Nicole Franklin, Keith Hefner & Jasmin Tiggett in Conversation

In Public Programs on February 28, 2011 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , ,

The Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Program is proud to host a screening of two provocative short-films exploring the lives of young black men, Little Brother and Alternative High: The Troy Sean Welcome Story. Immediately following the screening there will be a screening with producers of these two films–who will engage the audience about the educational, public-policy, and public health that permeate both films.

Thursday March 10, 2011


G529 at 80 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011.

This event is free and open to the public.

LITTLE BROTHER is a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice.  Things Fall Apart is the first installment in the series. Set in Camden, New Jersey, well-known as one of the nation’s most dangerous cities, the film takes a look at boys growing up amongst extreme violence, poverty and crime, and explores their feelings on love and relationships set against impossible odds.

Alternative High: The Shawn Welcome Story is based on true events tells the story of Troy Shawn Welcome, a troubled teenager who battles family turmoil, the lure of the streets and peer pressure and academic misfortunes on the way to a successful career as a high school principal in The Bronx.

Nicole Franklin, Producer/Director

A 20-year Veteran Editor of Television News and Documentaries, NICOLE FRANKLIN is an award-winning filmmaker and producer, editor, stage manager, director of television and theatre and a full-time college instructor in the field of communications.  Her credits include the feature length film I Was Made To Love Her:  the Double Dutch Documentary (Sundance Channel, numerous festival awards including Best Documentary at the Hollywood Black Film Festival), the short film The Double Dutch Divas!


Keith Hefner founded Youth Communication in 1980. Prior to that he published a magazine and a series of books on youth issues. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989, and he was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City at Columbia University during the 1986-87 academic year. In 1997 he received the Luther P. Jackson Award for Educational Excellence from the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Jasmin Tiggett, Producer/Director

JASMIN TIGGETT is the Producer, Director and Editor of Our Mission, His Glory, a documentary filmed for the non-profit organization Gospelink. Jasmin’s additional production experience includes casting and production credits on commercials, music videos, and reality TV including BET’s Harlem Heights, and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model. Little Brother is Jasmin’s second documentary collaboration with Nicole Franklin, having worked with Nicole in post-production on Gershwin & Bess:  A Dialogue with Anne Brown.

This event is co-sponsored by the Eugene Lang College Dean’s Office, Education Studies Department, Gender Studies Program, The Institute for Urban Education and the New School for General Studies.



Radical Liaisons and Race: Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties

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Radical Liaisons and Race: Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties
A Panel Presentation

March 8 (Tuesday), 6 pm
68 5th Avenue, room 101 (Parsons Bldg.)
Please join Professors Maria Höhn, Martin Klimke, Jeremy Varon, and Norbert Frei for a panel presentation at the New School on German-American relations during the “long Sixties.”  The panel will focus on discourses on American race relations and the Civil Rights Movement in both West and East Germany, the relationship between the American and West German student movements, and the parallel emergence of “armed struggle” groups in the United States and the Federal Republic in the 1960s and 70s.
Maria Höhn, Vassar College.  Author of GIs and Fräuleins: The German American Encounter in 1950s West Germany (UNC) and co-author, with Martin Klimke, of A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany (Palgrave McMillan).
Martin Klimke, Research Fellow at The German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg (on leave).  Author of The Other Alliance: Student Protest in the United States and West Germany in the Global Sixties (Princeton); co-author, with Maria Höhn, of A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany (Palgrave Macmillan).
Jeremy Varon, The New School for Social Research. Author of Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, The Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies (California).
Moderated by Norbert Frei, Theodor Heuss Professor at The New School for Social Research; Chair for Modern History at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena; Author of 1968: Youth Revolt and Global Protest (DTV) and 1945 and Us: The Third Reich in the Consciousness of the Germans (DTV).
Sponsors: The History Department at Lang College/The New School for Social Research, with support from the Mellon Foundation; The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture; The German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.; The Heidelberg Center for American Studies



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Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Malcolm Klein Reading Room
66 West 12th Street, room 510
Admission is free, but seating is limited; RSVP to or call 212.229.5615.

Book signing follows the reading and discussion.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly,
Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, The Kenyon Review, PMS:
PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, Richard Wright
Newsletter, and SLI: Studies in Literary Imagination. She is a graduate of
Harvard University and a former University of California postdoctoral fellow.
Perkins-Valdez teaches creative writing at the University of Puget Sound.
She will read from her highly-acclaimed first novel, Wench. Perkins-Valdez, born in Memphis,
Tennessee, splits her time between Washington, DC and Seattle, Washington.

This series celebrates literature written by women across the African diaspora
(African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and
continental African). Past readers include Opal Palmer Adisa, Pamela Booker,
Merle Collins, Carole Boyce Davies, Bridget Davis, Ifeona Fulani, Linda Susan
Jackson, Tayari Jones, Rosalind McLymont, Pam Mordecai, Elizabeth Nunez,
Ebele Oseye, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Cicely Rodway, Danyel Smith, Patricia
Smith, Gammy Singer, Martha Southgate, Eisa Ulen, and Tiphanie Yanique.
The series is sponsored by The New School Diversity Committee and is
moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, associate dean for academic services
at The New School for General Studies.


Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Program Presents Lawrence Jackson and Chris Johnson

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Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Program


Lawrence Jackson and Chris Johnson

DATE: Wednesday, 2/9

TIME: Noon – 1:30pm

LOCATION:65 W. 11th, Room 258

Lawrence Jackson and Chris Johnson will talk about their current work.

Lawrence Jackson will discuss “The Uptown Intellectual Comes Downtown: Harold Cruse and Black Frustrations on the Left.” Professor Jackson is professor of English and African American Studies at Emory University and the author of 2002’s Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius (Wiley) and most recently The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 (Princeton). His forthcoming books include From the Staunton to the Dan: Slavery, the Civil War and an Afro-Virginian Family and a biography of Chester Himes.

Chris Johnson will discuss “Race, Faith and the Prophetic Image of Barack Obama.” Professor Johnson is assistant professor of Cultural Studies at Lang. Professor Johnson’s research interests are in African American culture past and present—as related to Jazz as a black art form specifically and performance practices generally. He is also an expert in the role of visual images in the shaping of ideas in society, historically and in our time. He teaches using images, film, and sound and promotes digital technology as a teaching tool.

This event is free and open to the public.


Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Minor Open House

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Ethnicity and Race Open House

Monday: October 25th A704, 66 West 12 Street
Tuesday: October 26th G802, 80 Fifth Avenue
TIME: 12:00-1:30pm

The Ethnicity and Race Open House is an opportunity for students interested in this minor to learn more about the minor, meet fellow students & professors affiliated with the minor, and find out about internship and professional development opportunities, and upcoming events.



Racial Inequality in the Age of Obama: A Roundtable Discussion

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Racial Inequality in the Age of Obama: A Roundtable Discussion


6:30PM – 8:00PM

Rm. 1501, Columbia University’s International Affairs Building

420 west 118th Street (bet Amsterdam Avenue & Morningside Drive) NY, NY 10027

Free & Open to the Public,

Roundtable discussants are:

Charles M. Blow; Visual Op-Ed Columnist-NY Times

Ira Katznelson; Ruggles Professor of Political Science & History-Columbia University

William Julius Wilson; Lewis P. & Linda L. Geyser University Professor-Harvard University

Sponsored by Columbia University School of International& Public Affairs and ISERP’s Center for African-American Politics & Society (CAAPS)

And The Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS)


Averil Clarke: “On Love and Inequality… Gendered Meanings of Romance Deprivation”

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

Courtesy of Yale University

Please join Milano-GPIA in welcoming Averil Clarke from Yale University to deliver the next Brown Bag Seminar.  Clarke’s presentation is guaranteed to be a brilliant, informative, and provocative.

Speaker:     Averil Clarke, Assistant Professor, Yale University

When:        Wednesday April 28th, 12:10 – 1:30 pm

Where:      The New School: Room 510 at 66 west 12th street (between 5th and 6th avenues)

Title:     “On Love and Inequality: The Racial Causes, Class Consequences, and Gendered Meanings of Romance Deprivation”

Averil Clarke’s study compares the romantic, sexual, and reproductive experiences of college-educated black women to those of less educated black women and white and Hispanic women with college degrees.  Using quantitative data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NCHS 1995) and qualitative data from interviews with 58 college educated black women of reproductive age, it finds that African American women, when compared with women of other races, are deprived in romantic love.

Furthermore, this context of romantic deprivation undergirds and potentially explains social group differences in sexual and reproductive behavior in ways that challenge traditional inequality scholars  claims about the educational and financial cost-benefit analyses women make when deciding to postpone, forego, or begin childbearing.  In specific, the study s conclusions maintain that racial inequalities in marriage and black women s overall romantic deprivation lead to lower levels of coitus and contraceptive use and increased unplanned pregnancy and induced abortion.  The study s findings support the broader theoretical argument that deprivations, desires, and activities in love arena are more than causes or consequences of women s educational and productive sector outcomes.  Rather, they can themselves be constitutive of social inequality.

Brief Bio:
Averil Y. Clarke (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2002) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. There she does research and teaches courses in race and ethnicity and marriage and the family. She is completing a book manuscript entitled, Child Sacrifice: The Social Infertility of College-Educated Black Women. The book describes the findings from her study of why these women have fewer children than less educated blacks and than white and Hispanic women with a college education. It uses data from interviews with black women and analyses of national data comparing the sexual and reproductive behavior of black, white, and Hispanic women to argue that college educated black women have few opportunities to marry and that they resist nonmarital childbearing because of a cultural meaning system that interprets and negatively evaluates black women s sexuality and the reproductive activity of poor women. Clarke is also beginning a new research project exploring the AIDS/HIV risk and preventative behaviors of religious individuals as well as religious organizations  beliefs, programming, and education activities in the areas of sexuality and sexual health.