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David Roediger, "Whiteness in the Time of Trump"

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium), 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

The election of Donald Trump incontrovertibly rested on his support among white voters, including white female voters. Many commentators have more specifically argued that the rightward motion of the "white working class" in and beyond the U.S. holds the key to pushing the far right to electoral majorities and to swagger in committing racist attacks. David Roediger's longstanding work on the critical study of whiteness in U.S. history positions him to address the extent to which Trump represents a new departure or a logical result of long processes.

Laura Briggs, "How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics" [VIDEO]

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

Today all politics are reproductive politics, argues esteemed feminist critic Laura Briggs. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Households are where we face our economic realities as social safety nets get cut and wages decline. Briggs brilliantly outlines how politicians’ racist accounts of reproduction—stories of Black “welfare queens” and Latina “breeding machines"—were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families.

Building Health Equity in an Unequal World: Practitioners Roundtable

School of Public Health, Room 375, 121 S. Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

"Practitioners Sharing Strategies for Health Equity" is a roundtable discussion with presentations by: Linda Goler Blount, Black Women’s Health Imperative president and CEO; Karen Hartfield, Lecturer in the Department of Health Services, University of Washington, and the administrator for the HIV/S

Building Health Equity in an Unequal World: Sherman A. James [VIDEO]

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

Dr. Sherman A. James will give the presentation, "Persist! The Long and Bumpy Road Toward Racial Health Equity in America" at Brown University on Thursday, November 16, 2017. This talk is the keynote of Building Health Equity in an Unequal World, a collaborative lecture series presented by the Brown University School of Public Health and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Dr. James is the Susan B. King Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. His research focuses on the social determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care .

Jennifer Ho, “Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture”

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium)

Jennifer Ho will discuss concepts relating to the ambiguity of race—the ways in which our understanding of racial categories exceeds the boundaries society places around them, particularly by looking at Asian Americans who cannot be neatly typed into boxes: those who are multiracial, transracial adoptees, and existing as an Asian body at a time when race is often talked about in black and white terms.

Shannon Sullivan, "White Priority and White Class Privilege in the Lives of Good White People"

CSREA, Lippitt House, 96 Waterman Street

This presentation will untangle some of the complex relationships between race and class in contemporary white identity in the U.S. Beginning with an examination of how good white liberals often use intra-race class differences to establish their racial goodness, Sullivan then will challenge the false universalism built into the concept of white privilege.

Banned: Racialization of the Middle East and its Diasporas in U.S. Culture

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center

Banned brings together Evelyn Alsultany and Melani McAlister, two American Studies scholars, to consider how the representations of Middle Eastern populations both domestically and abroad influence U.S. policy. In particular, we hope that this event will allow the Brown community to dig deeper into the problematics of new policy, such as the Immigration Ban, in order to advance understanding of the dangers of conflation and visual marking that brown bodies undergo. 

Critical Migrations and Refugee Studies Series: Cathy Schlund-Vials, "Prosthetic Ecologies"

Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

This talk examines the role disability plays in the making of refugee subjects; such subjects, as this presentation maintains, are necessarily situated in catastrophic environs formed in the troubling aftermaths of war, natural disaster, and economic crisis. To access the various man-made mechanisms responsible for bringing these disabled subjects "into being," this talk strategically utilizes the following schema: "prosthetic ecologies." "Prosthetic ecologies" operates as a flexible and generative analytic upon which to syncretically chart longue durée histories of state-sanctioned violence, state-authorized violation, and internationally-supported contravention during the Cold War era. 

Commencement Forum: Tricia Rose '93 PhD, "How Structural Racism Works" [VIDEO]

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium) - 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

This presentation shares ideas from Professor Tricia Rose's on-going research project, which aims to make accessible to the public what structural racism is and how it works in society. The project examines the connections between policies and practices in housing, education and other key spheres of society to reveal the intersectional and compounding effects of systemic discrimination as a significant force in American society today. In addition to sharing the outline of the project, Rose will also share her experiences with student co-researchers and creative contributors to the project.

Telling Our Stories: A Discussion with Dawn Dove, Marta Martinez, and Valerie Tutson '87, MA'90 [VIDEO]

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium)

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Contando Nuestras Historias.
Telling Our Stories.

What do the stories that people pass down tell us about our cultures and communities, about the past and even the future? What role does storytelling play in preserving local histories? What possibilities do multilingual storytelling hold for exploring histories and identities?

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