Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Thursday, Dec 10rd, 2015 - 5:30pm
CSER Holiday Party
Location: Jerome Greene Annex, 410 W 117th St.(map)

Monday, Dec 7th, 2015 - 7:30pm
Politics of Memory: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang and George Takei about Allegiance, the Broadway Musical
Location:602 Hamilton(map)

Monday, Dec 7th, 2015 - 6:00pm
Opening Reception of Colors of Confinement
Location:420 Hamilton Hall(map)

Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
NAHM Indigenize Wellness Closing Ceremony
Location: Rennert Hall, The Kraft Center(map)

Tuesday, May 19 - 1 pm
CSER Graduation 2015
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall

Thursday, April 23 - 6 pm
Audra Simpson presents "Reconciliation and Its Discontents" from her new book, Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow
Location: Graduate Center CUNY
365 Fifth Ave, Skylight Room (9100) (map)

April 25 - 26, 2015
The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: Outcomes in Contexts
Co-sponsored by The Sami and Indigenous Rights Group at the Arctic University of Norway, (UiT)
The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights
The University Seminar on Indigenous Studies
For complete program click here To pre-register please contact Theresa Castillo by April 22nd
Kindly provide your name, affiliation, email and address at Location: Teachers’ College, Room 130 MY (Macy Hall) , 525 W 120th street, New York City.(map)

April 17, 2015
2015 Senior Research Symposium Location: 420 Hamilton Hall(map)

Fri., April 3 - Sat., April 4, 2015
"Managing Borders:
An Interdisciplinary Conference on American Immigration Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965."
Location:Heyman Center, The Common Room (map)

Thurs., April 2 - 6pm
Transnational Asian American Series
History and Experiment: Asian American Poetry
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., March 26, 2015 - 6:00 pm
"From the Archive of Asian Indenture: American Literary Travels, Cuban Annexation, and the New World Coolie.”
Edlie Wong (U. of Maryland)
Location: International Affairs Building 802

Thurs., March 26 - 6:00 pm
Indigenous Speaker Series
"Pushing Back Against the Washington Redskins: Racial Slurs, Sports and Politics"
with Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., March 26 - Sat., March 28, 2015
LAPES Symposium 2015
Post-Neoliberal Latin American Philosophy of Education: An Education Always Already Present, or an Education Yet to Come?
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Satur., March 28, 2015
This event will offer a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue between student presenters and prominent scholars in the fields of Native and Indigenous Studies.
Location: New York Univeristy

Thurs., March 12 - 5:00 pm
Latino Speaker Series
Slippages of the "Mestizo" at Mexico's Northern Border
with Rihan Yeh from El Colegio de Michoacán Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Tues., March 10 - 7:30 pm
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies
California State University
Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery: The United States as a Settler Colonial State Location: Faculty House (map)

Thurs., February 26, 2015 - 8am-6pm
Race, Ethnicity, and Migration:
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Columbia University in the City of New York

Click here for more information.
Location: Maison Française/Buell Hall 515 West 116th Street(map)

Thurs., February 26, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Indigenous Forum Speaker Series 5
Maria Hupfield

Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., February 19, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Religion, Race, and Empire:
On the Foundations of the Modern Colonial Worlds

with Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Associate Professor and Chair Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University Location: Davis Auditorium, 412 Schapiro Center (map)

Thurs., February 19, 2015 - 6:30 pm
Whose Avant Garde?
Poetry and Performance by Jennifer Tamayo, Trisha Low, and Latasha N. Nevada Diggs
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Fri., November 21, 2014 - 7-9pm
Media and Idea Labfest
the Media + Idea LabFest showcases original, student-produced videos created as part of the Media and Idea Lab course “Video as Inquiry” taught by Frances Negrón-Muntaner or by student working groups. The Media and Idea Lab explores critical issues of identity and community through innovative visual storytelling.Location: 501 Schermerhorn (map)

Thurs., November 20, 2014 - 12-2pm
In Search of Froylán Turcios:
the Life and Times of Armando Méndez Fuentes (1925-2003)

Part of the Americas South Series
with Dario A. Euraque (Trinity College) and discussant: Diego Azurdia (Columbia University) Location: Room 457 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University(map)

Thurs., November 13, 2014 - 5-7pm
CSER Symposium: Deportation Nation
Muzaffar Chisti, Esq. (Migration Policy Institute, NYU School of Law), Lorella Praeli (United We Dream), Daniel Kanstroom (Boston College Law School), Rocío Magaña (Rutgers University). Location: Case Lounge, Room 701 Jerome Greene Hall at the Law School (map)

Thurs., November 6, 2014 - 6:30 pm
Indigenous Forum Speaker Series 5
Stephen James Anaya

J. Lenoir Regent’s Professor and Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Location: Columbia Law School
Jerome Green Hall, Room 103 (map)

Thurs., October 30, 2014 - 12-2pm
Legislating Dissent:
Race, Republicanism and the Public Sphere in Post Independence Nicaragua

Part of the Americas South Series
with Justin Wolfe (Tulane University) and discussant: Luciana Chamorro (Columbia University) Location: Room 457 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University(map)

Weds., October 29, 2014 - 6pm
Transnational Asian American Series
The Model Minority Revisted:

Facts, Myths, and Realities about Asian Americans. Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Weds., October 29, 2014 - 6pm
Native American Heritage Month
Opening Ceremony

Featuring Tatanka Means, actor/comedian/activist
Location: Lerner C555 (map)

October 23-24, 2014
Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?
Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics
Location: Earl Hall, Columbia University and First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem See more.

