Sharon Luk – the Developing Field of Comparative Ethnic Studies

Sharon Luk – The Developing Field of Comparative Ethnic Studies

The Bunche Center Circle of Thought Brown Bag Lunch Series presents Sharon Luk, Stanford University Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, who will present her lecture, “‘Between Starshine and Clay’: The Black Radical Tradition and Future Directions in Comparative Ethnic Studies” on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Bunche Library and Media Center, Haines Hall 135, from 12 Noon – 1:00 PM.

Her discussion will explore how can the histories, theories, and methods of the Black radical tradition inform current and future directions in the developing field of Comparative Ethnic Studies and how the resources found in African diasporic aesthetics and geographies apply to the study of multiple ethno-racial formations and experiences. By examining three different case studies of mass incarceration in California history since the turn of the twentieth century, each organized under distinctive racial regimes; her talk will examine the global architecture of “old” and “new” Jim Crow systems. Moreover, it will illuminate the global impact of working-class African American struggles to re-make the world and the many ways that Black social life has influenced other transnational communities.

This event is co-sponsored with Prof. Robin D.G. Kelley, UCLA Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History. All-day parking ($11) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 or 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). If you would like to support the Bunche Center, its students and its programs, please visit As of April 22, 2013, UCLA is smoke-free and tobacco-free. The use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited on UCLA’s campus and at sites owned or fully leased by the university. For more information, please visit: