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Syracuse Human Rights Film Festival

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Sep 28, 2017, 7:00 PM-7:00 PM

Various locations

The Co-Directors of SUHRFF are Professors Tula Goenka (Television, Radio & Film) and Roger Hallas (English).

The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival celebrates its 15th year from Thursday, Sept 28 through Saturday, Sept 30, with an outstanding line-up of award-winning films addressing social justice issues around the globe. The festival is part of Syracuse Symposium 2017: BELONGING and is presented by the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The Opening Night film is at Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3 (Room 140, Waverly entrance). The Friday screening is also be at Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3 (Room 140, Waverly entrance). All three Saturday screenings are in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building of Syracuse University. All screenings are free and open to the public, and DHH accommodations are provided.

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  • David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • School of Education
  • South Asia Center
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
  • Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
  • International Relations Program
  • Latino-Latin American Studies Program
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Department of Art & Music Histories
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • LGBT Studies Program
  • SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

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Teach in on Charlottesville

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Oct 7, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Watson Theater – 316 Waverly Avenue

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Join members of the Syracuse University community for discussion about, and reflections on, Charlottesville. Addressing historical and contemporary contexts and drawing from personal and academic insights, a panel of faculty come together for this teach-in to listen, learn, and jump-start important dialogues about resistance and forging solidarities within and across our communities, in the classroom and beyond.

Download the Charlottesville Teachin Flyer as a PDF

Sponsored by Syracuse University Humanities Center

Syracuse Humanities Center

Supported by: African American Studies; Cultural Foundations of Education; History; Jewish Studies Program; Sociology; The Syracuse University Humanities Center; Writing Studies; Rhetoric, and Composition.

Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.


Brujería as Collective Action: The Hexing of Donald Trump

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Oct 10, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

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Religion Graduate Organization / Abel Gomez

The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency was a blow to many liberal secularists who had presumed that racism, sexism, and patriarchy were in a losing battle. However, for many Black and Brown activists fighting against systematic oppression, having a president beholden to white supremacy was not new (albeit this version much less cordial). For those who practice African diasporic religions, “witchcraft” or brujería as it is known in Spanish, has historically been a strategy to reveal this type of oppression. Since early European colonialism and white domination, overseers, masters, and police have been the subject of curses from various Black, Native, and Pagan hexes. Indeed, witchcraft continues to instill fear in the minds of oppressors. This talk examines the collective political strategy of brujería against Donald Trump as tool against the violence of this racist administration. Beliso-De Jesús traces African diasporic practitioners who have used the ebbo, or offerings, prayers, rites, and collective works to thwart Trump’s oppressive plans. Historically, ebbos have been used to manipulate and change destiny, to alieve practitioners of ailments, and as a form of collective action to redirect natural disasters such as hurricanes or to inflict damage upon a bad person. As a Black Caribbean strategy against oppression, theorizing from the ebbo allows for the multiple dimension of politics to stand in relief. Beliso-De Jesús will argue that theory from the curse demonstrates how the white liberal myth of “progress” must be ripped open to reveal the ugly core of white supremacy.  

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús is Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School. A cultural and social anthropologist, Dr. Beliso-De Jesús has conducted ethnographic research with Santería practitioners in Cuba and the United States since 2003. Her book, Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion details the transnational experience of Santería, in which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, priests, and religious travelers remake local, national, and political boundaries and actively reconfigure notions of technology and transnationalism. 

Sponsored by the Religion Graduate Organization, Graduate Student OrganizationThe Department of Religion, Latino-Latin-American Studies, and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. 

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Faculty Colloquia Prof. Joanne Waghorne

Oct 17, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

320 Hall of Languages

Deborah Pratt

Tuesday, October 17 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Joanne Waghorne
Respondent: Phil Arnold
RSVP required.


Faculty Colloquia Prof. Gareth Fisher

Nov 7, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

320 Hall of Languages

Deborah Pratt

Tuesday, November 7 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Gareth Fisher
Respondent: Ken Frieden
RSVP required.


2018 Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion

Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

501 Hall of Languages

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The 2018 Meeting will be held at Syracuse University, Saturday-Sunday, April 14–15. Conference theme and call for papers will be available later in the fall. Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion /