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2020-2022 Sawyer Seminar: Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center of the Study of Slavery and Justice and the Africana Studies Department at Brown University have been awarded funding to develop the Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Rethinking the Dynamic  Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America.”

Together, these units are organizing a series of conferences, talks, exhibits, and performances at Brown University (in person and online) under the guidance of the Sawyer Seminar Team and Steering Committee. Our team includes CLACS Director Patsy Lewis, Africana Studies Professor Brian Meeks, and CSSJ Director Anthony Bogues, as well as CLACS Center Manager Kate Goldman, LACA Director of Undergraduate Studies Erica Durante, our Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow Kristen Kolenz, and our Sawyer Graduate Proctors, Karyn De la Mota and Alexandria Miller.

The Mellon Sawyer Seminar programming began during the Fall 2021 semester with the following events:

Presence-Work: Temporal Violence and Activist Rhythms on the Sonoran Migrant Trails

This talk was offered on October 5, 2021 by talk  Mellon Sawyer Seminar Post-Doctoral Fellow Kristen Kolenz. A recording of the talk is available online.

Exploring Themes in Intra-Regional Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean

This conference, which will be held on November 4 and 5, 2021, features scholars and activists exploring the dynamics of race, ethnicity in migration in the Americas. Full details are posted on the conference webpage.

Latin American Music Event

This event, which will be held on November 4, features three performances by emerging Latin American artists: Frontera BugalúDanger AK (Instagram), and Laura Guevara (Instagram). The content is available on Watson's YouTube channel

Migration, Race and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Be sure to come back often for updates and announcements about new and upcoming events!