- Drs. David Leonard and Pamela Thoma participated in the American Studies Association's annual meeting, held November 21–24 in Washington, D.C. Leonard chaired the session "Party Like It's 1899: Racial Play in the Neoliberal University," and Thoma chaired and commented on the session "Immigrant Matters." In addition, Ph.D. student Annita Lucchesi presented her paper "They Are Still Taking: Mapping Reiterative Violence and Northern California's Gold Rush" in the session "Indigenous and Critical Settler Cartographies: Mapping Labor and Debt in Public Spaces of Dissent."
- The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Race, Gender, and Global Health to begin August 16, 2014. Application deadline is November 18, 2013. Read more »
- CCGRS screened a new documentary by Luz María Gordillo and Juan Javier Pescador, Antonia: A Chicana Story, on November 6 at 5:00 p.m. in Todd Hall 125. The 55-minute film journeys through the experiences and memories of Antonia Castaņeda from her migrant family's cycles between Crystal City, south Texas, and the Yakima Valley in Washington state, to her coming of age as a Chicana activist, community organizer, feminist, teacher, mentor, and scholar. Shifting away from documentarian conventions, the film proposes a non-linear set of narratives where past and present are intertwined by intense mementos dealing with patriarchy, subordination, sexuality, survival, and self-discovery. View flyer »
- David J. Leonard presented a discussion in the Bunche Center for African American Studies' Circle of Thought Series at UCLA on October 30. He will discuss his book-in-progress, Presumed Innocence: The Racial Profiling of Gun Violence.
- Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University), one of the nation's preeminent scholars on race, popular culture, and masculinity, presented a guest lecture titled "Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities" on October 24, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in Todd Hall 276. View flyer | View press release
- Jenifer Barclay, Lisa Guerrero, and Richard King presented an "Academic Job Market Workshop for Graduate Students" on October 18.
- Carmen Lugo-Lugo led "A Workshop for Graduate Students: Incorporating In-Class Activities" September 27 addressing the pedagogical logic of using in-class activities and presenting examples of effective activities.
- Pamela Thoma, associate professor in CCGRS, was invited to give a public lecture at Middlebury College in late September. Her presentation was titled "The Not-So-New Normal or Finding a Job in HBO's 'Girls': Sexuality, Self-Work, and a Recession-Era Update for the Recent College Grad in Postfeminist Popular Culture." View flyer »
While visiting Middlebury's campus, she also led a faculty seminar with 14 scholars on her new book Asian American Women's Popular Literature: Feminizing Genre and Neoliberal Belonging.
- CCGRS was well-represented at the Cultural Ethnic Studies Association conference in Chicago September 19–21. Lisa Guerrero chaired the roundtable "Behind the Velvet Rope: The Politics and Perils of Interdisciplinary Work on Race and Ethnicity in the Academy" and David Leonard was on the panel; Annita Lucchesi presented "(Counter)Genocidal Cartographies: (De)Colonial Territoriality & Spatial Representations of Native America"; Nishant Shahani presented "'I Have a Voice': Speech, Silence, and the Redemption of Empire"; and Jorge Moraga presented "From Chile to Arizona: Neoliberal Resistance and Transnational Student Solidarity."
- Pamela Thoma's article "Romancing the Self and Negotiating Consumer Citizenship in Asian American Labor Lit" has been accepted for publication and will appear soon in Contemporary Women's Writing, an Oxford University journal. Advance Access is available online at http://cww.oxfordjournals.org/.
- Pamela Thoma's book Asian American Women's Popular Literature will be released by Temple University Press in October.
- Judy Meuth, Clinical Associate Professor, retired on May 16, 2013, from Washington State University. We are all very proud of the great work she has done over these past years and hope the best!
- Judy Meuth was one of the inaugural recipients of a WSU President's Distinguished Teaching Award.
- Monica Miller, a visiting assistant professor in religion & popular/material culture, will be giving a presentation entitled "Beyond Belief: The Search for More (and Less) in Material Culture". This will be taking place on April 16, 2013, 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Smith CUE 202. See Poster
- Congratulations to CCGRS faculty and advisor on receiving the following College of Arts and Science (CAS) awards:
- Anna Chow, CAS faculty Recognition Award for Advising Excellence in General
- Carmen Lugo-Lugo, CAS faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Service to the Institution in Service
- David Leonard, CAS faculty Recognition Award for Mullen Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Teaching/Advising
- The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies is now taking nominations for the Susan Armitage Faculty Award. This award will be presented at the CCGRS Graduation and Awards Dinner on April 10, 2013.
- Kim Christen, an expert on digital technologies, archival practices, cultural heritage movements, and intellectual property rights, discussed "Digital Return: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of Circulating Indigenous Knowledge" on February 26, 2013.
- A spring speaker series begins Wednesday, January 23, in celebration of the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies at Washington State University. See Flier or WSU News Article
- David J Leonard is now the new chair of the Critical Culture Gender and Race Studies. Also, Lisa Guerrero became the new director for the Program in American Studies.
- Dr. Karsten Fitz, professor of American Studies from University of Passau, Germany, held a talk on Wednesday, September 26th at 6pm in Todd Hall 230 about German Cultural Perceptions of "Indians" in fiction and film. Dr. Karsten Fitz is highly regarded internationally as a scholar of American Studies and German-American Studies. See Article
- Dr. Rich King presented the year's first Common Reading Tuesday, August 28, in Todd 116. He discussed race, racism and science regarding the common reading book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
- There will be a common reading talk Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00PM in Todd 130. It will be about exploring themes of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The panelists include Critical Culture Gender and Race Studies faculty; T.V. Reed, John Streamas and David Warner. See Article
- Roderick Ferguson, Chair of American Studies at University of Minnesota, did a presentation called "The Queer Ethic and the Spirit of Normativity: Neocolonialism in the History of Sexuality" where he investigated the ways in which queerness become the latest mode to be normalized by administrative and epsitemic regimes. He also talked aobut analyzing how queerness is thus normalized within institutional terrains like the american university and through domestic partnership policies. See Article
- Kim Christen was awarded a $484,772 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with $497,936 in matching funds, to evaluate and refine Mukurtu, the digital archival tool that lets indigenous communities manage their cultural heritage materials while observing traditional social protocols.
See press release »
- The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies has been established from a merger of the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Program in American Studies.