Discussion Series

2013-2014 Just Cause? Just Language? Just Us?

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 Just Cause? Just Language? Just Us?

Current rhetoric on race supposedly embraces the principles of racial equality and multiculturalism; yet old and new forms of racial violence, inequality and discrimination persist.  The popular language of “color-blindness,” “post-racialism,” “reverse racism,” “hard work,” “personal responsibility,” and “cultural pathology,” conceals how liberal and conservative forces have appropriated or delegitimated language originally used by racial justice movements.  By popularizing the idea that race and ethnicity no longer limit people’s access to opportunity, these political forces have obscured the persistence of racial injustices.

This Discussion Series considers the challenges of organizing and theorizing racial justice movements in a milieu in which racial and ethnic injustices are increasingly expressed through color-blind terms like “criminality,” “illegal immigration,” “terrorism,” “undeserving welfare recipients,” “unqualified applicants,” and “model minorities.”

Spring 2014 Events

"Crisis, Opportunity, and Antiracism"
Thursday, March 6
Emerson Suites, 7-9 pm

Phuong Nguyen
Assistant Professor, Ithaca College

Tuesday, April 8
Handwerker Gallery, 7-9 pm

Open Studio/Pop-Up Print Shop
Tue. & Wed., April 8 & 9
Handwerker Gallery, noon - 1:00 p.m.

Cruz Ortiz
Artist, San Antonio, TX

“Organized Abandonment and the Infrastructure of Feeling”
Thursday, April 24
Emerson Suites, 7-9 pm

Ruth Gilmore
Professor, City University of New York

Just Cause? Just Language? Just Us?
Tuesday, April 29
Clark Lounge, 12-1 pm

Martin Luther King Scholars' Presentation
Ithaca College

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 607.274.1056 or cscre@ithaca.edu



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