News and Events

Upcoming Events

Interim/Spring Student Advising Reception for Race and Ethnic Studies

October 22, 2018 at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Heritage Room

Join RACE faculty advisors and professors Ibtesam Al Atiyat, Anthony Bateza, Leon Narvaez, and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs for treats and advising about your Race and Ethnic Studies plans. This event is open to majors, concentrators, and all interested students who are curious about Race and Ethnic Studies!

All RACE majors and concentrators are eligible for pre-registration into RACE 121 (Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies) offered during both interim and spring. To be added to the pre-registration list, please contact Professor Kwon Dobbs directly with your name, ID number, course title, and specification of either the interim or spring section. Pre-registration begins on October 23rd and ends at 4:00 p.m. on October 26th.National


2018 National Book Award in Poetry

October 29, 2018 at 4-5 P.M., Viking Auditorium

Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet living in St. Louis. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He holds a B.A. in creative writing from Tusculum College and an M.F.A. in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis. The author of the chapbook A History of Flamboyance (YesYes Books 2016) and Indecency (Coffee House Press 2018), he has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Conversation Literary Festival and is a 2018 National Book Award finalist in poetry. Reed currently organizes the St. Louis community-based poetry workshop series Most Folks At Work. He was born and raised in South Carolina. Co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and the English Department.

Selected Past Events


February 26 and 27, 2018 The Lair and Viking Theater

GLOW!, PAC, DCC, and the College Ministry Office, along with collaboration from the Race and Ethnic Studies, and Family Studies will sponsor activist and performer Ignacio Rivera. On February 26th at 7 PM in The Lair, Ignacio will perform All of Me: A compilation of poetry, readings, skits, and storytelling spanning two decades of memories and transformations. On February 27th at 3 PM in Viking Theater, Ignacio will lead a workshop titled Sexual Liberation? Living at the Intersections of Race, Class and Gender. This workshop will explore the idea of sexual liberation, freedom, and privilege and how these interact with one’s race, class and gender.


March 2-22, 2018 GROOT GALLERY

Curated by CUBE co-president and Art History/RACE major Lamar R. Gayles ’19, this oral history project and art exhibition chronicles 50 years of CUBE at St. Olaf College. Hosted by CUBE and co-sponsored by Race and Ethnic Studies and Diversity Celebrations Committee.

DR. TED THORNHILL: “Beyond Belonging: White Supremacy and the Threat to Academic Freedom”

MARCH 14, 2018 AT 7 P.M., TOMSON HALL 280

The Political Awareness Committee, in partnership with Race and Ethnic Studies and the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, welcomes Dr. Ted Thornhill for an evening lecture. Dr. Thornhill is an assistant professor of sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. Previously, he taught at Earlham College and St. Olaf College. This spring he is teaching a course called “white racism” that made national and international headlines. His research and writing examines how color-blind ideology and institutional policies and practices promote racial inequality. In this vein, he recently completed a national audit study of white college admissions counselors at private colleges and universities that examined how they screen black prospective students.