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CSRD Events: 2018-2019

Spring 2019

The Fierce Urgency of Now
Tufts University Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
4:00-7:00 PM
Breed Memorial Hall | 51 Winthrop Street | Medford, MA

Each year, Tufts University hosts a celebration honoring the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's program begins with students sharing stories of resilience and hope that center around the quote from Dr. King's 1964 speech at the Methodist Student Leadership Conference. After a light dinner, Tufts' welcomes back Christina Greer, J00, Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University, and Zerlina Maxwell, A03, Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM and Political Analyst for NBC/MSNBC, for a conversation on the themes of resilience and hope. All are welcome.

Outline of the Day:

  • 4-5 p.m. – Grace Talusan and Student Stories on Hope and Resilience
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – Light Dinner Available
  • 5:30-7 p.m. – A Conversation with Christina Greer, J00, Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University, and Zerlina Maxwell, A03, Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM and Political Analyst for NBC/MSNBC

With thanks to the Africana Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Grace Talusan, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Tisch College of Civic Life, and the University Chaplaincy.
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"Standing Rock to the South": The Indigenous-led Resistance Against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Louisana
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:00 PM | Crane Room | Paige Hall | 12 Upper Campus Road | Medford, MA

Oglala Water Protector Mark Tilsen will be reporting from the frontlines of the pipeline resistance where he's been for the past six months.
Sponsored by: Colonialism Studies, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and IndigenousPeoples Day at Tufts.
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Brandon Terry: "Reading Martin Luther King Now: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Civil Disobedience"
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:00-7:00 PM  |  CHAT Seminar Room | 48 Professors Row | Medford, MA

Brandon Terry, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, will speak about his current work and black nationalist thought in the U.S., the African-American civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s political thoughts.

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Civic Studies, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
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Civic Life Lunch –The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America
Monday February 4 | 12 PM | Rabb Room, Tisch College

As America becomes more diverse, the gap in voter turnout between white people and people of color becomes an increasingly distressing problem for our democracy. Where does that turnout gap come from? Who votes, who doesn't vote, and why? Bernard Fraga wrestles with these questions in his new book "The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America," tracing the historical roots of these disparities and arguing that it’s up to politicians, parties, and the people to fix them. Fraga is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, where his research focuses on American electoral politics, racial and ethnic politics, and political behavior. The first twenty student attendees are eligible for a free copy of "The Turnout Gap." Lunch is provided.

Sponsored by Tisch College of Civic Life and cosponsored by JumboVote, the Africana Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department, and the Political Science Department.
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Fall 2018

CSRD, RCD, and CHAT Open House
Thursday, September 27, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm
Fung House | 48 Professors Row | Tufts University

Please join us for our Fall Open House with the Consortium of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora and Center for Humanities at Tufts. We will be giving away 10 copies of Morgan Jerkins' book "This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America" and displaying our new print map.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to csrd@tufts.edu
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Faces of the African American Trail Project
Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm
Ticsh Library Roof | Tufts University
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RCD Seminar: Nation, Violence, and the Futures of Protest
Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00pm-7:00pm | Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
Vivek Bald, Comparative Media Studies, MIT
Zachariah Mampily, Africana Studies, Vassar College
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ICA Film Screening: Where the Pavement Ends, w/Khary Jones and Jane Gillooly
Sunday, October 21, 2018
3:00pm-5:00pm | ICA Boston | More information

A Conversation with Morgan Jerkins
Author of This will be my Undoing
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30pm-7:00pm | Cabot ASEAN | Fletcher School, 170 Packard Ave
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RCD Seminar: Post-Slavery, Black Social Critique, and Oceanic Thought
Thursday, November 1, 2018
5:00pm-7:00pm | Alumnae Lounge

A Tufts Alumni Panel: Careers in Economic and Racial Justice
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 3-4:30 PM
Sophia Gordon Hall | 15 Talbot Avenue | Medford, MA

This event will give students a chance to speak with and learn from five Tufts alums:

Laura Rotolo ('97), Staff Attorney, ACLU-MA
Alexander Shalom ('99), Senior Supervising Attorney at the ACLU-NJ
Cynthia Mark ('86), Chief of Fair Labor Division, Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Sarang Sekhavat ('98), Federal Policy Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Maia Raynor ('16), Legislative Aide to Sonia Chang Diaz
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RCD Seminar: Critical Indigenous Studies and Comparative Empire
Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:00pm-7:00pm | Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

Interracial Intimacies & the Gendered Optics of African Nationalism in the Colonial Metropole
Wednesday, December 5th | 5:00pm-7:00pm
CHAT Seminar Room | 48 Professors Row | Tufts University

Carina Ray is an associate professor of African and African-American Studies and Director of Faculty Mentoring at Brandeis University. A scholar of race and sexuality; comparative colonialisms and nationalisms; migration and maritime history; and the relationship between race, ethnicity, and political power, Carina's research is primarily focused on Ghana and its diasporas. She is the author of Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana, winner of the American Historical Association's 2016 Wesley-Logan Book Prize and the African Studies Association's 2017 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. Her articles have appeared in Gender and History, PMLA, and The American Historical Review, among others. Carina's new book project, a trilogy, engages conceptions of blackness, the body, and human difference, as well as processes of race making and identity transformation across the precolonial, colonial, and post-independence periods in Ghana. She is also working on an oral history project documenting the experiences of Cubans who served in Angola, Mozambique, and Ethiopia. She is the editor, with Toyin Falola, of the newly established Cambridge University Press book series, African Identities; editor of Ghana Studies; and member of the Board of Editors of The American Historical Review and History in Africa.
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