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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies C. Richard King

Drs. King, Thoma named Fulbright Scholars

Dr. C. Richard King, professor in CCGRS, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for his project “The Cultural Politics of Difference: Articulating Race, Culture, and Nation in Contemporary Austria.” The fellowship will be hosted by the Karl Franzens University Graz, where he will teach two courses in cultural studies and begin a new research project on ethnic, racial, and religious difference in light of the recent wave of refugees and ongoing concerns about terror and security.

Dr. Pamela Thoma, associate professor in CCGRS, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for her project “Gender and Citizenship in Asian American Literature and Culture.” The fellowship … » More …

Humanities Fellow Lecture

Dr. C. Richard King

Dr. C. Richard King will present his 2015–2016 Humanities Fellow Lecture, “Playing with Indigeneity,” on February 24, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Honors College Lounge. A reception will follow.

“Playing with Indigeneity” offers a comparative assessment of racial play today. It concerns itself with public performances of the qualities associated with and ascribed to indigenous cultures and peoples. It builds upon established scholarly discussions of playing Indian, and nearly two decades of study by the author of American Indian mascots and popular representations … » 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 …

Professor offers context for Dylann Roof story

Dr. Richard King’s expertise was sought by The Stranger for an article titled “Dylann Roof and His Fascination with a Seattle-Based White Power Group,” published June 30, 2015. In it he provides context regarding the prevalence of white power groups and racism in modern culture.

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A history of hate rock from Johnny Rebel to Dylann Roof

A recent article in The Nation called on Dr. Richard King’s expertise in white supremacist culture, also referencing Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture, which King coauthored with Dr. David J. Leonard.

A History of Hate Rock from Johnny Rebel to Dylann Roof
One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.
By Zoë Carpenter

What makes a young man a racist killer? Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged for the murder of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last week, was “normal,” his cousin told a reporter, “until he started listening … » More …

Spring 2015 News Review

Dr. Pamela Thoma has been awarded an Edward R. Meyer Project Grant by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences.
Lucia Soriano, Ruben Zecena, Sophia Stephens, and Angie Winkle have been awarded scholarships by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences. Zecena was also awarded a Gabriel Cardenas Scholarship.
Dr. C. Richard King has been named a WSU Humanities Fellow for the 2015–2016 academic year.
The following CCGRS students and faculty will present papers at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, held April 1–4 in New Orleans:

Dr. Michael Johnson (instructor) will present “Familial Arrhythmias in the Reynolds … » More …

Fall 2014 News Review

Dr. Pamela Thoma gave an invited presentation in Tokyo, Japan, this past November as part of Sophia University’s Open Research Weeks 2014. Sophia’s Institute of American and Canadian Studies sponsored Dr. Thoma’s lecture, “Mutating Figures in Postfeminist North American Chick Culture:  Pregnant Teens, Tiger Mothers, and Orphan Clones,” and also invited Dr. Niels Bjerre-Poulsen of the University of Southern Denmark to comment. The lecture examined a post-millennial shift in postfeminist popular culture from a focus on the single career woman, primarily concerned with caring for herself, to the working mother, primarily concerned with caring for others. It included analysis of neoliberal conditions that are … » More …

Fall 2013 News Review

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‘s paper “They Are Still Taking: Mapping Reiterative Violence and Northern California’s Gold Rush” was presented 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, … » More …

Fall 2012 News Review

Dr. 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 26, at 6:00 p.m. in Todd Hall 230 about German cultural perceptions of “Indians” in fiction and film. Dr. Fitz is highly regarded internationally as a scholar of American studies and German-American studies.
Dr. Richard King presented the year’s first Common Reading Tuesday, August 28, in Todd 116. He discussed race, racism, … » More …