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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) together with the Brazil Initiative at LACS feature presenters from diverse disciplines. LACS organizes and sponsors more than 50 public lectures, workshops, performances, and conferences over the course of the academic year. 

In addition to our yearly programming, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Brazil Initiative at LACS are happy to consider funding requests to co-sponsor lectures, events, performances,  and activities that coincide with the center's mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Request to co-sponsor an event »

Race and Racism, Comparatively: A Fall 2022 Series

Co-organized by Aaron Coleman, Renee Ragin Randall and Giulia Riccò
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
4:00-6:00 PM
Vandenberg Michigan League Map
“Race and Racism, Comparatively” is a series of three conversations highlighting the work of scholars both in and beyond U-M whose scholarship is contributing to much-needed conversations on the global dimension of race, racism, and their impacts. Through these events, we seek to help broaden the aperture through which the academic community considers these themes, encouraging an understanding of a dynamic and interconnected set of systems, practices and material effects.

September 20th 2022 @ 4:00 PM: Virtual conversation with University of Pennsylvania scholar and president of the Middle East Studies Association, Eve Troutt Powell and Tennessee State University scholar, Keisha Brown. A cultural historian, Professor Troutt Powell’s scholarship has focused the history of the modern Middle East with a particular emphasis on slavery in the Nile Valley and in the former Ottoman Empire. Professor Brown’s work has focused on modern China and the negotiation of Sino-Blackness; her research interests broadly include ethnic and race studies, postcolonial theory and social and cultural history in East Asia.
Register here:

October 4th 2022 @ 4:00 PM: Roundtable featuring U-M faculty whose scholarship takes up the question of race and racism according to a transnational lens. The areas of focus represented among the participants include: the construction of blackness in the Francophone world; race, gender and Islam; the role of race and racialization as a tool of biopower in Mexico; and race and representation in US classrooms, literature and media. This event will be in-person at Kuenzel Room in the Michigan League, with a hybrid stream option.
Register for streaming here:

November 1st 2022 @ 4:00 PM: Pedagogy Workshop. The groups will function as both an opportunity to reflect on the provocations raised during previous two events, dissect our assumptions about race on the global stage, and exchange ideas and best practices for teaching the same. The aim is to create a constructive and productive dialogue which will ideally produce a series of “best practices'' for teaching race and racism from a comparative, global standpoint. This event will be in-person at the Vandenberg Room in the League, with a hybrid stream option on Zoom. Register for streaming here:

Co-sponsored by: Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, NCID, CMENAS, Middle East Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, History, and LACS.
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: African American, Asian Languages And Cultures, Books, comparative literature, Discussion, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Free, Humanities, Inclusion, Interdisciplinary, Languages, MESA, Middle East Studies, Poetry, Politics, Virtual, Workshop
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Comparative Literature, Department of Middle East Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 4:00-6:00 PM  (Last)