Spring 2019

Past Events

  • Apr 08 Mon

    Diversity of Arab and Muslim Diasporas in the U.S. Owise Abuzaid

    • Ramadan_In_NYC-2
    10:00 AM

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / Lounge

    Muslims and Arabs have historically been misrepresented and stereotyped due to misinformation regarding their communities. This art exhibition aims to represent the presence of Arab and Muslim American diasporas in their true diversity, uniqueness, and authenticity.

    Having lived through the revolution in Cairo, Owise Abuzaid was tempted to become a photojournalist, but when his Canon EOS 550D was destroyed in a clash on the streets, he turned his attention to abstract views and perspectives using an iPhone. With almost 100,000 followers on Instagram today, and after finishing  a program at the International Center Of Photography in New York, he is currently pursuing work in long term personal stories and documentaries.

  • Apr 09 Tue

    Diversity of Arab and Muslim Diasporas in the U.S. Owise Abuzaid

    • Ramadan_In_NYC-9
    6:00 PM

    Art Exhibition

    Opening Reception / Lounge

    Muslims and Arabs have historically been misrepresented and stereotyped due to misinformation regarding their communities. This art exhibition aims to represent the presence of Arab and Muslim American diasporas in their true diversity, uniqueness, and authenticity.

    Having lived through the revolution in Cairo, Owise Abuzaid was tempted to become a photojournalist, but when his Canon EOS 550D was destroyed in a clash on the streets, he turned his attention to abstract views and perspectives using an iPhone. With almost 100,000 followers on Instagram today, and after finishing  a program at the International Center Of Photography in New York, he is currently pursuing work in long term personal stories and documentaries.

     
  • Apr 10 Wed

    Call Her Ganda

    • Call Her Ganda
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening  / MCC Theater

    When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and Jennifer’s mother–galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism. 1h 33m

  • Apr 12 Fri

    ¡Noche de Baile Con Salsa Caliente!

    • Salsa Caliente - Promo Photo 1 (1)
    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / The Hub

    Salsa Caliente features musicians from around the world and is one of the hottest salsa bands performing in today’s Latin Jazz and Salsa scene. The band leader and vocalist, Alberto Gonzalez has had the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of Salsa's all-time greats and has been featured on ABC’s hit TV Show, "Dancing with the Stars”. Salsa Caliente delights audiences across the country with an exciting and unique blend of Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha's, Merengues, Cumbias, Mambo, Latin Jazz and other styles from the Caribbean and beyond. Join us as we dance the night away to an exciting, upbeat, high-energy performance! $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.
    Purchase tickets here: http://goo.gl/9JQhtf

  • Apr 17 Wed

    The Feminist On CellBlock Y

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    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A convicted felon, Richard Edmond-Vargas, builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California. The movement grew from the education the inmates received by participating in a self-run program, which teaches that to be a “proper man” you don’t have to be emotionless and violent. Post film discussion with Richard Edmond-Vargas himself. 1h 15m

     
  • Apr 18 Thu

    Rhythm, Rap, and Resistance Rebel Diaz

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    7:30 PM

    Performance

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Hermanos RodStarz and G1, known as Rebel Diaz, are sons of political refugees from Chile who fled a CIA-funded dictatorship in the 1970s. Revolution raised them, and the culture of Hip-Hop provided them their own Nueva Canción: a genre of music that emerged during the resistance period in Chile. Through rap, Rebel Diaz has been sharing their stories and those of their people; el barrio, the hood, the poor, los inmigrantes. Hip-Hop and a vision for liberation have taken them around the world. Join Rebel Diaz earlier in the day for a workshop on how hip hop can be used as a platform for activism.

     
  • Apr 20 Sat

    6th Annual Social Justice Conference

    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

     / MultiCultural Center

    This year’s Social Justice Conference envisions a future that stands on the foundation of developing and maintaining supportive relationships that uplift the struggles and victories of marginalized communities. To make this happen, the work we do in our communities cannot stand alone; we must tap into the knowledge and network of a collective effort across communities. This conference seeks to center joint historical efforts of past activists, alternative forms of activism in the current moment, and future visions of what collaborations between communities can look like.

    RSVP:

    https://goo.gl/forms/EkyviVKhunL7l7Lg2

     
  • Apr 23 Tue

    Is There a God on the Mic? Hip Hop’s (Untold) Religious History Josef Sorett

    • Religion Wilson
    6:00 PM

    Race and Religion

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    At odds with abiding critiques of Hip Hop’s celebration of materialism, misogyny and violence, this talk highlights how religion has long been a centerpiece of the music and culture. Telling the less familiar story of Hip Hop’s religious history, we will cover a range of religious performances from such early artists as KRS-ONE, Tupac and Lauryn Hill up through contemporary figures like Kanye West, Remy Ma, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar. Josef Sorett is an Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University, where he also directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice.

