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11 February 2020

New Directions in Trans of Color Scholarship

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Trans of color scholars, activists, and artists are radically transforming the terrain of gender and sexuality studies today. This roundtable showcases new work in trans of color scholarship, activism, and cultural production. Jian Neo Chen (Ohio State University), madison moore (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Dora Santana (John Jay College, CUNY) speak about their recently published books and works-in-progress that chart exciting…

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14 February 2020

ADVA Launch: Challenging Hegemony within the South Asian Diaspora

Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. A/P/A Institute at NYU sponsors a reception at the College Art Association Annual Conference to celebrate the release of “Challenging Hegemony within the South Asian Diaspora,” the Fall 2019 issue of the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) journal (Brill Publishing in collaboration with the A/P/A Institute at NYU and Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University). Guest edited by artist and curator Jaishri Abichandani, Santhi…

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27 February 2020

Eraser Mountain & the New Ecological Theatre

Presented by NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Co-sponsored by NYU Performance Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In this salon we explore Eraser Mountain, the latest work by playwright-director Okada Toshiki, and a representative work of the new ecological theatre. Part installation work and part contemporary performance, Eraser Mountain will figure in a wider discussion about performance, ecology, ecocritical theory and the role of arts and scholarship in addressing environmental crisis. Helping to introduce and contextualize the…

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03 March 2020

Adoption in the Wake of War

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the A/P/A Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis and Office of Residential Life.  Spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present, Asian American transnational and transracial adoption has been shaped by the changing landscapes of US wars abroad. While emerging from differing social and historical contexts, adoption from Asia converges with transracial adoption within the United States through the shared racialization of Asian…

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04 March 2020

Fashion Labor Activism Across the Global Value Chain

Sponsored by the Pratt Department of Humanities and Media Studies; Pratt Graduate Program in Media Studies; Pratt Global South Center; and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This panel on fashion labor activism brings into conversation key individuals on the front lines of the fight for safer and more just working conditions for some of the most vulnerable workers in the global fashion industry. Panelists include Marissa Nuncio, Director of the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, California; Sara Ziff, founder and…

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06 March 2020

Our Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement: Chinatowns SpeakOut!

Presented by Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Chinatown Art Brigade, Red Canary Song, Laundromat Project, and Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund. Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement (C2C) was formed in 2019 with groups from Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto coming together to fight gentrification and strengthen grassroots power in Chinatowns across North America. This year, C2C will convene in New York to unify, connect, and strategize around…

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24 March 2020

CANCELED: Nation Rising: Talk Story on Mauna Kea and Hawaiian Resurgence

UPDATE: Due to NYU’s new coronavirus-related measures and restrictions, this event has been canceled. Presented by the NYU Native Studies Forum and A/P/A Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. After more than 120 years of US occupation and 200 years since the declaration of the ‘Ai Noa, which led to the near dissolution of a Hawaiian religious system,…

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24 March 2020

POSTPONED: Queer/Feminist Approaches to Climate Justice: From the Caribbean to the Pacific

UPDATE: Due to NYU’s new coronavirus-related measures and restrictions, this event has been postponed to Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. Additional details will be announced in Fall 2020. Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This panel places in conversation scholars and activists Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa) and Angelique V. Nixon (University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago) to highlight the interconnections between the…

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26 March 2020

CANCELED: Speaking for the Nation: Ethno-Nationalism, Sectarianism, and the Politics of Diaspora

UPDATE: Due to NYU’s new coronavirus-related measures and restrictions, this event has been canceled. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, South Asia at NYU, and Rebecca E. Karl (NYU History Department) through funds provided by the Provost’s Office. Curated by Paula Chakravartty and Crystal Parikh. Often driven by militarism and neo-imperial…

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27 March 2020

POSTPONED: Palestine Writes Literature Festival

UPDATE: This event has been postponed. Please visit the festival website for additional updates.   Co-sponsored by the A/P/A Institute at NYU, NYU Department of Cinema Studies, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Department of English, NYU Department of Comparative Literature, NYU Department of Performance Studies, NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU American Studies Program, NYU Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Human Rights Initiative, NYU Students for…

