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April 9, 2018 | 5:00-6:30 | Sophia Gordon
Infrastructures of Imprisonment: Invisible Women and the Carceral State
A conversation about women and incarceration. Michelle Jones is a formerly incarcerated researcher, currently a doctoral student in History at NYU, working on a history of incarcerated women. Elizabeth Hinton is Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard UP, 2016). This event is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Tufts University Prison Initiative, Department of History, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality studies, and Center for the Humanities at Tufts.

April 5, 2018 | 12:00-1:15 | Center for the Humanities, 48 Professors Row
Colonialism Studies Information Session
Information session for students interested in the Colonialism Studies minor. Come learn about the Fall 2018 courses, learn about the minor, and meet professors and current minors.

March 29, 2018 | 6:30 | Crane Room, Paige Hall
The Politics of Palestinian Scholarship in Israel
Areej Sabbagh-Khoury and Nadim Rouhana, moderated by Amahl Bishara
In this discussion, CHAT Postdoctoral Fellow Areej Sabbagh-Khoury and Professor of International Affairs and Conflict Studies Nadim Rouhana will discuss the contribution of Palestinian scholarship in Israel. Cosponsored by Friends of Mada and CHAT.

November 14, 2017 | 4:30-6:30 pm | Alumnae Lounge
"Material Worlds: Genealogies of Race and Nature"
Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
Jake Kosek, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley
Alexander Blanchette, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University
In this symposium, Chen, osek, and Blanchette will explore alternative biologies of race and racism, not through the most common routes of blood, skin or gene, but through other material biologies and rethinkings of life, matter, human, nature, and machine.

October 20, 2017 | 2:15-3:30pm | Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall
"In The 2017 Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference Reworking Labor Keynote Address"
Ann Laura Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research

October 13, 2017 | 12:00-9:00pm | Breed Memorial (51 Winthrop Street)
RCD 2017 Conference: "Queer of Color Criticism and Performance"

"Art and Immigration: One Artist / Several Paths"
Wen-ti Tsen, Knaster Artist-in-Residence
Wen-ti Tsen, Knaster Artist-in-Residence will be in residence at Tufts University October 16-29, 2017, and his works, “Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son” and “Home Town," will be on exhibit in the Slater Concourse Gallery and Remis Sculpture Court during the months of October and November. During the residency, Tsen will be involved in several activities:

  • Public Talk, Reception: October 16, 4:30 pm, Alumnae Hall
    Tsen will speak about the role of public art in the politics of immigration in contemporary society, and discusses the different ways that his art and art practices communicate immigrant experiences. The talk will be followed by a reception in the Balch Arena Lobby.

  • Two-week student seminar: "Public Art and Immigration"
    Tsen will work with students on public art & activism. Students sign up through American Studies Program: Cynthia.Sanders@tufts.edu

  • "Mapping Migration: A Participatory Mural," Remis Sculpture Court
    Tsen will conduct an ongoing 2-month mural collaboration on the Remis Sculpture Court Wall.

September 26, 2017 | 5:00-7:00pm | Alumnae Lounge (40 Talbot Ave.)
"Asmarina" film by Medhin Paolos
Film screening of "Asmarina,” film about Eritrean and Ethiopian community in Italy, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Medhin Paolos.


Sovereignty, Settler Colonialism, Territoriality and Resistance
April 20, 2017 | 4:30-6:30pm, Alumnae Hall
Audra Simpson, Columbia University
Jessica Cattelino, UCLA

Colonialism Studies Information Session
Monday, April 11, 2016, 4:30pm
Paige Crane Room (upper campus)
Please join us for lunch to learn more about the program
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The Politics of Human Rights
April 3, 2017, 5:30-7:00, Alumnae Hall
Judith Butler, UC Berkeley

Religion's Imperial Pasts, Global Futures
March 29, 2017, 4:30-6:30, Alumnae Hall
David Chidester, University of Cape Town

Colonial Memory and Trauma
February 16, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm, Alumnae Hall
Debarati Sanyal, UC Berkeley
Stef Craps, University of Ghent


Colonialism Studies (CST) Information Session
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 5:00-7:00pm
Braker 222
Pizza and refreshments
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The National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference is this weekend, hosted by the Tufts SJP. All events are open to the public and held in Cohen Auditorium. Please see flyers and the full conference program here: http://sjpnational.org/2014-program/

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 5:45pm
Opening Keynote: Rev. Sekou and Alaa Mukahhal
- Reverend Osagyefo Sekou on "From Ferguson to Palestine: Resisting State Violence and Racism"
- Alaa Mukahhal on "Migrant Justice Across Borders"
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Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 10:00am
Saturday Keynote: Sa'ed Atshan and Dirty Money Panel
- Professor Sa'ed Atshan on "Where Does Our Laundry Belong?: (Im)perfection, Intersectionality, and the Palestine Solidarity Movement"
- "Dirty Money: Exposing the money and interests behind those who are attempting to censor and attack Palestine and solidarity organizing" panel with Linda Tagini, Sara Kershner, Fidaa Elaydi and Max Geller
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Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 8:30pm
Night of Freedom: National SJP Cultural Night
- Darkmatter
- Tahani Salah
- Foundation Movement
- Performers from the Edward Said Conservatory ... and many more!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 3:45pm
Closing Keynote: Transnational BDS
- Hind Awwad, BDS National Council & BNC
- Dr. J Kēhaulani Kauanui, Academic & Advisory Board Member of U.S. Campaign for the Academic/Cultural Boycott of Israel
- Muhammad Desai, National Coordinator of BDS South Africa
- Kristian Davis Bailey, Palestine solidarity student activist & Journalist
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:00-8:00pm | Barnum 104
Ali Abdullatif Ahmida
The Ghosts of the Colonial Past and the Crisis of Post-Qadhafi Libya

Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:00am-6:30pm | Alumnae Lounge
Comparative Colonialisms: Approaches to the Global Humanities
Inaugural Workshop of the Colonialism Studies Minor
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This inaugural workshop focuses upon several situated colonial formations that demonstrate the specificities and convergences of colonial violence, rule and governance, displacement and its legacies. Participants will reflect on the differentiated concerns of slavery, military colonialism, war, processes of extraction and accumulation, cultural imperialism, gendered hierarchies, etc. The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the meaningful links among multiple sites, communities, and subjects in which and for whom colonialisms have forcibly shaped and remade terrains of diaspora, struggle and contestation.

Workshop participants include:

Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University; Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Walter Johnson, Harvard University
Stephanie Smallwood, University of Washington
Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, Columbia University
Shaden Tageldin, University of Minnesota
Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto
Kamran Rastegar, Tufts University
Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College
K-Sue Park, UC Berkeley, Harvard Law School

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
Inaugural Celebration and Plenary
5:00pm-7:30pm | Sophia Gordon Hall

The Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD) is the academic home for Africana, American, Asian American, Colonialism and Latino Studies—all programs that link innovative, progressive, and outstanding scholarship and learning on race, colonialism, and diaspora. We welcome all students, faculty and staff to a community celebration and interactive discussion, facilitated by program directors, about how our intersectionality and differences help us understand the study of race, colonialism, and diaspora in plural and more profound ways.
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Monday, September 22, 2014
7:30-9:30pm | Cabot 304
Refreshments served
Palestinian Faculty Perspectives on Gaza
Professors Amahl Bishara Sa'ed Atshan & Souhad Zendah
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