2005 - 2006

Spring Quarter 2006:

MAY 12-13,2006

MultiEthnic AlliancesMultiEthnic Alliances

A Conversation for the 21st Century

Black Studies brings together ethnic studies scholars within and beyond UCSB for two-day discussion
May 12 - 13, 2006

The Center for Black Studies Research and the Department of Black Studies hosted a two-day symposium to discuss the future of ethnic studies on the 21st century university campus. The event was co-hosted by Asian American Studies, the Department of Chicana/o Studies, and the Center for Chicano Studies.

The MultiEthnic Alliances symposium brought together and enthusiastic group of professors and scholars from various ethnic studies programs to focus on new scholarly paradigms which acknowledge the inextricability of ethnicity from issues of (im)migration, class, health, education, and gender studies. The event was designed so participants would have the opportunity to present new research and experiences during a series of panel discussions, and then to encourage the exchange of ideas by creating ample opportunities for response and conversation.

Symposium speakers included, from UCSB, Dean Melvin Oliver, Gerardo Aldana, Edwina Barvosa-Carter, LeGrace Benson, Grace Chang, Reginald Daniel, Douglas H. Daniels, Anna Everett, Diane Fujino, Maria Herrera- Sobek, Guisela Latorre, James Lee, Nelson Lichtenstein, George Lipsitz, Claudine Michel, Mireille Miller-Young, John Park, Chela Sandoval, Kaia Stern, Roberto Strongman, Howard Winant, Clyde Woods, and Xiaojian Zhao. Speakers from outside UCSB included Lisa Cacho (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Nadège Clitandre (UC Berkeley), Rosa Linda Fregoso (UC Santa Cruz), Nelson Maldonado- Torres (UC Berkeley), Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University), Viet Nguyen (USC), Laura Perez (UC Berkeley), Tricia Rose (UC Santa Cruz), Lucia Suarez (University of Michigan), Ula Taylor (UC Berkeley), João H. Costa Vargas (U. Texas at Austin), and Raul Villa (Occidental College).

On Sunday, Professor George Lipsitz coordinated a graduate student panel during which emerging scholars of ethnic studies were able to present their research. Students included Felice Blake-Kleiven (UC Santa Cruz), Ricardo Guthrie (UC San Diego), Heidi Hoechst (UC San Diego), Paula Ioanide (UC Santa Cruz), Johari Jabir (UC Santa Barbara), Esther Lezra (UC Santa Cruz), Rashad Shabazz (UC Santa  Cruz), and Victor Viesca (CSU Los Angeles).

Toni Cade Bambara has written: “One’s got to see what the factory worker sees, what the prisoner sees, what the welfare children see, what the scholar sees, got to see what the ruling class mythmakers see as well, in order to tell the truth and not get trapped.” Our opportunity is to represent and document these multiple—frequently overlapping and conflicting—perspectives. As the communities we represent experience complex ethnic and cultural reshifting, growing struggles for recognition and social justice, and challenges to established identities, our role as scholars must reflect new responsibilities and levels of engagement. Ethnic studies scholars have made a commitment to serve as a bridge between these historically marginalized communities.

The event offered new opportunities for interdisciplinary, intercampus collaborations. All the panels and discussions during this free event were open to the public. The event was filmed for distribution to UCTV.



Winter Quarter 2006:

MARCH 14,2006

African Priorities and African Solutions

African Priorities & African Solutions

Undergrad conference takes action

March 14, 2006

When people arrived at “African Priorities and African Solutions for the New Millennium,” they received juice, some tasty refreshments, and a program; when they left everyone had pooled together enough money to purchase 40 chickens and two goats for an African community in need through Heifer International.

Almost 80 students, faculty, and community members participated in the department’s undergraduate research conference held on March 14, 2006, at Embarcadero Hall. Six panels covered topics such as “The Effects of AIDS and Policy on African Women and Children,” “Natural and Economic Resource Management,” “Reconciling Human Rights,” “Agricultural and Environmental Issues,” and “Understanding Health and Education Issues in Africa through Case Studies.” Student leaders passed a can, collecting spare change from the audience, hoping to gather $20 to purchase 20 chickens through Heifer International; the impromptu collection amounted to roughly ten times that. To learn more about Heifer International see their web site (

Students in Professor Lacy’s Africa-US Policy course organized the conference. Event sponsors included the Department of Black Studies, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Black Student Union, African Awareness Student Organization, Anthropology Student Union, CLAS Services, and Embarcadero Hall.

