Challenges to Citizenship Series

Racism in Latin America: A Symposium Honoring Dr. John Samuel Burdick


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Challenges to Citizenship Series

Racism in Latin America: A Symposium Honoring Dr. John Samuel Burdick

Syracuse University, The Moynihan Institute of the Maxwell School and the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) will host a symposium to discuss ‘Racism in Latin America’ as a ‘Challenge to Citizenship’ in the region. The event honors and celebrates the life, activism and intellectual productions of Dr. John Burdick. ‘Racism in Latin America’ will bring together leading thinkers on racialization, racial identity, black, Indigenous and feminist politics, LBGQ+, religion, and the environment to explore racial politics across the Americas. Dr. Burdick’s work defies neat conceptual categories but according to Howard Winant, Burdick was an anti-racist activist, feminist and student of the Afro Diaspora who opened new ways of thinking about black cultural formations, identity, and resistance.  The symposium seeks to makes sense of the new racial projects unfolding across the Americas and explore Dr. Burdick’s work and contributions from a hemispheric perspective. 

This event is organized by Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) and co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

 

Friday, February 12

1:00 – 5:15pm
Online via Zoom

 
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1:00-1:15 – Welcome and Introductions
 
1:15-2:15 – Panel 1: Race, Gender, and the Alternative Grammar of Anti-Racism  

Panelists: 

Patricia Pinho, University of California, Santa Cruz
Kia Lilly Caldwell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Peter Wade, University of Manchester

 

Moderator: Kwame Dixon, Howard University 
 
2:15-2:30 – Break with music provided by James Gordon Williams, Syracuse University  
 
2:30 – 3:45 – Panel 2: Reclaiming Citizenship: Resistance, Power and Transnational Solidarity

Panelists:

Charmane Perry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Zakiya Carr Johnson, ODARA Solutions
Jaimee Swift, Howard University
Kirssy González, Syracuse University

 

Moderator: James Gordon Williams, Syracuse University  
 
3:45 – 4:00 – Break with music provided by Milton R. Laufer, Syracuse University  
 
4:00 – 5:00 – Panel 3: Pan Africanism, Anti-Racism and the Law in Latin America

Panelists:
Bernd Reiter, Texas Tech University
Tanya Hernandez, Fordham University
Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moderator: Silvio Torres-Saillant, Syracuse University  
 
5:00-5:15 – Closing Discussion and Remarks

Moderator: Kwame Dixon, Howard University 

 

For more information, please contact Havva Karakas Keles, hkarakas@syr.edu or to request accessibility accommodations, please contact Morgan Bicknell, mebickne@syr.edu.