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About this symposium

Activism in Academia III is an interdisciplinary, one-day symposium organized to initiate a larger conversation between CUNY and non-CUNY faculty and students about the value of apolitical and political work in the university as it relates to activism within underrepresented communities. How do we incorporate activism in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in our scholarship? Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates will engage in discussion and debate through various panels and performances. This year’s panels focus on the #MeToo Movement, Mexico and border control controversy, as well as decolonizing the academy through Twitter and social media collectives. 

                     #ActivisminAcademia #CUNYactivism #LehmanEnglish


10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Social Justice through Image, Movement, and Melody

Wendell Cooper, CUNY-Lehman: “Polyrhythmic Disidentifications”

Jennifer Rhodes, Columbia University: “Give Her Black Eyes: Violence and the Opera Subtitle”

Marco Ramírez Rojas, CUNY-Lehman: “Adelitas: Women Warriors of the Mexican Revolution”

Mario Moore, Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts: “Black Men and the Fleeting Pursuit of Relaxation”


12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch Reception


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Diversifying and Decolonizing the Professoriate

Afrodesia McCannon, New York University: “#MoC: Medievalists of Color”

Manu Samriti Chander, Rutgers-Newark, “#Bigger6: Coteries and Collectives”

Eugenia Zuroski, McMaster University: “#BIPOC18 and the Undercommons of Enlightenment”

Devin Griffiths, University of Southern California: “The Ecology of Memes”


2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Perspectives from the Pipeline – Student Roundtable Discussion

Javiera Morales-Reyes, Transatlantic studies

Jennifer Chang, African and African-American studies

Sharon Lee, Asian and Asian American studies

Ashley Davis, Contemporary and Fan Fiction studies


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: #MeToo Evolving

Julie Goldscheid, CUNY Law School: “Sexual assault at the Border: Holding the federal government accountable”

Vani Kanaan, CUNY-Lehman:

Johanna Folk, University of California, San Francisco: “Why Do Professors Who Have Sexually Assaulted Trainees Still Get NIH Training Grants? And Other Important Questions”

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, and the PublicsLab at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the Lehman College Department of English, and the Lehman College City and Humanities Program.



Image by Dhipinder Walia, 2017.