This virtual event is available for ticket holders to replay for one week
- UCSB Reads presents Patrisse Cullors
- UCSB Reads author event
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Dialogue
- Recognized in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list and its 100 Women of the Year 2020
- Patrisse Cullors is co-founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, founder of Dignity and Power Now and co-author (with asha bandele) of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
- She co-founded the global Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 after sparking the viral Twitter hashtag. The movement has since expanded into an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world campaigning against anti-Black racism
- This event will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, UC Santa Barbara Professor of Black Studies
- Presented as part of UCSB Reads, sponsored by the UCSB Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor with additional support from UCSB Arts & Lectures and a variety of campus and community partners
- Part of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Race to Justice series
- Ticket holders will be able to replay this event for one week
- Wednesday, May 12 / 5 p.m. Pacific / Virtual
- FREE Event (registration required)
- Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu
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“This is a story of perseverance from a woman who found her voice in a world that often tried to shut her out. When They Call You a Terrorist is more than just a reflection on the American criminal justice system. It’s a call to action for readers to change a culture that allows for violence against people of color.”
– TIME Magazine, named one of the Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far
UCSB Reads presents a FREE author event with Patrisse Cullors, author of the 2021 UCSB Reads selection, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Dialogue, on Wednesday, May 12 at 5 p.m. Pacific. Artist, organizer and educator Patrisse Cullors is co-founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, founder of Dignity and Power Now and co-author (with asha bandele) of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. A Los Angeles native, she co-founded the global Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 after sparking the viral Twitter hashtag. The movement has since expanded into an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world campaigning against anti-Black racism. Cullors’ work for Black Lives Matter was recognized in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list and its 100 Women of the Year 2020. The event is FREE but registration is required in advance. Ticket holders will be able to replay this event for one week.
This event will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, UC Santa Barbara Professor of Black Studies.
The virtual event is part of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Race to Justice series.
Patrisse Cullors is a The New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Patrisse has been on the frontlines of abolitionist organizing for 20 years. Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a global foundation supporting Black led movements in the US, UK and Canada and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The significance of the Black Lives Matter movement has been recognized by The New York Times as the “largest movement in US history.” TIME 100 also named Patrisse as the 100 most influential people in 2020.
Patrisse has led multiple Los Angeles based organizations, such as Dignity and Power Now, Justice LA and Reform LA Jails. Each of these organizations have won progressive ballot measures, fought against a $3.5 billion jail plan and implemented the first ever Civilian Oversight Commission of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Patrisse is also the Faculty Director of Arizona’s Prescott College, a new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program, which she developed nesting a curriculum focused on the intersection of art, social justice and community organizing that is first of its kind in the nation.
Not stopping there, Patrisse is also a former staff writer on Freeform’s Good Trouble series as well as an actress on the show. She also co-produced the 12-part YouTube Originals series titled RESIST, that premiered November 18, 2020 on the platform. In 2020, Patrisse signed an overall production deal with Warner Brothers, where she intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent and creators that will continue to transform the world of art and culture.
Now in its 15th year, UCSB Reads continues to bring the campus and Santa Barbara communities together to read a common book that explores compelling issues of our time. UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus-wide and community-wide “one book” program started by the UCSB Library and Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas in 2007. Each year, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and community partners convene to select an intellectually stimulating, interdisciplinary book by a living author that appeals to a wide range of readers and can be incorporated into the UCSB curriculum.
The 2021 selection, When They Call You a Terrorist, is a powerful memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2013 after the acquittal of the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old high school student. The memoir describes Patrisse Cullors’ experience as a Black, queer woman in the United States, who was raised in Los Angeles by a single mother. She recounts her experiences with racism in the criminal justice system, as well as the origins of the movement for racial justice that inspired an unprecedented number of protests across the country after the death of George Floyd.
The book powerfully demonstrates the connection between history, lived experience, and the necessity for present-day activism. It provides an intersectional analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement that will stimulate timely and important discussions with students, faculty, and the Santa Barbara community.
From January through May, the Library will sponsor virtual talks, panel discussions, film screenings, book clubs, exhibitions, and other events to explore the book’s themes. On May 12, 2021, UCSB Reads will culminate with a free live virtual public lecture by Patrisse Cullors.
Released in 2018, When They Call You a Terrorist was an instant New York Times bestseller and has received many other accolades, including being named a New York Times Editor’s Pick, Library Journal’s Best Books of 2019, TIME Magazine’s Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far, O, Oprah’s Magazine’s 10 Titles to Pick Up Now, Politics & Current Events 2018 O.W.L. Book Awards Winner and The Root Best of 2018.
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.
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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.
Patrisse Cullors is presented as part of UCSB Reads, sponsored by the UCSB Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor with additional support from UCSB Arts & Lectures and a variety of campus and community partners.
Part of the Race to Justice series.
FREE Event (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, and Zegar Family Foundation.
Race to Justice 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.
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.