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“The Women Are Coming”: Gendered Spaces of Protest

April 27, 2017IASEvents, IAS Thursdays0

“The Women Are Coming”: Gendered Spaces of Protest Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public

Dream of the Red Chamber and women’s literary culture in late imperial China

Dream of the Red Chamber and the evolving shape of women’s literary culture in late imperial China Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Chinese women’s literary culture shows considerable evolution between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. Communications grow […]

Dismantling Campus Rape Culture

Dismantling Campus Rape Culture Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm Mayo Auditorium, UMN East Bank Free and open to the public, registration required. This event is designed to bring light to and create discussion around current policies and practices that both contribute to or fight against rape culture on campus. It is intended for the University community […]

Violence and Health Injustice: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Communities

November 19, 2016IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Violence and Health Injustice: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Communities Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8:30am-2:00pm L-110 Carlson School of Management Free and open to the public, but register for lunch Download: audio, small video, or original. Please join us! We are pleased to announce the second event in a three-part series on Violence and Health […]

Reframing the Dialogue: Racism and Police Violence

October 12, 2016IASEvents0

In Reframing the Dialogue: Racism and Police Violence, Dr. Rupa Marya uses statistics, personal experiences as a physician in the Bay Area, and theory to illustrate the associations between police brutality and racism, and to argue compellingly for why this issue, in San Francisco and nationally, needs to be addressed by health care professionals. In answering the question of whether health care professionals are supposed to get political, Dr. Marya argues that avoiding the study of racism and police violence when people are dying is itself a political act “when the data is rigorous and the correlations are strong.”

CLS Statement Against the “Build the Wall” Mural

October 12, 2016IASForum0

forum-mural-vandalismPhoto Credit: Unicorn Riot, Navigate MN, @CultureClap

Dear President Kaler,

Anti-immigrant and anti-Latinx rhetoric has figured prominently in the current presidential election. This speech was recycled in the University of Minnesota’s annual “Paint the Bridge” event when a registered student organization adopted Donald Trump’s slogan, “Build the wall.” We write to express our outrage at this xenophobia. We are advocates of freedom of speech, but we consider this statement to reflect more than just a preference for one political candidate over another. It is a barely covert racist message that explicitly targets Mexican nationals. Stated as a command, it does not represent free speech so much as it creates a threatening and hostile environment for immigrants (documented and/or undocumented), anyone of Mexican descent, and anyone subject to racial profiling. This incident reflects growing anti-Latinx rhetoric and is arguably an example of hate-speech.

This rhetoric has led to actual anti-Latinx hate crimes. See for example incidents in Los Angeles and Boston.

While some may see the “build the wall” rhetoric as simply a policy position, history bears out that the notion of “illegal alien” invented in the twentieth century was applied using long-standing anti-Mexican sentiment that also justified segregation and other forms of systemic exclusion. The targeting of this and the larger Latinx population continues, as according to the Pew Research Center in 2010, 97% of all unauthorized immigrant removals are from Latin American countries even though these migrants make up only 81% of the undocumented population. These removals have historically led to the expulsion of U.S. citizens of Latin American descent—many of them children—and uprooted families to impair the broader Latinx community that consists of a diversity of statuses including citizens, documented residents, and undocumented.

The Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota joins in solidarity with students, departments, and offices speaking against this public message. We feel it is important, particularly as faculty and instructors of Chicano and Latino Studies, to name these speech-acts as inherently violent and to speak against that violence. The field of Chicano and Latino Studies emerged at the University of Minnesota from protests by students, faculty, staff, and community leaders fighting for culturally relevant curriculum and research. Our disciplinary tradition insists on a social justice framework and commitment, both locally and nationally. It is in this spirit we are compelled to address this issue, bringing awareness to our local community.

