Past Events


Apr 23, 2018, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Watson Theater, Watson Hall

Asmarina is a documentary that depicts the presence of the habesha community in the city of Milan through collective memories recorded in personal archives. Through photograph, music and stories the film uses voice and image to bring to light a postcolonial heritage that has been little scrutinized up to now. Filmmaker Medhin Paolos is also a photographer, musician and activist. She holds a BFA from NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milan, Italy and is currently an Associate in Latino Studies at Harvard University’s Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures where she is working on a digital archive project that recovers and preserves stories of immigrants and their descendants.  Download the PDF for more details.

3000 Nights

Apr 18, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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Inspired by true events, 3000 Nights tells the story of a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher who is falsely arrested and incarcerated in an Israeli prison where she gives birth to her son. Through her struggle to raise her child behind bars, the film traces her journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Mai Masri is an award-winning filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She directed and produced several documentaries that were screened worldwide and won over 80 international awards. 3000 Nights, her first narrative feature film, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won over 24 international awards.

Reproduction Justice & Our Communities

Mar 26, 2018, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Grapham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

Dr. Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon is a mother, Birth Justice Advocate, Professor at the City College of New York, and kundalini yogi. Trained under Ancient Song Doula Services, Griselda’s praxis is grounded in advocacy around the rights of women of color during and after birth. She’s authored a chapter in the anthology Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth. The home-birth of her sun Talib transformed her life.

Village Birth International advocates for respectful maternity care. Founded in 2006, VBI engages maternal health models that work for families and carry a wide-reaching impact on communities. In Syracuse, VBI’s work with women of color, refugees and LGBTQ families also engages the ways systemic racism, national identity, and economic conditions affect birth outcomes and maternal and family well-being.  Download the PDF for details.

Rapper A.D. Carson to Visit Syracuse Feb. 5 for Black History Month

Feb 5, 2018, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (114 Bird Library)

The University observes Black History Month with a visit by A.D. Carson, a hip-hop scholar who created a popular rap album to defend his Ph.D. dissertation at Clemson University.

Carson, assistant professor of hip-hop and the global South at the University of Virginia (UVA), will discuss “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes and Revolutions” on Monday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (114 Bird Library). The event is free and open to the public.

Mele Murals

Apr 25, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Grant Auditorium

Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Through the personal stories of these two renowned Hawaiian graffiti artists and their joint quest to uphold Hawaiian culture through mural-making, Mele Murals shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti combines with Native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the rural Hawaiian town of Waimea, and most of all the artists.

Winona LaDuke

Mar 29, 2017, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. She is Program Director of Honor the Earth, and founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country. She also works nationally and internationally to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations and a novel- Last Standing Woman.

Race & Our Communities

Jan 25, 2017, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Dr. LeConté Dill is an Assistant Professor (Depar tment of Community Health Sciences) where she teaches predominantly first-generation and students of color, many of whom are experiencing family crises and personal struggles while balancing work and academic obligations. Dill conducts community-engaged research focused on the mechanisms of risks, resilience, and resistance among urban youth of color. She is also the Research Director at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
Dr. Monique Guishard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Depar tment of Social Sciences), par ticipatory action researcher, and de-colonial ethicist who uses Brown feminist (Black, Latina, & Indigenous feminist epistemologies) to theorize back to conventional research ethics frameworks. She is co-director of the PCORI Eugene Washington funded Community Engaged Research Academy.

Scholarship on Indigenous Agriculture: Crimes of Incompetence & Bias

Nov 15, 2016, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

Considered a national exper t in Iroquois agriculture, Jane is currently an Associate Professor in the Depar tment of Hor ticulture at Cornell University. Her research focuses on Iroquois agriculture, knowledge, and the productivity of Indigenous cropping systems. She frequently lectures and gives presentations about these topics and their links to contemporary agricultural sustainability. She examines Iroquois agriculture from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes history, archeology, paleobotany, and cultural/social anthropology in order to provide a critically needed bridge between scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work in Iroquois Studies.

The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Feb 29, 2016, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

CFA - 805 E. Genesee Street

DK invites you to an evenin g with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit.

