April 5, 2008 – Filipino American Studies at the Crossroads: Art, Activism and Scholarship in Response to Philippine State Violence

Saturday, April 5th

Conference: 1 – 4 PM, Humanities 210
Activism Roundtable/Dinner: 5 – 6:30 PM, Stevenson Events Center
Performances: 7 – 9 PM, Stevenson Events Center
Poetry Readings: April 9, 16, & 23

The cluster brings together emerging scholars, artists, and activists whose work addresses current state violence and political repression in the Philippines, aiming to create an opportunity for community dialogue around politically engaged Filipino/a American cultural production and related political organizing. The conference on April 5 will consist of two academic panels, an activism roundtable involving community organizations around the Bay Area, an evening of performances including Aimee Suzara, Lani Montreal, People Power of UCSC’s Filipino Student Association, and a screening of a documentary by Eric Tandoc, a student in UCSC’s Social Documentation program. The event will continue through the month of April with poetry readings by R. Zamora Linmark, Shirley Ancheta, Jeff Tagami, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Juliana Spahr.

Co-sponsorship provided by Oakes College, Merrill College, Stevenson College, Cowell College, Kresge College, Colleges 9 and 10, and the departments of Sociology, Literature, HAVC, and History of Consciousness, as well as the Living Writers Series, the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, and the Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community.