Fall 2018


Art In the Gentrifying City, A Methodology into the Future

Wednesday, October 10
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 
33 South State Street, 7th floor

Focusing on two recent research-based projects: To Oblivion! and Where the Rivers Join: Archival Hydromancy and Other Ghosts, Sandra de la Loza will share personal reflections, artistic strategies and collective actions that respond to historic and current displacement processes within and beyond the unstable terrain of her hometown, Los Angeles. 

Sandra de la Loza is a Los Angeles based artist who creates open-ended, research-based frameworks to guide inquiries that include visual, experimental, social and pedagogical components. Working as a performative archivist, she moves critically from and in between the institutional and the social, occupying a variety of sites to interrogate underlying power dynamics and knowledge production through history and memory. Her work has been exhibited in major museums, alternative art spaces and community centers within the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has co-created autonomous spaces for artistic production, community action and critical dialogue that center the voices and history of people of color including  Arts in Action (2000-2004), Decolonize LA (2016-2017) and at land’s edge (2016-2018). 

Disability and the Indian Nation-State: Questions of Care and Recognition

Thursday, October 25 
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 
33 South State Street, 7th floor

Global Encounters Lunch Series *Lunch Provided* 

This presentation attempts to trace specific instantiations of care made by the Indian state with respect to its disabled citizens. I’ll first be drawing attention to a state-authorized decision to perform hysterectomies on 11 mentally disabled women between the ages of 13 to 35 in a Government Certified school in Shirur, Maharashtra, India in February 1994. Secondly, I will focus on a contemporary example, with the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressing his wish to shift the terminology used for disabled people, from Viklang, (disabled) to Divyang (divine) in 2016. This presentation will juxtapose these instances of state action and articulation with demands emerging from the disability rights movement.


Speaker Bio: Shruti Vaidya, Ph.D. student at the department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. I am interested in working on intersectional social movements with a focus on disability, deaf, and queer studies and activism.

Sin Fronteras [Beyond Borders] Politics: Transnational Contours of Immigrant Rights Organizing in the 1970s

Thursday, November 15 
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 
33 South State Street, 7th floor

Global Encounters Lunch Series *Lunch Provided* 

This presentation will demonstrate the political activism of the leaders of the Chicago chapter of El Centro de Acción Social Autónomo- Hermandad General de Trabajadores [Center for Autonomous Social Action- General Brotherhood of Workers], or CASA-Chicago. It was one of the most important immigrant rights organizations to emerge from the Chicano Movement. CASA-Chicago organizers transcended discourses of belonging based exclusively on the boundaries of the nation-state as they engaged with transnational sin fronteras politics and imaginings.This talk will highlight how CASA-Chicago activists were informed by political ideologies and organizing experiences in Mexico as well as broader Marxist-Leninist thought. This presentation will map the transnational contours of Mexican and Latina/o/x immigrant rights organizing during the 1970s.


Speaker Bio Dr. Myrna García is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Latina and Latino Studies Program. Her research interests include: critical ethnic studies, race and ethnicity, comparative im/migration, and Chicana/Latina feminism. Dr. García’s research explores Latina/o/x immigration activism (1965-1986). She engages oral histories and archival research to document the youth activism undertaken by members of the Chicago chapter of the Center for Autonomous Social Action (CASA), one of the most important immigrant rights organizations to emerge from the Chicano Movement. CASA-Chicago youth in the 1970s conceptualized a “sin fronteras politics” as a transnational imagining that brought ethnic Mexicans together, regardless of birthplace, generation, or citizenship status

Breathing Workshop and Sound Healing Bath and with Lama Lobsang Pandel Rinpoche

Thursday, March 1, 4:15
Sharp 205, 37 S. Wabash 

Join us for Tibetan Buddhist breathing techniques and a transportive sonic experience.

Please bring a mat or blanket to sit and lie on. 

