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CRES News Digest Vol. 5, Issue 4

Welcome to the CRES News Digest!
We are eager to spread any good news, perspectives, and events 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 Wednesday, October 7th.

In Solidarity,

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

CRES Fall Welcome

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 academic year, Horned Frogs! We’d love for you to meet and get to know our CRES faculty members, but COVID19 has made that complicated. So, instead, watch this video to get to know some of our Department’s faculty and why they think Ethnic Studies is a brilliant and vital field to consider selecting for your major/minor.

Click here to learn more about our degree programs.

We look forward to curating an academic and intellectual space for students to critically examine power, race, and indigeneity; learn about the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Native American, Black, Latinx and Caribbean, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab American, and other peoples of color; and explore collective efforts to foster justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion on and off campus. Have fantastic fall semester! #TCUCRES. #morethanamajor. #amovement.

CRES Spotlight

Congratulations to CRES-Affiliated Faculty Member Adam McKinney (Dance), recipient of the 2020 Chancellor’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. Watch his acceptance speech below.


Congratulations to CRES-Affiliated Faculty Member Melanie Harris (Religion), the New Interim Associate Dean of DEI for AddRan and SIS!


CRES Election Results Are In!

Please welcome the newest members of the CRES Executive Committee, who will be serving in the at-large positions:

Carmen Kynard (English; elected to a 3-year term through 2023)

Brandon Manning (English; elected to a 2-year term through 2022)


Big thanks to all our members who volunteered to stand for election and/or voted and also to the outgoing members of the CRES Executive Committee for their service: Ashley Edwards, Emily Farris, and Max Krochmal. And, if applicable, please be on the lookout for your committee assignment. Our relatively new and still evolving department literally could not function and grow without your involvement.

#SCHOLARSTRIKE Teach-Ins Draw Nearly 300 Participants

On September 8, 2020, CRES-Affiliated Faculty Members, Drs. Scott Kurashige, Frederick Gooding, Stacie McCormick and Brandon Manning sponsored and participated in teach-in events as part of the nationwide #ScholarStrike call for “a public teach-in about police brutality and violence in our communities from both historical and contemporary perspectives.” Nearly 300 people participated in three live events held on Zoom. Click the link above to see the TCU360 coverage.

Professor F. Gooding Featured On NBC-DFW News

CRES-Affiliated Faculty Member Frederick Gooding, Jr. (Honors) appeared on an NBC Channel 5 “Call for Change” Conversation with U.T. Arlington professor Dr. Frederick Engram, Jr. to discuss athletes demonstrating against police brutality and engaging in social justice activism. Click the link above to read the article. 

OP-ED: If They Care About Equity, Fort Worth Schools Must Extend Virtual Learning

by CRES-Affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Max Krochmal (History) on virtual learning in FWISD.

“As a scholar of race, a parent of Fort Worth ISD kids, a spouse of a school district educator, and a member of the district’s Racial Equity Committee, I remain very skeptical that schools can be reopened safely now or perhaps at any point this year. Much of the district staff’s planning has struck me as magical thinking, at best — or, in other moments, as outright lies.”


Latinx Heritage Month 2020 began on September 15th and we have more events in store. All of our events are virtual and all are welcome!  For more information, please contact Dr. Santiago Piñòn. Click on image below for full flyer.

CRES Conversations Are Back!

Given the fervor we saw during the #ScholarStrike Teach-ins, CRES will be bringing back CRES Conversations!

Police Abolition in Fort Worth
Thursday, October 8, 2020
7:00 – 8:30pm, Zoom

Our next installment will feature an interactive teach-in and Q&A with local grassroots organizations talking about their organizing work to address police violence in Fort Worth and broader Tarrant County. Featured guests include: Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), United Fort Worth, and Fort Worth Futures.

Zoom Link for CRES Conversation (10/8)

Seadrift: Refugees, Racism, and Reconciliation
October 20, 2020
5:00pm, Zoom

This installment of CRES Conversations will include a screening of Seadrift, a film about Refugees, Racism, and Reconciliation.

Join us for the online screening followed by an interactive conversation with Vietnamese American studies Professor Thao Ha. Click the link above for more information about the film. 

Zoom Link for Lecture and Conversation
Password: 548019

Description: Three decades ago, Seadrift, Texas, became the focus of national attention following the outbreak of racial conflict when refugees of the Vietnam War resettled in the coastal town. After a Vietnamese American fisherman shot and killed a white rival, a jury acquitted him for acting in self-defense. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupted into violence, a maelstrom of boat burnings, and a campaign by the KKK to drive Vietnamese Americans out of the small town. How does a community recover and heal after such a deep and violent rift? “Seadrift” examines this turbulent yet little-seen chapter of American history, and explores its consequences that continue to reverberate today. More info at:

Thao Ha is associate producer of Seadrift and professor of Sociology at MiraCosta College. She earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and has published in the areas of immigration and Vietnamese Americans in the South. [see photo attached]

Praise for Seadrift:

“Salient and universal… an insightful fable for our own troubling times.”
Chicago Reader


Best Historical Film, Dallas International Film Festival (2019)
Grand Jury Award, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2019)
2019 Texas Visionary Award Winner, Houston Film Critics Society (2019)

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye @ 50

A message from Stacie McCormick of The Bluest Eye @ 50 Committee

Dear All, it is my genuine pleasure to share with you a project that has been long in the making and hopefully an exciting opportunity for engagement with the TCU community, particularly the English Department, WGST, CRES, and the Mary Couts Burnett Library.

