15th Annual Senior Research Symposium - (In)Visible Identities and their (Im)Possibilities


The Senior Research Symposium is a crucial component of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) academic experience, which seeks to generate innovative thinking about race, ethnicity, indignity and other categories of difference in order to better understand their role and impact in modern societies. Publicized campus-wide, the symposium showcases thesis projects by seniors in the major.

The symposium offers CSER students an opportunity to share and receive feedback on their original research. This event enables students to hone their oral presentation skills to supplement the analytical projects they have prepared on a subject of their choice.

Friday, April 7th, 2023
10 AM – 2:30 PM
420 Hamilton Hall

Working Itinerary

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The Universities and Slavery Movement - A Retrospective with Dr. Ruth Simmons


Featuring Dr. Ruth Simmons & Dr. Karl Jacoby

Reception to follow
Open to the public

Monday, April 10, 2023
5:30 p.m.

The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
(South of 118th Street)

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Online registration is required.


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Students Held Teach-In and Organized Workshop on Ethnic Studies


The auditorium in Avery was full for a teach-in on Ethnic Studies on March 24, sponsored by the CSER Student Advisory Board and Azine.  Speakers included veterans of the 1996 ethnic studies hunger strike, Sung E Bai, Liz Kaufman, and Irene HongPing Shen. Grad student Ethan Chua led an interactive workshop on effective student organizing. The purpose of the event was to learn from the original student organizers behind CSER — what inspired them, how they mobilized, what they overcame, etc., and to brainstorm among current students and faculty/staff on how to build momentum for this coming step toward departmentalization.  THANKS TO ALL for coming out!

Tapia New Book Launch


How do we have to change ourselves so that the idea of a “motley’ society does
not turn into voting blocs, destroying democracy? Tapia will address the
concepts and methodological strategy proposed by René Zavaleta Mercado to
investigate social diversity in colonial and neocolonial situations.

April 14th, 5-8 PM
Faculty House, 2nd Floor, Seminar 1
Dinner will be provided.

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CSER Student Advisory Board presents: Student Lounge


Join the CSER Student Advisory Board weekly on Mondays from 2-4PM to study, chat with other CSER students and enjoy some tea/snacks.

Mondays 2-4 PM

420 Hamilton Hall

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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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Audrey Dahyung Oh (오다형), BA in Ethnicity and Race Studies (CC ’21)

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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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