Urban Studies

Paul Ortiz: The Making of an African American and Latinx History of the United States

An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls.

Documentary Screening: The Chinese Exclusion Act

What does a little-known 1882 law have to do with American
    identity, democracy, and civil rights today?
    Through powerful and illuminating visuals, historical documents,
    testimonies, and insights of leading scholars and experts, The
    Chinese Exclusion Act
documentary explores the history of Chinese
    immigration to the United States and its significance to issues
    of globalization, immigration, labor, and civil rights today.

Reception at 2:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Free Speech, Diversity, Inclusion: Is There a Balance?

A Conversation With:

Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College; Noelle Chaddock, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity, Rhodes College; James R. Stoner, Jr., Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Moderated by: Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College

Archives of Agency: Food in the Struggle for Black Liberation


In Black Liberation movements in the United States, food plays not only a biological
role but also a political one. In this talk, Dr. Ashanté Reese explores the ways in which
Black Liberation movements use food as a platform for mobilizing communities and
making connections between historical and contemporary movements, and also considers
how organizing around food demonstrates multifaceted resistance.


Peter Soppelsa: Nature & Technology in Paris' Waterscape, 1870-1914

How do nature and technology shape where water flows?  How do they affect who has access to it? Using Paris as a case-study, Soppelsa examines the city's "waterscape" to investigate the place of water in society during a period where how Parisians used their water changed dramatically and became highly politicized.  He raises fundamental questions about how humans and non-humans make ecological change.  Soppelsa's talk resonates with today's debates on "water wars," water infrastructure, and water pollution.

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