Archive of Past Events

CSER Graduation Reception

May 17, 2010

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.

CSER Symposium

April 30, 2010

The CSER Symposium was a great opportunity for the Columbia community to learn about the new and exciting work being done in studies on ethnicity and race by CSER affiliates. Adjunct Professors and Visiting Scholars 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.

The 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)

April 16, 2010

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. CTWO's stance and innovative work to advance a racial analysis and ideology in organizing campaigns is acknowledged by peers, constituent group leaders, and funders as key contributions to the broader social-justice movement. Over the years, CTWO has supported the creation of multi-racial, multi-ethnic organizations and campaigns; has fearlessly challenged racist policies and practices of the state and other institutions; and has 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.

"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

April 14, 2010

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, theatre critic, and a 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 theatre 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).

Cosponsored by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Institute of Latin American Studies, Barnard Dept. of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, and the Institute

The U.S. Immigration Debate: A Historical and Global Perspective

Barnard Forum on Migration

April 8, 2010

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, racist, and political demagoguery. Professors Mae Ngai of Columbia University, Joaquin Arango of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Jose 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.

SUPERSTAR!: A Tribute to Mario Montez

March 31, 2010

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 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, and a discussion panel with scholars Callie Angell, Douglas Crimp, Arnaldo Cruz Malavé, Ronald Gregg, Branden Joseph, and Ricardo Montez; 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 s 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 theater 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.

Transnational Latin Americanisms: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Power (T)here

March 4 & 5, 2010

This conference was on transnational Latin American socio-cultural and spatial conditions across the globe and at different scales-from the gendered and racialized body to the national and transnational arenas.

Organization by Clara Irazábal, Latin Lab, GSAPP

Sponsors at Columbia University include the following: Institute of Latin American Studies; Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation; and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

CSER Spring Major Declaration Open House

March 1, 2010

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) invites you to learn more about our programs in Asian American, Comparative Ethnic and Latino/a Studies as well as what's in the works for the future of CSER.

This is a great opportunity for our faculty, current students and alumni to get together with prospective majors and concentrators and share information about the CSER experience.

Institute for Research in Latin American Studies Open House with CSER

February 22, 2010

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) invite you to learn more about the undergraduate regional studies major in Latin American Studies and the Latino/a Studies.

Lundi Gras Graduate Student of Color Mixer

February 15, 2010

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and the Institute for Research in African American Studies invite you to join us in 301 Philosophy Hall for an informal Lundi Gras party to ward off winter's chill.

Governance of the Prior ~ Closed Conference

February 13 & 14, 2010

This was a closed conference. Participation was by invitation only.

CSER Holiday Party

December 10, 2009

Working Your Degree with SEAS Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora

Feniosky Peña-Mora, Dean of Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

November 12, 2009

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race is launching a new speaker series, Working Your Degree, on the practical applications of degrees in various interdisciplinary fields of study (such as gender studies, Latino/a studies, and African American studies). Over the course of the next academic year, this series will feature individual speakers and panels with prominent individuals from a wide range of fields such as academia, the arts, and the public sector, etc. The speaker for the first event on November 12 is Feniosky Peña-Mora, the recently appointed Dean of SEAS. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies and Center for Career Education.

Crime, Insecurity, Fear in Mexico: Ethnographic and Policy Approaches

An Interdisciplinary Workshop

November 13 & 14, 2009

"Crime, Insecurity, Fear in Mexico" will establish a dialogue that incorporates different perspectives on a topic of great importance for Mexico and its neighbors. The workshop will bring together scholars from different disciplines-such as history, anthropology and sociology-whose research engages crime in Mexico from a sociocultural perspective. The first day of the workshop will explore ethnographic approaches to crime and policing. The second day of the workshop will focus on the problems of gathering reliable data about trends and distribution of crime, and of translating that knowledge into public policy and informed public discussion.

