State of Ethnic Studies

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State of Ethnic Studies

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Thursday, February 7, 2013 02/07/2013 15:30:00 02/07/2013 23:59:59 6 State of Ethnic StudiesUniversity Park Campus
3:30 PM
University Park Campus
Kaprelian Hall (KAP)

A Series on Race, Power, and Critical Thought whose aim is to highlight the research of American Studies & Ethnicity(ASE) core and affiliated faculty and graduate students, and to build community through sustained conversations and workshops. 

Speakers: Ula Taylor (UC Berkeley), Wendy Cheng (Arizona State University), Dylan Rodriguez (UC Riverside)

Moderator: Juan De Lara (ASE)

Respondent: Prof. Shana Redmond (ASE)

Panelists explore the current state of Ethnic Studies from various institutional contexts, and the possibilities and opportunities for a revitalized interdisciplinary field that begins with a challenge to racial regimes. We will also discuss the kinds of methods, epistemes, and archives of contemporary Ethnic Studies.      ABOUT THE PANELISTS:   Ula Taylor is Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley.  She is the author of The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey (UNC Press, 2002) and the co-author of Panther: A History of the Black Panther Party and the Story Behind the Film (New Market Press 1996).  Her articles on black feminist theory, pan-African thought, and black women's history (which number over twenty) have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals including the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women's History, and Feminist Studies.

Wendy Cheng is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and Justice & Social Inquiry, in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is co-author, with Laura Pulido and Laura Barraclough, of A People's Guide to Los Angeles (University of California Press). Her book, The Changs Next Door to the Diazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California, is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press. Her articles and essays on race, space, and landscape have appeared in publications including American Quarterly, Identities, Journal of Urban History, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity from University of Southern California, and a master's degree in geography from UC Berkeley. 

Dylan Rodríguez is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. He is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). Rodríguez’s scholarly writing has appeared in wide cross-section of academic venues, including Radical History Review, Social Identities, Critical Sociology, The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies.


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