Black Nationhood and Race in the Americas: The US, Colombia, Brazil, and Cuba

CLRC-LALS Winter 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series with Mark Q. Sawyer, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

January 23, 2014

By , Coordinator, CLRC-LALS Distinguished Speaker Series 

In this talk, Professor Sawyer examines the different experiences of African-descended people in the United States and various sites in the Spanish and Lusophone Americas, such as Colombia, Brazil, and Cuba.  He studies each case over time and in a comparative context, thereby offering a unique opportunity to illuminate the interaction between black social movement actors, the state, and the dominant civil society.  By exploring the dynamics of slavery, manumission, and independence in these countres, he offers a more robust explanation of the development of different racial orders. 

Mark Q. Sawyer, Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, is Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Chair of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Program in Afro-American Studies, and a writer and commentator for CNN, Fox News, La Opinion, NPR’s News and Notes, the Washington Post’s “the root.com,” and EbonyJet.com.  He is the author of Racial Politics in Post-revolutionary Cuba (Cambridge University Press, 2005), winner of the Dubois Award for best book from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the American Political Science Association's Ralphe Bunche Award, as well as numerous articles on the intersection of race and gender in modern Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.  He has also written on the impact of race relations on the democratic transition in Cuba.  Other research interests include race, immigration, and citizenship around the globe.

The CLRC is proud to co-sponsor this free, public lecture with the Latin American and Latino Studies Department.