Activism in Academia III

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Segal Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center


Organizers: Dhipinder Walia & Olivia Loksing Moy

Moderators: Hardik Yadav, Ashley Ortiz, & Francis Merencillo


10:00-10:30 am: Breakfast and Coffee


10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Social Justice through Image, Movement, and Melody

Wendell Cooper, CUNY-Lehman (Dance): “Polyrhythmic Disidentifications”

Jennifer Rhodes, Columbia University (Italian): “Give Her Black Eyes: Violence and the Opera Subtitle”

Marco Ramírez Rojas, CUNY-Lehman (Spanish Literature & Language): “Adelitas: Women Warriors of the Mexican Revolution”

Mario Moore, Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts (Visual Arts): “Black Men and the Fleeting Pursuit of Relaxation”


12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch Reception


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Diversifying and Decolonizing the Professoriate

Afrodesia McCannon, New York University: “#MoC: Medievalists of Color”

Eugenia Zuroski, McMaster University: “#BIPOC18 and the Undercommons of Enlightenment”

Patricia Matthew, Montclair State University: “#Bigger6: Coteries and Collectives”

Devin Griffiths, University of Southern California: “Stepping Off: Memes and the Ecology of Race”


2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Perspectives from the Pipeline – Student Roundtable Discussion

Moderated by Makeba Lavan, CUNY Graduate Center

Javiera Morales-Reyes, Eighteenth-century transatlantic studies

Jennifer Chang, African and African-American studies

Sharon Lee, Asian/Asian American and food studies

Ashley Davis, Contemporary and fan fiction


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: #MeToo Evolving

Julie Goldscheid, CUNY Law School: “Sexual Assault at the Border: Holding the Federal Government Accountable”

Vani Kanaan, Alexis Martinez, and Shyrlene Hernandez, CUNY-Lehman: “Accountability to the #MeToo Movement in the Writing Classroom”

Johanna Folk, University of California, San Francisco: “Why Do Professors Who Have Sexually Assaulted Trainees Still Get NIH Training Grants? And Other Important Questions”

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