Course Alert: LTS 3085- Latinx Screens, Interview with Professor Rojo Robles

Professor Rojo Robles in conversation with Daniela Toribio, Coordinator of Student Affairs for the Initiative for the Study of Latin America (ISLA) Can you give us an overview of what your course “Latinx Screens” will be? In my course “Latinx Screens” we will watch and study feature films, documentaries, TV episodes, and music videos made by…

On Derek Chauvin’s Conviction

Adjunct Professor Zamir Ben Dan, and his colleagues who from the Black Attorneys of the Legal Aid Caucus in New York, published this editorial, “Racial Progress Needs Systemic Change, Not a Rare Conviction” in The New York Law Journal’s digital Law.com: Last Tuesday, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the May 25,…

Black Studies and Diaspora

On April 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm the Black Studies Colloquium will delve into a conversation about Black Studies focusing on the work of our esteemed colleague, Zachariah Mampilly (Endowed Chair of International Affairs, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs). In this round table discussion, we will consider a diasporic framing of Black Studies. This conversation will build from a section (pp. 25-34)…

Yomaira Figueroa Vasquez on Thursday, April 15 @1PM

Join us  on Thursday April 15 @1PM for a conversation with Dr. Yomaira Figueroa Vasquez, a scholar of U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, and author of Decolonizing Diasporas:  Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature.  She will be in conversation with Baruch students who have read her work, or have an interest in the intersections between Latinx and…

March 11: “In Sudden Darkness” with Tayler Montague

1:00 PM-2:00 PM In Sudden Darkness: Tayler Montague in conversation with Professor Bridgett M. Davis Film critic and curator Tayler Montague will present her debut short film, “In Sudden Darkness”, an intimate and loving portrait of a Black working-class family set in the Bronx amidst a city-wide blackout in 2003. “In Sudden Darkness” was screened…

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

If there was ever a moment when you felt like the odds are staked against you, and you a powerless to make difference, remember Fannie Lou Hamer.  She is a freedom fighter.  She is a Black woman who made a difference, and she set an example that others, like Stacey Abrams and Maxine Waters.  …

#Jamaica #Maroons #BlackHistory

That song, “Rastaman Chant” by Bob Marley, recalls that spirit of resistance that empowers us. “Jamaica’s legendary Maroons were a band of escaped African people who escaped slavery and prevailed against recapture by British regiments and became permanently free—six decades before the Haitian Revolution, and over a hundred years before the Emancipation Proclamation. (Here’s how…

Celebrating 50 Years of BLS at Baruch!

Black and Latino Studies has been at Baruch College for 50 years!  Now, it will begin the long-anticipated  process of creating a BLS major.  In the interim, students can more easily pursue BLS as an ad-hoc major with this recommended sequence of courses. The Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch was born from…

Fire in Babylon: West Indies Cricket + Anticolonial Resistance

When the Trinidadian writer and activist C.L.R. James published Beyond the Boundary (1962), it was not just “one of the greatest books on sport and culture ever written,” it inserted the international game of cricket into critical conversations about colonialism and freedom.  In his book, James describes how cricket not only taught him lessons about…