By dismissing this rhetoric as free speech, the university’s response fails to recognize the inherent violence perpetuated by this slogan. Given the current state of race relations, it is (and was meant to be) incendiary and as such requires that it be addressed by the university through substantive discussion and action. This is at least the second incident in the past couple of years coming from white-dominated student organizations (please recall the “Galactic Fiesta”) and signals an increasingly hostile environment for our community as well as other communities of color. This incident, like the Galatic Fiesta, was held within an officially sanctioned university event/project. The university should ensure that the campus is a safe and welcoming place for Latinx students, faculty, and staff. These racial micro aggressions take a great social and emotional toll upon our Latinx faculty, staff, and students. They are damaging an already underfunded and understaffed department. It is incredibly wearisome to constantly fight for basic respect and dignity, especially under a racial climate that is anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant. Latinx faculty find it increasingly challenging to teach a white student majority that has shown to be antagonistic to our very presence.

The ignorance and hate encapsulated by the “Paint the Bridge” mural reflects the dire need for further support of the work we do and thus emphasizes the importance of continued investment in Ethnic Studies departments, and Chicano and Latino Studies in particular. We believe open political discourse is critical for the democratic process. As scholars and activists on and off campus we encourage our students to engage in healthy and respectful debate. However, the racist and xenophobic language on the mural discourages open communication and generates a climate of hatred precisely in the educational space where we would most expect fruitful argumentation. These incidents further highlight the necessity of Ethnic Studies and social justice oriented curriculums.

We demand that the University do more than speak out, but actively take responsibility for the racist and xenophobic climate that is being fostered in this public space. We live in a heightened hostile and racist climate in which hate crimes against Latinx, Muslims, Sikhs, and other people of color, not to mention LGBTQ people, have increased during this year’s presidential election campaign. This speech is an incitement to violence. While free speech is an important value at the University, it is not the paramount value of the University of Minnesota. In fact, the University has stated its commitment to being an institution committed to diversity and equity. In stating its support for racist rhetoric in public spaces without any actions to counter the climate, the University has failed in its responsibilities to uphold values other than free speech. It has abstained from taking responsibilities for the cost of free speech. The subsequent hostility will be borne by Latinx students, staff, and faculty, by immigrants and refugees, and generally by people of color on campus; many of us will spend endless hours trying to ameliorate the degraded conditions of the University. We also must ask, “free speech for whom”? Exclusionary speech in a highly unequal context – when framed as “free” – amounts to protections for the powerful in the course of inciting symbolic violence. There are many actions that the University could do instead of sitting on the side and letting hate speech dominate. Where is the support for Chicano and Latino Studies? Where is the teach-in or forum about immigration? Where is the support for Latinx students, staff, and faculty from the entire University? Where are the buttons, banners, and statements of support for those who are the targets? Instead, we received a statement and inaction which in effect supports the harmful speech. When will the University take responsibilities for and action to support the values, besides free speech, it espouses?

In solidarity,

Department of Chicano and Latino Studies
Latino Faculty and Staff Association
La Raza Student Cultural Center
Black Student Union
Department of American Indian Studies
Asian American Studies
Immigration History and Research Center
Department of African American and African Studies
Department of American Studies
Department of Anthropology
Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Where is the Human in the Data?

Where is the Human in the Data? Thursday, September 29, 3:30-5:00pm: IAS Thursdays Friday, September 30, 9am—12pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. This workshop is the launching point for a critical data science study project that is jointly sponsored by the University of […]

The Analogy Problem in Human Trafficking Reform. Julietta Hua, April 7, 2016

The Analogy Problem in Human Trafficking Reform Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. What work takes place when slavery becomes the accepted language through which we come to understand human trafficking? Taking the website as a starting […]

How to Make it to the Dance Floor. Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to Make it to the Dance Floor: A Salsa Guide for Women (Based on Actual Experiences) Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. A staged reading of a play by IAS Fellow Cindy Garcia […]

Jigna Desai, Prof. of Gender, Women, & Sexuality. Aug 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Jigna Desai is Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies, with departmental affiliations in American Studies and Asian Languages & Literatures at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include Asian American literature and media, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, queer/sexuality studies, South Asian diasporas, […]

