Events Archive 2011-2012

Shirley KennedyShirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture: Professor Cheryl Harris

"Growth, Development, and Post-Racialism"

Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
MultiCultural Center (MCC)

The Center for Black Studies Research is proud to invite UCLA Law Professor Cheryl Harris to be the keynote speaker for the 10th Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture. Professor Harris's address, "Growth, Development, and Post-Racialism" addresses how colorblind racism impacts public services such as the University of California.

Cheryl Harris is the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the UCLA School of Law where she teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Critical Race Theory, and Race Conscious Remedies.

Professor Harris is the author of groundbreaking scholarship in the field of Critical Race Theory, including the influential article, "Whiteness as Property." Her scholarship has also engaged the issue of how racial frames shape our understanding and interpretation of significant events like Hurricane Katrina, admissions policies, and anti-discrimination law.

Professor Harris has been active in leadership in the American Studies Association and has served as a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation. She has been widely recognized as a innovative teacher in the area of civil rights education and was the recipient of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California's Distinguished Professor Award for Civil Rights Education.

The Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture honors the memory of one of Santa Barbara's most outspoken advocates for women and people of color. Dr. Kennedy transformed the Santa Barbara community with her commitment to social justice, activism, and democracy. For additional information on this free event or the Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series, please call (805) 893-3914.

The 10th Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research and co-sponsored by The Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; Asian American Studies; Black Studies; Chicano/a Studies; Chicano Studies Institute; Feminist Studies/Hull Chair; Mbanefo Foundation; MultiCultural Center; University of California Center New Racial Studies; Office of Research; Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy; and the Division of Social Sciences.



PulidoUrban Studies Lecture Series: Professor Laura Pulido

"Bridging the University & Community Through Popular Education"

In memory of Professor Clyde A. Woods, The Center for Black Studies Research and The Department of Black Studies is proud to present The Inaugural Lecture of the Urban Studies Lecture Series. The first speaker in the series will be Professor Wood's close personal friend, USC Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Laura Pulido. Professor Pulido's lecture "Bridging the University & Community Through Popular Education," will discuss her latest publication, A People's Guide to Los Angeles. A tour guide for the 99%, Professor Pulido's book documents 115 little-known sites in the City of Los Angeles where struggles related to race, class, gender, and sexuality have occurred. In honor of Professor Woods, this event will also feature a documentary short about his work and student testimonials, as well as a public reception. The Inaugural Lecture of the Urban Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by the Center for Black Studies and the Department of Black Studies. Co-sponsors include the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance, the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of Social Sciences & the Office of Research.

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 3:30-5:30 PM
Multicultural Center Theater



FW2012Haiti Flag Week 2012

Every year, in commemoration of Haiti Flag Day (May 16), the Center for Black Studies holds a week-long event that celebrates and explores the culture and history of Haiti. This year's events examine the impact of the earthquake that devastated Haiti two years ago. Speakers include UCSB Global Studies Professor Nadège T. Clitandre, UCSB Black Studies Professor Claudine Michel, CUNY, York College Mark Schuller, and representatives from Direct International, Brett Williams & Andrew MacCalla. The Center will also be screening the documentary film When the Drum Beats (dir. Whitney Dow), an examination of Septentrional, the longest functioning orchestra in Haiti.

Haiti Flag Week runs from May 15 to May 22, 2012. For more information on events, please call the center at 805.893.3914.


Haiti Flag Week is co-sponsored by The Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance, Office of Research, The Multicultural Center & Haiti Soleil.



ceremonieLecture: Elizabeth McAlister

"From Slave Revolution to Pact with Satan:
The Evangelical Rewriting of Haitian History"

The Center for Black Studies is proud to present the work of Elizabeth McAlister. Her lecture, "From Slave Revolution to Pact with Satan: The Evangelical Rewriting of Haitian History" traces the social links and biblical logics that gave rise to the neo-evangelical rewriting of the Haitian Revolution. She argues that the confluence of the bicentennial of the Haitian Revolution with the political contest around President Aristide's policies, the growth of the neo-evangelical Spiritual Mapping movement, and of the Internet, produced a new form of mythmaking, in which neo-evangelicals re-signified key symbols of the political and religious ceremony that began the revolution; an oath to a divine force, blood sacrifice, a tree, and group unity form the mythical grammar of Haitian nationalism to that of neo-evangelical Christianity. In the many ironies of this clash between the political afterlife of a slave uprising with the political afterlife of biblical scripture, Haiti becomes a nation held in captivity, and Satan becomes the colonial power who must be overthrown.

Friday, April 13, 2012, 12 pm
Multicultural Center Theater


1Lecture: LeGrace Benson

"Captivated, Captivated: The Art of Haiti"

The Center for Black Studies cordially invities Dr. LeGrace Benson. Dr. Benson's very special lecture "Captivated, Captivated: The Art of Haiti," traces the migration of Haitian art in conjunction with the Haitian Diaspora and the politics of tourism. Dr. Benson is the Director of the Arts of Haiti Research Project.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:30 PM
Building 387, Rm 101



Lecture: Ramiro Gomez

"Sing the Real"

The Center for Black Studies is proud to present a lecture by Los Angeles artist Ramiro Gomez. Gomez places his work in seemingly unexpected spaces and places. He challenges the demonization of undocumented immigrants and low wage laborers through works of art that demonstrate that all labor has dignity. He makes the invisible visible by re-populating the lawns and hedges, valet stations, and construction sites in affluent west side neighborhoods with three dimensional paintings on cardboard of workers without faces performing necessary but poorly compensated labor as gardeners, housekeepers, and valets. In the entertainment and glamour capital of the world Gomez takes photographs of street vendors selling maps to the stars' homes in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, but has them holding signs that proclaim that the vendors are the real stars.

