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November 19th, 2014

Roshanravan presents at 2014 National Women's Studies Association

RoshanravanShireen Roshanravan, associate professor of American ethnic studies, presented "The Politics of Respect in Queer India and its Diaspora" at the 2014 annual conference of the National Women's Studies Association, Nov. 13-16, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Her presentation was part of a panel focused on gender transition and gender nonconformance with a particular attentiveness to geopolitical hierarchies generated by the "North/South" divide. Roshanravan, with co-panelists Hilary Malatino, women's studies at East Tennessee State, and Pedro DiPietro, women's and gender studies at Syracuse University, offered meditations on queer mestizaje, hijra identity in South Asian diaspora, and the eugenic/colonial roots of contemporary gender-mutating pharmaceuticals to understand ways of being that are disloyal to the gendered logics of coloniality.

November 13, 2014

American Ethnic Studies faculty present at National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies

American Ethnic Studies FacultyFor the first time in its history, the K-State American ethnic studies department is currently offering Chicana/o Latina/o courses, along with Asian American, Native American and African American courses.

As an expression of the new teaching and research component, American ethnic studies faculty presented at the regional meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies in Kansas City.

The theme of this year's National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies midwestern regional conference Oct. 23-25 at University of Missouri–Kansas City was "Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future."

Yolanda Broyles-González, university distinguished professor and head of the department, along with visiting instructors Norma A. Valenzuela and Isabel Millán, presented on the panel, "Chicana/o Studies at Kansas State University." They were joined by Marilyn Ortega, a K-State American Ethnic Studies alumna who recently began doctoral studies at the University of Kansas.

Each panelist focused on their unique contributions to the field of Chicana/o studies by examining music, film, oral histories, children's picturebooks and comics. Their presentations reflect the department's expanding course offerings in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies including AMETH 560, Popular Culture in Mexican-America; AMETH 453, The Current Border Crisis and Immigration; and AMETH 453, Transborder Children's Literature available in spring 2015.

The Q-and-A provided the panelists an opportunity to elaborate on their joint efforts to bridge alliances between K-State, Manhattan and surrounding regions.

The American Ethnic studies department is committed to "serve and focus on communities of color historically erased, socially dismissed and institutionally underrepresented," and aims to accomplish this through direct partnerships with community organizations and neighboring universities.

Link to K-State Today Article

November 7th, 2014

The Kansas State University Department of Art presents Creative Time Summit

Creative Time SummitThe art department at K-State will host a screening of this year's Creative Time Summit Stockholm: Public art agency, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in 121 Willard Hall.

The Creative Time Summit is an international platform that explores the many ways in which artists are tackling the world's most challenging social and political issues. Innovative artists, activists, writers, scholars and curators take the summit stage to present bold new strategies for social change to a global audience. Creative Time's work is guided by three core values: art matters; artists' voices are important in shaping society; and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.

As a host we are curating programs that localizes this global discussion. Local speaker's include: Rebecca Bahlman, Carlos Castellanos, Flint Hills Human Rights Project, Matthew Garcia, Isabel Millan and Micheal Wesch. 

Other programs for the day will include a Social Justice Story Time, which engage themes of tolerance, multiculturalism and social justice and an 80's Dance Party.

From noon to 1 p.m. you can enjoy a community style lunch generously prepared for by Real Food Lunch, a student-led program committed to eating healthier and more diverse foods, with as much locally grown, fresh produce as possible.

Students, faculty and community members are all welcomed to attend. 

November 1st, 2014

NASA, the Native American Student Association, will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month by hosting the following performers and events:

Nov. 7th - TerryLee Whetstone

Artist, Flutist, and Tribal Speaker

10:00-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall

Nov. 9th - Lakota Sioux Dance Theaternative american heritage month

4:00 p.m. at McCain Auditorium

Acquire tickets from McCain Box Office

Nov. 13th - "Earth & Loom: A Century of Native American Art"

From the collection of Dennis & Carola Deschner

6:00 p.m. at Beach Museum of Art

Nov. 14th - Monte Yellow Bird

Ledger Artist, Educator, and Tribal Speaker

10:00-12:00 p.m.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall

Nov. 16th - Three Sister Soup & Frybread Cultural Feed with Lee "Stumbling Deer" Slusher, Flutist

5:00-7:00 p.m.

