Black History Month Events
“From Ferguson to Dallas to Charlotte: Racial Justice and Policing in America” will convene a diverse and distinguished panel to share their unique perspectives on the recent policing crises that have and continue to occur across the United States. More than two years after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the relationship between law enforcement and African American citizens remains one of the most important issues facing our country today.
This timely policy forum is designed to bring together prominent voices, with the goal of illuminating common ground and inspiring attendees to continue the conversation in their own communities. The discussion will challenge our collective and individual thinking — likely asking more questions than it will answer.
This event is co-sponsored by: the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University Women’s Center, Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, Department of Public Safety and the LGBT Center.
Alex Dang started performing slam poetry at seventeen and hasn't slowed down since. Combining a firework performance style and intimate writing, Alex has earned his way to becoming the Eugene Poetry Grand Slam Champion in 2014 and 2015. He has been a TEDx speaker for both University of Oregon and Reno, Nevada, and his chapbook, 'You Can Do Better,' is published through Where Are You Press. His work has been featured on Huffington Post, UpWorthy, and Everyday Feminism and has been viewed over 1.5 million times on YouTube. Alex has performed in over 35 cities, 20 states, and is a world renowned burger expert.
In a time of global precarity where violence is prevalent and many identities targeted, learning tools for self preservation is imperative to survival. The Fields Center and Dr. Nathalie Edmond from CPS have joined together to have intentional conversations on dealing with trauma and self care. Being proactive about learning skills and resources to deal with trauma is important since it can have severe consequences on a person's physical, spiritual and mental health.
Lunch will be provided
In the spirit of community this event will be an opportunity for students of different backgrounds to join together in appreciation of one another. Recognizing the problematic and often untold history of Thanksgiving, this event will serve as a space where different cultures are centered and recognized. And of course, there will be an abundance of different food you won’t want to miss!
El Grito de Poetas collective is a group of diverse Latinx poets dedicated to the craft and performance of modern day poetry. With their Latin roots and culture entrenched deeply within urban NYC, they are firmly committed to spreading knowledge of their various cultures, heritages and traditions through a neo-modern traditional style of spoken word.
Shane Lloyd is an associate trainer with Class Action, which provides a dynamic framework and creates safe spaces for people from across the class spectrum to explore class and to identify and begin to dismantle classism. This workshop will ask students to interrogate the ways class impacts access and the experiences of their peers with a special emphasis on understanding systematic oppression, being self reflective and accountability.
A Conversation about Imagination and Black Lives
Four leading African American Studies scholars come together for what is sure to be an impassioned discussion about contemporary black issues, and an exploration of ideas of how African-American communities might reinvigorate democratic life in post-Obama America, with imagination and courage.
Expect this conversation to explore black politics, state violence and poverty and various social movements. A Q&A will follow the conversation.
Books by all authors will be for sale before and after the event.
Marc Lamont Hill will sign copies of 'Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.'
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will sign copies of 'From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.'
The Department of African American Studies will stream this conversation live at aas.princeton.edu.
More information on the event page.
With the stress of midterms lingering all over campus, a study break that embraces the child in you might be the perfect thing you need! Join the Fields Center in creating your very own slime, arts and crafts and frankenstein type teddy bears! Cut and sew teddies with unicorn wings and duck feet, color in a mandalas, and even take your slime home! Let’s not forget there will be food, music and lots of love.
This event is for Princeton Student, Staff and Faculty only
A Conversation on Black Lives Matter with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Mike Brown, Sr. and Shaun King
Join us for a poignant conversation about race, police brutality, violence and activism with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Michael Brown, Sr. and Shaun King. They invite us to hear the way the “personal is political” by providing personal testimony to the way racism has impacted a family as well as a growing national movement.
Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation and Professor in the Department of African American Students at Princeton University. Michael Brown, Sr. is the father of Michael Brown, the slain Missouri teenager who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson following an altercation at a convenience store in the suburban St. Louis city in August 2014. Shaun King has written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement, covering discrimination, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and social justice in the wake of violence in New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina, and other cities. He is Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News
Join the Fields Center as we takeover New York City and enjoy a night of poetry at one of the country’s most highly respected arts organizations, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts.The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians who have not yet found consistent havens for their work.
More information to follow.
This activity and participation based workshop uses popular education, performance poetry and media examples to introduce the concepts of Body Terrorism and Radical Self Love. Participants will explore how we are regularly asked to apologize for the bodies we inhabit (based on size, race, gender, sexuality or ability) and start to uncover their own road to Radical Self Love and body empowerment.
Sponsored by Women*s Center and Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
PLA invites you to our second General Members meeting of the Fall 2016 semester! Whether you joined us last time or this is your first PLA event, we would love to meet you!
