Oct 3

Infrastructural Absence: Political Ecology and the Ghosts of Development in Cape Town

Monday, October 3, 2022 3:40 PM - Monday, October 3, 2022 4:40 PM at C204 Snyder Hall

How do we study what is not there? Based upon a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in Cape Town, South Africa, in this talk Dr. Angela Storey explores how residents of one informal settlement articulate and frame their exclusion from infrastructural development through the evocation of informality as a place trapped by time and defined by absence. Through discussions of the spectrality of developmental plans that have not come to fruition and the emptiness of post-apartheid promises, she explores absence as a potent political register in which community activism and material praxis converge.

Oct 13

A Song for Cesar | Film Screening with Q&A

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at WKAR Studios

Civil rights and union leader Cesar Chavez left a legacy of peaceful protest that carries an important message for people today. This film tells the story of artists and musicians who were inspired by the farmworkers’ perseverance for change and dedicated their creative artistry to support the cause. Through a blend of music, art, and rich historical images, “A Song for Cesar” brings a timely reminder of art’s role in progressive change.

Oct 24

Fall Semester Break

Monday, October 24, 2022 12:00 AM - Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:59 PM at Michigan State University