Sept 20: Racism, Xenophobia, and Populism: The Miseducation of the Public

Tuesday, September 20 | 3 PM to 4 PM EDT | |#fight4edu | RSVP  


Join us at the Graduate Center on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Skylight Room (Room 9100) for an open, livestreamed panel and discussion featuring Jessie Daniels (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY), Mary Phillips (Lehman College, CUNY) and Linda Sarsour (Arab American Association of New York). The event will be livestreamed at

For those joining us in person, a reception will follow.

This panel is the first in the second year of The University Worth Fighting For, a series of events that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change, race, equality, gender, and social justice.

To help build momentum and to provide a place to discuss related topics outside of the event itself, we also invite you to join a Twitter chat on September 20 at 2 p.m. at the hashtag #fight4edu, led this month by HASTAC Scholars Jason Buel (@jwbuel), Merisa Martinez (@merisamartinez), and Christine Yao (@yao_christine).  Follow along or participate at

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & The Caribbean (IRADAC), and the Office of Educational Opportunity & Diversity (EOD) at CUNY.

Panelist Bios

Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, at the City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized expert on Internet manifestations of racism, Daniels is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Gender & Society, American Journal of Public Health, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. In 2014, Contexts Magazine called her a “pioneer in digital sociology.”  Daniels also worked in the Internet industry. She writes regularly at RacismReview, a scholarly blog that she co-founded and has maintained since 2007. Forbes Magazine named her one of “20 inspiring women to follow on Twitter,” and you can find her there as @JessieNYC.

Mary Phillips received her PhD in African and African American Studies from Michigan State University. She currently teaches at Lehman College, CUNY. Her research explores women and gender in the Black Panther Party. Her most recent publication, “The Power of the First-Person Narrative: Ericka Huggins and the Black Panther Party” in the Women’s Studies Quarterly (Fall/Winter 2015) has been nominated for the the Association of Black Women Historians Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book and Article Award. She is currently completing a book manuscript, A Spirit on a Sword: Ericka Huggins’ Life as a Panther, Educator, and Activist.

Linda Sarsour is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. She has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. Linda is also a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system. She is a working woman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage.

Kitana Ananda (Moderator) is the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Humanities Alliance. Her scholarship and teaching examines the culture and politics of war, migration, and diaspora in North America and South Asia, with a focus on Tamil refugees and immigrants from Sri Lanka. She believes strongly in the mission of the public university, and has a deep interest in digital communications for scholarship, collaborative learning, and public engagement. Kitana has served as a Contributing Editor for the open-access website of the journal, Cultural Anthropology, and as a Communications Associate intern with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. She earned a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University, and an honors B.A. in history and anthropology with a minor in cinema studies from the University of Toronto.

How to Join Us

  • To attend in person, RSVP now!
  • Watch the livestream at (unedited footage will be available after the workshop for a limited time under “Recent Videos,” and we’ll post an edited version soon)
  • Follow the hashtag #fight4edu and tweet your questions/comments
  • During and after the workshop, add your questions and comments to this Google Doc


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