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In this seminar, we take up the emergence, development, and evolution of Black and ethnic studies departments and programs (including Native American/Indigenous, Latinx/Chicanx, Asian American, Arab American, Critical Muslim studies) in the contemporary U.S. universities. We revisit the student strikes which engendered the emergence of Black and ethnic studies as fields of study at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley in 1968-69, as well as the calls for a Third World College and calls for Third World Liberation which were central to the strikers’ demands. In our workshop, we ask, how have Black and ethnic studies have emerged as fields of study in the half-century since, and how this development has been shaped by shifting terrains of politics and culture, as well as those of region, resources, and the increasing corporatization of U.S. universities?

***Watch recordings of Workshop 1 below and on our Youtube channel***

Friday, October 27, 2023
Ruth Dill Johnson Crocket Conference Room
162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ


Schedule & Lineup


10am-12:00 pm  A Teach-In on Gaza (Co-sponsored with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
Noura Erakat, Africana & Criminal Justice, Rutgers
Sylvia Chan-Malik, American Studies & WGSS, Rutgers
Maya Mikdashi, WGSS & CMES Rutgers

Dylan Rodriguez, Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

1:00-2:00 pm     Lunch/Welcome Reception for Dr. Brendane Tynes, Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Scholar in Black Liberation Studies

2:00-2:15 pm     Welcome Remarks, Dr. Ethel Brooks, Chair, WGSS

2:15-3:45 pm     Panel One: Race and Liberation in the Academy
Dr. Carmen Alvaro Jarrín (College of the Holy Cross)
Dr. Gary Okihiro (Yale)
Dr. Dylan Rodriguez (UC Riverside)
Dr. Nitasha Sharma (Northwestern)
Moderated by Dr. Brittney Cooper (RU-NB)
3:45-4:00 pm    Coffee Break
4:00-5:30 pm    Panel Two: Race and Liberation at Rutgers
Dr. Maya Mikdashi (WGSS)
Dr. Edward Ramsamy (Africana)
Dr. Maurice Wallace (English)
Dr. Donna Auston (Wenner-Gren Foundation)
Moderated by Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik (RU-NB)

5:30-6:30 pm     Wine & Cheese Reception 

Learn more about our Speakers


Antiracism and Liberation in the Academy: Panel One

Antiracism and Liberation in the Academy: Panel Two