Lectures, Discussions + Conferences

Seminar with Ian Haney López, UC Berkeley: "Dog Whistle RACISM"

Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 am to Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:30 am

Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting Street

The prevalence of coded racial appeals in American politics invites us to reconsider racism, racial ideologies, and the social construction of race. In this seminar we'll talk about strategic and routine racism, colorblindness, and the interplay between dog whistle politics and a racially stratified society. Looking toward the future, we'll also consider whether demography will save us, or whether instead whiteness as an organizing principle in politics and society is likely to expand, for instance to incorporate many Hispanics and Asian Americans.

See also: 

Third Rail Series Lecture: Ian Haney López, UC Berkeley, "Dog Whistle Politics: Coded Racism and Inequality for All" [VIDEO]

Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting Street, Providence RI 02912

Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in this lecture Ian Haney López links the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class—white and nonwhite members alike.

Nancy Khalek, "Religion, Violence, and the College Classroom"

From ISIS's abuse of Christian minorities in Iraq, to massacres of Muslims in the Central African republic, to the Charlie Hebdo incident in France, religion and violence (and the question of "religious violence") are current issues about which students and faculty alike have pressing questions. What I've been thinking about as a professor of Islamic Studies in the department of Religious Studies is how to help students frame their learning about these conflicts within broader discourses on secularism, power, media, and the conflation of race and religion in the US and abroad.

Lunchtime Conversation with Prof. Jim Gates

CSREA invites you to engage in an informal conversation with Professor Jim Gates (University of Maryland) over lunch. This discussion presents an opportunity to learn more about his experiences as a black professor and theoretical physicist, and discuss challenges faced by underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Please RSVP by Monday, 3/16 at 5pm if you would like to attend: [email protected]

Police Profiling: Causes and Consequences

Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium

This panel discussion will feature experts on police policies that have fueled extensive racial and other profiling, the expansion of mass incarceration and the effects of these policies and practices.

Presented in collaboration with the Taubman Center for Public Policy and the Watson Institute for International Studies. 

Chris Burbank
Chief of Police, Salt Lake City Police Department

Student Seminar with Dr. Laurence Ralph, Harvard: "Ethnography in Urban Spaces"

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge

Dr. Laurence Ralph will engage in an open dialogue with students and faculty about urban ethnography, methodology, and crafting a research project. He will discuss some of the challenges of engineering a research project and techniques for writing about emotionally charged social issues.