Passing: An Un-Conference

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Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Pembroke Hall, Room 305

A day-long set of informal and interdisciplinary conversations about the historical phenomenon of racial passing. 

What is an un-conference? The point of an un-conference is to have a rich and full discussion about the topic - a discussion led by a few people, but in which everyone participates. The conversations are meant to be casual, unscripted, unrehearsed, and dynamic. 


  • Michele Elam, Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education; Professor of English, Stanford University
  • Allyson Hobbs, Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University
  • Karl Jacoby, Professor of History and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University
  • Sarah Lewis, Yale University
  • Eric Lott, Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center

8:45 am - Continental breakfast (show up anytime)
9:40 am - First Thoughts (casual prompts from the organizers)
10:00 am - Conversation # 1, with with Karl Jacoby, Allyson Hobbs, and Matthew Guterl
11:45 am - Buffet lunch
1:15 pm - Conversation #2, Michele Elam, Eric Lott, and Sarah Lewis
3:00 pm - The End!

Presented by the Department of American Studies and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA)