Living Liberation

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 5 - 6pm

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In a lecture subtitled, "Dialectical Practice and Micro-Revolutions," Dr. Sandra So Hee Chi Kim speaks about intersectional justice from her perspective as an educator, researcher, and community organizer. Her journey has been a movement from philosophical inquiry, formal research, and teaching in academia to the integration of these processes into grassroots racial justice education and community-building. She offers a reflection on the significance of dialectical practice, micro-revolutions, and living liberation now even as we fight for a more just future for all.

The event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Registration is required for the Zoom event.

Dr. Sandra So Hee Chi Kim is the founder and Co-Executive Director of the Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab (AAJIL), a community racial justice incubator committed to education and community-building for promoting justice, radical love, and emergence. She is also an adjunct professor of race and ethnic studies at California State University, Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar in University of Southern California’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Her research explores the intersections of race, global coloniality, migration, and culture. Her articles have appeared in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational StudiesPositions: Asia CritiqueKorean StudiesDiscourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Kinship of Empires: Transpacific Coloniality and Korean Historical Trauma.

This series is co-organized by the Office of Student Affairs and Nada Ayad, Assistant Dean of HSS, as a continuation of a reading and discussion series for first-year students that was held as part of the Fall 2020 new student orientation. In the spirit of The Cooper Union mission, the Black Student Union and the Cooper Climate Coalition, along with several other Cooper students and faculty, were deeply involved in the articulation of the program as well as in contributing to the reading list and suggesting speakers.

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