Warrior Mothers and Immunity Moms: Motherhood, Neoliberalism, and Autism. Jigna Desai, April 27, 2015

Warrior Mothers and Immunity Moms: Motherhood, Neoliberalism, and Autism Monday, April 27, 2015, at Noon Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) A talk by Jigna Desai, Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality and Asian American Studies Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video, or original. When the measles outbreak in Disneyland […]

Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism. Richa Nagar, December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014IASEvents1

Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism December 5, 2014, 1:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Richa Nagar, Gender Women and Sexuality, U of M, reads from her book Muddying the Waters (2014). Download: audio, small video, or original. In Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar embarks on an eloquent and moving exploration of the […]

4/1/13 Jennifer Brier

Jennifer Brier holds a joint appointment in the University of Illinois Chicago’s Program in Gender and Women’s Studies and the History Department. Her research and teaching are largely focused on exploring the historical intersections of gender, race, and sexuality. She is also the co-curator of an exhibition on LGBT history in Chicago, “Out in Chicago,” […]

March 14, 2013: “Somebody Forgot To Tell Somebody Something:” Feminist and Queer of Color Cultural Production in the 80s and 90s

Lisa Kahaleole Hall is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wells College where she is interested in the intersections of race, colonialism, and indigeneity with gender and sexuality. She is currently engaged with two different scholarly projects—one an exploration of the space for the grassroots cultural productions of indigenous women and women of color […]

February 7, 2013: From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Mass Media, Crisis and American Teen Girls in Public Recreational Space, 1905-2010: A talk by Shayla Thiel-Stern

Shayla Thiel-Stern discusses how the American media historically has used news gathering and reporting techniques that foster moral panic about one historically marginalized and trivialized group–teenage girls–contributing to a patriarchal cultural discourse that equates the feminine with the private and domestic. As a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Shayla Thiel-Stern teaches […]

What is Sexual Difference Now? Friday, November 13, 2009

Cosponsored by the CLA Scholarly Events Fund, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, the Department of English, the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Geography, the Institute for Global Studies, the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, Department of German at Macalester College, and the Space and Place Research Collaborative This event is organized […]

How Spiritual Outcasts Nourish the Soul, 10/14

October 14, 2009IASEvents0

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies & Campus Life strives to establish a more vibrant GLBT academic community at the University and to make it more accessible to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. The Schochet Endowment is pleased to present the 10th McNaron Lecture in Arts and Culture featuring Rabbi […]

“Gran Torino, Perpetual Warriors and the Performance of Hmong Masculinity” – Presentation by Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj, 2/18/2009

February 18, 2009IASEvents0

This talk places the new Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino in the context of a series of spectacular events that have involved Hmong men and violence in order to pose questions about how popular culture figures Hmong in terms of citizenship, race and gender. Drawing on work with the actors, it introduces notions of performativity to subvert […]

Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood Is Not a Class Privilege in America, 4/7-4/8/08

April 7, 2008IASEvents0

“The Gay Land Rush: Race, Gender, and GLBT identity in the Life of Minneapolis Neighborhoods”: A Presentation by Ryan Murphy, 2/27/08

February 27, 2008IASEvents0

A reception will follow after this talk, which is presented by Ryan Murphy, a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of American Studies. A brief browse through the glossy condominium advertisements in Lavender, the Twin Cities? only regularly circulating GLBT weekly, exposes how the GLBT community functions as a niche market for the real estate industry. […]

GLBT Colloquium: Aniruddha Dutta discusses lower-class GLBT activism in India, 12/5/07

December 5, 2007IASEvents0

The QGPA-Schochet GLBT Colloquia Series are opportunities for scholars working on aspects of GLBT studies to come together, share works in progress, and have in-depth discussions on issues of theory and methodology with relevance across disciplinary boundaries. This Colloquium will explore the intersections of sexual identity and class in India. Aniruddha Dutta, a MacArthur Fellow […]

