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Challenges to Citizenship: Racism in Latin America


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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Program on Latin America and the Caribbean presents

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. 

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


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


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 Laufer, Syracuse University  
4:00 – 5:00 - Panel 3: Pan Africanism, Anti-Racism and the Law in Latin America

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 

Co-sponsored by: The Department of African American Studies and The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

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For questions, please contact Havva Karakas Keles, or to request additional accommodation arrangements, please contact Morgan Bicknell, 

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