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Race Talks

The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University is pleased to present Race Talks: An Interdisciplinary Virtual Colloquium Series that aims to invigorate campus-wide conversation about anti-racist advocacy through pedagogy, performance, and research. Made possible by an Advance Climate Together grant, Race Talks will launch this Spring semester bringing together emerging and established BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) scholars, managers, art administrators, producers, film makers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, visual artists, faculty, and students.

The series is coordinated across six participating university units (Africana Studies, the Dance Program, Film Studies, Latino/a and Mexican American Studies, Performance Studies, and Religious Studies) and offers a diverse and multidisciplinary program of events including keynote speakers, lecturers, interviews, workshops, panels, and student presentations.

For questions, please contact Race Talks coordinator Dr. Mariana Gariazzo at



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MK Abadoo’s creative work exist at the crux of dance theater, undoing racism cultural organizing, and critical education studies. Combining classical American modern and postmodern dance vocabularies, neo-traditional Ghanaian movement, and social Funk styles,  Abadoo draws from the "tradition of black literature and art that unites past and present in unsparing dialog."

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and a lead faculty member in the Racial Equity, Arts, and Culture Core of VCU's ICubed, the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation. She is considered a "Breakout star of 2018," as a member of Dance Magazine's annual 25 to Watch list of "rising stars" in the dance field. In 2017 she was honored as a Forty Under 40 awardee by Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund for her leadership and achievement in the arts, and commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create a new work for their Millennium Stage season. As a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, she recently conducted eight months of intensive creative research at the Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa, Ghana, and with the National Dance Company of Ghana, deepening fourteen years of collaboration with Ghanaian contemporary dance colleagues.


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Leticia Robles-Moreno holds a PhD from New York University’s Department of Performance Studies. Her research is focused on transnational collective creation processes in contemporary performance and politics. Her book project Becoming Collective: Relational Cartographies of Collective Resistance in the Americas analyzes how theatre, art, and activism, performed especially by women, can build networked practices as strategies of political survival, from a combined perspective of Performance Studies and Affect Studies. As a member of the Women Mobilizing Memory research group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, she has studied Latin American Antigones’ role in post-conflict contexts. Her work has been published in Latin American Theatre Review, Contemporary Theatre Review, Conjunto, Hispanic Issues Online, e-misférica, and TDR. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College.


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Philip Ewell is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the music department. His specialties include Russian music and music theory, Russian opera, modal theory, and critical-race studies. He received the 2019–2020 “Presidential Award for Excellence in Creative Work” at Hunter College, and he is the “Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow” of the American Council of Learned Societies for 2020–2021. In August 2020 he received the “Graduate Center Award for Excellence in Mentoring,” which recognized his “ongoing, long-term, commitment to students at all stages of graduate research.” He is also a “Virtual Scholar in Residence” at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music for 2020–2021. As a result of his ACLS award, he is currently working on a monograph—to be published by the “Music and Social Justice” series at the University of Michigan Press—combining race and feminist studies with music and music theory.

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This event has been re-scheduled for Thursday, April 8 at 2:00 PM. Previous RSVPs are still valid.

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