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.

Spring 2013:

Hip Hop Performance

Rebel Diaz, Artist

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Emerson Suites    

The Power and Possibilities of Multiracial Communities:
Bridges and Borders in Boyle Heights, California

George Sanchez, Professor
University of Southern California
Monday, March 18, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Emerson Suites

If I win, I might tattoo my face – Mike Tyson as Maori Artifact
Michelle Erai, Assistant professor
University of California at Los Angeles
Monday, April 1, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Emerson Suites    

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
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Textor 103

Race, Power, Possibilities
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars presentation
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12– 2 p.m.
Clark Lounge

Fall 2012:

Colorblind?: The Contradictions of Racial Classification

Michael Omi, Associate Professor

University of California at Berkeley
Friday, September 14, 2012, 7-9 p.m.

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

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

Intersectionality in the Age of Post-Racialism
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Professor

University of California, Los Angeles
Friday, October 26, 2012, 7-9 p.m.

Textor 102

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

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall