Race At Boiling Point Event Series

Jun 5–Aug 14, 2020
UC Irvine

June 5

The Fire This Time (Angela Y. Davis, Herman Gray, Gaye Theresa Johnson, Robin D. G. Kelley, and Josh Kun)

July 17

Movement We Make (Ruth Wilson Gilmore, AbdouMaliq Simone, Rafeef Ziadah, and Avery Gordon)

August 14

Powers of the False (Beth Coleman, Natalie Diaz, Isaac Julien, George Lewis, and Nina Sun Eidsheim)

Race at Boiling Point: The Fire This Time

Jun 5, 2020 / 1:00 pm

The nation and the world are bearing witness to yet another spate of police violence against Black people. Heavily armored vehicles roll through city streets. The long-historical fissures of American life and justice are now nakedly visible. This is an urgent moment, one that calls for resolve, thought, and action.

On Friday, June 5, at 1:00 pm PST, UCHRI hosted Race at Boiling Point: The Fire This Time, a conversation with Angela Y. Davis (Emerita, UC Santa Cruz), Herman Gray (Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz), Gaye Theresa Johnson (UC Los Angeles), Robin D. G. Kelley (UC Los Angeles), and Josh Kun (University of Southern California). 

In the background:

Teri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, Waiting Game

Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics”; Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines

DJ D-Nice, Club Quarantine

Angela Y. Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?

Ross Gay, “A Small Needful Act

Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks

Stuart Hall, Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law & OrderSelected Political Writings: The Great Moving Right Show and Other Essays

June Jordan, Directed by Desire: Collected PoemsSome of Us Did Not Die: New & Selected Essays

Josh Kun, “Could Music Companies Help Black Artists by Adjusting Old Record Deals?

Richard Misrach, Border Cantos

Barbara Ransby, Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

Allissa V Richardson, Bearing Witness while Black: African Americans, Smartphones, & the New Protest #Journalism; “Why Cellphone Videos of Black People’s Deaths Should be Considered Sacred, Like Lynching Photographs

Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical TraditionOn Racial Capitalism, Black Internationalism, and Cultures of Resistance

Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic is a Portal

Cécile McLorin Salvant, Yolk

Damien Sojoyner, First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles

Race at Boiling Point: Movement We Make

Jul 17, 2020 / 12:00 pm

There is movement. In the air and on the ground. Movement in bodies gathering together in collective demand for change or fleeing threat. Movement in the travel of language within and across boundaries and borders, carrying histories and horizons. Movement in the dense networks of everyday social relation evoking our mutual responsibility and reliability. Movement that precludes and makes possible.

On Friday, July 17, at 12:00 pm PDT, UCHRI hosted Race at Boiling Point: Movement We Make, a conversation with Patrisse Cullors (co-founder, Black Lives Matter/Dignity and Power Now), Ruth Wilson Gilmore (City University of New York), AbdouMaliq Simone (University of Sheffield), Rafeef Ziadah (University of London), and moderator Avery Gordon (UC Santa Barbara).

Patrisse Cullors had to cancel her appearance for Movement We Make. As is widely known, she has come under extensive racist attack. We stand in solidarity with her.

In the background:

Brenna Bhandar and Rafeef Ziadah, Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought

Mahmoud Darwish, “Dying for Free” 

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

Avery Gordon, The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins

Wilson Harris, “Literacy and the Imagination,” in The Literate Imagination: Essays on the Novels of Wilson Harris 

Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States

Robin Kelley (interview), “Solidarity Is Not a Market Exchange

La Via Campesina

Anant Maringanti, Lockdown Album

Movimento Sem Terra (MST)

Alan Sears, The New New Left

AbdouMaliq Simone, Improvised Lives: Rhythms of Endurance in an Urban South

AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse, New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times

Neferti Tadiar, “The New Global Political Economy: Lifetimes Lived and Expended

Paolo Virno, A Grammar of the Multitude; “Virtuosity and Revolution: The Political Theory of Exodus


Race at Boiling Point: Powers of the False

Aug 14, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Counterfeit is our culture, our history forged, our idols fraudulent. We seek sources of truth as an active concept. But when the line dividing fact from fiction is buried beneath layers of bigotry, senselessness, and corruption, supposition becomes indistinguishable from the real, and we risk mortal wounds as victims to the powers of the false. How can we reinvigorate mechanisms of scrutiny and systems of representation? Where are the spaces from which the silenced might emerge?

On Friday, August 14, at 12:00 pm PDT, UCHRI hosted Race at Boiling Point: Powers of the False, a conversation with Beth Coleman (University of Toronto), Natalie Diaz (Arizona State University), Isaac Julien (UC Santa Cruz), George Lewis (Columbia University), and moderator Nina Sun Eidsheim (UC Los Angeles). 

In the background: 

Patrick Burke, Come In and Hear the Truth: Jazz and Race on 52nd Street

Beth Coleman, Hello Avatar 

Arnold Davidson, “Spiritual Exercises, Improvisation, and Moral Perfectionism: With Special Reference to Sonny Rollins

Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem; When My Brother Was an Aztec

Fredrick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass

Nina Sun Eidsheim, The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music

Noel Ignatiev, Race Traitor: The Journal of New Abolitionism 

Barbara Jones-Hogu, Unite

Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour Looking for Langston 

George Lewis, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music 

Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Paul Richards, Indigenous Agricultural Revolution

Cornel West, Race Matters 

Chancellor Williams, Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.