Via Sharon Harris
In his personal interactions and his scholarship he embodied IRAAS’S central mission of envisioning the academy as a site of critical engagement for social transformation. Devon balanced his research with community involvement and activism. He was a devoted advocate for youth, especially those whose parents have been incarcerated.
His dissertation explored issues of racial and class-based inequality and the “collateral consequences that incarceration has on the family,” particularly children. We have lost him to a senseless act of gun violence. Our lives and work are forever impoverished with his loss.
We will miss his brilliance, his generosity, style and beautiful bright smile. In honor of his life and work, we recommit ourselves to his vision of working toward a more just society free of structural and physical violence of all kinds.
Farah Jasmine Griffin
William B. Ransford Professor
English & Comparative Literature and African American Studies
Director, Institute for Research in African-American- Columbia University
**If you would like to donate to the organization that he was extremely dedicated to, who helped him in his youth please donate to No More Victims, Inc.
10/25/17 Dr. Jafari Allen at Columbia University Department Anthropology
East Pinetum – Central Park
Create a collaborative installation with Fictions artist Allison Janae Hamilton as we help celebrate 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks! On Saturday, October 21, the Studio Museum will join 50+ artists and arts organizations in transforming Central Park’s East Pinetum field into an open platform for public art inspired by the NYC Parks Department’s landmark program. Tapping into Hamilton’s practice of creating immersive spaces using plant matter, layered imagery and sounds, visitors are invited to explore the Park’s social history and participate in the creation of an art work in honor of Seneca Village.
Source: Studio Museum of Harlem
To culminate the start of summer, end of the semester and graduation off IRAAS MA and undergraduates we want to celebrate with IAC Spring Mixer.
Date Friday, May 5, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Chocolat Restaurant &Bar
2223 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Come join us for food, drinks and good times!!!
The mixer will occur directly after IRAAS Conversations that will take place from at 4:00 pm in 754 Schemerhorn.
In order to prepare for food / drinks RSVP before 5/4/17
Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN HOUSE: AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
African-American Studies Undergraduate Program
Room 760 Schermerhorn Extension
12 Noon – 2:00 PM
Refreshments will be served
For additional information contact email@example.com or (212) 854-7080
Alumni help us fill-in the blank with your brief note via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org “IRAAS taught me…”
Hosted as a part of Pratt Institute’s BlackLivesMatter Teach-In:
Led by Tongo Eisen Martin, the Unity and Struggle workshop will cover realities of late stage imperialism and organizing against it. We will especially focus on consciousness; how do people accept the illusion of a permanent empire or oppressor, what does that counterrevolutionary acceptance look like, and conversely, what is revolutionary consciousness (at least in practice). We will begin to answer for ourselves how do we relate to each other now, and how do we need to relate to each other to win liberation.
RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/sPfx8VEx8xbhBIBV2
For a full list of workshops and events visit www.blacklivesmatterpratt.com
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Save the Date – Beyond the Bars: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm
March 3-5, 2017
The Beyond the Bars Conference, now going into its 7th year, is an annual event that brings together a trans-disciplinary group to advance the work of ending mass incarceration and mass criminalization and building a just and safe society. Each year scholars, students, activists, advocates, policy makers, government officials and those who have been most directly impacted by issues of incarceration and criminalization come together for three days to deepen our collective analysis, strengthen our network of those working for change and make visible the many ways those from the academy and the community can engage in action.
This year’s conference, Transcending the Punishment Paradigm, will address the criminal justice system’s responses to violence focusing on the following four questions:
- What are the root causes of violence within communities? What are the root causes of state violence? How do the two intersect?
- What is needed to makes communities safe?
- What are the existing narratives about people who have committed violent acts? How do we change those narratives?
- When violence happens in the community, what are responses that decrease mass criminalization and incarceration and do not rely on the punishment paradigm?
Request for Proposals
Sunday, March 5, 2017, the third day of the Beyond the Bars conference, will feature 90-minute organizing workshops. These sessions are designed to facilitate skill-sharing, learning, and active engagement. The workshops are a chance to present the many political struggles connected to mass criminalization, to teach new tools for advocacy, and to connect participants to opportunities for continued engagement beyond the conference. What skills do you wish more people had? What do people need to know in order to contribute more effectively to your work? What are the concrete steps people can take today to support the work that you’re doing? We are particularly committed to highlighting the voices and organizing done by: people of color, women, queer and trans people, and young people.
We are interested in proposals that touch on various topics related to violence, including:
- State violence (including policing, incarceration, deportation, and correctional supervision)
- Intimate partner violence
- Community Violence
- Sexual violence
- Transformative and restorative justice
- The distinction between “violent and nonviolent offenders”
- Trauma and healing
- Interrupting violence and self-defense
We are looking forward to learning various skills, including:
- Self care: how do you do this work while dealing with vicarious trauma?
- Alternate approaches to combatting violence
- Anti-oppressive organizational practices
- Creating political campaigns
- Community organizing and base building
- Communicating your message (including the use of social media)
- Coordinating direct actions
- Arts-based activism
- Supporting people experiencing state violence (including currently incarcerated people)
- Fundraising and budgeting
- Legal advocacy
We invite proposals for workshops that address one or more of these foundational topics and skills. In your proposal please emphasize tangible take-aways for participants and the ways you will facilitate this through active participation and/or gaining a deeper understanding of an issue.
Accepted proposals will be interactive and bridge the gap from analysis to action. We are especially excited about workshops that provide the opportunity for continued involvement after the conference weekend—either through one’s individual actions or through involvement with a group.
All workshops will be 1.5 hours long and take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Columbia University School of Social Work.
To submit a proposal, please fill out the following form by January 31, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/5sbCrf63CgArmQbm2
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments at: email@example.com
Sat, March 11, 2017 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
1255 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027
In recognition of Women’s History Month, Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) will host Women Picturing Revolution: Focus on Africa and the African Diaspora, a one day seminar that reclaims and retells history in a manner that is both radical and necessary. From fine art photography made as a personal response to the legacy and locales of slavery, political oppression, and the inability to act, to well-known photojournalists documenting political and social upheavals, this seminar will examine not only the photographs, but also the conditions under which women in and/or from Africa or the African Diaspora make images. In-class content will include analysis of photographic work and projects, partial film screenings, review of related literature, conversations with guest artists, and a look at how contemporary image-makers are using social media. Participants will leave Women Picturing Revolution: Focus on Africa and the African Diaspora with a certificate showing their achievement upon completing the seminar. Participants will also leave with a reference guide equipping them with tools to better understand how women in and/or from Africa or the African Diaspora document resilience, resistance, and creative survival.
This seminar was co-created and will be taught by Lesly Deschler-Canossi and Zoraida Lopez-Diago. The fee for this one-day seminar is $150.00. Please register using the link above.