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The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you
to a colloquium presented by a candidate for the open position of:
Assistant Professor in African American Studies

"We Were Too White to Be Black & Too Black to Be White:
Migration and the Question of Color in Jim Crow Houston"


Presented by
Assistant Professor Tyina Steptoe
Department of American Ethnic Studies
University of Washington

Monday, February 25, 2013
12:00pm - 1:30 pm
CHASS INTS 1113


The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you
to a colloquium presented by a candidate for the open position of:
Assistant Professor in African American Studies

“Curricular Objects: 'Women of Color,'
Feminist Anti-Racisms, and the Consolidation of Women's Studies ”


Presented by
Dr. Nick Mitchell
UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow

Monday, February 11, 2013
12:00pm - 1:30 pm
CHASS INTS 1113


The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you
to a colloquium presented by a candidate for the open position of:
Assistant Professor in African American Studies

"Raising the Consciousness of the People: Panther Women's Construction of the 'Black Revolutionary' in the Black Panther Party, 1966-1971."

Presented by
Ashley Farmer
Ph.D. Candidate in African American Studies, Harvard University

Monday, February 4, 2013
12:00pm - 1:30 pm
CHASS INTS 1113


The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you
to a colloquium presented by a candidate for the open position of:
Assistant Professor in African American Studies

"Anticipation: Black Pentecostal Aesthetics and the Sound of the Hammond B-3"

Presented by
Ashley Crawley
Ph.D. Candidate in English, 2013, Duke University

Monday, January 28, 2013
12:00pm - 1:30 pm
CHASS INTN 4043


Department of Ethnic Studies Statement on the March 2, 2011,

Day of Action to Defend Education

The Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside stands with students, staff, and other working people in support of the March 2 Day of Action to Defend Education. 

We take this stance to illuminate the state’s recent historical failure to commit adequate public resources (including our tax dollars) to the educational infrastructure, with increasingly dire consequences for the most economically and socially vulnerable populations in the state.  We view the defunding and planned institutional erosion of California higher education as one significant component of a broader trend that has resulted in a dismal public schooling system, from K-12 to college. 

Worse, this abandonment of public education has been accompanied by an unprecedented commitment of public resources to the policing, criminalization, and imprisonment of poor and working-class people, people of color, young people, and border-crossing migrants.  This situation is both morally unfeasible and generally unsustainable.  As scholars, researchers, and teachers who interact with thousands of students every day, we refuse to passively tolerate this condition, and thus express our solidarity with the March 2, 2011 Day of Action. 

Building on the spirit and momentum of recent actions in support of the UC system—particularly the demonstrations of September 24 and November 18, 2009, and March 4, 2010—we reach out to all of our colleagues to accompany us in supporting the upcoming Day of Action.  We especially support these three concrete expressions of solidarity:

  • Actively participating in the March 2 demonstrations; we believe such active participation by faculty is especially important for protecting students and staff who are highly visible leaders and organizers of the Day of Action;
  • Not penalizing students, lecturers, and TAs who participate in the March 2 events; in particular, we encourage our colleagues to adjust their curricula so that students who take part in the Day of Action are not academically punished for doing so—they are, after all, supporting our livelihoods;
  • Drafting similar collectively signed statements expressing support for the students, staff, and faculty who will be organizing and participating in the March 2 Day of Action.

 

Signed by the following members of the Department of Ethnic Studies:

Dylan Rodríguez, Professor and Chair
Edward Chang, Professor and Director of Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies
Paul Green, Associate Professor
Jodi Kim, Associate Professor
Jayna Brown, Associate Professor
Anthony Macias, Associate Professor

 

Congratulations to Professor Jennifer Najera!

Jennifer Najera, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, has been awarded a 2010-2011 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA in the Institute of American Cultures (Chicano Studies).  She will be a Fellow during the upcoming year, during which she will be busy completing the research and writing for her book, which was recently contracted by University of Texas Press.  This is a nationally competitive fellowship and draws a large pool of applicants. 

Jennifer deserves our hearty congratulations for exhibiting a fine model of scholarship, pedagogy, and research excellence. 

March 11, 2010

Statement on Recent Events at UCSD

The undersigned members and affiliates of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, staff, and others at UCSD who are vigorously responding to the climate of racist hostility, antiblack terror, and institutional endangerment that recently culminated in a series of incidents in and around the UCSD campus.  The spectacle of the so-called “Compton cookout” fraternity party, the airing of a “satirical” program on campus television defending the party (and making liberal use of a centuries-old antiblack racial epithet), and the hanging of a noose in a campus library—among other recent incidents—signifies a structural and historical problem in the UC system that cannot be compartmentalized as a fleeting moment of bad feeling, insensitivity, or even “hate.”  As educators and scholars, we believe it is our responsibility and obligation to frame the incidents at UCSD as symptomatic—rather than exceptional or temporary—reflections of a larger climate of intimidation, emotional and psychological violence, and institutional marginalization that Black students, faculty, and staff confront as an aspect of their “normal” daily experience across the UC system.  Further, this climate both directly and indirectly affects the well-being of students, faculty, and staff as a whole:  the historical record shows that such institutional moments of intensified antiblack racism tend to create and/or facilitate multiple forms of vulnerability and violence for women, LGBT and non-heteronormative people, and other people of color.  The Department of Ethnic Studies thus stands in active support of the collective antiracist work that is so vital and necessary at this time.