International Student Center

$5.00 donation for food

October 20th, 2014

Dr. Valenzuela and Others to present at Viewpoint 360: Immigration

the redux hot topics flierThe Department of American Ethnic Studies' Dr. Valenzuela and several other professors will be giving a series of speeches on the subject of immigration on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Forum Hall.

They will attempt to answer questions such as "How do current developments in immigration nationally reflect global and historical trends?; How do representations of immigration in the media reflect - or alter our perceptions of - reality?; And what are the best ways to find reliable, current information on the topic?"

The speakers include Dr. Fritch from K-State Libraries, Dr. Gonzalez from the Department of English, Dr. Smith from the Department of Geography, and Dr. Valenzuela from the Department of American Ethnic Studies.


K-State Black Student Union Presents:

Dr Rashidi FlierDr. Runoko Rashidi

The Settling Influence of African Peoples Across the Globe

TUESDAY, OCT 7, 2014 | 7:30PM (Doors open at 7:00PM)


for more information about BSU, click here!


September 23rd, 2014

American Ethnic Studies celebrates new beginnings

Hip HopMore than 70 people gathered at the historic Douglass Community Center Friday, Sept. 19, to celebrate new beginnings for the American ethnic studies department. The crowd included community leaders and longtime residents of Manhattan's Mexican-American and Black neighborhood as well as administrators, faculty, staff and students from a wide cross section of Kansas State University.

Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez, university distinguished professor and director of the American ethnic studies department, emphasized the significance of the event's location at the Douglass Community Center as speaking to the department's commitment to bridge the university/community divide. As part of this commitment, Broyles-Gonzalez also announced the oral history project she is overseeing with longtime African-American and Mexican-American residents of Manhattan.

The event announced new departmental faculty additions and the recent recipient of the Joey Lee Garmon Undergraduate Multicultural Scholarship, Shaun Dowdell, who is an American ethnic studies student and president of American Ethnic Studies Student Association.

In addition, the event also showcased the department's growing curricular offerings. The fall semester courses include AMETH 451, African American Music: Sacred and the Secular; AMETH 560, Popular Culture in Mexican-America; and AMETH 453, The Current Border Crisis and Immigration. The spring semester courses include AMETH 560, Politics of Women of Color; AMETH 453, Transborder Children's Literature; AMETH 454, Racist Love: Asian Americans and the Model-Minority Myth; and AMETH 560, Hip-Hop as Resistance.

Visiting hip-hop artists Cihuatl-Ce, Shining Soul and Psalm One also attended Friday evening's event as part of the department's two-day diversity programming event, "Hip-Hop at K-State: Rize and Decolonize," on Saturday, Sept. 20, at K-State Union Ballroom. Before performing, the visiting artists addressed accusations of their music as "profane," their play with words to decolonize the English language, the dangerous claim that we live in a colorblind society, and how hip-hop gives voice to their struggles, experiences and grassroots efforts to end all forms of violence.

Kimathi Choma, assistant dean for diversity, attended both Friday and Saturday events and represented the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee, which co-sponsored the event. Choma expressed the committee's pride in sponsoring the event as building on the committee's legacy of supporting events that spark conversation and deepen understandings about diversity across the campus community.

Learn more about the American ethnic studies department and the American Ethnic Studies Student Association.

Link to K-State Today Article

The Department Of American Ethnic Studies New Beginnings Celebration

FRIDAY, SEPT 19, 2014 | 5:00PM-7:00PM



Please join us for the American Ethnic Studies Department New Beginnings Celebration! We will introduce new faculty and staff in the department, welcome the new school year, and invited artists/speakers for the HIP HOP: RIZE & DECOLONIZE panel and discussion will be in attendance to meet and greet guests.  All are welcome, and drinks and food will be provided!

September 17th, 2014

American Ethnic Studies brings hip-hop to K-State

bannerWant to get down, get inspired and raise your consciousness with some of the hottest hip-hop artists on the underground scene today? The American ethnic studies department and American Ethnic Studies Student Association will host "Hip-Hop at K-State: Rize and Decolonize!" at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the K-State Union Ballroom.

The event will feature a panel discussion and performances by hip-hop artists Cihuatl Ce, Shining Soul, Hologram Kizzie, or Psalm One, and Rocky Rivera. Each of the visiting hip-hop artists gives voice to community struggles for a multicultural America that embraces the perspectives of Asian American, Chicana/o, Native American and African-American peoples.