The Wind is Spirit was born from an interview conducted by groundbreaking author and activist Dr. Gloria Joseph, Audre Lorde's partner in the latter years of her life. Told g riot style (an African oral tradition of storytelling to maintain historical ties to the past), this combination anthology and biography brings together a wide range of prominent authors and activists, who submitted essays, reflections, stories, poems, mem oirs and photos that illuminate how Lorde's literary vision and her turbulent and triumphant life inspired so many.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Apr 21, 2015, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (114 Bird Library)

Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman, writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement. This film plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience – the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

Co-sponsors: The Labor Studies Working Group and the Departments of African American Studies, Asian/Asian American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies

A part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month #SU_AAPIMONTH

Please contact Mary Rose Go (, 315-443-8750) if you require accommodations. Free and open to the public.

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo: Film Screening and Post-Film Discussion with Producer Amina Mama

Apr 1, 2015, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Falk 200

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contributions of one of Africa’s foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent, including internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie. This hour-long documentary locates the multi-textured variety of Aidoo’s writing in an historical and cultural context, and charts her pivotal journey through moments of inspiration in a life that spans seven decades, from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence, to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women’s creative talent remains as difficult as ever.

Amina Mama is one of Africa’s leading activist feminist scholars. A former Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute for 10 years, she founded the journal Feminist Africa, has taught courses in African cinema and co-produced The Witches of Gambaga. She is currently on the faculty of Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsors: African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies

Please contact Mary Rose Go (, 315-443-8750) if you require accommodations

Democratizing Knowledge and Black Graduate Student Association Event

Mar 25, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

HLL 111

Wednesday, March 25 - Presumed Incompetent: A Conversation on Navigating Academia

Join us in a group dialogue between faculty and graduate students of color.

Dinner is provided. Please RSVP with by Friday March 20, 2015.


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Sep 29, 2014, 5:00 PM-5:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

Lecture & Performance by Diana Ferrus

Diana Ferrus is an internationally-acclaimed South African poet, activist, and storyteller.  Her poem “I’ve come to take you home” for Sarah Baartman, a Khoi Khoi woman who was paraded in freak shows in 19th century Europe inspired the French Senate to vote unanimously to return Baartman’s remains to South Africa.   The poem is published in the French Law, a landmark in French history.  At her performance lecture, Diana Ferrus will trace the genealogy of her poem to Sarah Baartman, linking it to colonialism, apartheid, and the roots of the designation “Coloured” in South Africa.  She will read from her book I’ve come to take you home and discuss the significant impact the return of Sarah Baartman’s remains had on the people of South Africa.

CO-SPONSORS: Departments of Women's & Gender Studies, Cultural Foundations of Education, African American Studies, Languages, Literatures, and Lingustics, and The Writing Program

"Transnational Challenges to Global Empire: Cultivating Ethical Feminist Praxis"

May 16, 2014, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

3201 Hall, UC Davis

The growth of feminist and ethnic studies has opened up new theoretical frontiers in social justice pedagogy and research. These interrogate the meaning of "the public" in the context of systemic inequalities, combining postcolonial feminist theories of intersectionality with insights deriving from transnational feminism. Discussants are challenged to explore the ethical and methodological implications that arise from bringing the insights of US-based feminist work into dialogue with the work of transnational feminist movements.

Documentary Filmmaking Workshop with Crystal Griffith and HQ Quan of QUAD Productions

Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tolley Humanities Building

A 2-day (14 hour) intensive documentary production workshop focusing on preproduction and production by award winning filmmakers, C. A. Griffith and H. L. T. Quan of QUAD Productions. Participants will learn how to develop an idea for a documentary on social justice related issues, and acquire professional ethics and basic production skills (sound, camera, lighting, and interview techniques). Quan and Griffith are documentary filmmakers and co-founders of QUAD Productions, a not-for-profit production company that produces media for progressive community organizations and activists. Some DK Collective members have projects they plan to turn into documentaries, making this workshop timely and important as a pedagogical tool.

América's Home Film Screening

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Apr 3, 2014, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

América's Home is the story of América "Meca" Sorrentini-Blaut, a feisty Puerto Rican woman in her 70's and her fight against developers intent on bulldozing her community and her family's historic home. Her story is one of many tales of resistance against rampant greed, gentrification, and displacement taking place all across the American Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland. Meca lives on fixed income in Chicago and struggles to restore the Sorrentini's circa 1900's home in Santurce, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of the "new" San Juan. Aided by a group of her contemporaries, the youngest of whom is 65, these "retired" construction workers and artisans painstakingly restore the house and transform it into Casa Sofia, a cultural center named in honor of Meca's mother. When developers offered $2 million dollars to knock down Casa Sofia and build exclusive condos, Meca refused. As one activist observes, "Not everything of value is for sale."

