February 25th – March 10th
Cecilia Hill, CRES Graduate Assistant
Dr. Jane Mantey, Associate Director of CRES
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Dr. Sarah Robbins, Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature and CRES Core Member:
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
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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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 21st
FWISD Third Annual Racial Equity Summitt
Texas Wesleyan University, 8:30am
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.
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.
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 to: Vocessummerinstitute.org
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.