We will be talking about our upcoming events, introducing the PLA executive board, selling Princeton Latinx/a/o t-shirts, speed-friending and enjoying some freshly-baked cookies :D OH, AND ANNOUNCING THE SPEAKER FOR THIS YEAR'S FALL GALA - this is an event that you don't want to miss out on!
All Latinxs + amigxs are welcome, so come when you can and leave when you must!
La Bomba, is a call and response musical expression and dance created in Puerto Rico by Afro-Latinx slaves and their ancestors on colonial sugar plantations along the coast of the island. It’s a unique style filled with deep cultural history. Yelimara Concepción Santos, a member of Afro-Inspira Bomba performance group, is a dance/movement therapist and performer that researches social, emotional, political, cultural and spiritual identities through song, dance, and music.
This workshop will discuss the term “Latinx" and gender-inclusive language in the Latinx community. Please join us to learn the origins and usage of the term and ways you can be inclusive of non-binary Latinx. Lunch will be provided.
Jack Qu’emi is a nonbinary Boricua and transformational speaker and facilitator whose educational content addresses consent, the social constructs of gender/ biological sex, healthy relationships, safe(r) sex education, and LGBTQIPA+ inclusion and equity. They have been facilitating educational programming since 2011 and are known for injecting humor into heavily academic concepts while making them more accessible for all audiences. You can follow Jack on Twitter @jackquemi.
Sponsored by the Princeton University Latinx Perspectives Organization (PULPO), Carl A. Fields Center, and LGBT Center
Deepa Iyer, author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, is a South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer. In her compelling lecture Iyer asks how emerging communities of color and immigrants can transform America’s changing racial landscape. Iyer lifts up the stories of young South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh activist who are supporting new movements of resistance. Through storytelling and policy analysis around racial flashpoints like the 2012 massacre at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek and the opposition to the construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in post-9/11 America, Iyer challenges us to confront our national insecurities, anti-immigrant sentiment and racial anxiety on South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities.
Tamara Winfrey-Harris, author of The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, uses humor, history and frank talk to reveal how stereotypes like Jezebel, Sapphire, Mammy and the Matriarch persist in the 21st century and how they influence the lives of Black women.
Tamara Winfrey-Harris follows a brief lecture with a facilitated discussion about what practical self-care and support looks like. Participants are encouraged to share personal experiences and discuss best practices for redeeming Black women.
Born out of a desire to challenge themselves musically, Mariachi El Bronx is the alter ego of Los Angeles punk band the Bronx. Conceived in 2006, the idea came about when the Bronx were asked to play an acoustic set and, rather than simply pare down their sound, they took their music in a whole new direction, moving away from hardcore and exploring Latin sounds. The band worked on material for the new project while the Bronx toured, and in 2009, Mariachi El Bronx released their eponymous debut. True to the form of their main gig, the bandmembers followed up with a second self-titled album in 2011. In 2014, the group returned with Mariachi El Bronx (III), which found them fusing synthesizers and electronics into their traditional mariachi sound.
The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation, celebrating a break with the past and an honoring of the tradition(s) and creating an undeniable body, expanding the canon for the fresher. Join three BreakBeat Poets as they share their work, shaping and remixing the next and now movement(s) in American letters on the page, from the stage, and in classroom spaces across the country.
An evening cypher-style workshop based in the pedagogies and aesthetics central to Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry festival, followed by a reading and performance, featuring three poets, a live DJ and student performances.
Join the Princeton Latino Graduate Student Association as they host Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, on December 27, 1948. The son of migrant farmers, Herrera moved often, living in trailers or tents along the roads of the San Joaquin Valley in Southern California. As a child, he attended school in a variety of small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. His interests in indigenous cultures inspired him to lead a formal Chicano trek to Mexican Indian villages, from the rain forest of Chiapas to the mountains of Nayarit. In 2015, Herrera was named Poet Laureate of the United States, for which he launched the project La Casa de Colores, which invites citizens to contribute to an epic poem.
Hip-Hop and yoga: an unlikely combination is actually the perfect marriage for spiritual healing and consciousness. Align your chakras and open those hips to Tupac, Kanye, and Lauryn Hill! Yoga has been a spiritual and physical practice in many cultures for centuries. Its goals are to get people centered, check in with the body, and learn the importance of breath in an attempt to become more self-aware. Using music in this practice is not new. Hip-Hop has been the music of resistance, healing, and expression for people of color since its birth. It arose out of a place of survival and community.
Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Who We Be) takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionate personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, and changing ideas about Asian Americanness.
A classic throwback to your favorite childhood field day events—from games to giveaways, dope music to an epic soul train line and some of the best food trucks; don’t miss the annual Fields Day at the Fields Center!