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CRES News Digest Vol. 3, Issue 4

October 15th – October 28th

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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 25th.

In Solidarity,

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


Course schedule advising for Spring 2020 will occur between October 21 – November 8, 2019. CRES office hours specifically for schedule advising will be announced soon.
Students, to view available CRES-prefix and CRES-attribute courses for Spring 2020, please visit Class Search for more information. Faculty in departments outside of CRES, if you are interested in your Spring 2020 course being approved for a CRES-attribute, please submit your course using either the undergraduate course approval form or graduate course approval form at your earliest availability.


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Additionally, in Spring 2020, we are offering  CRES 30803 –  TCU Justice Journey, an immersion course focused on racial justice, intersectional activism, leadership development, and social change. This year’s class topic will be on the Black freedom struggle, and will be taught by Drs. Jeanelle Hope and Max Krochmal. An informational session about the course will be held on Monday, October 28 from 6-8 PM (Location TBA). To enroll in the course, students must complete the Justice Journey 2020 Class Application.


Upcoming 2020 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship & Grant Deadlines

The WW Fellowship Foundation is still accepting applications for the 2020 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty program and the Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellowship.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty: This pre-tenure award seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. Junior faculty entering their third year are eligible to apply for this fellowship, which includes a sabbatical grant, a research/travel/publication stipend, and participation in an annual retreat. A total of 30 Fellowships are awarded each year. In just 18 years, over 230 outstanding Fellows have attained tenure and made significant contributions to the academy and their communities. The application deadline is October 25, 2019.

The Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellowship: This award, now in its third year, seeks to increase the presence of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows among tenure-track faculty. The Fellowship provides each Fellow with a six-month period to focus on the research and scholarship necessary to secure a tenure-track position, along with the guidance of an assigned mentor and informal network of Mellon faculty. Two Fellowships are awarded each year. The application deadline is November 8, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Meinzer (609) 945-7879  ( or Ritu Mukherjee at (609) 945-7884 (

CRES Events

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 and the link above for the full flyer.


Thursday, October 17th
SCHAR 2011, 4pm – 5:15pm

Dr. Mona Naraian and the CRES 60003 class will host a grad panel discussion featuring Drs. Jane Mantey, Jeanelle Hope and Luis Romero. The invited speakers will be discussing their CRES research portfolios and how Ethnic Studies has shaped their professional identities, where they challenge racism and other systems of oppression through their pedagogy and research in the workplace. All current and prospective CRES graduate students are invited. Click the link above to RSVP on EventBrite.



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Thursday, 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.


Saturday, October 19th
BLUU Ballroom, 10:30am – 4pm

Please join us for a day of sessions, including a community activism panel, a pronoun fluency workshop, and a student engagement panel! Lunch Provided. Click the link above to register on EventBrite.

The Keynote Address at the GRO -LGBTQIA Symposium is at 12pm. Click the image for the full flyer.


Thursday, October 23rd
BLUU Auditorium, 6pm – 8:30pm
The evening begins with a film screening from the Rational Middle of Immigration Series then concludes with a panel discussion in the immigration outlook. Click the link above for more information.
Monday, October 28th
Rees-Jones Hall Atrium, 6pm – 8pm
Come learn about the CRES community-engaged immersion course (CRES 30803/HIST 30833) for Spring 2019 in which students travel to sites of political struggle and social activism. This year’s theme will focus on the Black Freedom Struggle. Meet and mingle with the course instructors and past class participants. Free food, music, and activities!


Monday, November 4th
Hays Theater, 7pm
As a part of the series “Slavery (De)Constructed,” we are proud to offer a staged reading of Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs; A Play. There will be a talkback and reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Click the link above to RSVP on EventBrite.

In what ways are feminists responsible for imagining and working toward a world without detention and incarceration? How can we make sense of prison abolition discourse in relation to the epidemic of sexual violence that we fight to end? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sabina Vaught (University of Oklahoma) and Damien Sojoyner (UC Irvine) who will pose and explore critical questions about race, gender, violence, incarceration, and power.

