Past Events

Spring 2019

Special Event

Wednesday, April 3rd | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126

Discussion of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad with author, Manu Karuka (Barnard), Robyn Rodriguez (Asian American Studies), and Amanda Kong (English)

Special Event

Thursday, April 11th | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126
How to Build Socialist Modernity in the Third World: The Cold War Writings of Shirley Graham and W. E. B. Du Bois
Vaughn Rasberry (Stanford)
Co-Sponsored with Department of English

Event Cancelled: Grad Student Discussion   

Monday, April 29th | 12:00 pm | Voorhies 126

Lunchtime discussion with Malini Ranganathan

Speaker Series

Monday, April 29th | 4:00 pm | DHI Conference Room

“Environment as Freedom”: Racial Capitalism and Environmental Justice: Malini Ranganathan (American University), Julie Sze (American Studies), and Neil Agarwal (UC Davis)

Event Cancelled: Grad Student Discussion

Thursday, May 16th | 12:00 pm | Voorhies 126

Lunchtime discussion with David Stein

Event Cancelled: Speaker Series

Thursday, May 16th | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126
Racial Capitalism and Public Policy: Blu Buchanan (Sociology), Amber Rose Howard (CURB State-wide Co-Coordinators) and Ivette Alé (CURB State-wide Co-Coordinator)

Special Event

Thursday, May 30th | Voorhies 126

12:00 pm | Nikhil Pal Singh in dialogue with Joshua Clover|Discussion on the resurgence of the race/class debate among the American left. Questions and informal conversation following their dialogue. Lunch will be provided.

4:00 pm | The Subject of Black Radicalism |Public lecture by Nikhil Pal Singh with a response by Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas. Refreshments will be provided.


Winter 2019

  • Reading Group Meeting







    • Wednesday, January 23 | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126| Discussion of selected readings by Alys Weinbaum and Jennifer Morgan
  • Speaker Series
    • Monday, January 28 | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Panel Discussion, Racial Capitalism and the Work of Reproduction:







      • Alys Weinbaum (University of Washington), Jennifer Morgan (NYU), and Kalindi Vora (Feminist Research Institute, UCD). Moderator: Rana Jaleel (Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies, UCD)
  • Reading Group Meeting
    • Wednesday, February 6 | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Framing W.E.B. DuBois: Discussion of selected readings with Matthew Vernon (English) and Mark Jerng (English)
  • Special Event
    • Tuesday, February 12 | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Summer Graduate Fellow Research Forum:
      • Trisha Barua (Cultural Studies), Mia Dawson (Geography), and Samia Errazzouki (History). Discussants: Neil Agarwal (English), Erica Kohl-Arenas (American Studies), and Justin Leroy (History)


Fall 2018

  • Reading Group Meeting







    • Wednesday, October 3rd | 12:00 pm | Hart Hall 3201 | Reading Group Meeting with Macarena Gómez-Barris, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives. Discussants: Elisa Oceguera (Cultural Studies, UC Davis) and Rebecca Hogue (English, UC Davis)
  • Speaker Series
    • Wednesday, October 3rd | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Panel Discussion, Racial Capitalism and Environmental Justice: featuring Macarena Gómez-Barris (Pratt Institute) and Robert Connell (UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow). Moderator: Elizabeth Rose Middleton (Native American Studies, UC Davis)
  • Special Event
    • Tuesday, October 9th | 4:00 pm | Hart Hall 3201 | Carceral Capitalism with Jackie Wang (Harvard)
  • Speaker Series
    • Thursday, October 11th | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Panel Discussion, Racial Capitalism and Settler Colonialism: Tiffany King (Georgia State University) and Iyko Day  (Mt. Holyoke College)
  • Special Event
    • Tuesday, November 13th | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Research forum with summer graduate fellows
  • Reading Group Meeting
    • Tuesday, November 27th | 12:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Discussion of selected readings by Andy Clarno (Neoliberal Apartheid) and Sharad Chari (Apartheid Remains) with the authors
  • Speaker Series
    • Tuesday, November 27th | 4:00 pm | Voorhies 126 | Panel Discussion, Racial Capitalism and Global Histories: Andy Clarno (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Sharad Chari (UC Berkeley)

