Office of Diversity Education

     The Race and Ethnicity Studies                   

                     Symposium 2016


January 19th and 21st, 5:30-7:30, Marsha Ballroom


Tuesday, January19th


5:30: Welcome (Omar Rivera, PhD. Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the RES minor)


5:45. Paige Duggins, JD Candidate, University of Texas School of Law (May 2017) 


Current Controversies in Race and the Law


6:15. Banafsheh Madaninejad PhD., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion


The Dynamic Nature of Islamic Orthodoxy: The Internal Debate We Don’t Hear About


6:45. Melissa Johnson PhD., Professor of Anthropology 


Life Da Bush: Racialization, Socionature and Rural Creole/Kriol Belizeans



Thursday January 21st


5:30: Patricia Schiaffini PhD., Part-Time Assistant Professor of Chinese


Redefining Tibet: State Representation of Tibetan Ethnic Identity in the PRC


6:00: Elissa Underwood, Attorney and PhD candidate in American Studies at UT-Austin


Tastes of Freedom: Food and Foodways in the US Carceral State


6:30: Davi Thornton PhD., Associate Professor of Communication Studies


Remembering Civil Rights: Commemorating the 1958 Dockum Drug Store Sit-ins


The symposium is co-sponsored by the Diversity Enrichment Committee and the Office of Diversity Education. For more information about the symposium, contact Assistant Professor of Philosophy Omar Rivera at