poetry and is touring his award-winning one man show, Black Enough, which previewed Off Broadway at Theatre Row. As an academic, he has earned a BA in International Studies with a focus in Middle East Relations, an MA in Communication Studies, and is working towards an MA in Women's Studies. His academic and activist work helped earn him the Marsha Houston Award for Outstanding Student Work in Social Justice and Diversity.

  • Jan 31 Fri

    Psychedelic CUMBIA! with Ochos Ojos

    • 2020-01-31-Ocho-Ojos
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Ocho Ojos is a Latin Fusion sensation from Coachella, CA that incorporates elements of cumbia, psychedelic chicha, hip hop/funk & electronic music to bring an eclectic show of original music. With the addition of a rhythm section, Ocho Ojos has been able to expand its live performance into a more dynamic and improvisational show. Most recently, they have performed at major music festivals such as Coachella in 2018.

    Buy Tickets Here: http://bitly.ws/6Yny

  • Feb 04 Tue

    Unbreakable Resolve: Building Free-Dem Foundations in New Orleans Jerome Morgan, Robert Jones, Daniel Rideau

    • 2020-02-04-Unbreakable-Resolve
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Panel Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Jerome Morgan, Robert Jones, and Daniel Rideau will lead a powerful discussion about the prison system and incarceration. They were all wrongly convicted and served a total of more than fifty years in Angola Prison before being found innocent. While in prison, they made a pact to someday reunite and go into business together as free men. They enrolled in prison education programs, learned trades, and studied law. They stuck together and worked with allies outside the prison. Today, through their work with Free-Dem Foundations, a non-profit community-based youth organization in New Orleans, they are realizing the vision they created while unjustly incarcerated.

  • Feb 05 Wed

    OffCenter

    • 2020-02-05-Offcenter
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    OffCenter is an experimental documentary emphasizing the attitudes and experiences of unconventional African American, Latinx, LGBTQ people in Texarkana, a twin city in East Texas and Arkansas. It explores the racial, sexual, and gender identity of five main interviewees rebelling against Southern conservatism. OffCenter portrays the existence of marginalized people, their encounters with racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and internalized oppression. Post-film discussion with the director Aylin Sözen, and cinematographer Cesar Jaralillo to follow. 1h 18m

  • Feb 06 Thu

    Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women E. Patrick Johnson

    • 2020-02-06-Honeypot
    6:00 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies, and African American Studies at Northwestern University. As a scholar and artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality, and performance. Johnson’s performance work dovetails with his written work; this performance/staged reading is based off his latest nonfiction text titled Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women.

  • Feb 10 Mon

    'Fros, Berets, and Leather: The Revolutionary Solidarity of the Young Lords Johanna Fernandez

    • 2020-02-10-Johanna-Fernandez
    6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Johanna Fernández is the author of The Young Lords: A Radical History (UNC Press, February 2020), a history of the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party. She teaches 20th Century US history and the history of social movements in the Department ofHistory at Baruch College (CUNY).

  • Feb 11 Tue

    From “The Central Park Five” to “The Exonerated Five” Yusef Salaam

    • 2020-02-11-Yusef-Salaam
    6:00 PM

    Resilient Love Series

    Lecture / Corwin Pavilion

    On April 19, 1989, a young woman was brutally raped in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were unjustly and wrongly convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. Decades later, the convictions of the boys, now men, were eventually overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was only 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system.

  • Feb 12 Wed

    Harriet

    • 2020-02-12-Harriet
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told. 2h 5m

  • Feb 15 Sat

    Comics of Color Allegra Jones

    • 2020-02-15-Allegra-Jones
    11:00 AM

    Comics of Color Allegra Jones

    Interactive Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Comics are an extraordinary source of modern storytelling and expression; they can preserve and bring to life our history, imagination, memories, and ideas. In this comics workshop, teaching artist Allegra Jones will expand on perceptions of what comic making can be. In this workshop, participants will create their own comics in the format of zines (mini magazines) using stories from their backgrounds and the expansive worlds of their own imagination. Allegra Jones is a half African-American, half Italian artist who has been teaching for Community Arts Partnership (CAP) at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for five years. She studied Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts where she found her love for comics.