Bystander Intervention 101 Training by the People's Response Team 

Monday, March 26, 4:15
Sharp 310, 37 S. Wabash 

Since its debut in the early 1990s as a locally produced genre of carnival music in St. Kitts-Nevis, wilders has been embraced by a younger, post-independence generation and rejected by an older, conservative group who considers the music’s tempo to be “too fast.” Positing an association between “fast” music and “fast” women, this talk explores how the musical and social merit of wilders is largely conceived of in terms of the genre’s correlation to women and their bodies. The discursive relationship between the criticism of wilders and that of Kittitian and Nevisian women illustrates how a local aversion to being “too fast” is indicative of the persistent and fraught relationship with colonial ideals.

The Digitization of Identity in 3D ft. Snow Yunxue Fu

Thursday, March 29, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 South State Street, 7th floor

The lecture examines the possibilities inherent in current computer graphic simulation technology in terms of experimental cinema and contemporary media art. Especially on how the body is represented in media mirrors how we see and understand our own bodies and identities. A number of factors come together to determine our physical bodies, virtually all of which are out of our control, but through computer generated forms, whether through avatars, animation, or mainstream media, we simultaneously extend our identity to and seek our identity from those created bodies. This extension is limited by our current technology, as in the case of the uncanny valley. The presentation will center and showcase the shifting possibilities of meaning and concept in art making when natural human properties can be hyper-realistic and also artificially simulated to do the impossible.

The Evolution of the Talk and the Sexy Survivor ft. Ignacio Rivera 

Friday, April 5, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Sharp 327, 37 South Wabash Avenue

Join us for a creative and interactive dialogue around survivors of sexual abuse and how they have navigated safe, empowering sexually healthy lives. It is also a forum for partners and allies of survivors to gain tools in supporting sexy survivors. All too often, sex is altered, damaged and or complicated for survivors of sexual abuse. It takes time, patience and trial and error to figure out what works for us. This workshop is not a therapy session but a more of skill and strategy share. We hope to encourage success building and future dreaming dialogue as we all share stories and ideas of what has worked for sexy survivors.

*Lunch Provided* 

Sponsored by: Radical Care Workshop, Sexual Assault Awareness Committee, Diversity Advisory Group, Office of Student Affairs

Un-ghosting Global Encounters ft. Dr. Julie Chu

Friday, April 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 South State Street, 7th floor 

This talk begins with the premise that "global" encounters are always more than meets the eye.  Drawing on ethnographic examples among transmigrants, port workers and those displaced by the redevelopment of global free trade zones, I explore different empirical possibilities, beyond journalistic or positivist "observation," for attending to the pervasive ghostly forms of "the global" in everyday life.  From computer-mediated container ports to emigrant villages emptied of working-age adults, how does one study and capture the many absent presences of contemporary globalized life?  Arguing for a more robust understanding of "the empirical" in global encounters, this talk proposes a shift in sensory registers in field-based research and representation for tracking the shadowy, ghostly and nonrational forms of "the global" in what we might call a mode of "gothic ethnography." 

*Lunch Provided* 

Sponsored by: Diversity Advisory Group International Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Academic Affairs

Fall 2017 

South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s ft. Dr. Kellie Jones 


Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols Trustees Suite, 159 E. Monroe St. 

In South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles's black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.'s housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.'s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists' relationships with gallery and museum culture and the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond. 

Global Clutter: Queer Migrants, Messy Homes, and Social (Dis)Orders ft. Dr. Martin Manalansan 

Thursday, September 28, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 South State Street, 7th floor

This presentation revolves around the intersections between queer migrant lives and the normative scripts of orderly quotidian life.  Culling from the foundational works of queer theorists, ethnographic observations of queer immigrant households and a critical reading of self-help books such as those by Marie Kondo, this presentation is a theorization of queer as mess and an examination of how the search for happiness through order, cleanliness and de-cluttering is based on neoliberal and heteronormative ethical prescriptions of habitation and home. 

