2000 - 2001

Spring Quarter 2001:

JUNE 13, 2001

Five-Year Celebration(Five-Year) CELEBRATION at the Center for Black Studies
June 13, 2001

Luncheon at the Center for Black Studies. Celebrating promotions, book publications, awards and fellowships. Ethnic Studies Video-screening. Edwidge Danticat Video-screening. Black Women Filmmakers Video-screening.



MAY 31, 2001

Gerald C. Horne, Professor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
May 31, 2001

Book Signing

Reception and book signing to welcome former Chair of the Department of Black Studies at UCSB and Visiting Professor at the Center, featuring three of his latest books: Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois; Class Struggle in Hollywood , 1930-1950 ; and From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980.

MAY 29, 2001

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

May 29, 2001

The (Re) Presentation of Deities in the African Diasporic Discourse

Professor Bellegarde-Smith was scholar-in-residence at the Center for Black Studies at UCSB in 2000-2001. He teaches in the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a PhD in International Relations and has authored several books and articles on the issues of cultural history, identity, religion and national development.

may 22, 2001

Damion Thomas
Dissertation Fellow

Center for Black Studies
May 22, 2001

Lords and Masters: The American Sport Exchange Program, 1954-1968

april 27, 2001

Nontsasa Nako, Post-graduate researcher
University of Cape Town

April 27, 2001

Possessing the Voice of The Other: African Women and the Crises of Representation in Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy.

This paper locates Walker's totalizing tendencies in representation and posits that they result from her failure to address the differences within the category of black women. The paper argues for a reading of gender that focuses on location rather than race or gender as a unifying factor.

april 26, 2001

Zeev Gorin, Professor
Department of Sociology, Bradley University

April 26, 2001 at the Multicultural Center Meeting Room

The Ethiopian Jews of Israel: Issues of Race and Ethnicity

Dr. Gorin taught many years in the areas of ethnic, Black, Native-American and women's studies. He has developed a comparative interest in the ethnic diversity of the state of Israel-arguably the most diverse such state in the world - presently concentrating on the Ethiopian Jews. He has studied at Hebrew University and received his PhD from Columbia University.


Winter Quarter 2001:

MARCH 15, 2001

Carolyn Cooper, Professor and Chair,
Department of English at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

March 15, 2001

"Mama, is that you?": Erotic Disguise in the Films Dancehall Queen and Babymother."

As a literary and cultural critic, she has published numerous articles on the Caribbean, and a book entitled Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the Vulgar Body of Jamaican Popular Culture. Her current research continues to focus on "dancehall" and "reggae".

FEBRUARY 23, 2001

Paris Barclay, Film Director

February 23, 2001

Lunch Talk:
"Diversity in Entertainment."

College of Letters and Science, Division of Social Sciences, Social Sciences Development,
The Center for Black Studies and The Women's Studies Program.

Emmy Award-winning "Best Director" NYPD Blue; Director: ER, The West Wing; Co-Executive Producer/Director: City of Angels. Films: The Reunion (HBO); Feature Film: Don't Be a Menace to Society While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996).

FEBRUARY 24, 2001

Karen McCarthy Brown
Professor of Religion, Drew University

February 24, 2001

Critical Issues in America Project

Video-tape interview with noted anthropologist of religion, Karen McCarthy Brown. She discussed what happened after Mama Lola was published, the writing of the second editor of the book and the New Jersey Project.


Fall Quarter 2000:

DECEMBER 2-3 , 2000

Celebrating 30 Years of Ethnic Studies ResearchCelebrating 30 Years of Ethnic Studies Research: A Dialogue Among UC Ethnic Studies Faculty

December 2-3, 2000

This two-day conference critically examined the myriad ways scholars in Ethnic Studies at UC have expanded academic canons and disciplines, developed new theories and methodologies, and integrated their teaching and research with the struggles faced in peoples’ daily lives. The conference brought together over 30 UC scholars from a variety of campuses and from a diverse range of ethnic studies disciplines to explore and analyze how their teaching and research is employed to maintain a commitment to their profession, discipline, and the communities they are seen to represent. In addition to talking about their own research, presenters spoke indirectly about issues of plurality and unity in Ethnic Studies research. Discussion groups explored ways in which communication can be increased between Ethnic Studies programs, how to narrow the gap between communities of color and the academy, and the important role Ethnic Studies components must play in the current cultural, political, and economic landscape. The conference included a number of exhibits including a display of Ethnic Studies books by UC professors and a historical exhibit on Santa Barbara’s Chinese community.

The Center for Black Studies was the principal organizer of the conference and worked with a steering committee that included representatives from the Women’s Studies Program, Department of Chicano Studies, Department of Black Studies, Center for Chicano Studies, Department of Religious Studies and Department of Asian American Studies. Sponsors included the UC Office of the President, and at UCSB, the Offices of the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, College of Letters & Science, Office of Affirmative Action, the MultiCultural Center, EPCA, and Project Crossroads.


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