Dylan Rodriguez, Professor and Chair
Armando Navarro, Professor
Victoria Bomberry, Assistant Professor
Jayna Brown, Associate Professor
Paul Green, Associate Professor
Jodi Kim, Assistant Professor
Anthony Macias, Associate Professor
Jennifer Najera, Assistant Professor
Robert Perez, Assistant Professor
Patrice Douglass, Ph.D. Student
Renée Lemus Elisaldez, Ph.D. Student
Joshua Mitchell, Ph.D. Student
Mike Atienza, Student Advisor
Penelope Bushey, Management Services Officer
Andrea Gonzales, Graduate Assistant
Piya Chatterjee, Associate Professor (Women’s Studies)
Erica Edwards, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, English)
V.P. Franklin, University of California President’s Chair and Distinguished Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, History)
Farah Godrej, Assistant Professor (Political Science)
Ray Kea, Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, History)
Mariam Lam, Associate Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Comparative Literature)
Patrick Linder, Ph.D. Student (Anthropology and UAW Local 2865)
Molly McGarry, Associate Professor (History)
Tom C. Patterson, Professor and Chair (Anthropology)
Ellen Reese, Associate Professor (Sociology)
Jonathan Ritter, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Music)
Freya Schiwy, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Media and Cultural Studies)
Andy Smith, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Media and Cultural Studies)
Erika Suderburg, Professor (Department of Art, Department of Dance, Department of Media and Cultural Studies)
Marta Hernández Salván, Assistant Professor (Department of Hispanic Studies)
Caroline Tushabe, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Women’s Studies)
Jonathan Walton, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Religious Studies)
Devra Weber, Associate Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, History)
Daniel Widener, Associate Professor (UC San Diego, History)
Traise Yamamoto, Associate Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, English)

March 11, 2010

Statement on Free Speech, Palestine, and the "UC Irvine 11"

The undersigned members and affiliates of the Department of Ethnic Studies stand in solidarity with the eleven students—three of whom are UC Riverside undergraduates—who engaged in a nonviolent verbal protest during a public event at UC Irvine on February 8, 2010.  Responding to the university’s welcoming of Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, during a time of intensified, globally criticized Israeli state violence against Palestinian civilians, the students briefly disrupted the ambassador’s speech before silently complying with university police who led them out of the room and detained them.  (A link to one 6 minute video of the incident is included below.)  This was a brief, nonviolent demonstration against the occupying state of Israel’s wanton killing and state-conducted devastation of the indigenous Palestinian people, a condition that South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and former Israeli attorney-general Michael Ben-Yair have argued is comparable to or worse than South African apartheid.  The students neither threatened the ambassador nor remained in the lecture hall after being told to leave.  
These students now face punishment from their respective university administrations—and possible prosecution by the Orange County district attorney’s office—for their actions.  We believe that this is a cynical and opportunistic attempt at political repression that reflects the racial criminalization of young Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim men and women as actual or potential “terrorists.” 
By way of contrast, Ethnic Studies faculty have taught courses in Ethnic Studies in which classroom proceedings were disrupted by students with opposing views, and the university administration did not pursue any disciplinary or punitive measures against them.  In fact, we have sometimes been told that such disruptions are an expression of academic free speech.  On the other hand, some of us have encountered students who have personally threatened and attempted to intimidate us, and witnessed such behavior go unpunished by the administration.
We conclude this statement with a passage from UCR student (and Gaza resident) Taher Herzallah’s incisive and illuminating letter to the Orange County Register (dated March 5, 2010), in which he describes his participation in the UC Irvine protest and displays a courage and historical sensibility that is unshared by those who seek to punish him:

“The same leaders we now hold in high esteem were once labeled as rabble-rousers for their principled and unpopular stands. It is no surprise then, that those who stand today against one of the greatest injustices of our time are similarly labeled. I am in a worldwide movement advocating for the indigenous Palestinian population and opposing the apartheid policies of Israel. The United Nations has condemned Israeli actions with more resolutions than any other nation.
“I know the pain of Israel’s brutal military tactics firsthand. Three members of my immediate family were killed in Gaza last year during ‘Operation Cast Lead,’ in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed and more than 5,300 wounded.
“Since then, Israel has launched a massive propaganda campaign to transform its image from a war machine to a victimized democracy. Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, represents the face of this campaign. During his recent appearance at UC Irvine, I took a stand against Oren and the brutal state he represents. I spoke out well within the bounds of my right to free speech and in the peaceful, nonviolent manner adopted by the likes of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since that day, I, along with the other protestors, have been dubbed by the media as the ‘Irvine 11.’
“Today, there are those who see my actions as beyond the exercise of free speech. They reason that regardless of the content of Oren’s speech, it was unacceptable to interrupt him. Since he was an invited guest, he should have been granted respectful silence. I know and agree that not all speech is protected and acknowledge that the First Amendment can be restricted according to time, place, and manner. But UCI’s, and now UC Riverside’s, threats to suspend or even expel us for our actions are unfounded and inconsistent not only with the incident in question, but also with the long American history of protesting public and controversial figures.”

