Discussion Series

2012-2013 Suffocating Knowledge: Race, Power, Possibilities

The Discussion Series is a yearly event hosted by the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and the theme for this year's Series is "Suffocating Knowledge: Race, Power, Possibilities."  Under this broad rubric, participants will explore the current trend of intellectual and curricular repression as manifested in the on-going attacks on Ethnic and Race studies programs across the U.S.  While the practice of burning books and libraries--literally destroying and suffocating knowledge--is very old, participants will explain what it is about the present social, political, and intellectual climate that leads dominant groups to suppress people and knowledges they consider "other."  The  "possibilities" in the title of the Series, on the other hand, gestures to the crucial question of resistance, that is, to how people are challenging the pressures towards silence, conformity, and the ever shrinking arena for expressions of difference and dissent.

Fall 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:00-9 :00 p.m.
Colorblind?: The Contradictions of Racial Classification

Michael Omi, Associate Professor

University of California at Berkeley

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall


Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Why Asian American Studies Matter
Student workshop Clark Lounge, Campus Center


Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Intersectionality in the Age of Post-Racialism
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Professor

University of California, Los Angeles

Textor 102


Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Colin Masashi “Senbei” Ehara, Spoken Word Artist

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall


Spring 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Performance, Rebel Diaz
Emerson Suites    

Monday, March 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
“The Power and Possibilities of Multiracial Communities:
Bridges and Borders in Boyle Heights, California”
George Sanchez, Professor, University of Southern California
Emerson Suites

Monday, April 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
“If I win, I might tattoo my face – Mike Tyson as Maori Artifact”
Michelle Erai, Assistant professor, University of California at Los Angeles
Emerson Suites                       

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
“DREAMing: Reflections on the Limits and Possibilities
of a Pedagogy of Acompañamiento”
Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Associate professor, University of North Texas

"#FWYH: Shifting Political Frames in the Undocumented Youth Movement"
Felipe Vargas
National Youth Organizer, National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA)
Ph.D. candidate, Indiana University Bloomington
Textor 103

Thursday, April 25, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
"Race, Power, Possibilities”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars presentation
Clark Lounge

All events are free and open to the public.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at cscre@ithaca.edu or 607.274.1056.


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