Apr 20, 2018

Part of the PUERTO RICO UNDER WATER Project, the conference is part of a two-day event where experts will analyze and discuss the island's debt crisis and its consequences, including mass migration, vulnerable infrastructure, and increased levels of personal insecurity. 

Apr 20, 2018

CSER 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Join CSER seniors for our Undergraduate Research Symposium, where they present their theses to the public.  12pm-12:30pm Keynote Speaker Zahira Cabrera @Bad_Dominicana

8:30am Breakfast

9:10am  Healing, Community and Activism Panel

10:35am Music/Dance Panel

2:25pm   Politics-Identity-Race Panel

2:30pm.   Creative Projects Panel

Apr 19, 2018

Exhibit Opening Reception at 5:30pm

CSER's Gallery at the Center features the work of five contemporary Puerto Rican artists reflecting on the island's debt and its consequences.

Free and open to the public, through September 15

Apr 14, 2018

8th Annual Columbia POWWOW

Presented by The Native American Council (NAC) and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) of Columbia University at the South Lawn 116th & Broadway Campus. Event time 11:30am - 6pm

The 3rd International Indigenous Women’s Symposium on Environment and Reproductive Health will focus on advancing research and assessing impacts of Environmental Violence on Indigenous Women and Girls. This is a two day Symposium Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:00 AM to 5pm - and Sun , April 15, 2018 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 103

Apr 05, 2018

Adios, mi Habana

Author Anna Veltfort in conversation with Maja Horn and Frances Negron-Muntaner about her beautiful graphic novel on growing up lesbian in revolutionary Cuba.

Mar 27, 2018

The next installment in CSER's Decolonization Series. Click here for more information.

Mar 29, 2018

The next installment in CSER's Decolonization Series. Click here for more information.

Mar 20, 2018

Children’s Fiction & Narrative Pediatrics with Dr. Sayantani DasGupta. Click here for more information.

Mar 06, 2018

Immigrants and the Sanctuary City: Then and Now

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Mar 06, 2018

Come see Nikhil Pal Singh, New York University, in conversation with Neferti Tadiar of Barnard College, Brent Hayes Edwards of Columbia University, and Chandan Reddy of University of Washington discuss the history of race in America. Click here for more information.

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Feb 23, 2018

Latinas: An Anthology of Struggles and Protest in 21st Century USA Book Launch

Latinas: An Anthology of Struggles and Protests in 21st Century USA

Edited by Iris Morales


Event will feature:


Iris Morales, Activist, Educator, Author, Publisher

Deborah Paredez, CSER & Writing Program, Co-Founder & Co-Director of CantoMundo

and a reading by selected contributors to the anthology


Friday, February 23, 2018
420 Hamilton Hall Seminar Room 


Books will be for sale.

Feb 22, 2018

Shaping the Future of DACA Conference

DACA, a five-year-old policy, has provided temporary protection to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as “minors” from deportation and provide them with a work “permit.” The impending end of DACA raises many urgent questions about the impact and future of DACA, a debate that has occurred in a policy and national context that is often devoid of scientific evidence, despite the existence of rigorous and innovative research that shows that DACA has clearly benefited recipients of the program.

This conference will highlight the most recent research and advocacy work on DACA. The academic and policy panels will engage in a discussion the past, present and future of DACA and its impact on the immigrants and local communities across the country. 

Thursday, February 22
12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Concourse Level, Columbia School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC

Feb 01, 2018

Indigenous Forum: Militant Fourth Worldism

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race


In collaboration with the Columbia University Department of Anthropology and the Program in American Studies at Barnard College


“Militant Fourth Worldism”

Glen Coulthard

Associate Professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Thursday, February 1, 2018


This event will be live-streamed. Please contact for more information.

1512 SIPA


Jan 24, 2018

My Father Always Promised We Would Live in France: Notes on How Nina Simone Helped Me Understand Post 9/11 America

a talk by: 

Michael B. Gillespie
Associate Professor of Film
Department of Media & Communication Arts
Black Studies Program
The City College of New York


Wednesday, January 24th, 6:30 pm, 420 Hamilton Hall


Organized by the MA Program in American Studies at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the American Studies Program at Barnard College


Co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies


Jan 22, 2018

Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop

The Race, Ethnicity and Migration (REM) Workshop provides an intellectual home for scholars of race, ethnicity, and migration at Columbia University and in New York City. This interdisciplinary workshop primarily draws on the interests of faculty and doctoral students from a range of interdisciplinary backgrounds, primarily in sociology, but also including history, political science, social anthropology, social work, urban studies, public health, communication studies and public policy.

