2017-2018 CCSRE Events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m. in Oliva Hall (Cummings ground floor)
    Artist Talk: Mohamad Hafez, reception to follow
    Hafez is a New Haven based artist originally from Damascus whose sculptural installations reference the War in Syria and subsequent refugee crisis. His work is part of, "Intersections: A Benefit Exhibition for the Immigration Advocacy and Support Center", which features the work of 7 artists born outside the U.S. and now working in the region.
  • Friday, Sept. 15, 4:15-6 p.m. Hood Dining Room
    #Charlottesville: Race and Racism in America
    Featuring Professors Sunil Bhatia (Human Development, CCSRE); Nathalie Etoke (French, Africana Studies, CCSRE); Sandy Grande (Education, CCSRE) Cherise Harris, (Sociology).
    A screening of the short VICE documentary, Charlottesville Race and Terror. After the screening, conversation will be framed by Prof. Bhatia, who will provide some historical context; Prof. Etoke will discuss the role of identity politics; Prof. Grande will map some of the intersectionalities; and Prof. Harris will discuss the “shock factor.”
  • Saturday, Sept. 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Cummings Galleries
    Artists’ Reception for all the artists of the current exhibit "Intersections: A Benefit Exhibition for the Immigration Advocacy and Support Center,” which features the work of 7 artists born outside the U.S. and now working in the region. The work is also for sale as a benefit fundraiser for Immigration Advocacy & Support Center (IASC), New London, Conn.
  • Wednesday, Sept.27, 7-9 p.m., Palmer Auditorium
    A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi, author of “Homegoing”
    Also featuring CCSRE Associate Director, Nathalie Etoke-Ilda, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies

CCSRE 2015-2016 Events

"Capitalism Works for Me!" public art piece exhibition

As the culminating event of its year-long programming on the theme of “Capital,” the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is sponsoring a public art piece by Steve Lambert: “Capitalism Works for Me!” on view in front of the College Center at Crozier-Williams from March 28 – May 4, 2016.

Created to look like an old-fashioned sign (it lights up at night!), viewers will be able to vote “True” or “False” in response to the question of whether or not capitalism works for them. Results will be reported out at the artist’s campus-wide talk on April 26 from 4:30-7 p.m. in Blaustein Humanities Center, Ernst Common Room.

Note: Please keep in mind that this is a piece of artwork that is the property of the artist, Steve Lambert. He has been very gracious in his willingness to share it with our campus. It has traveled all around the world, including many college campuses, each time without incident. Let’s be sure that we add Connecticut College to the growing list of careful and conscientious hosts!

Times to Vote: (Please note all voting times are contingent upon the weather permitting.)

Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Official opening and test voting 
Thursday, March 31, 12-1:30 p.m. First official voting session
Every Wednesday, 11:50-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. (April 6, 13, 20)
Monday, April 11, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
Monday, April 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Friday, April 22, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 26, 1-4 p.m.

Notes on the Artist: Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist. Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the “paper of record” announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and Self Control (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done.)

CCSRE 2014-2015 Events

CCSRE 2013-2014 Events

  • Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Social Justice, Decolonization and Activism: Latin America and the World 
  • Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Incarcerated America
  • Beyond the Pale: Pedagogical Strategies for Addressing Assumptions about Race and Whiteness
  • ConnWorks - "Bodies in a Globalizing World:" Panel of speakers from two books edited by Afshan Jafar, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • March, April 2014 - Latin@ Studies Lecture Series

CCSRE 2012-2013 Events

  • Residency of Cuban writer Roberto Zurbano talk on "Afro-Cuban History and Culture"
  • "Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of a Community of Women" talk and documentary film screening by Roxana Walker-Canton
  • Annual Celebrations of Latino, Black, and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage months
  • Reunion 2013's "Revisit and Rediscover" CCSRE open house

CCSRE 2011-2012 Events

View the list of CCSRE Speakers 2011-2012 (pdf). 

CCSRE 2010-2011 Events

On April 2, 2011, the Center sponsored a day-long "Centennial Diversity Conference," a conference on the history and future of diversity at Connecticut College. Connecticut College hosted the Mon., Nov. 15, award ceremony for the winners of the 2009, 2010 North East Black Studies Alliance (NEBSA) W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize.

The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) sponsored a two-day symposium March 4-5, 2010, "The Health Gap: Inequality in U.S. Health Care," examining the racial gap in health care and the current national debate about health care policy, featuring panel discussions, lectures, a community conversation and a keynote address by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

CCSRE Co-Sponsored Events, 2009

  • Rushing to Judgment: Limbaugh and the NFL
  • Using Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle to Respond to the Changes of Global Sustainability
  • The Problem of Egypt, Professor Troy Allen

CCSRE Co-Sponsored Events, 2008

"Of all the Nerve" Speaker Series, Fall 2008

  • "Of all the Nerve: Speaking Back in History and Literature.” Saidiya Hartman, English department, Columbia University, Wed., Sept. 10.
    Hartman's talk was drawn from her book, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route.
  • Alissa Quart, author of Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child, and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, Mon., Oct. 6.
  • Tera Hunter, associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University, and author of the award-winning book To Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War

Remembering Sakia Gunn on Matthew Shephard Day, Oct. 14

On Tues., Oct. 14, James Credle, retired Dean of Students at Rutgers University, spoke about the 2003 murder of 15-year-old African-American lesbian Sakia Gunn of Newark, N.J. and the public indifference to violence against LGBTQ people of color. Mr. Credle currently serves as Executive Director of the Newark Pride Alliance, a community organization geared to create an LGBTIQQ,TS community services center. With nearly 30 years of organizing, Mr. Credle has served as co-chair for Men of All Colors Together, New York, co-chair of the national organization, The National Association of Black and White Men Together, and co-founder of Project "FIRE," an HIV/AIDS education and prevention program in Newark. He has also been an active member of the Vietnam Veterans Movement and helped establish numerous organizations and services focusing on Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans.

Obama or McCain in '08: Journalism Panel

"Obama or McCain in '08: Journalists Take Pulse of Muslims in the U.S.A. and the World." Raghida Dergham, columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent for London-base Al Hayat, the leading independent Arabic daily, and Asra Q. Nomani, author and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, spoke on Wed., Oct. 29. The two journalists discussed the issue of race and the elections and the ramifications of the U.S. presidential election outcomes on US - Islamic world relations.

2007-2008 CCSRE Events (pdf)

"Race, Space and Memory" Symposium, April 18, 19

2005-06 CCSRE Events (pdf)

2006-07 CCSRE Events (pdf)

2006 Inaugural Event April 21-22, 2006
A Symposium on Cornel West's Democracy Matters
View the videos.
Read the news article "Never Let the Present Define the Future" and view a slide show of highlights of the "Democracy Matters" event.