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September 2018

Latham & Watkins Forum – Criminal Injustice: Junk Science, Wrongful Convictions, and Race

September 12, 2018 | 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
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Criminal Injustice: Junk Science, Wrongful Convictions, and Race It’s all too common in criminal cases to encounter junk science masquerading as forensics. The consequences can be egregious: innocent people sent to prison while perpetrators remain free. Washington Post writer Radley Balko and Mississippi law professor Tucker Carrington chronicle one such case in their recently published book, The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South. In doing so, they expose structural failures and…

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From Abject Performances to Aesthetics in Relation

September 17, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
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A Decolonizing Vision Series talk with Leticia Alvarado Presenting her recently published book, Abject Strategies: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production, Leticia Alvarado proposes a critical engagement with aesthetic theory to enrichen our political imaginings in Latino studies, centering aesthetics beyond the representational in style, composition, and political ideation. Animating a diverse expressive archive that ranges from performance art to performative testimonies of personal faith-based subjection, Alvarado offers an account of politicized aesthetics distinct from those we’ve come to understand as politically…

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October 2018

Aesthetics Through the Penal Hole

October 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
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A Decolonizing Vision Series lecture by Nicole R. Fleetwood Nicole R. Fleetwood, American Studies, Rutgers The talk will focus on art making and aesthetic practices of incarcerated people held in solitary confinement and other types of isolation units. To make art in solitary confinement is to deliberately engage the sensory deprivation that occurs in isolation cells as a mode of assault. With solitary confinement, the carceral state attempts a totalizing control over the bodies and minds of imprisoned people, largely through…

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Media and the Movement: Deconstructing Journalism’s Role in Race and Inequality

October 2, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
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A conversation with leading experts on the intersection of race, inequality, media, and the law, featuring: Jamelle Bouie-chief political correspondent, Slate Magazine Josie Duffy Rice-senior reporter, The Appeal Jennifer Gonnerman-staff writer, The New Yorker Shaun King-columnist, The Intercept Jake Sussman-Managing Director, Fair Punishment Project The conversation will be moderated by Tony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law

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We are Witnesses: Stories from the American Criminal Legal System

October 3, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
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Please join us for a conversation centering the experiences of people intimately familiar with the United States criminal legal system. Taking a human rights-based approach, this event rests on the premise that bearing witness to the harms caused by the racism, inequality, and unfairness of this system is a necessary prerequisite to addressing them. The event will feature a series of short film interviews with people directly touched by the system; a moderated conversation with some of the film's interviewees;…

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Sexual Politics in a Transnational Frame

October 11, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
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A roundtable with Sa’ed Atshan, Sara Mourad, Jyoti Puri, & Evren Savci Sa’ed Atshan, Peace & Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College Sara Mourad, Media Studies, American University in Beirut Jyoti Puri, Sociology, Simmons College Evren Savci, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University Taxonomies of identity and histories of activism in the U.S and Europe cannot be seamlessly mapped onto other societies. To think of sexual politics, broadly, is to suspend the rubrics of feminist, LGBT, and queer activism, in our attempt to understand how…

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AI Now 2018 Symposium: Ethics, Organizing, and Accountability

October 16, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place
New York, 10012 United States
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Over the past year, research and advocacy have continued to expose bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies–from law enforcement’s use of facial recognition to healthcare algorithms that drastically and erroneously cut benefits for the sick. Yet even in the face of increased public awareness and concern, the rapid adoption of these systems across sensitive social and political domains continues, with little oversight or transparency. Efforts to grapple with these challenges frequently focus on the importance of “AI Ethics,”…

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Time’s Up for Sexual Harassment? Litigating Social Change

October 17, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Lipton Hall, 110 West Third Street
New York, New York 10012
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What happens when the #MeToo movement enters the courtroom? Join Roberta Kaplan, powerhouse litigator and co-founder of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, in conversation with Professor Kenji Yoshino, to explore the role of litigation in addressing sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. Optional pre-reads: Motion to Dismiss and U.S. District Court decision in the Melanie Kohler v. Brett Ratner case. This event is part of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging speaker series and is co-sponsored…

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Queer Trouble in Caribbean Art & Activism

October 23, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

A conversation with Rosamond S. King & Angelique V. Nixon Rosamond S. King, English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York Angelique V. Nixon, Institute for Gender & Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad Two award winning artist-scholars reflect on the intersections of LGBTQI and feminist arts, activism, and politics in the Caribbean. King and Nixon address how their own work moves between these different registers. They also discuss how they see contemporary queer Caribbean performance, literature, and visual…

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After the Party: A Manifesto of Queer of Color Life

October 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
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A Decolonizing Vision Series talk with Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Performance Studies, Northwestern University Presenting material from the new book After the Party: A Manifesto of Queer of Color Life, Chambers-Letson presents a eulogy and a manifesto that stakes out the life-sustaining and worldmaking powers of minoritarian performance. Written in the folds between queer of color life and death, the author brings the work of José Muñoz and Karl Marx to bear on a set of performances by Nao Bustamante…

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