Black Girl Resistance flyer

"We Do What We Want!"
Black Girl Resistance as Political Praxis for Visionary World-Making

Thursday, March 9, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m.
4603 South Hall
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research

Lunch will be provided

Featured speaker: Amoni Thompson, Ph.D. student, UCSB department of feminist studies

This talk looks at how southern Black girl rappers function as emblems of freedom in the lives of other Black girls within the context of the nonprofit industrial complex. Drawing on her experience working with young Black girls in Atlanta afterschool education, Thompson explores how Black girlhood and the cultural practices Black girls create illuminate an alternate way of being that provides decolonial possibility.

This talk is part of a monthly research symposium sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association, the Center for Black Studies Research, and the Chicano Studies Institute. The symposium features talks by Black faculty and graduate students as well as free lunch and a chance to socialize while learning about the amazing research that is being conducted throughout the campus. All are welcome!

For more information regarding this symposium, contact


Rethinking Mobilization in the Age of Trumpism flyer"Rethinking Mobilization in the Age of Trumpism"

Thursday, February 23, 2017
12:00–1:30 p.m.
4603 South Hall
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research

Lunch will be provided

Featured speaker: François Pierre-Louis, visiting professor in political science, Queens College, CUNY

This talk is part of a monthly research symposium sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association, the Center for Black Studies Research, and the Chicano Studies Institute. The symposium features talks by Black faculty and graduate students as well as free lunch and a chance to socialize while learning about the amazing research that is being conducted throughout the campus. All are welcome!

For more information regarding this symposium, contact


Manzanar flyer



The Manzanar Fishing Club
Film screening and Q&A with director Cory Shiozaki and former Manzanar internee Mas Okui
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:00 p.m.
MultiCultural Center


The Manzanar Fishing Club depicts the true story of Japanese American internees who slipped away under the cover of night to find freedom and adventure matching wits with the prized trout of the Sierra Nevada's high-altitude lakes and streams. This creative treatment of actual events is the product of director Cory Shiozaki and writer Richard Imamura.


MLK flyer"I have decided to stick with love":
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration
January 13–16, 2017

Weekend Kick-off Event
at the Eternal Flame, UCSB

Noon–12:30 pm: Welcoming program
Eternal Flame, Buchanan Courtyard, UCSB

12:30–1:00 pm: "Walk with Us"

1:00–3:00 pm: Social gathering with refreshments
UCSB MultiCultural Center

11:00 am–12:30 pm
"I have decided to stick with love"
Santa Barbara Ring Shout
Interpretive dance, speeches, and skit on the theme of love
Pilgrim Terrace Meeting Room, 649 Pilgrim Terrace Dr., Santa Barbara

1:00–4:00 pm
"The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Peace Builders of Our Time"
Karpeles Library and Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara faith communities will honor Dr. King and his legacy.
Locations and times will be posted at

9:00 am
Opening Rally
Invocation, celebratory speakers, gospel singing, and world dance
De La Guerra Plaza, Santa Barbara

10:00 am
Unity March along State St. to the Arlington Theater
The community is invited to participate in the march in a show of solidarity

11:00 am
Celebration Program
Speakers, Poetry & Essay Contest winners, music, and dance
Arlington Theater, 1317 State St., Santa Barbara

For more information, click on the flyer above or contact Rosa Pinter at 805-893-3914 or


Black Panther Party art events poster50 Years of the Black Panther Party:
Revolutionary Art and the Black Radical Tradition

featuring Emory Douglas, revolutionary artist and the BPP's Minister of Culture
& Akinsanya Kambon, painter, sculptor, and author of the Black Panther Coloring Book

Clyde Woods Memorial Lecture
"Revolutionary Art and Black Liberation:
The Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter and Beyond"
Monday, November 14, 2016
6–8 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Theater

Emory Douglas and Akinsanya Kambon, in conversation with professors Felice Blake and Diane Fujino, will deliver a presentation on the role of art in cultivating a radical imagination and developing activist practices

The lecture will be followed by a reception for the art exhibit at the MCC:
"50 Years and Counting: The Revolutionary Art of the Black Panther Party"
Monday, November 14
8 p.m.
Multicultural Center Lounge


Intergenerational Activist Dialogue

A community discussion promoting youth voices and youth leadership in collaboration with various generations of those in struggle for social justice.

Sunday, November 13, 2016
11 a.m.—1 p.m.
La Casa de la Raza
601 E. Montecito St, Santa Barbara
Light lunch following the dialogue
RSVP for the lunch to Rosa Pinter (, 805-893-3914)

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at or Rosa Pinter at or 805-893-3914



"Art as Experience and Activism: The Other Malecon in Pictures and Words"
A Conversation with Photographer John Paul Gallagher
Friday October 28
10 a.m.
Center for Black Studies 4603 South Hall

Jeffrey Stewart, Department of Black Studies
Cristina Venegas, Department of Film and Media Studies
George Lipsitz, Departments of Black Studies and Sociology

John Gallagher's photo exhibit of the people who live and work around the boardwalk in Santo Domingo, D.R. is now on display on the first floor of the library. This will be an opportunity to engage the photographer in a discussion about photography as social practice.


