Ethnic Studies Sponsored Events

Spring Seminar Series on Race and Social Justice

(All events to held on Zoom)

"Weaponized to Kill: Race and Violence in America's Gendered Carceral Evolution"

Dr. Sowande’ Mustakeem
Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Tuesday, February 9 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Mustakeem’s research examines the Atlantic slave trade and the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery. In this talk Dr. Mustakeem will move from the slave ship to the penitentiary, taking a two pronged approach to race and social justice by exploring the tools of violence, policing and in some cases execution of people, especially women. As such, it takes a top down and bottom up view to consider the roots of terror and policing within the 18th century while likewise interlinking the gaze of gendered power and violence by looking at 19th and 20th century state and federal detonation of violence to better understand how women - both black and white - were central to the building of the carceral state pre-Jim Crow.

Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 926 8053 1213
Passcode: IRES
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"Courageous Conversations" with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Dr. Muhammad's research examines at the intersections of race, democracy, inequality, and criminal justice in modern U.S. history. His book Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America investigates how the African American population have been criminalized for the last 400 years through an examination the history of policing in the North and South. 

This is presented by The Institute of Race and Ethnic Studies, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and The Frederick Douglass Institute's Lunch (En)Counters Series. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Department of History, and the College of Arts and Humanities.

To be held on Zoom (link TBA).

Other upcoming events

College Access & Affordability for Undocumented Students  

Presented by the Dowdy Multicultural Center and Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact 

This panel will explore issues that undocumented students face in their pursuit of higher education, along with promising policies and practices for improving access and affordability.  

Monday, February 8, 2021 
3:00-4:15 PM  

Panelists include:   

Laila Martin Garcia (Lead Organizer, CASA PA)   
WCU Undergraduate Student  
Dr. Tanya Garcia (Deputy Secretary of Postsecondary Education & Higher Education)   
Thomas Gombar (District Director/Senior Advisor, Office of Senator Judy Schwank)  

Register here to receive the zoom link.    

For questions contact or call 610-436-2562.  

Political Science Department
Latin American and Latino/a Studies  
The Institute of Race and Ethnic Studies


Past Events:
Fall 2020 Seminar Series

Cult of Glory: The Bold And Brutal History Of The Texas Rangers
Doug J. Swanson, University of Pittsburgh

Courageous Conversations: Voting Matters!
Kamryn Davis (Students of Color Voting Initiative),Christopher Jaramillo, (Norristown , NAACP), Ashlie Delshad (WCU Political Science)

Indigenous Environmental Activism through Art
Christi Belcourt, Michif (Métis) visual artist

Indigenous Photography
Jaida Grey Eagle, Oglala Lakota photographer, artist and filmmaker

Courageous Conversations: Policing and Police Violence in Black and Latino Communities
Dr. Brian O'Neill (WCU Criminal Justice), Ali Kochek (WCU student), Kyle Gombosi (WCU Student), Nahje Royster (WCU Alumnus)

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