Participants included the following Desmond Arias, John Jay College; Elena Azaola, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS); Alfredo Corchado, Dallas Morning News; Diane Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Daniel Goldstein, Rutgers University; Alejandra Leal, Columbia University; Claudio Lomnitz, Columbia University; Markus-Michael Muller, Freie Universität Berlin; Laura Roush, Colegio de Michoacán; David Shirk, University of San Diego; and Christopher Weiss, Columbia University.

Organized by Institute of Latin American Studies.

Co-sponsored by Columbia University Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, University of San Diego Trans-Border Institute, and Columbia University Institute for the Study of Social and Economic Research and Policy.

"Indigeneity, Race Mixture, and Vocalization in Nineteenth Century Colombia" ~ a working paper by Professor Ana Maria Ochoa

November 6, 2009

This event is a part of the faculty and graduate student Workshop on Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity, a program of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Science's Office of Minority Affairs, Center for Ethnomusicology, and Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

"I Am Caribbean by Folklore" a reading and conversation with Tato Laviera

October 29, 2009

Tato Laviera is one of the best selling Hispanic poets in the U.S. He has published five books with Houston: Arte Público Press, La Carreta Made a U-Turn (1979), AmeRícan (1985), Enclave (1985), Mainstream Ethics-Etica Corriente (1988), and Mixturao and Other Poems (2008), each with numerous reprints.

Fixing a Broken Immigration System: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Reform

October 22 & 23, 2009

This conference brings together historians, legal scholars, policy makers, and advocates to discuss immigration policy reform. In light of recent failures to pass reform legislation and the continued stalemate in the immigration debate, the conference encourages new thinking and, in particular, learning from history and from the perspectives of other countries.

Participants included David Abraham, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Alexander Aleinikoff, Georgetown Law Center; David Bacon, Photographer and Journalist; Jorge Castañeda, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University; Muzaffar Chishti, Migration Policy Institute; Richard Foltin, Legislative Director and Counsel, American Jewish Committee; Gary Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, Vanderbilt University; Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law, Fordham University; David Gutiérrez, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego; Cindy Hahamovitch, Professor of History, College of William and Mary; Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA; Christian Joppke, Professor of Politics, American University of Paris; Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal; Maria Elena Letona, Associate Director, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities; Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology, UCLA; Dowell Myers, Professor of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California; Mae Ngai, Professor of History, Columbia University; Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of American Studies, Brown University; Marc Rosenblum, Migration Policy Institute; George Sanchez, Professor of American Studies, University of Southern California; and Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO.

Organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University, & University of Southern California.

Latino in America ~ Documentary Screening & Soledad O'Brien Interview by Frances Negrón-Muntaner

October 17, 2009

As part of El Museo del Barrio's grand re-opening and fortieth anniversary celebration, the director of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, interviewed CNN's special correspondent Soledad O'Brien about her new television series Latino in America. CNN's Soledad O'Brien and El Museo presented a special preview of her documentary Latino in America, featuring the cultural diversity of Latinos, highlighting Garcias! Special offer: Calling all Garcias!

Caste and Contemporary India, A Conference in honor of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

October 16 & 17, 2009

The following were participants Gnawa Aloysius, Independent Scholar, New Delhi; Janaki Bakhle, History, Columbia University and Director, South Asia Institute; Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University and Professor, Law School; Nicholas B. Dirks, Anthropology and History; Vice-President and Dean, Arts and Science, Columbia; Masood Alam Falahi, Islamic Studies, Maulana Azad National Urdu University; Marc Galanter, Law and South Asia Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Gopal Guru, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Raj Kumar Hans, History, M. S. University of Baroda; Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences-Po; Sudiptu Kaviraj, Chair, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures; Pratap Mehta, Centre for Policy Research; Smita Narula, Law, New York University; Balmurli Natrajan, Anthropology, William Paterson University; Sivakami Palanimuthu, activist and writer; Gyanendra Pandey, History, Emory University E. Sudha Rani, History, Dean of Social Sciences, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University; Anupama Rao, History, Barnard; Nathaniel Roberts, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania; Jebaroja Singh, Women and Gender Studies, Saint John Fisher College; Anand Teltumbde, activist and writer; and Gauri Viswanathan, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia.

