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8 Conversations about Race

We’re beyond race. Racial diversity is killing us. Everyone’s a little bit racist. It’s just identity politics. Variety is the spice of life. It’s a Black thing – you wouldn’t understand. I’m ___ and I’m proud. Race is in our DNA. Markus and Moya, co-editors of Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century, W. W. Norton, 2010, consider eight common conversations that people in the United States have with one another as they make sense of daily events in which race and ethnicity figure prominently. Co-sponsors: Future of Minority Studies at Syracuse University, Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

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Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, A Conversation on Life, Struggle, and Liberation

With filmmakers C. A. (Crystal) Griffith (Associate Professor of Film and Media Production in the School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University), and H. L. T. Quan (Assistant Professor of Justice & Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University). Joined by Angela Y Davis (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz). CO-SPONSORS: Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Department of African American Studies, Intergroup Dialogue Program, Sociology Department, Cultural Foundations of Education, LGBT Studies, English Department, Asian/Asian American Studies, Imagining America, History Department, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, College of Visual & Performing Arts.

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Somebody Forgot to Tell Somebody Something’ – Women of Color and Queer of Color Cultural Production in the 80s and 90s

Lisa Kahaleole Hall has a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, is Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Wells College, and has a lengthy career in grassroots cultural production as a poet, performer, editor, event organizer, and small press promoter including for the small presses aunt lute books and Third Woman Press. Co-sponsors: OUTLaw, SU College of Law, Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Education, LGBT Resource Center, University College, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), Native American Studies, Latino/a-Latin American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and African American Studies.

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Marcela Olivera – Changing the Flow: Organizing Water Movements in Latin America

Marcela Olivera is a Visiting Associate at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University and the Latin American coordinator for the Water for All Campaign from Food and Water Watch. Olivera developed an inter-American citizens’ network on water rights: Red Vida which she coordinates from Cochabamba, Bolivia. Co-sponsors: African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Office of the Dean – College of Arts & Sciences, Cultural Foundations of Education, Humanities Center, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Latino/Latin American Studies Program, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics and the Lino Novas Calvo Speaker Series.

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Actor Jimmy Jean Louis Joins Caribbean Cinema Festival 2014

Jimmy recently portrayed Toussaint Louverture, the 18th century leader of the Haitian Revolution, in a film about and named after this extraordinary Haitian hero. The role has been his most important French language film to date and has won him the BEST ACTOR award at the Pan African Film Festival, the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival & Vues d’Afrique and the International Film Festival in Canada. He was also nominated BEST ACTOR at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012. Haitian born Jimmy Jean-Louis embodies the « rags to riches » story, growing up in the slums of Petion-Ville, Haiti, to becoming an international actor and Hollywood celebrity. His amazing story could have ended there, but while continuing to pursue his acting career, Jimmy shifted his focus to rebuilding his homeland, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010. Jimmy has had an international career since 2006, acting in films produced in France, England, Indonesia, USA, Nigeria, Ghana and Mexico. His international appeal is due greatly to his fluency in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole. His international credits include a starring role in A Butterfly Kiss with Italian star Valeria Golino, the French comedy, Coursier, by director Herve Renoh, Sinking Sand from the Ghanaian award winning director Leila Djansi and the Nigerian produced Doctor Bello. He will also be in “Misere” with Gerard Depardieu, and in the upcoming film,Yefon, by Kevin Natera’s, a “Nollywood” production (colloquial name of the Nigerian film industry; the second largest film industry in the world).

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Dean Spade: Teaching the Politics of Occupation

Dean Spade is Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University and the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex ad gender non-conforming people who are low income and/or people of color. Spade is the author of ‘Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law’ and is currently co-teaching a new course on “Occupation: Law, Politics, Morality” at Columbia Law School. Co-sponsors: LGBT Resource Center.

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Dana Olwan & Farhana Sultana: Islam & the Academy: Confronting Orientalism

Dana Olwan is Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies where she is currently preparing her book ‘Dishonorable Crimes: Murder, Rescue, and the Politics of Canadian Multiculturalism’. Farhana Sultana is an Associate Professor of geography whose work includes the edited volume ‘The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles’. Co-sponsor: Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Illegal in Arizona – Banned Ethnic Studies: Can this be a national trend?

Sean Arce, former director of Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District’s outlawed Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program. Co-sponsors: Latino/a-Latin American Studies, University College, Humanities Center, College of Arts & Sciences, Cultural Foundations of Education, and La Casita Cultural Center.

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