Message from the Director

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At the heart of the possibility for creating a just world lies the quality and depth of our understanding about the histories and present-day formations of race, ethnicity, and indigenous communities.

Greetings Friends of CSREA,

What an exciting and action-packed calendar of programming, research, and community building we had this past year. The pages ahead are chocked full of events and seminars brimming with vibrant conversations and creative exchanges that broadened and strengthened community and research networks. As always, we are very grateful for student, alumni, community, and faculty collaborations and participation. Ours is a collective endeavor.

A Few Highlights–

We connected with members of the Brown community during the historic Black Alumni Reunion, which featured a CSREA-organized panel discussion on the importance of art, media, and storytelling. We also held a conversation with MSNBC host Chris Hayes ’01 on his book A Colony in a Nation.   

We launched new and quickly popular programs including competitive summer research grants for graduate students and a “First Works” lecture series for inaugural books by Brown faculty.

For our exhibit, we asked what joy and justice might look like when expressed artistically. Staff curated an uplifting, but also courageous exhibit featuring 22 different artists whose work revolved around this theme.

Although issues of race today may appear to be more easily identifiable than in recent years, part of our mission is to explore unexpectedly central places where racial inequality may be reproduced. We collaborated on a fascinating panel discussion on algorithmic justice during which scholars and activists explored the powerful range of ways and places that bias can be built into seemingly bias-free technologies.

CSREA produced a lot of dynamic programming this year, but don’t worry if you missed it! Nearly all of our public events are recorded and available for viewing anytime on our YouTube channel. Collecting and sharing ideas is vital to fulfilling our mission to increase the breadth and depth of our understanding about race and inequality by presenting timely, accessible, and relevant research.

We continue to be grateful to the Brown and Providence communities for their interest in and support of our events and programs. Special thanks goes to our excellent, dedicated staff, and our brilliant, committed colleagues and students.

Thank you so much for your support of our work.

Joy + Justice,
Tricia Rose
Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives

P.S. The work of the Center requires resources and sustained financial support. As a funding priority in the BrownTogether campaign, CSREA is poised to become a more generative force in fueling the discovery of new modes of thinking by faculty, artists, and community leaders on the most pressing social, political, and cultural concerns in contemporary society. We hope you’ll consider supporting our work