Organized by The South Asia Institute.

Co-sponsored by Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, and Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

Additional funding was provided by Dr. Ambedkar International Mission (AIM) Inc. U.S.A, the Provost's Office of Columbia University, Taraknath Das Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education.

Fall Welcome Reception

September 24, 2009

For faculty, staff and students this is the perfect moment to meet each other and enjoy the occasion. In addition to hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, this year we will be hosting master pianist Hector Martignon, who will play from his broad repertoire of Latin Jazz music with accomplished bassist, Alex Hernandez.

Academic Resources Fair

September 2, 2009

The College's annual Academic Resources Fair, a part of the New Student Orientation Program.

CSER Graduation Ceremony

May 19, 2009

Borders & Boundries

May 1 & 2, 2009

Borders and Boundaries was a conference and roundtable discussion on the connections between international borders and social boundaries in the contemporary world.

The following were participants: Marianne Braig, Free University Berlin, Germany; Kornel Chang, University of Connecticut; Didier Fassin, IRIS, EHESS and University of Paris North; Eric Fassin, EHESS; Nicolas Fischer, EHESS; Nilufer Gole, EHESS; Josiah Heyman, University of Texas El Paso; Claudio Lomnitz, Columbia University; Rocío Magaña, Rutgers / American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Chowra Makaremi, University of Montreal, Canada; Adam McKeown, Columbia University; Markus-Michael Müler, Free University Berlin, Germany; Mae Ngai, Columbia University; Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University; Audra Simpson, Columbia University; and Rihan Yeh, University of Chicago.

Keynote Address by Nina Bernstein of the New York Times

May 1, 2009

Nina Bernstein, Journalist, New York Times: "Outlaw Generation: A crackdown and its consequences for children in illegal immigrant families in the United States"

Co-Organized by Columbia University's new Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference (CCASD), its Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) & Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

Community and Institution: Sites of Racial and Ethnic Subjectivation and Resistance ~ 4th Annual CSER Undergraduate Conference

April 24, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Viviane Mahieux, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Fordham College

"Minority Voices in Urban Latin America: Buenos Aires and Mexico City, 1920's"

CSER / Revson Fellow Luncheon Series

April 22, 2009

Selma Jackson, Co-founder, 4W Circle of Art & Enterprise, Inc.

The aim of this series is to provide our students with detailed knowledge of community work as it currently exists. Students are invited to volunteer, collaborate and assist in these ventures with their research, time and ideas.

Digital Economies and the Politics of Circulation ~ Conference

April 3 & 4, 2009

This was an interdisciplinary and transnational conference that sought to explore the interrelationship between the changing status of textualities, the rise of informal economies and the global politics of circulation. By changing textualities we mean the transformation in modes of support and circulation of artistic artifacts and legal documents (from different types of musics, to cinema as well as documents that make up the legal archive). The point of departure for the conference is the realization that there is a gap between practices of archiving, production and circulation of different forms of textualities and their juridical status. The association between property, technology, art forms and governmentality is being challenged from a broad spectrum of creative practices, but this is not just a problem about intellectual property. The migration of the discussion in the globalization of the arts to a legal terrain brings to the foreground the increasing incommensurability between the local, national and global politics of diversity, and governmentality. Thus practices of exchange of digital texts become a radical site for the audiovisualization of the global crisis of the political entailed by this incommensurability. The panel categories were: Heritage, intellectual property and the digital archive; Digital technologies, the arts and informal economies: case studies; Memory, justice and the digital archive; and Circulation of textualities and legality: opportunities and closures.

