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CRES News Digest Vol.3, Issue 6

November 12th – November 25th

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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, November 22nd.

In Solidarity,

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


Don’t forget TCU Gives Day begins at noon November 13th through noon November 14th!

Make sure your money goes to CRES by donating to the CRES Scholarly Engagements Crowdfunding Campaign.

CRES is undertaking a fundraising campaign thru FrogFund this semester to raise money for student travel grants for the 2020 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) –Tejas Foco Conference in McAllen, TX as well as 2020 African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Conference in Austin, TX during the Spring 2020 semester.

Click here to learn more about our FrogFunding campaign and to donate! 
(Please note that while TCU Gives Day ends on Nov. 14, the FrogFunding page for CRES will remain open until Nov. 21, so share, share, share and donate, donate, donate!)

You can also help us raise money by sharing our social media posts with your networks, so please LIKE and SHARE/RETWEET the posts you see. Any amount will help!

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If you are interested in helping us raise money and attend one of these conferences email Dr. Jane Mantey.

CRES Chair Search — Please Share Far and Wide!

The ad for our job search for the next Chair of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies is now live on the TCU HR site as well as on a bunch of job boards. Please see attached and share with your professional organizations, other networks and anyone who might be interested in applying. If you post it to a large Facebook group, a listserv/email distribution lists, or a job board in your discipline, please email the details of where you posted to Toni Taylor.

Here again is the link:

Attention CRES Graduate Students:

Graduate students pursuing the CRES Graduate Certificate are invited to apply for the CRES Graduate Student Travel Grant for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This year CRES will provide up to $150 per graduate student for oral or poster presentations at an academic conference, on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for requests is Monday, November 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM. We will inform applicants on a rolling basis about the status of their requests.

The request should include brief information about the following items:

  • The name of the conference, location, and date (funds can be requested for a non-CRES conference provided your paper is on a CRES related subject)
  • The title of your paper, whether it has been already accepted, or you plan to send a proposal for it and when you anticipate acceptance, and 2-3 lines about how the paper relates to your CRES work
  • How much funding you are requesting? (up to $150)

Please submit your request for a travel grant to Dr. Jane Mantey, Dr. Mona Narain, and Cecilia Hill:

Note: You may apply for a conference where your abstract or paper has already been accepted or a conference you plan to submit a proposal to in the near future.  The conference must occur and your travel completed before May 31st, 2020.  At this time, we are only funding requests to present at a conference and not simply to attend. Any funding is contingent upon the acceptance of your submission.  Please retain all original receipts and follow TCU guidelines for reimbursements before submitting the reimbursement form and receipts to the CRES office.

Click the image below for a list of 2020 Spring Courses.

Note: ALL CRES majors are required to meet with the Associate Director of CRES, Dr. Jane Mantey (me), to remove the hold on their accounts and be able to register for the spring semester. If you did not attend the open office hours then be sure to contact Dr. Mantey to schedule and advising time.
When you come to open advising, please bring your laptop or tablet, a copy of your degree progress report, and a completed copy of the TCU Advising Checklist.
Finally, please encourage your peers to consider taking a CRES course. CRES courses are ideal for undergraduate and graduate students, who are interested in learning about and critically examining the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Indigenous, Black, and other people of color in efforts to understand and dismantle racial supremacy and other systems of oppression in the United States and abroad. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
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.

Justice Journey

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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. To enroll in the course, students must complete the Justice Journey 2020 Class Application.

SIS News

TCU is now an institutional member of Imagining America, a consortium that brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Working across institutional, disciplinary, and community divides, IA strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues.

The TCU institutional membership provides for faculty and staff attendance at their annual conference each October, a range of workshops, and ongoing consultations (for example, implementing joint appointments).

Undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the PAGE program (for graduate students) and the JGS Fellowship (for all students working in digital media or photography).

Please reach out to Trish Cassaday if you need help with accessing our member information.

CRES Events

Thursday, November 14th
Kelly Center, Boschini Conference Room, 5:00pm


All CRES students and history graduate students are invited to a small-group conversation with Dr. Monica Muñoz Martinez before TCU Texas Book award reception and program in her honor. Click the link above to RSVP.