Spring 2018

  • Special Event







    • Wednesday, April 4th, 4-6 pm: Voorhies 126, Jeramy DeCristo: Gay Shame Organization
  • Disciplinary Conversations
    • Wednesday, April 18th, 4-6 pm: DHI Conference Room, Racial Capitalism and Legal Studies: Angela Harris in Conversation with Amy Kapczynski (Professor, Yale Law School) and Ahmed White (Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School)
  • Lunchtime Roundtable on Comics and Popular Culture
    • Friday, April 27th, 12-2 pm: Voorhies 126, Darieck Scott (UC Berkeley), Desirée Martín (UC Davis) and Maria Fernanda Diaz Basteris (UC Davis)
  • Works-in-Progress Series
    • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4-6 pm: SS&H Conference Room 2203, Destin Jenkins, “Bonded Metropolis: Debt, Redevelopment, and Racial Inequality in Postwar San Francisco”
  • Works-in-Progress Series
    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 4-6 pm: Voorhies 126, Neil Agarwal, “Thinking through a Sort of Public and Psychological Wage”
  • Special Event
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 4-6 pm: Voorhies 126, Colleen Lye,“Asian Socialism, Magical Realism”
  • Reading Group Discussion
    • Wednesday, May 23rd, 4-6 pm: Voorhies 126, Cedric Robinson, Anthropology of Marxism, Moderated by Seeta Chaganti

Winter 2018

  • disciplinary conversations
    • Wednesday, January 31st ⏐ 4:00 pm ⏐ DHI Conference Room, Voorhies 228: Racial Capitalism and Performance Studies, Patricia Ybarra (Brown University) & Jon Rossini (Theater and Dance, UC Davis)
  •  works-in-progress series
    • Wednesday, February 7th  4:00 pm Voorhies 126: “Dispossession by Administration: The Open Secret of Racial Capitalist Violence,” Jodi Melamed (Marquette University
  • reading group meeting
    • Tuesday, February 20th 4:00 pm Voorhies 126: “Racial Capitalism and History”: Reading special issue of Boston Review “Race Capitalism Justice”
  • special event
    • Wednesday, February 28th 4:00 pm Student Community Center, MPR: Walter Johnson, Robin Kelley & Lisa Lowe in Conversation
  • Research Forum
    • Wednesday, March 7th 4:00 pm ⏐ How is your project related to racial capitalism?

Fall 2017

  • introductory meeting
    • Wednesday, October 4th, 4 pm, 126 Voorhies Hall: What Is Racial Capitalism? Reflections on Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition
    • Wine/Cheese reception to follow
  • works-in-progress series
    • Wednesday, October 18th, 4 pm, 126 Voorhies Hall: Zenia Kish (Stanford University) “Data Farming: Seeding a ‘Data Revolution’ in African Agriculture”
  • special event
    • Wednesday, October 25th, 4 pm, Manetti Shrem Museum: Assembly and Riot: Michael Hardt and Joshua Clover in conversation
  • disciplinary conversations
    • Wednesday, November 1, 4 pm, DHI Conference Room (228 Voorhies): Racial Capitalism and Literary Studies: Adrienne Brown (University of Chicago) and Mark Jerng (UC Davis)
  • disciplinary conversations
    • Tuesday, November 14, 4 pm, 126 Voorhies: Racial Capitalism and U.S. Empire: Javier Arbona (American Studies), Ofelia Cuevas (Chicano/a Studies), Anjali Nath (American Studies)
  • works-in-progress series
    • Wednesday, November 29th, 4 pm, 126 Voorhies Hall: “The Colonial and Racial Nature of Extractive Capitalism” Alyosha Goldstein (University of New Mexico)