Legislative Theater for Racial Justice Action Planning

This collaboration brings together nine pioneering Theater of the Pooressed scholars and artists from Brazil to UCLA for a two-week residency. While here, the artists will support students in creating new proposed legislation through theater. This proposal seeks to engage these practitioners as trainers and advisors so that the student/campus community created proposals have the best chance at becoming policies and laws. Legislative theater is a methodology in which popular theater is used to create, refine, and propose new legislation and policy.

Wadada Leo Smith

Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser Wadada Leo Smith is one of the most boldly original and influential artists of his time. Transcending the bounds of genre or idiom, he distinctly defines his music, tirelessly inventive in both sound and approach, as "Creative Music."

For the last five decades, Smith has been a member of the legendary AACM collective, pivotal in its wide-open perspectives on music and art in general. He has carried those all-embracing concepts into his own work, expanding upon them in myriad ways.

Race and Capitalism: Global Aspects

unding for a series of activities around the theme of "Race and Capitalism: Global Aspects," involving faculty from the departments of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, History, Urban Planning, and two research centers - the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

Flash Point 2017: Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

A three-day event utilizing art and media to examine the socio-political factors that provoked the 1992 LA Uprising and its impact on the racial and economic climate in LA and across the US today. Events will include panels featuring a discussion of the evolution of community organizing as well as the role media, particularly film, has played in creating and reflecting social change. There will be a gallery displaying avariety of art inspired by the Uprising and a follow-up discussion with the artists.