Co-sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies

Illegal in Arizona - Banned Ethnic Studies: Can this be a national trend?

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Nov 8, 2013, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

Sean Arce, former director of Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District’s outlawed Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program

Co-sponsors: Latino/a-Latin American Studies, University College, Humanities Center, College of Arts & Sciences, Cultural Foundations of Education, and La Casita Cultural Center

Un/Freedom and the Ethics of Activist Method: Critical reflections on Feminist Engagements with women incarcerated as witches

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Nov 5, 2013, 4:15 PM-6:15 PM

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Talk by Amina Mama, Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at University of California, Davis and Founding Editor of Feminist Africa

Co-sponsors: Women’s & Gender Studies, Humanities Center, AAS, CFE, PARC and the DK Project.

Example eventDana Olwan & Farhana Sultana: Islam & the Academy: Confronting Orientalism

Apr 19, 2013, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

302 Tolley

Dana Olwan is Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies where she is currently preparing her book ‘Dishonorable Crimes: Murder, Rescue, and the Politics of Canadian Multiculturalism’.

Farhana Sultana is an Associate Professor of geography whose work includes the edited volume ‘The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles’.

Co-sponsor: Women's and Gender Studies 

Dean Spade: Teaching the Politics of Occupation

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Apr 1, 2013, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Dean Spade is Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University and the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex ad gender non-conforming people who are low income and/or people of color. Spade is the author of ‘Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law’ and is currently co-teaching a new course on “Occupation: Law, Politics, Morality” at Columbia Law School.

Co-sponsors: LGBT Resource Center 

Marcela Olivera - Changing the Flow: Organizing Water Movements in Latin America

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Apr 16, 2012, 5:15 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

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Marcela Olivera is a Visiting Associate at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University and the Latin American coordinator for the Water for All Campaign from Food and Water Watch.  Olivera developed an inter-American citizens’ network on water rights: Red Vida which she coordinates from Cochabamba, Bolivia.  

Co-sponsors: African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Office of the Dean - College of Arts & Sciences, Cultural Foundations of Education, Humanities Center, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Latino/Latin American Studies Program, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics and the Lino Novas Calvo Speaker Series. 

'Somebody Forgot to Tell Somebody Something' - Women of Color and Queer of Color Cultural Production in the 80s and 90s

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Mar 2, 2011, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

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Lisa Kahaleole Hall has a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, is Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Wells College, and has a lengthy career in grassroots cultural production as a poet, performer, editor, event organizer, and small press promoter including for the small presses aunt lute books and Third Woman Press.

Co-sponsors: OUTLaw, SU College of Law, Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Education, LGBT Resource Center, University College, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), Native American Studies, Latino/a-Latin American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and African American Studies.

Angela Davis: Radical Pedagogies & Prison Abolition

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Oct 20, 2010, 12:15 PM-2:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Angela Y Davis is Professor Emerita, at University of California, Santa Cruz; and Distinguished Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and African American Studies at Syracuse University.

Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, A Conversation on Life, Struggle, and Liberation

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Oct 13, 2010, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Watson Theater, Watson Hall

With filmmakers C. A. (Crystal) Griffith (Associate Professor of Film and Media Production in the School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University), and H. L. T. Quan (Assistant Professor of Justice & Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University). Joined by Angela Y Davis (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz).

CO-SPONSORS: Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Department of African American Studies, Intergroup Dialogue Program, Sociology Department, Cultural Foundations of Education, LGBT Studies, English Department, Asian/Asian American Studies, Imagining America, History Department, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, College of Visual & Performing Arts.

8 Conversations about Race

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Sep 14, 2010, 4:15 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Commons, Bird Library

"We're beyond race. Racial diversity is killing us. Everyone's a little bit racist. It's just identity politics. Variety is the spice of life. It's a Black thing - you wouldn't understand. I'm ___ and I'm proud. Race is in our DNA."

Markus and Moya, co-editors of Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century, W. W. Norton, 2010, consider eight common conversations that people in the United States have with one another as they make sense of daily events in which race and ethnicity figure prominently.

Co-sponsors: Future of Minority Studies at Syracuse University, Women's and Gender Studies Department