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Latanya d. Tigner
03/01/2016 - 5:30pm
CCSRE Conference Room, Building 360
Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)
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Through video and discussion, Latanya d. Tigner will share Oakland based Dimensions Dance Theater’s legacy of manifesting art emerged from socially and politically charged catalytic events throughout the African Diaspora that have resulted in mass movements to action.  Project Panther: Phase I, To March, Common Ground, and the most recent, The Town on Notice, and several other works brought to the stage the struggles, resistance, resilience and hopes of marginalized communities.

03/01/2016 - 7:00pm
Cemex Auditorium
OpenXChange, co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), and Others
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In these times of global turmoil, join a conversation with four international affairs experts to confront some of the most difficult issues we face today in a special OpenXChange event: "When the World is Aflame" on Tuesday, Mar. 1, at 7 pm in Cemex Auditorium.

From immigration and the refugee crisis to the presidential conversation on foreign policy, Russia, democracy and the Middle East, a building shift to extreme polarization and the demonization of certain groups is being reflected in diminishing compassion for others, setting the stage for increasing unrest and conflict.  

Former Washington Post Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent Janine Zacharia will moderate a discussion with three of Stanford’s most seasoned diplomats and scholars to consider the crucial role of the university in a fragmented world and the way forward in fixing a multitude of broken systems. The conversation will explore the following and more:

  • Can democracy be imposed on other nations as a means to peace?
  • How can opponents work together to solve problems, both globally and locally?
  • Is it possible to move beyond “dueling scorecards of victims” to a dialogue of reconciliation in the Middle East?
  • Does Silicon Valley hold the key to addressing both our security and our privacy or will solutions come from Washington? 
  • Where does Stanford and its community fit into the equation?

Professors Condoleezza Rice, Jeremy Weinstein and Mike McFaul in conversation with Janine Zacharia will tackle some of the thorniest issues of the day, then respond to audience questions and comments for what will be a compelling look at the ever-expanding challenges of the 21st century landscape.

Stella Rouse
Associate Professor of Government and Politics, and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland
03/02/2016 - 12:00pm
This talk is part of the 2015-16 RICSRE Seminar Series Spotlight on Race and Politics, co-sponsored by the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES). One speaker will be featured each quarter. This talk is also co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Woods Institute for the Environment.

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“An Agenda Beyond Immigration: Latinos and the Politics of Climate Change”


Latino interests are often portrayed as focused mainly on immigration. However, survey research shows that Latinos prioritize a number of other issues, more so or as much as immigration, including the issue of climate change. Polls indicate that Latinos are more likely than whites and African Americans to say global warming is caused by human activities. Pro-environment attitudes are especially strong among Latino Millennials because the Millennials’ persona is partly defined by the priority they place on the environment and their view of the role of government in solving problems. Analyzing survey data from 2014 and 2015, this paper explores the opinions of Latino Millennials with respect to climate change policies and how personal experience with weather and disaster events may affect their attitudes. This study has considerable implications for understanding how Latinos view the issue of climate change and the lens through which they may evaluate the 2016 presidential candidates.


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Stella M. Rouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Rouse’s research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, minority politics, Millennial politics, state politics, and immigration. She is the author of the book, Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013)—voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post. Dr. Rouse has published articles on group dynamics and co-sponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and immigration. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has presented her work at such forums as the Brookings Institute and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rouse is a native of Colombia. She fluently speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.

This talk is part of the 2015-16 RICSRE Seminar Series Spotlight on Race and Politics, co-sponsored by the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES). One speaker will be featured each quarter.

03/04/2016 - 12:00pm
CCSRE Conference Room, Building 360
Haas Center for Public Service
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Identify responsibilities for faculty, students, and community partners; create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to clarify expectations; discuss potential challenges; and identify ways to include your partner as a co-educator.

03/05/2016 - 9:00am
Building 200
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., co-sponsored by Chicana/o Latina/o Studies

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The  Latina Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) is designed to create a fun and safe environment where high school girls can engage in discussions about issues affecting Latina women and learn how to overcome these barriers.

