What I Am Thinking About Now: New Ideas from CSREA Scholars

A core component of CSREA's mission is supporting the development of cutting-edge, collaborative, intellectual work. “What I Am Thinking About Now” is an informal workshop/seminar series where faculty and advanced students present recently published works and works in progress for early-stage feedback and development.

The Center has assembled an exciting lineup of presenters this semester, joining thinkers creating new work in the fields of public health, civic development, and digital poetry. We invite you to join us on Zoom on Mondays throughout the Fall to hear and contribute to this slate of developing scholarship.



Monday, October 17, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual

Malinche or Malintzin? Indigenous and Latinx Reconstructions of the Colonial-era Interpreter

Mariajosé Rodriguez-Pliego, CSREA Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellow; Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, Brown University

This exploratory talk will discuss contemporary Indigenous reconstructions of La Malinche that expose the racial and gender hierarchies upon which the Mexican and Chicano ideals of nationhood were established.



Monday, October 24, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual

MY5: Joy Through Civic Participation

Kiki Nyagah, Industrial Design Student and Community Organizer, Rhode Island School of Design

This presentation introduces MY5–a civic participation initiative that aims to raise a new generation of cultural leaders and curious citizens who harness art to arbitrate change. The initiative generates public events, exhibitions, and installations alongside University partners like Brown Votes and the Swearer Center, and community partners like Southside Cultural Center and Farm Fresh RI.



Monday, October 31, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual

Black Witnessing: Costs, Imperatives, and Possibilities

Damali Britton, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Brown University

This talk examines Elizabeth Alexander’s “Can You Be BLACK and Look At This?” drawing out the ethical claims Alexander makes about witnessing. With Alexander, Britton conceptualizes witnessing as a kind of care work and theorizes about collective witnessing’s capacity to anticipate alternative social worlds.





Monday, November 7, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual

Making Moss on the Mountain: Literary Practice in the 21st Century

DaMaris B. Hill, CSREA Visiting Faculty Fellow; Professor of Creative Writing, English, and African American Studies at the University of Kentucky

In this presentation, Dr. Hill will read from a work in progress entitled Moss on the Mountain. This work is a coming-of-age story in the form of an epic poem that explores the effects of incarceration on young women and girls. In addition, Hill will discuss the use of digital archives in her work, and how this means of expression is connected to how we “know” Black women in American culture. 



November 14, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual 

(Re)Structuring Intersectionality: Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Addressing the Structures that Shape Health Inequities

Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH, CSREA Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Brown University School of Public Health

This exploratory talk will consider how U.S. state laws that drive discrimination in the employment, education, health care, and criminal legal systems, can be used to measure structural intersectionality and assess its effects on health inequities across and within social groups.





Monday, December 5, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual

Medical Neglect in Jail: Time, Health and Proximity to Death

Ella Friday, CSREA Postdoctoral Research Associate

This presentation will discuss how institutional thoughtlessness and explicit negligence places imprisoned people, who often already have at least one preexisting health condition, at greater risk for health complications, including death. Through exorbitant waiting periods for time-sensitive medical care, the stigmas and acceptable mistreatment of “criminals" are revealed.



Monday, December 12, 2022  |  12-1PM, Virtual

Tribal Colleges and the Elusive Quest for Self-Determination

Michael Merry, CSREA Visiting Faculty Fellow; Professor, University of Amsterdam College of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Description forthcoming.