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2015 - Aliens in Aztlán: Rethinking the (Un)documented in Chicana/o Literature
Esmeralda Arrizón-Palomera

Kwame Fosu and President ObamaEsmeralda Arrizón-Palomera is a PhD candidate at Cornell University. She studies twentieth and twenty-first century African American and U.S. Latino literature. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2009 at Loyola Marymount University where she double majored in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology. Her senior thesis entitled, “Forming a New Subjectivity: Undocumented Students and the Survival Strategies they Employ” focused on the subject formation of six undocumented college students against a stigmatized identity. She is currently working on a project that examines representations of undocumented immigrants in U.S. Latina/o literature.




Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:00 p.m. - Craven Lounge, Morris Hall
Kwame Fosu, Esquire and Director, Rebecca Project for Justice, Washington, DC

“Killing the Black Body*: Reproductive Violence Against Women of Color”
*title from Dorothy Roberts' book, Killing the Black Body

Kwame Fosu and President ObamaKwame Fosu is currently working with renowned attorney, Willie Gary, to file a lawsuit against Pfizer for the use of Depo Provera, a lethal contraceptive. An activist-scholar who is a tireless defender of human rights for women of color both in the United States and Africa, his lecture will address structural racism regarding contraceptives in reproductive health which affect the lives of low-income women of color. He is the author of Depo Provera, Deadly Reproductive Violence Against Women.



October 30, 2014 7:00 p.m. - Alden Room, Milne Library
Pedro DiPietro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies Department, Syracuse University
“Loving Sideways: Latina Feminism and the Politics of Love”

Pedro DiPietroAre we living in a post-racial America? Arizona’s war against brown immigrants and the murders of both Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Michael Brown in 2014 highlight the reality of our current racial state. Latina feminists have practiced a revolutionary politics of love, providing an antidote to the horrifying legacy of racial violence in the US. This lecture focuses on three landmark contributions made by Latina Feminists about the possibility of love among the racialized and the ability to move beyond a model that relies on hostility towards each other. He is the co-author of Género, Sexualidades, y Regulaciones Culturales (2008) and the co-editor of the forthcoming Speaking Face to Face/Hablando Cara a Cara, an anthology about the work of Latina philosopher Maria Lugones. He is currently working on a book manuscript under the title Sideways Selves: The Politics of Queer Space across the Latin/o/a Americas.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Alden Room, Milne Library
7:00 p.m.

FALL 2013 Dancing with Death: The Politics of Race and Life in the Andes

Dr. O. Hugo Benavides, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University

Dr. O. Hugo Benavides, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham UniversityO. Hugo Benavides is currently director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institue (LALSI) and associate professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino studies, and, International Political Economy and Development, at Fordham University, where he has also directed the M.A. program in Humanities and Sciences Hugo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but grew up in New York City, and it is this double cultural life that has nourished his anthropological research on the politics of representation, identity and domination. His initial interest in the past provided him an extensive archaeological practice excavating both Inca sites in the Andes and the Roman site of Pompeii in Italy. This initial interest in the politics of the past is present in his first book, Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining the Past, (University of Texas Press, 2004), which is a study of the role of history in legitimizing the transnational concerns of Latin American social movements, including the state. His second book, The Politics of Sentiment: Remembering and Imagining Guayaquil, is a case-study of Raymond William’s hypothesis of structures of feeling as a tool of internal domination (UT Press, 2006). His third book, Drugs, Thugs and Divas: Latin American Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas, (UT Press, 2008) investigates the cultural dynamics of melodrama as it is used to re-signify the changing legacy of Latin American identity in a transnational context. He currently lives with his partner and their cats in Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Alden Room, Milne Library
7:00 p.m.

FALL 2013 Food Security vs Food Sovereignty: GMOs and Africa’s Moral/Ethical Dilemma

Dr. Naomi Shanguhyia
, Lecturer, Geography Department, SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Shanguhyia’s research work focuses on the political, economic, environmental and socio-cultural dimensions of rural change in sub Saharan Africa.



March 2013 From Cape Town to Kabul: Reflections on Global Women's Advocacy and Law
Dr. Penelope Andrews, Dean and President of Albany Law School
Monday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
Otsego Grille, Morris Hall, FREE admission

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