Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Events

Upcoming Events

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Welcome Back and Checking In Brown Bag

CRES October 2020 brown bag
Students, come learn about and meet faculty in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. This is an opportunity for current and new students to virtually gather to check in and socialize. We want to know how you are doing amid the current climate. Please join us on October 7, 2020 at 1pm-2pm. 

Past Events

CRES Brownbag: Queer Xicana: Excavating Land, Life, and Loss Between Latinx and Native Peoples.

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January 29, 2020, Humanities Building (HUB) 153

Dr. Aimee Carrillo Rowe of California State University, Northridge presented, Queer Xicana: Excavating Land, Life, and Loss Between Latinx and Native Peoples.

Presented by the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). Co-Sponsored by Native American Studies.

 CRES Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

CRES Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

November 21, 2019 beginning at and November 22, 2019, HUB 153

We learned about existing, cutting edge, and exciting work being done at Gonzaga University in the interdisciplinary field of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Presentations included faculty and students from Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Communication Studies, History, Biology, Women and Gender Studies, and English.

Presented by the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). Click here for flyer. Click here to view the program schedule.

Photos From CRES Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

 Lunch with CRES: The Name Game

Lunch with CRES: The Name Game

November 6, 2019, HUB 153

First-ever lunch with CRES event series!

In this series, we invited students to have a pizza lunch with CRES faculty as we discussed important topics and debates in the field of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

In our first event, we focused on the politics of naming, considering how groups, communities, and individuals negotiate naming themselves and others. CRES Assistant Professor Dr. Cassandra Dame-Griff presented some of her current research regarding the term “Latinx,” including its origins and (mis)uses. Our conversation also considered issues surrounding the use of umbrella terms, acronyms, and other naming conventions that help us better understand what’s at stake when we name ourselves and others.

Presented by the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES).

Photos From Lunch with CRES: The Name Game

Tim Wise, The Politics of Race and Class in America

October 29, 2019, Hemmingson Ballroom
A prominent anti-racist writer and educator in the U.S., Tim Wise examined the ways that American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequities on the basis of class and race.

Not Giving Up: Maintaining Our Commitment to Justice in Unjust Times
In this new and exciting presentation, Tim Wise explored the importance of staying strong in difficult times, and committing to the struggle for justice, even when justice seems far away. Weaving social movement history with contemporary analysis, humor and storytelling, Wise provided practical tools for movement building, self-care, how to build effective coalitions, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that occasionally befall organizers and activists in every generation. In this talk, Wise also examined the ups and downs of social media as a tool for movement building; the importance (and potential blind spots) of movement allies; and understanding the difference between systems of oppression and individuals who occasionally act in oppressive ways, and how to stay focused principally on the former, as a way to lessen the harms of both. Additionally, he explored the importance of "radical humility,” in movement work: recognizing our own mistakes, our own (often slow) process of becoming aware of injustices, and the recognition that we still have much to learn from one another. This presentation was a great primer for movement building and effective activism, which will help boost the resilience of those seeking a more just and equitable world, but who find themselves frustrated by the slow—and often backwards—pace of change.

Presented by Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity (DICE).

Neil Foley, Monuments & Memory: Comparing Public Reckonings with the History of the West & South

Portrait of Dr. Neil Foley

September 30, 2019, Hemmingson Ballroom

Dr. Foley’s visit to Gonzaga was sponsored by the English Department, the History Department, the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department, the Powers Chair of the Humanities, the Center for Public Humanities, Foley Library, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Neil Foley of Southern Methodist University gave a lecture entitled “Whose History? Monuments, Memory, and Contested Pasts of the West and South.” Dr. Foley is the Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at SMU and the Co-Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Given contemporary conversations about the relationship between historical monuments and racism both past and present, Dr. Foley’s lecture was of interest to many.

Photos From the Neil Foley Lecture


Open House for Students Interested in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

September 19, 2019
Hemmingson Center, Room 314

Met CRES faculty and staff, learned about the program, ate some food, and share your thoughts!