New Books & Research Methods

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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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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Research Seminar with Richard Rothstein, “Journalism and History: Describing ‘The Color of Law’”

, Room 103

We invite students and faculty to sit down for an informal conversation with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute to learn more about the research process for his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. This workshop aims to strengthen the capacity of scholars by introducing participants to the author’s Read More

Book Launch: Monica Muñoz Martinez, “The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas”

Featuring the author

Monica Muñoz Martinez, Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

With commentary from

Karl Jacoby, Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race andRead More

Karen Inouye on Researching and Writing Between the Disciplines

Professor Inouye will discuss the challenges involved in researching and writing an interdisciplinary monograph, as well as the demands of transforming a dissertation into a book.


Karen M. Inouye is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at Indiana University,Read More

Karen Inouye, “The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration”

, Room 106

The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration reexamines the history of imprisonment of U.S. and Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Karen M. Inouye explores how historical events can linger in individual and collective memory and then crystallize in powerful moments of political engagement. Drawing on interviews and untapped

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Research Seminar with Tanya K. Hernández, Fordham University School of Law

, Room 103

We invite students and faculty to join us for a research seminar led by Tanya K. Hernández, Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Professor Hernández’s research and teaching areas include discrimination; Latin America/Latin American law; employment; trust and wills; critical race theory, and the science of implicit bias: new pathways to social justice. HerRead More

Tanya K. Hernández, “Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination”

, Room 130

In her new book “Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination,” Professor Tanya Katerí Hernández explores the question of how to pursue racial equality in a growing multiracial world. The growth of a mixed-race population has led some commentators to proclaim that multiracial discrimination is distinct in nature fromRead More

Research Seminar with Martha S. Jones, Johns Hopkins University

, 101

We invite students and faculty to join us for a research seminar led by Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose interests include the study of race, law, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women. Her new book, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights inRead More

Book Launch: Leticia Alvarado, "Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production"

Nicholson House, 71 George St, Providence RI 02912

"Abject Performances" draws out the irreverent, disruptive aesthetic strategies used by Latino artists and cultural producers who shun standards of respectability. Alvarado centers negative affect to capture experiences that lie at the edge of the mainstream Latino-centered social justice struggles to illuminate modes of community formation and social critique defined by a refusal of identitarian coherence that nonetheless coalesce into affiliation and possibility.