  • Feb 18 Tue

    Why Spaces are Inherently Not Inclusive and What to Do About It Victoria Farris

    • 2020-02-18-Victoria-Farris
    3:00 PM

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    In order to effectively disrupt workplace racism, we must first be able to identify it. Often, folks with more privileged identities struggle to recognize the ways that whiteness and racism permeate office culture and how they contribute to it. Participants will 1) engage in dialogue around topics of identity, inclusion, and whiteness in order to build a foundational vocabulary and familiarity with topics 2) practice meaningful self-reflection, on both individual and organization levels, in order to recognize how they fit within systems of racism and oppression 3) leave with tangible tools and strategies for identifying and disrupting microaggressions in order to foster more inclusive campus environments.

  • Feb 19 Wed

    THE BOI DOC

    • 2020-02-19-The-Boi-Doc
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Evolve Benton will host a poetry reading and film screening. Participants will hear poems from Evolve's poetry collection SIR: poetry dedicated to Boihood and Black Queer Love. Evolve will also screen their film the BOI DOC. THE BOI DOC is an artistic manifestation of our desire to add our honest, uniquely provocative, and eloquent narratives about gender and gender expression through the Masculine and Masculine of Center queer voice of the people of the African diaspora to the world. 33m

  • Feb 20 Thu

    The Social Significance of Racialized Emotions in Today’s America Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

    • 2020-02-20-Eduardo-Bonilla-Silva
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Racialized emotions are part of modernity; once racism emerged and races were created, the racial edifice was suffused with emotions. In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will illustrate his recent theorization on racialized emotions with the case of President Trump. Specifically, he will illustrate how he has used emotions as the fulcrum of his political appeal. He will outline some ideas to produce a “feeling of equality” and how to craft a radical counter-emotional plan to move us closer to the “beloved community” aspired by Martin Luther King. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is a Professor of Sociology at Duke University.

  • Feb 24 Mon

    Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria E. Anzaldúa Facilitated by: Marisela Marquez

    • 2020-02-24-Marisela-Marquez
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    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. Reading the materials is suggested but are not required for attendance. This series hopes to cultivate open dialogue, and a spirit of appreciation and intellectual kinship. All are welcome.

  • Feb 26 Wed

    Singing Our Way To Freedom

    • 2020-02-26-Singing-Our-Way-to-Freedom
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Singing Our Way to Freedom is a multilayered look at the life of San Diego Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Borrowing from musical traditions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Chunky uses music and humor as powerful weapons in the fight for social justice. This character-driven film reminds us that the battle for freedom has to be fought anew by every generation. Post film discussion to follow with the filmmaker, Paul Espinosa. 1h 29min

  • Feb 27 Thu

    The Creative Imagination & Race Claudia Rankine

    • 2020-02-27-Creative-Imagination-and-Race
    6:00 PM

    Resilient Love Series

    Lecture / Corwin Pavilion

    In all of her work, Rankine’s voice is one of unrelenting candor, and her poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful work to emerge in recent years. In this talk, she will share how she came into her work, and inspire us to be as unapologetic in the spaces we take up. Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry and the editor of several anthologies. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

  • Feb 28 Fri

    A Night of Dynamic Post-Rock Korean Music with Black String

    • 2020-02-28-Black-String
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Black String is a South Korean quartet led by geomungo (traditional Korean zither) player Yoon Jeong Heo, who incorporates traditional Asian music, jazz, blues and rock, and electronica. It’s a powerful mix, bursting with all kinds of timbre possibilities, a context in which improvisation and traditional forms truly merge. As the band performs, amplified bursts of sound of the geomungo and Korean bamboo flutes, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, and unpredictable melody of jazz guitar will grasp all of your senses.

    Buy Tickets Here: http://bitly.ws/6Ynx

  • Mar 03 Tue

    Race, Spirituality, and Secularism Joseph Blankholm and Juhem Navarro-Rivera

    • 2020-03-03-Juhem-and-Joseph
    6:00 PM

    Race and Religion Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    This moderated discussion will provide an in depth and critical look into the intersections of race, religion, and politics in the United States. Joseph Blankholm is an Assistant Professor at UCSB in the Religious Studies Department whose work focuses on atheism and secularism, primarily in the U.S. Juhem Navarro-Rivera is the Managing Partner and Director of Political Research at Socioanalítica Research, co-chair of the Latinx Humanist Alliance, serves on the board of directors of the American Humanist Association, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies.

