08. April 2018 · Comments Off on “In the Black Radical Tradition. . .” Research Symposium · Categories: Events

“In the Black Radical Tradition. . .” Research Symposium

A Research Symposium and Commemoration of Black Studies at 50 Years

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

UCSB MultiCultural Center  

The Black Radical Tradition emerges as a philosophy, a consciousness and a practice of resistance and survival necessitated by the inexplicable and outrageous onslaught of oppressive practices and phobic behavior with which European traditions of colonialism and imperialism assaulted African people as far back as the Roman Empire. This radical consciousness and practice of resistance took its strength and historical endurance from the ability of the African people in the grip of the most violent forms of enslavement, colonialism and imperialism to recreate and conserve the consciousness of the communities and societies from which they had been taken, a consciousness which insisted on the humanity and voice of all human beings.

It was this enduring consciousness that gave rise and enduring life to the traditions, beliefs, myths and messianic visions that gave generation upon generation of African people who found themselves in the grip of the most destructive and horrific ideologies and practices of the West the persistence and ideological vitality to continue to imagine, attempt and put into practice the impossible. This ideological vitality took many forms finding expression in slave rebellions and marronage as well as in the practices of lived experience, embodied in, as Cedric Robinson writes, “the shouts, the spirituals, the sermons, and the very textual body of Black Christianity.”

You can find the full program and schedule of events here.

06. October 2017 · Comments Off on Embodying the Present Moment · Categories: Events

October 26-27, 2017

Embodying the Present Moment with Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

*October 24: Tuesday Evening, Bridgforth will give a reading and lecture entitles “Dat Black Mermaid Man / Healing and Transformation through Art hosted by the MCC, MCC Theater, 7-9pm

October 26: Thursday Evening, Reception and Introductions, MCC Lounge, 7-9pm — Participation by Invitation

October 27: Friday, Workshop and Performance, MCC Lounge

Performance Workshop 9:30-3:00 pm  — Participation By Invitation

3:30-5 Open Practice and Discussion — Open to the Public

Master class facilitators, Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni Jones, believe in the power of the body
to say what words do not, and the power of words to guide us to our most courageous selves. For them,
our stories and our bodies reveal our deepest humanity, power, and joy.

Using the principles of theatrical jazz—being present, improvisation, solo virtuosity, ensemble-building—
Jones and Bridgforth guide participants through a series of practices designed to strengthen authenticity
and selfhood. Through movement, truth-telling, and collaboration, this workshop explores the themes of
vulnerability, life challenges, embodied stories, family history, and intention.

 Please find our program here (design credit to Chryss Yost):


*Participants: You may find a detailed schedule, travel and hotel information, and optional supplemental readings and videos here.


22. April 2016 · Comments Off on “Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical” · Categories: Archived Posts and Events

Randolph April 27 Flyer

Please join the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative for our newly rescheduled first event of Spring Quarter!

Sherie M. Randolph, UCSB’s Ella Baker Visiting Professor in the Department of Black Studies and Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will discuss her recently published book:

“Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical,”
on Wednesday, April 27 at 12:30pm in the Dolores Huerta Room in South Hall 1623.

The former Associate Director of the Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College, she has received several grants and fellowships for her work, most recently being awarded fellowships from Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Randolph’s book, Florynce “Flo” KennedyThe Life of a Black Feminist Radical (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), examines the connections between the Black Power, civil rights, New Left, and feminist movements.
We look forward to you joining us for this exciting event.
24. February 2016 · Comments Off on Letters from Langston: A Public Lecture and Reading · Categories: Uncategorized

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Please join us on ThursdayFebruary 25 at 5:30PM at South Hall 2623 (The Sankey Room) as editors Evelyn Crawford and MaryLouise Patterson discuss their book Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond (University of California Press). The editors will share memories of “Uncle Lang,” their activist parents, and their meticulous compilation of the edition.

Guest presenters Geoffrey Jacques, Stephanie Batiste, Natasha O’Neill, and Christopher Williams will read passages from the collection of correspondences. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. 

From the official press release: 

“Letters from Langston is a collection of unguarded and candid confidences—both personal and political—between American literary giant, and leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes and four of his closest African American friends, Louise Thompson Patterson, William L. Patterson, Matt N. Crawford, and Evelyn Graves Crawford. The four exchanged letters with Hughes for nearly forty years; three were important leftist political figures and active members of the Communist Party. Like Hughes, all were investigated and harassed by the F.B.I., and in the case of William L. Patterson, imprisoned for political reasons.
Letters from Langston begins in 1930 and spans the succeeding decades, ending shortly before Hughes’s death in 1967. The two couples share their lives of political activism and the everyday joys and sorrows of family life with their friend Langston. He, for his part, savors their affections, companionship, and support during his own struggles as an often-misunderstood ‘literary sharecropper.’ This distinctive volume of correspondence captures stories of friends and family, living in an era of uncertainty and sharing a vision of an idealized world—one without hunger, war, racism, and class oppression.
Evelyn Louise Crawford, a retired arts administrator and consultant, and MaryLouise Patterson, a pediatrician in clinical practice, are the daughters of Langston Hughes’s cherished friends… Hughes was a frequent guest in the homes of the two families and an ‘uncle’ to both girls who knew him from their respective childhood years in California and New York.”
16. October 2015 · Comments Off on PassingSOLO: From Book to Play to Passing Today · Categories: Events, News
Davis-Bellamy Oct. 20
On Tuesday, October 20 at 2:00pm in South Hall 2635.
Nancy Davis-Bellamy, co-founder of the Towne Street Theater, will be discussing her one-woman show Passing Solo, based on Nella Larsen’s famous Harlem Renaissance novella Passing.
 An alumna of American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and Lincoln Center Directors Lab West, Davis-Bellamy’s directing credits include “Nevis Mountain Dew,” “Passing,” “Madwoman of Chaillot,” “Five on the Blackhand Side,” “30 Love,” “Medals,” and more.

