Past Events

Fall Term Speaker - Robin Bernstein
 
The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies would like to invite the Middlebury College community to a talk by Dr. Robin Bernstein Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University. Dr. Bernstein will present a lecture titled, "Feelings are Historical: Racial Innocence and the death of Trayvon Martin."
 
Her talk is scheduled for Monday, September 22 at 4:30 pm in Axinn 219
 
Fall Term Teach In on events in Ferguson, Mo
 
The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity would like to invite the Middlebury College community to a Teach In on events in Ferguson, Mo. 
 
This event occurred on Wednesday, September 17th at 4:30 in Axinn 103.
Campus newspaper coverage of the event can be found at:
 
 
Spring Term Speaker - Kathleen Frydl
 
The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity would like to invite you and your students to a talk by Kathleen Frydl, author of "The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973," Dr. Frydl will present a lecture titled, "The Forgotten War's Forgotten Drug Use". Frydl's work details how the federal approach to drug policy changed from largely being about regulating doctors and pharmacists and raising revenue to the punitive approach we see today. Her first book, "The GI Bill,"won the 2009 Louis Brownlow book award from the National Academy of Public Administration.

Her talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at 4:30 pm in Axinn 229 and is co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and the Department of History.
Spring Term Speaker - Cybelle Fox
 
We hope that you and your students can join us for a talk by Dr. Cybelle Fox of the University of California Berkeley entitled 'Three Worlds of Relief Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal'
 
Thursday March 20th
Axinn 229
4:30 – 6:00

In this talk, Cybelle Fox examines the role of race and immigration in the development of the American social welfare system by comparing how African-Americans, Mexicans, and European immigrants were treated by welfare policies during the Progressive Era and the New Deal.

Despite rampant nativism, European immigrants received generous access to social welfare programs. The communities in which they lived invested heavily in relief. Social workers protected them from snooping immigration agents, and ensured that noncitizenship and illegal status did not prevent them from receiving the assistance they needed. But that same helping hand was not extended to Mexicans and African-Americans. Instead, African Americans were relegated to racist and degrading public assistance programs, while Mexicans who asked for assistance were deported with the help of the very social workers they turned to for aid.

Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Fox shows how race, labor, and politics combined to create these three starkly different worlds of relief.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation
 
Sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Program in American Studies
 
J-Term Special Speaker
 
The CCSRE welcomes Jeanne Brink to Middlebury to speak on the "Western Abenaki: History and Culture." Who were the native people of Vermont and how did they live? This lecture, examines the importance in Abenaki society of elders and children, the environment, and the continuance of lifeways and traditions.
 
 
Fall Film Series 11/5
 
The CCSRE hopes that you will be able to attend a screening of
Precious Knowledge on Tuesday November 5th at 4:30 in Twilight Auditorium.

This film tells the story of a community of teachers and students
attempting to save (and shape) their education. It examines the fight to save Tuscon's Mexican-American Studies program.

"While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of hi...gh school, Tucson (Ariz.) High [School's] Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers
shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism"

Following the film, Professor Tara Affolter will update the audience on the latest developments in the Tuscon case and open a broader discussion on what counts as knowledge worth teaching in schools and how race, racism, and racial identity play into those decisions. Light refreshments will be served.

 
Fall Film Series 11/5
 
The CCSRE hopes that you will be able to attend a screening of
Precious Knowledge on Tuesday November 5th at 4:30 in Twilight Auditorium.

This film tells the story of a community of teachers and students
attempting to save (and shape) their education. It examines the fight to save Tuscon's Mexican-American Studies program.

"While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of hi...gh school, Tucson (Ariz.) High [School's] Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers
shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism"

Following the film, Professor Tara Affolter will update the audience on the latest developments in the Tuscon case and open a broader discussion on what counts as knowledge worth teaching in schools and how race, racism, and racial identity play into those decisions. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Film Series 10/4

CCSRE Invites you to Can we talk about this?, a screening of Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and discussion with Dana Yeaton.

How A Theatre Piece About One Tragedy
Might Change Our Responses to the Next . . .

Twenty years ago, in the wake of the Rodney King Riots, theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith conducted a series of interviews that resulted in her groundbreaking solo play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

Now, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, we’ll look at clips from Smith’s virtuoso performance in which she embodies more than three dozen survivors, witnesses, national figures and LA officials.

We’ll will hit the pause-button at times to reflect: How does this relate to the Trayvon Martin case? Can art really change hearts?

