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Leonardo Dorantes Lecture

The Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture was established in memory of a beloved second-year Santa Barbara City College student and Mexican immigrant, Leonardo Dorantes. Touted as incredibly motivated and respected, Leonardo died in a race-related tragedy in November, 1990. The Lecture Series was then installed in 1991 by the SBCC Foundation, designed to heighten the understanding of racial and ethnic differences and shared commonalities in Santa Barbara. Click here for a list of previous lecturers.

We are pleased to announce the critically-acclaimed author and activist Tim Wise as the 2015-2016 Leonardo Dorantes lecturer.

Tim Wise
“Resurrecting Apartheid, from Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border –
Combating Racisim in the Post-Obama Era”
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – Garvin Theatre – 12:45pm-2:05pm

Renowned anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will deliver the keynote address at the 25th Annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture at Santa Barbara City College on Tues., Nov. 10.  The lecture will be held from 12:45 to 2:05 p.m. at SBCC’s Garvin Theatre on West Campus.  A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Both are free and open to the community. Mr. Wise’s lecture, “Resurrecting Apartheid, from Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border – Combating Racism in the Post-Obama Era,” is one in a series of presentations sponsored by the college to heighten awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic differences.

Named by Utne Reader as one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” Mr. Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on more than 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has lectured internationally on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market and has provided anti-racism training to professionals in education and healthcare nationwide. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. 

A frequent guest and commentator on radio and television, Mr. Wise is the author of seven books, including Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, his latest, and the highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.  His 2013 documentary, White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America, will be shown at SBCC on Mon., Nov.  9, the evening before Mr. Wise presents the Dorantes Lecture.  The documentary will air at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room A211 on East Campus and is open to the community free of charge.


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