Events Archive 2014–2015

haiti flag week 2015 flyer

Haiti Flag Week 2015

Schedule of Events
(see flyer for full details)

"Transcender Transgender:
Haitian American Choreographies of Gender Fluidity in the Performances of MilDred Gerestant"

Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley
Tuesday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m.
MultiCultural Center Theater

Book Launch Reception
Haiti Now

with Nadège T. Clitandre, Claudine Michel, and Eui-Sung Yi
Wednesday, May 20, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall

"Traveling Blackness: Seeing Haiti and Questioning Race and Citizenship"
Manoucheka Celeste
Thursday, May 21, 11:00 a.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

Reembarque [Reshipment]: Film screening and discussion
Thursday, May 21, 4:00 p.m.
SSMS 2011 (seminar room)

Questions? Contact CBSR at 805-893-3914 or Nadège T. Clitandre at


flyer for Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama birthday events

Join us in honoring and celebrating the lives of
Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama
on their joint birthday, May 19


Story Circle Dialogue and Artivism
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5–7 p.m.
UCEN Flying A Room, UCSB


Candlelight Vigil and Open Mic
in celebration of Malcolm X's birthday
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
8 p.m.
UCSB North Hall





stencil art


Questions? View the flyer; contact Jonathan Gomez at or 805-893-3914; or email Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at







Let the Fire Burn flyerLet the Fire Burn

Film screening followed by discussion with Dr. Diane Fujino, CBSR director

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
6:00 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

Using only archival news coverage and interviews, filmmaker Jason Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern American history in Let the Fire Burn. On May 13, 1985, a feud between the city of Philadelphia and radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration, which quickly escalated—resulting in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children). It was later discovered that authorities decided to ". . . let the fire burn."

Questions? View the flyer or contact Diane Fujino at



Clyde Woods Memorial Lecture on Community Organizing-- flyer2015 Clyde Woods Memorial Lecture

"Transforming Our Communities, Transforming Ourselves"

Racialized police violence. Educational inequalities. Environmental racism. Homelessness. Women's equality. Immigrant workers' rights. Are you concerned about these issues?

This panel engages in critical dialogues about the challenges of organizing for social justive and developing leadership in the face of overwhelming structural inequalities.

Friday, May 8, 2015
4–6 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge


6–8 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge
Dinner provided

Limited seating; RSVP for the dinner to Eric Arce ( by Tuesday, May 5


MAP of parking area

QUESTIONS? View the flyer; email Diane Fujino, CBSR director, at; or contact Eric Arce at or 805-893-3914

Funded by a grant from the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California


socialist palenque flyer"The Socialist Palenque:
Cuba, Assata Shakur, and the
Diplomatic Politics of Exile and Freedom"

Dr. Teishan Latner

Thursday, April 30, 2015
4:00 p.m.
UCSB Center for Black Studies
South Hall 4603

This presentation will explore the ties of solidarity that African American activists forged with revolutionary Cuba amid the upheaval of the 1960s, as well as the lingering impact of these encounters upon both the US radical imaginary and US–Cuba relations.

Focusing on Cuba's provision of political asylum for Black Liberation Army activist Assata Shakur, as well as Black Panther Party leader Eldridge Cleaver and lesser-known Americans who arrived on the island as airplane hijackers, the presentation will examine the nexus between the Cuban Revolution, US Black radicalism, and political protest movements during the "long" 1960s era.

Teishan Latner is Research Associate at the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research. He received his PhD in history from UC Irvine and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University's Center for the United States and the Cold War in fall 2014. His book manuscript, titled "Irresistible Revolution: Cuba and American Radicalism, 1968–1992," is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino at or Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or


Michael Young lecture flyer2015 Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture

"A Vision for the Future that Builds on the Past:
Students, Community, and Leadership"

Dr. Michael Young

Thursday, April 9, 2015
4:00 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater
Reception to follow in MCC Lounge

Dr. Michael Young, recently retired after twenty-five years as UCSB Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, discusses his vision and values that guided his work as a fierce advocate for the holistic student and in developing collective leadership and team building. He addresses challenges facing the university in this moment of financial cutbacks and strains on student services. He shares lessons learned from both successes and failures as well as a vision for the future that builds on the past.

