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Race and Ethnic Inequality in “Post-Racial” America Part I  (2012-2013)

School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Writing Seminars

Anthony P. Browne and Arlene Torres (Co-Directors)

Highlights: A Terrific Beginning 2012-2013                                                              

There are five tenure track and/or mid-career faculty, a post-doctoral research associate and a graduate student participating in the seminar designed to illuminate how race and ethnicity adversely impact opportunities for Latinos and Blacks.


Dr. Victor Torres-Velez coordinated the invitation of Dr. Leah Stauber, Assistant Professor University of Arizona to Hunter College. Dr. Stauber presented her work to the members of the seminar and to the public on the 7th of November 2012. The event, “What Tucson’s Ethnic Studies Battles Tell Us about Contests of/for the Nation at the Dawn of 21st Century,” held at Roosevelt House was co-sponsored by the Department of AFRPL, The Human Rights Program at Hunter College, CENTRO, and the Race and Ethnic Inequality Seminar (supported by the School of Arts and Sciences). 


Dr. Elena Padilla: A Pioneer at the Crossroads of Urban Ethnography and Puerto Rican Latinidad

Dr. Merida M. Rúa, Williams College 

“Simply put, she portrayed the complexities of community life and the trials and tribulations of her interlocutors. As such, she sought to challenge the paradigm of Puerto Rican pathology at the time in the popular press and academic scholarship by demonstrating the ways by which the socioeconomic environment and concomitant structure of power, informed by race, profoundly affected the lowest socioeconomic and marginalized sector of the Puerto Rican community in New York.” M.M. Rúa and A. Torres

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A conversation with Dr. Elena Padilla and Dr. Merida M. Rúa who authored an edited volume, entitled, Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla University of Illinois Press 2010) will take place at Hunter College on the 4th of April at 4 p.m. at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

The edited volume focuses on 1947 Master’s thesis Puerto Rican Immigrants in New York and Chicago: A Study in Comparative Assimilation” and its implications for contemporary research in the social sciences. It also speaks to the intellectual legacy of Padilla who served as a research assistant for the noted sociologist C. Wright Mills et. al The Puerto Rican Journey (1957) and conducted her own groundbreaking study, Up From Puerto Rico (1958). Her work on the seminal text established a foundation that would challenge the emergent “culture of poverty” thesis and related public policy.

Dr. Merida M. Rúa is currently Chair and Associate Professor of  Latino Studies & American Studies at Williams College. She conducted historical and ethnographic research in Chicago. In addition to the edited volume, she recently published Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago’s Puerto Rican Neighborhoods (2012). The event is being co-sponsored with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Arts and Sciences 2012- 2013 Research/Writing Seminar, ‘Race and Ethnic Inequality in the “Post Racial” America.’

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Padilla did not attend, however, there was a spirited dialogue with Drs. Rua, Torres and members of the audience.) 


Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Sociologist and Professor, Duke University 

Getting out of the Rabbit Hole: Color-Blindness and Post-Racialism in Obamerica€

Introducing the Speaker: Dr. Erec R. Koch, Ruth and Harold Newman Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Dr. Bonilla-Silva is the 2011 recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award recognizing outstanding scholarship and activity focused on racial issues, especially those affecting African American or similarly disadvantaged racial/ethnic populations. He has published five books: State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States; White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Social Science; Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States; White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism; and White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era.


The Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, The Office the Dean and the School of Arts and Science, Hunter BMI: Brothers for Excellence, The Office of the Dean for Diversity and Compliance, The Chancellor's CUNY Latino Faculty Initiative, CENTRO.

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Neoliberal Personhood in Latino Newark : A Conversation with Dr. Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas

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Dr. Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas, the Valentín Lizana y Parragué named chair of Latin American Studies within the Black and Hispanic Studies Department (BHS) Baruch College, CUNY will be joining the Hunter College Arts and Sciences 2012-2013 Research/Writing Seminar on the May 15, 2013 at 4 p.m. at AFPRL Conference Room 17 floor West Building. Her newly published book, Street Therapists, Race, Affect, and Neoliberal Personhood in Latino Newark (University of Chicago Press, 2012) is the winner of the 2012 Puerto Rican Studies Association Frank Bonilla Book Award.  Seminar participants are reading her work and excited about the prospect of engaging the author about the theoretical and methodological interventions she poses for the study of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

Dr. Torres in a recent review of this award winning book states, “Scholars of the African American, Luso-Brazilian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican in the US or of gender and sexuality studies might be tempted to focus on those chapters that expand upon these citizen-subjects. However, the reader would miss Ramos-Zayas’ astute observations and analyses of their intertwined lives in Newark’s cityscape. These observations encompass residents of the past as well as those who are nostalgically imagined and absent but are referenced in self-making. They are also part and parcel of the (re)making of Newark’s history and provide fodder for the structural changes occurring in this neoliberal city."


Tacit Subjects & “Code Swishing” In dialogue with Dr. Carlos U. Decena

Wednesday, June 5, 2013  

Professor Carlos Decena is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. His areas of interest include critical theory as well as social and cultural analysis, with a particular emphasis on transnationalism and diaspora in the American continent, US Latinoamerica and the Caribbean. Other areas of interest include queer of color critique and critical public health.

 "Tacit Subjects is a joy to read, an important piece of ethnographic scholarship, and a crucial node for a more enlightened and progressive understanding of queer lives lived on the edges of nations, histories, and cultures. Carlos Ulises Decena meticulously engages with, departs from, energizes, and reframes recent LBGTQ scholarship.” — Martin Manalansan IV, author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora


CUNY Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2013 Building on a Strong Foundation: Opportunities and Challenges Research and Working Conference  March 8, 2013

Brief Summary

The Office of the University Dean for Recruitment and Diversity and the Diversity Conference Planning Committee are pleased to invite you to Building on a Strong Foundation: Opportunities and Challenges, the inaugural CUNY Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2013, at the CUNY Graduate Center.

The Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference will address a range of critically important opportunities and challenges related to faculty diversity and inclusion as identified in the CUNY Diversity Action Plan. Highlights of the event include:

•    Opportunities to learn from colleagues

•    Nationally recognized plenary speakers

•    Engaging, thought-provoking breakout sessions organized by CUNY faculty

The Faculty Seminar members organized the following panel.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM SESSION 7: Grounded Mentoring of Untenured and Mid-Career Black and Latino Faculty


Arlene Torres, Associate Professor, Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies & Director, Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative, Hunter College

Anthony Browne, Associate Professor, Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College

Milagros Denis-Rosario, Assistant Professor, Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College

This panel will chronicle efforts to confront issues of retention and the promotion of Latino and Black faculty. The panelists will describe a year-long seminar that seeks to alleviate concerns around promotion and productivity of untenured and mid-career faculty of color. They will summarize the findings of this initiative, developed at Hunter College. The presenters will share the results of their research which suggest that a supportive structure that encourages risk and is undergirded by clear expectations can increase scholarly productivity while fostering community among underrepresented faculty. They will also discuss with participants how to implement similar programs on their campuses.