  • Mar 04 Wed

    Queen and Slim

    • 2020-03-04-Queen-and-Slim
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Slim and Queen's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people all across the country. 2h 12m

  • Mar 05 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!

Past Events

  • Jan 06 Mon

    Reconstructing Slippages in Time: Between Home and Here Ann Le

    • 2020-01-06-Reconstructing-Slippages-in-Time
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Ann Le has always dealt with identity, culture, family history, and the duality of becoming Vietnamese-American in her work. As layers of images are stacked upon one another, Le travels through time, commenting on the idea of home, displacement, separation, and how we embrace and conquer loss. Tragic and Poetic composites are pieced together to unravel narratives which place her Vietnamese-American perspective into a contemporary landscape.

  • Jan 07 Tue

    Reconstructing Slippages in Time: Between Home and Here Ann Le

    • 2020-01-07-Reconstructing-Slippages-in-Time
    6:00 PM

    Art Exhibition

    Reception / MCC Lounge

    Ann Le has always dealt with identity, culture, family history, and the duality of becoming Vietnamese-American in her work. As layers of images are stacked upon one another, Le travels through time, commenting on the idea of home, displacement, separation, and how we embrace and conquer loss. Tragic and Poetic composites are pieced together to unravel narratives which place her Vietnamese-American perspective into a contemporary landscape.

  • Jan 15 Wed

    Reel Bad Arabs

    • 2020-01-15-Reel-Bad-Arabs
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, this film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs; from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists.” The film offers devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypical images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture. 50m

  • Jan 21 Tue

    Cultural Switching & Gender Judo Lela Lee

    • 2020-01-21-Lela-Lee
    6:00 PM

    Resilient Love Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Lela Lee is an Asian-American actress, cartoonist, television writer, and the creator of the animated cartoons the Angry Little Asian Girl, Five Angry Episodes, and the comic strip Angry Little Girls. In this talk, she focuses on the opposing value systems that often create inner conflict for Asian-American women who often find themselves walking a tightrope with conflicting expectations on each side. What are the solutions to feel whole and valued both at work and at home? Lela uses her own experience to help young women navigate these dual burdens in the workplace.

  • Jan 22 Wed

    The Unafraid

    • 2020-01-22-The-Unafraid
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    The Unafraid is a documentary that follows the lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. This film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursue their right to an education, and fight for the rights of their families and communities. The Unafraid shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. Post film discussion with the film-maker to follow. 1h 25m

  • Jan 23 Thu

    Documenting the Undocumented

    • 2020-01-23-Documenting-the-Undocumented
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    As a Latina immigrant filmmakter, Anayansi uses her documentary films and personal experiences to take us through the changing landscape of undocumented immigration in the U.S. throughout the last 20 years. Anayansi Prado was born in Panama and moved to the United States as a teenager, where she attended Boston University and received a B.A. in Film. Since then, she has been a visiting/adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, California State University, Northridge’s Journalism Department, and at Chapman University's Dodge School of Film & Media Arts.

  • Jan 27 Mon

    The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman Facilitated by: Cheri Gurse

    • 2020-01-27-Cheri-Gurse
    6:00 PM

    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. Reading the materials is suggested but are not required for attendance. This series hopes to cultivate open dialogue, and a spirit of appreciation and intellectual kinship. All are welcome.

  • Jan 29 Wed

    Standing Above The Clouds

    • 2020-01-29-Standing-Above-the-Clouds
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Standing Above the Clouds is a story of inter-generational women activists, who call themselves Aloha ʻĀina, or warriors of the land. The mothers and daughters find themselves standing with many others at the forefront of the Indigenous movement to safeguard their sacred mountain, Mauna a Wakea, after a construction permit was granted for an eighteen story, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to be built directly below the summit on pristine, untouched land. The film brings into focus how this movement has brought a new found expression of solidarity and a spirit of hope to people across lands and oceans who work to form alliances that will safeguard their environment, lifeways, and future. Post film discussion panel to follow.

