Events Archive 2013–2014


Haiti Flag Week 2014 flyer"The Vessel of Independence...Must Save Itself": Haitian Statecraft 1803–1820
Nathalie Pierre, Dissertation Fellow, Department of Black Studies
Wednesday, May 14, Noon

Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall
This lecture situates Black statecraft within the broader context of warfare and slavery in the Atlantic World. It argues that the first two decades of Haitian independence are of critical importance to our understanding of postcolonialism, liberalism, and Black nationalism.

Social, Economic, and Gender Justice in Haiti
Beverly Bell, Activist
Wednesday, May 14, 4:00 pm

Global Studies Seminar Room 2011 SSMS
Beverly Bell is the author of Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide and Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance. She is Coordinator of Other Worlds, Associate Fellow for the Institute for Policy Studies, and Visiting Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution
Marlene Daut, Claremont University
Thursday, May 15, 11:00 am

MultiCultural Center Theatre
Marlene Daut is an Assistant Professor at the Claremont Colleges. She recently completed her first book, Tropics of Haiti: A Literary History of Race and the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789–1865.

Haiti Initiatives Working Group
Marlene Daut, Beverly Bell, Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Claudine Michel, Nadège T. Clitandre, and Nathalie Pierre
Thursday, May 15, 2:00-4:00 pm

Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall

Film Screening: Fatal Assistance, Raoul Peck
Friday, May 16, 2:00 pm

Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall
Fatal Assistance explores the complexity of reconstruction and the failures of international humanitarian aid in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Reception and discussion following the screening.

For more information, view the flyer or contact the Center for Black Studies Research: 805-893-3914.


Gerald Horne flyer - Counter-revolution of 1776The 2014 Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture

Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America

Author, historian, and Moores Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston

Thursday, May 8, 2014
4:00 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Theater
Book signing and reception at 5:30

Former UCSB professor Gerald Horne, the award-winning author of more than thirty books, will discuss his newest book, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. This book argues that the American Revolution was fought in part as a reaction against the rising tide of abolitionism in Britain and its colonies, a trend fueled by the insurrection of enslaved people. Revising the foundational myths of the United States, Horne argues that for the country's forefathers, "freedom" meant the right to keep others enslaved—and that the consequences of this definition continue into the present.

Additional book signing and discussion event:

Friday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Granada Books
1224 State St., Santa Barbara
(805) 845-1818

For more information, contact Diane Fujino, Director of the Center for Black Studies Research, at; or Mahsheed Ayoub at or (805) 893-3914.


art and activism flyer - Clyde Woods Memorial Lecture 2014



The 2014 Clyde Woods Memorial Lecture


Mahader Tesfai

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:00 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Lounge



Mahader Tesfai is a multimedia artist from Eritrea and the Living History Project Coordinator for UCSB Associated Students. His artwork, which often features overlapping images of faces and bodies, reflects the complexity of African and diasporic identities. In this lecture, he will discuss how art can be mobilized for resistance, empowerment, and social change.

Following the talk, Global Studies Professor Esther Lezra will engage in a conversation with Tesfai about art, culture, and justice.

For further information, click here to see the event flyer or contact CBSR Director Diane Fujino at or Mahsheed Ayoub at or 805-893-3914.



The Department of Asian American Studies and the Center for Black Studies Research present:


"Asian American Studies:
A Personal History, 1969–Present"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12–1:30 PM
HSSB 5024 

As Professor Sucheng Chan prepares to leave Santa Barbara after 25 years, she reflects on her 45 years in the field of Asian American Studies.  She discusses the evolution of the field and evaluates the changes she considers laudable as well as disconcerting.

Professor Chan is a pioneering Asian American Studies scholar and has written or edited 18 books on Asian American history.  While many Asian American Studies programs had been established since the late 1960s, she established at UCSB the first department of Asian American Studies in the nation at a major research university.  Chan has received numerous awards for her teaching, scholarship, and community service, but the two she values the most are her Distinguished Teaching awards from UC Berkeley (1978) and UCSB (1998).

This event is part of the Colloquium Series of the Department of Asian American Studies, as well as the "Thinking Along With..." discussion series sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research.

For more information, contact: Professor Diane Fujino at
or Arlene Phillips at or 805-893-2371.

View the event flyer here.


Water Everlasting Flyer

Film Screening and Discussion Panel
"Water Everlasting? The Battle to Secure Haiti's Most Essential Resource"

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:00–5:30 p.m.
MSI Auditorium

"Water Everlasting? The Battle to Secure Haiti's Most Essential Resource" is a 25-minute documentary film produced by the Inter-American Development Bank. It explores the challenges of reforming the public water administration in Haiti. The film has been screened to diplomats, U.S. government officials, aid workers, students and immigrants from various countries who wanted to contemplate these challenges in the context of their own homelands. The IDB endeavors to assist Haiti in its efforts to create a sustainable water system, and has asked specialists from UCSB to join the discussion on how to get there. 