The primary purpose of this workshop is to circulate works-in-progress in order to elicit feedback and suggestions for improving scholarly work such as dissertation chapters or research proposals, journal articles or book chapter submissions, grant applications and conference papers. The workshop provides an intellectual venue for scholars to present their own research and get feedback from others in a supportive and constructive environment.

The workshop meets monthly. At each of our meetings, there will be two presenters. Participation is open to both faculty and doctoral students at Columbia University and in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance and come prepared to participate in the discussion.

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Department of Sociology and the Division of Social Science.


Dec 08, 2017

100 Tikis: An Appropriation Video by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

100 Tikis is an artistic intervention exploring the intersection of Hollywood tiki kitsch and Pacific Islander political struggle today. A Workshop Sponsored by The Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) and the Barnard College Department of Anthropology. 

5:30pm: Film Screening
6:30pm: Q&A with Dan McMullin, Paige West, JC Salyer, and Kevin Fellezs


Dec 07, 2017

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember. These modes of ‘making the past present’ speak not only to the passage of time and the forces of multidirectional memory, but also to the ways in which communities understand issues of justice and accountability, memory and amnesia, prevention and the culture of ‘never again’.

This conference thus seeks papers that explore the ways in which communities negotiate narrativization of the past over time, and what the implications of such changes in public discourses of memory suggest in terms of present and future political realities, conflict transformation and atrocity prevention, and the role that history itself has in shaping or re-shaping the ways in which individuals and groups relate to the past and future.

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Dec 05, 2017

Mapping Decolonial Aesthetic Practice


"A Geography of Movement: Indian Indenture in the Caribbean" Anvita Budhraja (English Literature and Women's & Gender Studies, Columbia)


"Animal Alterities: Race, Animality, and (De)colonial Visuality in the Work of Jonathas de Andrade." Craig Nielsen (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Columbia)


"Brazilian Journeys: Narrating National Identity through Cinema and Infrastructure." Sofia Nina-Bernardes Martins (Comparative Literature, Columbia)


"Geography of Siluetas: The Works and Afterlives of Ana Mendieta 1948-1985." Sofia Rosenberg-Klainberg (Neuroscience and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Barnard) 


"The Packaged Sins of Sexuality." Meredith Wade (Political Science, LAIC, Columbia)



Participants' bios:


Anvita Budhraja is from Mumbai, India. As an undergraduate at Columbia University, she is studying English Literature and Women's & Gender Studies. Through her forays into mapping texts and cultural movements, she is interested in exploring the ways in which visual analysis and digital media can help enhance the traditional study of her disciplines.


Craig Nielsen is a senior at Columbia University majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His scholarly interests include affect theory, disability studies, materialist feminist theory, and queer critiques of the war on terror. After graduation Craig intends to pursue a PhD in Gender Studies.


Sofia Nina-Bernardes Martins is a student at Columbia University studying Comparative Literature in Portuguese, Spanish and French, and Linguistics. Her program of study focuses on art, particularly cinema, during Latin America's repressive dictatorships. She is interested in how government policies affect cinematic production, and how cinema resists or supports political ideologies.  


Sofia Rosenberg-Klainberg is an undergraduate at Barnard with a combined major in Neuroscience and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about applying feminist, intersectional, transnational, and historic approaches to science and the production of scientific knowledge. 


Meridith Wade is a junior in Columbia College, studying and researching at the intersections of Political Science, Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies.


Nov 28, 2017

Decolonizing Indigenous Education

The Institute of Latin American Studies invites you to a discussion on "The Secundarias Indigenas of Oaxaca: Practices and Tensions in the Decolonization of Indigenous Education", with Elsie Rockwell, Tinker Visiting Professor of ILAS/Full professor of the Department of Educational Research, Center for Advanced Studies, Mexico, and Julieta Briseño, PhD Program in Education Research, Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Mexico.


Nov 28, 2017

Post-Hurricane Maria Humanitarian Crisis: How to Stop History from Repeating Itself?

Lessons from Hurricane San Ciriaco (1899) , Hurricane San Felipe (1928)  and Hurricane Santa Clara (1956)


Nov 16, 2017

Reframing Gendered Violence: Technologies of State Violence

This program, Gender and the Technologies of State Violence: Innocence | Disposability | Resilience is comprised as a critical panel discussion with three leading feminist scholars posing questions to reframe how we should think about gender violence:

Sherene Razack (Department of Gender Studies, UCLA) works on indigenous women’s murders and state and police silence in Canada.
Author of Dying From Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Law School, Hebrew University;
International Visitor, Columbia Law School) works on Israeli security, law, and violence against Palestinians.
Author of Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear

Miriam Ticktin (Department of Anthropology, The New School) works on the politics of humanitarianism. 
Author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France

Moderated by Lila Abu-LughodColumbia University in the City of New York.

