Thursday, December 17, 2020
Alyssa Newman, PhD
Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University
Online Event 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST/GMT-5
The widespread use of assisted reproductive technologies, coupled with processes of demographic and social change, are contributing to the normalization of new family configurations that extend beyond biological kinship. Despite the new populations and family formations utilizing these technologies, gamete donor selection is still predominated by heteronormative logics and an interest in family resemblance achieved through racial matching. Focusing on interviews with interracial lesbian couples about their selection of a sperm donor, I examine the conflicts that arose when the logic of racial matching encountered the desire for a biological kinship between donor-conceived siblings—such as when both partners planned to initiate pregnancies conceiving with the use of their own egg. Whereas for same-race couples these dual aims would be in alignment, interracial lesbian couples perceived that they were instead faced with two options: prioritizing either a biological sibling relationship using the same donor, or emphasizing racial matching of the siblings by utilizing two donors. This research reveals that despite the new forms of relatedness that non-traditional families enable, within the use of reproductive technologies, biological framings of race and kinship continue to structure decisions about family formation.
Please watch the pre-recorded talk on her research here.
Attend the live Q&A about her talk via zoom.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Jomaira Salas Pujols
Doctoral candidate in Sociology at Rutgers University
Online Event 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Social scientists have long examined the consequences of school and neighborhood segregation on the lives of Black youth. Yet, these discrete studies of schooling leave unexamined the many locations young people traverse day to day and the consequences of this movement on their perceptions of self and their social location. “Journeying: Black Girls' Sensemakings of (In)justice” uses ethnographic methods to trace how 45 multi-ethnic Black girls learn to perceive and critique injustice through their spatial navigations. My findings reveal that although participants are likely to inhabit racially segregated neighborhoods and schools, they still come into contact with inequality through their daily commutes, visits to other schools, and afterschool program participation. I further suggest that as they physically move through multiple sites of inclusion and exclusion, Black girls develop an awareness and negotiation of the inequalities and injustices that attempt to dominate their lives—what I theorize as journeying. This presentation builds on previous studies of education, urban space, and Black girlhood studies.Please watch the pre-recorded talk on her research here.
Attend the live Q&A about her talk via zoom.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Sean Drake; Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology of Education
New York University
Online Event 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Previous research in middle-class districts has focused on within-school segregation but not between-school segregation. In this study, I unveil hidden institutional mechanisms of between-school segregation and inequality in an affluent, suburban school district. Drawing on over two years of ethnographic observations and 122 in-depth interviews with students, teachers, administrators, and parents at two dissimilar high schools, I identify distinct policies and practices of segregation that disproportionately place Black, Latinx, and lower-income students at risk. I also examine how institutional definitions of success and failure affect school policies and practices in ways that contribute to segregation and inequality, and how institutional actors leverage these definitions to legitimize and justify segregation in the district. This research is part of my book project, Academic Apartheid (under contract with University of California Press), which sits at the sociological intersection of education, race and ethnicity, class, and immigration scholarship.
Please watch his pre-recorded talk on his research and attend a live Q&A via Zoom.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Online Event 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST/GMT-5
All of us work and study on a large campus and live in a thinly populated rural area. We tend to inhabit virtual bubbles where we are surrounded by people who see things the way we do. And whether we are newcomers to the Mid-Hudson Valley or longtime residents, we do not always understand the “signs” we encounter. What do yard signs in election season or “thin blue line” flags tell us about the landscape in which we live? What do colonial estates-turned-museums reveal about enduring inequalities? What murals and monuments “hide” in plain sight because they do not match our pre-set ideas about the place we may (or may not) feel we belong to? Who harvests the local crops but cannot afford to shop at the farmers’ market?
In an effort to shine some light on systemic racism and anti-racist alternatives in our everyday surroundings, the Division of Social Studies is organizing a “Reading the Signs” roundtable over Zoom as well as an accompanying online archive. The roundtable will also offer Bard community members an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the election on November 3rd, whatever the outcome happens to be.
Call for Contributions!
What signs do you think need reading? What is an image, flag, space, mural, monument, memorial, item of clothing, word/phrase, etc. that points to instances of systemic racism in the past or present? What is a sign that points to anti-racist precedents in the past and/or emancipatory possibilities for the future?
In the days leading up to the roundtable, the Social Studies Division invites all Bard community members (students, staff, and faculty) to send photos, videos, audio recordings, and other documents of systemic racism and anti-racism to email@example.com.
All contributions must be accompanied by a brief written statement (anything from a few sentences to a substantial paragraph) that provides initial context, explanation, and interpretation.
The roundtable will feature many of these contributions, which can be made anonymous upon request. The Division of Social Studies will also maintain an online archive of signs that will be available to Bard community members before and after the event.
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Meeting ID: 863 8920 3500
Friday, September 25, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Visger
Associate Professor and Academy Professor, Army Cyber Institute
United States Military Academy, West Point
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Professor Visger will be joining Laura Ford’s Legal Practices & Civil Society (Sociology 305) class, an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences (ELAS) class. Visitors are welcome to join by zoom, using the zoom link provided below. Join via ZoomProfessor Visger will mainly be speaking with us about the international law framework that governs cybercrime, with a focus on the Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, who were charged with conspiracy in connection with the 2016 hack of DNC computers. We will learn about the Talinn Manual 2.0, a 2017 publication based on the collective work of international law scholars and practitioners, working collaboratively as part of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Project.
Professor Visger will also speak with us about his legal experience, working as an army lawyer in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) corps, including his experience as a Preliminary Hearing Officer, responsible for recommending legal proceedings in the case of Sergeant Beaudry Robert (“Bowe”) Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in 2009 and held captive until 2014.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s case garnered considerable attention, forming the basis for Season 2 of the Serial Podcast. For those interested in learning more about the case, Professor Visger has recommended the Wikipedia page, as a good summary, including links to the Preliminary Hearing transcript. Based on his review of the evidence, Professor Visger recommended a Special Court Martial, a legal proceeding with less punitive consequences, relative to a General Court Martial. Professor Visger’s recommendation was rejected, however, and Bergdahl’s case went forward as a General Court Martial proceeding, one that garnered high levels of political attention, including from President Trump. In late 2017, Bergdahl pled guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He was dishonorably discharged from the army and fined, but he did not receive a prison sentence.
Professor Visger has been teaching at West Point Military Academy since 2011. Before joining the faculty at West Point, he served in the following positions: Chief, Rule of Law, and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, I Corps, Fort Lewis, Washington and Baghdad, Iraq (2008-2010) Officer-in-Charge, Bamberg Law Center, Bamberg, Germany (2005-2008); Senior Defense Counsel, Fort Rucker Trial Defense Services (2000-2001); Chief, International and Operational Law, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2000) Trial Counsel, Legal Assistance Attorney and Tax Center Officer-in-Charge, Fort Drum, New York (1997-1999).
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Time: Sep 25, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Manor House Dining Room 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Please join Experimental Humanities, Food Lab, and the Human Rights Program for a free lecture and panel discussion between Vivien Sansour, founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and the Traveling Kitchen, and Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Company and Seedshed, a local nonprofit dedicated to seed stewardship literacy that promotes social justice solutions.
Free lecture, 4:00–5:30 pm.
Ticketed dinner workshop, 6:00–8:00 pm.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Charlene Teters, who received death threats for trying to retire racist sports team mascots at the University of Illinois, will speak following the showing of the award-winning PBS documentary about her—In Whose Honor?