2007 - 2008

Spring Quarter 2008:

April 3, 2008

Nakupenda 4: BACH IN THE HOOD
April 3, 2008 - 8:00 pm

Music by Professor Earl Stewart, performed by the Eclectic Strings Studio Orchestra.

UCSB Corwin Pavilion. Tickets from Associated Students Ticket Office $15 / $10 students. Call 893-2064

May 28, 2008

Ricardo A GuthrieRicardo Guthrie on "Dedicated to the Cause of the People: Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett The San Francisco Sun-Reporter and Black Consciousness, 1947-1966"

Wednesday, May 28, 12:00 Noon FREE

Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Light refreshments

Visiting researcher Ricardo Guthrie will discuss how a Black physician used his weekly newspaper to help transform San Francisco's neighborhoods of Negro migrant workers into an activist Black community after World War II.

Only the third practicing Black physician in San Francisco during the 1940s, Carlton Goodlett parlayed his popularity and leadership skills into the political arena—leading the local NAACP chapter, agitating for more African American employees at the city level, breaking down segregation in local hospitals, building multiracial coalitions, and forging two newspapers into a unified voice for African Americans.

Goodlett and the Sun-Reporter staff contributed to the developing consciousness and empowerment movements which found fertile ground in the Bay Area during the 1950s and 1960s. Guthrie’s research tells part of the story about why this occurred in San Francisco, and explores the continuing social and political legacy of Black and ethnic journalism in establishing a more inclusive, multicultural public sphere.

May 19-23, 2008

Celebrating Haiti's History, Supporting Haiti's Future

Events May 19-May 23, 2008

Monday 11:30-1:00: Brown Bag Luncheon with Haiti Soleil founder Nadège T. Clitandre
Learn more about the important work being done to build libraries and museums in Haiti to provide a safe space to nurture education and democracy (at the Center)
Tuesday 12-2:00: Bookdrive for Bibliothèque du Soleil organized by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority student organization (at the Arbor)
Tuesday 3pm: "The Position of Haiti in the African Diaspora" Talk by Nadège T. Clitandre. Clitandre’s work is concerned with ways in which displacement, migration, diaspora, and notions of exile, homelessness, and return are articulated by Haitian women writers.(at the Women's Center)
Wednesday 5:00-7:00: Poetry Reading & Open Mic Nadège T. Clitandre reads “Diaspora in My Hair” and other poems, followed by featured readers & open mic. Copies of Brassage: An Anthology of Poems by Haitian Women will be available for sale, with proceeds to Haiti Soleil.(at AdCRC)
Friday 12-3pm: Bake sale for Haiti organized by Akanke (at the Arbor)

April 29, 2008

Dr. LeGrace Benson of the Arts of Haiti Project
Paradise as an Ecological Proposal

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 • 1940 Buchanan Hall • Free

From the mid-twentieth century to the present, Haitian painters have created landscapes that seem on the surface to have only an ironic relationship with the actualities of their increasingly deforested, eroded country. The tropical beauty of the works could be dismissed as superficial tourist art, colorful blandishments for visitors from the pale north countries to take a piece of the colorful warmth back home. But closer attention to the themes and their details leads to revelations of attitudes of realistic distress coupled with directional signals of hope. This presentation includes a selection of Haitian paintings and sculptures from 1950 to 2007.


Fall Quarter 2007:

NOVEMBER 2-3, 2007


The eighth annual conference of KOSANBA, the Congress of Santa Barbara, was held on November 2-3, 2007 at the William Monroe Trotter Institute in Boston.

KOSANBA, the only scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou, celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2007. KOSANBA, with an international membership, is based at the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research.

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Summer Quarter 2007:

July 10 - August 7, 2007

African American Traditions in Southern California

African American Traditions in Southern California:
History, Culture, Social Vision, and Challenges

This program provides unparalleled insights into one of the world’s most vibrant cultural communities. Simultaneously, the participants will examine the current challenges facing Blacks in Southern California. Our goal is to build an on-going campus dialogue on the shared futures of California’s communities. Organized around four inter-generational dialogues, the program is designed to appeal to those interested in several discourses: African American expressive culture; social and economic conditions; racial and ethnic disparities; social and cultural movements; public policy; and the history and future of California.

