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Fall 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Book Presentation of Pigmentacrocies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America

Join the afrolatin@ forum and NYU's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as we celebrate the publication of Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America.

is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America's most populous nations.
Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by the multi year Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA), this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness. A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policy making and public opinion in Latin America.

About the Author
Edward Telles, PERLA's principal investigator, explains that profound historical and political forces, including multiculturalism, have helped to shape the formation of ethnic identities and the nature of social relations within and across nations. One of Pigmentocracies’s many important conclusions is that unequal social and economic status is at least as much a function of skin color as of ethnoracial identification. Investigators also found high rates of discrimination by color and ethnicity widely reported by both targets and witnesses. Still, substantial support across countries was found for multicultural-affirmative policies--a notable result given that in much of modern Latin America race and ethnicity have been downplayed or ignored as key factors despite their importance for earlier nation-building.

The "Book Presentation of Pigmentocracies" is part of the public programming leading up to our second transnational conference Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts! to be held in New York City on October 23-25, 2014. 

Presented by the afrolatin@ forum and the Latino Studies Program in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU.

The conference is generously supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities and Co-Sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, El Museo del Barrio and various institutions at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York including the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), Institute for the study of the African Diaspora and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the Center for the Humanities and the Dominican Studies Group, as well as support from Carr Business Systems, a Xerox Company.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Covering the Three Missouri Mikes

This panel will talk about three black men in Missouri, all named Michael, as a way to think about how American media creates narratives about young black men and how the American public consumes such media. The three subjects are Michael Sam (the first openly gay NFL player, who was recruited by the St. Louis Rams and is now at the Dallas Cowboys), Michael Johnson (the young gay college wrestler who was known as “Tiger Mandingo” and is awaiting trial in St. Charles for alleged criminal HIV exposure), and Mike Brown (the young man killed by Ferguson police office Darren Wilson).

Saeed Jones, Editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and author of PRELUDE TO BRUISE, who has written and edited stories on all 3 men.
Joel Anderson, Senior Writer at BuzzFeed who has covered Mike Sam, Mike Brown and Ferguson for BuzzFeed.
Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter and host of Micropolis.
Keahnan Washington, Doctoral student in Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University.

MODERATED BY Steven Thrasher, NYU American Studies doctoral student and Guardian columnist who has covered all 3 men for BuzzFeed and The Guardian.

Presented by the American Studies Program and Africana Studies Program in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU; Co-sponsored by Contexts Magazine, the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and the SCA Graduate Student Committee.