Panelists include:

Nadège Clitandre, Center for Black Studies and Global Studies, UCSB (moderator)
Claudine Michel, Student Affairs and Center for Black Studies, UCSB
Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Academic Senate and Sociology, UCSB
Thierry Delaunay, Water and Sanitation Specialist (Haiti), Inter-American Development Bank
Jose Luis Irigoyen, Country Consultant (Haiti), Inter-American Development Bank

For more information, click on the flyer above or contact Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or


Thinking along with Lipsitz

Thinking Along With... George Lipsitz

A New Reading and Discussion Series
Hosted by the Center for Black Studies Research

"Looking for People Who Are Looking for Us:
Why Engaged Scholarship Matters Now"

In this inaugural meeting of "Thinking Along With...", a new scholarly discussion forum, Professor George Lipsitz will lead a conversation about his article "Breaking the Chains and Steering the Ship: How Activism Can Help Change Learning and Scholarship," published in Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship (ed. Charles R. Hale, 2008).

Monday, February 10, 2014
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Center for Black Studies Research
South Hall 4603

For more information, see the event flyer or contact Diane Fujino at




Feminist Sixties

Conference: Re-Reading the Feminist Sixties

Friday, February 7, 2014
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Fifty years after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark bill that added sex to anti-discrimination law, this conference looks at feminism during a decade that began with liberal reform and exploded into calls for fundamental changes in work, politics, family, and social life. Conference panels will focus on work, social movements (with a focus on economic, racial, and sexual justice), and politics, seen in the activism of pioneer women in Congress Patsy Mink, Bella Abzug, and Shirley Chisholm.  Distinguished speakers will explore topics including Chicana experiences of welfare and low-wage work; gender, class, and labor as they impacted women working in 1960s Wall Street; the Communist legacy for Black Feminism; and the intersections and divergences between the Asian American and feminist movements.



Race Matters Lecture: Clarence Lusane

"Little Hope, Little Change:
African Americans and Their Discontent in the Age of Obama"

This talk will focus on the nature of American racial politics and policies during the Obama presidency and beyond. Why has President Barack Obama largely failed to address longstanding racial disparities? What has been the role of conservative political resistance? What opportunities has the Obama administration missed? Is there a place for the black community to challenge the President?

Co-sponsored by the MultiCultural Center, the Center for Black Studies Research, The Black Student Union, and the Center for New Racial Studies.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
5:00 p.m.
MCC (MultiCultural Center) Lounge

For more information, contact the MultiCultural Center at (805)893-8411 or view the event flyer here.


Robin Kelley

Race Matters Lecture: Robin Kelley

"The War on Our Youth"

This talk will explore the connections between neoliberalism and mass incarceration, punitive measures against youth of color in public schools, police repression, and vigilante violence directed at young people. In addition, Robin Kelley will discuss how policies of subjugation, surveillance, and divestment extend globally. Robin Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:00 p.m.
MCC (Multicultural Center) Lounge


For more information, contact the MultiCultural Center at (805)893-8411.





50 years poster


Panel Discussion


Fifty Years after the March:
Civil Rights in Historical Memory

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
1:00-3:00 PM
Art, Design & Architecture (AD&A) Museum
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7130
Telephone: (805) 893-2951








KOSANBA_2013_PosterWhen Earth Meets Sky: Healing Rites & Sacred Knowledge in Haiti & Beyond

KOSANBA, A Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou

International Colloquium X

Harvard University
Friday, October 18th – Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Opening Remarks, Professor Jacob K. Olupona, Harvard University
Keynote, Professor Donald J. Cosentino, University of California, Los Angeles
Closing Event, Professors Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique and Didier Dominique, Université d'Etat d'Haiti

The Congress of Santa Barbara's 10th International Colloquium highlights the healing mission inherent in Haitian Vodou and in other African-derived religious systems in the Americas, in indigenous African religions, and within the scope of recent studies in alternative and complementary medicine in the West. These religious and secular communities have continued their healing practices refined over centuries of experience. We wish to underscore how this substantial and significant compendium of traditional methods and recent innovations have proven largely effective in spiritual and corporeal healing over time, for individuals as well as the collective.

In its 10th colloquium, KOSANBA aims to inspire conversations and discussion on healing practices and divine knowledge across the Atlantic. This forum hopes to include the contributions of researchers, scholars, and practitioners in Vodou and other African-derived systems, as well as secular modes of healing. We meet this year in Boston, a center for religious, philosophical, and anthropological scholarly studies. KOSANBA welcomes papers/presentations on issues such as, though not limited to:

* Worldviews and "world sense" in the context of healing

* Shifting religious practices and ideology over time

* New and old literary/theoretical lenses and frameworks for discussing sacred knowledge

* "Spirit injury," mental illness and similar "invisible" ailments

* Arts and other curative practices used for healing and restoring universal balance

* Environmental concerns and secular healing practices

* Religious healing in the face of natural disasters (i.e. Haitian Vodou post- earthquake and New Orleans Vodou post-Katrina)

* Importance of mortuary rites and burial practices in maintaining cosmic order

* Dynamics of religious communities in new nations and peyi blan, the transformation of lives for new converts and initiates


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