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In Memoriam: David N. Dinkins 1927-2020

CSER mourns with the Columbia community the loss of David N. Dinkins—a Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs, an active member of the Columbia community, the first Black mayor of New York City, and a leader for social justice.

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CSER Course Offerings for Spring 2021

CSER’s course offerings are now available to view on the CU Director of Classes and Vergil for the Spring 2021 semester. Course information frequently changes, including Methods of Instruction. Please revisit these pages periodically for the most recent and up-to-date course information.

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Policing the US-Mexico & US-Canada Borders: Past, Present, & Future

Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30 PM: Allan Nevins Professor of American History and Co-Director of CSER, Karl Jacoby, will moderate a conversation with George T. Díaz and Holly M. Karibo about border policing, a history of enforcement and evasion in North America.

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Student Spotlight: Jennie Nelson

GS Student and Human Rights major, Jennie Nelson, brings an exceptional amount of real-world experience to her area of study working with migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers with Detention Resistance. Detention Resistance is a grassroots, nonhierarchical prison abolitionist collective based in San Diego, California.

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The Student Organization of Latinxs Book Club: Café con Leche

Café con Leche is where our community can come together as we are spread across the country. This semester, we’ll be meeting bi-weekly & reading Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano.

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CSER's Response to the Murder of George Floyd

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University, stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all of our brothers and sisters, in grief and protest over the brutal murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.

“When we revolt, it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” – Frantz Fanon


The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) serves as Columbia’s main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity, race and indigeneity and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities, in the U.S. and around the world.

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Armano Lozano, Law Clerk & Immigrants’ Rights Advocate.

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Wednesday, December 9th, Policing the US-Mexico and US-Canada Border: Past, Present, and Future

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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