Come ready to be moved and rise up as these artists discuss and perform the ways hip-hop remains a powerful medium to promote social justice and multicultural awareness across the globe. Cihuatl Ce, Shining Soul and Hologram Kizzie also will be present to celebrate new beginnings with the American ethnic studies department at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept, 19, in the Douglass Center Annex, 901 Yuma St. Food and drinks will be provided and all are welcome.

With the generous support of the Arts & Sciences College Committee on Diversity, the Diversity Programming Council, the DOW Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, housing and dining services, leadership studies and women's studies, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information about both the Friday and Saturday events and the artists, please go to the American ethnic studies department news and events.

Link to K-State Today Student Edition Article

Hip Hop: Rize & Decolonize

SATURDAY, SEPT 20, 2014 | 5:30PM-10:00PM




Through panel discussion, audience interaction and performance, Cihuatl-Ce (queer-identified Chicana), Rocky Rivera (feminist-identified Asian American), Shining Soul (feminist-identified Southwest Indigenous), and Psalm One (queer-identified African American) will invite discussion on how they came into and utilized Hip Hop to challenge, raise awareness, and struggle against the genocide, criminalization, border militarization, poverty, police brutality, and profiling that they have endured in their respective communities. 

Shining Soul

shining soulStraight outta the desert borough, Arizona's premier Hip Hop duo Shining Soul, show that the element of rap still is a conduit for revolutionary change. Fronted by MCs Liaizon of Central Phoenix/Tohono O'odham Nation and Bronze Candidate of South Phoenix, Shining Soul's been steady rising since independently releasing their first full-length project “WE GOT THIS” which dropped in 2011. Featuring the song “Papers” which was hailed by Phoenix New Times as one of the best songs to put racial profiling Senate Bill 1070 and the whole police state mentality that reigns in Arizona on blast, Shining Soul’s diversity in flavor and subject matter has gained the respect and approval from Hip-Hop admirers and the Human Rights Community alike. Through their vintage beat production and empowering rhyme delivery, Shining Soul brings to light the social injustices that attack their daily lives, such as the criminalization and militarization of indigenous and immigrant communities, while sharing and maintaining the essence of Hip-Hop culture.

Cihuatl Ce

cihuatl ce

Cihuatl Ce has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip-hop for the past decade. Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, Olmeca, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated support base across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, *FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, *released early 2012. Cihuatl’s reach is not confined solely to the lyrical realm of resistance. For the past 15 years she has been a fervent youth advocate and community organizer. In 2010 she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and was the driving force behind landmark events such as LA’s first ever Clitoral Mass attended by close to 300 womyn as well as other rides that address the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities. As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.

Hologram Kizzie (aka Psalm One)

hologram kizzie

Hologram Kizzie has a past. She even has another name: Psalm One. Rap, urban, hip hop, soul, pop and dance music all have distinct characteristics, yet Kizzie blurs the lines of these genres effortlessly. Building on these varied soundscapes, her lyrics are nothing less than brilliant, combining intelligent quips, global sensibilities and compassionate philanthropy. While traveling in Europe, Kizzie made a vow: to protect the positive impact hip hop has on youth culture internationally. She recalls being taught about great books, historical figures, poignant life events and art — all through rap. There is no longer a culture balance in mainstream hip hop, but Kizzie works tirelessly in the real world to provide one, and it shows. A native Chicagoan, former chemist and hug enthusiast, Hologram Kizzie is an artist who comes around once in a lifetime. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd who is beyond interesting. You only need to meet her once to understand she’s quite unforgettable.

Rocky Rivera

rocky and da crew

Rocky Rivera is an accomplished journalist-turned-emcee whose editorials appeared in XXL, The Source and Rolling Stone Magazine before she decided to perfect her own musical craft. Trading her moleskines for microphones, she’s dropped three musical projects since 2008, Married to the Hustle Mixtape, the self-titled album,Rocky Rivera, and the POP KILLER MXTP. Her debut album was released in 2010 and since then, has garnered critical acclaim and press coverage from VIBE, 2DopeBoyz.com, Refinery29, and numerous music blogs across the web.
In 2012, Rocky became the only female artist at the VIBE HOUSE’s Respect The West Showcase at the SXSW Festival, sharing the stage with West Coast favorites such as Nipsey Hussle, Strong Arm Steady, Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar.
In the past, she’s opened up for diverse artists such as Zion-I, Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Pac Div and dead prez.
Rocky continues to headline with her crew (DJ Roza & Irie Eyez) performing her signature blend of thought-provoking lyrics and bass-rattling beats. Make sure to check out all of her videos on YouTube to see more!