Fri., October 24, 2014 - 12-2pm
A Long Strange Trip:
Latin America’s Global Drugs

Part of the Americas South Series
with Paul Gootenberg (Stony Brook University) and Discussant: Fernando Montero (Columbia University) Location: Room 457 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University(map)

Thurs., October 23, 2014 - 4pm
Indigenous Forum Speaker Series 5
Indian Education for All: Race, poverty, power and politics in our education system.

Denise Juneau
Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Fri., October 17, 2014 - 9am-6pm
Reworking Freedom
Graduate Student Workshop on Re-Centering the Enslaved in Histories of the Americas
Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University See more Location: 758 Schermerhorn Ext - Columbia University (map)

Fri., October 17, 2014 - 6-8pm
Declarative Sentences:
Voices in Memory of Jack Agüeros

Featuring Martín Espada, Rich Villar, Donna Brook, Urayoán Noel, Mike Veve, Chris Brandt, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Julio Marzán, David Ungar, Patrick Rosal, Natalia Argüeros-Macario, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Lauren Schmidt, Bob Hershon, Ruth Irupé Sanabria
RSVP here Location: Faculty Room in Low Library (map)

Mon., October 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
Fierce: The Work and Life of Manuel Ramos Otero
On the Occasion of the Columbia University Libraries Acquisition of the Archives of Manuel Ramos Otero
With: Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Magali Garcia Ramis, Luis Negrón, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Location: Butler Library 522/523 - 535 West 114th Street (map)

Thurs., October 2, 2014 - 12-2pm
In the Church and at Home:
Approaches to Saints in Early Latin America

Part of the Americas South Series
with Caterina Pizzigoni (Columbia University) and Discussant: David Klassen (New York University) Location: Room 457 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University(map)

Mon., September 22, 2014 - 6-8pm
Genocide Denial
Jointly coordinated by NYU, Columbia, and YGSNA, the teach-in will link previous UN conventions, resolutions, and definitions of ‘genocide’ with North American cultural and historiographical practices, with the Canadian government’s inability to investigate the disappearances and murders of Indigenous women, and with the destructive practices of carbon extraction within Southwestern Native homelands.
Location: NYU Campus, King Juan Carlos Center Theater, First Floor(map)

Tues., May 20, 2014 - 1:00 pm
CSER Graduation 2014
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall(map)

Fri., May 2, 2014 - 9am - 5pm
CSER Student Symposium
Knowledge and Power in Communities
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall(map)

Weds., April 23, 2014 - 6pm
CSER's Transnational Asian American Series
Cold War Clint: How Asia Made a Hollywood Icon and How He Imagined Asia

Takashi Fujitani
Dr. David Chu Professor
Director in Asia-Pacific Studies
University of Toronto-Munk School of Global Affairs
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall(map)

Tues., April 8, 2014 - 4:30pm
Media and Idea Lab
Jeff Gomez, Starlight Runner Entertainment
Location: Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street, New York (map)

Tues., April 1st, 2014 - 4pm
Indigenous Forum
Art and Activism: Public Art and the Native Diaspora
Jaque FraguaLocation:420 Hamilton Hall(map)

March 28-29th, 2014
Communities in Action:
Access to Quality Education for Latino Students

Please RSVP here .
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University (map)

March 15th & 22nd, 2014 - 10am-2pm
Super 8mm Film Workshop:
with instructor/filmmaker Philippe Leonard

For more information, visit Media Working Group. Please RSVP here .
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University(map)

March 7th, 2014 - 6:00pm
Book Release and Reception: "The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón"
by Prof. Claudio Lomnitz

Sponsored by the Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures.
Location: Book Culture, 536 West 112 Street, New York

March 6th, 2014 - 4:00pm
CSER Open House
This is your opportunity to meet current students and professors and learn about the major. Refreshments will be served.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Tues., February 25, 2014 - 5:30pm
LAPES Book Launch Discussion
"Democratic Eduation as a Curricular Problem: Historical consciousness and the moralizing limits of the present" by Daniel Friedrich
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Tues., February 18, 2014 - 7pm
What is Justice? Film Series
Lost in Detention

A Frontline documentary on the secretive world of immigration detention, followed by a Q&A with the Director Rick Young, award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and Miles Johnson from Students Against Mass Incarcerati
Location: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106, Columbia Law School (map)

Tues., February 18, 2014 - 5pm
Latino Speaker Series
Lecture Title: "Fear and Loathing in Aztlán:Crazy, Sad Indians Stalk the Ouvre Zeta Acosta, Ana Castillo and Robert Rodriguez"

