Past Events

How Structural Racism Works: Inaugural Lecture

Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - 154 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02912

Structural racism–the normalized and legitimized range of policies, practices, and attitudes that routinely produce cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color, especially black people–is the main driver of racial inequality in America today. Professor Tricia Rose's compelling new in-progress research, video and public engagement project called "How Structural Racism Works" serves as the foundation for this important lecture/workshop series. Over the course of the spring and fall 2016 semesters, the project considers five key areas that propel structural racism: housing, education, wealth, criminal justice, and mass media.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Jayanti Owens, "Gender, Race, and Early Childhood Behavior Problems Across Two Decades"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

Coloring the "Boys Will be Boys" Chronicle: Gender, Race, and Early Childhood Behavior Problems Across Two Decades

Jayanti Owens, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy.

Writers Dialogue with Jesmyn Ward

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge

This intimate, seminar-style discussion will present an opportunity for faculty and students to learn more about Jesmyn Ward's inspirations, influences, and methods. Participants are expected to have a familiarity with her work and come prepared with questions.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Seminar with Adam Mansbach, "Trust the Process: Storytelling Across Genres Lines"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

Writer Adam Mansbach discusses the process of creation - its constants and variables, its pitfalls and surprises – across the many genres in which he writes, including literary fiction, commercial fiction, screenplays, teleplays, children's books, obscene fake children's books, and political ads.

Please RSVP: [email protected]

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA)

Adam Mansbach, "Race, Profanity, Literature and Satire: Going the F*ck to Sleep in Donald Trump's America"

Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street

Adam Mansbach - whose work spans the #1 worldwide bestselling "children's book for adults" Go the Fuck to Sleep, the award-winning novels Rage is BackAngry Black White Boy and The End of the Jews, and the screenplay for the forthcoming feature film Barry - discusses the through-line in his work: exploring complexity, paradox, and uncomfortable truths as a way to foster social change... and recalls what happens when a literary novelist finds himself with a surprise hit in a genre that doesn't even exist.

Why Prison Abolition?

RI Hall, Room 108

"Why Prison Abolition?"

A lecture with Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester, author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in American Prisons.

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the Marshall Woods Fine Arts Lectureship.

Lunchtime Conversation with Professor Douglas Densmore (Boston University)

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

This informal discussion with Professor Douglas Densmore (Boston University) presents an opportunity for students and others to learn more about his experiences as a researcher of synthetic biological systems, and talk about challenges faced by underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Monday, 11/9 if you would like to attend: [email protected]