     
  • Apr 24 Wed

    Monsters and Men

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    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Simultaneously subtle and on-the-nose, this original yet under-cooked examination of the pressing issue of police brutality centers on three characters who witnessed the death of a Black man at the hands of a police officer  — an eyewitness who captured it all on his phone, an African-American police officer routinely confronted by racism on the job, and a local high school student who’s transformed from passive bystander to activist by the event — who serve as the prismatic lens by which first-time director Reinaldo Marcus Green considers the myriad ramifications of such an event. 1h 38m

     
  • Apr 25 Thu

    Central American Representation in an Era of Misrepresentation Víctor Interiano

    • Victor
    6:00 PM

    Race Matters

    Workshop Presentation / MCC Lounge

    In the eyes of the white American imaginary, Central America was once simply a region on a map,but over the course of the 20th century, Central America went from being America's convenient grocery aisle, to an inconvenient Cold War hot potato, to a clandestine grave where the United States buried all its complicity. Now, in the 21st century, as the torogozes, quetzales, and guaras have come home to roost, Central America is once again in the spotlight. Join Víctor Interiano, creator of the Central American platform, Dichos de un Bicho, as we navigate through a mainstream narrative so poor on history and context that it borders on misrepresentation, and deconstruct the popular imagery that have pigeonholed Central Americans into a binary of either tattooed victimizer or caged victim.

  • Apr 29 Mon

    Mornings in Jenin Elizabeth Robinson

    • Jenin Elizabeth Robinson
    6:00 PM

    Race and Literature

    Discussion / MCC Meeting Room

    Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Elizabeth Robinson has been a community media activist, advocate and producer for more than 30 years at the local, national and international levels including her current programs, “No Alibis” and “Third World News Review” and her work with AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters).

     
  • Apr 30 Tue

    Opposing Manifestations of Anti-Blackness Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

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    6:00 PM

    Resilient Love

    Discussion / MCC Theater

    Join Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington as he leads a discussion that takes us into a deeper understanding and analysis of race, specifically to give us tools on how to combat structural and individual incidents of anti-blackness. Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm. He has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 30 years, and is the president and founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. He also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Ethics at Winston Salem State University.  Keep an eye out for more sessions with him throughout his stay, in which he will lead workshops that provide the tools to handle and work through difficult situations while navigating the university.

  • May 01 Wed

    Dawnland

    • DawnLand Poster
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Dawnland is a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children. It reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission discovers that state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, threatening the very existence of the Wabanaki people. Dawnland foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples. Post film discussion with Chris Newell, senior advisor of the documentary. 1h 26m

     
  • May 02 Thu

    The N-word: History, Race, and the College Classroom Elizabeth Pryor

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    6:00 PM

    Race Matters

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    This lecture grapples with a conundrum: How do we teach the difficult racial history of the U.S. past without inflicting harm in the present? The n-word, in particular--a word that is prevalent in both racist and anti-racist documents, art, literature and politics--poses a problem when invoked insensitively in academic spaces. By discussing her own experience in the classroom as well as the long history of the n-word in the United States, Pryor makes sense of a word that has been likened to an "atomic bomb." Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor is an associate professor of History at Smith College and the author of Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War.

     
  • May 03 Fri

    Afro-Cuban Musical Fusion Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca

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    7:30 PM

    Music Performance

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Ricardo Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Through a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba), he has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, singing songs that celebrate life, and inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries. His music has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.
    Purchase tickets here: http://goo.gl/Zbr1er

     
  • May 04 Sat

    Stories from Here, There, and Everywhere! Michael D. McCarty

    • MikeMcCarty
    11:00 AM

    Youth Event

    Interactive Presentation / MCC Lounge

    Storytelling preserves and brings to life our history, traditions, and ideas. Bring your family to hear wonderful folk tales from Nigeria, Botswana, Egypt, and Rwanda told by master storyteller Michael D. McCarty. Michael is an energetic and enthusiastic storyteller of African, African-American and International Folk tales as well as historical, spiritual, and personal tales, that inform, educate, inspire, and amuse.

  • May 07 Tue

    An Evening of Spoken Word Sunni Patterson

    • Sunni Patterson
    7:30 PM

    Resilient Love

    Spoken Word / MCC Theater

    Sunni Patterson is a New Orleans based poet who combines the heritage, culture, and traditions of her hometown with a spiritual worldview to create powerful music and poetry. She is poetry in action; she is a political wordsmith. Her words capture a culture, unite people, and shed light on issues some would find uncomfortable or un-newsworthy. Most of all, she is enlightening and speaks her truth, giving other women the power and strength to do so as well. She is "a Black woman warrior poet doing [her] work - [here] to ask you, are you doing yours?". Sunni Patterson captures sunlight and radiates it in her being, in her words, and in her action.

     
  • May 08 Wed

    Jurakán: Nación en Resistencia (Nation in Resistance)

    • Tipo bailando San Se Jurakán (2)
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Jurakán: Nation in Resistance documents the historical struggle of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean nation that refuses to disappear. It is narrated by 40+ boricuas- artists, experts, politicians and activists- of different perspectives. The documentary has been praised by prominent Puerto Rican figures like Nelson Denis, Blanca Eró and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez.

