Past Events

Third Rail Series Lecture and Diversity and Inclusion Summit Plenary: Robin DiAngelo, "White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus" [VIDEO]

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

CSREA is delighted to partner with the Office of Institutional Diversity to bring Robin DiAngelo to campus as part of the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, and to serve as CSREA's annual Third Rail Lecture Series speaker. Her talk is entitled, "White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus."

Third Rail Series Lecture and Diversity and Inclusion Summit Plenary: Robin DiAngelo, "White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus" [VIDEO]

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CSREA is delighted to partner with the Office of Institutional Diversity to bring Robin DiAngelo to campus as part of the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, and to serve as CSREA's annual Third Rail Lecture Series speaker. Her talk is entitled, "White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus."

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting Street

Third Rail Series Lecture: Michael Waldman, "The Fight to Vote" [VIDEO]

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

In his new book, The Fight to Vote, Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed,” offering a current, readable history of voting rights in the United States. Waldman traces the full story from the Founders’ debates to today’s challenges: a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, and the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United. Amid this topsy-turvy election season, Waldman’s book is a needed reminder that voting rights have never been – and are still not – a guarantee.

Seminar with Ian Haney López, UC Berkeley: "Dog Whistle RACISM"

Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 am to Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:30 am

Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting Street

The prevalence of coded racial appeals in American politics invites us to reconsider racism, racial ideologies, and the social construction of race. In this seminar we'll talk about strategic and routine racism, colorblindness, and the interplay between dog whistle politics and a racially stratified society. Looking toward the future, we'll also consider whether demography will save us, or whether instead whiteness as an organizing principle in politics and society is likely to expand, for instance to incorporate many Hispanics and Asian Americans.

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Third Rail Series Lecture: Ian Haney López, UC Berkeley, "Dog Whistle Politics: Coded Racism and Inequality for All" [VIDEO]

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

Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in this lecture Ian Haney López links the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class—white and nonwhite members alike.

George Lipsitz, "Decorating the Way to Other Worlds: Why Race and Space Matter Now"

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

In CSREA's inaugural Third Rail Series Lecture, George Lipsitz described how in the wake of imposed austerity and state organized abandonment of communities of color, urban activists and artists are building capacity for popular democracy through site specific interventions organized around art-based community making.