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01. October 2018 · Comments Off on North Hall Takeover 50 Years After: A Black Vision of Change Oct. 12-14 · Categories: Uncategorized


Danny Glover 2018 Keynote Speaker

SAVE THE DATE: Keynote dinner with Danny Glover on October 13, 2018.

UCSB Alumni and the Department of Black Studies of the University of California at Santa Barbara are proud to announce our fall celebration North Hall Takeover 50 Years After honoring the 12 students who, on October 14, 1968, took over the North Hall building to demand change in the curriculum and climate on campus for Black students. In response, then Chancellor Vernon Cheadle began a process of institutional change that resulted in the founding of the Department of Black Studies, the Chican@ Studies Department, the Center for Black Studies Research, and eventually the Departments of Asian American Studies and Feminist Studies with other research and curricular apertures to study inequality and a multicultural world. The energetic vision of these original 12 students also embodied the hope that all Black students in the state of California would have an excellent chance to attend its flagship university system in a world free of racism, fascism, and misogyny that nurtured equitable, spiritually meaningful lives. This conference is an opportunity not only to reflect on the importance of the North Hall Takeover, but also to think seriously about how we can create a better future for Black students, and consequently for all students, at the university.

The conference is organized by Jeffrey Stewart, professor of Black Studies, and will be held on the weekend of October 12-14, 2018 at UC Santa Barbara, in coordination with the UC Santa Barbara Alumni, Admissions Office, Division of Social Sciences, Educational Opportunity Program, MultiCultural Center, UCSB Library and the Office of the Chancellor. Accordingly, this conference encourages past, current and prospective students to attend to help us explore ways in which the university can give students the knowledge they need to make a difference in their communities in terms of social medicine, cultural awareness, and human sustainability.

The highlight of the conference will be a keynote dinner on October 13 with Danny Glover, renowned actor and humanitarian. Mr. Glover will reflect on the importance of social commitment along with individual success in a life well-lived. We welcome the public, students, and professionals at large seeking social innovation and livability through the lineages of progressive education.

Save the date: October 12-14, 2018 
On the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
To register visit: https://blackvisionofchange.eventbrite.com

Full Program of Events
Location: Corwin Pavilion and MultiCultural Center, UC Santa Barbara

Friday, October 12

5:30 pm
Welcome Reception
MultiCultural Lounge

7:30 pm
Fendika, music group from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(a ticketed public event)

Saturday, October 13

9:00 am Breakfast
Corwin Pavilion

10:00 am
Admissions Welcome
Corwin Pavilion
Lisa Przekop, Director, Admissions,
and Marcus Mathis, Asst. Dir. of Diversity, Admissions

10:30 am
Conference Welcome: The Knowledge Revolution After North Hall
Corwin Pavilion
Jeffrey Stewart, Professor of Black Studies
Aida Hurtado, Professor & Luis Leal Endowed Chair of Chican@ Studies
John Park, Professor of Asian American Studies

11:00 am
The “Talented Tenth” Today
Corwin Pavilion
“The Doctor as Changemaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles”
Stanley Frencher, Jr. M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor, UCLA Medical School and Medical Director of Surgical Outcomes and Quality, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

11:30 am
Panel: A Black Vision of Change at UC Santa Barbara, 1968 and 2012
MultiCultural Center Auditorium
Moderated by Aaron Jones,
Director, Educational Opportunity Program, UCSB
“State of Black Life on Campus, 1968”
Stan Lee, North Hall Activist, 1968
“Why the Need to Bring the Racial Conditions of UCSB to the Chancellor’s attention in 1968?”
Tom Crenshaw, North Hall Activist, 1968
“Why the Need to establish a Black Studies Department on campus in 1968”
Murad Rahman, North Hall Activist, 1968
“Bringing Black Students’ Demands to the Chancellor’s attention in 2012”
Alexis Wright, 2012 Undergraduate.

12:30 pm
LUNCH, Corwin Pavilion

1:15 pm
Panel: Write the Next Chapter
MultiCultural Center Auditorium
Moderated by Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler,
Chair, Department of Black Studies, UCSB
“Current State of Black Social, Political, Educational and Economic Attainment in the US”
Trevon Logan, Professor and North Hall Chair in Economics, UC Santa Barbara
“Criminalization of Black Youth in and out of the California School System”
Victor Rios, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
“Transforming the UC System to Foreground Black Success?”
Yoel Yosief, Political Director, Afrikan Black Coalition
“What role should the Center for Black Studies Research play in enhancing Black Student Success at UCSB?
Sharon Tettegah, Director, Center for Black Studies Research, UC Santa Barbara

2:30 pm
Admissions/Alumni Reception
Corwin Pavilion

3:30 pm
Intergenerational Alumni and Student Dialogue
MultiCultural Center Lounge
Moderators: Dalton Nezey, North Hall, 1968 and TBA

5:00 pm
Private Reception

6:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion
Lois Mahalia
Jeffrey’s Jazz Coffeehouse Vocalist Accompaniment

7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Danny Glover, Actor, Activist, Humanitarian
(ticketed event)

7:45 pm
Moderated Keynote Q&A

8:00 pm

Sunday, October 14

9:00 am Breakfast
MultiCultural Center Lounge

9:30 am
Alumni Discussion
Where Do We Go From Here?

10:30 am
Walk to Ethnic Studies Room, Davidson Library, UCSB

11:00 am
Walk to North Hall – Commemoration and Commitments

12:00 pm

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

“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

Letters from Langston Feb 25 Flyer  (1)

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