About the Conference

This conference will take place on October 19, 2013 from 10am to 5pm (EST) on the Wellesley College campus. There will be a linked showcase on October 18, 2013 with song, comedy, slam poetry, open mic, and more.

This conference will mark the inauguration of the Asian American Studies minor at Wellesley and  open the way for a broader consideration of the place of ethnic studies at the college and liberal arts colleges overall. We will bring together  students, faculty, administrators, and community members from both Wellesley College and many other institutions.

Our goals are to describe and illustrate:

  1. What Ethnic Studies is today
  2. What kinds of work Ethnic Studies scholars are currently doing in different fields (including African American, Asian American, Native & Post-Colonial Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and others)
  3. How Ethnic Studies intersects with gender and sexuality studies

We will discuss:

  1. Institutional politics of Ethnic Studies
  2. How Ethnic Studies has been established at different institutions
  3. What kind of model would be best for a liberal arts college

We hope that this conference helps us all learn about current directions in this broad field and to think about what alliances and strategies are productive in theory and in practice.

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