Josefina Saldaña
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Mon., February 10, 2014 - 5-7pm
Local Express: Asian America in the 90s
Come join us as we celebrate the release of this exciting, new anthology, from the publishers of the Asian American Literary Review. With readings by contributors Marie G. Lee, Sung Rno, Monique Truong, Swati Marquez, and Curtis Chin. Hosted by co-editor Terry Hong.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Wed., February 5, 2014 - 6:30pm
CSER Alumni Event
The goal of the reception is to provide students the opportunity to meet and speak with alumni currently working in a variety of fields about how their lives have progressed since graduating from Columbia with a CSER degree.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Sat., February 1, 2014 - 4pm
The Center for the Study of Etnicity and Race Media Working Group presents
"Breaking the Frame: Performance, Ethnography, Film"

A workshop and discussion with filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska. Disscussant: Michael Taussig
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

December 5, 2013 - 5:30pm
Holiday Party for CSER, HCH, ICLS, and ILAS
Location: Kraft Center - Rennert Hall (map)
606 West 115th St. Between Broadway and Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10025

Mon., November 25, 2013 - 5:30pm
LAPES Lecture Series
Lecture Title: Phemomenology, Human Rights, and Education

Professor Jorge Luis Câmara
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Tues., November 12, 2013 - 6:10-8:30pm
Migrant Entrepreneurship
Remittance-Based Development and the Moralization of the Present in El Salvador and the US

David Pedersen - Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
Location: 457 Schermerhorn Extension(map)

RESCHEDULED: November 12, 2013 - 5pm
Latino Speaker Series
Lecture Title: "Educating the New Majority: Latinos, Education and the Transformation of American Society"

Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., November 7, 2013 - 4pm
Indigenous Forum
Lecture Title: "Indigeneity and Technoscience"

Kimberly Tallbear, University of Texas, Austin
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., November 7, 2013 - 12:15pm
"Before Ellis Island: The Origins of American Immigration Policy"
Lecture by Hidetaka Hirota

Location: Common Room on the second floor of the Heyman Center, East Campus Residential Center of Columbia University (map)

Fri-Sat, November 1-2, 2013 - 10-5pm daily
Latin American Philosophy of Education Society
First Annual Symposium

Click the link for more information
Location: Teacher's College. 120th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam (map)

Weds., October 16, 2013 - 5pm
Latino Speaker Series
Lecture Title: "Post-Racial Racism in Obamerica"

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor and Chair Duke University
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., October 10, 2013 - 6pm
Transitional Asian/American Studies Series
Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

Q&A with director Yunah Hong, Introduced and Moderated by Professor Eric Gamalinda
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Opening: Tues., October 8, 2013 - 5pm
The Raging 70s:
Latino New York

As seen by El Diario's Bolivar Arellano
Gallery hours: 10am-4pm, Monday thru Friday until May 2014
Location: Gallery at the Center: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Thurs., October 3, 2013 - 4pm
Indigenous Forum
The 1491s

Presentation / Performance / Q&A
Location: Davis Auditorium - Morris A. Schapiro Center, 530 West 120th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway), New York City (map)

Tues., October 1, 2013 - 5pm
Latino Speaker Series
Lecture Title: "Educating the New Majority: Latinos, Education and the Transformation of American Society"

Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

Exhibit open until May 15, 2013 9am-4pm
Gallery at the Center
Dulce Pinzón "Superheroes"
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

May 6th (MON), 2013 6pm–8pm
Dominicanation: A Thesis Documentary
Dominicanation—directed by Sherrill-Marie Henriquez
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

May 21(TUE), 2013, 1pm
CSER Graduation 2013
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

20–31 May 2013
Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations
Pre-registration is now open for the 12th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
For more information, the agenda and documents of the session click: UN website Columbia University students and faculty interested to attend may contact Professor Elsa Stamatopoulou by 30 April 2013
Location: UN Headquarters, New York (map)

June 3-14, 2013
Indigenous Studies Summer Program On Indigenous People's Rights and Policy, June 3-14, 2013

April 19th (FRI), 2013 9am–5pm
CSER Undergraduate Symposium
Expectations of race and ethnicity unite CSER student projects as they explore how abstractions like “race,” “ethnicity” and “belonging” are experienced, made real and met, as well as challenged and adjusted in specific contexts, places and times.
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

April 12th – 13th (FRI & SAT), 2013 4pm
Feminist Constellations: Intercultural Paradigms in the Americas
Ochy Curiel (Dominican Republic), Dana Ain Davis (U.S.), Millaray Painemal (Chile), Julieta Paredes (Bolivia), Manuela Picq (Ecuador), Margareth Rago (Brazil), Matilde Ribeiro (Brazil), Guiomar Rovira (Mexico), Liliana Suarez-navaz (Spain), Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj (Guatemala), Gina Athena Ulysse (Haiti)
Location: Auditorium: King Juan Carlos Center 53 Washington Square South, NYU (map)

April 9th (TUES), 2013 4pm
Indigenous Forum Series
Ed Archie NoiseCat, NoiseCat Studios
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

April 6th (FRI), 2013 6-8pm
The Latino Education Gap
Guest speakers includes: Jackie Vimos from the New York Immigration Coalition, Carlos Blanco, CC’12 and current TFA teacher, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, a professor at Columbia University and Hunter College Natalie Cortez, TC'12 and counselor at the Double Discovery Center at Columbia Moderator: Diana Puñales Morejon, PhD, MS, NYS Licensed Psychologist, BC '84 You can RSVP on the Facebook event at:
Location: Satow Room, Alfred Lerner Hall (map)

