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CRES News Digest Vol. 4 Issue 3

February 25th – March 10th

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the CRES News Digest!
We are eager to spread any good news that our students, faculty, or staff 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, March 6th.

In Solidarity,

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

CRES Spotlight

Dear colleagues,

A number of TCU faculty and staff, including myself, have penned a letter to our administration and campus-at-large about the need for transformative change at TCU, given recent events and on-going racial and gender inequities here. Please view the letter at this link, and if so inclined, consider adding your name to the count. Please share with any faculty or staff in your college/departments/office, who you believe would be in support of our call to action.


Jane Mantey, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies


Friendly reminder that the next presidential primary election for Texas occurs on SUPER TUESDAY (March 3, 2020).

To find your polling place, please visit the Tarrant County Election webpage.

Not registered to vote yet? It’s okay; although you can’t vote in the primary election, you can still register to vote in the presidential general election on November 3, 2020. To register to vote, please visit the Tarrant County Voter Information webpage.

CRES Recommended Reads

Hiring a Chief Diversity Officer Won’t Fix Your Racist Company Culture

Continuing the dialogue on racial equity and culture change within organizations and institutions, here is a great article from Nadia Owusu, author and Associate Director at Living Cities, an economic racial justice organization, on the hard-learned lessons she has gathered from her own experiences as a Chief Diversity Officer (CDOs) and the experiences of other CDOs of color.

Racial equity requires ongoing, daily practice and commitment from all employees, especially those at the top. This is what many company leaders who hire a CDO fail to understand or internalize—that they, like my friend Sandra’s bosses, are looking for someone like a CDO to solve their company’s racism problem. They can’t see that they themselves are part of the problem; that they and only they have the power to reverse the harm being done; that changing their organization requires them to first change their own behavior, challenge their own biases, listen and do the work even when it is not easy or convenient or comfortable. And while they persist in their denial and dodge their responsibility, people of color within their companies continue to pay a professional and emotional toll that is far too high.” – Nadia Owusu

CRES News and Events

Wednesday, February 26th
SWR LH1, 7:30 – 9pm

Malik Yakini will share the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network as a model of community self-determination and resistance in a city plagued by intentional disinvestment, compromised democracy and the concentration of land ownership in the hands of a few. He will also discuss the impact of the system of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism on the movement for food justice and sovereignty. Click the link above for more information and to register on EventBrite. 

Friday, February 28th
Rickel 164, 6 – 7:30pm

A place for students of color to gather and express themselves freely; grounded in love of self and others. Come have some elote en vaso and cochinadas! Click the link above to see the full flyer. 


Thursday, March 19th
SCHAR 3004, 5pm

Open to anyone who wants to read, listen, and share. Sponsored by the Department of English, The Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Department of Modern Languages, and the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. Click the link above for full flyer and more dates. 


Monday, March 30th
BLUU Auditorium, 4:30pm

You are invited to the showing of the PBS film, Changing the Faces Medicine with a facilitated panel discussion from women featured in the “Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine” book. Director Crystal Emery will Skype in before the panel discussion. We are also honored that the panel will feature at least two (2) Physicians from the film–to include Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first African-American Kidney Transplant Surgeon, and Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee , the first African-American female Medical School Dean. Click the link above for full flyer.

image of Dr. Sarah RobbinsFrom Dr. Sarah Robbins, Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature and CRES Core Member:

CRES Colleagues,

With our department and its academic and civic activities beginning to assure, here are several upcoming opportunities for faculty and graduate to consider, both for our own professional growth and to enhance the visibility and reach of TCU’s CRES:

  • The American Studies Association (ASA) has several national-level committees whose goals and activities align with CRES. Self-nominations are welcome. The executive council of ASA makes selections of new committee members every spring. Go HERE online at the ASA website for information about each committee’s work and about how to express interest.
    • Deadline for nominations or applications for the various committees is April 1. Directions for submitting materials for consideration appear HERE.
  • TCU now has a membership in Imagining America (IA).
    • For our grad students, the PAGE program offers great national networking, including support for attending the national conference and opportunities to have writing about public humanities work published.
    • For faculty, staff and students involved with CRES: IA sponsors and supports a number of initiatives consistent with CRES’s vision. Go HERE online to explore. Also, you can sign up for IA’s monthly digital newsletter, which will keep you informed about additional opportunities, such as the fall conference, where artists and public humanities scholars share their projects and learn from each other. Go HERE to see samples of the creative format and content from the October 2019 national gathering.

Campus News and Events

In support of Jane Doe #1. To contribute: Venmo $10 to @J4JD-20 with your shirt size. Proceeds will help Jane Doe pay for legeal fees, hotel expenses, groceries, etc.

Click on the image for full flyer.



Wednesday, February 26th and Friday February 28th


You are invited to visit the upcoming exhibition featuring new work by French artist Raphaël Barontini at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. The exhibition opens next Friday, February 28that 6 pm with a celebratory parade of Cowboys of Color who will ride through the center of campus, from Moudy North Building to Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. The Cowboys will be wearing apparel designed by the artist which will become part of the exhibition, after the parade. I’m attaching more information about the exhibition, along with a poster. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues and students.

Raphaël Barontini Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 26th, 1 – 2pm in Moudy North, 224. Click the link above for full flyer. 
Wednesday, February 26th
SWR LH2, 7pm

The Middle East Studies Program at TCU invites you to a one-night only performance of To Be Honest: Voices on Islam From an American City.  This is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Register for tickets here. Click the link above for full flyer. 