I, in partnership with Sarah Robbins, Fran Huckaby, Curt Rode, Ammie Harrison and a group of phenomenal students, worked together to create the website It is an interactive website that captures our original goal of holding an on-campus symposium marking the 50th anniversary since the publication of Toni Morrison’s ground-shifting novel The Bluest Eye. When COVID-19 sent us into our homes, we put our heads together to see how we could still bring to fruition the work we began in 2018. This website is the result. We encourage you to tour it, contribute to it if you feel compelled, and share it with your units.

In tandem, we hope that you share with your respective units the corresponding virtual symposium taking place on Saturday, October 10. There will be a teaching panel at 10:00 am with some wonderful panelists including those from our community and at 2:00 pm there will be a research panel featuring a collective of Black literature scholars from the DFW area. We feel this would be a great opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage in a community event give our limited means to provide those. We encourage to you incentivize participation among your students in whatever ways you deem fit.

Click on the image above for full flyer and for registration information.

COVID-19 Update

To stay informed on COVID-19 cases at TCU visit the new COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard includes daily cases and total cases for a better understanding of trends, in addition to current active cases.

Positive cases of COVID-19 increased during the first week of school. Be sure you are following all TCU COVID-19 guidelines including wearing a mask while on campus, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding any large gatherings off-campus.

For information on changes due to COVID19, please check out the TCU COVID19 Student Resources webpage.

Additionally, if you need to visit the CRES offices, please first make an appointment with CRES Administrative Assistant Toni Taylor by email or call the office at 817-257-4144

Campus Virtual Events

“Latinxs in La Migra: Why They Join and Why it Matters” Featuring David Cortez, Ph.D.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Please join us via zoom:

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Black Power Afterlives: From the Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6:00 – 7:30pm

In this online teach-in, Emory Douglas, Mary Hooks, Yoel Haile, and Diane Fujino discuss the enduring impact of the Black Panther Party on today’s movements. Click the link above for more information or RSVP here.

Hamilton: The Fun and Finesse of Hip Hop and History with Ashley Parks
September 30, 2020
6 pm

The TCU English Department presents a new series called “What’s Poppin’? Rhetoric, Literature, and Contemporary Pop Culture.” This series is designed to create a space for students to engage with each other and faculty through the intersections of pop culture phenoms and the many facets of literature and rhetorical practice.


Netflix Screening: Gentefied
Friday, October 2, 2020

Please join us in watching the first two episodes of the Netflix series, Gentefied with a panel discussion of both episodes by members of the United Latino Association, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, and Chi Upsilon Sigma. Click the link above for more information.

Please join us via zoom:

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Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer: A Graphic Adaptation of Frankenstein for the Black Lives Matter Era with Dr. Anne Frey and Dr. Brandon Manning
October 7, 2020
6 pm

CRES students and faculty are invited to join the English Department for fun, informal, and academically enriching discussions of pop culture this semester. Full descriptions of each week’s discussion topic and Zoom link information can be found on the English Department’s events calendar.


“Nuestras Familias: The Source of Our Resilience”
Featuring María Del Socorro Castañeda, Ph.D.
Monday, October 5, 2020

Please join us via zoom:


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Teens in Cinema: WGST Film Series

What makes a film a “teen movie?” Are movies about teens the same as teen movies? And what is a “teen,” for that matter? Come watch classic and new films and examine the genre through the lens of gender, race, sexuality, and class. We’ll discuss the invention of the teenager and its relation to film. Click on the flyer for more details. 




On behalf of Muriel Cormican, Professor of German and Chair

You are invited to the WoW (Worlds of Words), Modern Language Studies’ second series celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity–virtual this term though. The series includes speakers from departments across the college and university, both faculty and students. Please join us as possible, and please share information about the events with students. Our goal is to emphasize plurilingualism (English included) and transnational trends and relationships, so no previous experience with non-English languages is required. All are welcome. Click the image for full flyer.
Diversity Day Conference
Thursday, October 1, 2020


Featuring CRES Affiliated Professors:

Brandon Manning
Stacie McCormick
Jacque Lambiase

The theme recognizes the need to reflect on our past and appreciate the complex ways our lives intersect so that we can build a new movement focused on personal and systemic change. Click on the image for full flyer. 

Engaged Faculty Webinar
Friday, October 9, 2020 and Friday, October 30, 2020
2 – 3pm

“Beyond the Semester: Using Open Pedagogy to Make Learning Have a Lasting Impact” Facilitated by Lance Eaton, Berkman Klein Center For Internet and Society at Harvard University

Click the flyer for more information.


