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02/27/2020 - Talk: Urban Redevelopment Projects in South Africa
UC Berkeley Doctoral Candidate, Britany Birberick examines the lottery game of FaFi, organized and introduced by Chinese migrants in South Africa, as a lens for analyzing urban redevelopment, social, racial, and work relations for its Black residents. Light refreshments.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Social Science Building, #101
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Thursday, September 27 - 3:20 PM
02/29/2020 -  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
San Diego has a rich and vibrant African American culture. In order to survive and prosper, the Black community has always used its creativity for motivation, collective work, encouraging responsibility and self-empowerment. Artistic exposure plays a vital role in the African American communities’ journey for expression, healing and self-determination. San Diego Urban Warriors Inc. and the African American Advisory Council of the San Diego Repertory Theatre have utilized arts for over 28 years with ongoing edu-tainment, programs in behavior guidance, health education and cultural enrichment which incorporates prevention, intervention and ongoing creative support. Each year, the City of San Diego is invited to embrace and celebrate San Diego’s diverse and provocative Black heritage and culture at the Kuumba Festival which is celebrated the last week of February. Kuumba Festival celebrates the positive lifestyle changes made over the year, provides cultural resources in the African Market Place, positive powerful healing images and spiritual celebrations for the entire family.

Festival Schedule:
Friday, February 28th — Night of Positive Images
• 5:00 PM - C M Johnson Panel Discussion on 1619 National Celebration of Black Women and their contributions. Admission: Free
• 5:30 PM - Central San Diego Black Chamber Of Commerce Happy Hour Round Table Discussion: â€"Can Black People Thrive In San Diego?” Admission: Free
• 6:00 PM - Open for shopping, The African Market Place, cultural vendors, fashion, art, jewelry, light foods and live jazz in the lobby. The Feed Radio Show Podcast with Ahmed Dents and Brandee J host the Community Reception. Admission: Free
• 7:00 PM - Drum call and libations, regal pageantry awards ceremony in the Royal Court, Parade of Ancestors, chore poem play "Sarah Elizabeth." "The Lynching of a Black woman." Written by Ginger Galloway, adapted and directed by Calvin Manson. Tickets: $25

Saturday, February 29th — Day & Night of Positive Challenges
• 11:00 AM - Reopening of the African Market Place with the addition of the youth village, educational workshops, panel discussions and book fair. Admission: Free
• 11:15 AM - Freedom Farmers book presentation and discussion on agricultural resistance and the Black Freedom Movement with Diane Moss and guest. Admission: Free
• 12:00 PM - Healthy Active Fit Time on the Horton Park Square Resources for healthy lifestyles through 45 minutes of connecting to cardio Kuumba Style. Admission: Free
• 1:00 PM - Annual youth presentation of Kuumba Kidz who learn African culture, history and heritage and share in the Youth Production. Tickets for Kuumba Kidz: $5
• 2:00 PM - Extemporaneous Speech Competition - Youth & adult participants pull topics from the box and have two minutes to speak on their selected topic, with a $45 prize for each winner. Admission: Free
• 2:30 PM - Workshop on Healthy Foods - Cooking and healthy living demonstration and teach back. Admission: Free
• 3:00 PM - Step & Dance - Black 2 Connected fitness and movement competition and showcase connecting dance and movement to healthy fit lifestyles and tools to address childhood obesity and increased discipline. Tickets: $12
• 5:00 PM - Taste of Soul - Contest in the spirit of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Kuumba Fest host a friendly competition of SD top chefs, cooks and restaurants promoting the best Black owned and operated eateries. Tickets: $7
• 5:15 PM - â€"Is she the right one?” Open interactive discussion and group mentoring experience, sharing for life planning and standard setting for the young Black urban community. Admission: Free
• 5:30 PM - San Diego Black Media Panel & Mixer, Social Networking hosted by Ahmed Dents and Brandee J on the Underground Stage and in the lobby. Admission: Free
• 6:00 PM - â€"Natural Hair” The Movie hosted by Makena Hayes-Gargonnu. Film and Panel discussion on the politics, economics, and cultural power and impact on wearing their natural hair. Tickets: $10
• 8:00 PM - YBNB VIP Showcase of positive images and vibration of local black owned businesses, and organizations that serve the community showcasing their products, brand and services. Admission: Free
• 9:00 PM - Late Nite Live, Tribute to the Apollo Theatre - Interactive audience showcasing of San Diego’s top and most self- determined artist, performers and entertainers. Youth and Adult segments and $600 in prizes. Tickets: $15

