Lectures, Discussions + Conferences

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.

Shawn Michelle Smith: The Scene of the Crime: Taryn Simon's The Innocents

The Innocents

Winnick Chapel, Brown RISD Hillel , 80 Brown Street

Shawn Michelle Smith will discuss Taryn Simon's The Innocents, a project that documents 45 legal cases of mistaken identification, in which individuals were misrecognized as the perpetrators of violent crimes on the basis of mug shots and other visual aids.

Favianna Rodriguez, "Migration is Beautiful"

Meeting Room (2nd Floor), Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

Addressing the debate surrounding immigration policy in the United States and the overall perception of immigrants, Faviana Rodriguez will discuss her practice of creating unapologetic art pieces and the growing influence of artists in the political realm.

Rodriguez is the Artistic Director of CultureStr/ke, a national network of professional and emerging artists, social change experts, and creative producers who seek to support the national and global arts movement around immigration. 

Favianna Rodriguez, "Migration is Beautiful" [VIDEO]

Meeting Room (2nd Floor), Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street.

Favianna Rodriguez will talk about her art practice creating powerful and unapologetic art pieces and will share snippets of Migration is Beautiful, the recent documentary highlighting her creative projects. Rodriguez is the Artistic Director of CultureStr/ke, a national network of professional and emerging artists, social change experts, and creative producers who seek to support the national and global arts movement around immigration. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Berlin

Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting Street

This conversation reflects on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s significant but under examined 1964 visit to West and East Berlin. King managed to cross into East Berlin without a passport and spoke to immense crowds on both sides of the Berlin wall. He spoke urgently about segregation in the US, the Berlin wall, divided societies world wide and the importance of emphasizing a "common humanity." 

Discussion led by Taylor Branch, Author of "The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement"

Seeing with My "Two I's": Immigration and Incarceration

Friday, November 8, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, November 9, 2013 (All day)

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

This two-day exploratory seminar on the law, social movements, and criminalization of race and ethnicity brought together scholars, theorists, advocates, artists, and activists from across the country to examine the dynamic relationship between the "two I's" of immigation and incarceration and discuss how that relationship works in complex ways to criminalize and/or ostracize people living in predominatly Latino, black, and poor white communities. 

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