For more information, see news story in the UCSB Current, view the flyer or contact Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or


Fandango flyer


Grammy-winning Afro-Latino band Quetzal
in concert and conversation

FREE CONCERT: Thursday, February 26, 2015

7:30 p.m.
La Casa de la Raza
601 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara
A fandango (participatory, improvised musical dialogue among performers and audience) will follow at 9 p.m.

CONVERSATION: Friday, February 27

10 a.m.–noon
UCSB MultiCultural Center
A panel of musicians and scholars will discuss Afro-Latino music and community making


For more information, view the flyer or contact Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or



Black Education flyer

"The Road Forward:
The Future of Black Education in the 21st Century"

Talks and moderated discussion with Dr. Na'ilah Suah Nasia and Dr. Tyrone Howard

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
4–5:30 p.m., reception to follow
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

These talks and moderated discussion (led by UCSB professor Jeffrey Stewart) are part of a day-long event of activities that feature faculty and graduate and undergraduate students engaged in serious discussion about what we have learned over the last six years from research about what works in stimulating achievement amont Black children and what punitive challenges African American learners face when trying to learn. Attendees will hear about new strategies in education succeeding in the Oakland school system and the targeting and labeling of students as pre-criminal in the Los Angeles school system. Achievement is a struggle in Black America. What strategies exist to make this struggle to learn more successful? That is our question and our charge.

For more information, view the flyer or contact Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or



Esther Lezra flyer on the Colonial Art of Demonizing OthersUCSB Global Studies Professor
discusses her new book:

"The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others:
A Global Perspective"

Thursday, December 11, 2014
4:00 p.m.

UCSB Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

Focusing on the period of modern imperial consolidation (1750–1848), The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others examines European mistranslations and misrepresentations of black freedom dreams and self-activity as monstrous.

This book argues that Europe's archives of self-understanding are haunted by the traces of Black radical resistance. Just as Europe's economy came to depend upon the raw materials, markets, and labor it secured from the colonies, European culture came to be based on fantasies and phobias derived from the unruly and unmanageable aftershocks of colonial violence and counter-insurgency.

Rather than assert that European nationalist and abolitionist discourses are on the side of emancipatory movements, the book shows the limits of these discourses. It considers the more difficult and uncomfortable question of why emancipatory movements represented the struggles of anticolonial and radical blackness the way they did. The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others privileges the political reading not only of literary texts but also of historical documents and visual culture.

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino at or Mahsheed Ayoub at or (805) 893-3914.


flyer for Political Economy of Racial Inequality in "Colorblind" Republican France, a talk by Dena Montague
Introducing our new Postdoctoral Fellow,
Dr. Dena Montague

"Political Economy of Racial Inequality in 'Colorblind' Republican France"

Thursday, November 20, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Center for Black Studies Research
4603 South Hall

France has relatively low levels of income inequality. Yet due to the strength of its "colorblind" ideology, race is not accounted for in data measuring inequality and poverty.

In this talk, Dr. Montague evaluates the impact of labor market segmentation, dualism in the labor market, inequalities produced by the structure of the French welfare state, and data on poverty. She argues that there is evidence that France has high levels of intergroup inequality and persistent poverty disproportionately impacting Blacks.

If so, "colorblind" political and economic policies may be institutionalizing bias, ultimately sustaining racial inequality.

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino at or Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or



"Queer of Color Politics and the Black Radical Tradition"

Monday, November 17, 2014
3 p.m.
UCSB Center for Black Studies Research
South Hall 4603

"Thinking Along With . . ." is a scholarly discussion forum sponsored by the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research. The series features leading scholars as they present works-in-progress or share their ideas on emerging scholarship or the state of the field. The forum is designed for an academic audience of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, but all are welcome!

Dr. Reddy will also give an evening talk titled "Queer of Color Critique and the Failures of Citizenship" on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge.

Questions? Contact Diane Fujino at or Mahsheed Ayoub at 805-893-3914 or






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