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While conversations about race are seemingly everywhere, the definition of a race—what it means, and how we should understand it—remains remarkably under-explored. What, exactly, is race? What does it mean to be “racialized”? Rejecting at once pat dismissals of race as immaterial, Obama-era fantasies of a so-called post-racial society, and the many varieties of pseudo-scientific “race realism,” this course offers tools to comprehensively examine the phenomenon of race and the process of racial formation—a concept first articulated by sociologists Michael Omi and Howard Winant in the book Racial Formation in the United States. Against static views on race, theorists of racial formation explain the ways in which race is socially constructed—that is, via social, economic, and political processes—and why, necessarily, the content of race changes across time and space. Having serious implications for sociology, race theory, and social theory more broadly, the concept of Racial Formation compels us to ask: how is race a way of “making people up”? How does the process of racialization work itself out? How can we understand the racial formation and the flux of racialization as agents and features of contemporary American life?
Over four weeks, we will examine the theory of racial formation through a reading of Omi and Winant’s classic text, comparing, as we go, excerpts from its various editions. We’ll explore Omi and Winant’s critical assessment of other paradigms of race, their definition of “racial projects,” and their claim that race is a “master category” in the United States. Through the framework of racial formation, the course will also stimulate students to reflect upon new racial formations and categorizations in the 21st century—for example, Latinx and immigrants in the U.S. Throughout, we will ask: What is the balance between state and non-state institutions in the creation and maintenance of racial formations? Given that race is both constructed and contested, what are the avenues for both its contestation and deconstruction? How can we reconcile Omi and Winant’s belief in the instability of the race concept with the persistence of racial inequality? What do the intimate ties between race and racism say about race as an analytical category? Supplementary readings may draw on the works of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Oliver C. Cox, W.E.B. DuBois, Anamik Saha, Barbara J. Fields, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Stuart Hall, among others.
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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
New York, New York Online
New York, New York
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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...
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This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Guest Curator Mika Yoshitake discusses the organic forms central to Kusama's unique vision that integrates nature and human nature, the earthly and the cosmic. Emphasizing the pivotal role of biomorphic imagery from both microcosmic and macrocosmic perspectives,...
Thursday Apr 15th, 11am - 12pm Eastern Time
Go Behind the Counter at NYC's Top Pizzerias Without Leaving Home One of our Professional Pizza Nerds will show you what's happening in the kitchens of some of NYC's top spots through this live video experience! You can ask questions and interact in real time throughout the event or just sit back and enjoy the view. Each class will be recorded so...
Sunday Apr 25th, 6pm - 7pm Eastern Time
Psychedelics for Palliative Care and the Treatment of End-of-Life Existential Distress Existential despair, anxiety and depression are far too common at the end of life. This webinar will focus on findings from psychedelic research relieving the psychological and existential suffering associated with a life-threatening illness or the end of life.The...
Thursday Apr 22nd, 7pm - 9pm Eastern Time
Deschooling & Decolonizing: Systemic Change From the Inside Out This 8-week OlioCourse examines the settler colonial history of the university and the different ways we can create decolonial projects from the institution’s structure using Janelle Monae’s work. We'll be launching our conversations off la paperson’s "A Third University is...
Friday Apr 23rd, 7:30pm - 9pm Eastern Time(8 sessions)
Do you long to find ritual practices to help you become more centered in your authentic self? Meaningful ritual is vital to our healing. In this experiential course, we’ll explore essential facets of crafting your own rituals and ceremonies, including: Developing a relationship with the four elements and seven directions Creating a safe container...
Thursday May 13th, 6:30pm - 8pm Eastern Time(3 sessions)
Join author Stephanie Rabinowitz for an exciting exploration of relatively unsung American literary gems that you should be reading. From Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop to John Williams’s Stoner, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, and Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose...
Tuesday May 25th, 2pm - 3pm Eastern Time
At a time when we are more physically distant than ever before—how can we reverse the growing trends of disconnection to forge meaningful connections in business and in life? Even before the pandemic gripped the world, we had become a nation engulfed in loneliness. People have hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, and countless “connections”...
Thursday May 27th, 1pm - 2:15pm Eastern Time
Explore early stage startups with Initialized Capital cofounder and Managing Partner Garry Tan. Garry Tan is cofounder and Managing Partner at Initialized Capital, the early stage venture capital firm he founded with Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian. The VC firm has over $700M in assets under management and has a portfolio with over 200 companies, including...
Thursday May 27th, 2:30pm - 4pm Pacific Time
Times of uncertainty can create obstacles for artists and designers; they also present opportunities for new ways of thinking, making, and envisioning. This course will provide both first-time and more experienced artists with prompts to inspire their art practice while navigating and reflecting on our current moment. A prompt is a starting point...
Wednesday Jun 2nd, 6pm - 8:30pm Central Time(12 sessions)
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