Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) E- List notice – April 2015

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Events & Notices
Spring 2015

Envision, Engage, Transform... “Envisioning the academy as a site of critical engagement for social transformation..” IRAAS is an intellectual community that bridges scholarship, teaching and public life.

Faculty Participant Event
Please come and join in for
“The Conversation – Young Women, Empowerment, & Leadership” on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:15 PM in the Milbank Chapel of Teachers College, Columbia University. 
It will be featuring a stellar panel including:
Dr Michelle Knight-Manuel, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
Professor Kathryn Kolbert, J.D. – Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center For Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University
Professor Dorothy Roberts, J.D.  – George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and The Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights At the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Dr. Farah Griffin, Ph.D. – William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University
Dr. Debra Minkoff, Ph.D. – Professor and Chair of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University
For all inquiries please email:
Follow us on —
Twitter: @ConversationTc
Instagram @TheConversationTC
The Conversation” is a panel series in a talk show format that strives to educate and initiate conversations with people on topics and issues that mainstream media sometimes overlooks. Previous panel discussions featured topics such as School to Prison Pipeline, Homophobia in Youth Culture, Undocumented Youth in the U.S., and the State of African American Males in Urban Education with Brennan DuBose, PhD student, creator and host of the series.”

Scholar in Residence Public Lecture
Associate Professor of Feminist Studies-University of California, Santa Cruz
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm
Columbia University Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive at 116th Street
 (between Amsterdam Avenue & Morningside Drive)
Free & Open to the Public

presented in co-sponsorship with
Gina Dent
  (Ph.D., English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University) is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.  She served previously as Director of the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research and as Principal Investigator for the UC Multicampus Research Group on Transnationalizing Justice.  She is the editor of Black Popular Culture ([1993] New York: The New Press, 1998) and author of articles on race, feminism, popular culture, and visual art. Her forthcoming book Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology (Duke University Press) is a study of the consequences-both disabling and productive-of social science’s role in translating black writers into American literature.  Her current project grows out of her work as an advocate for human rights and prison abolition-Prison as a Border and Other Essays, on popular culture and the conditions of knowledge.  She has offered courses in critical race studies and black feminisms in Brazil (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and Sweden (Linköping University) and lectures widely on these and other subjects. In June 2011, she was a member of a delegation of indigenous and women of color feminists to Palestine and speaks often from that experience.

Directions to Faculty House

Cosponsored Event
Caribbean Queer Visualities Symposium -Columbia University 
***seating is limited***
Thursday, 2 April 2015 – Room 754 Schermerhorn Extension

5:00pm          Opening        David Scott
5:15pm          Session I       Richard Fung and Terri Francis
6:15pm          Reception
Friday, 3 April 2015 – Room 963 Schermerhorn Extension

9:45am          Introduction   Nijah Cunningham
10:00am        Session II      Nadia Huggins and Angelique V. Nixon
11:00am        Session III     Jorge Pineda and Maja Horn
12:00pm        Lunch
2:00pm          Session IV    Charl Landvreugd and Rosamund S. King
3:00pm          Session V     Jean-Ulrick Désert and Jerry Philogene
4:30pm         Closing remarks  Kellie Jones, Associate Professor, Columbia University
Sponsored by
Department of Anthropology, Columbia University * Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University * Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), Columbia University * The Digital Black Atlantic Project (DBAP), Columbia University * Small Axe * The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Questions please email : DAS133@COLUMBIA.EDU OR NNC 2109@COLUMBIA.EDU

Affiliated Event

The Center for Ethnomusicology invites you to the second screening of our   
Ethnographic Film Series:


Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
701C Dodge Hall
Thursday, April 2, at 8:00pm


Refreshments will be served.Free and Open to the Public!

Affiliate Center Event
The 20th Century American Politics and Society Workshop, co-hosted with the Center on African-American Politics, will be holding its next meeting on Thursday, April 2.
Richard Brooks (Columbia Law School) will join the workshop to present “Saving the Neighborhood: Race, Covenants and Segregation in the Twentieth Century.”
The discussants will be Kimberly Johnson (Political Science, Barnard) and Rajiv Sethi (Economics, Barnard).
The reading material is available on the event’s web page:
As usual, the workshop will be held at 4:10 p.m. Please note this year the workshop will be meeting in the Lehman Center, Room 406 IAB, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027.
Questions please email

Cosponsored Event

Please visit the  event page for RSVP to each of the events

RSVP necessary
Russell Banks and Caryl Phillips 
In Conversation: Giovanni’s Room
Tues, Apr 7, 7 pm
The James Room, Barnard College
418 Barnard Hall

RSVP Necessary

Phillip Lopate and Kiese Laymon
In Conversation: Notes of a Native Son
Thurs, Apr 23, 6:30 pm
Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
125 Zankel Building
525 West 120th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)


RSVP Necessary
Joe Morton and Margo Jefferson
In Conversation: The Devil Finds Work
Thurs, Apr 30, 7:30 pm
417 Altschul Auditorium, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street between Amsterdam and Morningside Avenues

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Contact Information
Columbia University
Institute for Research in African-American Studies

1200 Amsterdam Avenue, 758 Schermerhorn Ext – MC5512
New York, NY 10027

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