Theatre Reimagined: Race, Culture, and Radical Voice

Fri. Feb. 12, noon 

Throughout the new wave of the Black Lives Matter Movement, issues of race and discrimination have moved to the forefront of mainstream media. In 2021, we can no longer deny that inequity, hate, gaslighting, racial profiling, and injustices are imbedded into our systems of art, culture and history. This begs the question, how can we integrate new voices and histories that have been overlooked or silenced? Additionally, how can rising artists, activists, and performers use their gifts and experience to surpass these challenges? Offering his own story and experience, join the well renowned playwright & artist, Jeremy O. Harris for a special lecture and Q&A session about his journey throughout the American theatre.

Partner: WEB

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something—a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her book Algorithms of Oppression, the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search and the power struggles over representation on the web, as well as the implications for public information needs.

Safiya U. Noble is Professor at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies and co-founder and co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. Author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press).

Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, the Penrose Library, and the Office of the Provost.

Partner: Race, Violence, and Health Academic Theme

We Can't be Illegal if We're Essential: The Reckoning Wrought by Covid-19

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Professor Natalia Molina, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California will be giving a Skotheim Lecture at 7:30 pm via zoom. The title of her talk is "We Can't be Illegal if We're Essential:  The Reckoning Wrought by Covid-19". 

This talk asks why disease remains such a powerful trope in the racialization of Mexicans. Looking back over the last 150 years, Prof. Molina demonstrates how cultural representations of Mexicans as disease carriers have been repeatedly revived, resuscitated and re-created from US conquest (1846–48) to the present. The talk sheds light on why Latinx workers today, especially immigrants concentrated in front-line occupations, are considered just as expendable as they were 100 years ago–a fact that the emergence of COVID-19 has only highlighted.

This talk will be simultaneously translated into Spanish.

Partner: Race, Violence, and Health Academic Theme

Symposium Debrief- Continuing The Conversation with Adam Kirtley

Friday, Feb. 19, Noon

P&P's organizers invite you to join them for a conversation about this year's symposium.  What did you learn?  What connections did you make?  What suggestions do you have?  Join us Friday, February 19 at noon with your thoughts, ideas, and questions!

Facilitated by members of the P&P Student Executive Team