March 24: "A Member of Which Club? Exploring Black and Jewish Identities in the United States"
The Sociology Department and the Jewish Studies Program are bringing Dr. Bruce Haynes to Ithaca College on March 24 at 7:30 pm in the Klingenstein Lounge. He will speak on "A Member of Which Club? Exploring Black and Jewish Identities in the United States."
Dr. Haynes is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Davis, having completed his Ph.D. at the City University of New York. He is the author of Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale, 2006), and the co-editor of The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies (Westview Press, 2012). Dr. Haynes has taught at CUNY, Yale University, and UC-Davis. His research focuses on race, ethnicity, and urban communities, often using archival methods, interviews, and participant observation. He also studies identities and the intersections of individuals and cultures. These concerns are evident in Haynes’s scholarship; Red Lines, Black Spaces is based on data from his studies of a Black middle class suburb. The Ghetto collects perspectives on contemporary issues from scholars like Elijah Anderson, Loic Wacquant, and Ernesto Castañeda.
Dr. Haynes has also published on the experiences of Black Jews in the U.S. One of his current book projects explores his family’s legacies and secrets, focusing on how his grandfather, a migrant from Arkansas, landed in New York City and became a protégé of eminent sociologist and activist W.E.B. DuBois.
At Ithaca College, many students are exploring issues of diversity and self-development, including those of race, ethnicity, and identity. Students are drawn to speakers who address these issues and seek to expand their perspectives. Dr. Haynes’s presentation will enlighten the audience and evoke questions about race, culture, and the complexity of cultural contexts for identity and self.