WHAT IS NoCR?
In a desire to commemorate the spirit of resistance and cross-cultural collaboration that fueled the student struggles of 1969 and 1999, Cross Cultural Student Development (CCSD) and the Third World Liberation Front (twLF) created the Night of Cultural Resistance (NoCR), an annual tradition started sixteen years ago. Multicultural events on this campus are often notorious for being reduced to food, music and dance, without an attempt to create a cross-cultural understanding of a shared hxstory of struggle that informs multi-cultural movements for liberation and equal rights. NoCR, was created with the hope of uniting peoples of all races, cultures, nation, religions, abilities and sexual orientations through a multicultural perspective and understanding. Artists, musicians, writers, activists, students and communtiy members come together to celebrate the many hxstories, stories, traditions, and cultural and artistic expressions that together create a multicultural vision of struggle and liberation.
Every year NoCR features live performances, art making, skills sharing, food, and various other activities to celebrate our resilience and honor the ways in which communities of color continute to resist and flourish within the university. NoCR is more than a concert or a show, it is an opportunity for communities on and off campus to come together and share stories, skills and resources.
WHAT IS WoCR?
Aspiring to honor to the fullest, communities of color and their resistance and resilience, the Week of Cultural Resistance (WoCR) was started in 2013. In order to capture the spirit of generations of hxstory making past and present, WoCR extends NoCR into an entire week of events of celebration, creation, healing, and remembering hosted by a variety of folks from community on and off campus. From exploring the "Intersections of Womynhood and Body Image" with Phi Nu Xi to commemorating "A People's History of Music in the United States with Las Cafeteras, WoCR pays tribute to the work of grassroots organizers shaping multi-cultural movements for liberation and equal rights today.
NoCR 2018 The Multicultural Community Center presents "From Among the Stars” our 7th annual Week and 18th annual Night of Cultural Resistance theme. From Among the Stars -- this year’s WoCR/NoCR theme -- is an invitation to honor and embody the legacies of generations that lend us energy to thrive today.
Inspired by Octavia Butler, we acknowledge the power and necessity of imagination as a strategy for survival and liberation. As we move in these turbulent times, we look to the skies and remember the celestial origins that connect us. They guide our collective journeys. Borne of stardust, we are developing our awareness of our interconnected destinies to better understand who we are and who we can be, what we’ve done and what we can do.
We are looking back to rise above and transcend, and we invite you to reimagine & bring forth new worlds with us.
Monday, March 12, 6:30-8:30pm
All the Stars are Closer
As part of the celebration, families put together a tabletop arrangement, known as the “Haft-Sin” or the “7 S’s” and every object symbolizes a component of renewal and self-reflection into the new year. The seven items include: “sabzeh” / wheat sprouts, “samanu” / sweet pudding, “senjed” / dried jojoba fruit, “seer” / garlic, “seeb” / apple, “somaq” / sumac, “serkeh” / vinegar. Along with the seven items others such as coins, hyacinth flowers, a mirror, candles, goldfish, and painted eggs are also included on the table. All of these items represent renewal, rebirth, and a new start that is full of sweetness, health, wealth, and happiness. Families come together every year to put the haft-sin together and this year as part of the WoCR, we will be coming together as a community to collectively make the “haft-sin,” paint eggs together and talk about the meaning and the celebration of Norouz.
Tuesday, March 13, 12-2pm
Black./Womyn: Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent
A little bit more about the film: "Black Womyn" features interviews with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde. This film encourages progressive dialogue about images of Black lesbians and the stereotypes resulting from their portrayal in media and society at large. The director's goal was to create conversation among Black lesbians of differing ages, backgrounds about the lack of communication among these groups and how this affects the overall unity of Black lesbians as a group.
Tuesday, March 13, 5-7pm
Preserving Our Energies Self-Care 101
Wednesday, March 14, 2-4pm
Revolutions: Reimagining Research
Our very own Ethnic Studies Librarian, Sine Hwang Jenson, and Co-Director of Underrepresented Students of Color (UROC), Istifaa Ahmed, will be co-facilitating this workshop. Food will be provided by Racha's Cafe! This event is open to everyone, especially to off campus communities!
Wednesday, March 14, 5-7pm
Open Hearts, Open Tables
Thursday, March 15, 1:30-3:30pm
Capturing hte Cosmos: Upcycling Clothing and Light Photography
This event will happen concurrently with the light photography workshop hosted by the MCC Art Collective, in one of the side rooms. It will be a workshop where folks will have the opportunity to create their light photography through light painting techniques using the camera and different lights (xmas lights, flashlights, etc.) The goals for this event is for folks to have a space of creativity through the means of photography and create something that they can take with them. The intention behind the workshop is to share skills to show that you don't really need a lot of materials to get creative, especially in the world of photography.