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May 2022

Writing Our Communities: Amplifying Community Voices

May 4, 2022

This event is part of a series called Writing Our Communities. Each event is a group conversation with Prof. Gregory Pardlo and guest speakers. This final event is Amplifying Community Voices: How can writing with a community affect social change? What does it mean to do this work through a social justice lens?

April 2022

66th Annual Conference: International Linguistic Association

April 1, 2022 - April 3, 2022

The theme of the International Linguistic Association's 2022 conference is language and social justice, for which we are soliciting abstracts on the conversations and controversies about race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, economic class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, and any other forms of human difference as they are manifested through language. Papers are also invited on the status, documentation, and revitalization efforts of minority ethnolinguistic communities worldwide. 

Writing Our Communities: Writers Centering Community

April 5, 2022

This event is part of a series called Writing Our Communities. Each event is a group conversation with Prof. Gregory Pardlo and guest speakers. This second event is Writers Centering Community: How does a writer grow from serving a community? How can a community grow from being served by a writer?

"To Turn the Light of Truth Upon Them" | Black Women, Justice, and the Power of the Pen: An Evening on the Soundstage with Nikole Hannah-Jones

April 5, 2022

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice in partnership with the Office of the Chancellor-Provost at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers University Libraries is proud to present: "To Turn the Light of Truth Upon Them". Black Women, Justice, and the Power of the Pen. An Evening on the Soundstage with Nikole Hannah-Jones  

Language and Social Justice Talk: Linguistics For Legal Purposes

April 8, 2022

Dr. John Baugh will present the various ways in which linguistics can be used for legal purposes, beginning with the murder case that launched the field of forensic linguistics. 

Conversation & Connections with Frank Garcia

April 14, 2022

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers-Newark is inviting Rutgers Newark faculty to the 2nd event in our Conversation & Connections lunch series: “Revising the Language of #OwnVoices: Racial/Ethnic Authenticity, Controlling Images, and Gang Life in American Literature” 

"The Afterlives of Mestizaje: Hemispheric Anti-Blackness and Black Indigenous Life" Presented by Dr. Pablo José López Oro 

April 14, 2022

On behalf of Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness and the Black Latinx Americas xLab, we are excited to welcome Dr. Pablo José López Oro for a presentation and workshop on his work-in-progress "The Afterlives of Mestizaje: Hemispheric Anti-Blackness and Black Indigenous Life". Dr. López Oro is an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Smith College. 

Resisting Boundedness As A Way To Push Against Essentialism In Linguistics

April 20, 2022

This talk considers how such "bottom-up" approaches to language might not only be useful for linguistic analysis or characterizing individuals' language use, but also as a way of transcending potentially harmful, essentialist constructs such as "native speaker" (Cheng et al. 2021; Bonfiglio 2010). In addition, I discuss some methodological challenges which arise when rejecting such constructs, and potential ways forward.

In Conversation with Moisés Lino e Silva, Author of Minoritarian Liberalism

April 21, 2022

In this visceral ethnography of Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Moisés Lino e Silva explores what happens when liberalism is challenged by people whose lives are impaired by normative understandings of liberty.

Achieving Safe and Healthy Homes for All

April 26, 2022

This session will explore how pathways to homeownership, investments, and community-building can repair inequities and create wealth and opportunities for our state's diverse communities.

Writers in Camden: Patrick Rosal and Tracy K. Smith

April 27, 2022

Acclaimed poets Patrick Rosal and Tracy K. Smith will read together on the occasion of the publication of Rosal’s The Last Thing: New and Selected Poems and Smith’s Such Color: New And Selected Poems

Nature's Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean

April 28, 2022

Andil Gosine (Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice at York University) in conversation with Michelle Stephens, founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, moderated by Gaiutra Bahadur. 

March 2022

Baipás

March 1, 2022 - March 20, 2022

We are honored to welcome the extremely talented, award-winning Director/ Choreographer Julio Monge who brings us the American English language premiere of the iconic Puerto Rican Academy Award nominee Jacobo Morales. “Baipás” (a byway detour from the main road) presents a magical world in which two very diverse, strong individuals are thrown into a strange place together and using the legendary sensuous Bolero, come to choose life and love. As this man and woman dance through the byways of love between clarity and confusion with a healthy dose of sarcastic humor, they arrive in an unexpected place. A romantic pas de deux! 