March 28th (THURS), 2013 5–8pm
Dulce Pinzón: The Real Story of Superheroes
Book presentation and signing.
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)
1130 Amsterdam (map)

March 14 (THURS), 2013 6-8pm
The Paul F. Lazarsfeld lecture series
The Oral History MA Program and CSER present, with support from the Paul F. Lazarsfeld lecture series, Uncovering Hidden Histories: The Making of "Antonia Pantoja !Presente!" A Workshop with Lilian Jiménez
Location: 509 Knox Hall (map)

March 12th (TUES), 2013 4pm
Indigenous Forum Series
Mark Rifkin, Associate Professor University of North Carolina
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

27 February – 1 March 2013 6:15pm
International Expert Seminar on Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples Including Truth and Reconciliation Processes
Contributing to the work of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

February 27th (WEDS), 2013 4pm
Economies of Jurisdiction in the Colonial Present
Alyosha Goldstein, Associate Professor University of New Mexico
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

February 26th (TUES), 2013 4-6pm
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race OPEN HOUSE
Hear from current CSER Seniors—Meet CSER Faculty—Get a free pass to any CSER class—Snacks will be served
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

February 20th (WEDS), 2013 6:15pm
Artist at the Center
David Henry Hwang, Award-winning playwright: M. Butterfly, Golden Child, Kung Fu
Co-sponsored with Heyman Center for the Humanities
Location: Rennert Auditorium, the Kraft Center Columbia University (map)

February 13th (WEDS), 2013 5pm
Latino Speakers Series
Pedro Noguera
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

February 12 (TUES), 2013 1:30pm
China's Middle East Pivot
Dru Gladney, Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College
Location: IAB Room 918 (map)

February 12th (TUES), 2013 4pm
Indigenous Forum Series
Hilary Tompkins, US Department of the Interior
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

February 12 (TUES), 2013 6:15pm
Justin Torres
Justin Torres, author of "We the Animals"
Location: Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center Columbia University (map)

February 11 (MON), 2013 4pm
Opposing "Death-Squad Democracy"
Founder of Diversity Movement in Resistance Jose "Pepe" Palacios
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

December 6th (THUR), 2012, 5:30pm-9pm
CSER Holiday Celebration
Location: 301 Philosophy Hall Graduate Lounge (map)

November 14th (WEDS), 2012 5pm-7pm
Latino Speakers Series
Linda Martin Alcoff
Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

November 8th (THUR), 2012 5pm
CSER Gallery Inauguration
Dulce Pinzón "Superheroes"
Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

October 25th (THUR), 2012 6pm
Jack Agüeros - The Agüeros Archives: Preserving New York's Latino Heritage
Columbia University's Aquisition of the Papers of Pioneering New York Community Activist and Writer Jack Agüeros.
This event will mark the launch of the "Latino Arts and Activism Archive", a joint initiative of CSER and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
Location: Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street, New York

October 24th (WED), 2012 5pm-7pm
CSER Symposium
"Race and the US Presidential Elections"
Featuring Professors Cornel West, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz and Maria Hinojosa
Location: Earl Hall Center—Auditorium 2980 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (map)

September 19th (WED), 2012 5pm-7pm
Latino Speakers Series
CSER presents the first multi-year Latino Speaker Series at Columbia University. Lecture Title: "Latino Political Diversity in 2012: Ideological Heterogeneity Among Voters and Candidates"
Cristina Beltrán, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis
Director of Latino Studies, New York University
Location: 420 Hamilton (map)

April 27(FRI), 2012 12:30pm-6:00pm
CSER Undergraduate Research Symposium 2012: "Examining Ethnicity and Race throughout History"
*Abstracts due March 20th, 2012
The annual Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) Undergraduate Research Symposium looks to bring together students from across the social sciences and humanities to present undergraduate theses or research in progress on issues related to the critical study of ethnicity and race. This year the theme of the symposium looks to address how notions of ethnicity and race are destabilized, normalized, or called into question by studying them across historical contexts. The symposium welcomes papers centering upon any historical period/event or comparison of various texts or methodological approaches.
Location:Casa Hispanica, Columbia University (map)

May 14(TUE), 2012
CSER Graduation 2012
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

April 11(WED), 2012 4:00pm-6:00pm
Indigenous Forum Series:
Lecture Title: "Proactive Indigenous Synergy Through Art"

Bunky Echo-Hawk
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

March 29(THU), 2012 6:00pm
Migration, Race, and Ethnicity
Lecture Series:
Sports and Ethnicity: Jewish Palestinian Soccer Teams in Argentina and Chile

Chile Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University
Columbia University, Diana Oval, Broadway at 117th St, NYC

CSER joins the Forum on Migration this semester to present the lecture series "Migration, Race, and Ethnicity." The series not only incorporates the interests of both centers but also their interdisciplinarity (in this case, history, ethnography, sociology, musicology, and political science) and their global scope.

For detailed information on all lectures of this series, download PDF here.

