Highlighted Events

  • April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
    Exhibit/MCC Lounge: April 2nd – June 15th Opening Reception/MCC Lounge and Theater: Thursday, April 12th, 6 pm Indian Heritage is a Native American art exhibition that compliments the film Great Walls of Indian Heritage. The genesis of this exhibit starts at the red road, and the American Indian Student Association inspires its vitality. Andrew...
  • April 25, 2018
    Living Lives of Resilient Love in a Time of Hate presents Kimberlé Crenshaw Heightening tensions in the US over police killings of Black people have undermined confidence that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US. The more lasting legacy may be the one championed by late Justice Scalia whose legal...
  • April 26, 2018
    Western scholars have woven intricate categories for Pende masks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the basis of their materials, style, and shape. However, Pende themselves categorize masks primarily by the aesthetic emotions that they arouse, e.g. joy, fear, laughing out loud. What would happen if we were open to a more Africa-centric...
  • April 26, 2018
    Why study the humanities in prison? Why teach them?  What is the value of prison humanities programs for communities both inside and outside of prisons?  What humanistic texts and skills do we teach? A day-long symposium, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will include the voices of...
  • April 26, 2018
    In conversation with Director Bruce Robertson, Jane Gottlieb reflects on her love-affair with France. She discusses how her evolving photographic process has allowed her to refine her vision of France, making her images bolder and denser, embodying through color the complex memories and emotions she brings to her experience.
  • April 26, 2018
    Internationally-acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Combining highly-physical taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart deliver an unforgettable, pulsating production that has audiences...
  • April 26, 2018
    Zama (2017) centers on a Spanish colonial administrator who was born in South America. The title character waits for a letter from the Spanish king that would grant him a transfer from the small town in which he is stagnating to Buenos Aires. Zama’s situation is delicate, and he must ensure that nothing interferes with his transfer. He is forced...
  • April 27, 2018
    No stranger to ambitious undertakings, violinist Jennifer Koh presents Shared Madness, an unprecedented project that speaks to the generous and supportive spirit that thrives within the musical community. Out of reciprocity toward the benefactors who helped purchase her instrument, Koh asked more than 30 composers to create short violin pieces...
  • April 27, 2018
    The Sh8peshifter Fri, April 27th, 7:30 pm Music Performance/MCC Theater Sh8peshifter makes music art through ritual. While her music has been compared to the love child of Radiohead + Erykah Badu, this Oakland-based performance artist occupies a world of her own. A soundtrack to #BlackGirlMagic and beyond, her afro-eclectic mix of soul, dance and...
  • April 29, 2018
    A three-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist, Joey Alexander has a “sophisticated harmonic palette and a dynamic sensitivity” (The New York Times) that draws comparisons to masters like Bill Evans. Self-taught off his father’s Thelonious Monk records as a 6-year-old in Indonesia, his musical intuition and passion has led him down a remarkable...
  • May 1, 2018
    Travel bans and other discriminatory policies have become routine features of Iranian American life in the Trump Era. But anti-Iranian, anti-SWANA, and anti-Muslim racism has a hidden history that spans centuries and haunts how Iranian Americans are imagined – and imagine themselves – today. Neda Maghbouleh, UCSB alum (PhD Sociology, 2012) and...
  • May 2, 2018
    Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find help from his deceased musician great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer, to return him to his family among the living. Disney-Pixar’s Día de los Muertos gem honors Mexican culture and history on the big screen. Post-film...
  • May 2, 2018
    The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, 1926) is one of the best known films that uses a silhouette animation technique, in which cutout figures come to life through the remarkable color prismatic manipulation of light. The story of the film is based on the “Tale of the Magic Horse” from The Arabian Nights. It features ...
  • May 2, 2018
    Multi award-winning composer Michael Giacchino will present a talk and Q&A session on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (please note that the date and time have changed). Giacchino has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Inside Out, The Dawn of the...
  • May 3, 2018
    Ronald Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an applied architectural researcher, design activist, author, and thought leader in the fields of additive manufacturing and earthen architecture. He is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (...
  • SciTrek Lecture: Marcia Linn
    May 3, 2018
    The SciTrek lecture series seek to highlight innovations in science education which promote a better understanding of and appreciation for how science works. These lectures are dedicated to bring together people and programs at UCSB focused on science education with community participants, including teachers and administrators to promote...
  • May 3, 2018
    The MCC hosts a quarterly open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves using all creative outlets – including spoken word, poetry, hip hop, music, and dance. This quarters MC will be Abraham Lizama, a Xicanx Maiza, anti-colonial artivist and scholar, who uses hip hop, poetry, direct action, labor and performance as means for storytelling...
  • May 3, 2018
    Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr is lauded for his lyricism, precise attention to the physical world and his gift for metaphor. With the eye of a scientist and the heart of a poet, the celebrated prose stylist reveals his keen naturalist’s perception and his empathetic engagement with humanity’s...
  • May 4, 2018
    THE WONG STREET JOURNAL Written and Performed by Kristina Wong Directed by Emily Mendelsohn Sound Designer: Jessica Paz Additional Music-- Nerio Badman A solo theater work written and performed by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong. Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street...
  • May 5, 2018
    In the early 1960's, Jeff Chan informally established the "Chinese Lion Dancers of Los Angeles." Jeff took in a group of kids from the L.A. Chinatown neighborhood to train them in martial arts and lion dancing.  Please join the Chinese Lion Dancers for performance in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, children of all ages are welcome...
  • May 5, 2018
    Every year for the past 27 years, Kapatirang Pilipino of UC Santa Barbara has upheld the tradition of hosting Pilipino Cultural Night—more fondly known as PCN. It is an entirely student-produced culture show in which students compose music, choreograph dances, and write scripts to celebrate their Filipino/Filipino-American culture. The PCN cast...
  • May 6, 2018
      In partnership with the Community Arts Music Assocation of Santa Barbara (CAMA), the UCSB Department of Music will present a chamber music concert featuring UCSB Department of Music faculty artists, students, and guest artists on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4-5 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. The program will...
  • May 7, 2018
    Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens will explore the origins of slavery, immigration, and race within the development of gynecology, documenting how  She will also trace the current controversies around the memory of the "fathers of gynecology" and the enslaved "mothers" of the field by providing context for how and why physicians denied poor women of color...
  • May 9, 2018
    After over 25 years of incarceration, a Muslim convert re-enters society in the Southside of Chicago to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling with his past as a gang chief while trying to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging. 57min. Watch trailer...
  • May 10, 2018
    Talk: The Times of Revolution in Jawad Salim’s Monument to Freedom The Iraqi artist Jawad Salim’s famous Monument to Freedom, which still stands in Baghdad’s Liberation Square, is usually read as a linear historical narrative of the Iraqi nationalist movement and the 1958 revolution it produced. Pursley’s talk explores heterogeneous conceptions...