Graduate Students/Faculty of Color Dinner Series allows for informal conversations between faculty and graduate students of color over dinner. The purpose of the dinner is to provide an opportunity for Graduate Students to hear from various faculty members about their journeys and best practices for navigating the academy in an intimate setting. This program is in partnership with the Office of Graduate Student Life at the Student Resource Center.
Faculty members that are interested in presenting at the dinner series should contact Selima Jumarali at email@example.com for more information on the program.
Wednesday, February 6, 6:00-7:30 PM
Millery Polyné, Assistant Director, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Millery Polyné's teaching and research interests examine the history of U.S. African American and Afro-Caribbean intellectual thought; coloniality in the Americas; human rights and dictatorship; race and sports. The author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 (University Press of Florida, 2010) Prof. Polyné was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship (2012) and a University of Rochester Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2005). Professor Polyné's Gallatin courses include "Consuming the Caribbean"; "Black Intellectual Thought in the Atlantic World"; "Sports, Race, and Politics"; and "American Poetics."
Tuesday, March 5, 6:00-7:30 PM
Alejandro Velasco, Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Alejandro Velasco is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His manuscript, “‘A Weapon as Powerful as the Vote’: Urban Protest and Electoral Politics in Modern Venezuela,” couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy. His teaching record includes interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Latin America (including seminars on human rights, cultural studies and urban social movements), historical methods courses on 20th-century revolutions, graduate history courses on urban political history and workshops with primary and secondary school educators. At Gallatin, his courses include “(Re)Imagining Latin America,” “¡Revolución!” and “Incivility in the Age of Civil Society.”
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00-7:30 PM
Kimberly DaCosta, Associate Dean of Students, Associate Faculty, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently working on a study of the advertising industry and the structural, economic and cultural dimensions of ethnic marketing.. Professor DaCosta’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advertising Educational Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective.
Past speakers have included:
- Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Shankar Prasad, Clinical Faculty, The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Professor and the Director, Doctoral Program; Silver School of Social Work
- Ann Morning, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Robert Teranishi, Associate Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development