The conference included the following participants: Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation Belgium/Thailand; Carolina Botero, Organización Karisma, Colombia; Kim Christen, Department of Comparative and Ethnic Studies, Washington State University; Alex Dent, Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University; Arilson Favareto, Centro de Engenharia, Modelagem e Ciências Sociais Aplicadas; Universidade Federal da Região do ABC - UFABC, Sao Paulo; Aaron Fox, Music, Columbia University; Julio Gaitán, Law, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia; Brian Larkin, Anthropology, Barnard; Ronaldo Lemos, law and information society, Getúlio Vargas Foundation; Lawrence Liang, Alternative Justice Forum, India; Louise Meintjes, Music and Anthropology, Duke University, USA, South Africa; Ana María Ochoa (Music and CSER, Columbia University; Elizabeth Povinelli, Anthropology and IRWaG, Columbia University; Chie Sakakibara, Music, Earth Institute and CSER, Columbia University; Anthony Seeger, Music, UCLA; Henry Stobart, Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; and Alan Story, Law, University of Kent, Copysouth, UK.

The conference was co-organized by Ana Maria Ochoa & Claudio Lomnitz. Co-sponsored by The Center for Ethnomusicology, The Music Department, Columbia University & Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University.

Installation & Reception

April 3, 2009

An Expanded Politics of Musical Presentation -- works from the Computer Music Center.

Art Installation by Elena Climent and Santiago Cohen.

Co-organized by the Computer Music Center, The Music Library, The Center for Ethnomusicology with the collaboration of visual artist, Elena Climent. Pieces by: Brad Garton, Douglas Repetto and others. Topic: re-use, re-cycle, re-play....

CSER / Revson Fellow Luncheon Series

March 25, 2009

Tanya Gallo, Founder and Director, DreamYard's A.C.T.I.O.N Project (Arts Community Teams In Our Neighborhoods)

The aim of this series is to provide our students with detailed knowledge of community work as it currently exists. Students are invited to volunteer, collaborate and assist in these ventures with their research, time and ideas.

CSER / Revson Fellow Luncheon Series

March 4, 2009

Cheryll Y. Greene, independent editor, The Editor's Eye

The aim of this series is to provide our students with detailed knowledge of community work as it currently exists. Students are invited to volunteer, collaborate and assist in these ventures with their research, time and ideas.

CSER Open House

March 3, 2009

"The Latino Educational Crisis" ~ Lecture

February 26, 2009

Patricia Gándara, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Co-director, The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA. Co-sponsored with The Faculty Working Group on Latina/Latino Education and The Faculty Working Group on Latin American Migration

CSER / Revson Fellow Luncheon Series

February 18, 2009

Jee Kim, Program Officer, Surdna Foundation

The aim of this series is to provide our students with detailed knowledge of community work as it currently exists. Students are invited to volunteer, collaborate and assist in these ventures with their research, time and ideas.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

February 12, 2009

Raúl Coronado, Department of English, University of Chicago: "'The natural sympathies that unite all of our people': Latino Imagined Communities in the 1850"

Co-sponsored with the Department of English.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

February 11, 2009

Catherine Fennell, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago: "'The Museum of Resilience':Fashioning Sentiment, Memory and Citizenship in the Wake of Chicago Public Housing"

Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

February 6, 2009

Timothy Yu, Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison: "The Transnational Poetics of José Garcia Villa"

Co-sponsored with the Department of English.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

February 4, 2009

Kevin O'Neill, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin

Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

February 4, 2009

John Gamber, Department of English and American Studies, William & Mary: "Toxic Metropolis: Urban Waste and Community in Erdrich's The Antelope Wife and Butler's Parable Novels"

Co-sponsored with the Department of English.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

January 29, 2009

Marilyn Lake: "Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality"

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender Studies.

CSER Spring 2009 Speaker Series

January 21, 2009

Rihan Yeh, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago: "Two Publics in a Mexican Border City"

Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology.

CSER ARC Meeting

December 9, 2008

We are having a meeting to discuss CSER's academic review, already in progress, as well as the mission and direction of the Center. The meeting is open to all students and faculty.

