Fall 2021 Event Series

Theme: Freedom Education

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Freedom Education: A Launch Celebration for the RIC/Public Books Interview Series 

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Co-sponsored by JHU Center for Africana Studies
Location: Hodson 210
Panel discussion featuring Raychel Gadson (Political Science) and Pyar Seth (Interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies)  

Description: Please join the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship as we celebrate the launch of our new publishing initiative with Public Books, “Freedom Education.” Featuring interviews conducted by JHU graduate students in History, Political Science, and Sociology, this published series includes poet Nikki Giovanni, historian Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, political scientist Michael Hanchard, among four others. The panel will include two of the student interviewers, Raychel Gadson and Pyar Seth, speaking about their experiences conceiving, conducting, and editing their interviews. This panel launches the AY21–22 event series for RIC.  

Living Hopkins Roundtable: Black-Asian Solidarities: Confronting Anti-Black and Anti-Asian Racism

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:00pm–6:30pm
Location: Hodson 210
Panel discussion featuring Erin Aeran Chung (Political Science), H. Yumi Kim (History), Minkah Makalani (Center for Africana Studies and History), and Robbie Shilliam (Political Science), moderated by Quinn Lester (Political Science).

Description: The 2021 roundtable seeks to advance the comparative and global study of racial politics through an emphasis on the relations between racialized groups within the United States and beyond. Specifically, the roundtable will explore the historical tensions between Black and Asian communities within various localized contexts, as well as alliances and camaraderie across these differences, helping to develop visions of global, anti-racist solidarity against the rising tide of white supremacy. The roundtable discussion will consider how anti-Black and anti-Asian Racism have historically played out in Baltimore, interrogating the role of institutions such as Johns Hopkins in structuring and enabling the perpetuation of such forms of discrimination, as well as the possibilities of new institutional commitments to interrupt such racism. Panelists will also speak to the omnipresence of anti-Black and anti-Asian racism across the world as global structures of oppression, focusing on these dynamics across the Atlantic World, East Asia, and the Pacific.

More information about the 2021 Living Hopkins Roundtable here.

Art, Power, Politics: Bridging Divides in Baltimore City 

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 5:00pm-6:30pm 
Location: Hodson 210
Panel discussion featuring Lady Brion (independent artist-activist), Margaret Huey (independent artist), Cori Dioquino (Asian Pasifika Arts Collective), moderated by Alessandro Angelini (Anthropology) 

Description: What is anti-racist art? How can artistic expression embody a force of resistance? What is the importance of aesthetics to power, politics, and social change? This panel discussion brings together Baltimore-based artists, activists, and educators whose work traverses the fields of arts practice and aesthetic theory, engaging issues of social and racial justice. This panel will explore the power of the arts to enact transformative social change, specifically asking how art might be leveraged to bridge divides among racialized groups, especially across the unequal terrain of Baltimore City. The discussion further develops RIC’s programmatic focus for the Fall semester of anti-racist alliances and Black-Asian solidarities.   

Lobbying and Legislative Action to Reduce Incarceration
A PhD Professional Development Career Workshop

Friday, November 19, 2021 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Zoom [register here]
Workshop featuring Katy Walker (Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights) in conversation with Christy Thornton (Sociology and Latin American Studies)

Description: Dr. Katy Walker will discuss her work for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, particularly its long-running campaign to abolish sentences of juvenile life without parole. This campaign has achieved significant success in reducing death-in-prison sentences for juveniles, first in 2017 with the abolition of juvenile life without parole for second-degree murder, and again in 2020 with the abolition of virtual life sentences. Despite these gains, the work to achieve complete abolition is ongoing. Dr. Walker will explain how she has used her PhD to guide her legislative work and discuss her experiences working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in Louisiana. She will also address some of the challenges and rewards of working with legislators to overcome strong legacies of racism in the criminal punishment system.

Entangled Solidarities Graduate Symposium

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Registration required
Graduate Symposium for JHU graduate students

Description: The Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship will hold its inaugural Graduate Student Symposium on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The theme for this first symposium is Entanglements and Solidarities. Through the symposium, we seek to bring together junior and senior scholars from across the university to build a multidisciplinary coalition of scholars equipped to advance and enrich the study of social justice, broadly construed, at Hopkins. The one-day symposium will allow JHU graduate students to present their work and receive feedback from faculty members and peers affiliated with RIC in an intensive, deeply engaged, seminar-like fashion. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, November 5, 2021. RIC is currently planning to provide a small honorarium to graduate students selected to present at the symposium. Full CFP and abstract submission details here.

Co-sponsored Fall 2021 Events

  • Critical Responses to Anti-Asian Violence Fall Speaker Series
    “On the Politics and Promise of Hate in Anti-Racist Work”
    October 27, 2021, 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: Zoom [register here]
    Speaker: Kandice Chuh, CUNY, English and American Studies
  • Exhibit
    Hostile Terrain”
    November 2021–December 2021
    A participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project and Dr. Jason De León
    Location: Milton S. Eisenhower Library
    Description: This exhibition offers a visual, forensic and intimate way to think about the human cost of migration and immigration policy along the US-Mexico border. The nature of the exhibition makes possible a visualization of the under-recognized lethal effects of a U.S. immigration strategy unfolding since 1994 known as “Prevention Through Deterrence,” and provides a literal forensics of immigration policy.
    More information about the exhibit here.
  • Critical Responses to Anti-Asian Violence Fall Speaker Series
    “The Bones of Strangers: On Violence, Grief, and Asian-American Kin-making”
    November 10, 2021, 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: Zoom [register here]
    Speaker: Eileen Chow, Duke University, Chinese and Japanese Cultural Studies
  • Critical Responses to Anti-Asian Violence Fall Speaker Series
    Roundtable: “Building an Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program”
    November 17, 2021, 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: Zoom [register here]
    Speakers: Ji-Yeon Yuh, Northwestern University, History; Fariha Khan, University of Pennsylvania, Asian American Studies; Heidi Kim, University of North Carolina, English and Comparative Literature
  • Critical Responses to Anti-Asian Violence Fall Speaker Series
    “‘Anti-Asian Violence’ in Conditions of (U.S.) Domestic Warfare: :Toward an Abolitionist Rethinking of Coalition, Intersection, and Justice”
    December 1, 2021, 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: Zoom [register here]
    Speaker: Dylan Rodriguez, UC Riverside, Media and Cultural Studies
  • JHU Anthropology Colloquium
    “’So my voice could be heard, even much louder’: Collective Acting and the Politics of Youth Performance in Liberia” 
    December 7, 2021, 4:00pm-5:30pm
    Location: Mergenthaler 426 
    Speaker: Jasmine Blanks Jones, RIC Postdoctoral Fellow