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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies CCGRS News

New “Mujeres Talk” blog post from Dr. Lugo-Lugo

Dr. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo has published “Some of my Students are Leprechauns (Or Why it is Difficult for White College Students to Understand that Racism is still a Big Deal)” on the Mujeres Talk blog.

Teaching Introduction to Ethnic Studies and the Art of Asking Questions

I hate surprises in the classroom. I appreciate the potential of surprises in life. The promise they sometimes carry with them. The ability to keep me on my toes, so to speak. But to be clear, I hate surprises in the classroom. Especially when I teach lower division courses. When I teach Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies in particular, … » More …

News from Dr. Jenifer Barclay

Dr. Jenifer Barclay was awarded an External Mentor Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) to work with historian and psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University and author of The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease. Over the next year, Metzl will provide mentoring and work closely with Barclay on an in-progress article, “Pity and Privilege: Race and the Rhetoric of Disability from Ida B. Wells to Dylann Roof.” He will also visit WSU in the fall to give a talk for CCGRS, open to the university community.

She was also awarded an … » More …

Professor’s forthcoming book to address D.C. football team

king_cover_2016C. Richard King‘s new book examining the controversy over the Washington, D.C., professional football team’s mascot will be published in March 2016 by University of Nebraska Press.

From the book description:

Redskins: Insult and Brand examines how the ongoing struggle over the team name raises important questions about how white Americans perceive American Indians, about the cultural power of consumer brands, and about continuing obstacles to inclusion and equality. C. Richard King examines the history of the team’s name, the evolution of the term “redskin,” … » More …

Alum’s book focuses on transgender experiences

Congratulations to Jackson Shultz (B.A. ’10, women’s studies), whose book Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities has been published by Dartmouth College Press.

“Made up almost exclusively of the words of 34 informants, the six chapters of Shultz’s eye-opening survey constitute not so much an oral history as a state-of-society report, highly critical but hardly despondent, on how America is treating those who have transitioned from one sex and/or gender to the other.” —Booklist

“This is the book that we’ve been waiting for. . . . This deeply human title deserves a broad general and academic audience.” —Library Journal

Watch this!

Check out this amazing work by CES major Simone Williams. From the video description:

#SayHerName (Feat. @SaeMonae & @BrynnElyzabeth) (Prod. by Caydolf)

#SayHerName is a declaration that Black female lives matter too. It’s a FREEDOM CALL against the brutalization of black women by police.

Sandra Bland. Tanisha Anderson. Rekia Boyd. Miriam Carey. Michelle Cusseaux. Shelly Frey. Kayla Moore. It’s not surprising if some of these names don’t sound familiar — but we find that unacceptable. As national conversations around race and law enforcement have grown in recent years, the experiences black women have with police have largely been excluded. That was until now. . . .

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News from Jorge Moraga

Congratulations to Jorge Moraga (Ph.D. candidate, American studies), who has received a Diversity in Sport and Physical Activity Student Grant from the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport. His supported work is entitled “Surveying the Afro-Latina/o Presence at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum through a Critical Cultural Perspective and Syntactic Analysis.”

Professor blogs for Oxford UP

Dr. David J. Leonard has published an essay titled “Police shootings and the black community” on OUPblog: Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World.

In a recent Huffington Post piece entitled “Police Shootings Are About Class as Well as Race,” Jesse Jackson argued that the specific issue of police violence, alongside an unjust and excessive criminal justice system, disproportionately affects the poor, irrespective of race. “While African-Americans are at disproportionate risk from the structural and human biases of our criminal justice system,” he wrote, “we should not forget that working and poor people of all races suffer from police excessive use of force. … » More …