Also an actor, she won the NAACP Theatre Award for “Passing” which she also conceived and has appeared in the films “Menace 2 Society,” “The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “The Five Heartbeats,” and “Hollywood Shuffle.”


16. October 2015 · Comments Off on The Power of North American Urban Textures (As Seen from a Large European Postmetropolis) · Categories: Events, News

Buchenau Oct. 19 Event

“The Power of North American Urban Textures (As Seen from a Large European Postmetropolis)”

On Monday, October 19 at 5:00pm-6:30pm in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Dr. Buchenau’s past work has explored the “so-called ‘postracial turn’ in recent North American writings, the diverse forms of literary and cultural transfers and exchanges informing literary production in North America, and the cultural and political work of stereotypical and typological representations of minority groups in texts, maps and visual art.”

Dr. Buchenau is also one of the directors of the Research Training Group “City Scripts: Condensation, Inversion, and Assemblage in North American Urbanity,” which focuses on “systematic insights into how textual and historical processes have operated in North American scenarios of (de)urbanization and thus have also impacted global developments and phenomena.”

31. March 2015 · Comments Off on Virginia Grise Performance Talk · Categories: Events

Join Chican@ Studies and Hemispheric South/s in welcoming Virginia Grise, a Chicana cultural worker and theater artists and recipient of the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, 2010 Princess Grace Award in Theater Directing, and 2010 Yale Drama Series Award, to UCSB.

Grise will give a performance talk titled “Theatre of the Rowdy: A Performance Talk” on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theater, Department of Theater and Dance.

There will also be a book reading and signing of The Panza Monologues on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at Casa de la Raza, 601 E Montecito St., 93103VGriseFlyer

26. February 2015 · Comments Off on Grisha Coleman Workshop and Talk · Categories: Events
The English department’s Hemispheric South/s and Literature and the Mind initiatives are excited to announce a workshop and talk by Grisha Coleman, Assistant Professor in Arts, Media and Engineering and affiliate faculty in dance at Arizona State University.
The workshop is organized around “Embodying the Improvisatory,” and will take place next Wednesday, March 4 at noon. Please see the attached flyer for more details about the RSVP and location. Space is limited.
Dr. Coleman will also be presenting a talk at 5:30 p.m. on March 4th in the Sankey Room (SH 2623) titled “Listening as the land talks back: ecology, embodiment and information in the science fictions of echo.”


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26. February 2015 · Comments Off on Yoruba Spiritualities and Global Acts · Categories: Events, Uncategorized
Hemispheric South/s and the UCSB department of Theater and Dance announce the Yoruba Spiritualities and Global Acts Conference.
Tarrell McCraney’s award-winning play In the Red and Brown Water features characters who boldly embody the Yoruba gods.This conference explores the power of Yoruba cosmologies to heal historical trauma by connecting Black communities worldwide. The creative and scholarly offerings link black identity and cultural expression in Africa and the Americas, exploring and substantiating concepts of diaspora.

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UCSBTheater/Dance West 1507

2 PM: FREE Opening performance (followed by Q&A with the artist): Silfredo La O Vigo’s unique brand of Afro-Cuban dancing seamlessly blends orichas, rumba, contemporary dance movement, and visual art.

The remaining events will all take place in the Multipurpose room,  

first floor, SRB.

4:30: Keynote Address by

Dr. Hershini Bhana Young (SUNY Buffalo), “The Vulnerability of Horizonality:

Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s ‘Will I Still Carry

Water when I am a Dead Woman?’”


5:30: Panel: “Orishas in Africa and the Americas”

-Dr. Roberto Strongman (Black Studies), “The Vodou art of Hector Hyppolite”

-Haddy Kreie (Theater/Dance), “”Slavery and the Emergence of Vodun:  Race, Trauma, Protection, and Healing in Spiritual Systems of Southern Benin”

-Hee-won Kim (Theater/Dance), “Where the Body Floats and the Laughter Stops: Liminal Space and Transgressive Bodies in In The Red and Brown Water and The Shipment”

6:30: Dinner Reception

Featuring a short Q&A with Shirley Jo Finney, Guest Director, UCSB production of In the Red and Brown Water

8:00: Attend opening night of In the Red and Brown Water (Hatlen Theater)

Conference Organizers: Dr. Christina McMahon, Dr. Stephanie Batiste, and Haddy Kreie


13. February 2015 · Comments Off on Reading by Deborah Miranda · Categories: Events
Hemispheric South/s is excited to announce an upcoming event with Deborah Miranda, author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013), The Zen of La Llorona(2005), and Indian Cartography (1999). Miranda is currently the John Lucian Smith Term Professor of English at Washington and Lee University.
You are warmly invited to a reading of new work in the McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24. Light refreshments will be served.