Manalansan is a professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His first book, Global Divas: Filipino gay Men in the Diaspora (Dike University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press 2006) examines the exigencies of Filipino immigrant "gay" men who contend with the travails of migration, racism, disease, and identity. His forthcoming book, Queer Dwellings, examines the affective landscapes, material conditions, ethical dilemmas, and embodied experiences of undocumented queer immigrants living under precarious conditions.

Survival Strategies: Queer Artists of Color Deconstructing Racism and Heterosexism

Friday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 South State Street, 7th floor

Queer of Color perspectives still remain largely absent and underrepresented in academic discourse as well as the contemporary art scene in Germany. The tendency in dominant German discourse to equate anti-racism with alleged colorblindness and to define racism not as a power structure but rather as a problem with far-right or neo-Nazi extremists causes difficulties for (queer) Black/People of Color self-representation. Shifting the focus by centering the knowledge that is produced by queer artists of color, this talk asks how these artists deconstruct the racism and heterosexism at work in art, visual culture and academia and create a counter-discourse. What kind of potentialities for Queer of Color survival and resistance can be found in the practice and thought of artists such Hasan Aksaygn, Sunanda Mesquita or Raju Rage?

Rena Onat works as a lecturer and research assistant at the Media Studies department of the University of the Arts Braunschweig. Her research interests include queer theory, visual culture, and critical race theory and she is working on her PhD thesis entitled Strategies of Resistance, Survival, and Empowerment in the Artwork of Queer Artists of Color in the German context. From 2013–2016, she was a member of the graduate school Helene-Lange-Kolleg Queer Studies and Intermediality: Art – Music – Mediaculture at the Department of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Oldenburg. She has also worked as a freelance art educator.


AYOTZINAPA and the Enforced Disappearance of 43 Student Teachers ft. Dr. Laura Ramírez

Monday, November 27, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 South State Street, 7th floor

Laura Ramírez, co-founder of Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago

This talk will explore the events that have transpired in Mexico since September 26, 2014. It will include a timeline of the actions that have been taken to demand the Mexican government respond for the brutal attack on 80 student teachers from the rural teacher's college Normal Rural Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa. The people of Mexico are charging the state as responsible for the disappearance but also connecting the repression of the state to the implementation of the Education Reform Law of 2013 as well as neoliberal policies that seek to privatize public education. Additionally, the actions of the state have sparked a national student movement that has been called the greatest social mobilizations of students since the 1960s.

Laura J. Ramírez is a mother of two Chicago Public Schools students and holds a doctorate in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also the co-founder of Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago. For more than 12 years, she has been actively involved in the fight to preserve public education in Chicago, including the 43 day sit-in for a library and fieldhouse in 2011. She has also organized transnationally to demand accountability from the Mexican government in the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. A Spanish teacher by training, she has taught in Chicago-area public schools. As a youth worker, she has shared her knowledge with young people of color and parents to become advocates for their human and education rights. Additionally, she helped to pass the Chicago city council's ordinance ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2009. Her work is grounded on the belief that in our society it is the duty of all people to hold their government accountable by standing up against injustices and advocating for solutions to problems that plague their community. She believes that education is a necessary tool for people to develop their full capacity and ability to think, as well as love, more fully. She knows firsthand the incredible power of transformation held in the development of a critical consciousness.

Roots for Resistance: Yoga, Self-Care & Social Justice with Jessica Young | Radical Care Programming

Join us for a workshop exploring the intersection of activism and healing. Explore tools you can use to cultivate a practice that serves you in the classroom, in the studio, and in the streets. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. 

Jessica Young has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. In 2010, she began studying at Tejas Yoga, where she completed her 200-hour teacher training. Young is devoted to crafting a balanced and engaging experience for every practitioner. She uses yoga as a tool for connection, integration, and a deep communionwith the self and the divine. Young is a collective member of the Chicago Women's Health Center, where she helps provide education and care for women and trans people in Chicago. She is also a company member of 2nd Story, a theater collective that uses storytelling to create and foster community and inclusion. To read more about her teaching, writing, and other work, visit adevotedyogi.com.

