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Dr. Michael Omi Visits UT Austin

Posted: May 22, 2013
Professor Omi at the Avaya Auditorium for his public lecture

Professor Omi at the Avaya Auditorium for his public lecture

By Kamala Visweswaran

CAAS began its spring 2013 programming with Dr. Michael Omi's visit which was generously co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Humanities Institute, the Multicultural Engagement Center, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program (NAIS), Social Justice Institute, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CWGS).

On the afternoon of January 28, 2013 CAAS organized a roundtable discussion of Professor Omi’s article “Racial Formations in the 21st Century” with Dr. Omi and various UT faculty including Shannon Speed (NAIS/WGS), Hector Dominguez-Ruvalcaba (WGS), Nhi Lieu (CAAS/WGS), Christen Smith (Warfield Center), and John McKiernan-Gonzales (Center for Mexican American Studies). The two-hour discussion was standing room only with about 70 graduate students and faculty in attendance. You can listen to an audio recording of this event here.

During his stay, Dr. Omi delivered a lecture on "The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Situating Asian Americans" to an audience of over a hundred in the Avaya Auditorium. An audio recording of the talk is available here. The following day, Dr. Omi attended a breakfast with CAAS faculty and Nursing and Health Sciences faculty to explore the possibilities of developing a "pre-med" component into the Asian American Studies Major and facilitated a discussion with graduate students in Ethnic Studies at UT.

Dr. Kamala Visweswaran is an associate professor of anthropology and Asian studies, core faculty of Asian American Studies, and affiliate with women and gender studies.

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