UCSB Ethnic Studies Conference


                    THURSDAY DECEMBER 2


8:00 – 8:15                        Coffee and Rolls              




8:15 – 8:25                        Claudine Michel                    Welcome

8:25 – 8:30                        Francisco Lomelí                   Introduction of Don Luis Leal

8:30 – 8:35                        Don Luis Leal                        Introduction of Chancellor Yang

8:35 – 8:45                        Chancellor Yang




8:45 – 8:50                        Gérard Pigeon                        Introduction of Keynote Speaker

8:50 – 9:15                        Cedric Robinson                     Knowledge Museums and the Stream of Consciousness


9:15 – 9:30                        BREAK




9:30 – 9:40                        Edward Donnerstein

9:40 – 9:50                        France Córdova


10:00 – 12:00                        PANEL  I : Ethnic Studies: Foundations, Linkages, and Dialogue

                        Moderator                      J. Manuel Casas

                        Panelists                        Michael Cowan - Ethnic Studies and American Studies: An Historical Perspective

                                                              Alex Saragoza -   Uneasy Intersections: The Relationships of Chicano/a Studies to Mexico

                                                                               Karen Shimakawa - Changing Paradigms for “Ethnic” or Community Theatre in a Multicultural/Transnational Context

                        Discussant                        Richard Flacks


12:00 – 1:00                        LUNCH


1:00 – 3:00                 1:00 - 3:00                        PANEL II : Political Consciousness, Culture, and Feminism

                        Moderator                        Shirley Kennedy

                        Panelists          Angie Chabram-Dernersesian - TBA 

                                                Ula Taylor - Women and the Nation of Islam

                                                Maylei Blackwell - Las Higas de Cuauhtémoc: Contested Histories and the Formation of a Chicana Public Sphere

                                    Inés Talamántez - The Creation of Native American Studies

                        Discussant                        TBA


3:00 – 3:15                        BREAK




3:15 – 3:20                        Jacqueline Bobo                        Introduction of Keynote Speaker

3:20 – 3:45                        Norma Alarcón                        The Interminable Futures of Ethnic Studies in (Post) Modernity

3:45 – 5:45                        PANEL III : Sexuality, Nationalism, and Cultural Formations

                        Moderator                        Diane Fujino

                 Panelists                        Thelma Foote - Black Women Remember What White Women Must Never Regret: Remembering Emmet Till and the Work of Gwendolyn Brooks and Audre Lorde

                                                Guillermo Hernandez - 30 Years After: A Retrospective on the Establishment of Chicano Studies

                                                Patricia Zavella - Situating the Mexican Body: Research on Gender and Sexuality in Chicana/o Studies

                        Discussant                        Jon Cruz


6:00 – 7:00                        RECEPTION


7:00 – 8:30                        Formal Dinner and Break-Out Sessions                                 


                FRIDAY DECEMBER 3


8:00 - 8:15                        Coffee and Rolls


8:15 – 10:15                        PANEL IV : Community and Education

                        Moderator                   Sarah Fenstermaker  

                        Panelists                        Luis Villareal - Outreach: Can UC Serve California Minorities? Reflecting on 30 Years of Personal Experience

                                                Isao Fujimoto - Digging in Our Own Backyards-Insights, Sources, and Inspiration for Ethnic Studies.

                                                Olga Vásquez - What do Chicanos Ask of Education Today?

                                                Pedro Noguera - The Role of Ethnic Studies in Supporting K-12 Education in the Community

                                                Carlos Cortés - How the Media Teach about Diversity

                        Discussant                        Michael Brown


10:15 – 10:30                          BREAK




10:30 – 10:35                        Nolan Zane                        Introduction of keynote Speaker

10:35 – 11:00                        Ling-Chi Wang                   Contestation, Accommodation, and Transformation: Asian American Studies in a  Research University, 1969-1999


11:00 - 1:00                        PANEL V: Research, Pedagogy, and Critical Interdisciplinary Paradigms

                        Moderator                        Susan Koshy

                        Panelists                        Bil Banks - Old Bottles, Old Wine, New Vineyards

                                                            Sucheng Chan - The Challenge of Asian American History

                                                            Jane Rhodes - African Americans' Stake in a Comparative Approach to Ethnic Studies

                                                Akasha Hull - The Third Revolution: Black Women Unite Creative, Spiritual, and Political Power

