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Race Matters Series
Why Won’t They Just Pull Their Pants Up?
People of Color and Colorblind Discourse
Tuesday, May 14, 6 pm
Many discussions of colorblindness examine white people's investments in refusing to talk
explicitly about race, power, and privilege. Blake will address why colorblind ideals appeal to people of color in the post-Civil Rights era and enlists their support in disciplining behavior, pursuing individualism, and limiting aspirations. Felice Blake is Assistant Professor in UCSB’s Department of English. co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the English Department.
Fun at the MCC
The Muslims are Coming!
Wednesday, May 15, 6 pm
FILM SCREENING/MCC THEATER
Using jokes as a way of combating Islamophobia, a group of Muslim-American stand-up comedians go on a comedy tour throughout the United States. The comedians use this tour as a chance to create dialogue, tackling stereotypes and other issues Muslim Americans face today. Discussion with Director/Comedian Negin Farsad following the screening. Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; the Department of Black Studies; the Department of Religious Studies; EOP – Middle Eastern Resource Center; Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; and the Muslim Student Association.
The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara
An Evening of Spoken Word with Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm
PERFORMANCE/ THE COFFEE CAT-1201 ANACAPA ST., SANTA BARBARA
UCSB’s MultiCultural Center is back at the Coffee Cat with Poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. Join us as she takes us through a lyrical journey across America where race, class, culture, sexuality, and gender aren't neatly defined, where times of war coexist with times of peace, and where poetry still survives and thrives. Tsai has performed worldwide including the White House, Tyra Banks' Flawsome Ball Hosted by Drake, and three seasons of Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry.Co-sponsored by the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center; the Department of Asian American Studies; the Department of Feminist Studies; and the Santa Barbara Arts Commission.
An Evening of Chinese Music with the Jumping Buddha Ensemble
Friday, May 17, 8 pm
MUSIC PERFORMANCE/MCC THEATER
Named after a dish so delicious that even Buddha would break out of meditation for a taste, this ensemble’s performance is certain to be magnificent. These four musicians perform music ranging from traditional to contemporary using Chinese instruments such as the erhu and guqin to perform Chinese and Western music. Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy on-line at www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited seating. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music; the Education Abroad Program – UC Santa Barbara; and the National Science Foundation: Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRECCI).
Race Matters Series
Black Star, Crescent Moon: Islam and Muslims in the Black Radical Imagination
Tuesday, May 21, 6 pm
Despite the “post-racial” euphoria associated with the election of Barack Obama, the specter and threat of Muslims to the U.S. and the larger West persists. As this talk will reveal, there was a pre-history to 9/11 in which Blackness, Islam and the politics of the Muslim Third World found common cause. In resurrecting this past, we will explore the significance of this forgotten history for contemporary politics and arts when Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as part of a global majority. Sohail Daulatzai is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Program in African American Studies at UC Irvine as well as author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America (2012). Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Center for New Racial Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies.