Lectures, Discussions + Conferences

Ferguson Teach-In

Salomon 101

Events surrounding the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have re-ignited conversations about racism, inequality, and increasingly militaristic policing practices in black and brown communities across the US. This Teach-In strives to create a space for campus dialogue; provide social and historical context for these events and consider the impact of emerging and ongoing portrayals and responses.  

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Commencement Forum with Tracee Ellis Ross '94: Creative Opportunities for Women of Color in Entertainment

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium

In this conversation, actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker Tracee Ellis Ross '94 shared stories about her years on the hit TV series "Girlfriends" and discussed race, her body, her career, and how she responds to images and expectations of women of color in entertainment.

Tracee Ellis Ross '94, actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker; professor Tricia Rose '93, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University

Race in the Global Asias: A Symposium

Petteruti Lounge, Robert Center, 75 Waterman Street

What does it mean to talk about race across different disciplines in Asian and Asian American Studies configured as the Asias? This symposium brings together four prominent scholars to speculate on the intersection of their work in the transcolonial border zones of the Asias to lay the foundation for future conversations in history, ethnic studies, performance studies, and social movements. 

Bottom-Up Place Making: Graffiti-Murals and Latino/a Urbanism

BERT 130 (Carmichael Auditorium), 85 Waterman Street

Celebrated graffiti writers will discuss the practice of painting unsanctioned graffiti-murals as well as related issues such as creative place-making, occupying public space, identity, and the role illicit, creative, and contestative aesthetics play in the process of neighborhood change.

Conversation will be followed by a live art painting and reception.

Moderated by: Stefano Bloch, Cogut Center for the Humanities and Urban Studies Program, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 

Alexandra Vazquez, "Listening in Detail: A Remix"

Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting Street

This talk is an invitation to think together about what musical details, and all their unassimilatable qualities, make possible for scholarly projects. The presentation will revisit some of the details involved in Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music, and will also surface some of the book's submerged studies that made the final copy. Alongside these details, and the critical modes they make possible, the presentation will offer a set of working, non-prohibitive credos about writing and method.

George Lipsitz, "Decorating the Way to Other Worlds: Why Race and Space Matter Now"

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

In CSREA's inaugural Third Rail Series Lecture, George Lipsitz described how in the wake of imposed austerity and state organized abandonment of communities of color, urban activists and artists are building capacity for popular democracy through site specific interventions organized around art-based community making.

Pedro Noguera, "Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century"

Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street

Education is frequently described as the civil rights issue of the 21st century, particularly by politicians calling for policy changes and reform. However, the most important civil rights issue involving education in the 20th century, school segregation, remains largely unresolved, and despite the controversy it once generated, it is rarely mentioned as an important social issue that should be addressed today.

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