Writing Our Communities Part 1: Writers Belonging to Communities, Communities Belonging to Writers

March 2, 2022

This event is part of a series called Writing Our Communities. Each event is a group conversation with Prof. Gregory Pardlo and guest speakers. The first event is Writers Belonging to Communities, Communities Belonging to Writers: How does a writer create authentic partnerships that center community? How do we create a meaningful sense of belonging to the communities we serve

Language and Social Justice talk: Linguistic Inequality in Higher Education, Dr. Walt Wolfram

March 4, 2022

Linguistic Inequality in Higher Education: Solving the Problem We Created Notwithstanding the avowed commitment of higher education to equality and inclusion, the issue of language has been excluded from or erased in diversity programs at most universities.

Redefining Justice and Freedom For Everyone: A Talk by Dr. Angela Davis

March 4, 2022

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to imagine a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st-century abolitionist movement.

Centering Black Childhoods

March 9, 2022

This exchange uplifts and centers scholarship and activism with Black children. We value the contributions Black children make to how we know and theorize our everyday worlds. 

Rutgers Premodern Antiracist Pedagogy Workshop

March 10, 2022

An open conversation concerning the intersection of antiracist pedagogy and the teaching of premodern texts. Our distinguished speakers will share their insights into current theoretical and research trends, their meditations on race and the academy, as well as their experiences as active educators in the premodern classroom, to be followed by a Q+A session and dialogue with the members of the audience. 

Education as Disruption Intensive

March 11, 2022

The EAD Intensive is a one-day virtual event providing an opportunity to take advantage of the diversity education and bias prevention offerings available universitywide and beyond. 

Disrupting the Criminal Justice System

March 15, 2022

The racial disparities in the prison system in New Jersey are the worst in the nation. Join us for the second installment of the IMAGINE MORE: Racial Justice Begins with Us series as we explore the root causes and discuss strategies to end the criminalization of New Jersey's Black, Brown, and immigrant residents and repair the harms caused by this unjust system. 

Conversation and Connections: "Worth of a Nation: Shifting From the Loathed to the Loved" with Melissa Valle 

March 24, 2022

Come hear your colleagues discuss their works-in-progress! This is a low-key, low-stress opportunity to come together, hang out, and hear about what folks are working on. 

IRW Distinguished Lecture Series - "The Future of Race" with Michelle Stephens

March 24, 2022

The Institute for Research on Women presents: "The Future of Race"with Michelle Stephens

CCA Presents Commoning the Future: World-Making through New Enclosures and New Commons

March 25, 2022

Commoning is future-making. In this conference, we explore how futures are opened and foreclosed through new processes of enclosure and the creation of new commons.

Book Reception: Freedom's Captives by Yesenia Barragan

March 29, 2022

Join the Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group to celebrate Dr. Yesenia Barragan’s new book, Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

February 2022

THE IMPLICATIONS OF SOUNDING LIKE A STEREOTYPE: Cognition and African American English

February 9, 2022

This research investigates the relationship between perception of race and perception of emotion by operationalizing the Angry Black Woman Trope through survey and eye-tracking methods. In the first study, participants listened to isolated words from an African American English (AAE) speaker and a Standardized American English (SdAE) speaker in happy, neutral, and angry prosodies, and were asked to indicate the perceived race and emotion of the speaker.

Gender, Violence, and Politics in Haiti

February 17, 2022

The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies invites you to join this upcoming virtual panel on Gender, Violence, and Politics in Haiti, which is the inaugural event of its new Haiti Series, coordinated by Prof. Shanna Jean-Baptiste. 

How Victorianists (Might) Talk About Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

February 17, 2022

How Victorianists (Might) Talk About Race: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Black Portraiture[s]: Play and Performance

February 17, 2022 - February 19, 2022

Three Days of Panels, Speaker, and Performances Conclude with the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series Featuring Keynote Conversations with Bisa Butler, Regina Carter, Kamilah Forbes, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Linda Harrison, Tyler Mitchell, Dominique Morisseau, and Deborah Willis The three-day conference explores the theme of play and performance in past and contemporary African diasporic art and performance and will conclude with a series of groundbreaking keynote conversations for the 42nd Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture at the Newark Museum of Art. 

TFAP@CAA 2022 Day(s) of Panels | Feminist Solidarities and Kinships

February 18, 2022

The Feminist Art Project (TFAP), a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities at Rutgers University, now in its sixteenth year of successfully shining a spotlight on feminist art and its impact on culture and politics worldwide, announces the schedule for a series of special free virtual panels focused on the topic of Feminist Solidarities and Kinships. 

TFAP@CAA 2022 Day(s) of Panels | Feminist Solidarities and Kinships

February 19, 2022

The Feminist Art Project (TFAP), a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities at Rutgers University, now in its sixteenth year of successfully shining a spotlight on feminist art and its impact on culture and politics worldwide, announces the schedule for a series of special free virtual panels focused on the topic of Feminist Solidarities and Kinships.

