American Cultures and Global Contexts Center

2014-15 Events

Antiracism Inc.: Intersections

We are very enthusiastic about the direction of our program for the coming 2014-15 academic year. The Antiracism Inc. program series will feature the subheading “Intersections.” Our goal is to engage students, scholars, and activists in a discussion that develops our understanding about racism and sexism in the present. How do ‘colorblindness’ and ‘gender-blindness’ work together, for example? How do we develop language, images, and imaginaries that create radical possibilities as we expose racial and gendered power? We hope to maintain critical attention to questions of gender and sexuality as we build our analyses of the incorporation of antiracist discourses.

Spring Quarter 2015

Antiracism Inc./Works/Intersections/Transformations

We are excited to have your participation at the final event for this round of the Antiracism Inc. program series, where we will come together in a space of solidarity, creativity, collaboration, and community building to reflect on the ongoing strife in Baltimore, which speaks to a long history of race-based state violence in the United States that has not disappeared despite official antiracist discourses to the contrary. We hope to consider how the conversations that have taken place throughout the Antiracism Inc. program about racism, antiracism, activism, institutional power, violence, and the intersections among race, gender, and sexuality may come together to help us heal and build coalitions of solidarity.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 12-2 p.m. in the MultiCultural Center Lounge on the UCSB campus. Please see below for a flyer with more details about the event.

In preparation, please read the following short works:

1) Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

2) Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors-Brignac’s “Celebrating MLK Day: Reclaiming Our Movement Legacy”

Winter Quarter 2015

Antiracism Inc: Intersections: Critical Conversations

How do we negotiate the relationship between the dominant demand for ‘colorblindness’ regrading race and the demand for ‘hypervisibility’ regarding gender and sexuality? “Critical Conversations” will address the intersections of those subjects, practices, and positionalities that defy incorporation. Please join us in this dialogue about race and sexuality in a series of lively discussions on Thursday March 12, 2015 from10:00 am to 5:30 pm in the MultiCultural Center Lounge.

Fall Quarter 2014

Antisexism U.: An Encounter with Dr. Nick Mitchell

Please join us for the first event of the year, Antisexism U. Dr. Nick Mitchell (Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside) will lead us in a discussion of the institutional histories of Women’s Studies and Black Studies.

In preparation, please read Wendy Brown’s “The Impossibility of Women’s Studies” and Dr. Mitchell’s “A Riff on the Concept of the (Critical Ethnic Studies) Intellectual”.

The event will take place on Thursday October 30, 2014 in South Hall 2635 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Afternoon tea and cookies will be provided.

Please email Professor Felice Blake at or Roberta Wolfson at for PDF copies of these readings.