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Susan Burton Poster“From the Back of the Bus to the Front of the Prison”
The Impact of the California Prison System and the Budget Crisis upon Women and their Communities

Susan Burton

Founder and Director,
A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project

Thursday, May 12th
Lecture begins 4:00 pm
MultiCultural Center Theater

Reception to follow 6:00 - 7:30
in the MultiCultural Lounge


Susan Burton and her story of perseverance in overcoming overwhelming odds is an inspiration to women across the United States, particularly formerly incarcerated women and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. After cycling in an out of the criminal justice system for nearly fifteen years, Ms. Burton gained freedom and sobriety and founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles in 1998. She
opened her doors to other women returning home from prisons and jails, offering shelter, safety, leadership, and support to those seeking to rebuild their lives. Dedicating her life to helping other women break the cycle of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and despair, Ms. Burton became a recognized leader in the criminal justice reform and reentry rights movements. In 2010, she was recognized as a CNN Top 10 Hero and received the Citizen Activist Award from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. An influential California leader, she has served as a Soros Justice Fellow, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow, and a former Community Fellow under the Violence Prevention Initiative of The California Wellness Foundation.

Sponsored by the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research. Co-sponsors include:  Office of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment; Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; Center New Racial Studies, UCSB; Office of the Chancellor; MultiCultural Center; Mbanefo Foundation; American Cultures & Global Contexts Center; Black Studies Department; Chicano Studies Institute; Asian American Studies; Chicano/a Studies; Stephanie L. Batiste, PhD/English Dept.; Feminist Studies/Hull Chair; Global & International Studies; and Film and Media Studies.

Haiti Flag Week

Haiti Flag Week 2011The Center for Black Studies Research invites you to join us for Haiti Flag Week. Speakers and events will explore higher education in a reconstructing nation, collaboration and development, sacred Vodou flags, and the challenges facing Haiti's children. Details, including locations and times, listed below.


Collaboration That Works: A Conversation on Haiti Urban Initiatives
Claude Alexandre, Institute for Urban Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary
An accomplished executive with years of local and international experience,  Alexandre has served as consultant and business advisor to nonprofit organizations and NGOs including Fonkoze. He currently heads the Haiti Development Initiative at the Institute of Urban Initiatives, and is working with the State University of Haiti to create a Center for Research and Psychosocial Interventions to support the needs of the Haitian community as a result of the earthquake.
12:00 Noon - MultiCultural Center Theater

Rebuilding Our Future: Higher Education & Reconstruction in Haiti
Alix Cantave, Government Relations & Public Affairs, UMass Boston    
Associate Director of the William Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, Cantave is also one of the founders of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA), an organization designed to promote scientific research on Haiti and Haitians. For more than two decades, he has been a major player in helping to facilitate and create a climate conducive to economic and educational development in Haiti, including the new Consortium for Rebuilding and Improving Higher Education in Haiti.
1:00 pm - MultiCultural Center Theater


Conversation on Haiti's Development
Alix Cantave, organizer of the  Consortium for Rebuilding and Improving Higher Education in Haiti, in conversation with Dr. Clyde Woods, Professor in Black Studies and Acting Director of the Center for Black Studies Research, and Claudine Michel, Professor in Black Studies and Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies.
11:00 - 12:15 - Phelps 1260


Haitian Flag Day Feast
12:00 Noon - Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall

Sacred Banners & the Sequined Revolution: Drapo Vodou and the Haitian Independence
Patrick Polk, World Arts & Culture, UCLA
An expert on folk religion, popular culture, and urban visual traditions, Polk is the author of  Haitian Vodou Flags and the forthcoming Conjurers, Healers, and Hoodoo Doctors: Readings on African-American Magic and Folk Medicine, among other books. In 1996 he curated "Sequined Spirits: Contemporary Vodou Flags" at UCLA's Fowler Museum.
4:00 pm - MultiCultural Center Theater

(Throughout Flag Week, Davidson Library will be hosting a display of Haitian Drapo Vodou on the first floor.)


Children's Lives in Displacement: Child Protection after the Earthquake
Tony Hoffman, Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Hoffman has devoted much of his time and research to the study of children in extremely difficult circumstances. Among other classes, he teaches two unique courses on Children and War and Children in Extreme Circumstances, both the only undergraduate courses on these topics in the nation. His clinical practice is devoted to child, adolescent and family psychology.
4:00 pm - MultiCultural Center Theater

"Children of Haiti"  Film Screening
Following the day-to-day lives of three teenage street boys in the northern city of Cap-Haitien, Children of Haiti provides an intimate view of the country-wide orphan epidemic. (52 mins)
5:00 pm - MultiCultural Center Theater

Sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research. Co-sponsors include Haiti Soleil, the MultiCultural Center, UCSB Library, and the Office of the Chancellor. For more information , call (805) 893-3914 or visit centerforblackstudies.org


The McNair Scholar Seminar Series will feature four McNair scholars presenting their research, followed by discussion. This is a brown bag event with light refreshments provided. Download PDF flyer here.

McNair ScholarPrecious Boone
"Critical Pedagogy: Student-Centered Learning and the Importance of Technology in the High School Classroom"
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon-1:00 p.m.


McNair ScholarLaila Nur
"Rhetorical Strategies to Increase Mathematical Academic Success among African-American High School Students"
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Noon-1:00 p.m.


