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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.

JUSTIN PHILLIP REED: A READING AND DISCUSSION OF INDECENCY

“Intricate, intimate, difficult, and confrontational poems that push at the boundaries of selfhood, skin, culture, sexuality, and blood.”

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

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.

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.