Mark Q. Sawyer (PhD’99) Memorial Symposium

Mark Q. Sawyer Memorial Symposium

March 13-14 | International House | 1414 E 59th St, Chicago IL

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) and the Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) at the University of Chicago invite you to attend a memorial symposium honoring the life and work of Professor Mark Q. Sawyer (PhD’99, 1972-2017).

Mark’s pioneering work in the comparative study of race in the Americas as well as his commitment to mentorship and institution-building have produced a generation of scholars, reshaped the study or race and ethnicity in political science, and created new fields of inquiry across a number of disciplines. A year after his tragic passing, we hope to gather in the city where Mark was born and raised, and at the university where he earned his doctorate, to highlight his many contributions. This conference will be an opportunity to reflect on the state of the comparative study of race and new directions that Mark inspired both directly and indirectly. 

The symposium will be a free and public event that will consist of an opening reception and four substantive panels, featuring presentations by Mark’s students, collaborators, mentors, and colleagues.

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Confirmed speakers include: Danielle Clealand, Cathy Cohen, Michael Dawson, Megan Francis, Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, Adom Getachew, Juliet Hooker, Fred Lee, Tianna Paschel, Dianne Pinderhughes, Claudia Sandoval, Dan Slater, and Lester Spence.


March 13, 2018

4:00-5:30 | Opening Panel: Conversation about Mark

5:30 – 7:00 | Reception

7:30 | Dinner


March 142018

9:00–9:15 | Welcome

9:15–10:45 | Panel 1: Racial Inequality and Political Crisis in the Americas

10:45–11:00 | Break

11:00 –12:30 | Panel 2: Comparative and Transnational Approach to the Study of Race

12:30–1:30 | Lunch

1:30–3:00 | Panel 3: Rethinking the Study of Race and Ethnicity in American Politics

3:00–3:15 | Break

3:15–4:45 | Panel 4: Combating Institutional Racism in the Academy

4:45–5:00 | Closing