Sagrario Cruz-Carretero

Anthropology professor at Universidad Veracruzana and co-curator of the acclaimed exhibit, The African Presence in Mexico: from Yanga to the Present, will discuss Afro-Mexicans in contemporary Mexico

November 7, 2011, Forum, Elaine Langone Center, 7 p.m.

Sagrario Cruz-Carretero is a Mexican anthropologist (M.A. Anthropology and Ph.D. History) who has done research on the African population in Mexico under the supervision of Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán, the pioneer of Afro-Mexican studies. In 1990 and 2008, she received the national award "Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán" for her historical and ethnographic studies on African descendants in Mexico.  Cruz-Carretero is a professor of the faculty of Anthropology and a researcher of the Institute of Anthropology in the University of Veracruz, Mexico. She has participated as lecturer in Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States.  In 2006-2007 she received a Fulbright scholarship to teach about the African presence in Mexico at the University of New Mexico.  She was the co-curator of the exhibition "The African Presence in Mexico: from Yanga to the Present" exhibited from 2006 to 2011 in different Museums in Mexico and the United States" (http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/af/africanpresence.html).

Monika Gosin

Sociology professor (Ethnic Studies) at William & Mary will examine the racial, gendered, and linguistic politics that condition Latino/a lives by discussing the use of Hip Hop as a tool for self-representation and resistance among Latino/as in the U.S.

February 23, 2012, Forum, Elaine Langone Center, 7 p.m.

Monika Gosin is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at William & Mary.  She earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.  Gosin previously worked as a Postdoctoral Associate for the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University.  Her current research examines the intersections of immigration, Latinidad, and blackness in the lives and representations of Afro-Cubans who live in the U.S.  Gosin's teaching areas include Latino and Africana studies, intergroup relations, and race and gender in media and popular culture. 

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Professor of sociology at Duke University and author of the recently released White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era will discuss the Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the U.S.

March 22, Forum, Elaine Langone Center, 7 p.m.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is a Professor of sociology at Duke University.  He was born in Bellefonte, PA, in 1962 but raised in Puerto Rico where he received his BA in Sociology and Economics in 1984.  He received his MA (1987) and PhD (1993) in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Bonilla-Silva gained visibility in the social sciences with his 1997 American Sociological Review article, "Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation," where he challenged social analysts to analyze racial matters from a structural perspective rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. 

His research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Inquiry, Racial and Ethnic Studies, Race and Society, Discourse and Society, Journal of Latin American Studies, Contemporary Sociology, Critical Sociology, and Research in Politics and Society among others. To date he has published five books, White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era (co-winner of the 2002 Oliver Cox Award given by the American Sociological Association), Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2004 Choice Award) (this book appeared in 2006 in second expanded and revised edition and, again, in 2009 with a long chapter examining the Obama phenomenon), White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (with Ashley Doane), and in 2008, he finished an edited book (with Tukufu Zuberi) titled and White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Social Science (also co-winner of the 2009 Oliver Cox Award).  His most recent book with Moon Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas, is titled State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (Stanford Press). 

Professor Bonilla-Silva is currently working on four book projects, namely, Anything but Racism: How Social Scientists Minimize the Significance of Racism (Routledge), a project examining the characteristics of the emerging racial order in the USA provisionally titled, "We are all Americans: The Latin Americanization of Racial Stratification in the USA," a book titled The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in America, and a textbook on race and ethnicity with Professor David G. Embrick (Loyola at Chicago).

He received the 2007 Lewis Coser Award given by the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association for Theoretical-Agenda Setting.

Patricia de Santana Pinho

Social sciences professor in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, SUNY Albany, will discuss blackness, whiteness, and resistance to racism in Brazil

April 5, Forum, Elaine Langone Center, 7 p.m.

Patricia de Santana Pinho is a native of Brazil and has B.A. and M.A degrees in sociology and a Ph.D. in social sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo.  Her research and teaching focuses on the topics of blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil, and more broadly in Latin America.  Her book, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010) traces the ways in which Africa has been imagined and reinvented by Afro-Bahian cultural groups, functioning, on the one hand, as an inspiring reference for the construction of cultural and political black identities, but serving, on the other hand, to freeze blackness in static icons that are manipulated by the local government and the tourism industry.  Mama Africa is a revised and expanded edition of Reinvenções da África na Bahia (Editora Annablume, 2004), which received an Honorary Award from LASA's Premio IberoAmericano "for the outstanding book on Latin America in the Social Sciences and the Humanities in Spanish or Portuguese," in 2006.

Her current research project examines African American roots tourism in Brazil within the wider context of transnational black links of solidarity.  Before joining the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies at SUNY Albany, Pinho was a Henry Rice postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, and a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Black Studies in Amherst College.  

The Social Sciences Colloquium is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. For information about the series, please contact Nina Banks at nbanks@bucknell.edu