The People's Court: Law and Performance from Slavery to the Civil Rights Movement

 

Dr. Bryan Wagner’s talk examines a demotic tradition in African American music, folklore, and vaudeville comedy based on the jurisprudence of the police court. Looking to writers and performers ranging from Zora Neale Hurston to Dewey Markham, it finds in this tradition an alternative philosophy of law attuned to roles rather than rights, asymmetry rather than notional equality, and improvisation rather than reasoned restraint.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

4:10 – 5:30 PM

754 Schermerhorn Extension

Spring 2024 Seminar Series - Corporis Nullius: Biopolitics and the Indigenous BioElsewhere’s of Aging

 

Join CSER on March 26, 2024 as we present the second speaker of our Spring 2024 Seminar Series, Dr. Sandy Grande of the University of Connecticut as she presents her talk, Corporis Nullius: Biopolitics and the Indigenous BioElsewhere’s of Aging. She is a Professor of Political Science and Native American & Indigenous Studies as well as the Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative.

In her talk, Dr. Sandy Grande will undertake a (re)valuation of elderly bodies, particularly the oldest-old, or those labeled as “Fourth Age” adults.

March 26, 2024

4 – 6 PM

420 Hamilton Hall

Spring 2024 Seminar Series - Counterinsurgency Machine: Reframing the U.S. “Social Justice (etc.)” Ensemble

 

CSER presents our third speaker of the Spring 2024 seminar series, Dr. Dylan Rodríguez of the University of California, Riverside as he presents his talk, Counterinsurgency Machine:Reframing the U.S. “Social Justice (etc.)” Ensemble on April 4, 2024. He is a professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies.

In his talk, he will discuss how, “as the smoke and dust settle from multi-scaled mobilizations and autonomous radical actions in places from Minneapolis and Mauna Kea to Standing Rock and Stop Cop City, an ensemble of “social justice” initiatives emerges to enlist and empower ostensible abolitionists, decolonizers, and revolutionaries (insurgents), redirecting their labor and political energy to activities that restore the functionality, if not the legitimacy, of state power and the extended apparatuses of global capital.”

Thursday, April 4, 2024

4 – 6 PM

420 Hamilton Hall

CSER Spring 2024 Seminar Series

 

Presenting 3 distinguished speakers for our Spring 2024 Seminar Series:

Dr. Michelle Stephens of Rutgers University
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Dr. Sandy Grande of the University of Connecticut
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Dr. Dylan Rodriguez of the University of California-Riverside
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Dr. Sandler Published in The Baffler

 

Matt Sandler, Program Director for MA in American Studies, published an essay in The Baffler about the novelist, screenwriter, critic, and folklorist Cecil Brown. “Stand Up and Spout” focuses on his hard-fought and quixotic attempt to revive, using artificial intelligence technology, the enslaved poet George Moses Horton.

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Annette Kolodny Prize Won by Carlos Alonso Nugent & Emma Shaw Crane

 

Carlos Alonso Nugent and Emma Shaw Crane were awarded the 2022 Annette Kolodny Prize, given by the Environmental Justice Caucus, and awarded to the best environmentally-themed paper presented at the annual American Studies Association Meeting.

 

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Follow CSER's New Instagram Account!

 

Follow The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race on our new Instagram page @columbiascser2023 to learn about upcoming events within our Center and other events in related Departments!

 

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Join us for CSER's SAB Student Lounge!

 

Come hang out with fellow CSER students and catch up on work every Monday!

All are welcome – drinks and snacks are provided!

Time/Location: 12-2 PM at Hamilton 420

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