Wednesday 21 February 12:00pm
Marwa M. Shalaby, the Fellow for the Middle East and Director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University, will talk about the impact of the politics of authoritarianism on shaping not only women’s numerical presence in national legislatures in the Middle East and North Africa, but also, their legislative behavior and policy priorities once in office. The Arab world has one of the lowest rates of women’s political representation at 17 percent, compared to 40 percent in Nordic countries and 27 percent in both Europe and the Americas. Joukowsky Forum, Room 125, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.
Thursday 22 February 5:00pm
Leisy J. Abrego, associate professor in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, will give a talk exploring how DACA recipients and their families experienced, interpreted, and applied lessons from mass mobilizations in advocating for DACA recipients, also known as “DREAMers.” While international migration scholars often focus on educational and occupational integration, Abrego argues that political claims-making, too, is a form of immigrant integration not often captured in mainstream discussions of immigrant assimilation. The lecture is part of the Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series, which considers the issues of racial, ethnicity and migration in the contexts of displacement. Smith-Buonanno, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street.
Friday 23 February 8:00pm
Ensemble Dal Niente is a Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The programming, brought to life by a flexible repertoire-based instrumentation, seeks to challenge convention and create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences which connect audiences with the music of today. Brown University student and faculty works are performed at this free concert. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street.
Thursday 1 March 4:00pm
Jennifer Nash, an associate professor of gender & sexuality studies and African American studies at Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, will give a lecture critiquing approaches to intersectionality in the public discourse. Her research centers on black feminist theories; black sexual politics; race, gender, and law; race, gender, and visual culture; and women's/gender/sexuality studies' institutional histories and politics. Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting Street.
Thursday 1 March 6:00pm
In honor of Black History Month, the School of Public Health and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America present a talk in the Building Health Equity in an Unequal World lecture series. "The Flint Water Crisis: A Journey for Justice" will feature Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint Water Crisis. In 2015, at risk to her career, and before her research was scientifically peer reviewed, Dr. Hanna-Attisha urged Flint residents, particularly children, to stop drinking the water. A day after her study was released, Flint advised residents to minimize exposure to Flint water. Later, emergency declarations were made. She will discuss the background of the crisis, the role and scope of lead exposure mitigation, the current status of Flint and health advocacy going forward. IBES 130, 85 Waterman Street.
Friday 2 March 6:30pm
The percussionist Will Calhoun, most widely known as the drummer for the multiple Grammy-winning rock/funk band, Living Colour, will discuss his extensive travels across the Global South, focusing on his innovative use of percussion not only as a means of bridging cultures but also as a surprisingly effective tool for conflict resolution. Calhoun will be joined by his Living Colour bandmate, the guitarist Vernon Reid, and also by the bassist Melvin Gibbs, whose vast oeuvre features ethnographically-rich research on the cultures and music of the African diaspora in Brazil and across the Caribbean. Joukowsky Forum, Room 125, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.
Friday 2 March 7:00pm to Sunday 4 March 3:00pm
ASHES is a theatrical work that investigates abuse and healing among women of color through a collection of monologues, poems and vignettes chronicled in Zoë Flower's novel, "From Ashes To Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood." With vignettes co-written by Sherri Pullum and directed by Lily Mengesha, ASHES includes experiences with racism, issues of sexuality, body image and self-love. Produced by the Department of Africana Studies' Rites and Reason Theatre. The BassPas @ Churchill House, 155 Angell Street.