Panel on Loving v. Virginia Features Director Jeff Nichols

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm  to  5:00 pm

A panel featuring the director and screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated film “Loving” will discuss the 1967 Supreme Court ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws banning interracial marriage. UT history professor Jacqueline Jones and Syracuse University law professor Kevin Noble Maillard will join director Jeff Nichols to examine the historical origins of anti-miscegenation laws in the United States and the struggles to overturn them.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies in the History Department at the University of Texas. More information online, or contact

Location: University of Texas at Austin campus, CLA 1.302B, Julius Glickman Conference Center (first floor, CLA Building)

Historian David Roediger Speaking on “Reconsidering Race and Class”

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

­Historian David Roediger will speak on “Reconsidering Race and Class,” drawing on his forthcoming book Race, Class, and Marxism to think about how we can productively write, think, and organize at the intersections of race and class in the United States, past and present.

Roediger currently teaches history and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He also has taught labor and Southern history at Northwestern, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois, and he was an editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers at Yale University.

Roediger has written on U.S. movements for a shorter working day, the history of radicalism, and the racial identities of white workers and immigrants. His books include The Wages of Whiteness, How Race Survived U.S. History, and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness. He is the former chair of the editorial committee of the Charles H. Kerr Company, the world’s oldest radical publisher, and has been active in the surrealist movement, labor support, and anti-racist organizing.

The event is sponsored by the University of Texas’s Social Justice Institute, with cooperation from the Humanities Institute, Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication, and departments of Journalism and American Studies. For more information, contact Robert Jensen,

Location: University of Texas, Belo Center for New Media (BMC 1.202), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin

“New Perspectives on the Contemporary Food System in Latin America” Conference

Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

Wednesday-Friday, February 22–24

The 2017 Lozano Long Conference will examine the broken global food system, with a focus on Latin America. Traditionally, Latin American agriculture has grown by focusing on exports at the expense of fresh food for local communities. But an emerging global food movement is reimaging how to grow and distribute food in a more sustainable and fair way. Social movements made up of farmers, agricultural workers, consumers, environmental groups, indigenous communities, and other experts have been pushing for greater food self-sufficiency, agro-ecological production and equitable nutrition policies.

This conference will address the opportunities and obstacles to transforming the current food system in Latin America and what the rest of the world can learn from it. Panelists from all of the Americas will be speaking. More information online.

Location: University of Texas, Texas Union, 2400 Guadalupe St., Austin

“Sunú,” screening and talkback with filmmaker Teresa Camou

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Sunú” is a documentary film that knits together different stories from a threatened rural world, viewing corn through the eyes of small, midsize, and large Mexican producers. After the screening there will be a talkback with director Teresa Camou.

The screening is sponsored by UT’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections as part of their conference on food systems in Latin America. The film screening and the conference are both free and open to the public.
Location: University of Texas, Harry Ransom Center’s Prothro Theater, 300 W. 21st St., Austin

“No Ban, No Wall” Rally

Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm  to  5:00 pm

The goal of the “No Ban, No Wall” Rally is to bring awareness of the shared struggles of the immigrant and refugee communities in Texas that are confronting antagonistic federal and state policies. Speakers include Samer Khalaf, national president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Texas state Rep. Celia Israel; and Austin City Council member Greg Casar, along with representatives of the Workers Defense Project, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (Raíces), Refugee Services of Texas, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, and Syrian American Refugee Aid.

To volunteer, sign up online. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: South steps of the Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin