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Minority Scholars Committee

Come join the MSC at our sponsored events at the Washington, DC ASA Meeting

Friday, 22 November, 7-9a, Washington Hilton, Monroe, Minority Scholars Breakfast

At this breakfast, we honor Professor Paul Spickard, this year’s winner of the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award.  The prize was established in 2012 to honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring. The MSC is delighted to recognize Professor Spickard in this fashion. 

At the breakfast, we will also recognize the winner of the newly inaugurated Minority and Indigenous Student Travel Award, a collaborative effort between the MSC and the ASA’s Ethnic Studies Committee.  Please come and share this opportunity to honor and practice mentorship and build community. 

(please note that this is a ticketed event.)

Go here to register   http://bit.ly/15LLAap


Sunday, 24 November, 10-11:45a, Washington Hilton, Gunston West, “Race and the Academy: Navigating the Institution”

Featuring Professors Jennifer Brody, Karla Holloway, Janet Jakobsen, and Robert Reid-Pharr, this roundtable session is prompted by the ASA’s Minority Scholars Committee’s acknowledgment of the ways that race continues to be a meaningful axis for understanding the politics of institutionality as they pertain to colleges and universities.

With this session, we are hoping to continue the committee’s work of attending to the particular conditions of work in the academy for scholar-teachers of color. We believe that the conversation will be important to thinking through the conditions of possibility for historically underrepresented or minoritized students and faculty generally, as well as for politically-engaged academics broadly. One immediate prompt for formulating this session is recognition of the reports emerging from USC and elsewhere of the unsuccessful tenure cases involving women of color faculty. Some of the questions we are interested in raising and engaging include: What can interdisciplinary scholarship and approaches to institutionality bring to the work of making the academy hospitable to minoritized groups? In what ways can we collaborate to bring light to inhospitable institutional practices and structures? What tactics and strategies have proven successful in contesting and/or transforming institutional structures?

The panelists on this roundtable are senior scholars who bring to bear extensive administrative and other kinds of experiences in navigating the academy. Though respectively distinctive, their scholarship and teaching interests have in common a commitment to addressing relations of power and structural conditions. Their individual and collective work enable particular insight into the relationship of race and the academy. By virtue of both their professional experience and their scholarship, the MSC is convinced that their remarks will catalyze a generative conversation around the critical issues that are the organizing core of this session.


The MSC welcomes ideas for future panels and suggestions for other work we might undertake.  Please feel free to write to Kandice Chuh, the current MSC chair, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with suggestions.

The Minority Scholars Committee of the American Studies Association
Jennifer Devere Brody, ex officio (councilor), Stanford University
Gregory Carter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kandice Chuh, City University of New York Graduate Center (chair)
John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University
Mishuana Goeman, University of California, Los Angeles
Christina Hanhardt, University of Maryland, College Park
Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University
Treva Lindsey, Ohio State University

Kandice Chuh
Professor of English and American Studies
CUNY/The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 4406.3
New York, NY 10016
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

By Kandice Chuh, Mon, October 28, 2013 - 1:17 pm

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