March 27 (TUE), 2012 6:30pm - 8:00pm
OMNI ZonaFranca members: Amaury Pacheco, Eligio Pérez and David Escalona
Introduction by Zoya Kocur, Middlesex University.
OMNI will present their new performance ¡¡¡MÁKINA TOTAL CITY!!! with poetry, music, and dance. After the performance there will be an audience discussion with the artists.
Event presented by CSER and ILAS.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

March 26 (MON), 2012 5:40pm - 7:00pm
"The Obliteration of Blackness in Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Metaphysics of Race"
Professor David Clinton Wills will give a talk that stemmed from his initial question as to why two Egyptian priests are unnamed in Plato's Timaeus, the relationship of this to the historiosophy of Africa, and the canonization of the body in literature.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

March 22(THU), 2012 6:30pm
"Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Colombia and the Americas" - A forum featuring Rudy Amanda Hurtado Garcés
Founder of Palen(k)e Universitario, Afro-Colombian Student Organization and anthropologist-activist at the Universidad del Cauca, Colombia

Presented by the Workshop on Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity, a program of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, The Graduate History Association Students of Color Chair, and AfroColombiaNY.

Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

February 15(WEDS), 2012 4:00pm-6:00pm
Indigenous Forum Series:
Lecture Title: "Native Modernity and the Crisis of Culture"

Scott Richard Lyons
Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

February 15(WEDS), 2012
A Graduate Student Colloquium:
"Indigenous Spaces: Pushing the Boundaries of History, Bodies, Geographies, and Politics"

Presented by The Collaborations on Indigenous Studies Project (CISP)
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

We invite graduate students to submit proposals for a graduate student colloquium on the theme of Indigenous Spaces: Pushing the Boundaries of History, Bodies, Geographies, and Politics,to take place at Columbia University in the City of New York on February 15, 2012.
Contributors are encouraged to think about 'indigenous spaces' that connect indigenous communities, bodies (understood in a broad sense), histories, geographies, and academia.
For more information, download PDF here.

December 9-14, 2011 (more information TBA)
International Conference on Tibetan Language
The Third International Conference on Tibetan Language will be held at Columbia University in New York City from December 9–14, 2011. It will bring together some 70 scholars from China, India and the West to discuss issues relating to Tibetan language, its study, teaching and development.

This conference is jointly organized by the Trace Foundation, the Shang Shung Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.

The conference, which consists of 11 panels, will reflect on the current state of the language and its future development. The invited speakers will address grammatical features of the Tibetan language, recent dictionary projects, editing conventions, teaching first-language speakers, teaching Tibetan as a second language (especially at college-level), technology, etc. The conference seeks to provide a platform for scholars from around the world to assess these and other issues and to help develop Tibetan language tools in the future.

Due to limited seating, participation requires registration (at no cost):
Full details on the conference panels can be found at:

December 2, (FRI), 2011 – 10:00am-6:00pm
"Transcolonial Fanon: Trajectories of a Revolutionary Politics"
The Institute of African Studies (IAS), the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) and the Maison Française at Columbia University will sponsor the Interdisciplinary Conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Frantz Fanon.
Location: Maison Francaise, Columbia University, Buell Hall, 2nd Floor,
Broadway Boulevard at West 116th Street, New York, NY (map)

December 8 (THUR), 2011 5:30pm-9:00pm
Holiday Party
CSER + Forum on Migration + IAS + ICLS + ILAS
Location: 301 Philosophy Hall (map)

November 2(WEDS), 2011 4:00pm-6:00pm
Indigenous Forum Series:
Lecture Title: "The Next Great Battle: American Indian Self-Determination During the Era of Cutbacks"

Mark Trahant, The Cedars Group
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

FEATURED: October 21(FRI), 2011
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visits CSER
by Kaveh Landsverk

For many, it seemed like a dream come true. Last October 21, Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race for a conversation with CSER students and the general public. In a small group session with 30 CSER and Columbia Law students, Justice Sotomayor took questions on subjects ranging from the biographical to specific contemporary social movements. Consistently emphasizing the importance of engagement, Justice Sotomayor noted that while her passions took her to law school, the juridical realm is far from the only site in which young activists can work for change.

After over an hour of dialogue between Justice Sotomayor and the students, the venue shifted to accommodate a larger audience. Responding to questions posed by CSER director Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Suzanne Goldberg, director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Justice Sotomayor spoke about her decision to become a judge, her judging philosophy, and what she hopes her legacy will be. "I hope to be remembered as a 'people's judge,' Justice Sotomayor said to a nearly 400 capacity crowd at Columbia's Law School. "Someone who made the process more accessible to people." Justice Sotomayor, who is the first Hispanic justice in the court's history and only its third woman, also spoke at length about the role of social difference in the practice of judging. "I don't think that it is just about having different kinds of people. You need to have people who think differently too. Remember that the nine judges who overturned Brown v. Board of Education were all white men."

From recounting her adolescent passion for Nancy Drew novels to imagining her desired legacy, Justice Sotomayor provided the eager audience a glimpse into the formative moments at the heart of her juridical practice. It was an event that will not soon be forgotten by the many CSER students in attendance. "When I first discovered that Justice Sotomayor was coming to campus, I knew that I had to hear her speak," recalls CSER student Amanda Matos. "And I am glad that I was able to. Listening to her talk, I gained immeasurable insight."

October 19 (WED), 2011
Salsa legend Ruben Blades visits CSER
Mr. Blades participated in a class discussion on Latin music with Professors Ed Morales and Christopher Washburne. He discussed his multifaced career as a musician, songwriter, singer, and political figure.