Eliminating the Racial Wealth Gap and Ending Poverty

February 24, 2022

IMAGINE MORE: Racial Justice Begins With Us -- a six-part zoom series co-designed with non-profit partners and focused on reparations and racial justice. The goal of the series is to frame New Jersey’s critical racial justice issues and highlight substantive policy and practice remedies for reparations. The sessions will stream live and will be available for later viewing. All are open to the public at no cost. The event will be close-captioned and simultaneously translated into Spanish and Arabic. Our hope is that this series will build awareness about the issues and cultivate energy for action to encourage everyday people to use our power and voices to lead change. 

January 2022

Livingston: A Governor, a College, and the Long Echoes of Slavery at Rutgers

January 18, 2022

A new historical marker on Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Livingston campus explains its namesake William Livingston’s deep involvement in slavery and his halting efforts to abolish slavery as New Jersey’s first governor. In this virtual presentation, Robert Snyder LC’77, a professor emeritus of journalism and American studies at Rutgers–Newark, will talk with Jesse Bayker SGS’19, digital archivist for the Scarlet and Black Project at Rutgers–New Brunswick, who will discuss Livingston’s life.

The Music of Ignatius Sancho: The Arts as Black Resistance in 18th-Century London

January 25, 2022

In this concert with commentary, the Raritan Players demonstrate how Sancho drew on the musical tropes of polite, upper-class society to awaken the British public to the evils of slavery and call for their adherence to a higher moral standard. This program, to be performed on period instruments, demonstrates how Sancho used the arts as a vehicle of Black resistance.

December 2021

Krista Franklin Visual Poetry
October 13, 2021 - December 11, 2021
Featuring the visual work of writer and visual artist, Krista Franklin, an exhibition inspired by Angela Davis – Seize the Time on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum in Rutgers–New Brunswick.

November 2021

Will Alexander: Refractive Africa
November 8, 2021
A reading and discussion of Will Alexander's recently published poetry collection, Refractive Africa: Ballet of the Forgotten

Advancing Racial Justice and Health Equity through Housing and Homeless Services
November 9, 2021
A virtual discussion examining how homelessness contributes to race/ethnic health care disparities and the effectiveness of supportive housing in reducing those disparities.

Book Talk with Dr. Vanessa Holden (PhD '12), Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community
November 11, 2021
An in-person book talk with Vanessa M. Holden about her book Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community

Sarah Cervenak’s Black Gathering: Art, Ecology, Ungiven Life
November 15, 2021
A book talk and discussion of Sarah Cervenak’s Black Gathering: Art, Ecology, Ungiven Life

Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World
November 19, 2021
A book talk by Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American Studies at UC-Irvine

October 2021

Race B4 Race: Region and Enmity Interdisciplinary Symposium
October 19, 2021
An interdisciplinary symposium focused on how early modern racial discourses are tied to cartographical markers and ambitions.

The Writing Laboratory
October 21, 2021

A Writing Laboratory virtual workshop

Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness
October 26, 2021
A talk about this multi-format project exploring how Africana studies scholarship, arts, and activism inform global, intersectional struggles against anti-blackness.

Occasions for Gathering Presents: Generative Writing Workshop with Randall Horton
October 27, 2021
Imagining new formats for the presentation of challenging, interdisciplinary literary work that engages questions of racial reckoning.

Occasions for Gathering Presents: Randall Horton and Krista Franklin
October 27, 2021
Imagining new formats for the presentation of challenging, interdisciplinary literary work that engages questions of racial reckoning.

Scarlet Scholars: Race, Climate, and the Communal Imagination
October 28, 2021
Professor Patrick Rosal’s lecture, "Race, Climate, and the Communal Imagination," addressed how poetry prepared him to think about racial justice in the context of community and place.

September 2021

The Launch of ISGRJ at Rutgers-Newark
September 23, 2021

A collaboration of ISGRJ and the Rutgers iTV studio, this 2-hour launch event, which was webcast on September 23, 2021, serves as a virtual "showcase for the breadth and depth of racial justice work at Rutgers and the transformational impact—both local and global—that it’s having." —Professor Elise Boddie, Institute Campus Director at Rutgers University–Newark.

Register to view the video here.

The March2RUGardens
September 25, 2021

The first project of the Arts Integration Research (AIR) Collaborative, the March to Rutgers Gardens was a choreographed walking intervention acknowledging the desire for safe and inclusive access to nature for the diverse constituents of Rutgers–New Brunswick and its surrounding communities. On September 25, 2021, 500 participants joined a two-mile walk from the Cook-Douglass campus to Rutgers Gardens, a 180-acre resource currently accessible only by car.