HLT Quan portraitThe UCSB Center for Black Studies Research presents

H.L.T. Quan

What Are Friends For? China's New Adventures in Africa & the Trope of Solidarity

Thursday, May 20, 2010 • 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Center for Black Studies Research • South Hall 4603

This talk focuses on one of modern development’s most familiar reiterations: the aggressive economic engagement with Africa. It explores China’s “new adventures” in Africa by investigating the recent acceleration of China-African economic engagement, the new Africa-China strategic partnership, and the official campaign to legitimize China’s aggressive approach toward Africa. The trope of solidarity and cooperation, as articulated by the official narrative of African and Chinese states, anticipates criticisms of the familiar development of colonial economic reiterations, where Africa is being pursued for its raw materials and market availabilities.

H. L. T. Quan is a political theorist and a documentary filmmaker. She teaches in Justice & Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her writings can be found in Social Identity, Race & Class, Meridians, Signs, and the edited volumes Race & Human Rights and Global Africa. Through Quad Productions and in collaboration with C. A. Griffith, Quan has co-directed, co-produced, and co-edited more than half a dozen short and feature length documentaries. Griffith and Quan recently completed the feature length documentary, Mountains That Take Wing/Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation. They are working on America’s Home, a feature length documentary about gentrification, empire and popular resistance in San Juan, PR. Quan is finishing her book manuscript, AntiDemocracy: Savage Developmentalism and the Modern World. She is also a UCSB Alumna.

Mountains That Take Wing will be shown Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 pm in the MCC Theater.

3rd Annual Haiti Flag Week

Haiti Flag Week FlyerCelebrate Haiti Flag Week
free food, performances & panel discussions

More events may be added,
so please check for updates!

Monday, MAY 17

1:00-3:00 pm
An Nou Pale / Let’s Mingle!
Flag Week Opening Ceremony. Free Haitian Food!
Co-sponsored by Black Student Union and Black Pioneers Renaissance Organization
Student Resource Building Patio

7:00-8:30 pm
Poets for Haiti
Fundraiser for the UCSB Haiti Relief Fund
Downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery

Tuesday MAY 18

4:00-6:00 pm
Voices from Haiti
Panel discussion featuring spoken word artist Gina Athena Ulysse, journalist Anne-Christine d’Adesky, Professor Claudine Michel, Dr. Nadège Clitandre, and Professor Clyde Woods
MultiCultural Center Theater

7:00-8:30 pm
Because When God Is Too Busy Haiti, Me & the World
Performance by Gina Athena Ulysse
MultiCultural Center Theater

Wednesday, MAY 19

12:00 noon
A Haitian Journalist’s Perspective
Brown bag discussion with journalist Anne-Christine d’Adesky
Light refreshments will be provided.
Center for Black Studies, 4603 South Hall

3:00-4:00 pm
Stories of Trauma, Stories of Will by Gina Athena Ulysse
Sponsored by the Women’s Center
Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room

Thursday MAY 20

Tèt Ansam / Heads together: How UC Students Can Help Haiti
A report from the UC Haiti Summit, by Lukmaan Bawazer, Mary Dinh, Claudine Michel, Eziaku Nwokocha, Nicolas Alberto Pascal. Free pizza!
Co-sponsored by the Human Right Council and Engineers Without Borders
Bren Hall 1414

Monday MAY 24

5:00 pm
Brent Moellenberg, Engineers Without Borders: Update from Haiti
Brent Moellenberg is a member of Engineers Without Borders-San Francisco and has been working on solar lighting projects in the Bayonnais Valley for several years.  He is now working with WE CARE Solar as Director of Haiti Operations. Co-sponsored by Engineers Without Borders.
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Piercy HintzenThe UC Multi-Campus Research Group in African Studies presents

Percy Hintzen

Professor of African American Studies, Chair of the Center for African Studies, and former Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Re-Theorizing the African Diaspora Metaphor, Revelation, Recognition & Consciousness

Friday, April 16, 2010 4:00-5:30 pm HSSB 1174

Percy C. Hintzen is Professor and former Chair of African American Studies, a former Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves, currently, as Chair of the Center for African Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Political Sociology from Yale University in 1981. His scholarship is organized around an examination of the relationship between the African Diaspora and the modern. More generally, it examines relationships among modernity, political economy, and the production of difference. His research has focused on the West Indies, Africa, and black immigrants to the United States. His publications include The Costs of Regime Survival, Cambridge University Press, 1989, West Indian in the West, New York University Press, 2001 and Problematizing Blackness: Self Ethnographies by Black Immigrants to the United States (edited with Jean Rahier), Routledge, 2003. He has also published numerous articles in journals and chapters in books on race, ethnicity, class, and political economy.

This is event is organized by the UC Multi-Campus Research Group in African Studies, with support from the Department of Black Studies, the History Department, the IHC Research Focus Group in African Studies, and the Center for Black Studies Research.

