The Global Affairs Program Spring 2021 Colloquium Series "Race and Globalization"

February 17, 2021, 3:00 PM to May 12, 2021, 4:30 PM

Global Affairs program (GLOA) will host four distinguished speakers from different social science and humanities disciplines for its Spring 2021 colloquium series titled “Race and Globalization.” As an interdisciplinary program that offers courses on global issues and their regional and local implications, GLOA is proud to contribute to the Anti-Racism Initiative at Mason with this timely series. Speakers from Mason and other distinguished academic institutions will examine how complex policies, discourses, and practices around race shape our global world. GLOA hopes that the series will improve our understanding of how race is part of diverse economic, political, and cultural contexts—often in unacknowledged ways.

These events will be held 3:00-4:30 pm EST on Zoom, and the series will be open to all faculty members, students, and staff. More info will soon be available at the GLOA website at


GLOA SP21 Colloquia Series


Wednesday February 17, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Dr. Rick Smith

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University

“Indigenous Belonging and Big Data Dispossession: The Globalization of Genome Science and its Anti-Indigenous Formations”

Meeting ID: 917 3150 7030 | Passcode: 690737


Wednesday March 17, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Dr. LaNitra Berger

Senior Director, Office of Fellowships, Office of Undergraduate Education; Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies Program, George Mason University

“Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art”

Meeting ID: 981 3746 4371 | Passcode: 362355


Wednesday April 21, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Dr. Catherine Besteman

Francis F. Bartlet and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, Colby College

”Militarized Global Apartheid and Security Empires”

Meeting ID: 924 9261 3542 | Passcode: 728056


Wednesday May 12, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Dr. Mohan Ambikaipaker

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University

"The Coloniality of Race and Majoritarian Islamism in Malaysia”

Meeting ID: 926 1899 4354 | Passcode: 214371

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