2019 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
The Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) at the University of Houston—Downtown proudly affirms the diverse identities that shape all Houstonians as individuals, communities and citizens. In an effort to educate and empower our beloved Houston, we would like to cordially encourage you to participate in our annual Scholar-in-Residence Week. This year, the Center continues the tradition by hosting noted sociologist and activist Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva as the 2019 Scholar in Residence.
Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is a professor of sociology at Duke University and president of the American Sociological Association. He will visit UHD January 29–31, 2019 for a series of lectures and discussions with the campus community. His journey as a scholar began at the University of Puerto Rico. His initial academic activities were focused on political strife in his native Puerto Rico. However after arriving in the United States, he became further engaged in research centered on white supremacy, racial discourse and institutionalized racism. As an Afro-Latino, the intersections of his own identity served as a fertile space to explore the complexity, confluence and nuance of racism in the U.S.
Dr. Bonilla-Silva is author of the seminal text “Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States. He also has written a number of journal articles including “What We Were, What We Are, and What We Should Be: The Racial Problem of American Sociology,” “The New Racism: The Racial Regime of Post-Civil Rights America,” and “The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America.” I encourage you to build these events into your Spring calendars, course schedules and provide extra credit opportunities to your students. Feel free to invite your colleagues, family, and friends to take part in the weeklong events. In preparation for his seminars, workshops and public lecture, read on Dr. Bonilla-Silva at
The Hill and
New Racism from Rasicsm and Radical Justice with Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.
Scholar-in-Residence for 2018,
Dr. Bettina L. Love
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children.
Dr. Love is one of the field's most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education for elementary aged students. She is the founder of Real Talk: Hip Hop Education for Social Justice, an after school initiative aimed at teaching elementary students the history and elements of Hip Hop for social justice through project-based learning.
Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics including: Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR,
The Guardian, and the
Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Dr. Love is one of the founding board members of The Kindezi School, an innovative school focused on small classrooms and art-based education. Finally, she is the author of the book
Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the
English Journal, Urban Education,
The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth. In 2017, Dr. Love edited a special issue of the
Journal of Lesbian Studies focused on the identities, gender performances, and pedagogical practices of Black and Brown lesbian educators. She is currently working on her second book,
We Want to Do More Than Survive: A Pedagogy of Mattering.
Tim Wise, 2017 Scholar-in-Residence
Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.
Wise’s antiracism work traces back to his days as a college activist in the 1980s, fighting for divestment from (and economic sanctions against) apartheid South Africa. After graduation, he threw himself into social justice efforts full-time, as a Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized in the early 1990s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans’ public housing, and a policy analyst for a children’s advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Smith College School of Social Work, in Northampton, MA., and from 1999-2003 was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville, TN. Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Black Commentator, BK Nation, Z Magazine and The Root, which recently named Wise one of the “8 Wokest White People We Know.”
Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America” (from the Media Education Foundation), which has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change. He is also one of five persons—including president Obama—interviewed for a video exhibition on race relations in America, featured at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. Additionally, his media presence includes dozens of appearances on CNN, MSNBC and NPR, feature interviews on ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’s 48 Hours, as well as videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms that have received over 20 million views. Wise graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.
Dr. Subramanian Shankar, 2016 Scholar-in-Residence
Dr. Subramanian Shankar was born in India and came to the US in 1987, earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. His is presently a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where he teaches contemporary literatures of the world, translation and creative writing. He has shared his fiction and lectured on literary topics widely in the US, Europe, Africa and India.
Contemporary Authors and
Asian-American Novelists have done bio-critical essays on Dr. Shankar and his work. He is a recipient of the College of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics Teaching Award at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa; and served as the Convener of the XVI Annual Conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory in 2013. In addition, Dr. Subramanian Shankar was a co-founded of
SAMAR (South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection) in 1992 and was a member of its Editorial and Media Collectives for ten years.
Dr. S. Shankar is the author of two novels, two volumes of criticism, and a collection of poems. His most recent novel is
No End to the Journey, published by Steerforth Press (2005). Set in a village in South India and drawing on the ancient East Indian epic the Ramayana, it tells the story of Gopalakrishnan and his difficult relationship to his son.
The Indian Express noted that "it packs a punch." A Spanish translation appeared from Belacqua (Barcelona) in 2009.
A Map of Where I Live (1997), his first novel, intertwines a story of love and political intrigue set in Madras with the memoir of an Indian historian who discovers that Lilliput (as in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels) really exists. Shashi Tharoor called the novel "highly original, compelling, and vivid," and
World Literature Today described it as "a minor masterpiece."
His latest volume of criticism, the award-winning
Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation, and the Vernacular (University of California Press; Orient BlackSwan India; both 2012), is a scholarly study of translation and issues of caste in contemporary literature and film from India that was recognized by the American Comparative Literature Association with an Honorable Mention in 2013. A previous volume of criticism, entitled
Textual Traffic: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Economy of the Text (SUNY Press, 2001), has been positively reviewed for its explication of the relationship between colonialism and modernity and its innovations of critical methodology. Dr. Shankar is co-editor, with Louis Mendoza (University of Minnesota), of the anthology
Crossing into America: The New Literature of Immigration (New Press, 2003), which brings together poems, excerpts from novels and memoirs, short stories, letters, and essays to present immigrant literature since 1965. The
San Antonio Express News notes that this anthology is "likely the most original and best introduction to the new immigration available today." The paperback edition of the anthology was published in 2005.
S. Shankar has published shorter pieces in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest periodicals in India and the US. His scholarly articles, poems, reviews, and literary essays have appeared in such journals as
Cultural Critique, Tin House, Massachusetts Review, Outlook, The Hindu, Pioneer, Village Voice, The Nation, and PMLA. He is also the translator of the full-length Tamil play
Water!, published in 2001 in India by Seagull Press and in the US by
Asian Theatre Journal. This translation was performed in India in November 2012 by the Madras Players. We are pleased to have Dr. Shankar host a week's worth of engaging events for the entire UHD community.
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Jimmy Santiago Baca, 2015 Scholar-in-Residence
UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) proudly announces the poet, essayist, screenwriter, and activist Jimmy Santiago Baca as our 2015 Scholar-in-Residence. Mr. Baca is an internationally-celebrated writer, known for such works as
Immigrants in Our Own Land, Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio,
Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande, and
Healing Earthquakes. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards for his work, including the American Book Award and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature for Martin and Meditations on the South Valley, the International Prize for
A Place to Stand, as well as, two Southwest Book Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the National Poetry Award.
During his time at UHD, Mr. Baca will read from his work, host public talks, guide faculty seminars, conduct students workshops, lead service and community learning engagements, and screen his newly released documentary
A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet Mr. Baca’s inspiring life, vision, and unwavering commitment to social justice will serve as a catalyst for the campus to continue to transform the minds and lives of our students and communities.
Inaugural Resident Scholar - Dr. Brittney Cooper
In January 2014, Dr. Cooper presented a public lecture titled "When Blackness Was in Vogue: Intersectionality and Post-Racial Politics". Dr Cooper asserts, "Increasingly, academics who study race charge themselves and others to move "beyond the Black/White binary," when thinking about contemporary operations of race and racism. This talk considers what calls for transcending or moving beyond the binary mean. It seems to mean in many cases that folks are tired of talking about blackness, but never tired of talking about whiteness. Thus this talk drives to the heart of these debates, to understand what we really mean when we say we are "post-racial," and how debates over the continued usefulness of intersectionality are implicated in the project of transcending Black identity."
Dr. Cooper addressed an audience of 200 faculty, students, and visitors. Dr. Cooper is the co-founder of the
Crunk Feminist Collective.