"Maximizing Opportunities and Minimizing Obstacles: Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Poverty through Post-Secondary Education" ~ Lecture

November 13, 2008

Gilberto Q. Conchas, Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow, UC Irvine

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Conchas is a Senior Program Officer, U.S. Special Initiatives, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1999 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Conchas has pursued three broad areas of study in the sociology of education that include urban education, immigration and education, and social policy and reform. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals that include the Harvard Education Review, Teachers College Record, New Directions for Youth Development, the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, and Research in Sociology of Education. He most recently published The Color of Success: Race and High-Achieving Urban Youth (2006) and Small School and Urban Youth: Size, Culture and Personalization (2008).

Co-sponsored with The Latino/a and Latin American Education Faculty Working Group at Teachers College.

"We the Peoples: Indigeneity in Globalization" ~ Lecture

October 30, 2008

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, President of the Tebtebba Foundation, Igorot Nation (Philippines)

The Center for the Study of Human Rights presents a lecture in the series on Indigenous Peoples' Issues: International Perspectives & Global Challenges, presented in co-sponsorship with the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The lecture will be followed by conversations with the audience.

Co-sponsored by UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Department of Anthropology, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Institute for Latin American Studies.

CSER / Revson Fellow Luncheon Series

The aim of this series is to provide our students with detailed knowledge of community work as it currently exists. Students are invited to volunteer, collaborate and assist in these ventures with their research, time and ideas.

September 17, 2008

Ray López, Environmental Program Manager, LSA Family Health Service, Inc.

October 1, 2008

Lisa Philp, Managing Director and the Global Head of Philanthropic Services, JPMorgan Private Bank

October 15, 2008

Indira Kajosevic, Executive Director, RACCOON, Inc. (Reconciliation and Culture Cooperative Network)

October 29, 2008

Amanda Ream, Coordinator of Political and Community Organizing, UNITE HERE

November 19, 2008

Noah Budnick, Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives

CSER Seminar Series

October 16, 2008

Adam Ashforth, Professor of Anthropology and Political Science, Dean of Graduate Studies in the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University: "What do they talk about when they talk about death, in Malawi, in a time of AIDS?"

"From the Space In-Between to the Transcultural" ~ Lecture

Denilson Lopes, Professor at the School of Communications at Federal University Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

President of Brazilian Society of Cinema and Audiovisual (SOCINE)

October 6, 2008

In this talk Denilson Lopes discussed the theoretical basis of his current research called Transcultural Landscapes in Contemporary Cinema, establishing a dialogue with the ideas by Silviano Santiago, Néstor García Canclini and Arjun Appadurai. At this talk he also mentioneed the theoretical efforts of film criticism to address the issues of interculturality and multiculturalism. In exploring this issue, Denilson places Latin American critical theory in relation to authors who have addressed the topic of multiculturalism in film such as Robert Stam, Hamid Naficy, Laura Marks and Andréa Franca.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Ethnomusicology.

"Pastoral indígena y neo-tradición en un pueblo nahua de la Huasteca (México)" / "Indigenous pastoral and neo-tradition in a Nahua village of the Huasteca region (Mexico)" ~ A lecture in Spanish

Anath Ariel de Vidas, Anthropologist and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University

October 9, 2008

Siguiendo las orientaciones más tolerantes del Concilio Vaticano II, la pastoral indígena tiende a revitalizar y valorizar prácticas religiosas autóctonas hasta entonces consideradas por la Iglesia como paganas. En esta ponencia, propongo analizar los efectos de esta corriente eclesiástica sobre las formas de religión local en un pueblo nahua de la Huasteca veracruzana, al noreste de México. El nuevo espacio que esta corriente católica proporciona al grupo étnico local revela las lógicas propias a cada partido de este diálogo ecuménico reglamentado y orquestado por la Iglesia. Nos permite también reevaluar los términos de 'tradición' y de 'neo-tradición' o 'neo-indianidad'.

