Past Events

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.

Women + STEM Lunchtime Conversation with Jill Tarter (SETI Institute)

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Memorial Lounge (Room 229), 75 Waterman Street

The Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA) invites you to an informal, lunchtime conversation with Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, on Wednesday, April 20 at 12-1 p.m. This discussion presents an opportunity to learn more about her experiences searching for evidence of technological civilizations beyond Earth, and ask questions about challenges faced by women in STEM fields.

International Conference on Rape and War

Pembroke Hall, Room 305

This two day conference is part of the Pembroke Center's four-year research initiative, "Seeing War Differently: Rethinking the Subject(s) of Warfare."
Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Anthropology, English, and History.

 Friday April 15- 1:45pm-5:30pm
Saturday April 16- 9am-4:30pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

Please see the Pembroke Center website for a detailed schedule.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Andre Willis, "Whiteness as God: Towards a Theo-Political Understanding of American Democracy"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

Please join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 12 - 1pm for a "What I Am Thinking About Now" presentation from Professor Andre Willis, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, titled "Whiteness as God: Towards a Theo-Political Understanding of American Democracy".

“What I Am Thinking About Now” is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Iris Montero Sobrevilla, "Hummingbirds for epilepsy - and what they tell us about indigenous knowledge"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

"Hummingbirds for epilepsy - and what they tell us about indigenous knowledge"

Iris Montero SobrevillaPostdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities

For over five centuries, the descendants of Mesoamerican civilizations have used hummingbirds to treat epilepsy. This talk explores the persistence of this animal-based remedy as a window onto indigenous notions of the natural world.

"How Structural Racism Works," Peeling Back the Layers: Racial Inequality in a New South City

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge, 201

Please join us on Friday, March 25 (lunch provided at 11 am), for "How Structural Racism Works: Peeling Back the Layers: Racial Inequality in a New South City", a Conversation with Dr. Robert Korstad, Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke and Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. Robert Korstad will focus on the role of wealth as a driver of structural racism. The event will take place in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street in Peterutti Lounge. Doors will open at 11:00 am and lunch will be available.

"How Structural Racism Works," Wealth and Structural Racism

85 Waterman (IBES), Room 130

Please join us on Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 pm for "How Structural Racism Works: Wealth and Structural Racism," a lecture by Duke Professor of Economics Dr. William Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy at Sanford School of Public Policy. The lecture will focus on how wealth inequality works intersectionally to generate other significant inequalities. Lecture will be followed by a conversation between William Darity, Jr. and Tricia Rose, Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Research Seminar with Vicki Ruiz (UC Irvine), "Uncharted Journeys: My Life in History"

Hillel, Meeting Room

This seminar blends reflections from almost four decades in the academy with practical advice for meeting the expected and unexpected challenges (and rewards) along the way. In particular, Ruiz will focus on the ways in which to read an archive when searching for Latina sources, accessing hidden stories as well as those in plain sight. In addition, she will address the surprising consequences of oral history and the meaning of memories, real or imagined. As importantly, the seminar will underscore the power of public history and the gift of collaboration.