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January 2021
January 25, 10:30 am –  12:00 pm    

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Join us for a conversation with NYU Music Professor Maureen Mahon on Black women, rock discourse, and her new book, Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll. Moderated by Alex LaRotta, CSER post-doc.

January 29, 12:00 pm –  1:00 pm    

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Queer, transgender and gender non-binary migrants make up a significant but often misunderstood segment of Central Americans fleeing from violence and extreme poverty to the US. Since 2017, with the near-shuttering of asylum in the US, many such migrants now have resettled temporarily in Northern Mexico—where they face even further violence. This talk explores the emerging role of social media and smartphone technology as a venue for both specific forms of digital violence and shifting forms of political organizing for protection and safety that circumscribe the forced displacement of queer, transgender and non-binary migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Based on asylum testimonies and ethnography with Honduran transwomen in Baja California, Mexico, queer and transgender migrants’ digital lives provide insight into the offline risks of gendered, sexual-based violence online as well as the possibilities of transnational solidarity in the context of militarized shifting border regimes in the Americas. Co-Presented with Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology.

February 2021
February 2, 4:00 pm –  5:00 pm    

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Please join us, the Columbia University Seminar on Cultural Memory, for our first event of the semester, a talk and discussion with Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard) on her recent book Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past and respondents Laura Wexler (Yale), Leo Spitzer (Dartmouth), and moderators Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen (Columbia).

February 23, 6:30 pm –  8:00 pm    

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In conversation with Author Roberto Lovato.

In Unforgetting, Roberto interweaves his father’s complicated history of survival in El Salvador and his own with first-hand reportage on gang life, state violence, and the heart of the immigration crisis in both El Salvador and the United States.

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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