UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures - Race to Justice

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Race to Justice

This is a moment of reckoning. As a nation, we are confronting evidence of inequality that reaches every corner of society. Arts & Lectures has a history of bringing complex issues to the forefront. Now, we are spearheading an in-depth look at systemic racism from every angle, including abolition, underlying conditions, reparations, criminal justice and more. Interdisciplinary and cross-departmental, this season-long series engages leading activists, creatives and thinkers to expand our understanding of racism and how race impacts society, and to inspire an expansive approach to advancing racial equality.

Most virtual events are hour-long programs. All times listed are Pacific.

Get all 8 virtual Race to Justice events slated for October through January for $80.

Race to Justice Virtual Pack

Race to Justice virtual events are FREE for UCSB students (registration required).

Brittany K. Barnett

Tue, Oct 27 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

A decorated attorney and activist, Brittany K. Barnett showcases the impact that formerly incarcerated people can have when they are able to not only survive, but thrive.

Rhiannon Giddens
with Francesco Turrisi

there is no Other

Sun, Nov 15 / 11:00 AM / VIRTUAL

Showcasing her spectacular banjo and fiddle playing, passionate vocals and perceptive songwriting, Giddens will perform a special concert from her home in Ireland, followed by a Q&A.

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Dawn Porter

Tue, Nov 17 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

This film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Dawn Porter will explore Congressman Lewis' legacy of fearless protest and how we can keep his campaign for justice alive.

Sister Helen Prejean

Thu, Nov 19 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The nation's foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean ignited a national debate on capital punishment with her bestselling book Dead Man Walking.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Tue, Dec 8 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

MacArthur Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones is the creator of The New York Times Magazine's The 1619 Project, about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tue, Jan 12 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Drawing comparisons to James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power and The Water Dancer.

Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Tue, Jan 26 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Wed, Feb 3 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

International jazz ambassador and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis returns with the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, comprising 15 of the nation’s finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tue, Apr 13 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Now in its seventh decade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stands tall as an enduring cultural touchstone, especially when it comes to work that speaks directly to the times.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Wed, Apr 14 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Now in its seventh decade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stands tall as an enduring cultural touchstone, especially when it comes to work that speaks directly to the times.

Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice:
Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Fri, Apr 30 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

MacArthur Fellow Bryan Stevenson is an attorney, human rights activist, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Jon Batiste

Sat, May 22 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Following his life-affirming Santa Barbara debut in 2019 Jon Batiste is back, pounding the keys in a high-octane night of pure musical joy.

More events will be announced soon.

Race to Justice Advisory Committee: Susannah Scott, Divisional Chair of the Academic Senate; Sharon Tettegah, Director of the Center for Black Studies Research; Ingrid Banks, Chair of the Department of Black Studies; Kim Yasuda, Chair of the Department of Art; Charles Hale, SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences; and Belinda Robnett, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Patty & John MacFarlane,
Sara Miller McCune, Santa Barbara Foundation, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, Dick Wolf, and Zegar Family Foundation.

UC Santa Barbara campus partners: Department of Black Studies, Center for Black Studies Research, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences, Division of Student Affairs, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Graduate Division, Bren School for Environmental Science & Management, College of Creative Studies, College of Engineering, MultiCultural Center, The Carsey-Wolf Center, UCSB Reads, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.

Community Partners: Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli.

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