October 12-14, 2011
Hispanic New York Film and Video Festival, Sixth Edition
(Oct 12, 6pm) - Opening night at Instituto Cervantes, screening of Subterraneos, followed by live performance by "Fuerza Norteña".
Location: Instituto Cervantes,
211 East 49th Street NY 10017, New York (map)

(Oct 13, 6pm) - Screenings at Casa Hispanica, Columbia University: Dirt and Los que se Quedan (Those Who Remain)
Casa Hispanica, Columbia University - 612 West 116th Street, Room 201, New York, NY (map)

(Oct 19, 6pm) - Screening at Instituto Cervantes of Recordando al Mamoncillo.
Location: Instituto Cervantes,
211 East 49th Street NY 10017, New York (map)

October 6 (THU), 2011, 1:00pm-6:00pm
CSER Faculty Symposium
"Theory and Practice of Social Movements"

This coming October we will begin a second series, the Annual CSER Symposium. The Symposium will create a space for discussion on a topic of interest to CSER faculty.
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University-Garden Room One
64 Morningside Drive New York, NY (map)

September 22 (THUR), 2011 6:00-8:00pm
Please join us in welcoming Nora Gamez.
"Living in transition: the politics of popular music in contemporary Cuba"

Ms. Gamez has a MSc. degree in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.
Presented by CSER, Center for Ethnomusicology and the Department of Latin American Cultures
Location: Casa Hispanica, Columbia University - 612 West 116th Street, Room 201, New York, NY (map)

September 28 (WEDS), 2011 4:00pm-6:00pm
CSER Open House
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

May 16 (MON), 2011, 12:00pm
CSER Graduation "Class of 2011"
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

April 14 (THU), 2011, 7:00pm-9:00pm
CARE presents "Down & Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century", a New Book by Daniel Hernandez.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall (map)

April 15(FRI), 2011, 10:00am-4:00pm
The 6th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Ethinicity and Race:
"EXPOSURE: Contemporary Articulations of Race in New York City and Beyond"

The daylong conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, author of Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life. Through panel presentations, an informal luncheon, and in-depth discussions, the conference will provide a forum for students in various disciplinary fields to engage each other's work and deepen the discussion of Race and Ethnic studies within the university and beyond.
Location: Casa Hispanica, 116th St. between Broadway and Riverside (map)

April 19 (TUE), 2011, 12:00pm-2:00pm
"Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique"
The Department of English and Comparative Literature, together with the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity cordially invite you to participate in a talk by:
Viet T. Nguyen, Associate Professor, Departments of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Location: 602 Lewisohn Hall (map)

April 20(WED), 2011 4:00pm-6:30pm
"A Radiant Curve: Poetry and Stories"
Luci Tapahonso,
Professor of American Indian Studies and English,
University of Arizona
Location: Jerome Greene Annex, The School of Law, Columbia University
410 West 117th Street, New York, NY (map)

April 26(TUE), 2011, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Roundtable Discussion:
"Unsettled: Past and Present of Caribbean Revolutions"

CSER, ILAS and the Columbia University Caribbean Working Group Cordially invites you to attend the round table discussion. Save the date!
Location: 1512 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, 15th Floor (map)

April 12 (TUE), 2011, 12:00pm-2:00pm
"The Literary Case of Wen Ho Lee"
The Department of English and Comparative Literature, together with the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity cordially invite you to participate in a talk by:
Colleen Lye, Associate Professor of English, University of California
Location: 602 Lewisohn Hall (map)

March 31(THU), 2011, 4:15pm-5:45pm
Law & History Workshop 2010-11:
"Belonging: Citizenship, Membership, Status"

Lucy Salyer from the University of New Hampshire, will speak on "Crossing Borders: the Fenians and the Crisis over Citizenship"
Location: Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School (map)

March 22 (TUE), 2011 5:00pm-7:30pm
"On the Idea of Reconciliation in Contemporary Indigenous Politics"
Dale Turner, Associate Professor of Government and Native American Studies, Dartmouth University
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall, Seminar Room (map)

February 23 (WED), 2011 12:10pm-1:10pm
Immigration Reform:
Where do we go from here?

Former Democratic Congressman Bruce Morrison, sponsor of the Immigration Act of 1990, the last positive immigration legislation Congress has passed, and former chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee, will engage students in a discussion on where to take the immigration reform movement from here. Cosponsored by SIRR,CSER, CSIL, CLS Democrats, and LaLSA. Non-pizza lunch will be served.
Location: Jerome Greene Hall 105, Columbia Law School (map)

February 22 (TUE), 2011 4:00pm-6:30pm
Indigenous Forum Inaugural Address:
"With a Haunting History of Political Recognition, Is There Change in the Wind for Indigenous Rights"?

Honorable Larry Echo Hawk,
Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs - U.S. Department of the Interior
Reception: 5:15pm-6:30pm
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University-Presidential Level Room One
64 Morningside Drive New York, NY (map)
Read press release here.

