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PACE Fall 2016 Lecture Series

IDIS 280: Race & Identity in the United States Lecture Series


PACE sponsors the weekly lecture series “Race and Identity  in the United States” 7-8:30 p.m. most Mondays from August 29-December 5 in Fulton Hall 111.

Faculty members from a variety of disciplines, along with guests speakers, explore the relevant, complex and, at times, volatile topics of raceand identity. Areas of focus include the intersection of race and class, race and the media, environmental racism, mass incarceration, privilege and oppression, “mixed raceness,” cultural appropriation, changing language and terms about race, politics and being an ally.

Each lecture will stand on its own; however, the series is available as a one-credit pass/fail course for students and community members who plan to attend each presentation and participate in written assignments. Those wishing to enroll in the course should sign up for IDIS 280.

8/29: “Introduction to the Course: Having Tough Conversations”

9/5: No Class (Labor Day)

9/12: “The Numbers:  Demographics and Disproportionate Representation”

9/19: Discussion Groups

9/26: “Race-talk, Race-thinking, and Power: a Philosophical Introduction” Dr. Cristina Camarano

10/3: “Screening Civil Rights: From Birmingham and Selma to Ferguson” Dr. Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia

10/10: "Mixed Race Legacies from Jamestown to President Obama" Dr. Aston Gonzalez

10/17Discussion Groups

10/24: “Spinning the Election” Dr. Sarah Surak & Dr. Toran Hansen

10/31: “Moving Beyond the Click-bait: Understanding Spectacles of Race in Visual Culture” Dr. Victoria Pass

11/7: Building a Multi-Racial Poor People’s Movement” Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

11/14: “Mass Incarceration: Causes and Solutions” Dr. Jennifer Jewell

11/21Discussion Groups

11/28: “Justice for Peace Dr. James King

12/5: “Coping with Racism: How to be an Ally” Dr. Yuki Okubo

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Additional Resources

Materials for 10/10 (week 7): "Mixed Race Legacies from Jamestown to President Obama" Dr. Aston Gonzalez, History

Materials for 10/3 (Week 6): “Screening Civil Rights: From Birmingham and Selma to Ferguson” Dr. Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of VirginiaL

Materials for 9/26 (Week 5): Race-talk, Race-thinking, and Power: A Philosophical Introduction

by Dr. Cristina Cammarano, PHIL


New York Times Op-Docs: A Conversation on Race - A series of short films about identity in America

MTV's Decoded:  Caucasian

MTV's Decoded: When Did You Realize Your Race?

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible pt 1

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Brief But Spectacular on PBS Newshour

Negin Farsad's Brief But Spectacular on PBS Newshour

Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton Brief But Spectacular on PBS Newshour

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