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30 March 2020

POSTPONED: The 20th Annual Korematsu Lecture: “The Judiciary, Diversity, and Justice for All” by Judge Edward M. Chen

UPDATE: This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled in Fall 2020. Presented by NYU Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The annual Korematsu Lecture provides a forum to address Asian American perspectives on the law and to honor Asian Americans who have substantially contributed to the development of the law while challenging the status quo. This year’s presenter is Judge Edward M. Chen, United States District Judge for the Northern District of…

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24 April 2020

CANCELED: Center for Refugee Poetics

UPDATE: In keeping with the coronavirus-related measures being taken at the university, this event has been canceled. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, NYU Program in Creative Writing, and Mekong NYC. Curated by Ocean Vuong, A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence As part of his residency, Ocean Vuong brings the Center for Refugee Poetics to NYU. Vuong explains that…

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23 June 2020

VIRTUAL: 2020 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange Aotearoa: Ngā Tai o te Ao: Global Tides

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU in collaboration with the School of Art and Design at the Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau (AUT University) and Vā Moana Research Cluster.  The 2020 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) will focus on Aotearoa / New Zealand with two days of virtual gatherings on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 from 4:45-7:15 p.m. EST / Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 from 8:45-11:15 a.m. NZT. The 2020 session will continue…

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24 June 2020

VIRTUAL: 2020 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange Aotearoa: Ngā Tai o te Ao: Global Tides

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU in collaboration with the School of Art and Design at the Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau (AUT University) and Vā Moana Research Cluster.  The 2020 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) will focus on Aotearoa / New Zealand with two days of virtual gatherings on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 from 4:45-7:15 p.m. EST / Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 from 8:45-11:15 a.m. NZT. The 2020 session will continue…

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20 October 2020

Queer/Feminist/Indigenous Approaches to Climate Crisis: From the Caribbean to the Pacific

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, NYU Center for the Study of Africa & the African Diaspora, NYU Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture, and the Native Studies Forum. This panel places in conversation scholars and activists Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa) and Angelique V. Nixon (University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago) to highlight the…

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27 October 2020

Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora

Presented by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the Center for Black Visual Culture at NYU. Grace Aneiza Ali (NYU Art & Public Policy), editor of Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora (OpenBook Publishers, 2020), is joined by three of the volume’s contributors, artists Maya Mackrandilal and Suchitra Mattai, and writer Maria del Pilar Kaladeen. Multimodal in approach, Liminal Spaces combines memoir, creative non-fiction, poetry, photography, art,…

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29 October 2020

A/P/A Represents

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab and NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Curated by Crystal Parikh and Janelle Wong. For much of their history, Asian/Pacific Americans have been marginalized in political discourses in the United States and North America, and, when they are visible, they are often cast as “model minorities” or foreign interlopers. The realities of Asian/Pacific/American political engagement have always been more diverse and complex than mainstream…

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11 November 2020

Gendered Caste, Sexualized Race

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Centre for Studies of Gender & Sexuality at Ashoka University, New Delhi. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and South Asia at NYU. This webinar marks the inaugural session of a new webinar series, “Theory and Practice: Transnational Conversations on Gender and Sexuality,” which is a collaboration between the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Centre for Studies of Gender…

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20 November 2020

Lessons from the South Asian Domestic Worker Movement

UPDATE: Please note, this event, originally scheduled on Friday, November 13, has been rescheduled to Friday, November 20. Presented by the Andolan Archive Project. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Equality Labs, and South Asian American Digital Archive. Since the year 2000, Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers has fought for justice for survivors and workers, always moving in solidarity with other oppressed communities. As we face a global pandemic, rising fascism, and continued sexual violence, learning from the organizing…

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20 November 2020

There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife

Presented by Radix Media. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This event will celebrate the launch of poet JinJin Xu‘s (MFA Creative Writing Candidate, NYU) debut chapbook, There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife (Radix Media, 2020) with a virtual reading. Xu’s collection of poetry was chosen as one of the winning manuscripts of the debut Own Voices Chapbook Prize. An elegiac illumination of personal and political histories misremembered and censored, There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife is animated by…

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