Signature Series

Underlying Conditions

A new virtual conversation series that engages various experts on the dynamic and multifaceted impact of COVID-19 on already vulnerable communities of color.

The Third Rail Lecture Series

The Third Rail Lecture Series aims to address some of the most thorny and contentious social, political, and cultural issues related to race and ethnicity in contemporary society.

Writing for a Broken World

Widely-known contemporary writers engage in dialogue about race, ethnicity and their inspirations, influences, and methods.

How Structural Racism Works Project

A series of academic lectures and workshops designed to undertake an extended campus-wide examination of structural racism in the United States — its origins and manifestations.

What I Am Thinking About Now

An ongoing informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work-in-progress.

Critical Conversations

Racial inequality in education is an entrenched and enduring issue in American society. Despite this, many continue to suggest that education is the great equalizer and a sure pathway to opportunity. This roundtable discussion invites Brown faculty to reflect on some of the current conditions in the US school system.


"First Works" Series

CSREA supports significant publications by junior faculty by hosting book launches as a means of sharing various research trajectories and celebrating contributions to their fields.

Race at the Center of the Humanities

A collaborative and annual convening of Brown faculty and graduate students, as well as invited scholars and practitioners, on a theme or topic that centers race in humanistic and humanistic social sciences inquiry.

New Books & Research Methods

This series features scholars presenting talks on new books, followed by an advanced seminar on their research process, methodology and other research-related themes that emerged while developing the book.

STEM Conversation Series

Accomplished scientists and engineers discuss their pathways to success, common challenges faced by women and historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and the strategies they've developed for overcoming these obstacles. 

Summer Reading Series

Presented in partnership with the Brown University Bookstore, the Summer Reading Series introduces the campus community to new books in the field of race and ethnicity. Writers host a discussion of their work and related contexts with attendees, connecting existing works in the field to new directions.