The Department of Ethnic Studies expresses its support for and solidarity with the “UC Irvine 11,” and calls for their freedom from discriminatory, cynical, and politically and intellectually repressive disciplinary and punitive action by either the UC administration or the Orange County district attorney’s office. 

Dylan Rodriguez, Professor and Chair
Armando Navarro, Professor
Victoria Bomberry, Assistant Professor
Jayna Brown, Associate Professor
Paul Green, Associate Professor
Jodi Kim, Assistant Professor
Anthony Macias, Associate Professor
Jennifer Najera, Assistant Professor
Robert Perez, Assistant Professor
Patrice Douglass, Ph.D. Student
Renée Lemus Elisaldez, Ph.D. Student
Joshua Mitchell, Ph.D. Student
Mike Atienza, Student Advisor
Penelope Bushey, Management Services Officer
Andrea Gonzales, Graduate Assistant
Piya Chatterjee, Associate Professor (Women’s Studies)
Erica Edwards, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, English)
V.P. Franklin, University of California President’s Chair and Distinguished Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, History)
Farah Godrej, Assistant Professor (Political Science)
Ray Kea, Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, History)
Mariam Lam, Associate Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Comparative Literature)
Patrick Linder, Ph.D. Student (Anthropology and UAW Local 2865)
Molly McGarry, Associate Professor (History)
Tom C. Patterson, Professor and Chair (Anthropology)
Ellen Reese, Associate Professor (Sociology)
Jonathan Ritter, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Music)
Freya Schiwy, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Media and Cultural Studies)
Andy Smith, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Media and Cultural Studies)
Erika Suderburg, Professor (Department of Art, Department of Dance, Department of Media and Cultural Studies)
Marta Hernández Salván, Assistant Professor (Department of Hispanic Studies)
Caroline Tushabe, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Women’s Studies)
Jonathan Walton, Assistant Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, Religious Studies)
Devra Weber, Associate Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, History)
Daniel Widener, Associate Professor (UC San Diego, History)
Traise Yamamoto, Associate Professor (Ethnic Studies Cooperating Faculty, English)

Link to Taher Herzallah’s letter to the Orange County Register:
http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/israel-237775-speech-oren.html

Link to 6 minute YouTube video of student protest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcaryZbL3gE

February 22, 2010

Department of Ethnic Studies Statement on the March 4, 2010, Day of Action to Defend Education

The Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside stands with students, staff, and other working people in support of the March 4 Day of Action to Defend Education.  We take this stance to demonstrate our refusal to passively comply with the state’s failure to commit public resources (including our tax dollars) to the educational infrastructure, and we view the planned erosion of the University of California system as one significant component of a broader historical trend that has resulted in a dismal public schooling system, from K-12 to college. Worse, this abandonment of public education has been accompanied by a funneling of public resources to the policing, criminalization, and imprisonment of poor and working-class people, people of color, young people, and border-crossing migrants.  As scholars, researchers, and teachers who interact with thousands of students every day, we know that the current direction of the state is both unsustainable and ethically intolerable.  Building on the spirit and momentum of recent actions in support of the UC system—particularly the demonstrations of September 24 and November 18, 2009—we reach out to all of our colleagues to stand with us in support of the March 4 actions.  We especially encourage three concrete expressions of solidarity:

  • Actively participating in the March 4 demonstrations; we believe such active participation by faculty is especially important for protecting students and staff who are highly visible leaders and organizers of the Day of Action;
  • Not penalizing students, lecturers, and TAs who participate in the March 4 events; in particular, we encourage our colleagues to adjust their curricula so that students who take part in the Day of Action are not academically punished for doing so—they are, after all, supporting our livelihoods;
  • Drafting collectively signed statements expressing support for the students, staff, and faculty who will be organizing and participating in the March 4 Day of Action.

Sincerely,

Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside

  • Dylan Rodríguez, Professor and Chair
  • Jayna Brown, Associate Professor
  • Edward T. Chang, Professor
  • Jodi Kim, Assistant Professor
  • Anthony Macias, Associate Professor
  • Robert Perez, Assistant Professor
  • Jennifer Najera,  Assistant Professor
  • Patrice Douglass, Graduate Student
  • Joshua Mitchell, Graduate Student
  • Mike Atienza, Student Advisor
  • Andrea Gonzales, Graduate Coordinator