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Comedian/Satirist W. Kamau Bell to Speak at SBCC’s Dorantes Memorial Lecture


November 9, 2016    12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


Garvin Theatre

Santa Barbara City College presents comedian and political satirist W. Kamau Bell in a presentation titled “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” at its 26th annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, November 9th. The free lecture will be held at the Garvin Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus, at 12:45 PM. Bell will participate in a meet-and-greet with the audience immediately following the Lecture.

About W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and the host the CNN docu-series United Shades of America, which premiered in April 2016. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The series was produced by Chris Rock, on FX and FXX networks and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award.

Bell sits on the advisory boards of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank (formerly known as the Applied Research Center), as well as the anti-harassment organization Hollaback! He was named the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador on Racial Justice in October, 2013.

About the Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture

SBCC Foundation established The Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lectureship Fund in 1991. This event was established in memory of a beloved second-year SBCC student and Mexican immigrant, Leonardo Dorantes. Touted as incredibly motivated and respected, Leonardo died in a racially motivated tragedy in November of 1990.  The Lecture Series is designed to heighten the awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic differences and shared commonalities in Santa Barbara.  

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