Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Faculty of Color Panel with Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Robert Gooding-Williams, Matthew Briones, and Kenneth Warren

Just added: Matthew Briones and Mario Small!

Matthew Briones is an Assistant Professor of American History and in the College. His areas of interest include comparative race relations, Asian/Pacific Islander American history, and African American history. His current projects include “Acts of Repossession: Internment, Interracial, and Ideological Counterpublics from the Popular Front to the Cold War” and work on “the Manilamen,” 18th-century Filipino immigrants who settled in Louisiana.

Mario Small is a Professor of Sociology. His areas of interest include urban poverty, inequality, culture, networks, case study methods, and higher education. His current projects deal with urban conditions, organizations, and networks.

On Monday, OMSA and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture will host professors Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Robert Gooding-Williams, and Matthew Briones as well as Deputy Provost Kenneth Warren at 5710. They will engage in a conversation about the experience of scholars of color and share their journeys to their present positions at the University of Chicago. They will also discuss topics including obstacles faced by scholars of color, isolation affecting scholars of color, stereotyping of research conducted by scholars of color, and sources of personal motivation.

A little about the panelists:

Kenneth Warren is a Professor in the Department of English and the Deputy Provost for Research & Minority Issues. His focus is American and African American literature from the late nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century. His books include Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism and So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism.

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature in the Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Lugo-Ortiz’s focus is nineteenth-century Latin American literature and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history. Her books include Identidades imaginadas: BiografĂ­a y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la guerra (Cuba 1860-1898). Her current book-length project is “Riddles of Modern Identity: Biography and Visual Portraiture in Slaveholding Cuba (1760-1886)." She has authored various essays on the interconnections between queer sexualities, gender and anti-colonial politics in twentieth-century Puerto Rico.

Robert Gooding-Williams is a Professor of Political Science and in the College. His areas of interest include Nietzsche, Du Bois, Critical Race Theory, African-American Political Thought, 19th Century Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, and Aesthetics. His books include Zarathustra's Dionysian Modernism and Look, A Negro!: Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics. He also edited or co-edited Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising, The Souls of Black Folk (Bedford Books Edition), and "100 Years of The Souls of Black Folk" (Public Culture, Spring 2005).