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Africa~Diaspora Forum: Peter Hulme

In the 1920s in New York the jazz cabaret was seen as offering what the writer Eric Walrond called “Africa undraped”, and its sound was the tom-tom.  This talk will explore the period’s fascination with that instrument and with what it might signify, focusing on two texts entitled Tom-Tom, both of which offer to associate contemporary Harlem with “Africa”, in one or another of its manifestations.

African Diaspora Forum-Maya Trotz (U. of South Florida) and Kevin Rhiney (Rutgers U.)

Caribbean in the Flux of Change – People, Land, Air & Sea   Battered States and ‘Resilient’ Futures? A Critical Reflection on the Caribbean post Irma-Maria Kevon Rhiney, Rutgers University   Roughly one month after hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the Caribbean nation of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, the Dominican Prime Minister asserted, “we have a unique …

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Book Launch: Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities, By Alain Bertaud

Overview: Join us on Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30pm for the launch of Alain Bertaud’s new book from MIT Press, Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities. In it, Bertaud argues that operational urban planning can be improved by the application of the tools of urban economics to the design of regulations and infrastructure. Drawing on five decades …

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Enforced Disappearances in an Age of Emboldened Repression

Governments are disappearing people at an alarming rate, often in conjunction with policies carried out in the name of repressing terrorism, organized crime, or plain political dissent. Reports of undercover extraterritorial abductions of people in foreign countries are on the rise. The widely-reported case of disappeared Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is only one example of …

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INSULAR POSSESSIONS: IMPERIAL LEGACIES OF 1898 WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING OF CALL HER GANDA

Co-sponsored by the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. The year 1898 has conventionally been regarded as the American “imperial moment,” when the United States acquired and occupied a number of island nations, both in the …

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Skirball Talks: Angela Davis “Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter” Lecture Series

What are the different tools for combating racism today, after Obama’s presidency and the backlash of the Trump regime? What do the tools of struggle and emancipation look like, and do aesthetics play a role? Please join us as activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis discusses in the “Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of …

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