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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.



Andra Gillespie: “The Better Half: Race, Policy and Michelle Obama’s Influence in the Obama Administration”

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , ,

Andra Gillespie, Assistant Professor, Political Science,
Emory University

When:       Wednesday March 31st, 12:10 – 1:30 pm

Where:      Henry Cohen Conference room, 3rd floor, 72 Fifth Avenue

Seminar:    “The Better Half:  Race, Policy and Michelle Obama’s Influence in the  Obama Administration”

Speaker Brief Bio:
Andra Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University, She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Foreign Affairs and African American Studies from the University of Virginia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in African American Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Political Science from Yale University, where she also earned her doctorate.  She worked as an analyst for Democratic pollster Mark Mellman.  In that capacity, she contributed to the political analysis for clients such as 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Georgia Congressmen John Barrow and Jim Marshall, and the National Education Association.

Dr. Gillespie’s current research focuses on the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation. She is the editor of the recently released Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership (Routledge, 2010).  She is also under contract for a book manuscript on municipal politics in Newark, New Jersey, tentatively titled Newark and the Clash of Two Black Americas: Race, Class and the Breakdown of Linked Fate, 2002-2008.

Many people concluded that Michelle Obama conferred a sense of racial authenticity to Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign and that her presence served to reassure black voters in particular. Despite the presence of Mrs. Obama in the White House, questions remain about whether Obama, who clearly used a deracialized political strategy to get elected, can deliver on policy initiatives of particular interest to black voters. In this paper, I argue that in the first year of the Obama Administration, Obama targeted few policy initiatives toward blacks. In addition, he also offered very little in the way of symbolic gestures. However, I hypothesize that Mrs. Obama engages in more substantive gestures toward blacks, freeing her husband from having to take stands on racial issues


Public Health Challenges for the 21st Century: Film and Panel Series

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , , , ,

This monthly film and panel series is an extension of the Fall 2009 focus on health disparities. The series begins on February 22, with “Sante: Crisis in Haiti”, which describes health infrastructure in Haiti, the consequences of its collapse, and the efforts of community-based organizations to bring health to the people.

The series continues on:

* March 23 with “Bad Sugar”, which describes the social and biological determinants of diabetes in rural and urban marginalized environments that include NYC and the Pima Native American Reservation

* April 30 with “The Deadliest Disease in America”, which examines the issues of disparities in the U.S. healthcare system based on race using a film screening and workshop model

* May 21 with New School Honorary Degree Recipient Rita Colwell, “Invisible Seas” and “Coming Clean on Sanitation” which demonstrate the need for an interdisciplinary approach to providing clean water through sustainable and appropriate practices for resource poor environments and to prevent the spread of cholera.

These events are co-sponsored by the following programs and departments: Media and Film Studies, Food Studies, and the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School for General Studies; Race and Ethnicity Studies, Interdisciplinary Science, and Office of the Dean at Eugene Lang College; Health Education, New School Health Services; and the Office of the Provost.

A full description of each event can be found at the Lang Bio-Health Scoiety website.


Stacey Ann Chin: The Other Side of Paradise

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

The New School Celebrates Women’s History Month with Staceyann Chin: A reading from her new book, The Other Side of Paradise

March 11, 6:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime writer and activist. Recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award, she identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.  Chin was a stock feature on the Peabody Award winning HBO series, Def Poetry Jam. She went on to co-write and perform as one of the original cast members of the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed, Tony Award winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.  Chin is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, published by Scribner. Simon and Schuster, Inc.  Join us for a reading by Chin from this new groundbreaking work.

Co-Sponsored by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Office of the Dean, The Office of Intercultural Support and the Office of International Student Services.
Free and open to all.  Please rsvp to


Down By the River: Symposium Schedule

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 by Ferentz Lafargue

Down By The River: Race and Environmental Justice Organizing and Policy

2009 Undergraduate Symposium on Ethnicity and Race

Friday, November 20 2009

Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

Whether responding to harsh effects of toxic-dumping in Birmingham, Bronzeville or Brooklyn, activists, community members, and politicians have often regarded race and ethnicity as crucial factors in the research and analysis produced to combat unjust environmental practices. . In light of these efforts, Eugene Lang College’s Ethnicity and Race Program presents Down By The River: An Undergraduate Symposium on Race and Environmental Justice Organizing and Policy.