Angela Stuesse flyerActivist Anthropologist Angela Stuesse on
"Scratching Out a Living:
Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South"

Friday, October 21, 2016
1:00 p.m.
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Activist anthropologist Angela Stuesse discusses her new book Scratching Out a Living, which takes readers deep into Mississippi's chicken-processing plants and communities, where large numbers of Latin American migrants were recruited in the mid-1990s to labor alongside an established African American workforce in some of the most dangerous and lowest-paid jobs in the country.

Illuminating connections between the areas long history of racial inequality, the industry's growth and drive to lower labor costs, immigrants' contested place in contemporary social relations, and workers' prospects for political mobilization, Stuesse paints a compelling ethnographic portrait of neoliberal globalization and calls for organizing strategies that bring diverse working communities together in mutual construction of a more just future.

For more information, contact Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at or Rosa Pinter at or 805-893-3914.


Report from the front lines flyerReport from the Front Lines:
Standing Rock Resistance and the North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Monday, October 10, 2016
7:00 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Lounge, UCSB

In early September, members of the local Chumash community traveled to Standing Rock Reservation, the site of ongoing protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. They will speak to what they witnessed at Standing Rock, provide an update on the current state of occupation, discuss the kinds of Indigenous resistance being organized, and share personal experiences and reflections.

For more information, contact Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at or Rosa Pinter at or 805-893-3914.


Haiti Flag Week flyerHAITI FLAG WEEK 2016

Haiti Flag Day Celebration in Los Angeles
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Hollywood Park Casino
3833 Century Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303

Hosted by comedian Rich Pierre Louis and artist-activist Ella Turenne; featuring Paul Beaubrun and Zing Eksperyans

Paul Beaubrun in Performance: Roots, Rock, and Reggae
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
3:30 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB

Paul Beaubrun is a singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist who comes from an eminent and treasured Haitian family of entertainers and currently heads the band Zing Experience. His music fuses Haitian roots, rock, and reggae to create a soulful sound, with influences from artists as diverse as Boukman Experyans, Fela Kuti, Sade, Angelique Kidjo, Emeline Michel, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley.

The Three Phases of Sans Souci: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at the Palace of Henry Christophe
J. Cameron Monroe (professor of anthropology, UC Santa Cruz)
Thursday, May 19, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Social Sciences and Media Studies (SSMS) Conference Room 2135

The royal palace of Sans Souci was a key component of royal power strategies in the fledgling state that emerged from the Haitian Revolution. Despite the site's central role in the production of historical memory in Haiti, negligible archaeological work has beenc arried out to study the building chronology or organization of space. In 2015, an international team initiated geophysical survey and archaeological testing with this goal in mind. Professor Monroe will introduce the preliminary results of this fieldwork, revealing ahistory of settlement extending to the colonial era and providing new insights on the foundations and legacies of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Questions? Contact Nadège T. Clitandre at or Mahsheed Ayoub at or 805-893-3914


Decolonization and Degentrification Community Dialogue

Friday, May 6, 2016
5–7 p.m.

El Centro
629 Coronel Pl.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
NOTE: Carpooling is strongly advised since parking spaces are limited

An interactive workshop with POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE, a grassroots arts organization based in Oakland, covering issues of poverty, houselessness, migration, false borders, criminalization, disability, eldership, and indigenous resistance

Questions? Contact Jonathan Gomez at or Mahsheed Ayoub at or 805-893-3914


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Film screening with discussion led by Dr. Diane Fujino, CBSR director

Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and who left it.

Questions? Contact the MultiCultural Center at 805-893-8411.


What is the future of sustainable technology flyerWhat is the Future of Appropriate Technology?
Boureima Kabre, Burkina Energy and Appropriate Technology

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
2:00 p.m.
UCEN State Street Room, UCSB

Boureima Kabre is the founder and director of Burkina Energy and Appropriate Technology (BETA), a locally run social enterprise promoting sustainable energy access in rural communities of Burkina Faso, West Africa. BETA has successfully installed over 4,000 solar panels and lamps in rural areas of Burkina Faso. Mr. Kabre will discuss his efforts to launch local production of renewable energy products as a means of greater economic and gender empowerment in rural communities.

Questions? Contact Dena Montague at


Gary Dymski and Melody Chiong flyer


Getting from Internal Colony to Subprime Haven to Circular Economy in Racialized Space:
The Logic of Reinvestment vs. the Globalization of Accumulation

Gary Dymski (University of Leeds) and Melody Chiong (UC San Diego)

Thursday, February 25, 2016
12 noon
South Hall 4603 (UCSB Center for Black Studies)

This presentation focuses on two issues in current policy debate: first, how to renew the economic fortunes of communities disproportionately affected by the subprime and foreclosure crises; second, how to “localize” city and regional economies so as to make them more sustainable and resilient.