SIS Monthly Hangouts
Friday, October 9, 2020 and Friday, November 13, 2020
Noon – 1pm

Join SIS Faculty/Staff and Experts for a casual chat. Click the flyer for more information. 


Friday Focus talk and Q&A: Exercise as a Social Justice Issue with Dr. Alicia Smith-Tran
Friday, October 9, 2020
3:00 – 4pm

Online via Zoom: Meeting ID 991 4923 1256

Dr. Smith-Tran is Assistant Professor of Sociology at TCU. For more information about her work, click here.

For more information, including Zoom meeting info, please contact Dr. Dave Aftandilian at

Community Virtual Events

City of Fort Worth – Celebrate Hispanic identities, art and heritage with special online events and community programs this Hispanic Heritage Month, Click here for more details.

Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. – Children’s Story Time (Spanish)
Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. – Manualidades Para Todos (Spanish)
Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. – “As I Walk Through the Valley” film and discussion
Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. – Pre-K Story Time (English/Spanish)
Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. – Ofrendas for Dia de los Muertos (English/Spanish)
Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. – Manualidades Para Todos (Spanish)
Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. – Writing Workshop with Tammy Gomez
Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. – Fort Worth Lotería!
Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. – Third Thursday Jazz with José Aponte

Tarrant County College – Protests in American History Webinar Series
Various Days throughout Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Click the flyer for more dates and for link to attend.

Opportunity for CRES Students

Fort Worth Fellows is a unique, cohort-based program in which students learn about the social issues impacting Fort Worth, examine strategies to promote social justice,  connect with non-profit organizations, community and city leaders, and contribute to social change through advocacy and service. To learn more and apply, click HERE.



The Black Doctoral Network welcomes current undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars of all racial backgrounds to participate in their online poster session at the 8th Annual Black Doctoral Network Virtual Conference, to be held on October 29-31, 2020. If you have a research project, thesis, or dissertation you would like to present as a poster at a professional conference, the poster session is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive constructive feedback from scholars ina friendly and engaging environment. For more information and to submit an abstract click here. Click on the image for the full flyer. 

Opportunity for CRES Graduate Students

Hello RECC crew (and potential new members),

Welcome back, and for new potential folxs—welcome to the collective! RECC stands for Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Collective. We are a group of graduate students and faculty members across the University that recognize that the study of race, ethnicity, and culture are not only central to producing rigorous scholarship but is also necessary for us to figure out how to be better change agents.

RECC invites you to The Clearing: A Virtual Graduate Student Check-In on September 29th at 7pm. Interested faculty members are more than welcome to come, but it is important to note that we will be centering graduate students in this low-stakes space. This is a space for everyone to meet and fellowship—purely social. It is a welcome back of sorts, but one that recognizes the moment we are living in. While this space is going to be completely organic, we would love to hear how people are tending to themselves—where do they find joy, possible forms of resistance and protest, as well as mental health suggestions and/or spaces. We’d also like to hear what you’re reading or, if you’re like me, what you’re adding to your reading list. If you have any questions please email me at: We hope to see you all there. Click the link above for zoom information. 

Diversity in Research Prize for AddRan Graduate Students

The Diversity in Research Prize recognizes one graduate student for excellence in research or creative activity that advances our understanding of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This might include topics dealing with race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity, class, disability, or any other underrepresented group. It might also include research that brings together academic institutions and community organizations to address pressing social issues such as health and education disparities, homelessness, and migration. Click the link above for more information.

Job Opportunities for CRES Graduate Students

African American Studies:

Santa Clara University

UC Davis

Williams College


Latinx Studies

Williams College

Cal State Long Beach (Latinx Political Economy)

Cal State Long Beach (Latinx Rhetoric and Composition)

Asian American Studies

Rice University

Indigenous Studies

Swathmore College

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

UC Berkeley

Calls For Papers

NACCS Tejas Foco 2021 Regional Conference
Generaciones: Commonalities and Differences over the Generations
February 19-20, 2021
Conference to be Hosted Virtually by Tarrant County College – Northeast Campus

The 2021 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies–Tejas Foco conference is an interdisciplinary conference. We invite submissions that offer analysis into past, current, and future generational differences and how these changes reflect ideas of resistance and redefinitions of self and community. Click the link above for more information including how to submit proposals.

Internal Funding Opportunity

The TCU Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund will grant up to $2500 for creative programs that foster collaborative partnerships and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion across all dimensions of identity.

The Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund was established to support new initiatives and strengthen existing initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. This fund supports TCU’s strategic priority to build university experiences for students, faculty, and staff to focus on inclusive programming and educational opportunities.

Applications are open to students, registered student clubs and organizations, faculty, and staff. Funding will be used for new initiatives or support existing programs that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. New initiatives that include collaborative proposals will be favorably considered. Although there is no due date, applications will be reviewed when received, and funding will be distributed until exhausted.

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