2014-2015 Events

Virginia Grise Performance Talk

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Studio Theater (Department of Theater and Dance

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., 93103

Grisha Coleman Workshop and Talk

Workshop on March 4, 2015, at noon in Theater and Dance West room 1502 and the talk is the same day at 5:30 pm in the Sankey Room

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.”

Yoruba Spiritualities and Global Acts Conference

On Friday, February 27, 2015, in Theater and Dance West room 1507

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.


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

Reading by Deborah Miranda

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8 pm in the McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020). Light refreshments served!

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.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke Poetry Workshop

On Friday, January 30 from 1:30-4 p.m. in the HSSB McCune Conference room.

The workshop is part of a two-day visit co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Research Focus Group at UCSB. Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to RSVP. The flyer for the poetry workshop is posted below:

Hedge Coke will be giving a reading of Streaming, her newest release, at the IHC’s McCune Conference room at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 29.