McNair ScholarChannell McLewis
"Moving In: Transfer Students and their Academic Adjustment at a Four-Year Institution"
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Noon-1:00 p.m.


McNair ScholarAlaina Roberts
"The Chickasaw Freedmen: A Study in Historical Identity Formation"
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Call for papers

Black California Dreamin’: Social Vision and

Reimagining the Hemispheric SouthProfessor Clyde Woods
"The Crisis, Los Angeles' Black Communities, and the Failed State Debate"

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy and the Policy History Program.

January 21, 1 pm
HSSB 4041

January 20-21, 2011

Reimagining the Hemispheric South
McCune Conference Room
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Full schedule of events on the conference website.

Chuck D PosterJanuary 12 • 4:30-5:15 pm
Candelight Vigil for Haiti
Storke Plaza


"Let's Not Forget: Haiti, One Year Later"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 • 7:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion

A one of a kind evening and call to action to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti.

Best known as leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group, Public Enemy, Chuck D has been named one of Ebony magazine's "Ten Most Influential Black Americans" and Rolling Stone's "50 most important performers in rock & roll history." Chuck D is a go-to voice for insight on technology, politics, rap and soul music, and race in America.

Co-sponsored by Associated Students, Black Quare, and the Department of Black Studies.


Poetry & book signing

"New Orleans Since Katrina"
Jordan Flaherty and Sunni Patterson
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Events from 1:00 to 3:00

New Orleans journalist and activist Jordan Flaherty is on a national book tour to highlight the recent publication of "Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena 6" (Haymarket Books, 2010). The Center was fortunate to have the tour extended to UCSB. A special guest of Flaherty will be Sunni Patterson. Longtime activist and a young leader of the New Orleans spoken word movement, Patterson will be returning to UCSB for just an hour after a three year absence. She will read her poetry and discuss post-Katrina New Orleans from 1- 1:45 pm. Flaherty will discuss his work and sign books from 2-3pm. Come join us for an enlightening afternoon. Center for Black Studies Research, Room 4603 South Hall. For further information, please call 805.893.3914. Food for Thought Linda Jean Hall "The Dynamic Catalysts of Interculturalism:  The Metamorphosis of Racism in 20th Century Ecuador" 12:00 noon on Monday, November 22, 2010 The number of Afroecuatoriano grass roots organizations exceeds 300 and they are scattered throughout several culturally and geographically diverse regions of the nation.  Therefore, the development of a homogenous socio-economic agenda to meet the demands of all Ecuadorian citizens of African heritage tends to emerge from a regionally and community centered and multi-faceted discourse.  In order to accommodate this diverse interchange of ideas during the 20th century, the State often supported social concepts based on cultural heritage.  In the most recent constitution, the State began to employ the “top-down” measures of affirmative action and reparations as a means to correct and curtail civil inequities and social injustices suffered by citizens of Afro heritage.  This presentation’s historical perspective is utilized to provoke dialogue about this constitution and the disappearance of racism from the public discourse about difference.  The seminar also includes a discussion of how the counter-hegemonic concepts of multiculturalism, pluralculturalism and inter-culturalism continue to reconfigured racism and the hegemonic structure of the nation.  The intent of this seminar is to promote a constructive discussion and academic interest in the following question:  Do Afroecuatorianos now have access to the basic rights of citizenship, including educational opportunities to assure the counter-hegemonic development of strategies to oppose the threat to their communities posed by global and domestic enterprise and disingenuous political interests? Center for Black Studies Research, Room 4603 South Hall. For further information, please call 805.893.3914. You are encouraged to bring a lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

Race Matters Series

Restorative Justice:  What's Race Got to Do with It?
Fania E. Davis
Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 pm
Discussion/MCC Theater

In this discussion, Fania E. Davis, Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, will focus on the contemporary U.S. restorative justice movement and race.  Are some of the historical roots of the restorative justice movement found in the civil rights movement or is it a thing apart? Why has so much been written about restorative justice yet virtually nothing having to do with race?  Does this new – but ancient – paradigm of justice that privileges healing over punitive responses to wrongdoing have the potential to push back the "New Jim Crow" and render mass incarceration (particularly of African American males) obsolete?  If not, why not?  If so, how so, and what are the challenges and potential pitfalls?

Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research, City at Peace, and the Department of Black Studies.

Simone Browne

Simone Browne image'Everybody's Got a Little Light under the Sun:' Black Luminosity and the Visual Culture of Surveillance
Simone Browne
Monday, October 11, 4 pm
Lecture/MCC Theater

In this talk, Simone Browne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin,  explores the historical presence of surveillance technologies of the transatlantic slavery - slave patrols, fugitive notices, and lantern laws - to question how technologies of seeing instituted through slavery to track blackness as property inform the contemporary surveillance of the racial body. This is done through an examination of the reality television program Mantracker and The Book of Negroes, the first large-scale public record of black presence in North America.

Her current research interests include airport protocol and pedagogies of travel; biometric technologies; and examining how identity fraud and web-based "scams" are framed in popular culture as a means to understand some of the ways in which public perceptions of risk are formed.

Her book project, Skin?: Surveillance, Technology and Race, questions how the historical remains of early surveillance technologies form part of the enabling conditions of certain new technologies, including biometrics. Professor Browne is currently working on a co-edited collection with Dr. Shoshana Magnet titled Feminist Surveillance Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research,  the Black Studies Department and the Center for New Racial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.












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