Institute of Arts & Humanities: Community, Arts and Resistance Series

Agonistic Harmony & Transformation a Special Lecture by Martha Gonzalez


Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician, feminist music theorist and Assistant Professor in the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Scripps/Claremont College. A Fulbright (2007-2008), Ford (2012-2013) and Woodrow Wilson Fellow (2016-2017), her academic interest has been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer/songwriter and percussionist for Grammy Award winning band Quetzal. Quetzal has made considerable impact in the Los Angeles Chicano music scene. The relevance of Quetzal’s music and lyrics have been noted in a range of publications, from dissertations to scholarly books. Their latest release is titled “The Eternal Get Down” on Smithsonian Folkways (2017). In addition, Gonzalez along with her partner Quetzal Flores has been instrumental in catalyzing the transnational dialogue between Chican@s/Latin@ communities in the U.S and Jarocho communities in Veracruz, Mexico. Gonzalez has also been active in implementing the collective songwriting method in correctional facilities throughout California and Seattle WA. Most recently, and as a testament to the body of music and community work Gonzalez has accomplished on and off the stage, in the summer of 2017 Gonzalez’s tarima (stomp box) and zapateado shoes were acquired by the National Museum of American History. Gonzalez is currently working on her first book manuscript, Chican@ Artivistas: East Los Angeles Trenches, Transborder Tactics and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Quetzal and their 12 year-old son-Sandino.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
2:30-3:30 p.m
Cross Cultural Center, Price Center East
UC San Diego campus

Register here!

Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society

Building Beloved Community: ReConnecting Church and Community in the Midst of Racialized Chaos by Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon


Rev. Traci Blackmon is Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero. ~ West African Proverb

As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice.  Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few.

Rev. Blackmon is listed in Ebony Magazine as one of the 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! She has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis' 100 most influential voices as well Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon, Harold II, and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.

"I speak for the lions. And we are many!" ~ Rev. Traci D. Blackmon


Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Great Hall at the International House, Eleanor Roosevelt College
UC San Diego campus
Registration opens April 1, 2018




Special Series on The Science of Human Diversity

In the special series of invited lectures, we will explore the psychological science of human diversity, spanning questions including the nature of human diversity, attitudes toward it, reasons for lack of diversity in the workplace, and how diversity affects creativity and the scientific process.

Over three academic years (Fall 2016 to Spring 2019) the series will feature nine talks from world famous experts on diversity science. Click on the following link for the schedule of guest lectures:

All Special Series Talks are held in the Crick Conference Room, Mandler Hall room 3545.