February 10, 2011, 4:15pm-5:45pm
Law & History Workshop 2010-11:
"Belonging: Citizenship, Membership, Status"

Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies at Columbia University, will speak on "The True Story of Ah Jake: Language and Justice in Late-Nineteenth-Century Sierra County, California"
Location: Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School (map)

January 31, 2011, 4:30-6:30PM
Stuart Rockefeller's Book Launch:
Starting from Quirpini the Travels and Places of a Bolivian People

Join us for the release of Professor Rockefeller's book Starting from Quirpini. This ethnography explores the spatial practices of a community of well-traveled indigenous Bolivians, and raises important methodological issues for the study locally and transnationally mobile peoples.
Location: Hamilton Hall, 420–1130 Amsterdam Avenue (map)

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December 8, 5:30 PM
CSER, ILAS, and ICORE Holiday Party
Food, Music, Dance, and Fun!!
Join the faculty, students and friends of CSER, ILAS and ICORE to celebrate!
Location: Graduate Lounge, 301 Philosophy Hall (map)

November 18, 4:15-5:45 PM
'Trauma' and the Politics of Affect in Catastrophic Time/Space
Please join us for a talk by Maurice Stevens to take place in 754 Schermerhorn Extension. The title of Prof. Stevens' talk is " 'Trauma' and the Politics of Affect in Catastrophic Time/Space," which is part of a new project he is working on somatic interventions in trauma sites. This talk is cosponsored by the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Archives and Communities Lecture Series at NYU and the New School.
Location: 754 Schermerhorn Extension (map)

November 18, 4:15-5:45 PM
Law & History Workshop 2010-11:
"Belonging: Citizenship, Membership, Status"

William Forbath, from the U.T. Austin School of Law, will speak on "Jews, Law, and Identity Politics in the Progressive Era"
Location: Case Lounge(Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School (map)

November 17, 1:00 PM
Che Guevara and the New Man
Abel Sierra is an essayist, researcher and professor. He holds a PhD in Historical Sciences from the University of Havana. His work focuses on gender, sexuality and processes of nation-building. He is the author of Del otro lado del espejo. La sexualidad en la construcción de la nación cubana (The other side of the mirror. Sexuality in the construction of the Cuban nation) which was awarded the "Casa de las Americas" international prize in 2006.
Location: Hamilton Hall, 703 – 1130 Amsterdam Avenue (map)

November 12, 3:00 PM
“Anarchist Panther”:
A Conversation with former Black Panther and Political Prisoner, Ashanti Alston

Ashanti Alston will speak on lessons learned from the Black Panther Party and black and postmodern anarchism.
Location: Hamilton Hall, 420–1130 Amsterdam Avenue (map)

November 10, 4:00 PM
Grupo Aventura,
Bachata Music and Latino Identity

Grupo Aventura manager Johnny Marines responds to questions from students in Professor Ed Morales class "Latin Music and Identity" and speaks on Grupo Aventura and its contributions to the Bachata genre and influence on Latino identity.
Location: Hamilton Hall, 420–1130 Amsterdam Avenue (map)

October 25, 12:00 PM (noon)
A conversation with Leila Cobo,
Executive Editor for Latin Content and Programming for Billboard magazine

Leila Cobo is a journalist, TV host, novelist, pianist, and executive editor for Latin content and programming for Billboard magazine. Under her tenure, Billboard has expanded its coverage of Latin music, and for the first time the magazine has a complete weekly section dedicated solely to Latin music. Under Cobo is considered one of the country's leading experts in Latin music; her first novel, "Tell Me Something True," was published in 2009 to critical acclaim and is now on its third printing.
Location: Stabile Student Center, School of Journalism Building, Ground Floor (map)

October 22, 9am-4:30pm
So Goes Arizona, so Goes the Nation?: Immigration and Civil Rights in the 21st Century
The Columbia Journal of Race & Law, jointly with CSER present its inaugural symposium, featuring: "The Great Debate: Arizona's SB 1070," with Nina Perales, National Senior Counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and Heather Mac Donald, John M. Olin Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and "Overview of US Immigration Policy, with Mae Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, Columbia University, among others.
Location: Room 107, Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School

October 15, 8:00 PM
“The 21st Century Negro”: A Conversation with Haitian-American Artist, Richard-Olivier Marius

October 1-2, 9:00 AM
Music and Indigeneity in the Americas
Featuring scholars, activists, and artists from North and South America, the conference will present panels on topics ranging from repatriation and indigenous cultural rights, to law, media, and education, to new forms of collaborative research on popular and traditional music in the context of community-based cultural activism. Location: Sindeband East 414 (in Shapiro CEPSR Building, NE Corner of Campus)

September 30, 5:30 PM
A Talk with Lizabel Mónica
Cuban-based writer and blogger Lizabel Mónica will talk about the increasingly important Cuban blogosphere and how the denial of this space by the authorities raises the questions of "where" is Cuba and what Cuban virtual space is.
Location: 612 West, 116th Street

September 29, 6:00 PM
Book Talk and Signing with Professor Mae Ngai
Book talk and signing for Professor Mae Ngai's new book, The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of America.
Location: Barnes and Noble, Broadway and 115th Street

September 27, 5:00 PM
CSER Open House
CSER Open House to welcome its faculty, students, and friends. We will have refreshments, musical entertainment and officially launch our new website.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall, 1130 Amsterdam Ave

September 24, 11:00 AM
Graduate Students of Color Fellowship Workshop

September 15, 6:00 PM
Hispanic New York panel and book presentation
With the participation of CSER Director Frances Negrón-Muntaner, volume editor Claudio Iván Remeseira, and moderator Ray Suarez.
Location: Davis Auditorium, 530 West 120th Street

May 17, 2010
CSER Graduation Reception
The Reception included a presentation of certificates and awards, lunch, and a champagne toast to the class of 2010.
Thank you to Mariachi Loco for their lively performance.

April 30, 2010
CSER Symposium
CSER Symposium was a great opportunity for the Columbia community to learn about the new and exciting work being done on ethnicity and race by CSER Adjunct Professors and Visiting Scholars, who presented their research projects during this half-day symposium.
Participants included Liliana Gomez, Jill Humphries, Carmen Lamas, Bakirathi Mani, Elizabeth OuYang, Susie Pak, Jason Ramirez, Stuart Rockefeller, and Dorothy Wang.
Thank you to Anjuli Kolb, Karios Llobrera and Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner for their support with the event.

April 16, 2010
Workshop on Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity of CSER Presents: a Conversation with Bree Carlson
Bree Carlson, Lead Organizing Trainer at the Center for Third World Organizing (Oakland, CA)

For the past 25 years, the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) has been on the cutting edge of change efforts in communities of color. Peers, constituent group leaders, and funders acknowledge CTWO’s stance and innovative work to advance a racial analysis in organizing campaigns. Over the years, CTWO has supported the creation of multi-racial, multi-ethnic organizations and campaigns; fearlessly challenged racist policies and practices of the state and other institutions; and continuously sought opportunities to build bridges among a wide range of communities and activists of color. CTWO's organizing strategy prioritizes the role of organizations in engaging our communities to develop and assert a more equitable vision of society through concerted action and reflection. It is through the work of these organizations, in alignment with other key players in the social-change community (i.e., legal, media, academic, policy and research, religious, and cultural), that ideas gain traction and allow more radical transformation to take place.

April 14, 2010
"Máscaras y prejuicios: otros escenario para la homofobia en Cuba" / "Masks and Prejudices: Other Stages for Cuban Homophobia" ~ A Lecture in Spanish by Norge Espinosa

One of the most prominent of the young Cuban poets and playwrights, Norge Espinosa was also among the first to experiment with homosexual themes in the late 1980s, with his widely anthologized poem "Vestido de novia" ("Dressed up as a Bride"), written when he was a teenager. Since then, he has published two books of poetry, Las breves tribulaciones (winner of El Caimán Barbudo's 1992 National Poetry Prize) and Las estrategias del páramo, as well as several plays, including Romanza del lirio, La virgencita de bronce, Ícaros, and Cintas de seda. He is also a book reviewer, theater critic, and prolific lecturer and organizer of events on gay and lesbian culture in Cuba. In addition, he has worked closely as a dramatist with Teatro El Público, one of the most acclaimed theater groups of the 1990s in Havana, and has been invited to the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa in 2001, and to several workshops at the Royal Court Theater in London (2003, 2004 and 2007).
Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Institute of Latin American Studies, and Barnard Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures.

April 8, 2010
The U.S. Immigration Debate: A Historical and Global Perspective
Barnard Forum on Migration

Immigration stirs some of the most heated, and at times acerbic, public debates in the U.S. Newcomers are often seen as taking away jobs from natives, particularly poorer ones; lowering wages; increasing crime; burdening social services; and undermining national unity by their unwillingness to assimilate. Others dismiss these complains as xenophobic, as racist, and as political demagoguery.
Professors Mae Ngai of Columbia University, Joaquín Arango of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and José Moya, director of Barnard's Forum on Migration, explore these debates by placing them in historical perspective and comparing them to those going on in other countries of immigration in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, will moderate.
This event is co-sponsored by CSER and the Barnard Forum on Migration. This event is free and open to the public.

March 31, 2010
SUPERSTAR!: A Tribute to Mario Montez

Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race presents its inaugural Artists at the Center event: SUPERSTAR!: A Tribute to Mario Montez.

Superstar! was a historic one-day conference celebrating and discussing the career of one of New York's most gifted performers.

The day-long conference featured the star himself in his first American public appearance in over 30 years; discussions with scholars Callie Angell, Douglas Crimp, Arnaldo Cruz Malavé, Ronald Gregg, Branden Joseph, Ricardo Montez, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner; screenings of films by Andy Warhol and José Rodríguez Soltero; a live performance featuring performance art legend Carmelita Tropicana; and an unprecedented conversation with Mario Montez, Agosto Machado, and Marc Siegel.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1935, Montez became one of the most well-known and beloved figures of New York's underground film and theatre scene of the 1970s. Montez was a performer; he first appeared in director Jack Smith's underground queer classic Flaming Creatures in 1962 and later became Andy Warhol's first drag superstar, starring in twelve of Warhol's films. Montez was also a favorite of the queer theatre underground, appearing in plays by Charles Ludlam and John Vaccaro of the Play-House of the Ridiculous.

Event co-sponsors included the following: Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University; CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University; Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, New York University; Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University; Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College; Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University; Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University; Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, Barnard College; Department of Theatre, Barnard College.

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