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The Legacy and Future of Ethnic Studies at CUNY (Day 2)

April 28 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
| Richard Harris Terrace and Hudson Room

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With roots in the intertwined movements of racial justice, anti-imperialism and liberation in the 1960s and 70s, the formation of ethnic studies in the United States changed how institutions of higher education teaches race, inequality and the very history of the nation. In celebration of the formation of Ethnic Studies at BMCC, we aim to provide a space for scholars affiliated with CUNY to discuss contemporary scholarship in the field.

Register for the conference. You can register for just one of the days or both.

See the schedule for Day 1.

The following events will be held at either Richard Harris Terrace (RHT) or the Hudson Room (Hudson).

Registration 9-9:30 a.m.
Opening Speaker: Provost Erwin Wong 9:45-9:55 a.m. (RHT)
Panel 1: Dominican Music

The Urban Maroons of Afro-Dominican Music
- Paul Austerlitz, CCNY

Del burro al subway: Mapping Dominican Musical Pioneers in New York City
- John Bimbiras, CCNY

A Walk-through Raquel Cepeda’s New York: Tales of a Dominicaniyorkian in and
from the Hip-Hop Zone

- Sharina Maillo-Pozo, DSI at CC and UGA

Moderator: Daly Guilamo-Addison, BMCC
10-11 a.m. (RHT)
Panel 1A: Decolonizing the Classroom I Rethinking Academia

Black Intersectionality Studies, Intellectual Freedom, and the Education of Democracy
- Dionne Bennet, City Tech

“Black Faculty in Higher Education and the White Gaze Panopticon in the Era of Black Lives Matter
- Nathalis Wamba, Queens College

African American Leadership in Higher Education
- Van Havercome, BMCC

Ethnic Studies and the Relevance to the Growing Guyanese Community in New York City
- Dennis Saavedra Carquin-Hamichand, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Hayley Wagner, BMCC
10-11:15 a.m. (Hudson)
Panel 2: Inter/national Struggles for Liberation

Critical Race Theory and Academic Freedom
- John R. Chaney and Joni Schwartz-Chaney, LaGCC

The Rhetoric of Afro-Asian Comparison: Cross-referencing, Coalition, and
Comparative Racialization Pre-Bandung

- Tanya Agathocleus and Janet Neary, Hunter College

Fort Night: Chronotopes of Racialized Violence in Police
- Kyle Fraser and Esra Padgett, Center for Place & Culture, CUNY Graduate Center

Militias and Messiahs: Religion and Violence in Colonial Central Africa in the 20th Centuryj
- Charlotte Walker-Said, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: RaShelle Peck, BMCC
11:10 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (RHT)
Panel 2A: Decolonizing the Classroom II

Searching for Mami & Abuelita: Exploring WOC Stories in an Art-Based Participatory Archive
- Wendy Barrales, CUNY Graduate Center

Cripping the Curriculum: A Call for a Paradigm Shift Toward Decolonizing the Public University
- Hosu Kim, College of Staten Island

The Beauty and the Challenges of Mentoring Community College Students: a BRESI Approach
- Victor Torres Velez, Hostos Community College

Surviving Brown v. Board of Education: Laurinburg Institute, 1954 to the Twenty-First Century
Patricia Haggler, York College

Moderator: Lisette Acosta-Corniel, BMCC
11:25-12:40 p.m. (Hudson)
Panel 3: Immigrants, Oppression, and Institutional Spaces

The Impact of Carceral Violence and Racial Profiling on Immigrant Labor Power and Wages
- Andrew Berezhansky, John Jay College

Organizing for Prison Abolition: With and Without Hope
- Charles Snyder, York College

A Space to Breathe
- Gleneara Bates-Pappas and Diana Melendez, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Meryem Zaman (BMCC)
12:35-1:30 p.m. (RHT)
Panel 3A: Asian American Studies and Activism at CUNY
“Education for Liberation in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies at CUNY
- Cherry Lou Sy, Brooklyn College

