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CRES News Digest, Vol 1, Issue 2

September 25th – October 8th

Welcome Message

Welcome to the second issue of the CRES News Digest. The News Digest is available every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. If you want your event or news to appear in our News Digest, email Cecilia Hill for consideration.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 25
Sex Worker’s Rights and the Discourse of Sexual Violence with Bella Robinson
5:00pm, Winton Scott Hall, Room 217

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Monday, October 1
TCU’s Third Annual Native American and Indigenous People’s Day Symposium

Cultural Encounter 1: Professor Tapahonso will have a poetry reading and book signing from 5-6:30 PM in the BLUU Auditorium. Open to the campus and the public.

Cultural Encounter 2: Supaman will give a concert and dance from 7:30-9:30 PM in the BLUU Ballroom (doors open at 7 PM). Open to the campus and the public.

Click here for a detailed list of all the day’s events.

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Monday, October 1
Sisterhood Practices: Indigenous Women in the Academy
3:30pm – 4:30, MOUS 320

Dr. Heather J. Shotton’s, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at University of Oklahoma, work combines the use of visual and oral narratives to tell the stories and broaden our understanding of Indigenous women and their experiences as scholars in colonized academic institutions.

Indigenous scholar sisterhood practices are ways of living the implications of academic research. By reclaiming academic spaces through collective sisterhood, indigenous women empower themselves as scholars to survive academia and serve their communities.

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Thursday, October 4
Pan Africanism, Belonging, and Black Futures: A Public Lecture with Michelle Commander
6:00pm, Moudy South Room 320

In this talk, Michelle Commander will discuss portions of her book Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic (Duke UP, 2017) as well as contemporary cultural examples to explore questions about the continuous return in African diasporic discourse to the topic of Pan-Africanism.

Friday, October 5 
Researching Race and Ethnic Studies: A Conversation with Michelle Commander
12:00 pm, Rees Jones Hall, Incubator Lab

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Tuesday, October 9 and October 23
Sessions for the DNAWORKS Residency at TCU for Fall 2018
Click here to apply.

Join DNAWORKS for an interactive workshop that encourages productive and honest dialogue about key issues of identity, equity, access, representation, and the language that surrounds them. The process moves from open and courageous conversation into identifying personal and community-wide action steps. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Limited space.

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Sunday, October 14 – Tuesday October 16
Addressing Sexual Violence in Fort Worth: Fall Break Service Trip with WGST

Learn more about local resources and opportunities to get involved in local anti-violence efforts. We will tour facilities, meet with staff, and volunteer at: One Safe Place, Safe Haven, The District Attorney’s Office, and Women’s Center of Tarrant County. Please RSVP at WGST@TCU.EDU.

Monday, October 15
Native American Peoples Monument Dedication
10:00am, between Reed and Jarvis Hall

Placed between Reed and Jarvis halls, a monument was set which respects and honors the Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral homelands TCU now sits. This monument, set in stone for all to see, will be formally dedicated on 15 October, at 10am. To RSVP for the dedication, please email Dr. Scott Langston.



Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18
HaMapah/The Map: A Multi-Media Genealogical Dance Journey
7:30pm, Erma Lowe Hall Studio Theater

HaMapah/The Map traces the intersectional histories of DNAWORKS Co-Director, dancer, and TCU Assistant Professor of Dance Adam McKinney’s African, Jewish, and Native American heritages. The piece, which weaves contemporary dance with archival footage, personal interviews, and American and Yiddish songs, explores connections to identity, culture, heritage, and community. Click image for flyer.

Monday, October 22 
The Hunting Ground Screening and Discussion
6:00pm, BLUU Ballroom

Now more than ever, we need to break the stigma & silencing around campus sexual assault. Schools need to believe survivors and hold abusers accountable. Our film raises awareness and helps frame the discussion on building a safer campus.

Thursday, October 25
Community Dialogue Dinner: #MeToo
6:00pm, Market Square Private Dinning
Space is limited RSVP: WGST@TCU.EDU

Student Sponsored Events

Monday, October 1
Black & Brown Unity: The Importance of Voting hosted by Lambda Theta Phi
Sid Rich Lecture Hall 3

Panel event discussing political activism and community engagement featuring:
State Rep, Ramon Romero
Omar Suleiman – Activist
Karen Quintero – Joit
Dante Williams – NAACP

Bring your driver’s license! Voter registration will be provided!

Community Events

Thursday, September 13 through September 30
An Octoroon, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Stage West, Fort Worth
Click here for ticket information.

“The Obie Award-winning play, ‘An Octoroon’ – getting its area premiere from Stage West – is an audacious, satiric riff on racial disguise and identity, mask and mockery from African-American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. It’s a play-within-a-play, a comic provocation about the play-acting that has made up so much of black and white history in America.”

~Jerome Weeks



Monday, October 15
Artes de la Rosa & Sound Culture Present: Palabrazos
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Rose Marine Theatre

The PALABRAZOS open mic for poetry, spoken word, and experimental performance takes place on the 3rd Monday of each month. $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.Refreshments/drinks also available. For more info: 817.624.8333 (Artes de la Rosa office).

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the TCU Student Foundation
Apply on a rotating basis. Click here to read the membership policies:

As the TCU Student Foundation is in charge of leading tours throughout campus, including Rees-Jones Hall, we would like more of our CRES students involved in leading campus tours.

Student Foundation members have the following responsibilities:

    • Serve as student hosts at alumni events
    • Thank TCU donors with a phone call
    • Assist with class gift efforts
    • Assist with Athletic Recruiting

Saturday, October 20
Fort Worth BookFest
TCC Trinity River Campus, Downtown, Fort Worth
Click here for volunteer information.

With Fort Worth Library and Human Relations Commission, GROW , and other partners, we present this celebration of the transformative power of literacy. Showcasing the cultures of Fort Worth and the southwest region with activities for the entire family.

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Fellowships and Job Opportunities

We are excited to offer our first Tenure Track positions in African American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies. These also happen to be the first Tenure Track positions in a Department of Ethnic Studies in the state of Texas.

We will be selecting candidates at both the Assistant and Associate Level, but have not pre-determined which subject area will be hired under which level.

Search the keyword CRES at the link below for more information.

Click here for job information.



Media Coverage

The CRES team has been awarded a FWISD contract to create a K-12 Latina/o Studies overlay in the district-wide social studies curriculum. This includes the Latino American Studies course and will impact up to 86,000 students.

See below for the associated media:

Dr. Max Krochmal on Texas Standard Radio discusses the Latina/o Studies overlay that the TCU CRES team will complete this year.

Dr. David Colon, CRES Executive Committee member and professor was interviewed by NBC DFW news regarding the overlay curriculum.

Students from My Brother’s Keeper FWISD and Orlando Lara, CRES Associate Director spoke at the State Board of Education public hearing:

“Students to Texas: ‘We are trying to fight for the truth and the honest history’”

CRES Latina/o American Studies Curriculum overlay contract with FWISD is highlighted in the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

“There is a national push for Latino studies. Fort Worth schools are leading the way.”


Conferences and Calls for Papers

2019 Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings Conference and Call for Papers: Deadline for submission is Monday, October 1 by 5:00pm

From eleven40seven TCU Journal of the Arts:

All TCU undergraduates in all majors are eligible to submit their creative work. We accept work in all creative media for consideration of publication in our semester print issue or on our website. Deadline is midnight, October 5th.

More information can be found here or here

February 11-16, 2019, National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates national conference, Dallas Texas,

For information about registration and submission of papers for both the conference and the research competition (cash prizes) visit the NAAAS website. Abstracts due November 10th!


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