Announcing: 2017-18 Artist & Lecture Series

Monday, August 21, 2017

SPSCC proudly announces its lineup for its 2017-18 Artist & Lecture Series. The series aims to bring nationally and internationally recognized artists and speakers who offer diverse and innovative views and performances to the campus and local community.

Attending one of these Artist & Lecture Series evenings gives audience members the chance to broaden the term culture for themselves. 

The lineup for the new season includes:

Bella Electric Strings

Bella Electric StringsOct. 7, 2017

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. 


James McLurkin | Oct. 19, 2017

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.


Anat Cohen Tentet | Dec. 4, 2017

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.


Tamika Mallory: MLK Banquet | Jan. 13, 2018

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.


Tanya Tagaq | Feb. 2, 2018

Survivor of Canada’s infamous genocidal Residential School System, Tanya Tagaq is an experimental vocalist and artist who won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014. Through the power of her voice, she will tell a beautifully tragic story of the lack of women’s rights and Indigenous rights in the Western world.


Kip Fulbeck | May 17, 2018

Professor Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker. Recipient of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award, he is also the aithor 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.


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