Tradition I. The Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers and Contemporary African American Film
Exhibition: A retrospective of the films of Billy Woodberry, the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers, and of Gregory Everett
Tuesday, July 10, 7 - 10 pm - Lotte Lehman Concert Hall

Dialogue with Billy Woodberry and Gregory Everett: Billy Woodberry is a legendary independent filmmaker. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles Film/Television Department with an MFA in production. A founding member of the Los Angeles School, his landmark 1984 feature Bless Their Little Hearts focused on a family in South Los Angeles that is driven to the breaking point by poverty. His 2004 film, Woodberry has taught in the Art School and the Film/Video School at CalArts since 1989 and has been a member of the Board of the Film Forum, Los Angeles since 1998. Gregory Everett is an artist, craftsman, filmmaker, and hip-hop guru. He received his first formal instruction and training in cinema at the Barnsdall Junior Arts Academy for Filmmaking and then received professional training in drama, film, and video at the Ebony Showcase Theatre, Brock Peter’s Communications’ Bridge, and at Los Angeles City College.. Everett is currently producing and directing various documentaries: Black Infant Mortality: Your Generation at Risk; History of the Hood (on the evolution of L.A. street gangs); 41st & Central (the story of the Southern California chapter of the Black Panther Party as told by a father to his a son); and the History of West Coast Hip-Hop. Wednesday, July 11, 7 - 10pm - Lotte Lehman Concert Hall

Tradition II. The Music of the Watts and South Central Renaissances
Kamau Daaood is the author of The Language of Saxophones: Selected Poems of Kamau Daaood and is the co-founder, with drummer Billy Higgins, of The World Stage Performance Gallery. A former member of the Watts Writers Workshop and the Pan African People’s Arkestra, in 1997 he recorded the critically acclaimed album Leimert Park. Medusa has been compared to Gil-Scott, Chuck D, and Lauren Hill. She is key member of the West Coast underground hip-hop, and artistic community, and was one of the first to consistently perform with a live band She received a Grammy for her work with the band Ozomatli. LA Weekly has voted Medsua LA’s “Best Hip-Hop Artist” two years in a row. Wednesday, July 25, 7 - 10 pm - Lotte Lehman Concert Hall

Tradition III. Social Vision/ Current Challenges: Children, Educational Reform, and Women’s Health
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 3- 5:30
“School Reform in Los Angeles” Joyce Germaine Watts is on the faculty of the School of Educational Leadership and Change at the Fielding Graduate University. “ The State of African American Children” Cathy Tate is Program Director of Sage, a school-age child care center that serves children and families living in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Development in Watts. “The School to Prison Pipeline" Damien Schnyder is an anthropologist and doctoral candidate in the African Diaspora Program at the University of Texas. Black Women’s Health Disparities in Southern California. Julie Grigsby is an anthropologist and doctoral candidate in the African Diaspora Program at the University of Texas. Wednesday, August 1, 3-5:30 pm - McCune Conference Room (IHC)

Tradition IV. Social Vision/Current Challenges: Black and Latino Relations
Tuesday August 7, 2007 3-5:30 pm
Irene Vásquez is Chair and Associate Professor of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Ron Wilkins is an expert on Black and Mexican relations, a former SNCC activist, and a professor in the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. McCune Conference Room (6020 HSSB)

A Summer 2007 Cultural and Enrichment Program Sponsored by the University of California, Santa Barbara: Office of the Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs, the Office of Summer Sessions, the Department of Black Studies, and the Center for Black Studies. Convener: Assistant Professor Clyde Woods, Department of Black Studies, For more information on events please call Raphaëlla Nau at 805-893-3800 or email her at


The Center for Black Studies Research hosts conferences, colloquia, guest lecturers, screenings, and other events for the benefit of faculty, students, and the Santa Barbara community.

Events are FREE unless specified.

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