March 9, 2006

Robin Kelley4th Annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture



Thursday • March 9, 2006
4:00 pm, UCSB Campbell Hall

“A leading voice for contemporary black urban issues” —Manning Marable

Nationally renowned as a dynamic speaker and insightful cultural critic, Robin D.G. Kelley will be presenting “Africa Speaks, America Answers: The Drum Wars of Guy Warren.”

He will examine the cultural influence of jazz in the 1950s, in particular the art of drummer Guy Warren, a Ghanaian musician considered by many critics to be the inventor of Afro-jazz. Kelley is author of seven books, including the award-winning Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and The Black Working Class. For additional information: 893-3914

The press release for this event may be downloaded here.

The Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the UCSB Center for Black Studies and co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Academic Preparation & Equal Opportunity, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy, the Department of Black Studies, New Racial Studies, the Race and Technology Initiative, the Women’s Studies Program, the Hull Chair in Women’s Studies, the Department of History, the Center for Chicano Studies, the Department of Film Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Political Science, Asian American Studies Department, the Center for Work, Labor and Democracy, the Department of Global & International Studies, Department of Chicana/o Studies and the Women’s Center.

FEBRUARY 14, 2006

3rd Annual Nakupenda concertNakupenda
Eclectic Musings by Earl Stewart

February 14, 2006

Valentine’s Day was a lot sweeter in 2006 thanks to a musical treat of original compositions by Black Studies Professor Earl Stewart. The 3rd Annual Nakupenda Valentine’s Concert featured Jazz Pianist Richard Thompson, UCSB pianist Jeremy Haladyna, and poet/author Donald Bakeer.

Stewart’s complex, deeply emotional compositions inspired memorable performances by Thompson, Haladyna, and Bakeer. After an evening of piano compositions, short stories, and poetry, Stewart’s Eclectic Musings left the Valentine’s Day audience clamoring for more. UCTV will air the concert in its entirety throughout the summer. UCTV can be found locally on Cox Cable channel 21 and Dish Network channel 9412. Check the UCTV web site to see the next broadcast date. 


Fall Quarter 2005:

NOVEMBER 1, 2005

Angela DavisThe Legacy of the Panthers in the 21st Century

Angela Davis and Vilma Reis

November 1, 2005

Renowned activist Angela Davis came to UCSB on November 1, 2005. Professor Davis was active in the Black Panthers and the Black Power movement and embodied the spirit of 60’s radicalism. Active as a scholar, writer and passionate advocate for prison reform, Angela Davis is currently a Professor in the History of Consciousness department at UC Santa Cruz and holds a UC Presidential Chair in African-American and Feminist studies.

During her visit to UCSB, Professor Davis gave two presentations. The first, held at the Multicultural Center, was a dialogue with Vilma Reis on prison reform, given as part of the New Racial Studies Project’s “Race, Crime, & Citizenship” series. Dr. Reis is a prominent scholar as well. She is the director of CEAFRO, the Center for Education and Training on Race and Gender Equity in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. She is also a Professor of Sociology at the Federal University of Bahia and a Research Associate at the Project on Race and Democracy in the Americas of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Davis’ second presentation coincided with “The Black Panthers 1968: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones,” an exhibit at the University Art Museum. Addressing a standingroom- only crowd at Corwin Pavilion, Davis challenged media representations of the Panthers from an insider’s perspective. The events were sponsored by the Museum, the MCC, the IHC, Law & Society, and the New Racial Studies Project.

A luncheon was hosted at the Center for Black Studies Research with Department Faculty joined by friends and colleagues from across the campus. 

October 19, 2005

Race & Response in the Wake of KatrinaRace & Response
in the Wake of Katrina
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 • 2:00-4:30

An interdisciplinary panel discussion on the complex interaction of race, access to resources, and the reaction from neighboring communities and the Federal and local government.

Welcome Remarks by Dean Melvin Oliver

Panel Discussion moderated by
Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Director of the Center for Chicano Studies
Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum
William Freudenburg (Environmental Studies)
Gaye Theresa Johnson (Black Studies)
George Lipsitz (Black Studies)
Howard Winant (Sociology)
With a photo presentation by Nathan Bassiouni,
a student at Tulane University deputized by the National Guard for New Orleans rescue work, introduced by Chryss Yost.

Hosted by the Department of Black Studies & the Center for Black Studies

Sponsored by
the Office of the Chancellor
the Division of Social Sciences
the Office of Academic Preparation & Equal Opportunity
the Center for Chicano Studies
Associate Vice Chancellor - Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy.
the New Racial Studies Project
the Department of Film Studies
the Department of Women’s Studies
the Hull Chair in Women’s Studies.

This event was filmed for national broadcast. For airtimes, visit UCSB TV or go directly to Channel 21 website (local viewers) or UCTV (national).

DVD copies are available for $24.95. To order, please email UCSB TV.


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