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Talk 4.4.19, 600p, @ Swarthmore : Dr. Jason Oliver Chang: Chino, anti-Chinese racism in Mexico, 1880-1940

Free and open to public

You are invited to listen to a talk by Dr, Jason Oliver Chang, who will be discussing his book Chino: Anti-Chinese racism in Mexico, 1880-1940.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Swarthmore College
McCabe Library Atrium
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Parking available at Ben West Parking Lot

About the book (from google books):

From the late nineteenth century to the 1930s, antichinismo –the politics of racism against Chinese Mexicans–found potent expression in Mexico. Jason Oliver Chang delves into the untold story of how antichinismo helped the revolutionary Mexican state, and the elite in control, of it build their nation. As Chang shows, anti-Chinese politics shared intimate bonds with a romantic ideology that surrounded the transformation of the mass indigenous peasantry into dignified mestizos. Racializing a Chinese Other became instrumental in organizing the political power and resources for winning Mexico’s revolutionary war, building state power, and seizing national hegemony in order to dominate the majority Indian population. By centering the Chinese in the drama of Mexican history, Chang opens up a fascinating untold story about the ways antichinismo was embedded within Mexico’s revolutionary national state and its ideologies. Groundbreaking and boldly argued, Chino is a first-of-its-kind look at the essential role the Chinese played in Mexican culture

Flyer work by talk co-planner Dorcas Tang – Flyer download

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Talk Sponsored By:

– Educational Studies Dept.
– Latin American and Latino Studies Program
– Asian Studies Program
– Tri-Co Asian Americanist Faculty Group
– Intercultural Center
– History Dept.
– Spanish Dept.
– Chinese Program
– Latinx Heritage Month
– Sociology and Anthropology Dept.
– Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Food provided by:
El Merkury

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2.11.19 – Teaching While Black Should Not Be A Crime Book Talk @ Robeson House 6pm

Join us for this powerful book talk!

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Paul Robeson House
4951 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Teaching While Black Should Not Be A Crime

Across the country over the past year, public school teachers have been striking for better working conditions, better pay, but most importantly, a better, more equitable education for all of their students. But this fight has been brewing for decades, and a new book shines a light on the intertwined injustices of systemic racism, high-stakes testing, and corporate overreach in U.S. public schools that led to 35 educators of color in Atlanta being slapped with felonies for allegedly changing students’ answers on standardized tests.

None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators is an honest and courageous account of Shani Robinson, a former educator whose life continues to be turned upside down for a crime she did not commit. The book links Shani’s personal experience to the political and historical context that set the stage for the cheating scandal. It explores how racist policies and practices cheated generations of black and brown children long before some teachers tampered with tests, and continues to do so today.

– Light refreshments be provided
– Copies of the book will be available for purchase through Hakim books

Robeson FB event post:

Part of BLM Week of Action at School

Questions: Contact Edwin Mayorga,

Sponsored by Caucus of Working Educators and Philadelphia Writing Project; Swarthmore College: Educational Studies, Black Studies, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and the English Dept

11.29.18: School Closures and the Black Community: Panel & Eve Ewing Book Talk @ Uncle Bobbie’s

Free & Open to Public!

Thursday, November 29, 2018, starting at 5pm at The People’s Sanctuary (Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books).


In 1978 education specialist Richard L. Andrews was quoted as saying “(O)nce a school is closed, the environmental forces of out-migration, population decline and neighborhood deterioration is set in motion. It is difficult, if not impossible, to reverse these forces.” Thirty years later, we continue to see this trend manifesting to the detriment of communities that fall victim to this policy.

In the past several years, Philadelphia, Chicago and many of the nation’s urban centers, have been impacted by school closings. Many of these neighborhoods are historically majority Black/Brown, have high poverty and violence rates, lower home values, lower college completion rates, and experienced disinvestment for decades before. Ongoing disinvestments in these communities translated into disinvestment in the schools within them. Ultimately, many of these schools became slated for closure, eliminating what traditionally had been the life-blood of communities, and making way for demographic changes that barely represent that of previous residents.

These destructive conditions demand that we be engaged in ongoing conversation, research, teaching and organizing in order to disrupt these processes. The Philadelphia Black History Collaborative, in collaboration with #BarrioEdProject and Swarthmore College, have organized a powerful two part event to be held on Thursday November 29, 2018 at The People’s Sanctuary (Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books)


We begin at 5pm with a panel discussion titled School Closings: Presumptions, Policy and Practice, with Dr. Camika Royal (Loyola University, Maryland), Zakiya Sankara-Jabar (Racial Justice Now! and Dignity in Schools Campaign), Koby Murphy (Philadelphia Student Union), and Akil Parker (educator).

The panel will be moderated by Akanke Washington.

This is a two part event, and is being hosted by Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books!

Panel Discussion Flyer


At 6p sociologist of education Eve L. Ewing will presents her latest book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side (University of Chicago Press). Dr. Ewing will talk about the story of Chicago’s 2013 mass public school closures– the largest wave of such closures in the nation’s history. The event will include a reading of excerpts from the books, behind-the-scenes context and the deeper story of the research project, and a discussion of the lessons the book presents about history, segregation, racism, and the future of America’s public schools, followed by a question and answer session, and a book signing.

Ewing Book Talk Flyer



Dr. Eve Louise Ewing​​ is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side (University of Chicago Press, October 2018) explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. Her work has been published in many venues, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Eve L. Ewing.



The People’s Sanctuary – Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books
5445 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Map to Uncle Bobbie’s 


Poetry in Context: Dos encuentros with Dr. Eve Ewing

Join us on April 21, 2018 for two “encuentros” (encounters/finding) with writer and scholar, Dr. Eve L. Ewing!

Encuentro 1 @ Swarthmore College

Encuentro 2 @ Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.

In Poetry in Context, Dr Ewing reads several poems from her book Electric Arches (Haymarket Press 2017) as well as other work, but also draws on her knowledge and work as a sociologist to make connections to topics in race, history, gender, and contemporary events. While many artists speak about these themes through their work, Dr. Ewing’s work as a scholar offers a distinct level of detail and depth that would greatly appeal to the scholarly, artistic and civic commitments of the college community and the Philadelphia area. More than just a poetry performance or just an academic lecture, this format brings together art and society for an engaging conversation. Participants will learn the behind-the-scenes deeper story behind many of the poems in the book, and will come away with a new way of understanding social justice topics through creative expression rather than just through abstract facts or statistics.

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a writer and scholar from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches and When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History, and Discourse amid Chicago’s School Closures, a forthcoming book (University of Chicago Press, Fall 2018) that explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. She also co-wrote the multimedia performance No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has been published in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many other venues. She is a sociologist of education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She also co-directs Crescendo Literary (a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources) and is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Abdurraqib.

Copies of the Electric Arches will be available to purchase at both sites, or can be purchased online at:

Primer Encuentro

Feb. 21, 2018

Swarthmore College
Scheuer Room
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19143
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Segundo Encuentro

Feb. 21, 2018

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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