This program is part of a series of critical lectures in Reframing Gendered Violence supported by the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD), the Columbia GSASWomen Creating Change and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

Reframing Gendered Violence seeks to Reframing Gendered Violence opens up a critical global conversation among scholars and practitioners that recasts the problem of violence against women as it is currently discussed in a wide range of fields, both academic and policy-oriented, including human rights, public health, journalism, law, feminist studies, literature, sociology, religious studies, anthropology, and history. 

This program is free and open to the public. If you require disability accommodations to attend or participate in this program, please contact


Nov 16, 2017

Urban Life and Struggles Film Series: Mele Murals

A documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of native Hawaiians. Post-film discussion with Tadashi Nakamura (filmmaker) and Dean Saranillio, (assistant professor of social and cultural analysis, NYU), moderated by Kevin Fellezs (assistant professor of music, Columbia University). Co-sponsored with the center for ethnomusicology.


Nov 09, 2017

Latinos in New York: New Communities, New Struggles

Join us for a panel on Latino's in New York, the second edition. This discussion will be moderated by Ed Morales, a Latino Core Communities and Gentrification lecturer, who is a part of CSER, a journalist, and inolved with The Nation Author: LATINX. The panelists include:

ROSALIA REYES: Central Americans in New York 
New York-based correspondent for RTV NL Mexican television network, Spanish adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York

JUAN CARTAGENA: Latino Voting Rights in New York
President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF 

ROBERT SMITH "Mexicans in New York"
Professor of Sociology, Immigrant Studies and Public Affairs Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center


Dec 01, 2017

Indigenous People and the New Globalization

Transnational Development & the Ruthless Elimination of Indigenous Communities in Bolivia, a conversation with Ricardo Calla Ortega, professor, anthropologist, and former Minister of Indigenous and Native Affairs in Bolivia.


Oct 30, 2017

Creation of the Documentary Series Asè Collection: Fashion and Ancestries Salvador – Bahia – Brazil

A collaborative project among three artists: Carol Barreto – Fashion Activist; Laila Rosa – Musician and Scholar at Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), and Luana Amaral – Video Maker. The objective is to produce content in order to finish the Asè Collection (Coleção Asè) documentary, in October 19-29, 2017, in the city of New York, US. This project is sponsored by the 2017 Artistic and Cultural Mobility Aid of the Secretariat of Culture of the Government of the State of Bahia. It is an exchange and dissemination project aiming at the realization of Artist Talks about the creative process of the Asè Collection under the perspective of Fashion Activism and about the production of the soundtrack, as well as research and content production activities with the recording of interviews with black activist women in the field of fashion and art, in order to finish the Asè Collection documentary.


Oct 30, 2017

Australia, Singing Up Country

Australia, Singing Up Country: Teacher education academics and preservice teachers’ experience with Yuin Country and Aboriginal Perspectives

A discussion with Anthony McKnight (Yuin, Australia)

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program) in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.


Oct 19, 2017

New Directions in American Studies Speaker Series: Black Trans Reproductive Labor

This talk builds on scholarship and activism that is theorizing black queer and trans history and politics in relationship to racial capitalism. I offer black trans reproductive labor as a way to through how black trans and gender non-conforming people have been positioned and imagined in relationship to the carceral state and the role that positioning plays in the reproduction of social relations of racial capitalism: the re-iteration of the color line as one that fragments class politics, and the deployment of gender normativity as a mode of building class power and inhabiting racial progress. Using archival examples from my research on queer criminality in Los Angeles, I will share and contextualize three stories in which black trans and gender non-conforming people come into archival view not only in the context of work and labor, but also through their interface with the carceral state. The stories include a report of three black domestic workers arrested for cross-dressing in 1949, Sir Lady Java’s fight against the Los Angeles Police Commission in 1967, and the LAPD murder Laverne Turner, a black gender non-conforming young person, in 1970. These stories emphasize how vital the racialization of space is to articulations of queer criminality, why labor and capital are (still) necessary for theorizing black trans and queer positionality, and why intersectional and inter-disciplinary approaches to the carceral geographies help to expand our understanding of how racial capitalism operates.

