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Cathy Cohen

RESCHEDULED! Cathy J. Cohen—Race, Rage & Vulnerability: The Politics of Millennials in the Era of Trump

Cathy CohenTuesday, September 17
3:30–5:00 pm
Rotunda Dome Room
Reception follows

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor at the University of Chicago. She formerly served in numerous administrative positions, including chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and deputy provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of two books, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press) and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press). She is also co-editor of the anthology Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU Press) with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto. Her articles have been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, NOMOS, GLQ, Social Text, and the DuBois Review. Cohen created and oversees two major research and public-facing projects: the GenForward Survey and the Black Youth Project. She is the recipient of numerous awards, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-editor with Frederick Harris of a book series at Oxford University Press entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.”


2019 PVI Fellows Mini-Conference

9:15-9:30: Opening Remarks
Claudrena Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History

11:00-12:15: Roundtable II
Meret Hofer, The Challenge of Community Policing: Understanding Barriers to Positive Interactions between Police and the Public
Victoria Mauer, The Enduring Prevalence of Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Exploring Student Perspectives on Prevention Programming
Commentator: Brian Williams, Associate Professor of Public Policy.

1:00-2:15: Roundtable III
Daniel Henry, Writing Human and Revolution in W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess
Samantha Wallace, The #MeToo Effect: "Certainty" as Rhetoric and Discourse in Contemporary Narratives of Sexual Violence
Commentator: Meredith Clark, Assistant Professor of Media Studies

2:30-3:45: Roundtable IV
Shira Lurie, Liberty Poles and the Contested Right of Protest
Brian Neumann, A New Reign of Terror: Imagining Disunion in South Carolina, 1830-1835
Commentator: Cynthia Nicoletti, Legal Historian and Professor of Law

3:45-4:00: Closing Remarks
Denise Walsh and Nick Winter

Co-sponsored by
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center
Department of Politics
Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Lisa Smith (College, 1985)
Curry School of Education

Onoso Imoagene

Broken Mirrors and Reflections: A Study of Footprints from the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program

Onoso ImoageneOnoso Imoagene
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Gibson Hall, Room 296
Lunch will be provided

My current research project—the Dreams Project—a qualitative study, investigates the impact of the US diversity visa lottery program on winners from Ghana and Nigeria, their families, and sending countries. The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program was created by the US Congress as part of the 1990 Immigration Act to help increase the diversity of immigrants from regions with low rates of legal migration to the United States. The diversity visa program is popular in many developing regions of the world. In recent years approximately 9–12 million people (this includes spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21) play the visa lottery. Despite the program being in existence for over two decades and its increasing popularity not much is known about the impact of the program on winners and their families and about the experiences of diversity visa lottery winners pre- and post-migration to the United States.

My talk, Broken Mirrors and Reflections: A Study of Footprints from the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which is drawn from the Dreams Project, presents findings on DV migrants experiences and strategies for mobility in the United States and the cottage industry of migration industry actors around the DV program in Ghana. It examines how winning the DV impacted DV migrants from Ghana and Nigeria while they were in the country and after their arrival in the United States. It examines how administration of the diversity visa program affects immigrants’ pre- and post-migration. It then discusses the links between the DV as a mode of entry and DV migrants’ experiences in the United States. My findings enrich our understanding of the link between theories of international migration and immigrant incorporation, and on how immigration policies become contextual determinants of immigrant incorporation. It  adds to what we know about the timing and activation of social capital and how governments can disrupt social networks.


Onoso Imoagene is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of research in the areas of International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation with a special focus on first and second generation African immigrants in the British and American Diasporas; Inter-ethnic group (black-on-black) relations, the intersection of race, ethnicity and class in assimilation outcomes of the African second generation; Impact of National Factors on Assimilation; and Migration and Development. She takes a comparative approach in her research. Her first book, Beyond Expectations: Second Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain (University of California Press 2017) examines the nature of incorporation of the Nigerian second generation in the United States and Britain. Her current project – the Dreams Project – studies West African US Diversity Visa Lottery Winners and their families and communities back home. Onoso will be a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar during AY 2019-2020, where she plans to complete her second book manuscript from the Dreams Project.

Twin Oaks

Twin Oaks: Insight into an Egalitarian Community

Stephan Przybylowicz and Ari Tupelo Sandler
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Gibson Hall 296
Lunch provided.

Twin Oaks is a local, income-sharing, intentional community. Stephan Przybylowicz and Ari Tupelo Sandler will discuss the community’s commitment to non-violence, how their income-sharing model works to help combat structural inequalities (such as sexism), and how the community grapples with internal power dynamics to lessen its effects.

Gabe Rosenberg

Gabriel Rosenberg—No Scrubs Livestock Breeding, State Power, and Eugenic Knowledge in the Early 20th Century United States

Presented Wednesday, March 20
117 Wilson Hall
Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP to Aida Barnes
before March 15

This talk explores the “Better Sires-Better Stock” campaign of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry. Initiated at the end of World War I, the Campaign aimed to improve the quality of the nation’s livestock by promoting the use of purebred studs in beef, dairy, pork, and other forms of animal agriculture. The Campaign pursued these goals by educating farmers about the value of purebred male animals, securing financing for their use, and emphatically urging farmers to “eradicate” inferior, or “scrub,” sires immediately. In the most sensational and popular element of the program, members of the local bar collaborated with agents of the Campaign to put a scrub sire on public trial for its hereditary defects. Before audiences of hundreds and thousands at state and county fairs, juries of farmers weighed evidence, testimony, and speeches before condemning the unfortunate scrub sires to death.

