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The fourth Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

LOS ANGELES, CA - The fourth Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, “Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial) Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia,” will bring together academics, activists, and artists from across the US and abroad to explore the latest developments in critical mixed race studies. The Conference will be held at The University of Southern California from February 24-26, 2017 at the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center, 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089 and is hosted by the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.
The conference will include over 50 panels, roundtables, and caucus sessions organized by the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association as well as feature film screenings and live performances organized by the non-profit Mixed Roots Stories. The conference is pleased to run concurrently with the Hapa Japan Festival February 22- 26, 2017. 
The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which declared interracial marriage legal. With a focus on the root word “Trans” this conference explores interracial encounters such as transpacific Asian migration, transnational migration from Latin America, transracial adoption, transracial/ethnic identity, the intersections of trans (gendered) and mixed race identity, and mixed race transgressions of race, citizenship, and nation.

Special Event Tickets Now Available!
Fri, February 24, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Mixed Roots Stories LIVE Performance

Mixed Roots Stories will open the 4th CMRS conference with featured live performances by well-known and emerging artists from around the country: Robert Farid Karimi, Lisa Marie Rollins, Fred Sasaki, Carly Bates, Zavé Gayatri Martohardjono, and Crystal Shaniece Roman.

Presented by CMRS and Mixed Roots Stories and co-sponsored by The Hapa Japan Festival & the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Free (reserved ticket required)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Hapa Japan Concert: Kina Grannis, Marié Digby, Kris Roche, and Andy Suzuki & the Method

Presented by the Hapa Japan Festival.

Free Tickets for USC students and CMRS participants (must show proof at door)

General Admission $20

Reserved ticket required. Tickets are limited!
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

CMRS Closing Session with Film Screening of "Mixed Match"

Mixed Match (2016) by Jeff Chiba Stearns is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a nearly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine.

Presented by CMRS and Mixed Roots Stories and co-sponsored by the Hapa Japan Festival and Kaya Students for Independent Publishing.

Free (reserved ticket required)
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Additional Schedule highlights include:
Friday, Feb 24, 2017
  • Documentary film screening Word Of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela’s Promise film by Kiersten Dunbar Chace and Photo Exhibition by Rushay Booysen
  • Asian American Literary Review Reading: Nina McConigley and Brandon Som
Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Keynote Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. "Borderlands of Multiplicity: Reflections on Intimacies and Fluidity in Critical Mixed Race Studies."
Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Reflecting on 25 years in Multiracial Studies – in conversation with CMRS Lifetime Achievement Awardee Maria P.P. Root

Visit the conference website to see the full program, more information, and to register.

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