News and Events

Upcoming Events

COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION

May 27, 2018 AT NOON-2 p.m., HOLLAND HALL 433

Race and Ethnic Studies honors our class of 2018 majors and concentrators and their families and friends. The reception is held with the Sociology/Anthropology Department.

Past Events

CONFEDERATE STATUE CONTROVERSY

September 15, 2017 at 4-5 p.m., Holland Hall main floor crossroads

Professor Michael Fitzgerald (History), Assistant Professor Lisa Moore (Social Work and Family Studies), and Flaten Art Museum curator Jane Becker Nelson lead a conversation. Co-sponsored by the History Department.

KAREN TEI YAMASHITA: A READING AND DISCUSSION OF LETTERS TO MEMORY

September 20, 2017 at 5-6 p.m., Viking Auditorium

Karen Tei Yamashita’s books include Letters to Memory, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, and Anime Wong–all published by Coffee House Press. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and received the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. Author book signing to follow. Co-sponsored by Asian Conversations and the Leeras Fund.

MAI NENG MOUA: A READING AND DISCUSSION OF THE BRIDE PRICE: A HMONG WEDDING STORY

OCTOBER 18, 2017 AT 4:30-5:30 P.M., Viking Auditorium

Author Mai Neng Moua ’95 is a writer, the founder of the Hmong literary arts journal Paj Ntaub Voice, and the editor of the groundbreaking anthology Bamboo Among the Oaks. Her memoir The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Author book signing to follow. Hosted by Asian Studies and Asian Conversations and co-sponsored by Race and Ethnic Studies.

AN EXHIBITION OF KEN GONZALES-DAY’S SHADOWLANDS

September 1-October 29, 2017 in Flaten Art Museum

This exhibition at St. Olaf’s Flaten Art Museum is a concise survey of Ken Gonzales-Day‘s career, including works from the Erased LynchingSearching for California Hang Trees, and Run Up series. His most recent work draws parallels between historical lynchings and high profile cases of police brutality affecting communities of color today. Hosted by Flaten Art Museum with programming co-sponsored by Race and Ethnic Studies.

FALL STUDENT ADVISING RECEPTION

October 23, 2017 at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Buntrock Commons 144

Meet the new RACE faculty advising team–Professors Vivian Choi, Kristina Medina-Vilarino, and Leon Narvaez–to learn about majoring or concentrating in Race and Ethnic Studies, discuss your RACE degree progress, or find out about upcoming curricular and event highlights for the year. Light refreshments. Open to all interested students.

UPRISING | BLACK REIGN: NARRATING BLACK EXPRESSION ON THE HILL

February 8-26, 2018 Groot gallery

Curated by Shaquille Brown, this affinity narrative art show exhibits artworks made by current Black students, professors, and staff to celebrate Black History Month at St. Olaf. The opening reception will be on February 12 at 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by Race and Ethnic Studies.

IGNACIO RIVERA: PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOP

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.

SORAYA MEMBRENO: “These Are the Things No One Tells You: On Navigating PWIs and What Comes After”

March 9, 2018 at 5-6 p.m., Tomson 280

Soraya Memebreno is the Director of Community at BitchMedia in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Students for Reproductive Rights and co-sponsored by Race and Ethnic Studies, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, English Department, and the Leeras Fund.

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. He is the author of “Racial Salience and the Consequences of Making White People Uncomfortable: Intra-Racial Discrimination, Racial Screening, and the Maintenance of White Supremacy” published in Sociology Compass (2015) and “‘If People Stopped Talking about Race, It Wouldn’t Be a Problem Anymore’: Silencing the Myth of a Color-Blind Society” in the edited volume Getting Real About Race (2018).

RACE SENIOR PROJECT PRESENTATIONS AND RECEPTION

May 10, 2018 at 3:30-4:30 P.m., Buntrock Crossroads

Join the Race and Ethnic Studies community to celebrate our graduating senior majors’ capstone research projects. Reception following.