Fall 2023 Events

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"Why Anthropology?" event with Akbar Ahmed, Manissa Maharawal, Francis Martin, and moderated by David Vine
9/21, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, SIS Abramson Family Room

Ahmed and Martin, who conducted four unprecedented and award-winning book and film projects based in decades of field work, will discuss anthropology and its relevance in today's world. Maharawal will share remarks and observations, which will be followed by a Q&A and broader conversation with the audience.

Award-winning documentary Absolutely Must GoLet Us Return! Film Screening of “Absolutely Must Go” and Discussion with Exiled Chagossian Leaders
9/26, 6:00 pm, | Letts Hall Formal Room 100

The exiled Chagossian people have been struggling to return to their homeland for more than 50 years. The Chagossians were forcibly removed from their homes by the US and UK governments during the creation of the US military base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. This special event will feature a screening of the new award-winning documentary "Absolutely Must Go." Q&A will follow with Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Chagossian leader, Olivier Bancoult, who is visiting the US for meetings in Congress and at the United Nations.

The Last Colony: Philippe Sands in Conversation with Olivier Bancoult
9/27, 6:00 pm | Busboys and Poets 14th & V Sts. NW

Decades after being forced out of their homeland by the US military base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, the exiled Chagossian people won an unprecedented lawsuit at the International Court of Justice. Marking the release of the US edition of lawyer Philippe Sands’s book The Last Colony, Sands and Chagossian leader Olivier Bancoult will discuss Chagossians’ ongoing struggle to return to their homeland and finally win justice. The conversation will be moderated by Cristina Becker, Associate Director researcher for Human Rights Watch, which has described the treatment of Chagossians as a crime against humanity.

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"New York Liberation School”: Book launch & community dialogue with Conor 'Coco' Tomás Reed
10/3, 1:00 pm | Mary Graydon Center 200

In the 1960s and ’70s—when Toni Cade Bambara, Samuel Delany, David Henderson, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Guillermo Morales, Adrienne Rich, and Assata Shakur all studied and taught at CUNY—New York City’s classrooms and streets radiated as epicenters of Black, Puerto Rican, queer, and women’s liberation. Conor 'Coco' Tomás Reed is part of the next generation of insurgent CUNY thinkers nourished by these legacies. Highlighting the decolonial feminist metamorphosis that transformed our educational landscape, New York Liberation School explores how study and movement coalesced across classrooms and neighborhoods. Reed’s immersive and wide-ranging narrative brings us into the archives and up close to the stories of its main participants in order to reactivate these vibrant histories. The result is a radiant reclamation of collective history that charts a vision for liberating education and society today.

Conor ‘Coco’ Tomás Reed is a Puerto Rican/Irish gender-fluid scholar-organizer of radical cultural movements in the Americas and the Caribbean. They are co-developing the quadrilingual anthology Black Feminist Studies in the Americas and the Caribbean, and are the current co-managing editor of LÁPIZ Journal and a contributing editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Coco is a co-founding participant in Free CUNY, Rank and File Action, and Reclaim the Commons, and a member of CUNY for Abortion Rights.

Negar Razavi: Security experts, the “Middle East,” & Re-Imagining U.S. Empire from the “Center”
10/17, 1:00 PM | Mary Graydon Center 200

In this presentation, Dr. Razavi considers how the "Middle East" operates and exerts power on the security establishment of Washington through the realm of policy expertise and debates on the region. Based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Washington, along with fieldwork in Iran, her research considers how the U.S. currently operates as an adaptive, transnational global hegemon no longer beholden to or driven by its own narrowly-defined national interests or security demands.

Negar Razavi (she/her) is an Associate Research Scholar at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. As a political anthropologist, Razavi focuses her work on critical studies of security, expertise, gender, race, empire, humanitarianism, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. She has published her research in Social Text, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Critical Studies on Security. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and has held previous positions at Northwestern University, the College of William and Mary, and UPenn.


Orisanmi Burton’s Tip of the Spear booktalk
11/29, 5:30 pm | Bol Bookstore & Cafe, 1822 N Capitol St NW

Co-sponsored by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and the Department of Anthropology.