Past Events

Against Respectability Politics: Conversations on Latina suciedad

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium

Organized around feminist and queer approaches to performance and unconventional archives, this event brings interdisciplinary scholars Deb Vargas(UC Riverside), Dixa Ramírez (Yale) and renown performance artist Nao Bustamante together to discuss Latina suciedad (dirtyness) and abjection as the basis for politicized aesthetics.

Moderated by Leticia Alvarado, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University.

A CSREA Faculty Grant Event.

The BreakBeat Poets: Performance + Book Signing

George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House

Just as blues influenced the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz influenced the Black Arts Movement, Hip-Hop's musical and cultural force has shaped the aesthetics and given rise to a new generation of American poets.

Join us as we welcome contributors to the new poetry anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop-- a multi-generational examination of life and poetry in the age of hip hop. The book features 78 poets, born between 1961-1999, who are employing traditional and wildstyle poetics to narrate a new country and city landscape.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Yalidy Matos, "Racial Resentment" and/or "Immigrant Resentment"...

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

Yalidy Matos, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs 

"Racial Resentment" and/or "Immigrant Resentment:" Predicting White Public Opinion on Restrictive Immigration Policy Attitudes

Katrina After Ten

Pembroke Hall, Room 305

This symposium and October 1 Keynote + Poetry Performance mark the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Katrina in New Orleans. Katrina After Tenbrings together activists, artists, and intellectuals to discuss critical issues such as environmental racism, gender discrimination, gentrification, mass incarceration, education and privatization; as well as the history and future of social movements in the city.

Katrina After Ten Keynote + Poetry Performance

George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House

This CSREA event and October 2 symposium mark the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Katrina in New Orleans. 

5:00 p.m. Performance by New Orleans poet and activist Sunni Patterson

6:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture: Professor George Lipsitz, UC Santa Barbara, "Walking With New Orleans: Where Do We Go From Here"

Eduardo Mendieta, "The Five Institutions of U.S. Racism: On Angela Y. Davis's Abolitionism"

Hillel, Meeting Room (2nd Floor), 80 Brown Street

In this talk, Professor Mendieta will consider the under-examined and original philosophical contributions of Angela Y. Davis. He will argue that she bridges Marxist inspired historical materialism, through the mediation of Marcusian critical theory,Foucauldian genealogies of punishment and confinement, Black feminist analysis, the intersectionality of race, gender, and class, and a century old American autochthonous Black critical political philosophy. 

Native Re-Appropriations: Contemporary Indigenous Artists [VIDEO]

Image of Greg Deal's Indigenous Beauty

CSREA, Third Floor, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

September 2015 - May 2016

The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans are often antiquated stereotypes and do not reflect the diversity, vibrancy, or modernity of Native peoples. "Native inspired" trends and images are everywhere: in popular culture, fashion, hollywood, and music, and conversations about cultural appropriation have become more mainstream. Yet Native voices are largely absent.

Artist Talk with Photographer Dana Gluckstein

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 111 Thayer Street

Photographer Dana Gluckstein will discuss her exhibition, DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition. The exhibition will be on display at the Watson Institute from September 10 to November 6, 2015.

DIGNITY: Tribes In Transition consists of 60 black-and-white portraits taken over three decades. According to the artist, the photographs aim to "capture the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples pay homage to these imperiled cultures, signaling our collective interdependence and fragility."

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