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January 2022
January 24, 12:00 pm –  1:15 pm    

Join Mary Waters for this Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop from Columbia Universty’s Department of Sociology.

Mary C. Waters is the PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Her work has focused on the integration of immigrants and their children; the transition to adulthood for the children of immigrants; intergroup relations; the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity; and the social, demographic, and psychological impact of natural disasters.  The author or co-author of 11 books and over 75 articles, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Please email for the zoom passcode.

February 2022
February 3, 5:00 pm –  6:30 pm    
Environmental historians have characterized the Vietnam War as a “chemical war,” fought with chemically-saturated explosives and incendiaries, tear gas and firebombs, herbicides and insecticides. Despite decades of scientific research, legal challenges, and political organizing, the consequences of this broad chemical exposure remain shrouded in a politics of uncertainty. This talk offers an account of how Vietnam’s chemical war was recorded on the body’s surface, and how Vietnamese women living with fears of on-going contamination come to labor with war’s toxic “afterlife.” Drawn from research at a spa in Saigon, Thuy Linh Tu considers how women speculate about historical conditions that “rest” (nằm nghĩ) in their bodies, and seek remediation for ailments that appear on their skin, in the absence of medical certainty about what ails them, and without expectations for a “clean” environmental future.
February 23, 6:30 pm –  8:00 pm    

02.23.22 – LECTURE: Coco Fusco, The Right to Have Rights: Black Cubans on the Frontline of Protest against the State     Respondent – Frank Guridy, Columbia University

03.03.22 – CONVERSATIONS: Tina Campt,  A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See    Respondents – Michael Gillespie, Tavia Nyong’o, Christina Sharpe

04.05.22 – CONVERSATIONS: Kevin Fellez, Listen but Don’t Ask Question: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Across the Pacific   Respondent – Deborah Wong, U.C. Berkeley

04.11.22 – CONVERSATIONS: Reighan Gillam, Visualizing Black Lives: Ownership and Control in Afro Brazilian Media   Respondent – Racquel Gates, Columbia University

04.21.11 – CONVERSATIONS: Kevin Quashie, Black Aliveness and the Poetics of Being, Respondents – Saidiya Hartman and Robert Gooding Williams, Columbia University

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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