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"Doing Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in a Neoliberal Age" Symposium

June 6, 2014 - June 7, 2014  |  Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206


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This spring bears the fruit of many years of student activism at UC Santa Cruz, namely, the inauguration of a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) program dedicated to studying the ideological formations and institutional productions of race and ethnicity. 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.

Please join us June 6-7 at UC Santa Cruz to strengthen the bonds of solidarity, combine our knowledges, and build coalitions around interconnected struggles.

Free and open to the public.

Note, event has been moved to the Humanities Lecture Hall.
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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

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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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Parking permits are required seven days a week in the lots located closest to Humanities (Cowell/Stevenson parking lots 107, 109, and 110). One-day visitor permits may be purchased from the parking attendants in the lot (during the first hour of the event) or at the main entrance Kiosk (open M-F 8am-1pm). On evenings and weekends, the pay station in lot 109 will dispense permits for $3 after 4:30pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends.

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June 6, 2014
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Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206
UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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