Artist & Lecture Series

2017-18 Artist & Lecture Series

The Artist & Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally recognized artists and speakers who offer diverse and innovative views and performances to the campus and local community, giving audience members the chance to broaden their cultural experience.

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Bella Electric Strings

Bella Electric Strings
Oct. 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Bella Electric Strings, led by rock violinist and arranger Nino DiGregorio, has rocked audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements, and beautiful charm. Strictly a rock quartet ranging from classic rock to heavy metal pieces, Bella Electric Strings will be the special musical guests for The Experience, the Foundatation's largest fundraiser to raise funds to support scholarships and student success at SPSCC.

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James McLurkin

James McLurkin
Oct. 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

James McLurkin is dedicated to illustrating the fun and excitement in science and engineering. Award-winning researcher at MIT and Rice University and current hardware engineer at Google, McLurkin is widely known for his work with multi-robot systems. McLurkin uses “Nerd Pride” to help get the next generation excited about STEM fields.

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Anat Cohen Tentet

Anat Cohen Tentet
Dec. 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Anat Cohen, clarinetist and saxophonist, is well known for her charming and charismatic stage presence. As a professional musician, Cohen infuses Brazilian jazz, traditional and modern jazz flow, samba and choro, and improvisation to craft an upbeat experience full of energy. She will be performing accompanied by a tentet: Oded Lev-Ari, James Shipp, Rubin Kodheli, Nadje Noordhuis, Nick Finzer, Owen Broder, Vitor Gonçalaves, Sheryl Bailey, Tal Mashiach, and Anthony Pinciotti.

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Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory
MLK Banquet Keynote Speaker
Jan. 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Activist Tamika Mallory is a champion for social justice and leader in grassroots campaigns involving gun violence, women's rights, and police violence. Mallory was co-president for the worldwide Women's March protest in 2017, the largest single day protest in U.S. history. Mallory will be the keynote speaker for SPSCC's annual banquet, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy.

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Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq
Feb. 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Tanya Tagaq’s music is like nothing you’ve heard before. The Arctic-born artist is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer, and award-winning experimental recording artist. Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental phenomenon.

Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck
May 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Professor Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker. Recipient of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award, he is also the author of several books. Fulbeck created The Hapa Project which was awarded the inaugural Loving Prize at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. Fulbeck holds a powerful message for people who identify as multiracial.