Jan 18 | Racing the International: “From Bandung to Durban”

Jan 18, 2017
4.30pm - 6pm
CSRPC, 5733 S University Ave

free and open to the public

From the 1955 Afro-Asia meeting in Bandung to the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, transnational political actors has outlined a critique of the global color line and established racial equality as an international demand. This panel examines movements for racial justice and equality in the Americas, exploring how political actors makes use of international and transnational tools.

A panel discussion featuring: Prudence Browne (University of Illinois-Chicago), Justin Hansford (St. Louis University Law School), and Tianna Paschel (University of California-Berkeley)

Prudence Browne is the new Associate Director of the Social Justice Initiative and a Ph.D. Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is the former Managing Editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and has over 15 years of experience working with community-based organizations and schools in New York City and Chicago. She is a core organizing member of Teachers for Social Justice in Chicago and a member of the Urban South Grassroots Research Collective. Her own scholarly research focuses on post-hurricane education reform in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Justin Hansford is an activist, lawyer, law professor, and is currently a democracy project fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a founder of The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. He joined the Saint Louis University law faculty after clerking for Judge Damon Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and he has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to study the legal career of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

Living just 10 minutes from Ferguson, Hansford has been at the forefront of legal organizing and advocacy in the aftermath of the murder of Mike Brown. He co-authored the Ferguson to Geneva human rights shadow report and accompanied the Ferguson Protesters and Mike Brown's family to Geneva, Switzerland to testify at the United Nations. He has served as an advocate for proposed post-Ferguson reforms at the local, state, and federal, and international level, testifying before the Ferguson Commission, the Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Inter American Commission for Human Rights.

Tianna Paschel is an assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of California. She is interested in the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America. Her work can be found in the American Journal of Sociology, the Du Bois Review, SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Ethnic and Racial Studies, various edited volumes as well as in two forthcoming books. The first—Becoming Black Political Subjects– draws on ethnographic and archival methods to explore the shift in the 1990s from ideas of unmarked universal citizenship to multicultural citizenship regimes and the recognition of specific rights for black populations by Latin American states. The second is an interdisciplinary volume - Afro-Latinos in Movement co-edited with Petra Rivera-Rideau and Jennifer Jones – that explores transnationalism and blackness in the Americas. Tianna is also a Ford Fellow and member of the American Political Science Association Task Force on Race and Class Inequality as well as the Steering Committee of the Network of Anti-Racist Action and Research.

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This venue is physically accessible and has a gender-neutral restroom. Please contact the CSRPC at 773.702.8063 with any questions or accommodation requests.

This series is organized by Professor Adom Getachew (Political Science) in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, with support from the Social Sciences Division, the Harris School for Public Policy, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Theory & Models Group, and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) at the University of Chicago.