Race & in America Series


Last year, more than 3,000 attendees joined us for eight “Race & in America” events. At a pivotal moment, the series served as a virtual platform for colleagues at Brown to think through the myriad ways that anti-Black racism remains an enduring and foundational feature of American society. This year, the series will expand as well as deepen in scope—both in thinking more comparatively about the roots and effects of racism in the U.S. and to explore the arts more fully, in hopes to promote a more just world.

Jointly sponsored by CSREA and the Office of the Provost, this year's series invites Brown scholars to investigate the origins, histories, and enduring contemporary effects of racism in America from a range of fields and scholarly perspectives.


Race & Inequality

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

12 - 1:30 PM


Speaker Biographies

Prudence L. Carter is Sarah and Joseph Jr. Dowling Professor of Sociology at Brown University.  From 2016-2021, Carter was E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a sociologist whose primary research focuses on explanations of enduring inequalities in education and society and their potential solutions. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility disparities shaped by the effects of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the U.S. and global society. Her books include the award-winning Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White; Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools; and Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance, co-edited with Kevin Welner. Professor Carter is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Education, Sociological Research Association, and the American Education Research Association, and she is the 2021-22 President-elect of the American Sociological Association.

Jose Itzigsohn is a Professor of Sociology at Brown University. Itzigsohn is a Du Boisian sociologist who aims to rethink of the discipline along the lines proposed by W. E. B. Du Bois—as a discipline that is rooted in a historical understanding of the present, that is global and relational, and takes racialized modernity as the object of its work. He developed these ideas in his latest book, The Sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois (NYU Press, 2020), co-authored with Karida Brown. He has written two other books, one on the Dominican community in Providence, Encountering American Faultlines: Race, Class, and the Dominican Experience in Providence (Russell Sage Foundation, 2009), and another one on the informal economy in Latin America, Developing Poverty: The State, Labor Market Deregulation, and the Informal Economy in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic (PSU Press, 2000). His interests are in developing a decolonial approach in sociology, the intersection of class and race in the U.S. and how this intersection affects the structural position and identity formation of different racialized groups, and in how the marginalized of racial and colonial capitalism build informal and solidarity economies.

Jennifer Nazareno is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences in the School of Public Health (SPH) and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Nazareno's specialty areas include medical sociology; structural determinants of health; women’s migration, labor, and entrepreneurship. Her most recently accepted articles include, “Between Women of Color: The New Social Organization of Reproductive Labor” in Gender & Society and “From Imperialism to Inpatient Care: Work differences of Filipino and White Registered Nurses in the United States and Implications for COVID-19 through an Intersectional Lens” in  Gender, Work and Organization. 

Race & Poetry

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

12 - 1:30 PM


Speaker Biographies

Colin Channer's many books include the poetry collection Console, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2023. With a title taken from the act of giving comfort as well as from the instrument used by audio engineers to combine sounds, Console quizzes the extra-musical possibilities of dub music and finds provocation in its response, in its directive to explore erasure, remixing, echo, and the middle passage as lingering, inexhaustible non-extinguished epic. Poems from the collection have been published in  The New Yorker, Agni, Harvard Review, Conjunctions, and Britain's Poetry Review among other venues. Colin was born in Jamaica and educated there and in New York. 

Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation – separately and in various combinations. She has lived mostly in the U.S. and Japan, briefly in France and China, and translates from Japanese. Her books include Pink Waves (forthcoming, Omnidawn), Some Girls Walk Into The Country They Are From (Wave Books), Say Translation Is Art (Ugly Duckling Presse pamphlet), The Ants (Les Figues Press), and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books), as well as Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (Rogue Factorial). She is co-editor, with Eric Selland, of an anthology of 20th Century Japanese Poetry (forthcoming, New Directions).

Erica Hunt is a poet and essayist. She is the author of Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems published by Nightboat Books and five collections of poetry--Local History,  Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes, and VERONICA: A Suite in X Parts. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, FENCE, Hambone, and In the American Tree, among other publications. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, A-LINE, and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of the anthology Letters to the Future, Black Women/Radical Writing in 2018 from Kore Press.  She has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Fund for Poetry, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Djerassi Foundation, and is a past fellow of Duke University/the University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Currently, she is the Bonderman Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Literary Arts department at Brown University.






Save the Dates for next semester's series events:


Race & Music

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 12 - 1:30 PM



Race & Environment

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 12 - 1:30 PM



Race & Performance

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 12 - 1:30 PM