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About this symposium

Activism in Academia III is an interdisciplinary, one-day symposium organized to initiate a larger conversation between CUNY and non-CUNY faculty and students about the value of apolitical and political work in the university as it relates to activism within underrepresented communities. How do we incorporate activism in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in our scholarship? Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates will engage in discussion and debate through various panels and performances. This year’s panels focus on the #MeToo Movement, Mexico and border control controversy, as well as decolonizing the academy through Twitter and social media collectives.

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10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Social Justice through Image, Movement, and Melody

Wendell Cooper, CUNY-Lehman: “Polyrhythmic Disidentifications”

Jennifer Rhodes, Columbia University: “Give Her Black Eyes: Violence and the Opera Subtitle”

Marco Ramírez Rojas, CUNY-Lehman: “Adelitas: Women Warriors of the Mexican Revolution”

Mario Moore, Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts: “Black Men and the Fleeting Pursuit of Relaxation”

12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch Reception

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Diversifying and Decolonizing the Professoriate

Afrodesia McCannon, New York University: “#MoC: Medievalists of Color”

Manu Samriti Chander, Rutgers-Newark, “#Bigger6: Coteries and Collectives”

Eugenia Zuroski, McMaster University: “#BIPOC18 and the Undercommons of Enlightenment”

Devin Griffiths, University of Southern California: “The Ecology of Memes”

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Perspectives from the Pipeline – Student Roundtable Discussion

Javiera Morales-Reyes, Transatlantic studies

Jennifer Chang, African and African-American studies

Sharon Lee, Asian and Asian American studies

Ashley Davis, Contemporary and Fan Fiction studies

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: #MeToo Evolving

Julie Goldscheid, CUNY Law School: “Sexual assault at the Border: Holding the federal government accountable”

Vani Kannan, CUNY-Lehman: “Sexual assault at the Border: Holding the federal government accountable”

Johanna Folk, University of California, San Francisco: “Why Do Professors Who Have Sexually Assaulted Trainees Still Get NIH Training Grants? And Other Important Questions”

Co-panelists: Alexis Martinez and Shyrlene Hernandez


Manu Samriti Chander, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University-Newark

Wendell Cooper, Lecturer, Department of Music, Theatre & Dance, Lehman College

Johanna Folk, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California-San Francisco

Julie Goldscheid, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

Devin Griffiths, Associate Professor of English, University of Southern California

Vani Kannan, Assistant Professor of English, Lehman College

Makeba Lavan, Doctoral Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

Afrodesia McCannon, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, New York University

Olivia Loksing Moy, Assistant Professor of English, Lehman College

Mario Moore, Hodder Fellow, Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts

Jennifer Rhodes, Lecturer in Literature Humanities, Columbia University

Marco Ramírez Rojas, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Lehman College

Eugenia Zuroski, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University

Dhipinder Walia, Lecturer in English, Lehman College

Ashely N. Davis, Student Panelist, Lehman College

Jennifer Chang, Student Panelist, Lehman College

Sharon Lee, Student Panelist, Lehman College

Javiera Morales-Reyes, Student Panelist, Lehman College

Hardik Yadav, Student Panelist, Lehman College

Click here for bios and more info about the speakers and the symposium.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, and the PublicsLab at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the Lehman College Department of English, and the Lehman College City and Humanities Program, and the CUNY School of Law.




Image by Dhipinder Walia, 2017.