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Monday, September 17, 2020   4:00-5:30pm

“How to Be a New Abolitionist: Whiteness Studies & the Origins of Antiracist Education”

Zebulon Vance Miletsky - Africana Studies Department

Lea Borenstein, PhD candidate in English, Respondent

In today’s climate of abolition—abolish ICE, abolish the police, not to mention drawing on the tradition of the abolitionists of the 19th century—and with a rise in open and unapologetic expressions of white supremacy, it is perhaps a good time to retake up the questions raised by The Society for New Abolitionists, and see where Abolitionist Futures meets a much longer tradition of abolition and offer a model of praxis for whiteness studies and antiracist education. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020    4:00-5:30pm

“Policing University Space: How Law and Order Infiltrated the Campus

Yalile Suriel, PhD candidate in History

Robert T. Chase, History Department, Respondent

As universities underwent demographic shifts in the 1960s and 1970s that resulted in a more diverse student body, universities were also facing tremendous internal and external pressure to police students that dared to be part of protest or social change. As a result, universities often toggled between embracing social justice discourses and constructing their own policing mechanisms, mainly university police departments. This talk examines how diversity narratives collided with punitive discourses at public universities. Zoom Registration is required. Registration deadline November 11.

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Faculty Reading Group: "Global Carceral States and Networks: Racialized Policing, Mass Incarceration, and Migrant Detentions"

4 Mondays during Fall 2020

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Sep 21, Oct 12, Oct 26 & Nov 16

Co-led by Robert T. Chase/History and Zebulon  Vance Miletsky/Africana Studies

Discussing how racialized policing, mass incarceration, and migrant detentions and deportations constitute what the French theorist Michel Foucault named as a “carceral network”. Supported by CAS in collaboration with the Center for Changing Systems of Power. Zoom Registration is required.   Click her for details.


Zebulon Vance Miletsky

Zebulon Vance Miletsky, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and History at Stony Brook University. His articles have appeared in the Trotter Review, the Historical Journal of Massachusetts, and the Journal of Urban History. His book, Before Busing: Boston’s Long Freedom Movement in the ‘Cradle of Liberty’ is forthcoming by the University of North Carolina Press in February 2021.

Robert T. Chase

Robert T. Chase is an is a scholar of 20th century American history whose research fields include U.S. politics and state-building; civil rights, Black Power and the Chicana/o Movement; and, the history of policing, incarceration, and migrant detention. His two books are We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America (UNC 2020) and Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarcerations, Immigrant Detentions, and Resistance (UNC 2019).

Lea Borenstein                                                                                            

Lea Borenstein is a doctoral candidate in the English department, although she belongs more properly in cultural studies. She is interested in 19 and early 20th century Black American cultural production, especially in how the space between high art and pop culture can register both resistance and possibilities for common purpose across class divisions. She is currently pursuing projects around blackface minstrelsy, early Black Broadway productions, and Jean Toomer’s ecological modernism.

Yalile Suriel                                                                    

Yalile Suriel is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Stony Brook University. Her research examines the intersections between mass incarceration and higher education. Her dissertation explores how public universities have been shaped by the rise and formation of a carceral state. She is a Turner fellow and an AERA fellow. Her work has been featured in the Activist History Review  and in AAIHS.