Spring 2017 Colloquia and Guest Speakers
The Institute for Ethnic Studies offers regular colloquia in which a panel of our faculty members discusses issues relevant to current events and to their own research and then facilitates a community discussion of the topic. The Institute also regularly hosts guest speakers who talk on a variety of topics. All our events are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, March 8th, from 3:00 – 4:30pm, Dr. James Garza (HIST/ Latina/o and Latin American Studies ) will be giving a talk "El Gran Canal: Channeling State Power and Modernity in Late 19th Century Mexico." This talk will be held in the Dudley Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall). This talk is sponsored by the Department of History.
On March 1, 2017, the Institute for Ethnic Studies will present a colloquium How to Stay Healthy and Academically Vibrant: When Professors Go to "Bootcamp" in Bailey Library, Andrews Hall at 3:30 pm. How can instructors--especially instructors of color, who are often called upon for additional diversity-related tasks--best juggle their many academic and co-curricular responsibilities while leading full, healthy lives? Three Ethnic Studies professors, Dr. Dawne Curry (HIST/African Studies), Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher (ENGL/African American Studies), and Dr. Amelia Montes (ENGL/Latina/o and Latin American Studies) decided to find out. They completed The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's Faculty Success Program, a 12-week academic "bootcamp" designed to help professors maximize their research productivity while achieving a healthy work-life balance. At the colloquium, they will talk about their experience in the program, share what they learned, and describe how they're making their new insights work for them at the University of Nebraska.
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 the Institute for Ethnic Studies presented a colloquium showcasing our student interns from Fall 2016. Cindi Izaguirre-Perez and Marcus Osborn talked about their experiences working in the Lincoln community. The Ethnic Studies student internship program allows Ethnic Studies majors and minors the opportunity to work in a paid internship in Lincoln-area community organizations that focus on race, ethnicity, and social justice, including the ACLU, the Indian Center, El Centro de las Américas, and the Malone Center. We thank local donor Jane Shanahan for her generosity in making this program possible.
On February 9, 2017 the Institute for Ethnic Studies and the African and African American Studies Program presented the colloquium "'We the People': A Roundtable on Black Lives and American Politics" to a packed room in the Nebraska Union. The panel wwas moderated by Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher (English/Ethnic Studies) and featured the following participants: Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones (History/Ethnic Studies), Dr. Lory Dance (Sociology/Ethnic Studies), Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda (Psychology/Ethnic Studies), Dr. Michael Combs (Political Science), and Dr. Ng'ang'a Muchiri (English).
Each Spring, the Institute for Ethnic Studies celebrates another year of success and service with our Spring Celebration, which brings nationally recognized speakers to campus for lectures and receptions with students, staff, faculty, and the public.
This year the Institute and the Native American Studies Program are proud to present Lakota Indigenous Activist Leo Yankton, who will be delivering the talk "Is It a Good Day to Be Indigenous? A Worldwide Awakening of Our Connection to Nature and Each Other." The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Sheldon Auditorium. More information to follow soon!