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Center for Critical Race Studies Events - 2019

2019 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-SilvaDr. 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 Duke Today, The Hill and New Racism from Rasicsm and Radical Justice with Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.

Scholar-in-Residence Events

Jan. 29, 2019
Student Activists & Community Leader Workshop

Co-sponsor: University Student Affairs
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Milam/Travis Room

Jan. 30, 2019
Student Luncheon
Co-sponsor: Center for Latino Studies
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Academic Building, Room A300

Jan. 31, 2019
Social Justice Engagement

YES Prep Northbrook High School
1 Raider Circle, Houston, TX 77080 (OFF-SITE)
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. OFF-SITE

Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series
Lecture, Book Signing & Public Reception
6 – 8 p.m. Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium​​

African American Read-In

February 4, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Milam/Travis Room

Sponsored by the Center for Critical Race Studies

Uncovering Convict Leasing in Sugar Land

Guest Speaker, Reginald Moore
February 13, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium
Local activist Reginald Moore, talks about the recent discovery of mass prisoner graves in Fort Bend County and convict leasing.

Reginal Moore photograph

Overcoming Barriers to Black Representation in Media Discussion Panel

February 20, 2019
Robertson Auditorium
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
In observance of Black History Month, the University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) Communication Studies Department along with the Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) is hosting The Black Factor," 1- 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium 

The event will feature keynote speaker Isiah Carey of Fox 26’s "The Isiah Factor Uncensored" and a panel discussion with assistant professors of communication studies and CCRS Fellows, Dr. Creshema Murray and Dr. Felicia Harris. The panel will cover the topic “Overcoming Barriers to Black Representation in Media.”

Isiash Carey, Creshema Murray, Vida Robertson and others

"This is a very important conversation to have, especially right now during Black History Month," UHD communication lecturer Abigail Koenig noted. "The media industry is still largely dominated by white men and we need better representation that is closer to the make-up of our country. This panel is a way to get more diverse voices heard and open the table for discussion.

The event is organized in conjunction with the bi-annual speaker series hosted by the Communication Studies Department and A+CE initiative. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow in the Coffee House area near UHD's Robertson Auditorium.

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