Thursday, April 21, 2016
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


University Center Ballroom

Race and Power: 43rd Annual History Conference

Join us for a discussion of Race and Power in America and beyond.

Dorothea Lange, “Plantation overseer. Mississippi Delta, near Clarksdale, Mississippi” (1936).  <span style=

Dorothea Lange, “Plantation overseer. Mississippi Delta, near Clarksdale, Mississippi” (1936). Source: Library of Congress

The conference begins with a keynote talk by Linda Gordon, Professor of History at NYU, who will speak on racial coding in the Depression Era photography of Dorothea Lange. Her 2009 biography of Lange, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, received multiple prized including the prestigious Bancroft Prize for the best work in U.S. History.

Discussion of Professor Gordon’s talk will be followed by presentations by Adelphi history and sociology faculty on their own research on race and power.


This event is cosponsored by the Levermore Global Scholars;, the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, and the Collaboration Project.


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker

Linda Gordon, “Fighting Racism with Photography: Dorothea Lange’s Images of Farmworkers”

10:00 a.m.–10:40 a.m. Discussion of Professor Gordon’s talk
10:40 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m.–11:50 a.m. Aspects of Race and Power

Kirsten Ziomek, “Civilizing the Savage and Leading the Colored World: Race in Japan’s Colonial Empire and During World War II”

Marsha Darling, “The Road to Brown: Civil Rights Litigation Against Jim Crow

Giovanni Burgos, “Residential Racial/Ethnic Segregation in the U.S.: Historical and Contemporary Patterns”

11:50 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Discussion of Adelphi Faculty Presentations

For further information, please contact:

Michael Christofferson
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