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Dear Friend of the MCC,

May we count on you to support the MultiCultural Center at UC Santa Barbara?
It’s easy to make a gift online! Click DONATE and choose "MultiCultural Center".
Or, you may mail your gift check. Print a gift form, make your check payable to "UC Santa Barbara Foundation", and send to:
Student Affairs Grants and Development
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5015.

Your gift to the MultiCultural Center will help to expand and enrich our popular and innovative series:

  • Race Matters: interactive, intimate discussions and workshops designed to increase our understanding of both racial differences and commonalities;
  • Diversity Lectures: conversations to promote awareness and heighten sensitivity regarding diversity issues on campus and in the community;
  • Cup of Culture: weekly coffee house and movie nights with filmmakers, directors and guests in post screening Q & A’s;
  • Music Concerts: master musicians represent diverse musical genres from home and abroad; and
  • The MCC in Santa Barbara presents in downtown Santa Barbara venues during monthly art celebrations

Despite the downsized economy and budget cuts facing our public university, the MCC continues to present cutting-edge programs and provide a public forum and safe space to foster diversity of expression and build community. Your generous support will allow us to bring even more creative programming to the MCC, like the kind you see in the 2012 calendar.

Thank you from all of us at the MCC.

Zaveeni Khan-Marcus, Director

P.S. The MCC welcomes--and deeply appreciates--gifts of any size.
The MultiCultural Center (MCC) at UC Santa Barbara is a dynamic force for change on campus and in the community. Our programs address complex, contemporary issues; institutional racism; political activism; the intersection of race, gender and sexual orientation; environmental concerns; social justice; and more. Musicians, writers, artists, and scholars present their works in our theater, lounge, gallery and at campus and community venues. More than 60 UC Santa Barbara student groups, representing more than 5,000 students, use the MCC as a nexus for organizing and advocating on behalf of their communities; our programming is a critical component of their higher education.
It is a policy of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the UC Santa Barbara Foundation that a modest portion of gifts and/or the income from gifts may be used to defray the costs of raising and administering funds (currently 6%).

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Upcoming Events

“Hello World!” Isla Vista Concert

Saturday, October 25, 7 pm

Join the MCC and KCSB – FM in welcoming students back for the fall with an exciting evening of outdoor performances by Chicano Batman, Los Macuanos, and mexico68! Uniquely crafting a modern take on Latin music with a conscious political message, Chicano Batman’s sound features a mix of funk, R&B, Latin soul, bossa nova, psychedelia and pop. mexico68 Afrobeat Orchestra, is a thirteen-piece afrobeat band based out of Los Angeles, California’s Eastside. Heavily influenced by the polyrhythmic sounds of Nigerian Recording Artist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa 70, mexico68 juxtaposes Chicano funk with the body-moving and illuminating vibes of afrobeat. Los Macuanos' productions echo the hedonism of Tijuana's lost rave scene, with other influences ranging from minimal techno and bass music, to more experimental styles like glitch, noise and no wave. You do not want to miss this! Co-sponsored by KCSB - FM

Race Matters Series
Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs
Donna Murch

Tuesday, October 28, 6 pm

This talk will explore the racial politics of the War on Drugs in Los Angeles, and reflect on how the state mobilized the "crack crisis" to justify new and profoundly militarized forms of correctional control. Special attention will be given to the politics of racial backlash and the effects of the War on Drugs on communities of color in L.A. Dr. Murch is associate professor of History at Rutgers University and currently a Bunche Center Visiting Scholar at UCLA. Co-sponsored by UCSB Department of Chicana/o Studies

Cup of Culture

Wednesday, October 29, 6 pm

An entire country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since. Freida Mock, 77 min., English, 2014, USA. Co-sponsored by UCSB Center for Black Studies Research

Cup of Culture
The Last Song Before the War

Wednesday, November 5, 6 pm

The Last Song Before the War captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in dire economic and political circumstances. In 2012, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt when separatist rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali. This award-winning documentary chronicles the 2011 Festival,—arguably the last edition that still captured its original goals—a global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music. Kiley Kraskouskas, 74 min., French with English subtitles, 2013, USA, Mali.

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