• SOLIDARITY AND RESISTANCE:

    The Yale/Connecticut Undergraduate Ethnic Studies Symposium

  • Friday, April 20, 2018

     

    from 12-6pm

     

    at Yale’s Afro-American Cultural Center

     

    211 Park Street

    New Haven

    The Ethnicity, Race and Migration Program at Yale is proud to host the first Yale/CT undergraduate Ethnic Studies Symposium on the Yale campus.


    The symposium showcases innovative research and creative projects done by undergraduates from Connecticut College, Quinnipiac, Wesleyan, Central Connecticut State, Eastern Connecticut State, Fairfield University, University of Connecticut, and Yale.

     

    The symposium coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front strike for Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State and the 20th Anniversary of the Ethnicity, Race and Migration major at Yale.

     

    Beyond a research forum, this symposium serves as an opportunity to present and cultivate innovative scholarship reflective of knowledge production for the service of our communities and our world. The symposium commemorates the creation and development of Ethnic Studies as a field, allowing students to engage with the work of their peers, and to draw rich connections between different methodologies, approaches, and sites of research.

     

    Made possible with the generous support of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration (RITM).

     

  • KEYNOTE

    Yale Professor Gary Okihiro will deliver the keynote address at the start of the symposium. After receiving his Ph.D. in African history from UCLA, Professor Okihiro began his teaching in and directing of comparative ethnic studies programs at Humboldt State University (California), and then at Santa Clara University (California). He moved to Cornell University (New York) to help develop its Asian American Studies Program, and to Columbia to establish the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, before coming to Yale in 2017. His career, thus, includes work at both public and private institutions as a teacher and administrator on both coasts, and he is one of the founders of the fields of Asian American and comparative ethnic studies.

     

    He is author of eleven books, including most recently Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation (Duke University Press, 2016) He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association and the Association for Asian American Studies, received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Ryukyus, and is a past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    12:00

    Lunch and welcome

    12:40

    Keynote Address by Professor Gary Okihiro

    1:00

    Banquet Room: Asian Diaspora and Transnational Identity Formation

     

    Haylee Kushi

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    “Kamaʻāina Settlers, SoCal Hapas, and International Hula: Asian Appropriation of Kānaka Maoli Identity”

     

    Alexandrea Sajda

    QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

    “Constructing the Plurality of History: Julie Otsuka’s We-Narrative in The Buddha in the Attic

     

    Losheini Ravindran

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    “Is Telugu my Peddamma? The Tale of Two Sisters and the Heterogenous Telugu identity”

     

    Crystal Kong

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "The Golden Venture: Refugee Advocacy in York County, Pennsylvania, 1993-1997”

     

    Kali Guise

    CONNECTICUT COLLEGE

    "Anti-Asian Racism and Speciesism in Animal Activism"

     

    Founders’ Room: Identity and Subject Formation

     

    Shelby Michelle Williams

    CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

    "Racial Institutions & Mechanics in the Afro-Arab Diaspora"

     

    Aurora Fonseca

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    ‘“Es Tico…y Punto:’ The Construction of National Identity and Race in Costa Rica”

     

    Alexander Zhang​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "The Flexible Color: How Yellow Came to Define both Miscegenation and Citizenship"

     

    Cassandra Saxton​

    UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

    "The ‘Niggerhood' of Being Nothing"

     

    Ivetty Estepan​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Dominicana Soy: Understanding Racial Formations and Belonging in the 21st Century”

     

    Aliyah S Phipps

    FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

    “Navigating emotions on predominately White institutions”

    2:15

    Banquet Room: Gender and Sexual Identity

     

    Rosemarie Ayala-Soto​

    CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

    "'Pelo Malo' (Bad Hair): A Discussion of Identity & Hair amoung Latinas and African American Women at CCSU's Campus"

     

    Valentina Guerrero​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "La Pachuca Criminalizada: Aesthetics and the Policing of Dress for Women in Zoot Suits"

     

    Andre Miller​

    UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

    "Selling Sex: How Capitalism has Shaped Sexual Identity in Thailand"

     

    Tyrone Williams​

    CONNECTICUT COLLEGE

    "Hypermasculinity In The Black Community: Let's Talk About It”

     

    Katherine Cotuc

    CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

    “African Enslaved Female Experience of the Antislavery Movement in Brazil and the U.S.”

     

    Founders Room: War, Migration & Resistance

     

    Eve Galanis​

    CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

    "The New York Draft Riots of 1863: Intersections of Irish and Black Marginalization”

     

    Anastasia Z. Campos​

    QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

    “The Function of Poetic ‘Confession’ for Marginalized Perspectives in Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds”

     

    Yuni Chang

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Seat of Empire: Multiracial Student Organizing at Yale Against War & Militarism"

     

    Viviana Arroyo

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Mexican American Organizing in the Valley of the Sun"

     

    Viviana Andazola Marquez

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Resisting the deportation mechanism under Trump: Melecio Andazola Morales’s campaign against removal."

    3:30

    Founders’ Room: "The Latinx Rhetor in Profile: A Spoken Word Panel Presentation” (Eastern Connecticut State University)

    4:00

    Banquet Room: Negotiating Space and Belonging

     

    Maya Jenkins​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Environmental Violence and Resistance while Incarcerated: An Exploration of Spatial Rupturing & Imaginations in New York Prisons”

     

    Nina Mesfin

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "(Re)Defining the Sacred: Preservation and Reclamation in Chicago’s Ethnic and Racial Enclaves"

     

    Arianna Diaz​

    UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

    "Migration Studies: the Challenges of Research and Practice Methodologies"

     

    Gregory Ng​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Becoming Temperate: Tropicality, British Colonial Architecture, and Chinese Settler Colonialism"

     

    Savannah Woods​

    CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

    "Spaces and Representation: An ethnographic study of the development of culture spaces and identity for Latinx populations in Danbury, Connecticut"

     

    Founders’ Room: Resistance and Survival

     

    Raquel Brau Diaz​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Utopia, Spirituality, and Futurism: Chicago House and Detroit Techno as Racial Resistance"

     

    Kenneth C. Plourd​

    CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

    "The Gullah Basket Weavers Survived Captivity: But can they sustain against developers and pollution?"

     

    Paige Hutton​

    WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

    "Feeling backward, Looking Forward, Living in the Wake"

     

    Nicole Sanchez Astupuma​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Indigenous resistance strategies: The legal-political situation of the shipibo-konibo of Cantagallo, Peru after the 2016 fire"

     

    Ashesh Trivedi​

    YALE UNIVERSITY

    "Revising Traditional Histories of India by Centering Dalitization as a Methodology"

    5:15

    Banquet Room: Reception

    6:00

    Adjourn

  • Directions

    Yale’s Afro-American Cultural CenteR

    211 Park Street

    New Haven