Please join us on November 5th for a discussion Nadine Naber’s important works on Arab women’s activism—“Arab Americans and US Racial Formations,” from the collection Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11, and “Diasporic Feminist Anti-Imperialism” from Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism—led by Dr. Rima Abunasser. Click the link above to download the readings.  Email Dr. Stacie McCormick to get added to the distribution list for the group.


Campus Events

Tuesday, October 22nd
Come out to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Mixer to meet and interact with faculty and staff of color on TCU’s campus. Food and drinks will be provided. Come out and enjoy a great time! Please RSVP by October 21.


Saturday, October 26th
Kelly Alumni & Visitor’s Center, 2nd floor Alumni Suite, 12:30 – 2pm
Join the Hispanic Alumni Alliance for our annual tailgate before the Homecoming game against UT. Enjoy snacks and drinks before making your way into the stadium for the big game!

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, November 2nd
2019 Día de los Muertos Festival
Rose Marine Theater 5:30 – 9:45pm
The event kicks off with a drum and puppet procession from Marine Park to the Rose Marine Theater Plaza that shuts down North Main Street, diverting traffic as people painted as calavera’s and catarina’s, take to the streets in a high energy 1/2 mile procession past the historic Rose Marine Theater and into Fort Worth’s Mercado Plaza. Come join the fiesta of music, dancing, face painting, food, drinks, and pan de muerto!


Friday, November 8th
Prairie View, TX, 10am – 5pm

On November 8th, the African American Studies Initiative at Prairie View A&M University will be hosting “When and Where I Enter @ 35: A Symposium in Honor of Paula Giddings.” This will be an opportunity to acknowledge the importance and influence of this groundbreaking book that chronicles the history of black women’s activism. Click the link above for more information and to register on eventbrite.

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

On 4 October 2019 members of the CRES-affiliated graduate seminar on British Races & Racism 1820-1920 (ENGL 80453) went to the recently opened Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in downtown Dallas.  The class visited while engaged in reading theoretical and historical essays on anti-Semitism as well as literary texts by Jewish authors based in London in the mid- to late-nineteenth century.  All in the course agreed that the museum provides a memorable, revelatory guide to recognizing and remembering the Holocaust and that, in addition, it raises manifold issues that are directly related to racism, discrimination, and institutional power mustered on behalf of oppression today.  (There is also an eye-opening Texas stop in the hall devoted to multiple historical genocides around the globe and the steps that lead toward genocide.) All in the class thank Dr. Theresa Gaul for funding students’ tickets to the museum!


Calls for Papers, Study Abroad and Award Opportunities

Edu-Con Fort Worth 2019 hosted by Conference on the Education of Hispanics call for presentations

  • Saturday, November 16th, 8am – 4pm at Texas Wesleyan University
  • The objective is to provide comprehensive workshops to align all levels of educators and campus leadership in Pre K – 12. Educators will develop strategies for intentional outcomes in cultural, emotional and instructional interventions. Aspiring leaders will be cultivated to ensure the succession of their efforts to grow student achievement is actualized.
  • Email CEH Co Chair, Brian Renteria, for more information
  • Click here to complete the proposal for presentation google form.

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.


TCU Graduate Studies invites applications for the Global Outlook (GO) Institute 2020, co-facilitated by Dr. Karen Steele and Dr. Whitnee Boyd.

  • The GO Institute is a short-term, interdisciplinary global learning opportunity for TCU doctoral students. Designed to provide professionalization for TCU doctoral students preparing for diverse career pathways (in the professoriate, in higher education administration, and beyond), the GO Institute 2020 will be focusing on transforming universities to be multicultural institutions through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Students will explore a distinctive range of universities in the UK over 10 days in May 2020. Graduate Studies provides generous funding for all selected GO Ambassadors, including:
    • $800 travel grant
    • 10 nights lodging
    • All breakfasts and most evening meals
    • Ground transportation in the UK
  • Click here for more information, including the application form and the request for reference fillable file.
  • The application deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019 and requires two letters of recommendation.
  • Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Steele or Dr. Boyd with any questions.

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!
  • Please also make note of the Call for Papers specific to Gender and Feminist Studies. Click the image for full flyer.


Chicanx Praxis Undergraduate Call For Papers (PDF)
Chicanx Praxis General 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 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.

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

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