- Dr. Lisa Guerrero achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor, and Dr. Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo achieved promotion to professor beginning fall 2010.
- Dr. Rich King, Dr. Carmen Lugo-Lugo, and Dr. Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo published Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children (Perspectives on a Multiracial America, Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).
- Dr. Rich King, Dr. Carmen-Lugo, and Dr. Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo served as panel members for a brown bag session sponsored by the University of Idaho Women's Center. The subject was their recent publication, Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children.
- Dr. David Leonard and Dr. Carmen Lugo-Lugo published an edited collection, Latino History and Culture: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1 and 2 (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2010).
- Rose Smetana has been assigned as program coordinator.
- The department welcomed Anna Chow, located in the Liberal Arts General Studies & Advising Center, as the CES advisor.
- Dr. Kim Christen published Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town (Global Indigenous Politics) (Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2009).
- April 24, CES Undergraduate Student Symposium presentations will be held in CUE 518 and CUE 512. The symposium will conclude with an afternoon presentation by keynote speaker, Dave Zirin, at 4:00 PM in CUE 216. (Symposium presentation schedule and Dave Zirin flier.)
- April 2-5, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Spokane, WA: CES will host the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States (MELUS). The theme of the conference this year is "Poetic Justice: Imagination, Empowerment, and Identity in Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S." See the MELUS Web site for more information on the 2009 MELUS conference.
- Congratulations to Brenda Meza and Chelsea Tremblay, 2009 recipients of the Sophie Nicole Leonard Memorial Award/Scholarship in the amount of $300 each.
- In November, Dr. Rich King presented the Presidential Address, "Arts of Resistance," at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport held in Denver.
- The department welcomed Program in American Studies graduate students assigned to CES in the fall: Joy Taylor, Adriana Black, Sompathana Phitsanoukanh, Marc Robinson, and Shawn Lamebull. They joined Michelle Jack and David Warner, who continued appointments in CES.
- The Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies and the Program in American Studies administrative units were physically combined in July, both as a benefit to students and to take advantage of staff expertise pertinent to both areas. The combined administrative unit is co-located in Wilson-Short Hall, Room 111. Combined staffing included duties performed by both the academic coordinator and the finance/budget manager. Administrative unit heads remained separate, as did the academic programs of both units.
- Dr. Rich King presented "ZOG, Armageddon, and the New World Order: Dis/Articulations of New Racism and New AntiSemitism on the New Right" at an invited seminar, "Studying Antisemitism in the 21st Century: Manifestations, Implications, Consequences." This seminar was held at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., in July.
- Dr. Rich King and Dr. John Streamas co-edited a special issue on "The Racial Politics of Narratives for Children," CLC Web: Comparative Literature and Culture 10(2).
- Dr. Rich King published an edited collection, Native Americans and Sport in North America: Other People's Games. New York: Routledge, 2008
- Dr. Kimberly Christen recently completed an interview with the BBC on her research, specifically the Mukurtu archive, that will be featured on its program "Digital Planet." It will be broadcast Tuesday, January 29, 2008. A podcast will be available the same day. Learn the full details at her Web site, kimberlychristen.com. For WSU's University Spotlight on Dr. Christen's project, including the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) news story, see http://wsu.edu/spotlight/aboriginal-archives/index.html.
- As of February, our new academic coordinator is Jean Wiegand. She also shares academic coordinator duties with the American Studies Program.
- CES is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. C. Richard King to the permanent CES chair position for a four-year term beginning fall 2008. Dr. King completed an interim two-year position this spring.
- Dr. Kim Christen received a Northwest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC) grant to work in conjunction with the WSU Plateau Center for American Indian Studies, the Museum of Anthropology, and Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections to create the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal. The final portal will be complete in April 2009. The following link is to the project Web site: http://libarts.wsu.edu/plateaucenter/portalproject/.
- Dr. José Alamillo has accepted a position as coordinator of the new Chicana/o studies program at California State University, Channel Islands, and will depart WSU in July.
- Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann has accepted a position as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Utah State University and will depart WSU at the end of June.
- Dr. David Leonard and Dr. John Streamas have both been awarded sabbatical leaves for the academic year 2008–2009. Dr. Leonard's sabbatical will take place during the fall semester, while Dr. Streamas' sabbatical will take place during the spring semester.
- Dr. David Leonard and Dr. John Streamas both successfully achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor beginning fall 2008.
- The department welcomed three new staff members to the main office in the fall. Debbie Brudie moved from psychology to CES as finance/budget manager in August. Joy Strunk started in November as academic coordinator. Rose Smetana started in December as our office assistant III.
- The department would like to welcome Josue Estrada, Martin Boston, and David Warner, all of whom will join the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies in the fall.
- Associate professor C. Richard King will begin a two-year appointment as interim chair for the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies.
- The department would like to welcome Dr. Kim Christen, Sky Wilson, Michelle Jack, and Heidi Harting-Rex, all of whom will join the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies in the fall.
CES launches internship program.
CES launches a new newsletter, CES: Northwest. Please click here for a copy of the fall edition.
David Leonard releases finding concerning Kobe Bryant trial in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. See university press release.
- We would like to welcome Dr. Lisa Guerrero, Dr. Jocelyn Pacleb, Dr. Azfar Hussein, and Kristal Moore, all of whom will join the CES teaching faculty during the fall.
The department would like to announce its name change from the Department of Comparative American Cultures to Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. See here for more information about name change.
We would liked to announce and welcome Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann as the new chair of the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies.
The department is please to announce the publication of C. Richard King's Native Americans in Sports, 2 volumes. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004.
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