The trials and the Campaign linked capitalist logics of value to the governance of reproduction, populations, and racialized violence. Scrub livestock eradication programs circulated knowledge about livestock breeding and food production. But the Campaign also educated rural publics about the threat posed by the reproduction of eugenically unfit persons, as well as the capacities of the state to effectively govern life—human and non-human alike. More broadly, the Campaign shows how livestock breeding was a popular arena for millions of Americans to explore the interrelations among inheritance, value, and reproduction. The talk encourages us to consider how human interactions with non-human animals shaped the history of American race.

Julia Barnes

Julia Barnes—Caves, Graves, and the Restless Dead: Remembrance as Statecraft in Slovenia

Julia BarnesJulia Barnes, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Virginia

February 11, 2019
New Cabell Hall 236

The next meeting of the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group will take place on Monday, February 11th at 2pm in New Cabell Hall 236. Our presenter will be Julia Barnes, a PhD student in the Anthropology department. Her talk, entitled "Caves, Graves, and the Restless Dead: Remembrance as Statecraft in Slovenia," examines pacifist reconciliationists taking part in the exhumation and proper burial of victims of ethnic cleansing at the sites of mass graves in western Slovenia. By centering antifascist and antiracist activists, Julia's work points to alternative visions of state and nation which challenge dominant regional discourses of ethnic purity and genetic superiority heavily reliant on ethno-nationalist deployments of historical memory.

My research project examines an emerging form of pacifist nationalism at the site of the first Yugoslav ethnic cleansing, the so-called Foibe Massacres of 1943-1949. It is designed to comprehend contemporary mechanisms of ethnic differentiation and unification strategically deployed among people living in western Slovenia. These massacres claimed some 115,000 people altogether and forced an exodus of 300,000 more. For the past 70 years, the region has been haunted by the memory of neighbors turning on neighbors, stoking a deep and unrelenting ethnic nationalism in public sentiment. Modern Slovenian political and religious groups in favor of ‘ethnic purity’ make claims to genetic superiority to those outside their political alignment. They essentialize the link between family and political affiliation, and foreground narratives of wartime victimhood and persecution to justify their exclusionary politics. The strength of Slovenian ethno-nationalism has been exemplified brutally in the country’s handling of the contemporary refugee crisis, and in the September 2018 appearance of an illegal, paramilitary “ethnic defense militia.” In the midst of this, I focus my anthropological research on the ideological minority: those who seek, through the deliberate wielding of cultural memory as a mechanism of the state, to configure an alternative vision for a multiethnic Slovenian nation. I follow the movement of reconciliationists, whose work has begun with the exhumation and proper interment of human remains. I posit that, couched within the subjective relations of both the ethno-nationalists and reconciliationists to the past, there is a fundamental idea of what the “nation” should be.


Call for Abstracts for the First Annual Far Right and Antifascism Conference

An early-career and graduate student conference hosted by the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group at UVA, sponsored by the Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective

27 April, 2019
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Plenary Panel

Natasha Roth-Rowland and Rosa Hamilton, History, University of Virginia
Keynote: Claudrena Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History, University of Virginia

Call for abstracts

On 27 April, 2019, the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group at the University of Virginia will host a one-day interdisciplinary conference dedicated to new and novel studies of fascism, anti-fascism, and the far right. This graduate conference will provide opportunities for early-career scholars and graduate students to meet and share their work. Particularly welcome are intersectional approaches and topics involving transnational and post-1945 movements, especially those originating outside the United States and Europe. We are also interested in areas of study that tie into broader themes associated with fascism and anti-fascism, even if they do not address these two concepts directly, for example: structural oppression and state violence, white nationalism/supremacy, racism, antisemitism, disability studies, queer issues, feminism, indigenous struggles, and intersections of race, class, gender, and religion.

Our goal is to seek out a diverse range of potential topics from outside of traditional understandings of fascism and antifascism, and in so doing critique and appraise the usefulness and specificity of these terms. At the same time, we hope to challenge reductive and exclusionary approaches to identifying and understanding fascism. Among our guiding questions are: While general theories of fascism abound, which hold the most value for a new wave of scholars? And how might we begin to conceptualize antifascism in similarly broad ways, or should we refrain from doing so?

With an eye on our location and recent global developments, we also want to consider how our work might extend beyond the academy. What is our level of responsibility in discussing these topics academically in our current moment amidst the resurgence of fascism and the far right? How can we connect our work to our activism and our local communities?

Attendance at the conference will be free to all. The conference will begin with introductory notes from working group directors. Speakers will have 20 minutes. Once panelists have finished speaking, Q&A will last 30 minutes. Lunch will be provided, and will include kosher for Passover.

The conference will end with a keynote presentation by Professor Claudrena Harold, followed by a reception.

For consideration, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation (not exceeding 100 words) to and by 15 January, 2019. Selections will be made by mid-February.

Please feel free to contact Rosa Hamilton or Natasha Roth-Rowland for further information.

To follow the work of the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook @FRAFGroup.

Susan Burton

Susan Burton Book Discussion

Susan BurtonThe Carter G. Woodson Institute & the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective present the Slavery Since Emancipation Speaker Series

Susan Burton is a widely recognized leader in the national criminal justice reform movement. She is author of the NAACP Image Award-winning book, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, and founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00–7:30 pm
Minor Hall, Rm. 125
Book signing 7:00–7:30 pm


Meredith Clark—We Wish to Tweet Our Own Cause: Black Twitter and the Power of Digital Counternarrative

Clark12:30 Wednesday,
Gibson 296
Lunch will be served

Meredith Clark is a former newspaper journalist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. Her award-winning dissertation on Black Twitter landed her on The Root 100, the news website's list of the most influential African Americans in the country, in 2015. She's a regular contributor to's diversity column, and her research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Social Media in Society, and New Media & Society. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and comes to UVA from the University of North Texas, where she spent three years as a tenure-track assistant professor of digital and print news.