Please join the American Studies Graduate Events Committee for our Spring Symposium on our departmental theme of SECURITY/INSECURITY,
featuring Dr. Torin Monahan.
Dr. Monahan is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He’s the author of the 2011 Surveillance Studies Book Prize winning text Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity
(2010) and has published a number of works on surveillance and security programs and their relationship to social inequality. Dr. Monahan’s current NSF-funded collaborative research project analyzes data-sharing practices through Department of Homeland Security “fusion centers.”
Dr. Monahan will be speaking in Garrison 1.126 on Thursday, March 27th, at 5pm. He will be introduced by Simone Browne, Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies here at UT. Dr. Browne has written extensively on surveillance and race, and will facilitate a Q&A after the talk. This event is sponsored by American Studies and The Robert R. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, with special thanks to the UT Graduate Student Assembly.
An abstract of Dr. Monahan’s talk:
The voracious collection and promiscuous sharing of data define contemporary security organizations. While the seemingly disembodied, intelligent, and passive nature of new surveillance techniques appears to be less prone to bias or abuse, such techniques are infused with interpretive actions that afford racial, religious, and political profiling. Drawing upon empirical research on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “fusion centers,” this talk will explore the politics of emergent security paradigms. Fusion-center officials propose to fight distributed networks of criminals or terrorists with similarly distributed digital networks that overcome traditional jurisdictional boundaries. Through their intelligence activities, though, fusion centers perform an erasure, or a selective non-generation, of data about their own practices, thereby creating zones of opacity that shield them from accountability. This is concerning particularly because fusion centers are rapidly becoming primary portals for law-enforcement investigations and the model for information sharing by security agencies more broadly.
We hope to see you there!
-AMS Grad Events Committee
Graduate Coordinator – American Studies Department
University of Texas
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The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for executive officers for the 2014-15 operating year. Serve on the executive board of the Graduate Student Assembly, the official voice of all 13,000 graduate and professional students at the University of Texas at Austin.
As a GSA Officer, you have the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills as you represent one of the largest graduate student bodies in the country. You will connect with other graduate and professional students from across the University while promoting the academic welfare of graduate students.
Officer positions are varied and suited to many talents. The list of open positions is:
Academic Affairs Director
Legislative Affairs Director
Programs and Events Director
Student Affairs Director
Each of these positions is described more fully in the attached application. Completed applications should be dropped off in the GSA Mailbox in SAC 3.102 or sent via email (PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5 PM CST.
GSA Officers are compensated for their dedication with a stipend of $2,000/year, plus a University parking pass. All graduate and professional students, including working TAs and RAs, are eligible to apply.
GRADUATE PORTFOLIO PROGRAM in SUSTAINABILITY presents:
Spring 2014 Symposium
with special guest respondent Professor “Dumpster” aka Jeff Wilson
This year at the annual Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability Annual Symposium participating students from across the University will present their sustainability research in an exciting poster session. Topics range from sustainable preservation, to placemaking, to environmental stewardship in urban environments. “Green in the New Black” students from Hutson-Tillotson will be attending the event to join in on these collaborative sustainability discussions. Lunch will be provided.
WHEN: Friday, April 4th 12:00-2:30pm
WHERE: Goldsmith Hall Review Room 3.118
RSVP to: email@example.com
The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students at the University of Texas at Austin with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. The program supplements a student’s graduate work, similar to a minor area of study or a certificate.
Research Associate – Center for Sustainable Development
PhD Student – Sustainable Design
The University of Texas, Austin
firstname.lastname@example.org – 512.475.7996
The Human Rights Campaign is looking for summer interns. The positions are located in Washington DC and are unpaid, but students can apply for a scholarship stipend. Information is located at http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/internships and the deadline is March 28.
Please mark your calendars for an Austin performance by Alash, our favorite Tuvan throat singing ensemble in late April!
See our events post for more information: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/events/30897