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CRES News Digest Vol 3., Issue 3

October 1st – October 14th

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the CRES News Digest!


We are eager to spread any good news that our faculty, staff, or students have to share with the larger TCU and Fort Worth community. If you would like to share any CRES-related events, publications, volunteer opportunities, jobs, internships, or conference information in the next CRES News Digest, please send your suggestions to Cecilia Hill by Friday, October 10th.

In Solidarity,

Cecilia Hill, CRES Graduate Assistant
Dr. Jane Mantey, Associate Director of CRES


Latinx Heritage Month Celebrationphoto of Dr. Santiago Pinon

Dr. Santiago Piñon, Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Latina/o Program on campus, reflected on the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month at the opening celebration: We take pride in who we are. Regardless of our differences; differences of culture, music, food, etc., we have one thing in common: We are still here. . . read more

Teaching Opportunity for CRES-affiliated Faculty, Staff, or Graduate Certificate Students

As you may know, teaching the CRES core courses is a shared responsibility of all CRES affiliates, even as we begin to grow our own dedicated faculty. We offer four such courses as well as upper-division electives. You can see our full class list here.

If you are interested in teaching a CRES-prefix course next school year (2020-2021), please email Dr. Max Krochmal by October 15.

Additionally, we are currently in need of instructors for several sections this upcoming spring 2020 semester. The available courses/times are:

CRES 10103 / Engaging Difference and Diversity

~Section 035, TR, 11:00am-12:20pm
~Section 065, TR, 3:30pm-4:50pm

CRES 30993 / Special Topics (upper-division on subject of your choosing)

~Section 080, Tuesdays, 5:00pm to 7:40pm (or another evening at the same time, if needed)

CRES Events

Thursday, October 3rdevent poster with cotton field in the background and the dates listed for each event
Palko 130, 4pm -6pm
Sites of Slavery: 400 Years of Black America Student Panel with Rasaan Hatcher, Kiaya Johnson, Ann Tran, Whitney Roach, and Alonzo Smith. Food and giveaways.



Graphic for event with images of European city symbolsThursday, October 17th
SCHAR 3004, 5pm

Open to anyone who wants to read, listen, & share. Click the link above for the full flyer and for future dates.

Is liberal society really the problem? If yes, what can we do to combat that?  How can we really fix the structural elements of oppression? Come and join us in our second CRES Conversation as we attempt to discuss these complex issues. Click here to RSVP on EventBrite.

Campus Events

Monday, October 7th
TCU’s Fourth Annual Native American and Indigenous People’s Day Symposium

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2pm, Palko 130, Lecture: “What Does Healing Entail? Traditional India/Indigenous Medicine (TIM) and Healing Ways

4:30 – 6pm, BLUU Ballroom: Health and Wellness Fair: Issues in Native American Communities. RSVP here.

7pm, BLUU Ballroom, Keynote Address: “Our Ancestors, Our Elders: The Four Elements and Plants are Our Grandparents with Dr. Patrisia Gonzales

Click the link above for more details about the full day of events. Click here for the full flyer.


Monday, October 7th
Pedagogy Workshop: How to Teach the Topic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Tucker 139, 10 – 11am

In recognition of the 4th Annual TCU Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day, WGST is hosting this pedagogy workshop with Jodi Voice Yellowghis from MMIW-Texas. RSVP required to WGST.

Campus News

The Native and Indigenous Student Association (NISA) is inviting others to join. The invitation is open to both Native and non-native students. NISA’s purpose is to form a coalition of resilient individuals, to build community, and create a space for and by Native and Indigenous peoples and allies to share their cultures, heritages, traditions, languages, and customs in a respectful manner. Contact NISA faculty advisor, Scott Langston for more information.



To better prepare students for their roles as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community, the Office for Community Engagement (OCE) Fort Worth Fellows program seeks to provide students with an introduction to community engagement and public service. To learn more and apply, click HERE.



Community Events

Saturday, October 5th
Locating Tejano History in the General Land Office
Tandy Hall, Fort Worth Public Library, 10:30am – 12pm

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Brian A. Stauffer, Translator and Curator of the Spanish Collection at the GLSO, will introduce us to the historic Tejano records available to researchers at the General Land Office in Austin.





Saturday, October 5th
Counterpoint The Climb Opening Reception
MYT Art Studio & Gallery, 6:30pm – 9pm

Photographs by Rueben Gonzales. Click the link above for more information.


Dolores Huerta Elementary School Hispanic Heritage Month

Created in 1990 to give FWISD elementary grade classroom teachers and their students the opportunity to research the many contributions made by Latinos in the United States, the Hispanic Heritage School Museum Project is now open to visitors during school hours. Make your reservations with Founder and Coordinator, Eddie Arellano at (817) 205-2595.

Faculty and Student Achievements

KERA featured Associate Professor of English and CRES Core Faculty, Dr. David Colón and FWISD Social Studies Teacher and CRES Community Member, Elías Velvarde in an article discussing the new K-12 Latina/o Studies curriculum overlay created by the CRES team. Click the link to read the article and to listen to the interview:

Fort Worth Program Brings Latino, African American History Into Classrooms

Congratulations to Dr. Elva Orozco Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Political Science and CRES Associate Faculty as she has been selected as the 2019-2020 Claudia V. Camp Research & Creative Activity Award winner for her research entitled, “The Maternal Contract: A Decolonial Approach to Restorative Justice in the Americas.” Elva’s public presentation will take place in April 2020.


Calls for Papers, Study Abroad and Award Opportunities

The Department of Social Work is offering a cross-listed study abroad course with CRES in Dublin, Ireland in May 2020. Click here to view the flyer. Contact Dr. Mary Twis for more information.


National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates National Conference Call for Papers
February 17-22, 2020
Dallas, Texas

  • For information about registration and submission of papers for both the conference and the research competition (cash prizes) visit the NAAAS website. Abstracts due November 9th!

Chicanx Praxis Undergraduate Call For Papers (PDF)
2020 NACCS—Tejas Foco Conference March 5-7
South Texas College, Pecan Campus, McAllen Texas

Paper presentations and panel submissions, exhibitions, performances, workshops, poetry readings, and other forms of expressions that offer insight on past, current, and future of Chicanx Praxis are all welcome. Also welcome are proposals that address the Tejano/a/x experience in general but do not necessarily fall under the conference theme.

Conferences and Workshops

Various Dates, National Student Leadership Diversity Convention

  • The NSLDC is the largest national gathering of student leaders and campus based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our campuses today. Through experiential workshops, keynote sessions, and round table discussions teams of students will explore various elements of diversity and how they affect themselves and their campuses.

October 3-5, 2019, 40th Annual Texas Genealogical and Historical Conference, Dallas, Texas

  • #HOGAR40 theme: “Honoring Our Ancestors: A 500-year Journey Back to Hernán Cortés”

October 24, 2019, Reflecting Black Symposium, University of Houston Downtown,  Houston, Texas

  • The Symposium aims to promote cutting-edge research in Africana studies produced by scholars and emerging scholars. During the symposium, we will also discuss effective transdisciplinary pedagogical strategies and creative methods that faculty might employ to enrich the educational experiences of students of color, especially transfer and first-generation college students.

November 14 – November 17, 2019, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, California

  • The theme: Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing speaks to the historic moment in which we live and the new world that we want to create. The NWSA invites papers, performances, and panes – from all disciplines – that represent the global dimensions of gender concerns to this conference.

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, Humanities, and Languages, and Center for Critical Race Studies is sponsoring a symposium celebrating 400 Years of African American Life and History.

Keep up with all CRES related events by visiting our web calendar

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