The Dissertation Fellowship program constitutes a central part of the Center's
agenda and has been in place since the early 1970s. Each year, the Center hosts
two dissertation scholars whose dissertations are in the area of Black Studies/African-American
Studies. This pre-doctoral program has always been successful, with at least
80% of the scholars having finished their dissertations and committed themselves
to careers in research and teaching at various institutions throughout the country.
We consistently have a strong pool of scholars who apply. While in residence,
the Fellows teach one course in their area of expertise, participate in Colloquia,
interact with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. As a whole, the
dissertation scholars have made great contributions to the intellectual life
of the campus. It is only unfortunate that not very many of them have been retained
at UCSB. While our former fellows are tenured faculty, many of them Full Professors,
and some department chairs at leading institutions such as the University of
Wisconsin, Cornell, UCLA, Northwestern, and the University of Washington among
other campuses, UCSB has only two of its former fellows on its faculty, a lecturer
and an assistant professor, both with the Department of Black Studies.
A few years ago, along with colleagues from Women's Studies and Chicano Studies, the Center for Black Studies put forth a proposal to the administration to try to retain on the UCSB faculty some of those superb scholars being trained for other institutions by our own dissertation fellowships. This proposal may have to be put again on the table, especially in light of the incentives offered by the Office of the President to hire junior faculty trained in particular disciplines which can enhance the diversity of the various UC campuses.
Last year, dissertation fellow was Damion Thomas. Damion Thomas is from UCLA (dissertation title: "Lords and Masters: The American Sport Exchange Program, 1954-1968)." He taught a course on African-Americans and sports in the History Department. Both fellows made significant progress towards the completion of their dissertation.
The academic year 2000-2001 was particularly noteworthy for the Center for Black Studies. We were able to invite two senior faculty as scholars-in-residence. Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith was in residence for the entire academic year, whereas Dr. Gerald Horne joined us in Spring 2001. This visiting program was made possible through generous funding secured from the Office of Research and the College of Letters and Science, Division of the Social Sciences. The program will be in place for three years. We hope to get more permanent funding by then through extramural funds. A short bio of these two scholars follows.
Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is Associate Professor and former Chair of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his PhD in International Studies, School of International Service at The American University. His areas of research specialization include Caribbean socio-political, cultural and economic transformation within the context of the development of "grassroots" intellectual paradigms and international politics. He is the author of Haiti: The Breached Citadel, (Boulder Co: Westview Press, 1990) and In the Shadow of Powers: Dantès Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought, (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press International, 1985). In addition he has published numerous articles and book chapters, more recently in the field of Haitian religion and Latin-American socio-political thought. For the College of Letters & Science, Professor Bellegarde-Smith taught in the Department of Religious Studies a course on African Religious Thought and Social Organization. While in residence at the Center, he completed an edited volume with Dr. Claudine Michel, The Spirit and The Reality: Vodou an Haiti (forthcoming, Florida University Press, 2002). He worked on a second collection, Fragments of Bone which will be published under the auspices of the Center. Professor Bellegarde-Smith is associate editor of JOHS. [along with the editor, he helped prepare two issues of the journal.] He gave two presentations on campus and participated in a large number of campus conferences, symposia and colloquia.
Dr. Gerald C. Horne
Professor Gerald Horne, History Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is a distinguished historian of African American and twentieth century U.S. history. He was Chair of Black Studies at UCSB from 1989-93. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Zimbabwe (1994) and Hong Kong (2000). He has published over 200 articles in scholarly journals and newspapers. He has thirteen books, twelve of them single-authored and published by major university presses. The most recent are Black Liberation/Red Scare: Ben Davis and the Communist Party (1993); Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s (1995); Powell v. Alabama: the Scottsboro Boys and American Justice (1997); Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois (2001); and Class Struggle in Hollywood, 1930-1950 (2001). Dr. Horne is also a distinguished teacher who has received a number of teaching and community awards. For the Global and International Studies Program, Professor Horne taught a large Special Topic course entitled: Hollywood Views the World. Dr. Horne was very active at the Center and advised us on both the Slavery Project and the new Ethnic Studies journal. He also wrote a number of reviews for the Journal of Haitian Studies.
We consider it a major achievement that The
Congress of Santa Barbara was created at UCSB in 1997 as a result of our
work here at the Center. The group has pledged to institutionalize its efforts
to further research the religion of Haiti and to disseminate its findings. The
administrative site for the Congress of Santa Barbara is at the
Center for Black Studies at UCSB.
The Association has over 70 members and is already planning its fourth and fifth meetings to be held respectively in Havana, Cuba in May 2003 and in Mirebalais in Haiti in June 2004. The first conference, "The Spirit and The Reality: Vodou and Haiti," took place at UCSB on April 25 and 26th 1997 and the second at Brooklyn College in New York City on April 3 and 4 1998. The third conference, "Ancestors and Progeny: Vodou and Haiti," was organized at Trinity College via the Department of Religion and International Studies in March 2000. The fourth gathering of the association was held conjointly with the 13th annual meeting of the Haitian Studies Association in Vermont in October 2001. The theme was "Vodou and Development." A book titled The Spirit and The Reality: Vodou and Haiti is completed and is in press with the University Press of Florida, a leading publisher in the area of Caribbean studies. A second volume also to be published under the auspices of the Center and the Congress of Santa Barbara is currently in progress.
