Paul Ortiz: The Making of an African American and Latinx History of the United States

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Contact person: Christy Waldkirch

An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls. Ortiz will discuss how the book is being integrated into college and high school social studies curricula seeking inclusiveness and historical accuracy.

A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

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Getting Your Passion Going to Save the Planet: A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

From Thoreau to contemporary passive resistance movements, Sam Lovejoy will discuss political philosophy and his experiences as one of the leading environmental activists of our time. Sam Lovejoy was a founder of the non-violent, direct action NO NUKES movement. In 1974 he knocked over a 500-foot weather tower in his home town of Montague, MA, to protest a planned nuclear power plant project. He immediately turned himself into the police, and handed the sergeant a 4-page statement taking full responsibility for his actions. He was indicted for a felony and stood trial, defending himself without a lawyer. He was acquitted by the judge after an 8-day trial. Thus began the opposition to nuclear plants being built throughout the country and the world.

Anthropology and Sociology

Documentary Screening: The Chinese Exclusion Act

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What does a little-known 1882 law have to do with American
    identity, democracy, and civil rights today?
    Through powerful and illuminating visuals, historical documents,
    testimonies, and insights of leading scholars and experts, The
    Chinese Exclusion Act
documentary explores the history of Chinese
    immigration to the United States and its significance to issues
    of globalization, immigration, labor, and civil rights today.

Reception at 2:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Free Speech, Diversity, Inclusion: Is There a Balance?

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A Conversation With:

Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College; Noelle Chaddock, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity, Rhodes College; James R. Stoner, Jr., Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Moderated by: Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College

Commenting on the recent incident at Middlebury College that has galvanized the higher-ed community, an editorial in the Atlantic Monthly concluded: “What once seemed like a divide among students has now created a fault line in the academic community, in what is perhaps a fitting example of the constructive dialogue that should have occurred on the Middlebury campus. Even so, it raises the question: How can students strike the appropriate balance between protest and tolerance when their educators disagree on which is most important?”

Join us for a discussion of this important question, Monday April 17th at 7:00pm in McCallum Ballroom. A dessert reception will precede the discussion at 6:30 in the Crain Reception Hall. Seats and desserts will be first come, first served.


Political Science

Historian and Author Timothy Tyson: The Blood of Emmett Till

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Reception at 5:30 p.m., event to follow at 6 p.m.

The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and remains a crucial symbol of the national struggle for racial justice. To discuss the killing and its contexts, we welcome author Timothy B. Tyson, historian and author of the acclaimed and bestselling new book The Blood of Emmett Till. Tyson’s groundbreaking research – which includes the first-ever interview with accuser Carolyn Bryant – sheds new light on what happened to the 14-year-old Till, as well as the larger consequences of his murder on Mississippi, Chicago, and the United States. As we continue to wrestle with the causes and effects of racial violence, the Till case and the movement it provoked remain vital to understanding both past and present. 

Joining Tyson this evening will be two respondents who will enrich the conversation:

·         Aram Goudsouzian – Chair of History Department at the University of Memphis

·         Doria Johnson – Activist, Historian, and 2016 Nelson Mandela Fellow for International Dialogues


Africana Studies

My Life in China: A Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Kenneth Eng

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My Life in China depicts a journey of a Chinese-American family
    seeking identity through the transformative process of
    documentary filmmaking. 
    About the Director:
    Kenneth Eng is a director, editor, and executive producer.  After
    graduating from Boston Latin School, Ken left for New York in
    1994 to study film at the School of Visual Arts.  His thesis
    Scratching Windows, a short documentary film about graffiti
    writers, was broadcast as part of the doc series REEL NY on WNET
    - NY PBS. In 2001, Ken directed and edited Take Me to The River, a
    feature-length documentary about the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in
    Allahabad, India. Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball, his film about
    the famous Koshien Tournament in Japan, was nationally broadcast
    on PBS as part of POV and continues to play in Japan on NHK-TV. 
    In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch My
    Life In China.  Recently, he edited Tested for director Curtis
    Chin, and is currently developing projects on post-genocide
    reconciliation in Rwanda and the Critical Legal Studies movement
    at the Harvard Law School.
Join us for a reception, film screening,
    and Q & A with the director. This event is free and open to the
    Rhodes community and the public.

Archives of Agency: Food in the Struggle for Black Liberation

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In Black Liberation movements in the United States, food plays not only a biological
role but also a political one. In this talk, Dr. Ashanté Reese explores the ways in which
Black Liberation movements use food as a platform for mobilizing communities and
making connections between historical and contemporary movements, and also considers
how organizing around food demonstrates multifaceted resistance.


Africana Studies

Peter Soppelsa: Nature & Technology in Paris' Waterscape, 1870-1914

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How do nature and technology shape where water flows?  How do they affect who has access to it? Using Paris as a case-study, Soppelsa examines the city's "waterscape" to investigate the place of water in society during a period where how Parisians used their water changed dramatically and became highly politicized.  He raises fundamental questions about how humans and non-humans make ecological change.  Soppelsa's talk resonates with today's debates on "water wars," water infrastructure, and water pollution.