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Race and  Ethnic Inequality in "Post Racial” America Part II (2013-2014)

School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Writing Seminars

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

The seminar, Race and Ethnic Inequality in the “Post Racial” America II: The Challenges and Prospects of Alternative Constructions of Belonging was designed to explore the eminent sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois’s concept of double consciousness in relation to the struggle over the politics of representation and the unequal incorporation of diverse groups in a national and world systems framework. We honed in on three areas: 1. race, politics, and citizenship; 2. neoliberalism, structural and social inequality and; 3. the appropriation and transformation of culture and cultural space to create alternative constructions of belonging.

Highlights:  2013-2014

Link to End of Year Report 2013-2014

In Dialogue with Professor Zaire Dinzey-Flores

Wednesday, June 4, 2014                                                              

"An elegant, unflinching dissection of the way gated housing in Puerto Rican communities produce and reinforce the symbolic and physical inequalities of our neoliberal era. In this far-ranging and original work, Dinzey-Flores maps out the zones of exclusion that are proliferating throughout our built spaces and which threaten our communal future."—Junot Díaz

Zaire Dinzey-Flores is Associate Professor of Sociology & the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus.

Zaire Dinzey-Flores’ research focuses on understanding how urban space mediates community life and social inequality. Professor Dinzey-Flores uses an interdisciplinary lens (sociology, urban planning, public policy), mixed-method approaches, and often a comparative Caribbean-U.S. framework, to investigate the processes that cement the built environment and unequally distribute power. She has published articles on public housing policy and design in Puerto Rico, race and class segregation and inequality in Puerto Rico, reggaetón music and culture as an urban phenomenon, and what it means to acknowledge Latinos in the urban intellectual history of the United States. 



The Obama Presidency and Its Impact on: Black and Latino Communities 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fredrick Harris is Professor of Political Science and directs the Center on African-American Politics and Society at Columbia University.

Professor Harris's most recent books are The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics (2012), published by Oxford University Press, and, with Robert Lieberman, Beyond Discrimination: Racial Discrimination in a Post-Racist Era (2013), published by the Russell Sage Foundation.

  Harris's research interests include American politics with a focus on race and politics, political participation, social movements, religion and politics, political development, and African-American politics. His publications include Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism, which was awarded the V.O. Key Award by the Southern Political Science Association, the Best Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Best Book Award by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

Slide Show of Harris Reception


In Dialogue with Dr. Yadira Perez Hazel, Guest Speaker and CUNY Colleague

October 2013


Yadira Perez Hazel, Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College presented her work on Japanese agricultural communities in the Dominican Republic. She begins to fill a gap in scholarship by examining why nation-building projects in the Caribbean and East Asia saw each other as solutions to each other’s national problems. Theoretically and empirically, her project seeks to understand issues of racial identity in a Caribbean society categorized in North American literature as obsessed with establishing differences vis-à-vis its Haitian neighbors by contextualizing the Japanese experience in the Dominican Republic. The presentation helped to contextualize the court ruling in October of 2013 regarding the citizenship of Haitian descendants in the Dominican Republic.    

Supported by the Faculty Research Seminar 2013-2014 in the Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, The Office of the Dean and School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College, BMI: Brothers for Excellence, The Office of the Dean for Diversity, The Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative, CUNY.