    Post film discussion with the director, Gonzalo Mazzini, and the creative producer, Rosa Emmanuelli Gutiérrez. Together they ventured on a journey to answer the daunting question, what does it mean to be Puerto Rican? Jurakán is the riveting result of their search for answers. 1h 33m

  • May 09 Thu

    Defending the Hood: Fighting Back Against Gentrification Alejandra Melgoza, Gaby Hernandez, Jorge Cabanillas, Jonathan Gomez Facilitated by George Ygarza

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    6:00 PM

    Race Matters

    Panel Discussion / MCC Lounge

    As inequality continues to grow all across the country, many communities are contending with the effects of tech booms, new-age trends and progress. Those on the periphery understand these as euphemisms, disguising violent processes of displacement, marginalization and erasure. This panel will bring together members of various communities that have confronted gentrification as we discuss strategy while looking at the ways in which these local battles are part of a broader system. Alejandra Melgoza is a community organizer with Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) working for tenants rights. Gaby Hernandez is a licensed clinical social worker and works with Chicanos Unidos fighting gentrification. Jorge Cabanillas is a member of Queens Neighborhoods United, a New York grassroots organization doing anti-gentrification work. Jonathan D. Gomez is a faculty member in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Jose State University, and examines the racial, spatial, and gender dimensions of social space in the postindustrial city. The facilitator, George Ygarza is a PhD student in the Global Studies department at UCSB.

     
  • May 14 Tue

    Expressing Urban-Indigenous Identity Sammay Dizon

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    6:00 PM

    Performance

    Performance / MCC Theater

    SAMMAY (Samantha Peñaflor Dizon) is a kinetic storyteller who engages her body as a vessel for spiritual intercession and envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. Her choreography is a unique blend of Hip Hop, urban dance, and contemporary movement with African diaspora influence - inspired by the desire and longing to (re)connect and (re)vitalize our relationship with the earth and each other. She is of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent born and bred in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and now reclaiming space in San Francisco, CA with honor and gratitude to the Ohlone. She holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from University of California, Berkeley.

  • May 15 Wed

    Los Eternos Indocumentados

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    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Based on interviews with recently arrived Central American immigrants and organizers leading the struggle on the ground in Central America and the United States, this film captures the stories of refugees, LGBTQ migrants, children and families, and uncovers the root causes of forced migration and the consequences of migrant incarceration. In the words of revolutionary Salvadoran poet, Roque Dalton, this film captures the lives of the eternally undocumented.

    Post film discussion with Steven Osuna, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach, and Jennifer Carcamo, a queer Salvadoran independent filmmaker, scholar, organizer and PhD student in the History Department at UCLA with a focus on Latin America. 1h 17m

  • May 16 Thu

    Altering our Commitments: How to Defeat Islamophobia in the United States Moustafa Bayoumi

    • Moustafa
    6:00 PM

    Race & Religion

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    In today’s United States, Muslims—who have been here since before the nation’s founding—are routinely and repeatedly considered to be outsiders, dangerous newcomers who must tirelessly and continuously prove their loyalty to the country. Not only does this fiction that American Muslims are new members of American society distort our national history, but it also enables a way of thinking about Islam that reinforces decades of disastrous American foreign policy. In this lecture, Moustafa Bayoumi—author of This Muslim American Life, among other works—will describe the little-known Muslim past of the United States, how the Islamophobic present functions to buttress traditional American power and racism, and the surprising opportunity created by this moment to forge a new, more equitable future. Moustafa Bayoumi is a Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America.

     
  • May 20 Mon

    A Student of History Sharon Hoshida

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    6:00 PM

    Race and Literature

    Discussion / MCC Meeting Room

    A Student of History is a contemporary Los Angeles story of uncrossable social lines, allegiance and betrayal, immeasurable power, and the ways the present is continuously shaped by the past. It explores both the beginnings of Los Angeles and the present-day dynamics of race and class, offering a window into the usually hidden world of high society, and the influence of historic families on current events. Sharon Hoshida has been involved in organizing work within the larger Santa Barbara community since 1970. She was honored by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus in May 2013 for excellence in Public Service. At UCSB, she is a founding member of the Asian American Faculty/Staff Association, a diversity trainer, advisor to various student groups, a planning committee member for First Year Women’s Program, and served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

     
  • May 22 Wed

    Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

    • SandraBland
    6:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This documentary explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. Dashcam footage revealing her arrest went viral, leading to national protests. The film team followed the two-year case beginning shortly after Bland's death, exploring the questions of what really happened to her, and what we may learn from her tragedy. 1h 43m

     
  • May 30 Thu

    Open Mic and an Evening of Self Expression with Sy Stokes

    • Sy Stokes
    7:30 PM

    MCC in I.V

    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. The MCC welcomes Sy Stokes, who has travelled the nation performing his spoken word poetry that touches on various topics including social justice, student activism, race and racism, education, love, family, and mental health, to act as this quarter’s MC. Sy is currently a second year Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Policy program at USC's Rossier School of Education.