Treva Ellison is committed troublemaker, prison abolitionist, amateur herbalist, and talented grilled cheese chef, who also happens to work as an Assistant Professor of Geography and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College (aka Winterfell). Treva’s research interests are trans and queer historiography, carceral geographies, and social movements. Treva’s writing can be found in places such as Transgender Studies Quarterly, C Magazine, Feminist Wire, and Scholar and Feminist Online. Treva is currently working on their manuscript project, Flex Zones, which traces the articulation of trans and queer criminality in relation to the racialization of space, and historicizes queer activism and advocacy and its shifting relationship to the carceral state from 1970-1990.Treva earned their doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2015 and currently works at Dartmouth College



Oct 17, 2017

Watching the Philippines, Reporting Duterte

This conference will bring together academics, journalists, and community activists to discuss the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte and the media. Spanning two days, the conference will include a book launch, a film screening, and five panels. The conference will begin on Tuesday evening with a book launch of A Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency, followed by a screening of "Ma Rosa," directed by Brillante Mendoza. The screening will take place at 7pm in 515 Dodge Screening Room at Columbia University and will be followed by a post-film discussion with Professor Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College, Columbia University), and Vincente Rafael (University of Washington). The panels will cover the role of Duterte's Philippines in the world, the politics of populism, drugs and extrajudicial killings, resistance and community activism, and documenting the drug war. 


Oct 17, 2017

Urban Life and Struggles Film Series: Ma' Rosa

A film about police corruption and the lives of those involved in the lower levels of the drug trade in the slums of Manila. Post-film discussion with Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College/Columbia University) and Vicente L. Rafael (University of Washington).


Oct 16, 2017

HBO & Barnard Screening of Clínica de Migrantes

The Forum on Migration and the Institute of Latin American Studies cordially invite you to a special screening of HBO's documentary Clínica de Migrantes, an affecting portrait of a volunteer-run health clinic in South Philadelphia that treats undocumented and uninsured immigrants, highlighting the struggles of both the clinic's patients, and the doctors who care for them. 


The 45-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with Drs. Steve Larson,  Daphne Owen, Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, and film director Maxim Pozdorovkin, moderated by journalist/comedian Gabe Gonzalez. Light dinner will be served.


Oct 12, 2017

Resistance Literature

A symposium to mark three decades since the publication of Barbara Harlow's Resistance Literature -- and to mark the passing of Barbara as a teacher, mentor, interlocutor, and comrade. 



Oct 05, 2017

A Discussion with Chamorros, the Indigenous People of Guam

A delegation of Chamorros, the Indigenous People of Guam are in New York this week to testify at the United Nations. Their island of Guam in the Western Pacific is one of the 17 remaining colonies in the world as recognized by the UN. Their island is a territory of the US and they have no seat at the UN and no votes for President or in the US Congress. Their island of Guam recently came under threat of attack by North Korea and the US military has been planning to increase its presence there by destroying sacred lands and environmental treasures. It is more important than ever that their voices be heard.


Oct 04, 2017

Unnatural: Environmental Disasters & Domination in the Caribbean

The recent hurricane tragedies in the Caribbean have not only laid bare the human-made aspects of natural disasters in the region, but also exposed the colonial trappings, racism, and unequal treatment that island residents endure at the hands of overpowering Atlantic powers, including the US, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The conversation will explore both the enduring colonial subjection of the region and the emerging opportunities to re-imagine non-colonial modes of economic organization, governance, citizenship, land control and ownership (among other issues), that can lead to different legal regional, hemispheric, and international arrangements.

Presented by The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and
The Heyman Center for the Humanities


Oct 03, 2017

Indigenous Studies Seminar: War for Guam Film Screening

Film Screening and Q&A with Frances Negron-Muntaner, filmmaker, writer, scholar, curator and professor of English and comparitive literature at Columbia University. Before the seminar dinner will be held at 6:15pm at the Faculty House dining room on the 4th floor. Please RSVP by emailing by Tuesday, September 26.


Oct 02, 2017

Urban Life and Struggles Film Series: East L.A. Interchange

Follows the evolution of working ­class, immigrant Boyle Heights. From multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the US. Post-film discussion with Betsy Kalin (filmmaker) moderated by Frank Guridy, (associate professor of history, Columbia University). Co-sponsored with the department of history and the institute for research in African American studies.


Sep 20, 2017

CSER Welcome Reception

Please join us in welcoming back CSER faculty, students, and friends and give introduction to new members of the CSER community. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served!


Apr 21, 2017

Come support and cheer on the CSER graduating seniors as they present their projects/theses.  CSER is proud to have served as a space to their research and findings.


Apr 18, 2017

VIJAY IYER, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Department of Music, Harvard University

Co-sponsored with the Heyman Center for the Humanities 


Apr 14, 2017

Do not miss CSER's Media and Idea Lab Student Festival at Columbia University on April 14, 2017.

The Festival will feature shorts made by CSER students and the Lab's latest video,  

 The AlterNative Course, a documentary short on how a group of Ivy League Native American students challenged high school dropout rates in four New Mexico reservations.