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Haiti Flag Week poster


10th Annual Haiti Flag Week
May 16–20, 2017

See poster for event details.

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


Shirley Kennedy 2017 poster

2017 Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture

In the Hands of the People:
Flags, Banners, and the Art of Empowerment

Patrick Polk
Curator, UCLA Fowler Museum

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
4:00 p.m.
4603 South Hall
UCSB Multicultural Center Lounge
Reception to follow

For more information, visit the events page or download the flyer.


Black Summit flyer

2017 Black Summit Research Colloquium

Friday, May 19, 2017
3:15–4:30 p.m.
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater


For more information, visit the events page or download the flyer.


Director Search now open

UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), one of America’s leading public research universities, seeks applicants for Director of the Center for Black Studies Research. The director will have a permanently tenured faculty position in an appropriate academic department at UCSB. Applicants should have a distinguished record of scholarship in Black Studies. In particular we seek applications from scholars whose work shows engagement across disciplines, community engaged scholarship, strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate student mentoring, and experience with extramurally funded research. The director is expected to hold the directorship for at least 3 years, with opportunities for renewal.

For more information and to apply, visit the recruitment website here:


Journal of Haitian Studies: Special Issue on the US Occupation of Haiti

The Journal of Haitian Studies, a CBSR publication, has published a special issue on the occupation of Haiti by US Marines from 1915 to 1934—a defining event in the nation’s history. Guest-edited by Jeffrey W. Sommers and Ermitte St. Jacques, the special issue contains articles from leading scholars on history of the occupation and its cultural, political, social, and economic legacies.

To purchase a copy or view a full list of articles, click here.



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Announcing a new journal!

Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies has launched through a partnership between the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research and Temple University Press. Edited by George Lipsitz, the journal is designed to connect anti-subordination scholarship to the ideas, experiences, archives, and imaginaries of organic intellectuals, activists, and artists from aggrieved communities.

Following the legacies of the Black radical tradition, the journal is interdisciplinary, international, intergenerational, and intersectional in its approaches to engaged anti-racist scholarship and civic work, as its contributors strive to create a world transcending citizenship.

First issue available FREE! (site registration required to view)

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Electronic Publication: Black California Dreamin'

Black California Dreamin': The Crises of California's African-American Communities presents a diverse group of essays highlighting particular issues facing black communities in California. In this co-edited volume, the authors engage in thought-provoking analyses that include topics such as gentrification, education, foreclosures, homelessness, migration, incarceration, entrepreneurship, urban renewal, gun violence, youth violence, community building, asset stripping, black-brown relations, art as resistance, and the criminalization of poverty. The volume serves as an interdisciplinary contribution to the body of work in Black California Studies. Co-edited by: Ingrid Banks, Gaye Johnson, George Lipsitz, Ula Taylor, & Daniel Widener.

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Center News

Fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Haitian Studies now available for order

NEW JOURNAL! Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies has launched with Temple University Press

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Remembering Associate Professor Clyde Woods, acting director of the Center.

Honoring Vodou scholar Karen McCarthy Brown

Haiti Projects at the Center for Black Studies Research

KOSANBA, a scholarly association for the study of Vodou

An introduction to Vodou
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