The second topic, which leads to the idea of a “circular economy,” has received enormous global attention; indeed, “circular economy” was featured as a key element in taking on global warming in the November 2015 Paris climate summit (COP21). Yet the first topic remains off the political map.

However, the two topics are linked: contemporary efforts to create localized or circular economies echo debates in the 1970s over whether the political economic fortunes of African American and Chicano/Latino inner-city areas in the United States could be stabilized by internalizing cash flows in the community. Dymski and Chiong’s research shows how understanding the logic of reinvestment is crucial for developing truly inclusive approaches to regional development in the post-subprime crises period.

Contact Mahsheed Ayoub, or 805-893-3914
Professor Christopher McAuley,



The Lost Promise of the Humanities:
Art, Theater, and Participatory Democracy

Doris Sommer, Harvard University

Friday, February 19, 2016
1–2:30 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge

Building on the extraordinary intervention made in scholarly and civic life by Doris Sommer’s The Work of Art in the World, this talk explores her efforts to create a public humanities, taking seriously the ways in which civic participation depends on the aesthetic judgments and imagination that art inspires.

With examples ranging from the artistic intervention by Bogota mayor Antanas Mockus to reduce violence, to the creative use of books and literature in Lima, to her Cultural Agents project at Harvard, Sommers challenges us to rethink the promise of the humanities as an engagement with the world.

Sommer’s recent work makes a major contribution to what we at the Center for Black Studies Research have been calling “engaged scholarship”: a form of practicing the humanities that brings together social actors, activists, artists, and our communities as researchers, teachers, and students.

This lecture is kindly cosponsored by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Questions? Contact Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or, or Professor Esther Lezra at


Flyer for 2016 Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture

2016 Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture

The Dialectics of Motion: Praxis Makes Revolution

Kalamu ya Salaam, Students at the Center, New Orleans

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
4:00 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

Poet, writer, filmmaker, and arts administrater Kalamu ya Salaam will present a major lecture on the pedagogy of Students at the Center (SAC), a writing and digital media program resisting neoliberal education in New Orleans public high schools.

SAC connects Black and Vietnamese students to histories not written down as part of the traditional archives—stories about incarceration, environmental disasters, and multiple oppressions. Their work shows the transformative power of writing, of story circles, and of collectively producing new knowledge.

Ya Salaam is also the author of The Magic of Juju, an appreciation of the Black Arts Movement.

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino, CBSR Director, at or Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or


Prisons, Black Panthers, and Abolition Democracy

A Conversation with Sekou Odinga and Hank Jones

Moderated by Nia Mitchell, Professor David Pellow and Professor Diane Fujino

Monday, February 1, 2016
6:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB

Former Black Panthers and political prisoners Sekou Odinga and Hank Jones speak about prisons, violence against Black communities, and Black liberation struggles--a conversation that connects today's prisons and policing to Black reconstruction through a focus on Abolition Democracy.

After 33 years in prison, Odinga was released on parole in November 2014. As one of the San Francisco 8, Jones was arrested in 2007, charged with a 1971 killing based on evidence gained through torture in the 1970s. Black power and decolonial politics shape their current activism.

More info? Contact Diane Fujino, CBSR Director, at or Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or



Walk with Us

A Commemorative Walk from the Eternal Flame to Kick Off the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Events

Friday, January 15, 2016
12:00 noon
The Eternal Flame on the UCSB Campus Lawn

"Walk with Us" kicks off the 2016 national holiday weekend of commemoration events organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara. UCSB Alumni Affairs, The Center for Black Studies Research and the Department of Black Studies will host a tribute at the Eternal Flame followed by a walk to the new North Hall murals and a lunch reception at the Mosher Alumni House. All are invited to "Walk with Us."

To RSVP for lunch, contact Susan Yamashiro at



Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Simone Browne
Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies
at the University of Texas, Austin

Thursday, November 19, 2015
3:00 p.m.

Situating blackness as an absented presence in the field of surveillance studies, this talk questions how a realization of the conditions of blackness—the historical, the present, and the historical present—can help social theorists understand our contemporary conditions of surveillance.


Questions? Contact Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at, or Mahsheed Ayoub at or 805-893-3914


Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin

Celeste-Marie Bernier

Thursday, November 5, 2015
4:00 p.m.
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Celeste-Marie Bernier traces the life story of Horace Pippin, a self-made artist and World War I soldier who transformed his combat service into canvases and autobiographies with emotive power, psychological depth, and haunting realism.

Bernier illustrates Pippin's status as a groundbreaking African American painter who not only suffered from but also staged many artful resistances to racism in a white-dominated art world.





Race and Representation: Visual Images of the African Diaspora

Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Nottingham), Esther Lezra (UCSB), Bill Lawson (University of Memphis), and Earnestine Jenkins (University of Memphis)

Friday, November 6, 2015
1:00 p.m.
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at, or Mahsheed Ayoub at or 805-893-3914


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