Race, Genetics & Healthcare Invited Speaker Series


We’re excited to announce that our inaugural invited speaker series in partnership with the Dell Medical School will be starting this March!

Our first speaker, Professor Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania), will be joining us on March 7th, followed by Professor Charmaine Royal (Duke University) in April.

Check out our Events page for details on these talks or reach out to our organizers.

Fall 2016 Meeting Schedule

Welcome back for another school year, R&E-ers!

As you may have noticed over the last few years, we’ve been working around themes to guide our monthly meetings. This academic year, we’re focusing on Race, Health and Healthcare.

Our first fall meeting will be Friday September 9th from 3PM to 5PM, in CLA 2.606 (Normandy Seminar Room). There will be two readings we will discuss to help introduce our subject for the year, so please come prepared to discuss them and share your vision for the rest of the semester.

The readings are the following:

  • Bliss, Catherine. 2012. “Chapter 5: Everyday Race-Positive” in Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Racial Justice. Stanford University Press.

Please mark the following dates for our subsequent fall meetings: October 14th, November 11th, and December 2nd from 3PM to 5PM (all in CLA 2.606). Also, contact Anima Adjepong, Kathy Hill, or Shantel Buggs for a PDF of the Bliss chapter and join our email list here!

A Discussion on Race, Social Movements, and Political “Revolution”

Our next R&E meeting will be Friday 2/19 from 3 to 5pm in CLA 0.120.

We will turn our attentions to political revolution and social movements through a discussion of the Working Families’ Party and Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s “gender revolution”, and the Tea Party. Please come having read the articles below and watched the brief video from MSNBC:

Ball, Molly. “The Pugnacious, Relentless Progressive Party That Wants to Remake America” The Atlantic. Jan 7, 2016.

Perry, Melissa Harris. “Should feminism play a role in the 2016 election?” MSNBC, Feb 6, 2016.

Williamson, Vanessa, Theda Skocpol, and John Coggin. 2011. “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.” Perspectives on Politics, 9(1); p 25-43.

Spring 2016 Meeting Schedule

We hope you’ve all had lovely breaks! Please find below our spring R&E meeting schedule. We have some great events planned and will be continuing our social justice/social movements theme:
January 29th – Talk w/ Christen Smith (CLA 1.302C, 3-5PM)
February 19th – Discussion on the Working Families Party, the Tea Party and the State of American Politics (TBD, 3-5PM)
March 4th – Author Meets Discussants w/ Simone Browne (CLA 2.606, 3-5PM)
April 22nd – Graduate Student Paper Workshop (TBD, 3-5PM)

Student Papers/Presentations Workshop

We will have our final meeting of the fall semester this Friday, December 4th, from 3-5pm in CLA 1.302C. We will be workshopping papers-in-progress from the following graduate students:
Anima Adjepong – “…but to me, to me, all life matters”: Black African immigrants complex responses to Black Lives Matter
Anna Banchik – Photography and the Spectacle of Race: Ebola, Police Brutality and Anti-Blackness
Shantel Buggs – “…I’m not like those kind of Black people”: Exploring the Influence of Social Movements on Mixed-Race Women’s Dating Discourses and Logics

Please email Shantel Buggs for the readings for this meeting.

WHITE BOUND: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race


Greetings! Our October meeting will feature a discussion of Professor Matthew W. Hughey’s work in his book, White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race, where he explores white racial identity across progressive and neoconservative movements.

Matthew Hughey, associate professor of sociology at this office at the University of Connecticut on Nov. 12, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Matthew Hughey, associate professor of sociology at this office at the University of Connecticut on Nov. 12, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Dr. Hughey’s talk will take place on October 30th, 2015, in CLA 0.122 from 3-4:30pm. Please contact Shantel Buggs (sgbuggs@utexas.edu) for the readings!

The Global Contours of #BlackLivesMatter



Our first meeting of the year will be tomorrow (!), September 11th in CLA 1.302C at 3pm. We will be discussing the Black Lives Matter movement in a global context and reflecting on social movements in the contemporary era.

Please come having read the following:

Barbara Ransby – “Ella Taught Me” 

Boima Tucker – “At The Crossroads of BET, Afrobeats and Black Lives Matter”

See you tomorrow!

R&E Schedule for Fall 2015

East High School students in Denver participate in a protest against the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision, in a busy intersection in front of the state Capitol, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

We hope you have had productive and/or relaxing summer breaks. We have a really exciting schedule of speakers and events for the 2015-16 school year. This fall in particular we will be working around a theme for our meetings: social movements!
Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
September 11th (CLA 1.302C), 3-5pm
October 30th (TBA), 3-5pm
November 13th (CLA 1.302D), 3-5pm
December 4th (CLA 1.302C), 3-5pm
Our September meeting will be a discussion on global social movements and race. Further details and readings will be sent out soon, so please be on the lookout. If you haven’t already, join our listserv to stay in the loop here.
Our December meeting will be a graduate student paper workshop. For those of you considering submitting to conferences this will be a great place to get feedback. Please think about submitting to the workshop; more details about this meeting will follow later this semester.
As always, we look forward to seeing many of you this semester!

Student Papers/Presentations Workshop

On Friday, May 8th, in CLA 0.122 at 3-5pm, we will hold our final meeting of the semester. We will have a Student Papers/Presentations Workshop with four R&E members. Presenters will present works in progress, so please join the meeting to support them. Please contact Kathy (hillkathy@utexas.edu) for readings!
Presenters include:
Robert Ressler
Shantel Buggs
Christine Wheatley
Marcelo Bohrt
Hope to see you all there. Also, to celebrate the end of the semester, we will have cupcakes! 🙂

“Colonizers are not immigrants” and other thoughts on immigration, race, and bodies that belong



Source: The Huffington Post

Our next meeting with take place on Friday April 17 in CLA 0.112 from 3-5. It will be a seminar-style discussion on race and immigration, specifically thinking about how the white body is absented from how U.S. studies imagines “who” the immigrant is. Please read the following readings and come ready for a productive conversation!

Koutonin, Mawuna R. (2015) – Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? 

Treitler, Vilna Bashi.  (2015). “Social Agency and White Supremacy in Immigration Studies.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(1): 153-165, 2015.


See you all on Friday!