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Wednesday, November 20th
SCHAR 3004, 3:30pm

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

Thursday, December 5th
RJH 107, 6:00pm


Join the Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice as we reflect on the Fort Worth lynching of Fred Rouse (d. 12/11/1912) and its connections to contemporary violences against people of color. Click the link above for full flyer.

Campus Events

Wednesday, November 14th
Kelly Center, 6pm


The Friends of the TCU Library cordially invite you to attend the 2019 Texas Book Award honoring: Monica Muñoz Marinez.
Reception begins at 6pm, program, Q&A, and book signing at 7pm. Click the link above for more information.
Monday, November 4th – November 22nd
SCHAR 4200 and BASS 2101

Sponsored by Criminal Justice Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Social Work’s Phi Alpha Honors Society. Please bring books to the Criminal Justice Department or Social Work Department rooms listed above. Click on link above for full flyer.

Tuesday, November 19th
RJH 211, 6:30pm


All students are welcome!
Learn about trauma informed care for vulnerable children. Click the link for full flyer.


Wednesday, November 20th
Sid Richardson LH4, 6:30pm


Hosted by the TCU Middle East Studies Program. Click the link above for full flyer. 


Wednesday and Thursday, November 20th and 21st
BLUU Ballroom, 4pm – 10pm (20th) and 12pm – 6pm (21st)

Tunnel of Oppression will return to TCU for another year! Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. It is designed to introduce participants to concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. At the end of the tour, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other. Facilitators will help participants reflect on their experiences and to put their new-found knowledge to use in their everyday lives. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Mosiniak.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, November 15th

Unconscious Bias

In this workshop, Exploring Blind Spots to Build Understanding, participants will discuss the impact of potential blind spots and implicit bias on our interactions and engaging in conversations of understanding in the workplace so that we can expand our perspectives, build relationships and foster a culture of inclusion. This is an entry-level workshop and will be offered each semester. Click the link above to learn more.

To Register:

  • Log-in to
  • Click on My Employee Center
  • Then click Training Search Class #EXPLR1
  • Exploring Blind Spots
Wednesday, November 20th

Dr. Karen Dace Keynote and Luncheon
Smith Hall, 11:30am – 1pm

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce that Dr. Karen L. Dace, the editor of this book of articles that address working relationships between women of color and white women in the Academy will be joining us. Please save the date! Dr. Dace is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at IUPUI and we look forward to hearing her insights on this important topic. Click the link above for more information and RSVP here.

Wednesday, December 3rd
Campus Commons, 6:30pm

Join the TCU community as we celebrate the season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, featuring live music from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. For more information click on the link above.

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.


Faculty News

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Be sure to read CRES Faculty Affiliate and Lorraine Sherley Professor of English, Dr. Sarah Robbins new blog honoring Native American veterans and celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

Extending Veterans Day and Spotlighting Native Americans Who Have Served

Community Events

Friday, November 8th – Friday, November 15th
Austin, TX


The Texas State Board of Education will hear public testimonies for an Innovative Social Studies Course for African American Studies that is currently being considered for inclusion in the state TEKS Catalogue for Social Studies and Ethnic Studies.

The hearing will take place between Nov. 12 and 15th. The exact day and agenda will be posted here. Click the link above to learn more and to sign-up to speak. 

Job and Internship Opportunities

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) 

MURAP is looking for aspiring leaders in academia for a 10-week paid immersive research fellowship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or seniors) in humanities, social sciences or fine arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Click the link above to visit their website and click here for a description of the program and eligibility requirements. 

Three positions open at Austin Community College.  One is for director of the Center for Latino Studies and another is to teach Texas History.

See the postings below:

Job ID 250746 Mexican American History/Director of El Centro is a faculty position to teach Mexican-American History and U.S. History as well as serve as the Director of El Centro.

Job ID 250747 Texas (emphasis on Tejano) History is a faculty position to teach Texas History with an emphasis on Tejano History and U.S. History.

Job ID 250525 U.S. History This is a general U.S. History faculty position to teach HIST 1301 & HIST 1302.

All positions may be found here at:

The application deadline is January 10, 2020.

Calls for Papers, Fellowships, Post-Doc, and Study Abroad Opportunities

The University of Maryland – College Park HGSA invites graduate students to participate in the 2020 Graduate Student History Conference, held at UMD’s campus on February 21, 2020.

