Past Events

Black Feminism, Popular Culture and Respectability Politics

Pembroke Hall, Room 305

The Annual Elizabeth Munves Sherman'77, P'06, P'09 Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies

"Black Feminism, Popular Culture and Respectability Politics," a lecture by Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Presented by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

HUGs + STEM Lunchtime Conversation with Karine Gibbs (Harvard University)

Hillel, Meeting Room

The Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA) invites you to an informal, lunchtime conversation with Professor Karine Gibbs (Harvard University) on Wednesday, March 16 at 12 - 1 p.m. This discussion presents an opportunity to learn more about her experiences as a researcher of molecular and cellular biology, and talk about challenges faced by women and historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) in STEM fields.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Matthew Martinez, "What’d You Say? Understanding Changing Vulgarity in Hip-Hop Lyrics as a Function of Commodification Processes"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

Matthew Martinez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences

Using a unique dataset of over 1,600 rap songs spanning 16 years, this project investigates how Hip-Hop has changed over time based on the influence of major record label control as witnessed through changes in lyrical vulgarity. Findings are focused on both the changing structure of commodification avenues in the record industry and subcultural changes in Hip-Hop as experienced through lyrical content modifications.

Research Seminar with Denise Cruz (University of Toronto), "Global Mess and Glamour: Behind the Spectacle of Transnational Fashion"

Dyer House Conference Room, 150 Power Street

This seminar takes the phenomenon of transnational fashion week as its object of study. Once located primarily in Paris, New York, or Milan, the fashion week calendar now runs year-round and across the globe: Toronto, Dubai, Singapore, and even Phoenix, Arizona. Threading together scholarship in queer, global fashion, and American studies, we will analyze transnational fashion week’s messy and glamorous dualities and their repercussions for couture’s performance of elite global capitalism.

Grad Student Workshop: A Scale of Success (Grant Funding Strategies)

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

As grant funding becomes more and more competitive, how can you strategically define and explain your research to funding sources? This workshop will provide tips and strategies for grant-writing success: applying for seed funding, larger research grants, and dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships.

This workshop will be facilitated by Denise Cruz, Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto.

"How Structural Racism Works," Our History Lives in Our Homes

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

Please join us on Friday, March 4, at 12:00 pm (lunch provided) for “How Structural Racism Works,” a lecture by Tom Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis. Tom Shapiro will speak over lunch about his research, particularly the role homeownership, race and intergenerational inheritance, which led to his book, The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Colleen Kim Daniher, "Racial Ambiguity as Performance in Gina Osterloh's Photographic Portraiture"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

Colleen Kim Daniher, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

This talk considers the politics and aesthetics of performing racial ambiguity in Filipina-American artist Gina Osterloh's photographic portraiture. Through an analysis of pose, posture, and gesture in Osterloh's Shooting Blanks series (2008), Daniher offers some preliminary thoughts on why articulating racial ambiguity as strategic performance matters.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Leticia Alvarado, "From Abject Performances to Latina Femme Disruptions"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303

Leticia Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and American Studies

This talk will offer a brief synopsis of Alvarado's current book project, Abject Performance Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production. She will also share cursory thoughts on a developing projects on the figure of the Latina Femme.

“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.

How Structural Racism Works: A Roundtable Conversation

Building for Environmental Research & Teaching (BERT), Room 130 - 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 pm for “How Structural Racism Works,” a Brown faculty and Postdoctoral Fellow roundtable discussion, led by Tricia Rose, Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and sponsored by the Office of the Provost. The discussion will focus on the role of structural racism in contemporary US society and its relationships to neoliberalism, racial ideology, immigration, gender, poverty and more.