GLBT Colloquium: Cherrie Moraga’s Works, 10/31/07

October 31, 2007IASEvents0

The Halloween Colloquium will feature a panel to discuss some works by Cherrie Moraga, author of Loving in the War Years: Lo que nunca paso por sus labios and co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Moraga will be speaking at the University as part of the Dialogues on […]

Cherrie Moraga: A Chicana Codex of Changing Consciousness, 10/18/07

October 18, 2007IASEvents0

This evening the University of Minnesota is pleased to present a reading and discussion of selected works tracing Cherrie Moraga’s own development as a writer, thinker and activist over a full generation of political engagement. These works follow Moraga’s emerging consciousness as a Chicana lesbian from the late 1970s and the early days of women […]

GLBT Colloquium: ALT.SEX.JAPAN, 10/10/07

October 10, 2007IASEvents0

Media artist Daniel Anderson presents his recent work in digital photo-illustration through the lens of Japanese sexual culture. This informal session will consider the ways in which Japanese artists, personalities, activists, and underground practitioners are shaping and influencing the cultural mainstream in Japan and beyond. This presentation may contain explicit material. If you have any […]

DocuLens Asia: Screening of “Tian Feng and His Institute,” 9/28/06

September 28, 2007IASEvents0

In November 1993, Tian Feng, a first-class composer in the China Central Philharmonic arrived in Yunnan Province with a donation of 100,000 RMB from a military base in Tibet. With the money Tian established the Yunnan Institute for Preservation of Minority Cultures on the original site of the former Southwestern Forestry Institute in Anning County, […]

DocuLens Asia: Screening of “Four Sisters from Baima” and “Mei Mei,” 9/21/06

September 21, 2007IASEvents0

“Four Sisters from Baima”: The Baima tribe is a Tibetan branch that still maintained primitive matriarchy and lived on hunting not long ago. In 1999, as a protective measure against the disastrous floods in the area where the Baima tribe has always lived, the government decided to blockade the mountain area and hunting was no […]

U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to deliver Public Policy lecture, 9/15

September 15, 2007IASEvents0

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment Distinguished Lecture Series is honored to have U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin deliver the 7th Spear Lecture in Public Policy. The first woman to serve in Congress from Wisconsin, she also has the distinction of being the first openly “out” non-incumbent to be elected to Congress. The University of Minnesota Law […]

DocuLens Asia: Screening of “Senior Year,” 9/14/06

September 14, 2007IASEvents0

In the No.1 High School of Wuping County in western Fujian Province, 78 high school seniors have only one chance to advance to higher education, through taking the annual national entrance exam. Eighty percent of students in the school come from surrounding rural areas. Their parents tell them that if they do not want to […]

“Movements from Silence: Imaginative Spatialities of Lesbians “of Color” in France”: A talk with Paola Bacchetta, 5/4/07

Paola Bacchetta will address the production of transnational imaginative spatialities by lesbian “of color” subjects in France. She will engage with some of the complexities of four modalities of resistance effected with and through psychic, transgressive, directly oppositional, and transformative spacialities. These imaginative spatialities are simultaneously sites for the creation of alternative imaginaries and imaginative […]

Story and Psyche, 4/25/07-4/26/07

April 25, 2007IASEvents0

Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Alice Kaplan, author of French Lessons: A Memoir, Andre Aciman, author of Out of Egypt, and commentator, Sara Evans. Readings on Wednesday evening and panel discussion Thursday. Major funding from: the University’s McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, the Institute for Advanced […]

Crossing the Boundaries: Culture, Linguistics, and Literature, 4/14/07

April 14, 2007IASEvents, | Conferences0

This one day event will address the question about the state of the disciplines of Hispanic Studies today and the new challenges that Linguistics and Literature are facing, in particular with regards to the crossing of disciplinary borders such as in Cultural Studies and in the integration of Linguistics and Literature. Invited Panelists: David Castillo, […]

