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Upcoming Events

50TH ANNIVERSARY CLASS OF 2019 COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION

May 26, 2019 at 12-2 p.m., Holland HALL 433

Join the Race and Ethnic Studies program faculty, students, and friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary class of 2019 and to mark 50 years of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. Co-hosted with the Department of Sociology/Anthropology.

Selected Past Events

INDIGENOUS LITERATURES AND DECOLONIZATION

April 30, 2019 at 4-5 P.M., Viking Auditorium

This event brings together Sami studies scholar Harald Gaski and Native American literature scholar and visiting assistant professor of Race and Ethnic Studies Samantha Majhor to discuss indigenous literatures and decolonization in Norwegian and Minnesotan contexts. How have indigenous literatures been and continue to be important sites of cultural memory and resilience against ongoing histories of settler colonialism? Director of Race and Ethnic Studies Jennifer Kwon Dobbs will moderate the conversation. Co-sponsored by the Norwegian Department and the Leraas Endowment.

SENIOR PROJECT POSTER SESSION AND RECEPTION

MAY 9, 2019 AT 4-5 P.M., BUNTROCK COMMONS CROSSROADS

Join the Race and Ethnic Studies faculty to celebrate our graduating senior majors’ capstone projects featuring student critical and creative work on racial, ethnic, and indigenous interdisciplinary topics. Refreshments and good cheer!

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF RACE & ETHNIC STUDIES

MAY 9, 2019 at 5-6:30 p.m., Valhalla

Race and Ethnic Studies honors Deborah Anderson ’72, co-founder of Cultural Union for Black Expression and the Free University, which seeded the study of ethnic studies at St. Olaf College. Join us for hot hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and 50 years of memories!

WE PROJECT: A WEEK-LONG DANCE IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

February 28-March 1, 2019 | March 1, 2019 (WE CONCERT AND ROUNDTABLE) AT 6:30-8 P.M. in Center for art and Dance, Studio 1

“WE,” a week-long dance immersion experience that centers movement in an interdisciplinary dialogue about learning and living in connection to social awareness. The week interweaves the academic discipline of Dance with several themes across varied academic disciplines including Art, Theater, Race and Ethnic Studies, Religion, and Gender and Sexuality. Ultimately, the week centers movement, learning, and experiences regarding identity, trans-global awareness, and social justice.

JUSTIN PHILLIP REED: A READING AND DISCUSSION OF INDECENCY

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.

RECLAMATION: 50-YEAR HISTORY OF CUBE AND THE BLACK ACTION/ADVISORY COMMITTEES

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.