A public conversation featuring filmmaker Alex Rivera and Professor Carlos Decena (Rutgers University)
Location: McCormick Hall 106
Date/Time: 10/17/13 at 4:30 pm - 10/17/13 at 6:00 pm
Conceived and organized by Anne A. Cheng. Jointly sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for African American Studies.
Carlos Ulises Decena is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose work straddles the humanities and social sciences and whose intellectual projects engage and blur the boundaries among critical ethnic, queer and feminist studies and social justice. His first book, "Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men," was published by Duke University Press in 2011. He is currently at work on two book-length projects: "Body Portals: Embodiment in Early 21st Century Caribbean" and "Latinoamerican Artivism and Re-membered Country: Sexuality, Television, and Dominican Transnational Cultures." His work has appeared on the Journal of the National Medical Association, Social Text (a special issue titled “The Border Next Door which he coedited with Margaret Gray), Journal of Urban Health, Papeles de Población, AIDS Care and GLQ. He is also a co-editor of a Special Dossier on Latino Immigrants in New York State.
Since joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004, he has been teaching and mentoring students in two departments, Women's and Gender Studies and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. He has introduced a range of exciting new courses, such as Introduction to the Critical Study of Masculinities, The Color of AIDS: The Politics of Race during the AIDS Crisis, Dominican Transnational Cultures, Gender and Sexualities in the Caribbean, and Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes.
Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, "Sleep Dealer," a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.
Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and in 2008 was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.” His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Maria Hinojosa and La Santa Cecilia. Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives in Los Angeles.
Critical Encounters brings together like minds from unlike disciplines in a series of open dialogue before an audience of campus community and the public. The series promotes reflections and debates concerning race, cross-cultural translation, and issues of social justice at the intersection of art, theory, culture, and politics. In bringing together artists and thinkers from disciplines that do not traditionally talk to one another who nonetheless share similar preoccupations, this series of dialogues aims to provide opportunities for unexpected, synergistic exchanges. It also aims to engage departments and units across campus in cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Department: Center for African American Studies