“Beyond Marriage: Building New Alliances Around the Politics of Sexuality”: A talk with Lisa Duggan, 3/31/07

“Beyond Marriage: Building New Alliances around the Politics of Sexuality” will analyze the motivations of the group of intellectuals, activists, and artists that have come together to broaden the agenda of GLBT political movements via the formation of the activist network Duggan will discuss efforts to reframe the narrow terms of the marriage debate […]

Louisa Schein: Workshop on Media, Diaspora, and Method, 3/20/07

March 20, 2007IASEvents0

A seminar-style discussion with Louisa Schein on her longterm research on Hmong media and transnationality. Participants are expected to read two pieces in advance: the introduction to Schein’s forthcoming book and a work in progress on race and media treatment of the Hmong hunter incident. To obtain readings, email or Louisa Schein is Associate Professor in […]

“Gender, Affect, Melodrama: Reading Hmong Diasporic Video” – a talk by Louisa Schein, 3/19/07

March 19, 2007IASEvents0

Louisa Schein will speak about the role media, especially its affective dimensions, plays in the social process of diaspora. Through a close reading of melodramatic film texts produced by Hmong immigrants, she will suggest how audience reception of romantic dramas, especially the corporeal experience of tears, shapes ongoing engagements between diasporas and their homelands. Louisa […]

“Truth Telling and the Need for Poetry: From the Harlem Renaissance to Hip-Hop”: Reading and lecture by Nikki Giovanni, 2/28/07

February 28, 2007IASEvents0

Celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month with the Office for University Women and poet, essayist, activist, and Professor Nikki Giovanni. Giovanni will read some of her own poetry, as well as give a lecture entitled, “Truth Telling and the Need for Poetry: From the Harlem Renaissance to Hip-Hop.” The lecture will be followed […]

Public Places / Private Spaces, 2/28/07-3/1/07

February 28, 2007IASEvents0

Helen Epstein, author of Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for her Mother’s History, Michael MacDonald, author of All Souls and Easter Rising, and D. J. Waldie, author of Holy Land. Readings: Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 pm, Weisman Art Museum. Panel discussion: Thursday, March 1, 7:30 pm, Nolte Center. Major funding from: the University’s […]

“Democracy, Diversity, and Expertise: On the Need for A Radical Rethinking of the Twenty-First-Century Public Research University”: a talk by Naomi Scheman, 2/6/07

February 6, 2007IASEvents0

The fading of the social contract between public universities and the public is partly a consequence of general trends toward privatization, but there is an epistemological aspect to the problem that is fundamentally ours, as members of a university community, to address: the legitimation of expertise, specifically in a democracy. How can some people create […]

The Trouble with Time: Personal and Public Narratives in Memoir and History, 2/1/07

February 1, 2007IASEvents, Time0

June Cross (Columbia School of Journalism, author of “Secret Daughter: A Mixed Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away”), Samuel Freedman (Columbia School of Journalism, author of “Who She Was: My Search for My Mother’s Life”), and Annette Kobak (Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Kingston University, England, author of “Joe’s War: My Father Decoded”) […]

The Making of Memory, 1/31/07-2/1/07

January 31, 2007IASEvents0

June Cross (Columbia School of Journalism, author of “Secret Daughter: A Mixed Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away”), Samuel Freedman (Columbia School of Journalism, author of “Who She Was: My Search for My Mother’s Life”), and Annette Kobak (Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Kingston University, England, author of “Joe’s War: My Father Decoded”) […]

DocuLens Asia: Screening of “Doctor Zhang” and Reviewing DocuLens Asia, 12/7/06

December 7, 2006IASEvents0

Directed by Huang Ruxiang. 90 mins, 2005, Chinese w/English subtitles. With Reviewing DocuLens Asia: Bonus screenings and looking back on the series and conference. Dr. Zhang is a man around fifty who has a long-cherished dream to work in Russia as an interpreter. Forced to quit school in 1966 when the Cultural Revolution just started, […]