The following excerpt from its Declaration summarizes the goals and objectives of the organization (see Congress of Santa Barbara for entire declaration and by-laws):
The presence, role, and importance of Vodou in Haitian history, society, and culture are unarguable, and recognizably a part of the national ethos. The impact of the religion qua spiritual and intellectual disciplines on virtually all aspects of life in is indisputable. It is the belief of the Congress that Vodou plays, and shall continue to play, a major role in the grand scheme of Haitian development and in the socio-economic, political, and cultural arenas. Development, when real and successful, always comes from the modernization of ancestral traditions, anchored in the rich cultural expressions of a people.
The Congress of Santa Barbara invites other Haitian scholars and non-Haitians who subscribe to its goals and objectives to join in the defense and illustration of this poto-mitan on the Haitian cultural heritage that is such an integral part of the nation's future.
The work of the Congress of Santa Barbara is part of the larger Indigenous Religion Project that the Center is developing (see Summary of Research Highlights for more details).
New Photo Album 2000-2001
Paris Barclay, Film Director, February 23, 2001. Lunch Talk:
"Diversity in Entertainment." (see Paris Barclay Flyer) College of Letters and Science, Division of Social Sciences, Social Sciences Development, The Center for Black Studies and The Women's Studies Program.
Emmy Award-winning "Best Director" NYPD Blue; Director: ER, The West Wing; Co-Executive Producer/Director: City of Angels. Films: The Reunion (HBO); Feature Film: Don't Be a Menace to Society While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996). Sponsored by the
Karen McCarthy Brown, Professor of Religion, Drew University, February
Critical Issues in America Project. Video-tape interview with noted anthropologist of religion, Karen McCarthy Brown. She discussed what happened after Mama Lola was published, the writing of the second editor of the book and the New Jersey Project.
Carolyn Cooper, Professor and Chair, Department of English at The University
of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. March 15, 2001. "Mama, is that you?":
Erotic Disguise in the Films Dancehall Queen and Babymother."
As a literary and cultural critic, she has published numerous articles on the Caribbean, and a book entitled Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the Vulgar Body of Jamaican Popular Culture. Her current research continues to focus on "dancehall" and "reggae".
Zeev Gorin, Professor, Department of Sociology, Bradley University,
April 26, 2001 at the Multicultural Center Meeting Room
The Ethiopian Jews of Israel: Issues of Race and Ethnicity
Dr. Gorin taught many years in the areas of ethnic, Black, Native-American and women's studies. He has developed a comparative interest in the ethnic diversity of the state of Israel-arguably the most diverse such state in the world - presently concentrating on the Ethiopian Jews. He has studied at Hebrew University and received his PhD from Columbia University.
Nontsasa Nako, Post-graduate researcher, University of Cape Town, April
Possessing the Voice of The Other: African Women and the Crises of Representation in Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy.
This paper locates Walker's totalizing tendencies in representation and posits that they result from her failure to address the differences within the category of black women. The paper argues for a reading of gender that focuses on location rather than race or gender as a unifying factor.
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 29,
The (Re) Presentation of Deities in the African Diasporic Discourse
Professor Bellegarde-Smith was scholar-in-residence at the Center for Black Studies at UCSB in 2000-2001. He teaches in the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a PhD in International Relations and has authored several books and articles on the issues of cultural history, identity, religion and national development.
Gerald C. Horne, Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
May 31, 2001. Book Signing (see invitation Horne)
Reception and book signing to welcome former Chair of the Department of Black Studies at UCSB and Visiting Professor at the Center, featuring three of his latest books: Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois; Class Struggle in Hollywood , 1930-1950 ; and From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980.
(Five-Year) CELEBRATION at the Center for Black Studies, June 13, 2001.
(see invitation Celebration)
Luncheon at the Center for Black Studies. Celebrating promotions, book publications, awards and fellowships. Ethnic Studies Video-screening. Edwidge Danticat Video-screening. Black Women Filmmakers Video-screening.
Annual Lectures at the UCSB Women's Center by Dissertation Fellows
Damion Thomas, Dissertation Fellow, Center for Black Studies, May 22,
Lords and Masters: The American Sport Exchange Program, 1954-1968
As in the past, the Center co-sponsored many events with other campus associations/ departments and the local community:
Lani Guinier, "Re-Thinking, Gender, Race and Power," co-sponsored with the Women's Studies Center, UCSB, Campbell Hall, October 2000.
Elaine Brown, former member of the Black Panther Party, Fall 2000, co-sponsored with the Multicultural Center.
The Cultural Turn III. Profane and Sacred, co-sponsored with the Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, UCSB, IHC, February 23 and 24, 2001.
