Unmasking Academia: An Honest Conversation About the Challenges Ahead


Date(s) - 09/16/2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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***This workshop is ONLY for graduate students at the CUNY Graduate Center.***

As a follow up to the event, “Community as Rebellion: A Conversation with Dr. Lorgia García Peña,” the PublicsLab and Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) invites currently-enrolled graduate students at the CUNY Graduate Center to join Dr. García Peña for an in-person workshop to discuss her book, Community as Rebellion: A syllabus for surviving academia as a woman of color (2022, Haymarket Press), in greater detail and be in community with one another.

Everyone is welcomed, but Prof. García Peña encourages students to read Community as Rebellion prior to attending for a richer conversation. If you do not have free access to the book, please pick up a free copy in Room 3300.07 with Stacy Hartman at one of the following times:

  • Tuesday, August 30: 1-4:45pm
  • Thursday, September 1: 10am-12pm, 3-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 6: 1-5pm
  • Wednesday, September 7: 10am-1pm
  • Thursday, September 8: 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday, September 13: 1-3pm
  • Thursday, September 15: 10am-1pm, 2-4:30pm

You can also email us at publicslab@gc.cuny.edu to try to coordinate another time to pick up a copy.

Registration & Event Details

This event will be held in-person at the GC (exact room will be emailed to registrants as the event gets closer). A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for the workshop by registering on Eventbrite here! We have only 30 spots for GC students for this event, so please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Please note: Due to our limited capacity, if you realize you can no longer make the workshop, please cancel your ticket so we can release the space to the next person on the wait list.

If you have any accessibility needs for this event, please email us at publicslab@gc.cuny.edu.

The PublicsLab thanks Shibanee Sivanayagam and Joseph Torres-Gonzalez for their work in organizing this event.

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Dr. Lorgia García Peña is a first-generation Black Latina scholar from Trenton, New Jersey. Her work emphasizes social justice, women of color feminism and Afro-Latinx episteme. She is the co-founder of Freedom University Georgia, a school that provides college instruction to undocumented students and the co-director of Archives of Justice a transnational digital archive project that centers the life of people who identify as Black, queer and migrant. She is the author of The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions (Duke, Fall 2016), Community as Rebellion (Haymarket, May 2022), and the forthcoming Translating Blackness: The Vaivén and Detours of Latinx Colonialities in Global Perspective (Duke, Fall 2022).

Dr. García Peña is one of the 2021 Freedom Scholars, the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the recipient of the 2017 Disobedience Award, Ford Foundations Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016). She received her PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently she serves as the Mellon Associate Professor in the Department of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora Studies at Tufts University.