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Celebrate Black History Month 2016

The African and African-American Studies Research Center presents the 2016 Black History Month events

February 4
African-American Athlete Activism: From the 1968 Revolt to the Present By Douglas Hartmann, Sociology, University of Minnesota Thursday, 3:30pm, SSB 101

ArtPower! In Collaboration with AAASRC Presents “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
Thursday, 8:00pm, Film and Dinner at The Loft
February 5
The Black History Month Tribute to Sports RIMAC Exhibit on Sports, Culture, and Society in Africa Opening Reception Friday, 3:30-5:00pm, RIMAC Arena (Exhibit Extends through Feb. 29)
February 11
Creating Spaces: Women’s Football in Africa and the Indian Ocean
By Martha Saavedra, UC Berkeley
Thursday, 3:30pm, SSB 101
February 16
The Journey to Justice: Achieving Judicial Diversity in San Diego
Darryl Peek
Tuesday, 6:00-9:00pm, Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas
February 18
Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drumming Workshop
Gene Perry
Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm, SSB 101
February 27
Black History Month Brunch
Saturday, 10:00am, UC San Diego Price Center West Ballroom
March 3
ArtPower! In Collaboration with AAASRC Presents Noura Mint Seymali
Wednesday, 8:00pm, Price Center East Ballroom

Natalie Aviles accepts post doctoral fellowship at Colby College

Natalie Aviles has accepted a post doctoral fellowship at Colby College to begin this Fall.  This is a new two-year program initiated by Neil Gross, former editor of Sociological Theory and sociologist of intellectuals, knowledge, culture, higher education, and politics.  Congratulations Natalie!

Prof. Ribas’ book published by UC Press

‘On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South’
Professor Vanesa Ribas publishes her first book, an eye-opening examination of the lives of workers in the New South, via University of California Press.

“How does one put into words the rage that workers feel when supervisors threaten to replace them with workers who will not go to the bathroom in the course of a fourteen-hour day of hard labor, even if it means wetting themselves on the line?”—From the Preface

In this gutsy, eye-opening examination of the lives of workers in the New South, Vanesa Ribas, working alongside mostly Latino/a and native-born African American laborers for sixteen months, takes us inside the contemporary American slaughterhouse. Ribas, a native Spanish speaker, occupies an insider/outsider status there, enabling her to capture vividly the oppressive exploitation experienced by her fellow workers. She showcases the particular vulnerabilities faced by immigrant workers—a constant looming threat of deportation, reluctance to seek medical attention, and family separation—as she also illuminates how workers find connection and moments of pleasure during their grueling shifts. Bringing to the fore the words, ideas, and struggles of the workers themselves, On The Line underlines how deep racial tensions permeate the factory, as an overwhelmingly minority workforce is subject to white dominance. Compulsively readable, this extraordinary ethnography makes a powerful case for greater labor protection, especially for our nation’s most vulnerable workers.

Jane Lilly-Lopez awarded UCMEXUS Dissertation Grant

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) has awarded Jane Lilly-López a Dissertation Grant for her project “(Un)Authorized Love: U.S. Immigration Law and the Effects of Institutional (Dis)Approval on Mixed-Citizenship Families.”

Congratulations, Jane!

Dilara Yarbrough accepts job at San Francisco State

Congratulations to grad student Dilara Yarbrough, who has accepted a tenure-track job in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at San Francisco State University!

Yankelovich Center Faculty Retreat

The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research will hold its 3rd annual retreat on Friday, January 22, 2016, 9am-4pm, at The Village, Room 15A. The retreat is open to all UC San Diego faculty. This year’s topics are “Overcoming Political Gridlock” and “The Future of Higher Education.” In addition to presentations, there will be opportunity for discussion and exchange by all participants.

 

 

Rachel Soper offered position at Cal State Channel Islands

Grad student Rachel Soper has been offered a job in the Sociology Department at Cal State Channel Islands. It’s a great fit — environmental sociology, community engagement, interdisciplinary programs.

Congrats Rachel!