Lectures, Discussions + Conferences

Third Rail Series Lecture: Michael Waldman, "The Fight to Vote" [VIDEO]

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium), 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

In his new book, The Fight to Vote, Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed,” offering a current, readable history of voting rights in the United States. Waldman traces the full story from the Founders’ debates to today’s challenges: a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, and the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United. Amid this topsy-turvy election season, Waldman’s book is a needed reminder that voting rights have never been – and are still not – a guarantee.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Andre Willis, "Whiteness as God: Towards a Theo-Political Understanding of American Democracy"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

Please join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 12 - 1pm for a "What I Am Thinking About Now" presentation from Professor Andre Willis, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, titled "Whiteness as God: Towards a Theo-Political Understanding of American Democracy".

“What I Am Thinking About Now” is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

"How Structural Racism Works," Peeling Back the Layers: Racial Inequality in a New South City

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge, 201

Please join us on Friday, March 25 (lunch provided at 11 am), for "How Structural Racism Works: Peeling Back the Layers: Racial Inequality in a New South City", a Conversation with Dr. Robert Korstad, Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke and Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. Robert Korstad will focus on the role of wealth as a driver of structural racism. The event will take place in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street in Peterutti Lounge. Doors will open at 11:00 am and lunch will be available.

"How Structural Racism Works," Wealth and Structural Racism

85 Waterman (IBES), Room 130

Please join us on Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 pm for "How Structural Racism Works: Wealth and Structural Racism," a lecture by Duke Professor of Economics Dr. William Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy at Sanford School of Public Policy. The lecture will focus on how wealth inequality works intersectionally to generate other significant inequalities. Lecture will be followed by a conversation between William Darity, Jr. and Tricia Rose, Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Research Seminar with Vicki Ruiz (UC Irvine), "Uncharted Journeys: My Life in History"

Hillel, Meeting Room

This seminar blends reflections from almost four decades in the academy with practical advice for meeting the expected and unexpected challenges (and rewards) along the way. In particular, Ruiz will focus on the ways in which to read an archive when searching for Latina sources, accessing hidden stories as well as those in plain sight. In addition, she will address the surprising consequences of oral history and the meaning of memories, real or imagined. As importantly, the seminar will underscore the power of public history and the gift of collaboration.

Research Seminar with Eric Tang (University of Texas at Austin), "From Camps to Ghettos: Thinking in Refugee Time"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

This seminar will explore methods for researching how refugees in urban America conceive of the continuities between the past and present, between camp and ghetto—two distinct yet related, in not contiguous, territories. Tang will elaborate on the concept of "refugee temporality:" the manner in which refugees understand the long and unbroken time and space of their captivity.

Black Feminism, Popular Culture and Respectability Politics

Pembroke Hall, Room 305

The Annual Elizabeth Munves Sherman'77, P'06, P'09 Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies

"Black Feminism, Popular Culture and Respectability Politics," a lecture by Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Presented by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women