August 26th, 2014

Announcing two new courses in American Ethnic Studies

American ethnic studies announces two new courses, Current Border Crisis and Immigration, and African American Music: Sacred and Secular, for fall 2014 taught by two new K-State scholars. Both courses meet the K-State 8 general education requirements for historical perspectives and human diversity within the U.S.

The Current Border Crisis and Immigration, AMETH 453, taught by Norma Valenzuela, is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

In the last two years, tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have migrated to the U.S. from Mexico, Central America and South America without parents or resources. In this course, we will consider the following questions:

  • What are the implications of the 70,000-plus children and adolescents that will arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border?
  • What are the historical, political and economic reasons for traveling North?
  • Does the media perpetuate the demonizing of children and adolescent Latin American refugees?
  • As a nation, do we have the moral and legal obligation to provide refugee protections?

African American Music: Sacred and Secular, AMETH 451, taught by Dina M. Bennett, is from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

This course explores sacred and secular African American musical traditions in North America from the African past to the present with emphasis placed on sociocultural context, musical aesthetics, interrelationships among genres and musical change, intersections of sacred and secular forms, and music as resistance. This course features:

  • Expenses paid travel to Kansas City's Historic 18th and Vine jazz district.
  • Exploration of the ways in which Black music reflects the values, traditions, worldviews and history of African-Americans.
  • Exploration of musical styles and forms.
  • Participation in live performances.

Email Melisa Posey at melisap@k-state.edu with any questions.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 24th, 2014

Activists Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama subject of 'Mountains That Take Wing'; film screening tonight

Mountains That Take WingThe film "Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation" will be shown at 7 tonight in Room 227 at the K-State Student Union.

Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars, one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama have spent more than a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences.

"Mountains That Take Wing" offers the gift of these two remarkable women’s lives, sharing the pair’s recorded exchanges in 1996 and 2008. The film’s unique format honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform.

After the film screening, there will be an open discussion with directors HLT Quan and Crystal Griffith, professors at Arizona State University who have made many movies together.

The following are supporting this student-led multicultural programming: American ethnic studies department, Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries, LGBT Resource Center, English department, president's office, women's studies department, Student Governing Association and the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 16th, 2014

An evening with Steven Paul Judd: Film screenings, cultural mashups, dialogue

Steven Paul JuddJoin the American Ethnic Studies Student Association for an evening with the innovative Steven Paul Judd. He will be at K-State at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Hemisphere Room on the fifth floor of Hale Library.  

We will be screening two of his short films, "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco" and "Neil Discovers the Moon," and a full-length film that he co-wrote, "Shouting Secrets." In addition, we also will be looking at his unprecedented artwork of cultural mashups.   

Judd was inspired to write and direct film to offset the stereotypical portrayal of American Indians he saw as a child. Judd began his own production company, Restless Natives Motion Picture Production Company, and has produced several projects including the independent film, "American Indian Graffiti: This Life Thing," the short-film spoof "MAC v. PC with a Native Twist" for NBC/Universal and "Silent Thunder," a PBS documentary.

As a member of the Writers Guild of America, Judd has written many series and movie shorts, and was a semifinalist in NBC/Universal's Comedy Short Cuts Diversity Film Festival in 2007. His work has also been included in an installment at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In 2008, Judd was selected for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship Program with ABC/Disney.

In 2009, Judd was nominated as a Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma, where he spoke as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series. That year he also won the Creative Spirit Award and directed his award-winning screenplay, "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco."

In 2011, he directed the music video "The Storm," which won the American Indian Film Institute's Best Music Video award. "Shouting Secrets," is movie he co-wrote, premiered November 2011 in San Francisco and won Best Feature at American Indian Film Institute.

In 2012, two short films Judd directed, "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco" and "Neil Discovers the Moon" screened at the Tribeca Theater as part of their Summer Youth Screening Series. "Neil Discovers the Moon" also screened in April 2012 as part of the Animation Celebration at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

Born in Oklahoma, Judd is of the Kiowa and Choctaw Tribe. Judd is an alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University and attended Oklahoma University where he studied Communications and Native American Studies. In 2008, he was nominated Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma and was brought back in 2009 to give a lecture as part of the "Dr. T.W. Adams Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series." He currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Link to K-State Today Article