Karen McCarthy Brown, "The Sacred/Profane Split and the Politics of Culture",
Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, February 23, 2001.
Michael Katz, lecture co-sponsored with the History department, IHC, May 7, 2001.
Building Bridges in Our Community, the Center for Black Studies, along with thirty-eight other community organizations, sponsored and/or participated in a series of special events throughout the year.
Black History Month, a series of special events throughout February, sponsored by the UCSB MultiCultural Center, EOP and EPCA.
Annual Black Film Series Exhibit in Celebration of Black History Month.
Annual Historical Art Exhibit & Celebration in honor of Black History Month.
Babatunde Folayemi, Director, Pro-Youth Coalition, City of Santa Barbara.
1st Annual African-American Festival.
1st Annual Caribbean Festival.
100 Black Men, Outreach Project to bring high-school students to UCSB.
Black Graduation 2000, the Center for Black Studies contributed to the Black Graduation Committee which has been committed to honoring the academic achievements of African-American undergraduates at UCSB since 1982.
The George Washington Carver Scholarship Club: scholarship awards ceremony.
El Congreso, Raza College Day: The Ninth Annual Raza College Day provided outreach to students and community members through cultural programs and educational workshops.
Co-sponsoring of activities for Dia De Los Muertos, a public cultural event that celebrated the Spanish-speaking community in Isla Vista.
The Academic work of the Center for Black Studies is well known and highly
respected. The Center's contribution to the intellectual life and reputation
of UCSB has traveled beyond its walls, through the work, the research, and the
publications of its Fellows and its faculty associates. One component of its
work that is less well known is the Center's community outreach. Below is a
brief outline of some of the Center's intramural and extramural involvements,
past and current.
Thanks to the continued efforts of our Coordinator for Cultural and Community Affairs, Dr. Shirley Kennedy, we have re-established a strong presence in the community. Her active leadership with the "Building Bridges" committee is a fine example of her efforts. Dr. Kennedy promotes outreach to the campus and community, acts as a liaison and a clearinghouse for information, and initiates special events and projects. Often these endeavors are collaborative in nature and serve to connect the Center to the campus and the campus to the community. The Center for Black Studies realizes the important role that an institution such as UCSB plays in the surrounding community, and therefore recognizes its own role in taking leadership and assuming that responsibility.
The Center for Black Studies through Dr. Kennedy, who is also co-chair of the Building Bridges committee, co-sponsored a number of events in the community throughout the year. The following organizations are part of the coalition of Building Bridges: the Center for Black Studies, City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department, Santa Barbara Jewish Federation/Jewish Community Relations Council, Santa Barbara NAACP, KCLU, Pro-Youth Coalition, County of Santa Barbara Human Relations Commission, Not in Our Town, Pacific Pride Foundation, La Casa de la Raza, Baha'i Faith, Latinos for Better Government, Women's Economic Ventures and the Santa Barbara Society for Jewish Secular Humanism. The group has been working diligently to bring the Henrietta Marie Exhibit to the Santa Barbara community in April/May 2002. The exhibit will be at the Karpeles Museum in downtown Santa Barbara and all local schools will be invited to participate. This is being done in conjunction with our conference on Slavery "Unequal Exchange: The Economic and Political Implications of the Slave Trade," to be held at UCSB in May 2002. The outreach project, The Middle Passage Curriculum, described in Research Highlights, is the third element of this large partnership project between the UCSB Center for Black Studies and the local community. The project educates and heightens awareness about the long-standing impact of slavery and the middle passage on today's economy and political system. A number of undergraduates participate in our outreach project in the schools and the community.
The Center has clearly been successful in establishing a presence in the larger Santa Barbara Community. We see a need to do even more in years to come, especially ensuring more student participation at both the planning stage and the execution phase of those community activities.
The Center is mindful of, and alert to, opportunities to promote cooperative endeavors with a variety of campus and community organizations. In keeping with this goal, the Center responds to and supports a variety of activities such as Black Culture Week, KWANZA, Upward Bound, STEP, Black graduation, and many others. It is prepared to step into a mentor role, if needed, as happened last year, at the shocking and tragic deaths of four students in Isla Vista. It is the campus component most able to respond to increasingly frequent calls for cooperative endeavors among campus entities, and between town and gown. Its history is rich in this exchange, including cooperative projects with the Center for Chicano Studies, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, and others.
In recognition of Anita Mackey's lifetime commitment to the highest standards
of education, social responsibility and community service, the Center has established
the Anita Mackey Scholarship and Service Award for both undergraduate
and graduate students. The award was started last year to honor Mrs. Anita Mackey
for her 30 years of dedication to the Center's ideal and mission and her work
on the Center's Advisory Board. The recipient of these awards for 2000-2001
were Nicole Williams from the Graduate School of Education and Dora
Morse, junior, Black Studies and English major.
Service awards were presented also at the June 13, 2001 celebration to Nancy Doner and Beverly Lutz, both from the Office of Research, in appreciation of their invaluable support of the Center. Two years ago Louise Moore was the recipient from the Office of Research.