Breakfast 9am – 10am

66 W. 12th Street Room 510

Opening Remarks: 10:30am

Ferentz Lafargue, Directory Ethnicity and Race Program, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

10:45 – 11:45

Panel I: Making Policy, Making Money, Making Community

Alyse Y. Serrell

Can Becoming a Farmer Be the New American Dream?

Edlira Qatipi

Healthy Food Markets For the South Bronx.

Aminta Kilawan

Policy-Making, Money-Making, and Community-Shaping: Can the three exist together?

Moderator: Dr.  Christina Greer, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Fordham University

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Panel II: Engineering Community Revival

Hiram Arnaud

Looking Beyond Academia for Solutions to City Development Problems

Ian Christie

Overcoming Racial Microaggression:
 Structured Dialogic Design at the Intersection of Urban and Environmental Politics

Kathryn Tipora

Engineering the Revival of Communities: A Historical Analysis of Two South Bronx Expressways and a Critical Look at the Future of These Spaces

Moderator, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Author, Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

Lunch 1:00pm – 2:00pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Panel III: Mobilizing Hunts Point

Jillian Sesenton

Mobilizing the Residents of Hunts Point

Margaux Weeke

The Political Tactics of Charter School Development in Hunts Point

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Workshop: United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE)

“Our People, Our ‘Hoods, Our Future: Youth Organizing for Climate Justice in NYC”

Reception: Wollman Hall, 65 W. 11th Street 5th Floor

5:30pm – 7:00pm

2009 Lorraine Hansberry Reading

Detroit 2000 By Brian Tucker

Brian Tucker’s Detroit 2000 is a provocative meditation on Global Warming.

Sponsored by:

Eugene Lang College: Dean’s Office; Environmental Studies; Ethnicity and Race Program, Office of Special Projects; Fordham University; and the Applied Research Center (ARC).


2009 Call For Papers

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2009 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,


Call for Papers:

Down By The River

2009 National Undergraduate Conference on Ethnicity and Race

November 20 – 21 2009

Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

Whether responding to harsh effects of toxic-dumping in Birmingham, Bronzeville or Brooklyn, activists, community members, and politicians have often regarded race and ethnicity as crucial factors in the research and analysis produced to combat unjust environmental practices. Such work is arguably derivative of research methods associated with Ethnic Studies and the discipline’s long-standing association with social justice movements.

Recognition of these connections continues being advanced by events such as 2008’s Green For All conference, a gathering that sought to fuse together the long histories of movements for Civil Rights, Environmental and Racial Justice in the United States. In light of these efforts, Eugene Lang College’s Ethnicity and Race Program invites papers for, Down By The River, the 2009 National Undergraduate Conference on Ethnicity and Race. This year’s conference seeks paper and panel submissions exploring how race and ethnicity have been factored into environmental-research, and school and community environmental-organizing and/or design.

Potential presentation topics include but are not limited to the following:

Ethnic Studies & Environmental Studies:

How do various branches of Ethnic Studies inform our understanding of key issues in Environmental Studies•

Environmental Justice: How do communities of color shape their own roles in Environmental justice movements•

Race, Ethnicity and the Green Economy: How will “green-collar” workforces service communities of color •

Environmental Movement and The Long Civil Rights Movement What are the historical connections between the environmental movement and various iterations of civil rights movements• Contemporary examples of connections between these movements •

Please send a 1-page abstract to


While not required, an accompanying letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor familiar with your work is encouraged.

Panelists whose proposals are accepted will be notified in mid-October. Proposals that are accepted will be placed in either a formal panel or a roundtable discussion. Individual and collaborative design or poster-proposals are also sought for this conference. Students submitting design or poster presentations must still submit an abstract outlining the projects scope and nature of presentation.

All presentations will range between 10-15min in length.

Sponsors Include: Eugene Lang College Deans Office • Environmental Studies Program• Gender Studies Program• Literary Studies Department• RENEW School • Urban Studies Department• Applied Research Center (ARC)• •••••••