2008 - 2009

Spring Quarter 2009:

May 27 & 28, 2009

Image by William JonesWEDNESDAY May 27, 2009
5:30-7:00 pm Lecture
Psychology Bldg. Room 1924

THURSDAY May 28, 2009
Noon-1:00 pm
Center for Black Studies

Artist William Jones
"Diaspora to the Digital: Urban Update"

William Jones was awarded the Center for Black Studies research fellowship in 2003.

Mr. Jones taught computer graphics, design, and illustration at the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana. While based in Ghana, he traveled to other African countries including Togo, Benin, Tanzania, and Kenya. His photo-documentation and digital illustration from this period capture the vibrant spiritual energy he experienced during social rituals and sacred ceremonies.

William Jones Mr. Jones’s mastery of design-based technologies, his personal experiences in Africa, and his passion for education are incorporated in Synergy: Diaspora to the Digital, published by the Center for Black Studies. . William Jones is currently living in New York City, where he is a freelance graphic designer and an adjunct computer professor at two local colleges. He serves as a program director for a non-profit organization that provides children’s services in East Harlem.

May 20-21, 2009

Flag Week posterWEDNESDAY May 20, 2009

5:30-7:00 pm Lecture
Psychology Bldg. Room 1924
Links Between Haitian Vodou & Santeria
Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a professor of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an houngan, or Vodou priest.   

THURSDAY, May 21, 2009

Haiti: False Starts, New Beginnings
All events and screenings at the MultiCultural Center Theater

9:15 Opening Remarks
Claudine Michel

9:30-11:15 Panel

Chair—Christopher McAuley
Tatiana Wah—Haiti's Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Framework: Implications for Implementation
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith—Haiti: Beyond Revolution
Carolle Charles—Haitian Women Political and Economic claims on State and Society 1984-2007

11:15- 12 Discussion

1:00 pm FILM: The Road to Fondwa (link to official site and trailer)

2:00-4:00 Panel
Chair—Roberto Strongman
Discussants: Nadège Clitandre, Jeb Sprague, Nicolas Pascal

6:00 pm FILM: Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (link to official site and trailer)
Screening followed by panel discussion with filmmaker Renèe bergan and Haitian scholars.

May 18, 2009

Beyond Revolution and "Voodoo" flyerBeyond Revolution and "Voodoo": Opportunities for Research and Outreach in Haiti

Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies @ Robertson Gym
Monday, May 18, 2009 • Noon - 2:00 pm

To celebrate Haitian Flag Day, this lunch forum brought together groups and individuals working to create a better understanding of Haiti’s history and culture, beyond the stereotypes perpetuating by the media and Hollywood. UCSB students and faculty are making a difference in Haiti.

Speakers included:
Nadège Clitandre, founder of Haïti Soleil and post-doc fellow
at the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research
Jeb Sprague, grad student in sociology
AHEAD, a student group working to raise funds and awareness for Haiti.

Co-sponsored by the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies.

May 13, 2009

Charles Long posterDr. Charles H. Long

Two events with the renowned religious scholar, professor, mentor, and author of Alpha, The Myths of Creation; The History of Religions: Essays in Understanding, ed. with Joseph Kitagawa; and Significations: Signs, Symbols and Images in the Interpretation of Religion.

In Conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, Chair, Black Studies

Noon, Center for Black Studies Research

"Perspective for Afro-American Religion in the United States: Re-orienting the Nature and Meaning of 'America,' 'Africa,' and 'African American'"

6:00 pm, Psychology room 1924

May 12, 2009

A Taste of the African Diaspora posterCelebrate Black Culture Week
"A Taste of the African diaspora"

Come have a bite to eat and celebrate the cultural diversity of our staff, students, and faculty.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Center for Black Studies Research. Co-sponsored by the Department of Black Studies and the African diasporic Cultural Resource Center.

May 4-31, 2009

Santa Barbara Library eventHaitian Youth in Action

a photo and art exhibit from
Bibliothèque du Soleil
to honor Haitian Flag Week

Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library

May 4 - May 31, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 pm
, with a presentation by Nadège Clitandre, co-founder of Bibliothèque du Soleil

Bibliothèque du Soleil, a community library in Port au Prince, Haiti, has been promoting literacy, a culture of reading, and cross-cultural exchange since 2005. This exhibit will showcase the artwork of young students in Haiti, as well as photos from the annual summer camp program organized by Bibliothèque du Soleil.

May 1, 2009

"African American Traditions in California: Establishing a University of California System-wide Network to Address Research, Curricular, Public Policy, and Archival Needs"

UCSB University Center, Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Host: Gaye Johnson, Assistant  Professor, Department of Black Studies UC Santa Barbara
Host: Clyde Woods, Assistant Professor, Department of Black Studies UC Santa Barbara
Susan D. Anderson, Managing Director, LA As Subject, University of Southern California
Stephanie Batiste, Assistant Professor, Departments of Black Studies and English, UC Santa Barbara
Sylvia Curtis, Librarian, UC Santa Barbara, Collection manager for Departments of Black Studies and Dance
Douglas Daniels, Professor, Departments of Black Studies and History, UC Santa Barbara
Wendel Eckford, Ph.D., Director, Ralph Bunche Scholars College and the Ralph Bunche Distinguished Professor of U.S. & African American History , Los Angeles City College
Gregory Everett, filmmaker and archivist, Los Angeles
Julie Grigsby, doctoral student, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas.
Allison Jefferson, doctoral student, Department of History, UCSB
Chris McAuley, Associate Professor in the Department of Black Studies, UCSB
John Park, Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, UCSB
Damien Schneider, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSB
Yen Ling Shek, Chief of Staff,  UC Asian American /Pacific Islander Policy Multi- 
campus Research Program
Alva Stevenson, administrator and scholar, UCLA Center for Oral History Research
Jeffrey Stewart, Professor and Chair, Department of Black Studies, UCSB
Ula Taylor, Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Danny Widener, Associate Professor, Department of History, UC San Diego


April 8, 2009


Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha

"Bumuntu Paradigm: The Concept of Holiness and Genuine Personhood in African Traditional Religions"



April 7, 2009

Shirley Kennedy PremierePremiere of It Was All of Us: Dr. Shirley Kennedy, The Life of an Activist followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

MultiCultural Center Theater















Winter Quarter 2009:

March 12, 2009


Ali Baba
Malian singer and composer


Bara Mboup
Senegalese master percussionist

“... Even without explanation or translation, Ali Baba’s voice, his
passionate music, and his ability to channel ancient Malian traditions through an electric pop idiom deliver a powerful, universal message.” (Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide)

February 19, 2009

Robert Bullard Poster2009 Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture

"Environmental Justice for All"

Dr. Robert Bullard

Author of Dumping in Dixie and
Race, Place, and envIRonmental justice
after hurricane katrina

Thursday, february 19, 2009 • 4:00 PM • FREE
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

Dr. Robert Bullard has been called the father of the environmental justice movement. For more than two decades, he has championed environmental protection as a civil rights and social justice issue. As global climate change poses special challenges for communities of color and the poor, the commitment to environmental justice is a value that can unite us all, across boundaries of race, class, gender, age, and geography.

February 5, 2009

Open House posterUndergraduate Open House at the Center to introduce UCSB students to the Center's programs and services.

Presentations representing Project Excel, Bibliothèque du Soleil, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Kalfou, and more.

January 20, 2009

Obama HistoryCelebration of the Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama
as the 44th President of the United States of America

UCSB Mosher Alumni House
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 am
Inauguration ceremony broadcast at 9:00 am



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