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Call for Brown, Black, and Blue at CU: Toward an Archive and Beyond a Gallery

April 11, 2012

                 Brown, Black, and Blue at CU: Toward an Archive and Beyond a Gallery

Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity, the African Diaspora Literary Society, the Graduate Students of Color in the History department invite you to explore race and place at Columbia University through our exhibit Brown, Black, and Blue at CU: Towards an Archive. One of the projects in the exhibit, explores the intersections of gallery, archive, and people of color. The curators invite fellow graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and community members to contribute by sharing with us your experience as a person of color at Columbia and NYC. Our event will be held outside of Hamilton Hall on Friday April 27th, 2012, time at 4pm Please send us:

          photo projects

            twitter and facebook status

            a rant

            a letter addressed to a faculty, dean, fellow student, etc


            primary sources from earlier periods

           contributions can be anonymous


Read during the exhibit: spoken word, poem, experience, historical speech

Everything we receive will be placed in an archive box, inviting gallery visitors to carefully (or casually) explore and contemplate being Black, Brown, and Blue at CU. Contributions can be emailed to,, or left in Romeo Guzman or James T. Roane’s mailbox on the 6th floor of Fayerweather. For a sample contribution click here. To check out one of the art pieces keep scrolling down….



                                                    An Evening Stroll in Morningside

Operating under “Stop and Frisk,” the cops have the right to stop, search, and bother anyone they deem suspicious. In 2010, the NYP Blue stopped and frisked approximately 600,000 people. 85 percent of those stopped were Black and Brown bodies. But don’t fret, they have a keen eye for these things: of the 600,000 people who were stopped an outstanding 2 percent were in possession of drugs or weapons….

SEMAP members Christopher Anthony Velasco and Romeo Guzmán decided to document one of the most routine and mundane aspects of life: an evening stroll. Shifting our attention away from the fall leaves, the clean pristine buildings, evening joggers, and rushed pedestrians, Velasco and Guzmán highlight a small, but essential characteristic of Columbia Universities’ architecture. Closed upon itself, not a single building faces the public and a security guard monitors each entrance. Walking along Amsterdam and Broadway between 116th and 120th, one finds 4 large, remote control cameras and approximately 25 smaller ones. An Evening Stroll in Morningside implicates Columbia University in racist and oppressive policies towards its black and brown Harlem neighbors.

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