  • This year our conference will be tackling the issues surrounding borders, broadly construed. What are they? How are they created? How are they maintained? What influences do borders exert on the people or environment they occupy? These are just some questions we strive to address as part of this conference.
  • The submission deadline is December 31, 2019. Click here to learn more.
  • Questions regarding applications or the conference may be directed to Derek Litvak.

On 26 – 27 March 2020 the Graduate English Students Association at the University of Virginia will present their annual graduate conference, titled and themed Transformation.

  • The conference committee seeks papers by graduate students on all aspects of transformation — its catalyzes and etiologies; its poetics and processual character; its formalization and thematization in art and literature, media and politics; its affordances for societies and individuals, as well as its correlative risks.
  • More particular prompts and guidelines can be found in our CFP, attached here.
  • The submission deadline is January 10, 2020. We look forward to corresponding and to reading your submissions, which should be sent to Any queries ought to be directed likewise.

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, has job opportunities that might be of interest to Ph.D. candidates who are in their final year of study and members of communities that have been historically marginalized in the US academy.

  • Specifically,  UA has postdoc positions (Postdoctoral Research Associates) available as part of a larger diversity initiative in our College of Arts & Sciences. The post-docs are a maximum of two years with the goal of transitioning successful candidates into tenure-track positions within the College of Arts & Sciences. These hires are part of the university’s ongoing efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive UA campus. UA is looking to fill the positions with applicants from communities that have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented in the US Academy.
  • Applicants must have the terminal degree for their field, and the area of research should match one (or more) of the departments that comprise our College of Arts & Sciences. Those include English, History, Gender and Race Studies, Geology, Biology, American Studies, and Anthropology, among others.
  • There is no application deadline, but we start reviewing applications on December 1. 
  • For more information about the jobs or to apply, applicants can click here. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Cassandra Smith.

Crosstalk: Graduate Students of Color Reflect on Lessons Lived and Learned in the Academy: A CALL FOR ESSAY SUBMISSIONS for a special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color

  • Your voice, your experiences, and your insights are critical for a special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color focused on the experiences of graduate students of color learning, working, navigating, and matriculating in higher education. We seek a diversity of perspectives from marginalized and minoritized populations in the academy, including students currently in MA and Ph.D. programs as well as recent graduates across disciplines.
  • Submission Deadline: November 30, 2019. Click the link above to learn more about the special issue and to learn how to submit an essay.

CALL FOR PAPERS: What is the Human: Concepts and Controversies Binghamton University Comparative Literature Graduate Conference, April 17, 2020

  • In the wake of environmental catastrophe, developing knowledge on animal and artificial intelligences, and the living legacy of coloniality, we are once again faced with these eternally recurring questions: What is the human? What is beyond the human? What are the consequences of shifting conceptualizations of the human?
  • Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020
  • Click here for the CFP

The Texas State Historical Association will meet in Fort Worth in March 2021.

  • The program committee is soliciting proposals for panels (preferably) as well as individual papers on any topic in Texas history. Each panel should have either two papers and a commentator or three papers.
  • Anyone who hasn’t been on the TSHA program since 2018 is eligible to participate. 
  • The deadline is February 1.
  • Click the link above for the call for papers.

Want to make a difference? Join the DFW Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

  • The Chancellor’s office is currently recruiting graduate students to apply for the unique opportunity to represent TCU as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
  • If you are a graduate student and committed to creating and promoting change in the community, please attend one of the following info sessions: November 13 and December 3, 2019.
  • Both will occur at Noon in the Kelly Center (lunch provided). Graduate students will get an email for them to RSVP for the info session.
  • Applications are due by Friday, January 24, 2020. Visit or email 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.

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.

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.

Saturday, November 16th, Edu-Con Fort Worth 2019 hosted by Conference on the Education of Hispanics, 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 success of their efforts to grow student achievement is actualized.
  • Email CEH Co Chair, Brian Renteria, for more information

January 14th – May 19th, 2020, College of Constructive Hell-Raising, Dallas, Texas

  • The College for Constructive Hell-Raising is a semester-long, citizen-friendly seminar class designed to help DFW activists of all kinds think like organizers and approach their fights more strategically. Application deadline is December 15th. Click here to apply.


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

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