Past Events

April 7, 2024 | 9:00am - 4:30pm 
Swift Hall - 1025 East 58th Street Chicago, IL 60637

A celebration of the groundbreaking scholarship and outstanding mentorship of Professor Michael C. Dawson

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March 23: Philip V. McHarris

Beyond the Market: Black and Indigenous Approaches to Social Housing and Collective Land Share

March 28: Adom Getachew

Africa Reimagined: British West African Periodicals and the Rise of Garveyism

Co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science and presented by the Nicholson Center for British Studies

April 6: Mark Rifkin

Enfamilyment, Political Orders, and the Racializing Work of Scale

April 14: Valerie C. Johnson

State Legislative Gag Orders: The Cost to Democracy and Higher Education

Co-sponsored with the University of Chicago Law School and presented by the Zell Speaker Series on Free Expression

April 20: Kris Manjapra

Maroon Ecologies of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, 1860-1930

April 21-22: Lauren Berlant Graduate Student Conference

Power over Life and Death: Feminism, Abolition, and the State

Organized by Daniel Epstein, Kit Ginzky, and Helen Galvin Ross and 3CT with support from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture’s Reimagining the University: Race and Freedom Initiative; the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity; the Department of Political Science; the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights; Human Rights Lab; the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge; University of Chicago Graduate Council; the Franke Institute for the Humanities; and International House Global Voices Program

April 24: The Ayotomi Project

Performances by DJ Neurys and Robe L. Ninho

Supported by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture’s Reimagining the University grant

May 4: Alaina Roberts

Reconciliation in the Heart of Indian Country: A Journey Through Identity

May 10: Psalm One

The Art of Talking Trash: Hip-Hop and Invective Poetry in the 21st Century

Co-sponsored with the Department of Music, Department of Classics, and Program in Creative Writing

May 15: Community Commemoration

The South Side’s Sit-in: 1943

In partnership with the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project, the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

May 16: Awi’nakola

Regenerating Land and Culture, a gathering of art and ideas

Supported by the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry; Office of the Provost; and Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society; and by the Center for Native Futures. Additional support for the Awi’nakola artists’ visit is provided by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Watershed: Art + Ecology

May 18: Teresa Montoya & SJ Zhang

Tracing Relations: Cultivating Connections between Blackness and Indigeneity at UChicago

May 19: Moya Bailey, Brooklyne Gipson, & AE Stevenson

Online, Everyone Knows You Hate Women: A Roundtable on Misogynoir

Presented in partnership with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

June 1: Audra Simpson

Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow

January 19: Nikki McDaid

“Then the Nettle People won’t be lonely”: Indigenous ways of knowing, kin relations, and climate change education”

February 2: Tarren Andrews, Blaire Morseau, Hi’ilei Hobart

Panel: Form and Method in Indigenous Studies

February 16: Hayley Negrin

Fugitive Lands: Indigenous Slavery and Sovereignty in the Early American South

March 2: Kelly Wisecup

Reading in/and Indigenous Archives

October 6: Joanne Barker, San Francisco State University
The Murderable Indian: Terror as State (in)Security

October 20: Abdellali Hajjat, Free Univ. of Brussels
The Wretched of France: The 1983 March for Equality and Against Racism

November 10: K-Sue Park, Georgetown Univ.
Homesteading and the American Dream

November 17: Manu Karuka, Barnard College 
The Necessity of the Future

December 1: Shanya Cordis, Columbia; Khalil Johnson, Wesleyan; Chad Infante, Univ. of Maryland College Park
Indigenous Studies and Black Studies: New Directions 

December 8: Matthew Kruer, Univ. of Chicago
Nations before the Nation-State: Indigenous Subjecthood within the British Empire