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Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series: Sofian Merabet, "Strange Hospitality: Gay Syrian Refugees in Lebanon"

IBES Room 130, 85 Waterman Street, Providence RI 02912

This paper engages with the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and, specifically, considers how queer-identified Syrians navigate an often-hostile environment in and around the Lebanese capital Beirut. Drawing on hospitality as a philosophical concept and on the sociological notion of the stranger, this paper focuses on discourses and aspirations these refugees express, in terms of language and bodily practices, in the face of what many experience as “hardened borders” within the social fabric of the host country. 

Treva Lindsey, "Building a Chocolate City: African American Women in Jim Crow Washington, D.C."

Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street, Providence RI 02912

Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C. explores the untold history of Black women in the nation’s capital who transformed the burgeoning city into a Black intellectual, cultural, and political center.

Building Health Equity In an Unequal World Series: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, "The Flint Water Crisis: A Journey for Justice"

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

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, will give the presentation, "The Flint Water Crisis: A Journey for Justice" at Brown University on Thursday, March 1, 2018. This talk is part 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.

Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series: Leisy J. Abrego, “Liberation, Not Integration: Immigrant Activists Making Claims and Making Home in Los Angeles”

Smith-Buonanno, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street, Providence, RI 02912

Undocumented Latino immigrants envision their futures here. Current policies, however, restrict their ability to thrive. Without legalization, they are hindered in their use of the very mechanisms that ensured economic mobility for other immigrants throughout U.S. history: jobs, education, and social services. To this end, one sector of the undocumented immigrant population—the 1.5 generation (often called DREAMers)—has witnessed the benefits of collective mobilization.

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.

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