Critical Consciousness Speaker Series

The Critical Consciousness Speaker Series is a series of quarterly speakers that focus on the awareness of political and social issues that impact us everyday.  Speakers also engage us in critically thinking about the actions that society must take in order to liberate others and ourselves from the oppression present.

Spring 2016

DarkMatter: Resist! Student Activism Performance and Workshop - RSVP NOW!

Week 6 | Saturday, May 7 | Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center 
Doors open: 5:30 PM | Event: 6 - 8 PM 

Co-Sponsored by:  ASUCI and Cross-Cultural Center 

Come join us for an event with DarkMatter - a non binary trans south asian performance art duo. They will be performing spoken word and facilitating a workshop on student activism. They will be speaking about various systems of oppression and the intersections of race, class, gender, and secuality, exploring how the university system keeps us reading rather than revolting. Come learn how we can use the university and its capital to our advantage to be in solidarity with social movements happening within and without. 


DARKMATTER is a trans south asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. Based in New York City, DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like La MaMa Experimental Theater, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. DarkMatter was recently part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival as well as the Queer International Arts Festival. Known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache, DarkMatter has been invited to perform at stages and universities across the world.


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Spring 2015


“Thinking About Food Chain Workers: Vision for a Sustainable Food System”
Week 6 | Thursday, May 7 | Dr. White Room, CCC | 5pm

Co-Sponsored by:  Global Sustainability Resource Center | Real Food Challenge | UCI & Brown Bag Theatre

Joann Lo will talk about the challenges and opportunities facing workers in the food system to not only improve their wages and working conditions, but to become leaders in the movement to make the food system into one that is just, healthy, and sustainable.  She will also share her personal story as a daughter of Taiwanese immigrants who became a labor and community organizer.  RSVP encouraged

Joann Lo is the Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. In 2000 Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center, and she organized with garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful campaign against retailer Forever 21, memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005 Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions and a year later became Co-Director. Joann is a member of Los Angeles Food Policy Council, the City of Los Angeles’ Sweatfree Advisory Committee, the Enlace Institute Advisory Board, and the ROC-LA Advisory Board.

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Fall 2014


Hip Hop Education and Social Justice: Pedagogy, Praxis, Engagement, and Action – A Performance Lecture
Week 6 | November 13 | 6pm | Crystal Cove Auditorium
Tickets available 10/24 on the top floor of the CCC

Aisha Fukushima is a public speaker, educator, singer, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). RAPtivism is a global hip hop project spanning 10 countries and four continents, highlighting the ways culture can contribute to universal efforts for freedom and justice by challenging apathy with awareness, ignorance with intelligence, and oppression with expression.

Fukushima has engaged in hip hop communities across the United States and from France to Morocco, Kazakhstan, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond.  As a public speaker, Fukushima combines the art of performance and lecture. In her speeches she links themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, youth engagement and activism.
Co-Sponsored by: Associated Students- University of California, Irvine

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