Education for Liberation in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies at CUNY
- Marcia Liu. Hunter College

Education for Liberation in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies at CUNY
- Jackelyn Mariano, Hunter College

Education for Liberation in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies at CUNY
- Alex Ho. BMCC and Brooklyn College

Moderator: Marcia Liu, Hunter College
12:45-1:30 p.m. (Hudson)
Lunch1:30-2:40 p.m. (RHT)
Plenary: Africana Studies: Conversation with Kwasi Konadu (Colgate- Endowed Chair) and Michael Partis (Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative and BMCC)

Introduction by: Patricia Mathews-Salazar, Chairperson, Ethnic and Race Studies, BMCC
1:30-2:40 p.m. (RHT)
Panel 4: Race and Latin America

Afro-Caribbean Spanish-Speaking Sailors Enslaved in Colonial New York and Boston
- Beatriz Carolina Peña, Queens College

Translating Scales: Racial Mixing and Geological Dynamics in Euclides da Cunha
- Emmanuel Velayos Larrabure, Hostos Community College

For [Being] a Rogue and Because He Lied to His Lord
- Allison Guess, City College

Moderator: Judith Anderson (BMCC)
2:50-4:20 p.m. (RHT)
Panel 4A: Narratives of Diverse Lives

Brown Sugar House: Race and Gender in America’s Borderlands, Stories of Undocumented Women’s Lives and Liberation in the Americas
- Juliana Nalerio, CCNY

Taking it to the Streets: BIPOC Studies and the Natural (Urban) World
- Regina Bernard, CUNY SPS

“Excluded Windfall: How Undocumented Workers Turn New York State Pandemic Payments into Wealth Across Borders
- Gregory Morton, CCNY

Moderator: Andrew Smallwood, BMCC
2:50-4:05 p.m. (Hudson)
Closing: BMCC Student Musical Performance 4:30-4:50 p.m. (RHT)

Plenary Speakers

Kwasi Konadu
Kwasi KonaduKwasi Konadu is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair and Professor at Colgate University, where he teaches courses in African history and on worldwide African histories and cultures. With extensive archival and field research in West Africa, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, and North America, his writings focus on African and African diasporic histories, as well as major themes in world history. He is the author of Many Black Women of this Fortress (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2022), Africa’s Gold Coast through Portuguese Sources, 1471-1671 (British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2022), the award-winning Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation (Duke University Press, 2019), The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2016), Transatlantic Africa, 1440-1888 (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Akan Diaspora in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2010), among other books. A father first and foremost, Konadu is also a healer (Tanɔ ɔbosomfoɔ) who studied with his grandfather in Jamaica and then in central Ghana and Brazil as well as a publisher of scholarly books about African world histories and cultures through Diasporic Africa Press. His life work is devoted to knowledge production and the worldwide communities and struggles of peoples of African ancestry.

Michael Partis
Michael-PartisMichael Partis is the Executive Director of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative: a nonprofit focused on community wealth building with working-class Bronx residents. He currently is a Board Member for the New Economy Project and the Adult Board Chair for the Youth Power Coalition. He is also the co-founder of The Bronx Brotherhood Project, a volunteer-based college success & mentorship program for Black and Latino teens at New Settlement College Access Center. Michael previously was the Director of South Bronx Rising Together (SBRT): a collective impact initiative dedicated to improving health, grade-level reading and math, and post-secondary outcomes in the neighborhoods of Morrisiana and Crotona Park West. An anthropologist by training, Michael teaches in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is also a Researcher at the Bronx African American History Project, where he and Professor Mark Naison are editing “After The Fires:” a collection of post-1970s South Bronx oral histories.

If you have any questions, email us at EthnicStudies@bmcc.cuny.edu.

April 28
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open to:
General Public


Richard Harris Terrace and Hudson Room
199 Chamber Street
New York, 10007 United States

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