Gomez's transgressive uses of public space, his artistry in rendering visible what racism renders invisible, and his willing insistence in affirming the humanity and decency of hard working people defamed as parasites and loafers in dominant discourses draws on the best traditions of the Chicano Art Movement to make a powerfully important intervention in urban spaces. Perhaps most important, Gomez's creative provocations prove once again the power of art based on work and willingness, that cannot be contained inside the walls of museums because it comes from and speaks to the collective consciousness of an aggrieved and insurgent people.

Monday, February 27, 2012, 4:00 PM
South Hall, Rm 3707



broken stones

Documentary Screening: "Broken Stones"

The Center for Black Studies presents Broken Stones: Notre Dame de Port-au-Prince. In this compelling documentary, Haitian-born director Guetty Felin-Cohen examines the relationship between spirituality, faith, and the recovery efforts in Haiti. Focusing on the ruins of the National Cathedral, this film is political and yet endearingly personal. Come see Haiti like it has rarely been shown.

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 4:00 PM
Multicultural Center Theater



Sharon Tettegah flyerFunding and Research Presentations

Sharon Tettegah, National Science Foundation

The UCSB Center for Black Studies Research cordially invites you to three days of events with Dr. Sharon Tettegah, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation. Please plan to join us for this unique occasion to learn more about NSF-DRL funding opportunities! These events are free and open to the campus.

Monday, November 28, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Presentation: “Cutting a Path for NSF Funding Opportunities: Thinking Differently” Education 4108.

Tuesday, November 29, 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Talk for Graduate Students, Marine Science 1302

Wednesday, November 30, 12:00 – 1:30 pm 
Presentation: “Designing an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda:  Opportunities and Challenges” South Hall 4603


Carolyn Cooper portraitLecture: Dr. Carolyn Cooper

"Islands Beyond Envy:
Liberating Nation Language in the Creole-Anglophone Caribbean

Monday, October 31 • 12:00 Noon
Center for Black Studies
4603 South Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Feminist Studies, Hull Chair, Black Studies Department, Mbanefo Foundation, and the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative.


Carolyn Cooper portraitLecture: Dr. Celia Weiss Bambara

"Kenbe, Lache: Haitian Contemporary Dance and Women's Words"

Tuesday, October 25 • 12:00 Noon
Center for Black Studies
4603 South Hall

This presentation will analyze two concepts of the body/dancing in Haitian dance that come from traditional dance and will seek to contextualize these concepts within a lineage of female cultural producers from Port-au-Prince. By employing conversations with Haitian elders Viviane Gauthier and Florencia Pierre, embodied memories of performance, and current ongoing conversations with past collaborator Djenane Sainte Juste this lecture will begin to unpack knowledge passed on between women. Importantly, this lecture will explore notions of kenbe (holding on) and lache (looseness, letting go) in Haitian dance and dance making in ways that demonstrate that Caribbean and African dance forms are ways of both knowing and making in concert dance.

Celia Weiss Bambara is a dancer, choreographer and a dance scholar with a Ph.D in Dance History and Theory/ Critical Dance Studies from UC Riverside. She is the co-director of the CCBdance Project an African Contemporary dance company and her work is published in the Journal of Haitian Studies, Making Caribbean Dance, Australasian Drama Studies and the Chicago Artist's Resource. More information is available on


Two women and child in Haiti campLecture: Dr. Mark Schuller, CUNY

"Pa Manyen Fanm Yo Konsa:
Intersectionality, Structural Violence, and Vulnerability Before and After Haiti’s Earthquake"

Monday, October 3 • 12:00 Noon
Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

To understand the narratives and realities Haitian women face, it is critical to first understand structural violence, the long-term, often invisible system of inequality and poverty and how structural violence intersects with what Black feminist scholars have called intersectionality, the multiple forms of oppression based on distinct but overlapping identities, such as of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and parental status. Through the testimonies and lived realities of Haitian women, this talk highlights the continuities yet also clearly demonstrates how life was worse following the quake.

Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at York College (CUNY). Supported by the National Science Foundation and others, Schuller’s research on globalization, NGOs, gender, and disasters in Haiti has been published in over a dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed articles as well as public media, including a column in Huffington Post. He is the author of forthcoming Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International aid, and NGOs (Rutgers, 2012) and co-editor of four volumes, including Tectonic Shifts: Impacts of Haiti’s Earthquake, to be published in January by Kumarian Press. He is co-director / co-producer of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (Documentary Educational Resources, 2009). He chairs the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Human Rights and Social Justice Committee and is active in many solidarity efforts.


Sister Citizen book cover imageLecture: Melissa Harris-Perry
MSNBC commentator and columnist for The Nation

"Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America"

Tuesday, October 4 • 8:00 p.m
Corwin Pavilion

Complete information on this free, public event may found at

Hosted by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics,
Religion, and Public Life at UCSB. Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research.


Poster image for Women, Islamism and the Jasmine RevolutionLecture: Dr. Raja Boussedra
Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis, University of Carthage

"Women, Islamism & the Jasmine Revolution
(or the so-called 'Arab Spring')"

Thursday, October 6, 2011 • 12:00 noon
Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Tunisian women have played a major role in the Jasmine revolution that led to the ousting of President Ben Ali, after 23 years of autocratic leadership. They stood side by side with men during the massive protests that shook the country, and their voices rose loud and clear demanding that the dictator leave. Six months after the revolution, the great political emptiness beyond the ousted president is being filled by Islamist parties (30% of vote intention) which are marginalizing women's role in the revolution and in society at large and threatening their basic rights.

This talk will examine the role that Tunisian women played in the revolution as well as the many challenges that they are facing in the post revolution era. It will also focus on women's strategies to protect their rights and to ensure that religion will remain separate from the political.




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