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  • Cynthia McLeod: The Cost of Sugar

    October 30, 2013

    The Cost of Sugar In her presentation, UC Regents' lecturer Cynthia McLeod takes us back to the 18th-century Caribbean plantation colony Suriname. She presents Surinamese society through the eyes of two Jewish sisters, Elza and Sarith, descendants of the settlers of the "New Jerusalem of the River," known today as the Jodensavanne, the oldest Jewish settlement in Suriname which boasts the first synagogue in the Western hemisphere. The Cost of Sugar is a frank exposé of life in the Dutch slave colony when sugar ruled as kind - and the tragic toll it took on the lives of colonists and…

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  • Akinyele Omowale Umoja: “We Will Shoot Back”

    October 29, 2013

    In We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Akinyele Omowale Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the efficacy of the southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in Mississippi and most of the Deep South. To overcome the system of segregation, Black people had to overcome fear to present a significant challenge to White domination. Armed self-defense was a major tool of survival in allowing some Black southern communities to maintain their integrity and existence in the face of White supremacist…

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  • Black History Month Events

    February 13, 2013

    The schedule for the talks is below: * February 5 - Jordan Camp * February 12 - Simone Browne * February 19 - Nikki Jones * February 26 - Joao Vargas The topics are: Jordan Camp - Interpreting the Crisis: Race,Housing, and the Carceral Turn in Los Angeles Simone Browne - B(R)anding Blackness: BiometricTechnology and the Surveillance of Blackness Nikki Jones - "The camera rolls": What VideoRecords Can Teach Us About Routine EncountersBetween Young Black Men and the Police Joao Vargas - "War Theater: Police Operations and Sport Mega Events in Rio de Janeiro

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