Race and Gender in a Global Context

Race and Gender in a Global Context
Thursday, April 11, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, April 18, 2019 (All day)

The Martin-Flynn Global Law Faculty enriches the intellectual life of the UConn Law community through regular visits of internationally prominent scholars. These leading scholars hold the title of Martin-Flynn Global Law Professor for a period of three years while retaining their primary appointments at their home institutions. The program is generously supported by the Martin-Flynn International Endowment at UConn School of Law.

This year, UConn will welcome Prof. Isis Aparecida Conceicao, an expert on race, gender, human rights, and international law, from April 9th through April 19th. During her visit, we will host a series entitled Race and Gender in a Global Context. The series will explore the many facets of how race and gender are socially constructed both in the United States and globally, how issues of race and inequality impact policing in Brazil and the United States, how intersectionality can improve the quality of advocacy related to some of society's most pressing social justice concerns.  

The events during the series are free and open to the public, with CLE credit available for practicing attorneys.

Thursday April 11
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Race and Racism in a Global Perspective: A Focus on the Construction of Race in Brazil

Featuring Prof. Isis Aparecida Conceicao and Jamelia Morgan, Critical Race Theory (CRT) examines the role of law in constructing and upholding racial hierarchy, as well as hierarchies based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, and class, to name a few. While rejecting the notion of race as a biologically fixed trait, CRT focuses instead on race as social construct, maintained and regulated by and through law. This conversation will explore and apply CRT to understanding race as a social construction in both Brazil and the United States. 

RSVP requested by April 10

Tuesday April 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From Street Patrols to Police Pacification Unit Raids: Ferguson, Favelas, and a Comparative Look at Policing in Brazil and the United States

Featuring Professors Isis Aparecida Conceica, Kiel Brennan-Marquez, and Jamelia Morgan, this event addresses the following topics: 

  • The role of police in Brazilian and American society;
  • How the role of police in society has changed over time; and
  • How law facilitates violence against historically marginalized groups in low-income communities of color in Brazil, which often face the brunt of police violence as part of efforts to reclaim territories. 

In this discussion, particular focus will be paid to the Police Pacification Units established in Rio de Janeiro in 2008 - with comparisions made to policing in low-income communities of color in the United States - and pathways toward positive and transformative change.

RSVP requested by April 15

Thursday April 18
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Intersectionality Abroad: The Role of International Human Rights Law in Race and Gender Discrimination and Subordination

A lecture by Professor Isis Aparecida Conceicao, this event explores intersectionality in a global context. Discussion includes “gentrified intersectionality" - characterized by the exclusion of women of color - and a focus on three emblematic human rights cases. The cases involve Black women’s rights being denied or violated by the Brazilian state, and Professor Conceicao identifies the tools that perpetuate the lack of intersectionality in Black women's human rights. The central question is:

How can we use intersectional approaches to advance the rights of Afro-Brazilians and women of the color in the Global South?

RSVP requested by April 17

Jamelia Morgan
Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Glass Scholar
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at law.access@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.