Following the more tolerant orientations of the Vatican II Council, the Indigenous Pastoral tends to revitalize and to valorize native religious practices until then considered by the Church as pagans. In this presentation, I propose to analyze the effects of this ecclesiastical current on the forms of local religion in a Nahua village of the Veracruzan Huasteca region, in northeast of Mexico. The new space that this catholic current provides the local ethnic group reveals the logics proper to each side of this ecumenical dialogue regulated and orchestrated by the Church. It also allows us to reevaluate the terms of 'tradition' and of 'neo-tradition' or 'neo-indianity'.

Senior Thesis Info Session

September 29, 2008

CSER Fall Open House

September 25, 2008

Special performance by Semilla

Founded in 2001, Semilla is a collective of young musicians and dancers performing Son Jarocho in the New York City area. Hailing from diverse parts of Mexico, the United States, and Europe, Semilla's focus is the traditional fandango - the party celebrated with sones jarochos. From fandangos in Veracruz to Mexico City, the members of Semilla have received essential lessons on how to play and dance the traditional son jarocho.

CSER Seminar Series

September 18, 2008

David Román, Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California: "A Streetcar Named Deseo"

CSER Graduation Reception for the Class of 2008

May 19, 2008

CSER Annual Undergraduate Conference on Ethnicity and Race

May 2, 2008

The conference was open to undergraduate juniors and seniors in all disciplines in New York City and surrounding areas. Participants were invited to address the broad range of questions that bear upon the ideas and ideologies of race and ethnicity in America and the modern world. Papers dealt with the art, lives and experiences of persons of Latino, Afro-American, Asian and Native American descent within North America and beyond.

Participants included Rudi Batzell, Columbia University; Khalilah Boone, Columbia University; Rakim Brooks, Brown University; Tiffany Davis, Columbia University; Rachel House, Columbia University; Michael Partis, Fordham; Chimdi Nwos, Columbia University;Emma Rebhorn, Columbia University; and Erika Soto, Hunter College.

Languages and Social Identities in Chiapas: Past and Present ~ Three Part Lecture

Juan Pedro Viqueira, Edmundo O'Gorman Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University, Professor and Researcher, El Colegio de Mexico

April 15, 16, & 21, 2008

The first session analyzed the situation during the Spanish Conquest, and how authorities took into account the language diversity at the time of organizing the alcaldía mayor in Chiapas. The second session showed how demographics and economic dynamics affected the distribution of the various languages in Chiapas, focusing on how the Mesoamerican languages disappeared in several regions of Chiapas. The third session discussed the complexity of social identities in Chiapas today and how these have influenced the existing local languages.

Juan Pedro Viqueira is a Professor and Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Históricos at El Colegio de México and O'Gorman Senior Research Scholar with the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Between 1986 and 1998 Viqueira lived in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, where he worked as a Professor and Researcher in the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social del Sureste.

Ethnicity, Sexuality, Age and Gender in Brazil: Comparative Perspectives

April 11, 2008

Participants included the following: Jerry Dávila, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Guita Grin Debert, UNICAMP; Anani Dzidzienyo, Brown University; James Green, Brown University; Bryan McCann, Georgetown University; Lilia Schwarcz, Columbia University; Antonio Sergio Guimarães, Princeton University; Bila Sorj, Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro; and Thomas J. Trebat, Columbia University.

This event was co-sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies, The Center for Brazilian Studies, and The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.

Cabaret Masivo Political Cabaret

April 7, 2008

Jesusa Rodríguez is Mexico's leading cabaret and political performance artist, and the co-founder and co-director of the famous Teatro Bar El Hábito in Mexico City. In the aftermath of Mexico's highly contested 2006 presidential election, she organized more than 3,600 cultural activities for the millions who gathered in the streets and the central square of the Mexican capital. Jesusa is also a recipient of an Obie Award and the first Senior Fellow of the Hemispheric Institute.