Sunday, March 1st — Day & Night of Spiritual Celebrating
• 11:00 AM - Dreams On A Dime: Readers Theatre presentation led by playwright Sharnell Blevins connecting to and celebrating the African American experience of race gender and ageism, honoring the work of Black artists. Don’t miss this treat! Tickets:$10
• 2:00 PM - Reopening of the African Market Place. Admission: Free
• 2:00 PM - Panel Discussion: The Plight of the Black Family - Interactive panel of Black men sharing, discussing and answering questions based on their feelings and experience on what it will take to save the Black Family. Admission: Free
• 4:00 PM - Gospel Celebration - Hand clapping, foot stomping traditional spiritually moving music, singing and rendering up praises for the positive vibrations and energy of empowerment from a higher power. Tickets: $10
• 6:30 PM - Black is the Color of my True Love - A romantic drama about a couple whose divorce causes the ancestors to take them on a journey of reconnecting can the ancestors help confront the pain and restore the American Black family. Tickets: $15
• 8:30 PM - Comedy Show/After Hours Event for the whole Kuumba Fest family and community to come together closing out Kuumba Fest 2020, gathering with celebration, laughter and healing featuring: J. Anhur-Shi, Kayshawn, P. Howard, N. Robinson, W. Ford, B. Young. Have a drink & laugh till you’re free to connect for a better day. Tickets: $15

Admission/Cost: Prices vary, see schedule above

San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, February 28 - 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 29 - 11:00 AM
Sunday, March 1 - 11:00 AM
02/20/2020 - Talk: Deirdre Bair
National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her 15 remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art in her new book, Parisian Lives. In 1971 Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. The next seven years of intimate conversations, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography and propelled Bair to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile. At ArtPower, Bair will speak about Parisian Lives-including never-before-told anecdotes and details that were considered impossible to publish back in the 1990s and that give audiences a new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers.

Admission/Cost: $9 - $10

The Loft
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Thursday February 20 - 8:00 PM
02/20/2020 -  Talk: Panel on Latin America and Talk by Former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla
Please join UC San Diego's Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, Department of Political Science, International Institute and Latin American Studies Program for this important half-day event.

Across Latin America, countries are faced with limited economic growth and growing political polarization and instability. During the keynote address by former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda and the expert panel, we will discuss pathways to improving citizen security and human rights across the continent to provide a basis for a new wave of prosperity. The talk will be followed by a tango music performance by San Diego’s Camarada with special guest Raul Jaurena, tango master and accomplished bandoneonist.


3:00 PM to 4:15 PM - Panel on â€"The Political Landscape in Latin America in 2020”
4:15 PM to 5:00 PM - Keynote on â€"A New Decade: Reimagining Prosperity to Halt the Exodus from Central America” by Laura Chinchilla Miranda, former President of Costa Rica
5:00 PM to 5:45 PM - Tango Music with Camarada and Raul Jaurena
5:45 PM to 6:30 PM - Reception

Admission/Cost: FREE

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, February 20 - 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
02/15/2020 - Talk: Ice Age Discoveries Beneath the Yucatan
Archaeologist Dr Dominique Rissolo will discuss the recent discoveries of underground caves and evidence of early human remains. Free valet parking. Sponsored by San Diego Independent Scholars.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Vi at La Jolla Village
8515 Costa Verde Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92122

Saturday, February 15 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
02/15/2020 - Talk: Culinary Diplomacy Between the U.S. and China
The San Diego Diplomacy Council and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum invite San Diego residents and visitors to their table for a taste of varied Chinese regional cuisine and a dialogue on U.S.-China culinary diplomacy.

The San Diego Diplomacy Council has spent the last 40 years creating professional, cultural, and educational experiences that connect San Diego with the rest of the world, in order to build trust, dialogue, and peace.

We, at the San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the SDDC to present â€"Culinary Diplomacy Between the U.S. and China: How Food Bridges Divides and Forges Peace.”

The event will feature food from local restaurants representative of different cuisines within China and a discussion facilitated by keynote speaker Dr. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, Ph.D., on Chinese cultural diversity, cuisine, and how people in China and the United States continue to foster deep links through food and culture, despite rising tensions between the two countries.