                        Discussant                        Mario Garcia


1:00 – 2:00                        LUNCH         


                        Maria Herrera-Sobek                        Introduction of Ilene Nagel

                        Ilene Nagel


2:00 – 4:00                        PANEL VI : Expanding the Canon: Emerging Scholars

                        Moderator                        Laury Oaks

                        Panelists                        Arturo Aldama - Borders, Violence, and the Struggles for Chicana/o Subjectivities

                                                Gaye Johnson - California’s Beat Symphony: Afro-Chicano Interaction and Musical Representations

                                                Laura Kang - TBA

                                                Keta Miranda - It’s a Homie Thang! Video Production and Self-Representation of Girls in Gangs

                        Discussant                        Christopher McAuley




4:00 – 4:05                        Faith Berry                                                      Introduction of Inés Hernández-Avila

4:05 – 4:30                        Inés Hernández-Avila                        Intellectual Sovereignties/Representational Solidarities: A Native American  Studies Perspective


4:30– 6:30                        PANEL VII : Technology / Methodologies

                        Moderator                        Chela Sandoval

                        Panelists                        Douglas Daniels - Visual Documentation of Culture History

                                                Darryl Hamamoto - Asian American Cyberspace Communities

                                                Ingrid Banks - Ethnic Studies and New Technologies: Progress or  Problematic?

                        Discussant                        Reginald Daniel




6:30 – 6:40                        Denise Segura                        Wrap Up

6:45 – 8:30                        Dinner at the Multicultural Center




A Conference to be held December 2-3, 1999
at the University of California, Santa Barbara

The Ethnic Studies movement arrived with force on campuses across the nation in the late 1960s to address issues of exclusion, marginalization, and oppression of people of color within and outside the academy. From the beginning, scholars in Black Studies, Chicano Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies, and related departments effectively employed their research to (1) broaden the scope of existing disciplines and further expand and enhance academic standards and canons and (2) improve the daily lives of their respective communities by fulfilling a distinctly public mission. 
Each ethnic studies discipline has had a particular academic focus, but, within those differences, there is much potential to work together, to unite and build academic and community coalitions. By increasing communication between Ethnic Studies faculty and students in the UC system, it will be possible to gain a greater sense of the ways divide and conquer techniques have been successful in building boundaries between communities of color. It is important to highlight the seemingly self-evident fact that strength is gained and change made when ossified boundaries between disciplines are chipped away. 

The Conference: A two-day conference is being planned for December 2-3 1999 in Corwin Pavillion to critically examine the myriad ways scholars in Ethnic Studies at UC have expanded academic canons and disciplines, developed new theories and methodologies, and integrated their teaching and research with the struggles faced in peoples' daily lives. This conference will bring together over 60 UC scholars from a variety of campuses and from a diverse range of ethnic studies disciplines to explore and analyze how their teaching and research is employed to maintain a commitment to their profession, discipline, and the communities they are seen to represent. In addition to their own research, presenters will be asked to speak indirectly to issues of plurality and unity in Ethnic Studies research. Discussion groups will explore ways in which communication can be increased between Ethnic Studies programs, how to narrow the gap between communities of color and the academy, and the important role Ethnic Studies components must play in the current cultural, political, and economic landscape. We will also host a number of exhibits including a display of Ethnic Studies books by UC professors, a photo exhibit on the North Hall takeover, on El Plan, and the founding of Ethnic Studies at UCSB, as well as a historical exhibit on Santa Barbara's Chinese community. 
The conference will assess the scholarly contributions made by the various UC Ethnic Studies departments over the past 30 years. Our contribution as part of this celebration includes the plan to publish a volume of selected essays from the conference documenting the state of Ethnic Studies research within the UC system. We also hope that the conference will be a turning point which will spark the beginning of an Ethnic Studies/Cultural Studies/Community based-research dialogue across disciplines, campuses, and Ethnic projects within the UC system and in the larger academy. 
The proposed event will be an opportunity to collectively reflect and document our scholarly accomplishments and long-lasting community involvement. Building coalitions at UCSB and within the UC system to face the challenges of the next century is major goal for the conference. 

Steering Committee: Jacqueline Bobo, Women's Studies Program and Center for Black Studies; Francisco Lomelí, Department of Chicano Studies; Claudine Michel, Department of Black Studies and Center for Black Studies; Gérard Pigeon, Department of Black Studies; Denise Segura, Department of Sociology and Center for Chicano Studies; Inéz Talamantez, Department of Religious Studies; Nolan Zane, Department of Asian American Studies and Graduate School of Education.