UCSB Arts & Lectures presents The Most Decorated Track and Field Olympian in History, Allyson Felix, for Advocacy and Equality in Sports and in Life on Tuesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. Pacific

This virtual event is available for ticket holders to replay for one week

SUMMARY

  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Allyson Felix
  • Advocacy and Equality in Sports and in Life
  • The most decorated track and field Olympian in history
  • One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020
  • Felix is a nine-time Olympic medalist, six-time Olympic champion and world record holder
  • An advocate for underserved children and a proponent of maternity rights, Felix shares her experiences with racism and discrimination even as a professional athlete
  • This conversation with Dr. Ingrid Banks, Chair of the UC Santa Barbara Department of Black Studies, will be followed by a Q&A
  • Part of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Race to Justice virtual event series
  • Ticket holders will be able to replay this event for one week
  • Tuesday, April 6 / 5 p.m. Pacific / Virtual
  • $10 General Public and FREE for UCSB Students (registration required)
  • Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu

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“Felix has been all about the fight – for her health, for her daughter, for women and mothers, and for what she and other working athlete mothers deserve.”

 Sports Illustrated

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the most decorated track and field Olympian in History, Allyson Felix, on Advocacy and Equality in Sports and in Life on Tuesday, April 6th at 5 p.m. Pacific. Felix is a nine-time Olympic medalist, six-time Olympic champion, world record holder and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. An outspoken critic of pregnancy discrimination in athletics, an advocate for underserved children and a proponent of maternity rights, Felix shares her experiences with racism and discrimination even as a professional athlete. As she gears up for the Tokyo Olympics, Felix remains at the forefront of the fight for equality for all – in sports and in life.

This conversation with Dr. Ingrid Banks, Chair of the UC Santa Barbara Department of Black Studies, will be followed by a Q&A.

The virtual event is part of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Race to Justice series. 

ABOUT 

ALLYSON FELIX

Having stepped on the world stage as a passionate 18-year-old in her first Olympic Games, Allyson Felix has redefined athletics as she continues to cement her iconic status on and off the track.

Felix grew up in Los Angeles, California. She never expected that she would find one of her passions on a high school track, but she did and has never looked back – amassing an incredible 13 global titles, ten United States Championships, nine Olympic medals and a world record. Her accomplishments solidify her as one of the greatest female athletes the world has seen and has garnered attention from top media publications including Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Elle.

Felix has proven herself a force on the track, but has still made time to graduate with an elementary education degree from the University of Southern California. She has a heart for her community, and serves as an ambassador for Right to Play and Play Works and a former member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. Felix has helped the NFL’s Nnamdi Asomugha provide Los Angeles area teens with tools to prepare themselves for higher education through the ACTS College Summit. Her determination is also carrying over to the business sector, where she is an investor in a plant-based protein bar company and serves as an advisor to a fitness technology startup. 

INGRID BANKS

Ingrid Banks is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women’s Consciousness and is currently preparing a book manuscript based on a fourteen-month, multi-city, ethnographic study that examines contemporary black beauty salon culture. In 2004-05 and 2008-09, Banks was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. Her commentary on beauty culture has been cited in media outlets including The New York TimesThe Guardian (U.K.), CNN.com, BBC and other media outlets.

RACE TO JUSTICE 

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. 

UCSB ARTS & LECTURES

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Arts & Lectures annually presents more than a hundred events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public. 

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Allyson Felix is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Part of the Race to Justice series.  

Tickets are $10 for the general public and FREE for UCSB students (registration required)

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.  

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

Race to Justice is presented in association with 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, Carsey-Wolf Center, The Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies, UCSB Library | UCSB Reads, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. 

Race to Justice Media Sponsors: Santa Barbara Independent, KCRW, Voice Magazine, Noozhawk.

Most Race to Justice events are hour-long programs and include an audience Q&A.  

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

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2020-2021 season. 

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