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

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Contact person: Christy Waldkirch

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. Ortiz will discuss how the book is being integrated into college and high school social studies curricula seeking inclusiveness and historical accuracy.

Structural Stigma and Health Inequalities: Mark Hatzenbuehler

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Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Sociology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the role of stigma in shaping health inequalities.  His work has been published in leading journals, including American Psychologist, Psychological Bulletin, American Journal of Public Health, and JAMA Pediatrics, and has been cited in amicus curiae briefs for case on status-based discrimination. He has received several awards for his research, including the 2016 Early Caree Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association.

Urban Studies

Rediscovering Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Janet Stephens, Speaker

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Before 2008, scholars assumed that the
    hairstyles depicted on ancient Roman female portraiture were
    universally false—either wigs or invented by the sculptor with
    no reference to the subject’s “actual” hair.  Janet
    Stephens’ overturned this assumption after rediscovering the
    Roman practice of sewing hairstyles together using needle and

This lecture-demostration features a live
    recreation of an ancient hairstyle on a volunteer model and
    discussion of ancient artifacts and technology, the latin
    literature of grooming and hairdressing, the practical and social
    ramifications of hair in Roman daily life, anachronism in the
    intellectual history of ancient hairdressing and hair science. 

Janet Stephens is a Maryland Senior Cosmetologist and educator who is a self-trained experimental archaeologist. Her interest in recreating ancient Roman hairstyles began with a chance visit to the Walters Art Museum in 2001, and she is now the recognized authority on the topic. She presents her research at universities, museums, and archaeology conferences, and was a 2012 Rome Prize finalist and American Institute of Archaeology travelling lecturer in 2014-15 and 2016-17. She has published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology and EXARC—the Journal of Experimental Archaeology, is a contributing author to the Berg Cultural History of Hair (forthcoming 2018), and has a popular YouTube channel devoted to historical hairdressing from antiquity through the 19th century.  


Greek and Roman Studies

#ShoutYourAbortion & Collective Sex: Storytelling as Activism Tour

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Two major figures in the movement discuss creative abortion storytelling as activism. Amelia Bonow created #ShoutYourAbortion to give women a means of telling their personal stories, which went viral and evolved into a full-fledged campaign. Poppy Liu documented her abortion story in the short film Names of Women, and will relate how being a queer woman of color influenced her storytelling and why intersectionality is essential in the discourse about reproductive rights.

Amelia Bonow is the founding director of #ShoutYourAbortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the existing cultural discourse around abortion. In 2017, #ShoutYourAbortion’s website won a Webby Award for activism. Bonow serves on the Board of Directors of the Abortion Care Network, a group of independent abortion care providers and their allies.

Poppy Liu is a queer first-generation Chinese-American actress and poet and the founder of Collective Sex. She has led workshops on storytelling activism at colleges across the country and is currently working on a web series titled Mercy, Mistress, which examines the intersections of sex work, queerness, and POC immigrant communities.