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Guest Lecturer: Pawan Dhingra

Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority population in the country. They provide a wonderful lens to the experiences of immigrants and minorities in the United States both historically and today. In "Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives," co-written with Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Dhingra critically examines social hierarchies (of race, gender, and sexuality), work, education, family, culture, identity, media, pan-ethnicity, social movements and politics. Dhingra is a professor of sociology and american studies and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tufts University.

Guest Lecturer: Pawan Dhingra

Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority population in the country. They provide a wonderful lens to the experiences of immigrants and minorities in the United States both historically and today. In "Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives," co-written with Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Dhingra critically examines social hierarchies (of race, gender, and sexuality), work, education, family, culture, identity, media, pan-ethnicity, social movements and politics. Dhingra is a professor of sociology and american studies and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tufts University.

CME Book Club

"Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives" by Pawan Dhingra and Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They now outnumber Latinos among the newly arrived immigrants. In Asian America, Pawan Dhingra and Robyn Rodriguez synthesize a prodigious amount of research and analysis, providing a wide-ranging overview of key issues and debates surrounding Asian Americans.

CME Book Club

"Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption" by Laura Briggs   

"Somebody’s Children" examines the growth of transracial and transnational adoption in the United states since 1945 and challenges dominant understanding of these practices. Briggs suggests that the popular narrative of abandoned or orphaned children being rescued by predominantly white, middle–class Americans is problematic, representing a cultural fantasy rather than reality. 

 

CME Book Club

"The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style" by Nelson George

When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, "Soul Train" boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco and gospel music. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Barry White share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time—a period of extraordinary social and political change.

 

Guest Lecturer: Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent antiracist writers and educators in the United States. He is the author of six books, including his latest, "Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority." Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on more than 800 colleges and high school campuses, including UNI, and to community groups across the nation. He has provided antiracism training to teachers nationwide and has conducted training sessions with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. Wise has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism at their institutions, and has served as consultant for plaintiffs attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

Wise speaks on topics such as the civil rights movement, electoral politics, white privilege, youth/student activism and multiculturalism. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN and has ben featured on ABC’s 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University and received antiracism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans.

 

Guest Lecturer: Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is UPS foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. She is a political theorists who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought.  Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient  Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of "Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education"; :Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality," among others. She is the co-editor of the award-winning "Education, Justice, and Democracy" and "From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age." She is a recipient of the so-called “genius award,”, i.e., the MacArthur Fellowship.

 

Guest Lecturer: Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is UPS foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N. J. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought.  Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of "Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education;" "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality," among others. She is the co-editor of the award-winning "Education, Justice, and Democracy" and "From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age." She is a recipient of the so-called “genius award,”, i.e., the MacArthur Fellowship.

 

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