This event was co-sponsored by the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Center for Jazz Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

CSER Spring 2008 Speaker Series

March 6, 2008

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Department of History, University of Michigan: "Racial Migrations: Puerto Ricans in the Partido Revolucionario Cubano and the Comparative History of Race"

CSER Open House

March 3, 2008

CSER Spring 2008 Speaker Series

February 28, 2008

Nikhil Pal Singh, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis , History ; Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies, New York University: "'Learn Your Horn': Jack O'Dell and the Black Freedom Movement"

Why Indigenous Nations Studies?: Opportunities for Decolonizing Plasticities in Native American Studies ~ Native American / Indigenous Studies Lecture Series

February 21, 2008

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples' Critical and Intuitive Thinking and Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies, University of Kansas

The Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and the Departments of History, Anthropology, and Psychology are pleased to present "Transcending Disciplines, Transcending Cultures: Native American Studies Today." This lecture series will feature prominent scholars working at the cutting edge of contemporary Native American Studies.

CSER Spring 2008 Speaker Series

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Paulina Alberto, Department of History, University of Michigan: "A Nation of Brothers: Black Citizenship as Racial Fraternity in 1920s Brazil"

CSER Spring 2008 Speaker Series

February 14, 2008

Lázaro Lima, Department of Spanish, Bryn Mawr: "Losing Earth: Tomás Rivera and the Anti-Aesthetic Turn"

CSER Spring 2008 Speaker Series

February 7, 2008

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara: "Paranoia, Race and Cultural Literacy"

Reel Migrations: Latinos, Migration and Film ~ Film Series, with Director Q&A

December 4, 2007

Made in LA (2007) Directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

The Sixth Section (2003) Directed by Alex Rivera

The film and director series aims to provide a forum in which to discuss the roots, implications, and impact of Latino migration to the US through the eyes of Latino filmmakers.

This event was co-sponsored with the Institute for Latin American Studies.

Reel Migrations: Latinos, Migration and Film ~ Film Series, with Director Q&A

November 15, 2007

Wetback (2004) Directed by Arturo Perez Torres

The film and director series aims to provide a forum in which to discuss the roots, implications, and impact of Latino migration to the US through the eyes of Latino filmmakers.

This event was co-sponsored with the Institute for Latin American Studies.

Reel Migrations: Latinos, Migration and Film ~ Film Series, with Director Q&A

October 29, 2007

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas (2006) Directed by Rosie Perez

The film and director series aims to provide a forum in which to discuss the roots, implications, and impact of Latino migration to the US through the eyes of Latino filmmakers.

This event was co-sponsored with the Institute for Latin American Studies.

Reel Migrations: Latinos, Migration and Film ~ Film Series, with Director Q&A

October 18, 2007

Balseros (2002) Directed by Carles Bosch and Josep Mª Domènech

The film and director series aims to provide a forum in which to discuss the roots, implications, and impact of Latino migration to the US through the eyes of Latino filmmakers.

This event was co-sponsored with the Institute for Latin American Studies.

'Speaking of Indians ...': Native American Studies as a Viable Academic Discipline ~ Native American / Indigenous Studies Lecture Series

October 4, 2007

Brian Klopotek, Assistant Professor in the Program of Ethnic Studies and the Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Columbia Native American Council, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Departments of History, Anthropology, and Psychology are pleased to present "Transcending Disciplines, Transcending Cultures: Native American Studies Today." This lecture series will feature prominent scholars working at the cutting edge of contemporary Native American Studies.

Reel Migrations: Latinos, Migration and Film ~ Film Series, with Director Q&A

September 27, 2007

Nueba Yol (1995) Directed by Angel Muñiz

The film and director series aims to provide a forum in which to discuss the roots, implications, and impact of Latino migration to the US through the eyes of Latino filmmakers.

This event was co-sponsored with the Institute for Latin American Studies.