Tuesday, March 3rd
BLUU Ballroom, 4 – 5:30pm
Sponsored by the Faculty Senate’s Academic Excellence Committee, we invite all faculty and staff who want to support students who experience any form of mental health issues in the classroom. The event will feature an overview, a panel of faculty & experts, along with audience participation. Light refreshments will be served. Click the link above for more information.
Sidney Thompson is the author of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, an historical novel about the legendary African-American lawman Bass Reeves, who was the inspiration for the folk hero the Lone Ranger. Click the link above for more information. 

Tuesday, March 24th
RJH 107 and RJH Atrium, 4 – 6pm
At this event, we will revisit the legacy of suffrage movement history and hear from student researchers who investigated the intersectional activist efforts of Black, Latinx, and white women in Texas, as part of their work in WGST 50103: Feminist Inquiry. Click the link above for full flyer. 

Saturday, March 28th
BLUU Ballroom, 7pm
Amazing Vietnam is an annual show held by VSA to promote the Vietnamese culture. The show features Vietnamese literature and traditional dances. The Amazing Vietnam 2020 cultural show is called Instar, which is about women empowerment. Instar is a developmental stage of an insect larva when it amazingly transforms into a butterfly. This year, we aspire to bring on stage three famous Vietnamese pieces of literature, The Tale of Kieu, Mr. and Mrs. A Phu, and When the Light is Out. These pieces are all too familiar to the Vietnamese people in terms of portraying the strength and beauty of Vietnamese women in history. Click the image for full flyer and the link above to register.

Thursday and Friday, April 2nd and 3rd

All undergraduates with majors or minors in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts are invited to submit a proposal to present original work. Students can choose to present their work orally as traditional academic presentations, readings of their poetry or prose, or presentations of their projects as displayed posters. There is also a paper contest and Middle East Studies competition. For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the AddRan Festival website linked above.

$2500 in prizes!

Proposals due March 18, 2020


The Native and Indigenous Student Association (NISA) seeks to 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. NISA has a number of events planned this semester. For any questions about the association or regarding the events below contact Scott Langston





Community Events

Saturday, March 21st
FWISD Third Annual Racial Equity Summitt
Texas Wesleyan University, 8:30am

Fort Worth ISD invites you to engage in conversations and learn how our differences are not a source of discord or division – but a source of strength and recognition. Click the link above for full flyer.
Click here to register to attend the event or volunteer. If you are interested in presenting contact Barbara Grover, FWISD Equity & Excellence Coordinator.

Job, Institute, and Internship Opportunities

The College of Arts and Sciences of Our Lady of the Lake University seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor for its History Program to begin in the fall of 2020. History is a cutting-edge, vigorous program that plays a central role in the ongoing flourishing of the University’s liberal arts intellectual tradition. Housed in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, it offers BA degrees in (1) History with a concentration in Integrated Digital and Public History; (2) History with Grades 7-12 Certification, and (3) Social Studies with a concentration in History. The History Program also offers a minor and serves the University by offering distribution requirements in its general-education program. The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of OLLU, to effective teaching, and to enhancing the program.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Are you a senior or recent graduate who is concerned about workers’ justice and women’s issues?

Are you an activist who is interested in trying out a job in the workers’ rights movement, but not sure where to start?

Apply to be a 2020 WILL Empower (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) apprentice!

The apprenticeship program is a paid opportunity for recent college graduates and rank-and-file activists to explore what it’s like to work for the labor and workers’ justice movement, and to gain the skills and knowledge you need to begin making a difference.

WILL Empower apprentices work for 3-12 months with unions and worker organizations across the nation. The WILL Empower apprentices may work in a variety of capacities, including organizing, research, communications, politics, mobilization, and policy. Pay starts at $15 an hour.

Consider applying to be a 2020 WILL Empower apprentice. Applications are now open, and are due April 15, 2020. Apprentices will begin work in September 2020. Find out more here.

Voces Oral History Research Summer Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, June 8-12, 2020

Faculty and graduate students interested in launching their oral history work, or refining their approach to oral history, are invited to apply to this week-long summer training. Led by two professors who have developed several oral history projects, the summer institute will include guest lectures from archivists, equipment experts, and others. Instruction covers publishing academic work using oral history as a primary methodology and teaching oral history at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Application deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020
Cost: $750 (no scholarships available)
Reduced rate housing available to participants.
For application requirements, go
For more information:

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Are you interested in gaining organizing experience and helping build a national moral movement to transform our nation?

  • The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted moral narrative of christian nationalism. The PPC was launched with 40 days of action in Spring 2018 with an historic 6 weeks of nonviolent moral fusion direct action in over 35 states across the country.
  • The PPC engages in moral fusion organizing, building across lines of difference, including race, geography, age, religion, ability, and more. The current phase of organizing focused on shifting the national narrative and building power among poor and directly impacted communities by broadening and deepening our base, registering people for a movement that votes, and mobilizing toward a Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020. We are fighting for systemic change through a Moral Agenda.
  • The Student Moral Fusion Organizing Fellowship is a four-month, part-time organizing fellowship. After a three-day training in Washington, DC March 6-8, students work with an organizing mentor in their state to engage their peers in the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington. Dedicating ten-hours per month to the project, organizing fellows gain experience as an organizer including in recruitment, relationship building, leadership development, and fundraising.

Social Justice Summer internship sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Harvard University

  • The Union Scholars Program is a joint program between AFSCME and Harvard University.  AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is one of the largest labor unions, fighting for workers’ rights, fighting against privatization, and fighting for equality.  AFSCME represents over 1.4 million public service workers.  We all have a family member who is: a child care provider, nurse, sanitation worker, emergency medical technician-these are all public service jobs that we fight to protect and provide every day.
  • The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship where students get a chance to gain hands-on organizing experience with our members.  Students get a glimpse of what it’s like to be part of and even work for a labor union.  Students will talk to workers about gaining a voice on the job, fair wages and benefits, and building power in the workplace. Look at what previous participants have said about the program here.

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

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