March 13, 2018
Tuesday: 4:00-7:00PM Wednesday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
The International House Global Voices Program, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), and the Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) at the University of Chicago will host will host a memorial symposium honoring the life and work of Professor Mark Q. Sawyer. Professor Mark Q. Sawyer's pioneering work in the comparative study of race in the Americas as well as his commitment to mentorship and institution-building have produced a generation of scholars, reshaped the study of race and ethnicity in political science, and created new fields of inquiry across a number of disciplines. A year after his tragic passing, we hope to gather in the city where Sawyer was born and raised, and at the university where he earned his doctorate, to highlight his many contributions. This conference will be an opportunity to reflect on the state of the comparative study of race and new directions that Sawyer inspired both directly and indirectly.
Confirmed speakers include: Danielle Clealand, Cathy Cohen, Michael Dawson, Megan Francis, Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, Adom Getachew, Juliet Hooker, Fred Lee, Tianna Paschel, Dianne Pinderhughes, Claudia Sandoval, Dan Slater, and Lester Spence.
March 13, 2018
4:00-5:30 | Opening Panel: Conversation about Mark
5:30 – 7:00 | Reception
March 14, 2018
9:00–9:15 | Welcome
9:15–10:45 | Panel 1: Racial Inequality and Political Crisis in the Americas
10:45–11:00 | Break
11:00 –12:30 | Panel 2: Comparative and Transnational Approach to the Study of Race
12:30–1:30 | Lunch
1:30–3:00 | Panel 3: Rethinking the Study of Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
3:00–3:15 | Break
3:15–4:45 | Panel 4: Combating Institutional Racism in the Academy
4:45–5:00 | Closing
The symposium will be a free and public event that will consist of an opening reception and four substantive panels, featuring presentations by Mark’s students, collaborators, mentors, and colleagues.
This event is sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), and the Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR).