Residency of Cuban writer Roberto Zurbano featured talk on "Afro-Cuban History and Culture"
Cuban writer and cultural critic Roberto Zurbano returns to Connecticut College for a five-week residency and gave a free, public talk of his work and advocacy on Sept. 24. During his residency, Zurbano will participate in a panel on social media and justice, screen films and show art work, visit classes and consult individually with students on their research projects. The former executive director of the important Havana publishing Casa de las Americas, Zurbano is known in Cuba and abroad as a teacher, cultural critic, author, sometime-radio DJ and music historian. The talk is sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, International Curricular Development Fund and Hispanic Alliance.
"Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of a Community of Women," Sept. 26 talk & documentary film screening by Roxana Walker-Canton
CCSRE sponsored a screening and discussion of the documentary "Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of a Community of Women," with filmmaker Roxana Walker-Canton, professor of visual and performing arts at Fairfield University, which examines the intersection of race, class, and gender in the experiences of contemporary Black women professors and administrators through their education narratives from girlhood to their present status in academia.
Annual Celebrations of Latino, Black, and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Months
For Latino Heritage Month in the fall, Black History Month in February, and Asian Pacific Islander Month in April, the College’s multicultural center, Unity House, calls together a committee of students, staff and faculty from various departments to program events for each of these months. Each features Convocation, the major opening event, at which a first-year, senior and alumnus share their life story as it relates to the Connecticut College community and beyond. Other events held in honor of the three major heritage months include brown bag lunches, lectures, movie nights and panel discussions. Visit the College Calendar for details.
Reunion 2013's "Revisit and Rediscover" brings alumni to CCSRE event
Reunion 2013’s theme was “Revisit & Rediscover,” giving attendees the opportunity to revisit and rediscover what they love about Connecticut College, including the Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE), founded seven years ago with the help of alumni.
An open house at the center featured an update on the CCSRE mission and current projects. by Leo J. Garofalo, associate professor of history and the center’s fourth director. An alumni panel discussion followed with Liza Talusan ’97 (chair, Connecticut College Alumni of Color), Frank Tuitt '87 (former trustee) and Leslie Williams ’88 (former director of Unity House) who reflected on their experiences with race and ethnicity at the College, both as students and as experts on access in higher education today. A screening and discussion of “Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of a Community of Women” followed with filmmaker Roxana Walker-Canton, professor of visual and performing arts at Fairfield University and former visiting professor at Connecticut College. This documentary examines the intersection of race, class, and gender in the experiences of contemporary Black women professors and administrators through their education narratives from girlhood to their present status in academia. Dinner brought in students from the summer Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows program, which helps prepare the next generation of academics among juniors and seniors at Connecticut College.