Past Events

February 24, 6:00 pm –  9:00 pm    

The CUAFA awards committee, chaired by Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, has selected Dr. Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, for the 2024 CUAFA Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Yuan Yang, Associate Professor of Materials Science, for the 2024 CUAFA Young Investigator Award.

Join us in celebrating these two outstanding colleagues at the Third CUAFA Annual Fundraising and Gala Dinner on Feb 24, 2024.

RSVP Required

February 8, 4:00 pm –  6:00 pm    

Join CSER as we present the first speaker for our Spring 2024 Seminar Series: Dr. Michelle Stephens of Rutgers University. She is a Professor of English and Latino & Caribbean Studies as well as the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice.

In her talk, Race, Ethnic Studies, and the Human, Dr. Stephens will explore some of Sylvia Wynter’s key insights from the 1960s and 1970s onward, understanding her legacy through the lenses of both Foucault’s notion of a disqualified knowledge, and Deleuze’s description of the profound discrepancy between a logic of representation and a logic of difference. In so doing, the talk sets the stage for exploring how the vision, and mission, of ethnic and race studies projects might help set a new agenda for humanness and its futures.

February 6, 6:00 pm –  8:00 pm    

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race presents an evening in celebration of…

The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture

(Columbia U.P., 2023)

A Conversation with the author, Courtney Thorsson

And two members of the Sisterhood: Margo Jefferson and Patricia Spears Jones

Moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 at 6pm

Columbia University

Location: East Gallery, Maison Française, Buell Hall

RSVP required

February 2, 9:00 am –  6:00 pm    

Attend Labor Past and Present: Bringing History and Activism Together. This conference will be held at Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106, on February 2, 2024, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm EST.

This conference asks: what is the value of history to labor? What is the value of labor to history? How might we better bring the lessons of the past to laborers, labor organizers, scholars, students, and the public at large? And how does centering non-traditional labor and underrepresented experiences in labor organizing and labor history help us to better understand both?

Join us as we explore these questions through the research of graduate student panelists and roundtable discussions. Panels and roundtables include: “Labor & Culture,” “Labor & Health,” “State, Statelessness, and the Law”, “Teaching Labor and Labor History” and “Labor Today: Crisis and Resurgence.”

You can view the tentative schedule and list of speakers, as well as register for Labor Past and Present using this link or the QR code in the attached flyer. All registered guests will receive a boxed lunch and are invited to join the speakers and presenters for a reception from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. All attendees must pre-register by January 31, 2024. This conference is in-person only.

January 29, 5:45 pm –  7:30 pm    

Join CSER in celebrating the start of the Spring 2024 semester with food and refreshments!

Monday, January 29th, 2024

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Hamilton Hall, 420 Seminar Room

December 11, 5:30 pm –  7:30 pm    

Join CSER in celebrating the end of the Fall 2023 semester with food, refreshments, and music!

December 11, 2023, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Hamilton Hall, 420 Seminar Room

December 5, 5:00 pm –  7:00 pm    

Join us for the 10th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture featuring Dr. Fred Moten, as he presents “Notes on (the) Understanding”.

Fred Moten is an American cultural theorist, poet, and scholar whose work explores critical theory, black studies, and performance studies. Moten is Professor of Performance Studies at New York University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of California, Riverside; he previously taught at Duke University, Brown University, and the University of Iowa. His scholarly texts include The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study which was co-authored with Stefano Harney, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, and The Universal Machine (Duke University Press, 2018).He has published numerous poetry collections, including The Little Edges, The Feel Trio, B Jenkins, and Hughson’s Tavern.In 2020, Moten was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for “[c]reating new conceptual spaces to accommodate emerging forms of Black aesthetics, cultural production, and social life.”

The Gordon Lecture is one of three distinguished lectures sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and it is designed to bring together esteemed experts from the field of education and the humanities to share their scholarship and engage in meaningful discussions with the Teachers College community.

A reception will follow the lecture. RSVP required.

Tuesday, December 5th
5 – 7pm EST
Poster Link
Register Here
December 4, 6:00 pm –  7:30 pm    
Join CSER on December 4th, 2023 from 6-7:30 PM for a faculty roundtable on Feminism and Palestine in the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall in Pulitzer Hall, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.



  • Professor Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Professor Jack Halberstam, Professor Premilla Nadasen, Professor Neferti Tadiar


  • Professor Sarah Haley (Columbia University, History and ISSG)
December 1, 12:00 pm –  11:59 pm    

Established within The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), Roots is a unique space for academic and creative work directly related to the intersection of several axes of identity—namely race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and ability. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, Roots rejects the rigid boundaries of traditional scholarship, which has historically privileged the voices of the dominant class, and welcomes the interdisciplinary creations of the larger Columbia/Barnard community. Roots, our title, speaks to our desire to anchor Ethnicity and Race scholarship—and the students who conduct it—as essential to the fabric of Columbia University.

We invite submissions of academic and creative writing as well as visual art for our inaugural issue, to be released in Spring 2024. Guidelines for each submission category can be found below. Submissions from students of marginalized identities will be prioritized.

  • Visual Art

    • Includes photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video (website only), etc.

    • Maximum Submission: 5 respective works

  • Academic Writing

    • Includes essays, interviews, ethnography, etc.

    • Submission Length: 1,000-5,000 words total

      • Includes multiple submissions

  • Creative Writing

    • Includes poetry, prose, personal essays, fiction, plays, etc.

    • Submission Length: 5-10 pages total

      • Includes multiple submissions

Submissions are due January 16, 2024. We encourage you to submit finished works as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified of their submission status via email. Submissions will be reviewed blindly by journal editors and selected for publication in either our physical journal and website (in full or excerpted), or website only.

Please direct submission questions to If interested in submitting, refer to the attached Google form:

Google Form for Submissions

Poster Link

November 20, 4:00 pm –     

Join CSER on November 20th at 4 PM in 420 Hamilton for an artist talk with sTo Len, the artist in residence at the NYC Department of Sanitation.

sTo Len is a printmaker, installation, sound and performance artist with interests in improvisation and experimentation within a variety of media. sTo is based in Queens, NY with familial roots in Vietnam and Virginia, and his work incorporates these bonds by connecting issues of their history, environment, traditions and politics.

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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.
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