Lectures and Events
The Africana Studies Program offers lecture and other programming funds. If you’re planning an event, fill out and return the Programming Funds Request Form.
Policing and Resistance in Puerto Rico Speaker: Marisol LeBrón
October 7, 2020
Marisol LeBrón of the University of Texas at Austin will speak as part of the On Mattering: Voices from the Movement and Beyond lecture series sponsored by the Africana Studies Program.
Marisol LeBrón, “They Don’t Care if We Die: The Violence of Urban Policing in Puerto Rico”
Marisol LeBrón, “Puerto Rico, Colonialism, and the U.S. Carceral State”
An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. LeBrón’s research and teaching focus on social inequality, policing, violence, and protest. Her book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019), examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico.
“No Matter How Many Times You Study Me It Doesn’t Give Me a Home” Speaker: Lisa (Tiny) Gray-Garcia and Leroy Moore
September 30, 2020
Lisa (Tiny) Gray-Garcia and Leroy Moore will speak as part of the On Mattering: Voices from the Movement and Beyond lecture series sponsored by the Africana Studies Program.
Lisa (Tiny) Gray-Garcia and Leroy Moore have PhDs in Poverty from the streets and heart beats of their poor and indigenous people-led movement in Occupied Huchuin (Oakland) Califaztlan, Poor News Network (PNN).
On Mattering Trans Abolitionists Dismantling Campus Carceral Logics Speaker: Saige Jalida and Alisha Kohn, Queers for Justice, Newburgh LGBTQ Center
September 22, 2020
- A tale of two districts: history of Poughkeepsie schools
- Down Low
- The Cambridge Handbook of policing in the United States, Chapter 19: “Police”. (The Criminalization of LGBT People starts on page 374.)
- Sue Brooks, The Politics of Policing School Districts - Upstate NY,
Educational Foundations, Summer–Fall 2006
The Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center is defining itself as a hub for grassroots education, leadership development, community building, community organizing, resource development + distribution, connection to resilient networks for services and advocacy in the mid-Hudson Valley. We built the Center as a response to the needs of Queer and Trans People of Color and our allies.
On Mattering The Conspiratorial Politics of Attica and Carceral War Speaker: Orisanmi Burton
September 16, 2020
- Orisanmi Burton, “Organized Disorder: The New York City Jail Rebellion of 1970:”
- Orisanmi Burton, “Diluting Radical History”
Orisanmi Burton is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University.
On Mattering We are More than Hashtags and Bodybags Speaker: Tawanda Jones
September 8, 2020
Making our black lives matter is a political movement, a community movement, and a spiritual movement, and while Tawanda’s lane is police brutality, she knows hers is not the only one. There are so many others: street violence, memorials, and housing. She says, “We are facing legalized genocide on all levels and we need to change the whole system.”
- “A Moment of Reckoning: Listening to Black voices in Baltimore.” Edited by Lydia Woolever.
- Wes Moore and Erica L. Green: Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City. (“Prologue,” & “Tawanda”)
- Bryan Crawford: “Bad cops, Bad Cops—The troubling and largely untold tale of Baltimore Police Dept. corruption.”
- Anjali Kamat, Thi Bui, Sarak Mirk, and Amanda Pike: “‘I have to be out there. They’re killing us.’”
- David Schuman: “‘It Needs to Stop’: National Mother’s March Calls for the End of Police Violence”
Tawanda Jones is a Mother, Teacher, Anti-Police Brutality Community Activist, and Christian woman whose brother Tyrone West was murdered by the Baltimore Police in 2013. She has been honoring his death and fighting police brutality for the past seven years. She hosts virtual #WestWednesdays, a podcast series on social media. She also supported the John Hopkins 30 Day Sit-In where the students protested against private policing.