Roberto HernandezRoberto Hernández

Citizens and Felons Race, Immigration, and Felony Disenfranchisement

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • noon-1:00 pm
Center for Black Studies Research • 4603 South Hall

Roberto D. Hernández was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico but raised in San Ysidro, California, just a short ten blocks from the U-S///Mexico border with Tijuana. Hernández is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Black Studies Research at UC Santa Barbara and Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is completing a dissertation examining the multiple manifestations of violence on the U-S///Mexico border in the context of nationalisms, coloniality and the modern/colonial world-system. Hernández was previously a Visiting Researcher in the Chicano Studies Institute (formerly known as the Center for Chicano Studies) at UC Santa Barbara, as well as a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on U-S///Mexico border cities and the attendant social and political lived experiences (immigration, trade, smuggling, etc), social and antisystemic movements, epistemologies of resistance produced because of, against and despite nation-state borders, as well as the multiple and often competing tendencies of radical political thought and practices throughout the non-Western world from the 1930's to the present (cultural, revolutionary, and regressive nationalisms, Marxisms, feminisms, indigenismo, etc.)

Poets for HaitiPoets for Haiti
Reading to benefit Haiti Soleil

April 18, 2010
7:00-9:00 pm

$10 requested donation / $5 students

Westmont College, Kerrwood Hall

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2010 Shirley Kennedy Lecture

Jayne CortezRecollections & Poetry by

Jayne Cortez

From Watts to Dakar:
A view of African American Culture in Los Angeles & Beyond

April 6, 2010, 4 pm • FREE
MultiCultural Center Theater

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Jayne Cortez was born in Arizona, grew up in California and was one of the founders of the Black Arts movement in Los Angeles during the early 1960s. In 1964, she founded the Watts Repertory Company, and in 1972, she formed her own publishing company, Bola Press. She currently lives in New York City and Dakar, Senegal. She is the author of ten books of poems and performer of her poetry with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Her books of poetry include Somewhere in Advance of Nowhere (Serpent's Tail, 1997), Coagulations: New and Selected Poems (1982), Poetic Magnetic (1991), Firespitter (1982), Mouth on Paper (1977), Scarifications (1973), and Pissstained Stairs and the Monkey Man's Wares (1969). Her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Cortez has also released a number of recordings, many with her band The Firespitters, including Taking the Blues Back Home (1997), Cheerful & Optimistic (1994), Everywhere Drums (1991), and Maintain Control (1986).

Her poems have been translated into many languages and widely published in anthologies, journals, and magazines including: Post Modern American Poetry, Daughters of Africa, Poems for the Millennium, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Surrealist Women, Sulfur, Black Scholar, Presence Africaine and Mother Jones.

Her most recent books are "The Beautiful Book" Bola Press 2007, "Jazz Fan Looks Back" published by Hanging Loose Press, and "Somewhere In Advance of Nowhere" published by Serpent's Tail Ltd. Her latest CD recordings with the Firespitter Band are "Taking the Blues Back Home," produced by Harmolodic and by Verve Records, "Borders of Disorderly Time" and " Find Your Own Voice released by Bola Press.

Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the United States including: the Museum of Modern Art New York, UNESCO. Paris, the Berlin Jazz Festival, Germany, 11 Perfil da Literatura, Sao Paulo, Brazil,. Fourth World Congress on Women, Beijing, China, the Arts Alive International Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa, Banlieues Bleues Festival, France, Tampere Happening, Finland and New York University.
 She is the recipient of several awards including: Arts International, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International African Festival Award, The Langston Hughes Award, and the American Book Award.  Cortez is director of the film "Yari Yari: Black Women Writers and the Future." She is on screen in the films  "Women In Jazz" and "Poetry In Motion.”She organized two historic international conferences held at New York University: "Slave Routes the Long Memory" and "Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writer Dissecting Globalization."  Cortez is also  president of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa and participated in  the Round Table: Dialogue Among Civilizations at the United Nations Millennium Summit 2000.

Poto Mitan PosterPOTO MITAN: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Benefit Screening hosted by the Black Student Union.

UCSB Corwin Pavilion

Friday, February 26, 2010
7:00 pm

$5 suggested donation to benefit the UCSB Haiti Relief Fund

Eziaku Nwokocha

Ezili Danto: Transgressing Sex and Gender in Haitian Vodou
Lecture by Eziaku Nwokocha

Wednesday, February 24, NOON
Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Eziaku Nwokocha is majoring in Black Studies and Feminist Studies. She is a McNair Scholar, mentored by Nadège Clitandre and Roberto Strongman.

Her work examines the boundaries and borders of sexuality and gender with in Haitian Vodou Religion. This presentation focuses on the role and representation of Ezili Danto, the Lwa (Haitian Vodou deity) of strength and motherhood. Exploring the ways in which Haitian scholars and practitioners view Danto's sexuality, Nwokocha argues that Danto puts into question fixed gendered identities grounded in conventional understandings of sexuality. She further argues that Danto is a complex figure that is fluid, multifaceted and provides an interesting perspective for understanding LGBTQI communities.












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