Navigating Home: Identity and Managing Difficult Conversations with Kim Katrin Milan | Radical Care Programming 

"Home" can be difficult when your identities and political beliefs are at odds with the environment. This workshop will delve into methods for self-preservation while working through difficult dialogue. This workshop will be followed by a yoga session. 

Kim Milan is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator, and educator. She is co-founder of the People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, activism, and collaboration. Check out her website here.

Spring 2017 

Ainehi Edoro

How to Be a Global Artist

Ainehi Edoro, Marquette University

Digital technology has redefined what community means. We have access to new and distant localities. Our actions and our work can have an immediate impact in the world. Conventional forms of identity and space such as the nation and city are becoming obsolete. This talk is about how writers and artists can leverage this expanded, globalized community to find audiences that are diverse and dynamic.

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. She holds a doctorate degree from Duke University. She is the founder and editor of the African literary site called Brittle Paper: An African Literary Experience

Papaya, the Pill, and Policy: Lessons in Global Health

Divya Mallampati, Northwestern University

Over the last decade, Divya Mallampati has spent her time trying to understand how individuals, societies, governments, and institutions shape access to healthcare for women. From rural Liberia to urban India to Geneva, she has explored the various ways in which programs and policies can improve the health of women and empower half our population. In this talk, Divya will discuss her research on the intersection of HIV and reproductive health in India and reflect on the lessons she's learned in global health.

Divya Mallampati is a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. Dr. Mallampati's career in public health started as an undergraduate at Northwestern University studying anthropology and global health and as a co-founder of the international non-profit GlobeMed. After college, she served as a Fulbright Fellow in India researching the intersection of family planning and HIV/AIDS interventions. Dr. Mallampati is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where she focused on health policy. She has worked as a researcher and consultant in multiple countries around the globe for institutions such as the National AIDS Control Organization of India, The Ghana Health Service, The Population Council, Last Mile Health, and the World Health Organization. Her interest lies in understanding how national and global policies influence health outcomes for women and their families.

Stefanie Graeter

Global Alliances of Science and Faith: Mining Politics and Environmental Justice in Peru

Stefanie Graeter (Northwestern University)

In 2012, a group of Catholic environmental scientists completed six years of longitudinal research on heavy metal contamination caused by mining in Peru's Mantaro Valley in the Central Andes. This Catholic scientific project formed in relation to national opposition to environmentalism, a powerful mining industry, political corruption and violence, and pervasive suspicion about scientific objectivity. Out of this tense political climate, an alliance between transnational and local Christian organizations, scientific practitioners and institutions, and the region's Archbishop managed to generate the first "objective" scientific study of heavy metal contamination in the region. This lecture analyzes the hard-fought achievements of this alliance, while also reflecting on the ongoing limits of science-based environmental activism within globalized economic systems of resource extraction.

Stefanie Graeter completed her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Davis in 2015. Between 2011–13 she undertook ethnographic fieldwork in the central Andean and coastal regions of Peru on the politics of mining and contamination. More specifically, her research on lead exposure politics examines the value of science, ecology, and human health within a transnational extractive economy. At Northwestern University, she holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the program of Science in Human Culture and the Department of Anthropology.

Can we Talk...about Religion?
Making Sense of Religious Pluralism when the Category Is Anything but Pluralistic

Sarah Hammerschlag

Sarah Hammerschlag (University of Chicago)

In this lecture Sarah Hammerschlag will consider the history of the term Religion, how it has been used and to what ends, how that history impedes our capacity to productively engage in discussions of Religious Pluralism and how to proceed nonetheless.

Sarah Hammerschlag is a scholar in the area of Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture. Her research thus far has focused on the position of Judaism in the post-World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches including philosophy, literary studies, and intellectual history. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida and the Literary Afterlife of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2016). She has written essays on Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot which have appeared in Critical InquiryJewish Quarterly Review and Shofar, among other plac