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Doing Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in a Neoliberal Age

Doing Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in a Neoliberal Age

June 6-7, 2014

Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206

Event Info

Recognizing that the institutionalization of CRES is both an exciting moment and a reminder of the work we must keep showing up for, we ask:

• How can we foster creative ways to keep activist and academic knowledges in conversation?
• How can scholarly activity be held accountable to social justice struggles?
• How can we build and strengthen ties across institutional and organizational walls?

The context of this moment of institutionalization is the neoliberal erosion of public education and the casualization of all forms of academic labor that have transformed education into a privileged commodity available only to a few and rendered education a site of labor precariousness. At UC Santa Cruz, recent student experiences with the literal “campus to jail busline” attest to these neoliberal processes. Aimed at fostering critical dialogue about doing critical race work in this historical moment, this symposium brings together community organizers and social justice activists with campus organizers, students, staff, and faculty from regional community colleges, state colleges, and universities to examine militarization, post-9/11 terror-baiting, and the criminalization of racialized bodies as the effects of neoliberal policies that cut across campus and community boundaries.

Welcome Presentation: Jasmine Syedullah CRES Symposium 6.6.14

Event Program

Friday, June 6
4:00 PM: Welcome and Coffee Sandra Harvey (CRES Student Working Group)
4:05 PM: Blessing by Corrina Gould (Indian People Organizing for Change)
4:20 PM: State of CRES and Reportback on Critical Ethnic Studies Conference by Jasmine Syedullah (CRES Student Working Group)
4:30-6:30 PM: Discussion I: The Prison Industrial Complex & the Public University
Facilitator: Gina Dent (Feminist Studies)
Participants: Sadie Reynolds (Sociology, Cabrillo College), OT Quintero (Barrios Unidos), Misty Rojo (Justice Now), Tash Nguyen* (Sin Barras), Ivan Medina (IGNITE)

Saturday, June 7
9:30 AM: Welcome and Coffee William Ladusaw (Dean of Humanities)
10:00-12:00 PM: Discussion II: Militarization, Criminalization, and Racial and Gender Violence
Facilitator: Christine Hong (Literature)
Participants: Lara Kiswani (Arab Resource & Organizing Center), Sami Abed (Resource Center for Non-Violence), Boian-Christoph Boianov (Committee for Justice in Palestine), Tierney Yates (Black Unity Group, San Jose State), Isa Noyola and Marcia Ochoa (El/La Para Translatinas), Monica Jones (Sex Worker Outreach Program Phoenix)
12:00-1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30-3:30 PM: Discussion III: Political Education and Activist Knowledges
Facilitator: Cindy Cruz (Education)
Participants: Nancy Kim (Asian American & Pacific Islander Resource Center and Ethnic Resource Centers), Carolyn Dunn (American Indian Resource Center), Corrina Gould (Indian People Organizing for Change), Xamuel Banales (Ethnic Studies, Northern Arizona University), Shaila Ramos, David Padilla, Mayra Chavez, Marjory Ruiz (Students Informing Now), Michael James (Popular Education 2.0)
3:30 PM: Coffee Break
4:00-5:30 PM: Closing Discussion: Envisioning CRES on Campus and Beyond
Facilitators: Marcia Ochoa (Feminist Studies) and Jessica Whatcott (CRES Student Working Group)
6:00-7:00 PM: Closing reception with light food and refreshments

Sponsors & Acknowledgements
Presented by the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Research Cluster, with generous support from the Division of Humanities; Graduate Student Association; UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; UC Center for New Racial Studies; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Stevenson College; and the Departments of American Studies, History, Literature, and Politics.

Poster Art: LA PROMESA DE LOMA PRIETA: QUE NO SE REPITA LA HISTORIA (THE PROMISE OF LOMA PRIETA: THAT HISTORY NOT REPEAT ITSELF), the University of California at Santa Cruz, Oakes College Mural, by Juana Alicia ©1992. All rights reserved. Photo by Aleixo Goncalves.

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