Meeting Schedule

February 19, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Garrett Grainger, "Who is the 99%? Barriers, Tactics, and Outcomes of Left Populist Cross-Movement Coalition Identity Formation”

    February 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Abstract: This study contributes to theliterature on social movements by exploring collective identity formation in aleft populist cross-movement alliance formed during the Great Recession. OccupyMilwaukee was started by a coalition of student, labor, liberal, socialist,anarchist, and racial justice activists. To organize across movementboundaries, activists adopted a populist identity, 99%, to jointly protest inequality.Racial justice activists quickly critiqued the coalition’swhite bias for masking racial differences they sought to change. I useethnographic methods to understand the barriers, tactics, and outcomes ofcross-movement coalition identity formation in this unique context. Idemonstrate how activists negotiate cross-movement commonality by settingintermovement boundaries, renegotiating symbolic borders, and cultivatingcultural congruity. Although this coalition dissolved, white activists weresocialized in racial justice allyship. Such an outcome has been ignored by paststudies on cross-movement coalitions, but reflects a meaningful avenue forfuture research.

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February 26, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Alexis Dennis Racial Injury in the Context of Graduate and Professional Study: A Closer Look at the Cases and the “Small Town.”

    February 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

     Racial Injury in the Contextof Graduate and Professional Study: A Closer Look at the Cases and the “SmallTown.”

    Alexis Dennis 



    This article discusses fivecases drawn from a larger ethnographic and interview study of first generationgraduate students to show how racial injury occurs within the context ofcolorblind ideology and meritocracy. Colorblind ideology is the process bywhich race is considered a nonfactor in interpersonal interactions as well asin political and social processes. Meritocracy is the idea that individualtalents and abilities, not race, should determine who is admitted touniversities. Graduate students of color become recipients of acts of acutedisrespect or micro-aggressions which significantly impede their progress, takeup their time, and harm their psychological well-being. Micro-aggressionshappen between graduate student peers; between white faculty and graduatestudents of color, but they also happen when graduate students of color assumepositions of power vis-à-vis white students, such as while serving as TAs orrunning a committee. Colorblind ideology and a culture of civility bothfacilitate micro-aggressions and hinder overt responses to them. Theseincidents are especially damaging when they occur in the context of ongoingprofessional relationships that overlap with informal friendships, a situationthat is common because graduate school is a kind of “small town.” The finalsection of the article discusses strategies for survival and overcoming,including building alternative communities and removing oneself from harmfulenvironments.


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March 5, 2018
March 12, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Elisa Avila

    March 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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March 19, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Alex Mikulas

    March 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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March 26, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. SPRING BREAK. NO MEETING.

    March 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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April 2, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Casey Stockstill

    April 2, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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April 9, 2018
April 10, 2018
  • DemSem Maria Abascal (Columbia University) Not All Diversity is Created Equal: Solidarity and Collective Action in NYC Neighborhoods

    April 10, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

    The Race & Ethnicity brownbag is cosponsoring this talk by Maria Abascal that is part of the Demography brownbag on Tuesday.

    Not All Diversity is Created Equal: Solidarityand Collective Action in NYC Neighborhoods 

     Maria Abascal

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Columbia University

    On average, heterogeneous communities and theirresidents exhibit lower levels of reported trust, social cohesion, and civicengagement. On average, heterogeneous communities are also more likely to houseresidents from disadvantaged socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Doesracial/ethnic heterogeneity––i.e., mixture––independently affect solidarity,cooperation, and collective capacity, as an ever-growing body of researchclaims? Or is the association between heterogeneity and collectivist outcomesdue, in whole or in part, to differences across homogeneous and heterogeneouscommunities in terms of (a) the racial/ethnic background of residents, and/or(b) residents’ socioeconomic resources? I tackle these questions by analyzingdemographic information about NYC census tracts alongside three measures ofcollectivism: the prevalence of permitted events (e.g., block parties), thedensity of civic organizations, and individual reports of satisfaction andsolidarity within neighborhoods. Results suggest the negative associationsbetween heterogeneity and collectivist outcomes are largely attributable todifferences across heterogeneous and homogeneous communities in terms ofresidents’ backgrounds, rather than the mechanical mixture of groups. 

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April 16, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag Ian Carillo

    April 16, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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April 23, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Daanika Gordon

    April 23, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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April 30, 2018
  • Race & Ethnicity Brownbag.

    April 30, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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