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CRES News Digest Vol. 3, Issue 7

December 3rd – December 17th

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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, December 13th.

In Solidarity,

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


NISA Response to Presidential Proclamation on National American History and Founders Month, November 2019

In keeping with a tradition established by President George H.W. Bush, American presidents have since the 1990s designated the month of November as a time to honor Native Americans and celebrate their diverse cultures and histories. The current U.S. President has followed this practice, but has also proclaimed November as National American History and Founders Month.

We, the members of TCU’s Native and Indigenous Student Association (NISA) . . . read more here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Essential Competency Committee

Attention CRES Faculty and Affiliated Faculty:

On Thursday, December 5th at 3:30 pm the Faculty Senate will present and vote on the DEI essential competency implementation plan. Please make all efforts to attend this vital meeting.

Image result for fred rouse fort worthTeach-In: Fred Rouse, Local Legacies of Lynching, and Community Healing

Join Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice (TCCPJ) to learn about our shared history of lynching in Fort Worth and how you can help us memorialize and reconcile this history to bring an end to violence against people of color today. The TCCPJ is collaborating with Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, who are behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL, to bring a lynching memorial and a new creative + community space for people of color to Fort Worth.

To RSVP: Click HERE.

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:

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, December 5th
RJH 107, 6:00pm

On behalf of Prof. Adam McKinney (School for Classical & Contemporary Dance) and the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, you are invited to a teach-in on the lynching of Fred Rouse (d. 12/11/1921, Fort Worth, TX).

This presentation is in preparation of a citywide remembrance soil collection ceremony at the site of the lynching to which you are also invited. Wednesday, December 11, 5:15pm at 1000 NE 12th St., Fort Worth.

Please refer questions to Prof. McKinney at


Thursday, December 5th
United Fort Worth Justice Center, 7:30pm

Professor A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at Penn State University, will be in Fort Worth to promote his new book, Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City. See the link or press kit for more info.

Dr. Sandoval-Strausz is a leader in the emerging field of U.S. Latinx urban history. He is author of a foundational article in the Journal of American History and has recently written about the book in the Washington Post. The text has already been reviewed in Slate and elsewhere. He is also a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.

His book talk will be co-sponsored by United Fort Worth, ICE Out of Tarrant, and CRES/Latinx Studies at TCU. Click here for more information including address of event.

Tuesday, December 10th
CRES Capstone Students’ Poster Presentations
RJH Atrium, 2pm – 3:20pm
Students will present posters featuring their works-in-progress on the topics of immigration, the history of CRES/Ethnic Studies, food justice, and Nigerian/African American relations across generations. They will give brief talks and answer questions from passers-by. It’s come and go event. Please come support the work of our first soon-to-graduate CRES majors.

Other Campus Events

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.

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Monday, December 9th
SCHAR 3004, 3:30pm

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

Monday, December 9th
International Human Rights Day (Observance)
RJH 351, Incubator Lab, 7:00 PM
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, PNG. He has recently escaped to New Zealand but his future remains uncertain. His book, No Friend But The Mountains, is the result of Dr. Omid Tofighian translating Boochani’s texts tapped out on a mobile phone from inside jail over several years! Come meet Dr. Tofighian and listen to this vivid portrait through over six years of incarceration and exile.

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.




The Department of Social Work is collecting feminine hygiene products to donate to the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Click on the image to view the flyer and to learn how to help.







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 News and Events

An important message from our community partner, Jolt:

Put some RESPECT on our name. 

The future is female, and she is a Latina. It’s undeniable. 

Our country’s democracy is changing for the better because Latinas are demanding EQUAL pay and RESPECT. Our recent We Are Texas study found that Latina women have higher rates of voter registration than their male Latino counterparts. 

At Jolt, we understand the importance of Latinas in the workplace and in our democracy. We proudly share with you that our organization is run by women.

  • 13 out of 15 full-time staff members are women; of these 13 women, 11 are Latinas.
  • 7 out of 13 Jolt board members are women.
  • 23 out of 26 Jolt student chapter presidents are women.
  • 75% of the people who have signed up for our leadership institute are women.
  • All of Jolt’s voter registration managers are women.
  • 3 out of our 5 artists in residence fellows are women.

What does this mean? Latinas “were born to flex (YES)!” 
Thank you Cardi B.

Women and LATINAS are making this country a better place for EVERYONE. By supporting Jolt today, you are showing your commitment to Latinas and our democracy.

Big shout out to the AMAZING women and Latinas that participated in this video, run Jolt, our halls of government, taking over the music industry, and speaking up EVERY SINGLE DAY with their words, talents, and persistence to make this country a better place for themselves, their families, and communities. 

Join us in demanding EQUAL pay, EQUAL opportunities, and an EQUAL voice for Latinas in Texas and nationwide.

For more information on Jolt, click here.

Check out our newly released video and RT it to help us raise awareness of #LatinaEqualPayDay

Saturday, December 7th
Freedom to Play? Fort Worth City Parks during Jim Crow
Fort Worth Public Library, Downtown, 10:30am – 12pm

The City of Fort Worth created the Park Commission in 1909. Part of its mission called to improve and expand city parks for citizens’ well-being. Join us for Jennifer Brancato’s discussion on how the Park Board and the Recreation Board executed this mission and shaped public outdoor spaces for African Americans during the era of “separate but equal.

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.

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.

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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