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Fall 2010 Honors Colloquium

Tuesday evenings, 7 p.m.
September 14–December 7, 2010
Edwards Auditorium, URI Kingston Campus

A series of public programs at the University of Rhode Island presented by the URI Honors Program

Join us! The public is invited to attend this series of free events.

Perceptions about race shape everyday experiences, public policies, opportunities for individual achievement, and relations across racial and ethnic lines. In this colloquium we will explore key issues of race, showing how race still matters.

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You will be able to watch the Colloquium live by clicking the Watch Live link. This link will only work in real time, while the presentation is going on. Please click on the links below to watch recordings of Colloquium presentations.

September 14 Green the Ghetto and How Much It Won’t Cost Us
Majora Carter,Environmental Justice Advocate, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and President, Majora Carter Group. Sixteenth Annual Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Women’s Studies Lecture
Click here to watch a recording of Majora Carter's presentation.

September 21 All the World’s a Stage: Race and Identity
B.D. Wong, Tony Award-winning actor, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. First Annual Harrington School of Communication and Media Lecture

September 28 No lecture

October 5 Race, Identity, and Medical Genomics in the Obama Age
Duana Fullwiley, Assistant Professor of African and African American studies and of Medical Anthropology, Harvard University. URI Diversity Week Keynote Lecture.
Click here to watch a recording of Duana Fullwiley's presentation.

October 12 The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology, Duke University.>
Click here to watch a recording of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's presentation.

October 19 A Civil Society: Can We Protect the Rights and Liberties of All Communities?
Kareem Shora, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and recent past national Executive Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.>
Click here to watch a recording of Kareem Shora's presentation.

October 26 Why Immigration Reform Is So Difficult: Latinos as Threat in the Media
Leo R. Chavez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, and Director of the Center for Research on Latinos in a Global Society.

November 2 Why America Can’t Think Straight About Race (Even With a Black President)
Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Founder and Executive director of the Media Education Foundation.

November 9 How To Change the World With Your Bare Hands
Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

November 16 Native In New England
Julianne Jennings, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Arizona State University; Paulla Dove Jennings, Narragansett Tribal Elder, and Curator, Tomaquag Museum; Wanda Jean Lord, Executive Director, Honoring Our Own Power.

November 23
Thanksgiving Week, No Lecture

November 30 How Black Women’s Stories Complicate Race and Gender Politics
Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies, Princeton University.

December 7 Sound Unbound
Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. D.J. Spooky, Professor of Music Mediated Art, The European Graduate School.

Additional Events

September 13–October 8 Fall Semester Art and Art History Exhibit Italo Scanga Visiting Artist Natalia Almeda, Independent Filmmaker. Fine Arts Center.

Additional EventsSeptember 16–December 2 Colloquium Film Series Thursdays, 5 p.m., Lippitt 402.

September 22 Inner City to Ivy League
Cedric Jennings, subject of the biography, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey From the Inner City to the Ivy League, by Ron Suskind. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Edwards Auditorium.

October 14–17 and 21–24 Spinning Into Butter, by Rebecca Gilman
Presented by the URI Department of Theatre. Directed by Bryna Wortman. Fine Arts Center.

November 18 Gallery Night: Representing Race
URI Feinstein Providence Campus and the R.I. State Council on the Arts present an exhibit of art works in all media by professional and community artists of all races and ethnicities exploring the construction of race and racism.

Lynne Derbyshire, Gail Faris, Rae Ferguson, Kyle Kusz, Kendall Moore, Ian Reyes

Major Sponsors:
Honors Program, Office of the Provost, Office of the President, College of Arts and Sciences, Richard and Jean Harrington and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, College of Engineering, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Human Science and Services.

Sustaining Sponsors:
The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Division of University Advancement, College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, Department of Communication Studies, Center for Student Leadership Development, Office of the Dean of Students, Women’s Studies Program, Athletics, Multicultural Center, Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, University College–Phi Eta Sigma, Department of Kinesiology.

African and African American Studies Program, Center for the Humanities, Coastal Institute, College of Nursing, Special Programs for Talent Development, Women’s Center.

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401.874.2853 or

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 800.745.5555.