We feel a personal obligation to help improve the graduation statistics of Latinas by empowering girls to succeed from a young age. The objective is to encourage young girls to establish academic goals early on, allow our sisters to be a testament to academic success in higher education, and help young students navigate the intricacies of entering college.


Paula Moya
2015-2016 Faculty Research Fellow, Professor, Department of English
03/10/2016 - 4:00pm
CCSRE Conference Room, Building 360
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Co-sponsored by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) and the American Studies Program

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Paula Moya is Professor of English and, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Cultures. She is the author of The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism (Stanford UP, 2015) and Learning From Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles (UC Press, 2002). She has also co-edited three collections of original essays, Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (W.W. Norton, Inc., 2010), Identity Politics Reconsidered (Palgrave, 2006), and Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (UC Press, 2000).
Professor Moya has served as the Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature, Vice Chair of the Department of English, and Director of the Undergraduate Program at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, the Outstanding Chicana/o Faculty Member award, a Brown Faculty fellowship, and a Clayman Institute fellowship.


About her book:

In the context of the ongoing crisis in literary criticism, The Social Imperative reminds us that while literature will never by itself change the world, it remains a powerful tool and important actor in the ongoing struggle to imagine better ways to be human and free. Figuring the relationship between reader and text as a type of friendship, the book elaborates the social-psychological concept of schema to show that our multiple social contexts affect what we perceive and how we feel when we read. Championing and modeling a kind of close reading that attends to how literature reflects, promotes, and contests pervasive sociocultural ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, Paula M. L. Moya demonstrates the power of works of literature by writers such as Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, and Helena Maria Viramontes to alter perceptions and reshape cultural imaginaries. Insofar as literary fiction is a unique form of engagement with weighty social problems, it matters not only which specific works of literature we read and teach, but also how we read them, and with whom. This is what constitutes the social imperative of literature.

Robert Putnam
03/13/2016 - 5:00pm
Levinthal Hall - Stanford Humanities Center
The Taube Center for Jewish Studies
“Between Race and Religion: Contemporary American Jewish Life” series
with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
How Religion Divides And Unites Americans…And Why It’s Basically Good For The Jews
Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
There exists a great puzzle of religion in the United States: America is unusually religious, unusually diverse religiously, and yet unusually tolerant. In most countries, intense religiosity combined with stark religious differences equals wars, violence, and civil disorder. Why have we not torn ourselves apart along the religious fault lines that have increasingly come to divide us? In his upcoming lecture, Robert Putnam will draw on three of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted of religion and public life in America to examine the complex interaction of religion, politics, and social movements over the past half-century and how this specifically impacts Jewish life. He will offer a nuanced balance sheet of how religion both contributes to and detracts from the vibrancy and stability of American democracy.

Anthea Kraut
Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department, University of California, Riverside
03/29/2016 - 5:30pm
Stanford Colloquium on Dance, co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Others
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This talk rehearses the major arguments that Kraut makes in her recently published Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance (Oxford University Press, 2016).  In the book, Kraut traces the history of efforts to assert copyright protection for choreography in the United States and teases apart their raced and gendered politics.  The talk will highlight the stories of some of the major and minor players involved in those efforts.  It will also underscore the importance of choreographic copyright for thinking through questions about dance’s reproducibility and for confronting the ways whiteness has functioned as a property-like right in the U.S.

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The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It receives administrative support from Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and additional funding from Stanford’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

03/30/2016 - 4:00pm
Cubberley Auditorium
Stanford Women's Community Center, co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Others
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Join us in Cubberley Auditorium for an afternoon with Roxane Gay, author of critically-acclaimed Bad Feminist. Roxane Gay’s presence is unmatched in the world of words. With a deft eye on modern culture, she masterfully critiques its ebb and flow through our society and social media. In her readings and lectures she navigates her sharp wit through feminism, identity, entertainment and culture, particularly the consumption of television, news, movies, sports, literature and comedy.

Tickets are free and general admission (required for entry). Reserve yours today!

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