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08 April 2016

Racial Impersonation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese, NYU Department for American Studies, and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.  This conference features investigations of performances of racial parody across Latin America and the Caribbean including blackface, yellowface, redface, passing, and skin-bleaching. The conference asks: what do parodic representations of blackness, indigeneity, Asianness, and racial…

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23 April 2016

NYCAASC 2016 Conference: Checkpoints

The New York Asian American Student Conference is sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Asian Heritage Month.   The New York City Asian American Student Conference is a intercollegiate organization dedicated to addressing issues pertinent to Asian/Pacific/Americans on local, national, and global scales. NYCAASC uses this year’s theme, Checkpoints: Communicating Consciousness, to characterize the collaborative, educational space it is working to build among Asian/Pacific/Americans.   The conference will feature performances and art by Adriel Luis, Subhah Agarwal,…

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29 April 2016

EVENT CANCELLED: The Language of War

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU has cancelled its Friday, April 29 4-6PM event “The Language of War” and will not be participating in the Literary Mews festival, the NYU mini-festival which falls under the PEN World Voices Festival umbrella.   Photo of Solmaz Sharif (left) by Arash Saedinia.

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09 June 2016

The Tribunal: Film Screening

Hosted by the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In August 1993, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (an independent Hawaiian documentation team) spent twelve days filming the proceedings Ka ho’okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli —Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawaiʻi, 1993, in which the United States and the state of Hawaiʻi were put on trial for crimes against the original people of Hawaiʻi, the Kānaka Maoli. A panel of international judges was convened to hear the…

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11 June 2016

Hawai’i – Let Truth Be Told: Keanu Sai

Hosted by the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. On July 6, 1844, the United States recognized the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent State and entered into extensive treaty and diplomatic relations with the Hawaiian Kingdom, where the United States maintained an embassy in Honolulu and Consulates throughout the islands, and the Hawaiian Kingdom maintained an embassy in Washington, DC, and consulates throughout the United States. Keanu Sai’s talk addresses the question:…

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12 August 2016

We Are Power: Muslim Student Organizing Conference

Hosted by NYU Muslim Student Groups. Cosponsored by the A/P/A Institute at NYU, CAS Upstanders, and Islamic Center at NYU. The Muslim student groups at New York University cordially invite all Muslim university students in the tri-state area to their first ever Muslim Student Organizing Conference. The three-day conference (Friday, August 12-Sunday, August 14) aims to provide Muslim college students with the tools to create meaningful change, and will feature seventeen skill and knowledge-based workshops designed for students to gain  tangible skills and…

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12 September 2016

150 Years of Chinese American History with Peter Ho Davies

Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Cosponsored by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Laundry and railroad workers, silent film star Anna May Wong, and hate crime victim Vincent Chin: these icons of Chinese American history become recast in The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016), a new multi-generational novel by the award-winning author Peter Ho Davies. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davis is a Guggenheim and NEA Fellow and was named by…

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29 September 2016

Our Voices, Our Stories

Presented by the NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. A screening of Our Voices, Our Stories (40 min., 2016) will be followed by a discussion with Director Barb Cranmer (T’lakwagilogwa, ‘Namgis First Nation). An exposition of Canada’s brutal residential school history, this film won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 40th Annual American Indian Film Festival. An estimated 9,200 children…

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06 October 2016

Linsanity: A Discussion on Race, Sports, and Media

Presented by the NYU Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, Committee for Diversity & Inclusion. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Office of Residential Life & Housing Services, and Committee for Diversity & Inclusion.  David Hollander (NYU Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business) and Sukdev Sandhu (NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis) host a panel on race, sports, and marketing. Panelists includes filmmaker Jonathan Yi (East of Main Street), journalist Jay Caspian Kang (New York Times Magazine), and documentarian…

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07 October 2016

South Asian American Political Lives: 2016 Elections and Beyond

A panel discussion on Sangay Mishra’s Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Focusing on Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities, Desis Divided analyzes features such as class, religion, nation of origin, language, caste, gender, and sexuality in mobilization and shows how these internal characteristics lead to multiple paths of political inclusion, defying a unified group experience. Paula Chakravartty (Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin and the Department of Media Culutreal and Communications) serves as discussant.…

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10 October 2016

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration (Re-thinking Columbus Day)

Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU On October 10, a consortium of fourteen Indigenous organizations in New York City will unify to bring awareness of Indigenous Peoples’ Day,  currently celebrated as the national holiday Columbus Day.  The American Indian Community House, Redhawk Native American Arts Council, United Federation of Taino People, Kechiwa Nation, Hālāwai, Na Ōiwi NYC,  East Coast Two Spirit Society, and Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective hope that New York City follow in the footsteps of Multnomah County,…

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12 October 2016

The Poetics of Fragility

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The Poetics of Fragility (63 minutes) is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility. It interweaves stories of bodily frailty with optical vignettes of nature’s delicacy to reclaim fragility as intrinsic to existence, not something to be bemoaned or overcome. Shot in the San Francisco Bay Area in September 2015, the film features internationally…

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20 October 2016

Mining the Archive: A Conversation on Anti-Arab and Islamophobic Visual Culture

Presented by the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Cosponsored by the A/P/A Institute at NYU. Featuring readings and remarks from novelist Marina Budhos (Watched) and scholars Salah D. Hassan (Associate Professor, Michigan State University), Helga Tawil-Souri (Director, NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies), and Jack Tchen (Founding Director, A/P/A Institute at NYU). No RSVP required. Please note that Jack G. Shaheen and Jackie Salloum are no longer able to participate in this program.        …

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29 October 2016

Manaháhtaan Symposium: Conversations on Lenape Identity

Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Native Studies Forum, and the Lenape Center How can we mutually expand our knowledge of Indigenous Manhattan? We begin by hosting a symposium in Manaháhtaan to encourage new conversations on diaspora, identity, and the centering of Lenape and Original peoples in NYC’s past and future. These sessions will gather Lenape leaders, artists, and scholars in dialogue, acknowledging issues of environmental stewardship and concerns for futurity. Register using the form below. “The island was…

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11 November 2016

The Third Annual NYU Native & Indigenous Film Festival

Presented by the Native Americans and Indigenous Students Group at NYU. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Department of Anthropology, NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, La Herencia Latina, American Indian Community House, and New York Women’s Foundation. The NYU Native Americans and Indigenous Students Group is now proud to call the NYU Native & Indigenous Film Festival, founded in 2014, an annual event. Each year, the organization invites more filmmakers, gains more institutional support, and collaborates…

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14 November 2016

Growing Up X: A Conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz

Presented by the NYU Black Student Union and NYU Muslim Students Association. Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, NYU College of Arts and Science, NYU Global Center for Spiritual Life, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center Near Eastern Studies, The New York Community Trust, and NYU Student Affairs. A conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz about the current issues facing both Black and Muslim communities. Shabazz will speak about how the legacy of her parents, Malcolm X…

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09 December 2016

Comparative Racialization and the Future of Asian American Studies in NYC

Organized by Stanley Thangaraj (City College, CUNY) and Angela Reyes (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY) Cosponsored by MAANY (Mapping Asian American New York) CUNY Faculty Research Seminar and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. With additional support from the Office of the Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and the Department of English at Hunter College, and with participation from Chong Chon-Smith on the selection committee REGISTRATION REQUIRED The recent increase…

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21 January 2017

A/P/A Institute at the Women’s March on Washington

Ride the bus with A/P/A Institute to Washington DC on Saturday, January 21, 2017 for The Women’s March on Washington. We welcome students, faculty, staff, community members, and friends to march with us against the racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of hateful, violent rhetoric expressed by the incoming administration. Image: June Kaewsith, “Why Consume What You Can Create?”, www.jumakae.com. This work features community leaders and brilliant thinkers Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) and Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), who continue to…

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27 January 2017

New World Orders: Coloniality, Racial Intimacies, and Disability

UDPATE: Please note the new location below. Presented by the NYU Department of Art & Public Policy. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Council for the Study of Disability, Center for the Humanities, Vice Provost’s Office for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity, and the Dean’s Office at Tisch. Cosponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Department of Performance Studies, Department of…

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01 February 2017

Loss and Resilience: Film and Commentary on The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Presented by the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Cosponsored by the  Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Wagner School for Public Policy, and King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. After Spring (2016, 98 minutes), a documentary executive-produced by Jon Stewart, follows refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the Zaatari refugee camp running. With no end in sight, Syrian families must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to…

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