Past Events

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.

Pedro Noguera, "Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century"

Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street

Education is frequently described as the civil rights issue of the 21st century, particularly by politicians calling for policy changes and reform. However, the most important civil rights issue involving education in the 20th century, school segregation, remains largely unresolved, and despite the controversy it once generated, it is rarely mentioned as an important social issue that should be addressed today.

Lyrics From Lockdown

Friday, March 14, 2014 7:00 pm to Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:00 pm

George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House, 155 Angell Street

Friday, March 14, 2014: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 2014:  2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

One man. One mic. 40 characters. Two unbelieveable true stories of wrongful imprisonment. Told through hip hop, theater, spoken word, blues, comedy, calypso and classical music.

Written and performed by Bryonn Bain.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA), in collaboration with Rites and Reason Theatre, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Creative Arts Council. 

At Work in the Archive

Shawn Michelle Smith artwork
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:30 pm to Friday, May 23, 2014 5:00 pm

CSREA, Floor 3R, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

March 2014 - May 2014

Shawn Michelle Smith studies photographic archives of race, calling attention to their blind spots and absences as well as their spectacles. Working with historical photographs from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, she manipulates and transforms them in order to explore how we see and understand race in the United States.


Shawn Michelle Smith: The Scene of the Crime: Taryn Simon's The Innocents

The Innocents

Winnick Chapel, Brown RISD Hillel , 80 Brown Street

Shawn Michelle Smith will discuss Taryn Simon's The Innocents, a project that documents 45 legal cases of mistaken identification, in which individuals were misrecognized as the perpetrators of violent crimes on the basis of mug shots and other visual aids.