  • Jan 30 Thu

    The Flourish Jahman Hill

    • 2020-01-30-Jahman-Hill
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Spoken Word

    Spoken Word / MCC Lounge

    Jahman Ariel Hill is a poet, playwright, and college professor based in Birmingham, AL. He is currently ranked 3rd in the world in slam poetry and is touring his award-winning one man show, Black Enough, which previewed Off Broadway at Theatre Row. As an academic, he has earned a BA in International Studies with a focus in Middle East Relations, an MA in Communication Studies, and is working towards an MA in Women's Studies. His academic and activist work helped earn him the Marsha Houston Award for Outstanding Student Work in Social Justice and Diversity.

  • Jan 31 Fri

    Psychedelic CUMBIA! with Ochos Ojos

    • 2020-01-31-Ocho-Ojos
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Ocho Ojos is a Latin Fusion sensation from Coachella, CA that incorporates elements of cumbia, psychedelic chicha, hip hop/funk & electronic music to bring an eclectic show of original music. With the addition of a rhythm section, Ocho Ojos has been able to expand its live performance into a more dynamic and improvisational show. Most recently, they have performed at major music festivals such as Coachella in 2018.

    Buy Tickets Here: http://bitly.ws/6Yny

  • Feb 04 Tue

    Unbreakable Resolve: Building Free-Dem Foundations in New Orleans Jerome Morgan, Robert Jones, Daniel Rideau

    • 2020-02-04-Unbreakable-Resolve
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Panel Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Jerome Morgan, Robert Jones, and Daniel Rideau will lead a powerful discussion about the prison system and incarceration. They were all wrongly convicted and served a total of more than fifty years in Angola Prison before being found innocent. While in prison, they made a pact to someday reunite and go into business together as free men. They enrolled in prison education programs, learned trades, and studied law. They stuck together and worked with allies outside the prison. Today, through their work with Free-Dem Foundations, a non-profit community-based youth organization in New Orleans, they are realizing the vision they created while unjustly incarcerated.

  • Feb 05 Wed

    OffCenter

    • 2020-02-05-Offcenter
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    OffCenter is an experimental documentary emphasizing the attitudes and experiences of unconventional African American, Latinx, LGBTQ people in Texarkana, a twin city in East Texas and Arkansas. It explores the racial, sexual, and gender identity of five main interviewees rebelling against Southern conservatism. OffCenter portrays the existence of marginalized people, their encounters with racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and internalized oppression. Post-film discussion with the director Aylin Sözen, and cinematographer Cesar Jaralillo to follow. 1h 18m

  • Feb 06 Thu

    Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women E. Patrick Johnson

    • 2020-02-06-Honeypot
    6:00 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies, and African American Studies at Northwestern University. As a scholar and artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality, and performance. Johnson’s performance work dovetails with his written work; this performance/staged reading is based off his latest nonfiction text titled Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women.

  • Feb 10 Mon

    'Fros, Berets, and Leather: The Revolutionary Solidarity of the Young Lords Johanna Fernandez

    • 2020-02-10-Johanna-Fernandez
    6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Johanna Fernández is the author of The Young Lords: A Radical History (UNC Press, February 2020), a history of the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party. She teaches 20th Century US history and the history of social movements in the Department ofHistory at Baruch College (CUNY).

  • Feb 11 Tue

    From “The Central Park Five” to “The Exonerated Five” Yusef Salaam

    • 2020-02-11-Yusef-Salaam
    6:00 PM

    Resilient Love Series

    Lecture / Corwin Pavilion

    On April 19, 1989, a young woman was brutally raped in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were unjustly and wrongly convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. Decades later, the convictions of the boys, now men, were eventually overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was only 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system.

  • Feb 12 Wed

    Harriet

    • 2020-02-12-Harriet
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture Series

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told. 2h 5m

  • Feb 15 Sat

    Comics of Color Allegra Jones

    • 2020-02-15-Allegra-Jones
    11:00 AM

    Comics of Color Allegra Jones

    Interactive Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Comics are an extraordinary source of modern storytelling and expression; they can preserve and bring to life our history, imagination, memories, and ideas. In this comics workshop, teaching artist Allegra Jones will expand on perceptions of what comic making can be. In this workshop, participants will create their own comics in the format of zines (mini magazines) using stories from their backgrounds and the expansive worlds of their own imagination. Allegra Jones is a half African-American, half Italian artist who has been teaching for Community Arts Partnership (CAP) at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for five years. She studied Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts where she found her love for comics.