Sawyer Seminar

Spring 2022

Tentative Schedule of Events

1/12, Noon-2 p.m.

Work in Progress Seminar


Seminar: Literature, Migration, and Global Blackness

Discussion led by Matthew Omelsky (UR) and Delali Kumavie (Syracuse)

Possible readings: Dionne Brand, Chimamanda Adichie, Denise da Silva, Yogita Goyal, Achille Mbembe, Rinaldo Walcott.


Roundtable/Public Event: Local Knowledge, Migration, and Justice, II

Roundtable integrating community members and area-wide faculty, convened by Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva (UR), Molly Ball (UR)


Seminar: Migration, Passage, Displacement: Black and Native Cultural Production in Relation

Seminar co-led by Professor Mishuana Goeman (UCLA) and Professor Cheryl Finley (Cornell/Spelman). Matt Omelsky will moderate.

2/17, 4 p.m.

Public Conversation: Sandra Brewster and Matt Omelsky

In conjunction with the exhibition of Guyanese-Canadian artist Sandra

Brewster’s ongoing series Blur at UR’s Hartnett Gallery


Seminar: Comparative Twentieth Centuries: Migration, Race And Belonging in Brazil and the United States

Discussion led by Molly Ball (UR) and Matthew Omelsky (UR)

Barbara Weinstein, Silver Professor of History, New York University

Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University

2/23, Noon-2 p.m.

Work in Progress Seminar


Film festival on “Migration” in collaboration with the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum



Roundtable: Historic Immigrant Identities in Brazil

Roundtable led by Molly Ball (UR)

Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History, Emory University

3/9, Noon-2 p.m.

Work in Progress Seminar


Seminar: Haitian Migrant Identities in the Americas

Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Haitian Studies Institute, Brooklyn College

April J. Mayes (Pomona College)

3/22, 7 p.m.

Film screening and conversation

Medhin Tewolde, dir. "Negra" (2020) documentary, 72 min.

Q&A with Tewolde and “Black Mexico” seminar students


Roundtable: Migration and Blackness in Mexico

Roundtable with Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva, Christina Sue, Karma Frierson

Christina A. Sue, University of Colorado-Boulder, Associate Professor of Sociology

Karma Frierson, Washington University in St. Louis, Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies


Seminar: Contemporary Migration in Mexico

Douglass Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and director of the Office of Population Research at the Woodrow Wilson School

3/31, 5 p.m.

Third Public Lecture: Contemporary Migration in Mexico

Douglass Massey, introduced by Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva (UR)

4/6, Noon-2 p.m.

Work in Progress Seminar


4/13, Noon-2 p.m.

Seminar: Im/migrant Labor and Ethnographic Studies in Western New York

Professor Jennifer Guzmán (anthropology, SUNY - Geneseo)


Migration Ethics Reading Group meeting with Sarah Fine

Immigration and the Right to Exclude (OUP, forthcoming)

4/21, 5 p.m.

Fourth Public Lecture: Migration Ethics

Sarah Fine, introduced by Randall Curren