Fall Film Series Saturday 9/21 and 9/23

Please join us for the screening of _The House I Live In_ a landmark documentary about race and incarceration in the United States The screening will be held twice in Dana auditorium on Saturday 9/21 at 3:00 and 8:00pm. Eugene Jarecki, the film's director, will give a talk about the film on Monday (9/23), 4:30-6 in Twilight Auditorium. These events are part of the Hirschfield Film Series and are co-sponsored with the Film and Media and Sociology and Anthropology Departments.
This film has been hailed as "fearless" and "the most important drug war film you'll ever see." We look forward to discussing it with you and Mr. Jarecki.

http://www.thehouseilivein.org/

CCSRE Reading Group 9/17

The CCSRE hopes that you will be able to attend our first reading group meeting of the year on September 17 (Tuesday) from 4:30-6pm, in Axinn 229.

We will discuss Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This will inaugurate the Center’s events for AY 2013-2014 around the theme of institutions, race, and ethnicity.

February 28th-March 1st, 2013

The theme of this year's Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity symposium will be on representations of migrants and migration. Who migrates and why? How are migrants perceived by others? By themselves? By the next generation? What do we know, what do we remember, and what is the collective memory/amnesia or representation, of migrants and their migration? How and why do these memories and assessments change over time? Why are some migrations contested politically while others are not and still others go unnoticed or are simply forgotten? Over two days the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity would like to invite you to participate in an interdisciplinary exploration of these and other questions. We may even uncover a few more.

Thursday, 2/28/13

North to South Migration

4:30–6:00 pm, Roundtable Panel (Axinn 229)
Presenters: Sharlene Mollet (Dartmouth College); Robert Prasch (Middlebury College); Nina Berman (Ohio State University)

When people think of migration, they tend to consider the movement of people out of the global "South"
to the "North." However, migrants have always moved the other way as well. Settler colonies come im- mediately to mind, but can this really be called a modern form of colonialism? Recently, this North-South migratory flow has revived. This panel will discuss this new migratory path, including its causes, the issues it raises for migrants, and the impact on the communities receiving them.

Paraiso for Sale by Anayansi Prado

6:30-7:45 pm, Film Screening (Axinn 232)

What price would you pay for paradise? And who would you be willing to take it from? The pristine archi- pelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama attracts retirees and developers from the U.S. with its crystal-clear waters and its island culture.

This engaging and revealing documentary tells the personal stories of the people who call this area home and would like to keep it that way. The characters and stories in Paraiso For Sale speak to the larger global issue of communities, new and old, under siege from faceless corporations.

Paraiso For Sale explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism, global gentrification
and reverse migration, by revealing that immigration between Latin America and the US is not just a one- way street.

Friday 3/1/13

Refugee Migration and its Reception

11-12:30 pm: Workshop (Axinn 229)
Judy Scott (Director for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program)

Roundtable Panel

2-3:30 pm: (Robert A. Jones Conference Room)
Presenters: Judy Scott (Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program), Uditi Sen (Hampshire College), Gregory White (Smith College)

Historically, refugees are the subset of migrants that have posed, and faced, the greatest challenges. By contrast to migrants seeking economic opportunity, an education, or other perceived benefit, refugees are reluctant migrants—they move because they were forced out of their homes and homelands, not because they were drawn elsewhere. Moreover, refugees tend to move en masse and host nations are often unprepared, economically and socially, to receive a large influx of persons, many of whom are in need of extensive assistance. Unsurprisingly, refugees are faced, in their new "homes," with acute political controversy and assimilation challenges.

Keynote Address: The Making of an Immigrant

4 pm: (Robert A. Jones Conference Room)
Dinaw Mengestu (Author and Lannan Chair of Poetics, Georgetown University)

In a conversation with Alan Warner, the Scottish novelist, he noted that one of the great inventions in modern language was the construction of the term, expatriate. The citizens of the privileged, western world have by in large found a way of isolating themselves from the more problematic terminology of migration—immigrant, migrant, refugee—with this insulating term. Underlying Warner's point is a more pernicious problem. The vocabulary of migration reflects our prej- udices, biases, and fears. As an African coming to America, I enter as a refugee and slowly evolve into an immigrant,

a label that is all but indelible and is attached not only to my identity, but my work as a novelist as well. As an African American immigrant living in Paris, I am an American expatriate with African roots—the word migrant, or immigrant never enters the picture. The distinction is not only political, but economic as well. Over the course of the lecture, I will discuss what I believe the implications of those distinctions are in our reading and construction of immigrant narratives.

 

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