Franklin Humanities Institute
Ahmedieh Family Lecture Hall
(Smith Warehouse Bay 4, C105)
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Thursday Nov. 29, 5:00pm-6:15pm

5:00: Welcome – 

Nayoung Aimee Kwon (AASP and AMES, Duke),

Ranjana Khanna (FHI, Duke)

5:15-6:45: Keynote  Claire Kim (UC Irvine) “Are Asians the New Blacks? Affirmative Action, Antiblackness, and the ‘Sociometry’ of Race”

Moderator: Esther Kim Lee (Theater, Duke)


6:45: Dinner Reception (All Welcome)


Friday, Nov 30, 9:00am-6:15pm 

9:00: Breakfast

9:30: Welcome

9:45-11:00: Race, Labor, and Capitalism in Asian/American Studies

Moderator: Morgan Pitelka (Carolina Asia Center, History and Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)

Iyko Day (Mount Holyoke) “Settler Colonial Racial Capitalism and Asian American Studies”

Moon-Ho Jung, (U Washington) “‘Coolies,’ Racial Capitalism, and the Critical Stakes of Asian American Studies



11:00-12:30: Asian/American Studies and Local/Global South

Moderator: Mark Anthony Neal (AAAS, Duke)

Nikhil Pal Singh (NYU) “The Problem of Race and Comparison”

Ben Tran (Vanderbilt) “New South, Global South, and Postsocialism”

Josephine Lee (U Minnesota) “The Shared Spaces of Blackface and Yellowface on the Southern Vaudeville Circuit”



12:30-1:30: Lunch

(Please RSVP here)


1:30-2:45: A Decade+ of Student Activism at Duke

Moderator: Leo Ching (ICS/AMES, Duke)

Christina Hsu Azene (Class of ’03)

Stanley Yuan (Class of ’16)

Christine Lee (Class of ’18)

Helen Yang (Class of ’19)


2:45-4:00: Program and Coalition Building I

Moderator: Sarah Deutsche (History, Duke)

Featuring Sucheta Mazumdar and Selina Lai Henderson, Eng-Beng Lim, Adriane Lentz-Smith, Priscilla Wald


4:00-4:20: Coffee Break


4:20-5:30: Program and Coalition Building II

Moderator: Eileen Chow (AMES, Duke)

Featuring Rey Chow, Jennifer Ho, Ryan Ku, Omid Safi, Lee Baker, Wahneema Lubiano


5:30-6:15: Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Nayoung Aimee Kwon


Co-Sponsored by Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) and Humanities Futures, Dean of Humanities, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), English, History, Cultural Anthropology, Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Theater Studies, Literature.