September 19, 2018
  • Screening of "Four Days in May," followed by a Q&A with Deborah Thomas

    September 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    113 Carnegie Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802

    Four Days in May is a collaboration between Deborah A. Thomas, Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, and psychologist Deanne M. Bell, this experimental documentary explores the archives generated by state violence by focusing on the 2010 State of Emergency in West Kingston, Jamaica.  In May of that year, the military and police force entered Tivoli Gardens and surrounding communities by force in order to apprehend Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who had been ordered for extradition to the United States to stand trial for gun and drug-related charges.  This resulted in the deaths of at least 75 civilians.  The film features community residents talking about what they experienced during the “incursion,” and naming and memorializing loved ones they lost.  Through the use of archival film and photographs, footage from the U.S. drone that was overhead during the operation, and contemporary hyper-realist film photography, Four Days in May encourages viewers to think about how people in Tivoli Gardens and other “garrisons” negotiate the entanglements among nationalist governments, imperialist practices, and local articulations with illicit international trades.  By juxtaposing archives of state violence in its many structural, symbolic, and material guises, the film also seeks to evoke the affective entanglements these forms of violence reflect and produce, and to imagine how we might newly envision modes of accountability, justice, and repair.

    Learn more about Deborah Thomas HERE

October 4, 2018
  • "To Count or Not to Count: Race in Latin American Censuses, 1776-2020" with G. Reid Andrews

    October 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Willard Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA - Room 162

    This talk will focus on the disposability of race and non-white peoples in Latin American censuses. Colonial census officials were vitally interested in racial identities, but national governments gradually eliminated race from national censuses in the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s. Over the last thirty years, black and indigenous movements have demanded the inclusion of racial data in the census; those data now constitute a rich source of information and raise new questions about black and indigenous life in the region.

    Learn more about G. Reid Andrews HERE

October 5, 2018
  • Faculty & Graduate Student Workshop: “Comparative Disposability in the Americas"

    October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Willard Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

    Learn more about G. Reid Andrews HERE

October 11, 2018
  • "Terrorist, Gang Member, Provocateur: Visuality and (Dis)placement in the Bay Area” with Maryam Kashani

    October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    In 2013 the city of Oakland, California, began plans to start the second phase of a Homeland Security-sponsored Domain Awareness Center aimed at intensifying and aggregating surveillance around the city. This talk and film performance considers how Muslims in coalition with activists, lawyers, and organizers, mobilized against this program articulating the effects of surveillance, gentrification, and policing on their families, communities, and the possibilities of political dissent.

    Learn more about Maryam Kashani HERE

October 22, 2018
  • Michele Reid-Vazquez

    October 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

November 8, 2018
  • "The Denial of Anti-Blackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering" with João Costa Vargas

    November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    This talk by Dr. Vargas will invite the audience to consider the concept of anti-blackness and the challenges of Black autonomous analysis and political organizing. He will bring to light how progressive research and progressive multiracial efforts that address Black suffering are often unable to engage foundational, structural, multigenerational, and ubiquitous forms of anti-blackness. In multiracial progressive mobilizations of the Black diaspora, Brazil and the U.S more specifically, Black suffering is acknowledged while anti-blackness is negated.

    Learn more about João Costa Vargas HERE

January 31, 2019
  • Lisa Cacho

    January 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February 21, 2019
  • ‘Before the Human: Africans, Sovereigns & Slaves’ with Herman L. Bennett

    February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    This talk by Dr. Bennett asks how might the focus on eighteenth-century race and commodification obscure earlier and equally expansive ideas about difference and dispossession?  In taking up this question as a conceptual starting point, the talk charts a different, if not lost, genealogies of difference and dispossession that defined how Europeans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries registered their encounter with Africans and subsequently classified some as subjects of sovereigns and other as sovereign-less subjects who could be enslaved.

    Learn more about Herman Bennet HERE

March 21, 2019
  • "The Racial Logics of Extraction" with Christopher Loperena

    March 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm