Year-Long RIC Dissertation Workshop Culminates in Symposium

On a recent Friday in May, four participants in the year-long RIC dissertation workshop presented chapters from their works-in-progress to a symposium audience of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

RIC Undergraduate Research Grants Awarded

RIC is pleased to announce the winners of its undergraduate grant awards for 2023-2024.

Policing the World Workshop Held in Chicago

Over a recent weekend, RIC co-sponsored a workshop held at the University of Chicago titled “Policing the World: Entanglements and Convergences across the North-South Divide.” RIC associate director Stuart Schrader co-organized the workshop with Julian Go, professor of sociology at University of Chicago.

RIC Summer Undergraduate Collaborative Research Grants Available

The Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship is pleased to announce the availability of two undergraduate research grants for the Summer of 2023 ($2,000 each). This opportunity is open to students in any JHU undergraduate class who will be continuing into the Fall 2023 semester and who are interested in conducting humanities or social-scientific research.

Nine Graduate Fellowships Announced

Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation is delighted to announce the availability of nine new fellowships and teaching assistantships for graduate students at Johns Hopkins and local partner institutions for the academic year 2023-2024.

The Asian Diaspora in Baltimore, Documented and Described

The 300 block of Park Avenue in Downtown Baltimore was at the center of several presentations by undergraduate students on Tuesday, December 6th. This block today is home to several businesses run by Ethiopian merchants, offering hair styling, meals, and other essentials. Yet this block historically has been the locus of the Chinese community in the city of Baltimore, which peaked in the 1960s.

Students examined this unique block and its changes, amid the broader vicissitudes of economic and racial transformations in Baltimore, as part of their fall course History Lab: Asian Diaspora in Baltimore, taught by assistant professor of history H. Yumi Kim.

Media Coverage of Walk of Remembrance

Building on the January 2022 Ritual of Remembrance, the first Walk of Remembrance, co-organized by RIC Postdoctoral Fellow Jasmine Blanks Jones and Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts Community Arts Fellow Jeneanne Collins, received excellent media coverage.

Students, Faculty Imagine New Academic Program at JHU, a Department of Reparations

In May 2022, the RIC faculty board voted unanimously to support the proposal for a new undergraduate major, tentatively called Critical Diasporic Studies. On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, RIC hosted a roundtable event titled “A Department of Reparations?” to further echo student demands for new curricular initiatives at JHU. Featuring eminent scholars in the fields of racial and ethnic politics and transnational cultural studies, Dr. Adom Getachew and Dr. Lisa Lowe, the roundtable sketched the contours of what new directions in the study of racism, diaspora, and indigeneity might look like in our present moment.

RIC Supports Trip to Liberia for Baltimore Schoolchildren

A smile graced every face in Pleasant Hope Baptist Church on a recent Sunday morning. RIC Director Nathan Connolly and RIC postdoctoral fellow Jasmine Blanks Jones presented a commemorative check to the church’s dance ministry, Angels of Praise. Drs. Connolly and Blanks Jones announced that support secured under “Inheritance Baltimore,” RIC’s grant-sponsored project, will fund a group trip to Liberia this December.

RIC Roundtable and Reception on 9/13 Announced: “A Department of Reparations?”

The Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship is pleased to host a roundtable to kick off the 2022–2023 academic year. Titled “A Department of Reparations?” the roundtable will feature Lisa Lowe (Yale) and Adom Getachew (U Chicago), in conversation with RIC Director Nathan Connolly and Joyce Wang (JHU ’22). It will take place on Tuesday, September 13, from 7pm to 9pm.