Reflections on our Annual Symposium on "The City" (and pics!)

This year's annual symposium on "The City" was really exciting!

Our first panel, "Domestic Workers in the City," featured really engaging conversations around domestic worker's labor organizing and their everyday lives. Professor Tamara Mose Brown shared some of her recent book, Raising Brooklyn: Nannies Childcare and Caribbeans Creating Community, which had some fascinating commentary on domestic workers and public space. American Studies doctoral student Asha Best presented on domestic workers mobilities, offering some interesting comparisons between Los Angeles and New York. Professor Premilla Nadasen spoke on transnational feminism and formal organizing networks, in particular Domestic Workers United.

(We look forward to continuing this dialogue around women and labor at the upcoming conference organized by the Center for Migration and the Global City.)

We also got to see a preview of the documentary The Fire This Time + Q&A with Director Blair Doroshwalther. The film takes a look at the "New Jersey 4." Our discussion with the Director and media activist working on the film was truly fascinating. Click the video to watch the trailer!

The Fire This Time The Film from blair doroshwalther on Vimeo.


The last panel of the day featured Profs. Jerry Todd and Peter Savastano as well as Aaron Frazier and Bernie McAllister. All offered diverse and important perspectives on the place of Newark's ball culture in the lives of queer youth (particularly of color) and the fight against the AIDS pandemic in Newark. This very important discussion on Newark's queer community and AIDS activism is a continuation of the dialogue started at the Queer Newark conference, which took place on campus last semester.

Here are a few pics from the event...