'Speaking of Indians ...': Native American Studies as a Viable Academic Discipline ~ Native American / Indigenous Studies Lecture Series

September 20, 2007

Joe Watkins, Associate Professor of Native American Studies, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, and the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Columbia Native American Council, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Departments of History, Anthropology, and Psychology are pleased to present "Transcending Disciplines, Transcending Cultures: Native American Studies Today." This lecture series will feature prominent scholars working at the cutting edge of contemporary Native American Studies.

CSER Fall Reception

September 17, 2007

Come meet our new Assistant Director, Leon James Bynum, and Visiting Faculty, Carmen Lamas and Susanna Rosenbaum.

The Comparative in Ethnic Studies ~ National Undergraduate Conference on Ethnicity and Race

April 20, 2007

This was the inaugural launch of a yearly undergraduate conference on ethnicity and race. Roopali Mukherjee, Queens College, gave the keynote address with welcome remarks by Claudio Lomnitz, Department of Anthropology and CSER, Columbia University.

Participants included the following undergraduates from across the nation: Brenda Cepeda, Columbia University; Sang Yi Choung, Columbia University; Alison Desir, Columbia University; Farida Ali, Columbia University; Devon Dunlap, University of California, Berkeley; Ayana Labossiere, Columbia University; Brian Lewis, Eugene Lang College; May Lin, Columbia University; Noa Mark, Columbia University; Amaya Noguera, Eugene Lang College; Candyce Phoenix, Columbia University; Adam Safer, Eugene Lang College; Vijaya Thoma, Brown University; Jamila Thompson, Eugene Lang College; Zoe Towns, Columbia University; Tania Valdez, Colorado State University; and Kelly Webster, Eugene Lang College. The conference was moderated by professors: Christopher Johnson, Eugene Lang College; Ferentz Lafargue, Eugene Lang College; Nicole Marwell, Columbia University; and Sandhya Shukla, Columbia University.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and Eugene Lang College: the New School for Liberal Arts.

Ethnicity Inc. ~ Guest Lecturers

April 19, 2007

Jean Comaroff, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, and John Comaroff, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Red Lake Woebegone: Pedagogy, Decolonization and the Critical Project ~ Native American / Indigenous Studies Lecture Series

April 19, 2007

Sandy Grande, Asssociate Professor of Education, Connecticut College

Nationalism and its Contents: Mohawk Citizenship-Formation in the Face of Empire ~ Native American / Indigenous Studies Lecture Series

April 18, 2007

Audra Simpson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

The Public Life of History ~ Conference

April 13 & 14, 2007

The aim of this two-day conference was to examine in depth what we are calling the public life of history. International and local speakers will share with us their experience of particular debates with a view to discerning emergent general patterns that may be suggestive of the future of the discipline. Among the themes and problems the conference will address will be those evident in Aboriginal history in Australia, legal cases involving gay history in the United States, debates on history text-books, the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the conflict over 'Hindu' history in India in the last two decades, and the work of the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal in New Zealand.

The conference was organized by Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago; Bain Attwood, Monash University; and Claudio Lomnitz, Columbia University. Participants included Nadia Abu-el-Hadj, Barnard College; Neeladri Bhattacharya, Nehru University; George Chauncey, Yale University; Miranda Johnson, University of Chicago; Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University; and Deborah Posel, University of the Witwatersand. The event was co-sponsored by the following: the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History, the Journal of Public Culture, and the University of Chicago.

Racism in Contemporary France: "The Social Question is also a Racial Question"

March 26, 2007

Eric and Didier Fassin, on their recent book, De la question sociale à la question raciale?, with discussants Joan Scott, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton; Ann Laura Stoler, New School for Social Research; and Kendall Thomas, Columbia University.

Bodies of Evidence: Inuit History and the Autoptic Imaginary ~ Native American Indigenous Studies Lecture Series

March 22, 2007

Scott Stevens, Assistant Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

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