â€"Now more than ever, we need citizens that can navigate both China and America - linguistically, culturally, and perceptually - to improve the U.S.-China relationship at the grassroots level,” said Fabienne Perlov, executive director of the San Diego Diplomacy Council.

â€"It is imperative that our understanding of each other is guided not by our politicians, but by average citizens wanting connections beyond that of the State,” added Juliana Gay, executive director of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

Admission/Cost: $40 - $60

Chuang Archive & Learning Center
541 B Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, February 15 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
02/03/2020 - Lecture: Nao Bustamante
Nao Bustamante is a Chicana multimedia and performance artist, from the San Joaquin Valley in California.

Her work encompasses performance art, sculpture, installation and video and explores issues of ethnicity, class, gender, performativity, and the body.

Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Admission/Cost: FREE

VAF 306 Performance Space
Visual Arts Facility
U.C. San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093

Monday, February 3 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
01/25/2020 - Discussion: No Human Being is Illegal
How does the tech industry participate in exclusion and statelessness?

In Assam, India, Wipro Technologies built databases for recording citizenship that helped render 1.9 million people in India illegal.

There are large scale protests ongoing in India against these tech-facilitated changes to citizenship and related policy shifts that seek to make India a Hindu state.

Tech facilitated religious and racial exclusion is also happening in the US as companies like Palantir intensify data collection and speed up the tracking of people for arrest and deportation.

This learning club examines the role of tech workers in facilitating religious and racial exclusion and looks to the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to help us see these global shifts and learn from examples of organizing around ethics in tech.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, January 25 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
01/23/2020 - Discussion: The Xinjiang Crisis: Domestic and International Reactions
A panel of experts will illuminate the economic, political and technological drivers of the repression of Uyghurs, a Muslim and Turkic-speaking ethnic group under mass surveillance and with more than a million detained by the Chinese government.

The discussion will feature Darren Byler of the University of Washington and Gerry Shih of The Washington Post, moderated by Molly Roberts of UC San Diego.

Admission/Cost:Free, but registration is required.

The Great Hall
International House
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Thursday, January 23 - 4:00 PM
01/15/2020 - Talk: From Dictatorship to Democracy? Myanmar's Uneasy Transition
San Diego World Affairs Council warmly welcomes Dr. Richard A. Nuccio's talk: "From Dictatorship to Democracy? Myanmar’s Uneasy Transition".

After nearly fifty years of military rule, Myanmar/Burma began a guided transition toward a more open economic and political system in the mid-2000s. Led by the country’s existing military leaders, the transition was based on a new constitution drafted by the military intended to maintain their influence and limit the power of the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Early signs that the military’s plans would go awry were a sweep by the NLD of the 2012 by-elections that led in turn to a nationwide victory in largely fair elections in 2015.

As in many countries under authoritarian rule, deep regional, national, ethnic and religious divisions in Myanmar were unleashed by the easing of political repression. Myanmar’s new democratically elected leaders have found themselves confronted by a continuation of decades-old civil wars and new insurgencies based on Buddhist/Muslim divisions long simmering beneath the surface.

• How did international sanctions against Myanmar, some of the strictest in the world, encourage the 2010 guided transition in Myanmar?
• How will relatively poor countries like Myanmar fare in the coming disorder of the disintegration of the post-WWII international order?
• What is the future of liberal democratic systems in Asia?

About our Speaker: Dr. Richard A. Nuccio

Richard A. Nuccio is the Interim Program Manager of the UK’s Department of International Development (DfID) and European Union (EU)–funded Support Hluttaw Work for Effective Budget Oversight (SHWEBO) project to strengthen the oversight capacity of Myanmar’s legislative branch at the Union, state, and region levels. Previously, Dr. Nuccio served as the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) resident senior country director for Myanmar from March 2013 until June 2016. In this capacity, he developed NDI’s technical support program to Myanmar’s parliament (Hluttaw) and oversaw all NDI programming in Myanmar, including its efforts to support independent observation of the 2015 national elections. Before arriving in Myanmar, Dr. Nuccio served as NDI’s resident senior country director in South Sudan from 2011 until 2012. As country director, he oversaw the implementation of civic engagement program activities under a five-year, $61 million US Agency for International Development (USAID) grant and provided leadership to a team of nine international and 39 national staff.

Admission/Cost: Free - $10

National University
Sanford Center Auditorium
1355 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Wednesday, January 15 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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