Lectures, Discussions + Conferences

Race & Slavery in America

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and Office of the Provost

Race & Slavery in America

Please join us for a panel discussion, Race & Slavery in America on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 12 p.m. The discussion will feature:

A. Naomi Paik, “Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: U.S. Immigration and Abolitionist Futures”

, Petteruti Lounge, Room 201

This talk starts with the apparent “crises” over immigration in the contemporary moment, marked by three signature executive orders authorized by the Trump Administration in its first week in office: the “Muslim Ban,” the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. By examining the long histories that have built a deeply rooted, robust foundation for theseRead More

Stefano Bloch, “Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA’s Graffiti Subculture”

, Petteruti Lounge, Room 201

Professor Stefano Bloch will read from and discuss the writing of his new book, Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA’s Graffiti Subculture (University of Chicago Press). The book is described as an unflinching portrait of a deeply maligned subculture and an unforgettable account of what writing on city walls means to the most vulnerable people living within them.

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“Strike For Freedom: Frederick Douglass in Scotland” Film Screening and Discussion

, Room 106

The 15-minute film “Strike for Freedom” chronicles new efforts to memorialize Frederick Douglass’s abolitionist work in Scotland. In the 19th-century, Edinburgh was a city of freedom for Black social justice campaigners born into slavery in the USA. Committed to ‘telling the story of the slave’ and the ‘strike for freedom’, Douglass and other Black abolitionists came to the city toRead More

Conversations in Latinx Art: Xandra Ibarra and Iván Ramos

, Room 305

Conversations in Latinx Art brings together the Oakland-based award-winning performance artist Xandra Ibarra and interdisciplinary scholar Dr. Ivan Ramos (Assistant Professor, University of Maryland) to reflect on queer Latinidad and its deployment as a form of resilience and endurance against political hostility. Drawing on scholarship in Latinx and gender and sexuality studies andRead More

Akua Naru, “The Keeper Project”

, Room 106

In this presentation, Akua Naru will discuss her work on The Keeper Project, a multi-media archive that chronicles the role of Black women in the creation and evolution of hip-hop music and culture.

Akua Naru is a Hip Hop artist, producer, activist, and scholar. She is currently a Race and Media Fellow as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race andRead More

Ainsley LeSure, “Theorizing Political Resistance to Racism: From Occasioning Sight to Constituting Power”

, Room 103

This talk traces the focus on unconscious cognition (in the form of implicit bias, racial ideology, and volition) as an explanation for the tenacity of racism in the post-Civil Rights era to early critiques of the practice-centered account of institutional racism. With this focus, political resistance to racism has been figured as a twin project of getting people to see that their perceptionRead More

Kimberlé Crenshaw: 50 Years Since 1968 Keynote Lecture

Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, The Petey Greene Program
, 101

1968: Unearthing the Linked Narratives of Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Their Discontents

This talk by distinguished legal scholar and policy leader, Kimberlé Crenshaw will begin with what should be a puzzling convergence. How is it that after five years of a grassroots uprising against anti-Black police violence, and after eight years of a BlackRead More

What I Am Thinking About Now: Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, “Policing as the Public Theater of Racial Degradation”

, Room 103

Please join us for a “What I Am Thinking About Now” presentation by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brown University and an affiliated faculty with the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL.  

“Policing and the Public Theater of Racial Degradation”
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Book Launch: Micah E. Salkind, “Do You Remember House?: Chicago’s Queer of Color Undergrounds”

CSREA and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Featuring the author: Dr. Micah Salkind, Special Projects Manager for The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Humanities in the Department of American Studies at Brown University

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