Does Violence Have Color?


22nd Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9:30 am–5 pm

This year’s Schomburg Symposium considers the multiple aspects and facets of violence as the perpetration of these acts relates to race, power, and socio-economic structures.

Cost: $25 in advance* / $30 at the door
Deadline for advance registrations: Wednesday, February 21 by 5 pm
* Fecha límite para registrarse por adelantado: miércoles, 21 de febrero a las 5 h.

***Special group rates are available/Si tiene preguntas sobre precios especiales para grupos llame a: Aida Devine, 215.426-3311

***Up to 6 CEU’s are available in partnership with the Department of Social Work at La Salle University. At registration please indicate if you are applying for Social Work CEU’s

***Act 48 CEU credits are available with proper Philadelphia School District ID number


Schedule & Speakers

9:30–9:50 am Continental Breakfast

9:50–10:00 am Welcome & Introductions

10:00–10:45 am “Overview of Racial Oppression and Terrorism: Brazil and the US.” Dr. Kenneth Dossar is a cultural historian working for social change and community enrichment through writing, lecturing, producing, and teaching courses on Brazil and Afro-Atlantic culture.

10:45–11:30 am “Efforts to Break Free: Race Relations and the System of Criminal Liability for Youth in Colombia.” Ximena Abello is a Ph.D. student at U. Mass-Amherst. Originally from Cali, Colombia, she has a degree in social work and focuses her research on the issues of Afro-Colombian women and families.

11:30–12:15 pm “Violence, Culture and State: A look from within.” Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera is Assistant Professor of History at Interamerican University, Fajardo Puerto Rico. He has created courses and lectured on Afro-descendence, folklore and bomba.

12:15–12:45 pm Plenary (Theater) Q & A

12:45–2:00 pm Lunch (included with admission fee)

Lunchtime Roundtable, moderated by Elena Marie DiLapi, MSW and Rosemary Barbbera, PhD

Up to six CEU’s are available to LSW’s in partnership with the Department of Social Work at La Salle University. When you register please indicate if you are applying for Social Work CEU’s.

2:00–2:45 pm “The Color of Violence in Mexican Immigrant Communities in the US: Racial identity and the economics of colonialism.” Dr. Elizabeth L. Sweet is Professor in Dept. of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia.

3:00–4:45 pm PANEL “Institutional Racism, Violence, and Justice”


Moderator: Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an Afro-Latina activist and scholar. While on staff at Taller Puertorriqueño, Ms. Laurent-Perrault conceived the Annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium.

Carmen Mojica is a midwife, writer and reproductive health activist focussing on the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora.

Maritza Perez is a Legislative Staff Attorney at MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) in Washington, DC, working on employment and education law, immigration policy, and judicial nominations.

Tali Ziv is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania studying the racial politics of court mandated substance abuse and mental health treatment from an urban political economic perspective.

4:45–5 pm Remarks and Closing