Monday, September 12, 2022
2:00-5:00pm PST
Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240
In-person event
Reception at the University Club to follow

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This event marks the launch of the 2022-23 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Precarious Ecologies: Science and Social Justice in the Production of Environmental Knowledge.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 9, 2022.

Welcome Remarks:
Amber Miller, Dean of USC Dornsife

Juan De Lara, Director of the Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

Keynote Speaker:
Marta Segura, Director of Climate Emergency Mobilization Office for the City of Los Angeles

Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor, Sociology/American Studies & Ethnicity, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Director, USC Equity Research Institute

Research Forum:
Andrea Ballestero, Director of The Ethnography Studio, Associate Professor of Anthropology, USC
William Deverell
, Director of the USC-Huntington Institute on California and the West, Professor of History, USC
Jill Johnston, Director of Community Engagement in the Division of Environmental Health, Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Science, USC Keck
Joe Árvai, Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Dana and David Dornsife Chair and Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biological Sciences, USC
John Wilson, Director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology, USC
Moderator: Andrew Lakoff, Director of the Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life, Professor of Sociology, USC

This event is co-sponsored by the USC Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life and the USC Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies with support from the Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar Program.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, TCC 227 (Rosen Family Screening Theatre)
In-person event

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Brief schedule:

9:30am- Welcome from Dr. Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Center for Feminist Research Director.
10am-11:45am- Panel One: Health, Development, and Matrices of Exposure
1pm-2:45pm- Panel Two: Is Testosterone a Metonym for Race?
3pm-4:45pm- Panel Three: Bodily Mutability and Volatility and the Slippery-ness of Race
5pm-5:30pm- Roundtable discussion with all presenters

See a full schedule here.

The one-day symposium will investigate dominant and lesser-known narratives about the role of hormones in the embodiment of vertical logics of race, sex, gender, and sexuality. Presenters will engage with how hormones have neurological, cardiovascular, immune, and other effects such as energy level, response to injury, and stress, alongside the conception of hormones in feminist, queer, and trans contexts, that are often discussed in reference to sex-associated bodily developments and reproduction. This broader frame is an attempt to slough off the taxonomical and reified terms of corporeality and identity in the hope that other shapes and constellations of solidarity, inquiry, and knowledge might emerge.

RSVP is required. Follow the link: to RSVP

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Feminist Research, the Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life, the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Levan Institute for the Humanities, the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture, and the Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Virtual event
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We are celebrating the one year birthday of Experimenting with Ethnography: A Companion to Analysis (Duke University Press 2021, eds. Andrea Ballestero and Brit Ross Winthereik), highlighting how readers have drawn on, been inspired by, and also transformed the book’s provocations through their own pedagogical, research, and scholarly engagements with the text. This online event, hosted by the Ethnography Studio, will be moderated by Andrea Ballestero and Brit Ross Winthereik and will feature commentary by three guest speakers: Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge), Dawn Nafus (Intel), and Nikhil Anand (University of Pennsylvania). It will also feature a panel of two of the book’s contributors, Patricia Alvarez Astacio (Brandeis University) and Tone Walford (University College London).

Register for the Zoom link here:

This event is co-sponsored by the USC Levan Institute for the Humanities and the USC Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life.