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December 8th, 2016

Millán presents at American Studies Association Conference in Denver, Colorado

Isabel Millán, American ethnic studies faculty member, presented the panel "Never Innocent: Critical Race Studies of Youth" at the annual American Studies Association Conference Nov. 17-20 in Denver, Colorado.

This year's conference theme was "Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are."

Millán's paper, "Ruptures in Belonging and Innovative Placemaking for Queer Children of Color," prioritized Maya Christina Gonzalez's canon of unconventional bilingual children's texts inspired by Gonzalez's personal experience, own children and chosen family. Millán argued that queer Chicanxs/Latinxs such as Gonzalez employ self-empowering modes of self-reflection and creativity in order to transform society through oral and visual storytelling.

The American Studies Association is comprised of a network of scholars, teachers, writers, administrators and activists from around the world who hold in common the desire to view U.S. history and culture from multiple perspectives. The association is considered the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. culture and history.

The panel was chaired by children's literary scholar Robin Bernstein.

Link to K-State Today Article

November 18th, 2016

El Mundo ZurdoMillán gives plenary speech at international Anzaldúa conference

Isabel Millán, American ethnic studies faculty member, was invited to be a plenary speaker at this year's El Mundo Zurdo ConferenceNov. 3-5 in San Antonio, Texas.

Millán presented alongside leading scholars Emma Pérez and Maria Lugones, who delivered the opening plenary, "Autofantasías: Reinventing Self & Inspiring Travesuras in Children's Cultural Productions." The conference was organized by the Society for the Study of Gloria E. Anzaldúa and the Women's Studies Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This year's theme was "Nepantla: Theories and Practices."

Millán discussed the isolation and lack of educational materials for queer Chicana/o children. Millán's examination of picture books, magazines and multimedia prioritized authors who transform society through their oral and visual storytelling. Building on Gloria Anzaldúa's concept of autohistoria, Millán proposed autofantasía as a theoretical tool by which to inspire travesuras within radical and unconventional children's cultural productions.

Millán's speech will be published by Aunt Lute Press in its upcoming El Mundo Zurdo conference proceedings.

Link to K-State Today Article

November 9th, 2016

Indigenous Alliance meeting today

Several American ethnic studies faculty and student organizations are collaborating to raise awareness and mobilize local and campus efforts to support Indigenous water protectors and those who stand in solidarity in North Dakota.

Based on feedback from an October Standing Rock Teach-in, a discussion to organize support for the Indigenous water protectors in North Dakota will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 208 K-State Student Union. 

This project is a collaboration with Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment, or FIRE; the American Ethnic Studies Student Association, or AESSA; Ecumenical Campus Ministry and the Indigenous Alliance.

Led by April Petillo, assistant professor of American ethnic studies, the teach-in presented participants with information and space for discussion about the Dakota Access Pipeline and its potential impact on all of our lives. The teach-in featured screenings of Winona LaDuke's (Anishinaabe) on-the-ground analysis of the large coalitional Indigenous movement, Indigenous hip hop and spoken word performances by Def-I (Dine) and Winona Linn (Meskwaki), and a live spoken word performance by Alonso Peña, junior in American ethnic studies and president of AESSA.

The teach-in concluded with FIRE-led efforts to harness local community resources and organize donation collections of items to support Indigenous water protectors on the frontlines of the struggle. FIRE welcomes conversations with other interested individuals and group members of the campus community who wish to be a part of these efforts. 

If you are interested in helping, please contact Lain Littlejohn at alaina@k-state.edu.

Link to K-State Today Student Edition Article

October 25th, 2016

Lecture series on 'Spare Parts' begins Tuesday, Nov. 1

Spare PartsOn Tuesday, Nov. 1, the K-State Book Network launches its faculty and staff lecture series for the 2016 common book, "Spare Parts."

"Spare Parts: A Public Lecture Series" draws upon the collective knowledge of the campus community, alongside others beyond K-State, to help everyone understand more about the issues raised in Joshua Davis' book. All events are free and open to the public.

"Our campus experts will help our community consider connections between the experiences of 'Spare Parts' and our own cultural landscape," said Karin Westman, PR/Event Committee chair and department head of English. "We're glad that we can provide a venue for conversations about key themes in Davis' book."

The lecture series will include the following two presentations:

• "Coming Out of the Shadows: A Panel Discussion" with faculty/staff expert Madai Rivera, academic services and diversity coordinator in the College of Human Ecology, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in 163 Justin Hall.

A panel of students will share their experiences and thoughts about being an undocumented student at K-State.

"While many undocumented students prefer to remain silent regarding their immigration status in this country because of the stigma and fear, many openly and candidly fight the struggles of their daily lives," said Rivera, who will moderate the panel discussion.

"K-State has become the lead institution in our state that is friendly to undocumented students," she said, "and this year's common book, 'Spare Parts,' introduced the story of a group of undocumented students from Arizona. Our panel of current undocumented K-State students brings it home and makes it even more real to us as a campus community. Our students are eager to share their journey, their success stories, and the ways in which our campus can be supportive to their individual needs."

The panel is sponsored by KSBN in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens and the American ethnic studies department. 

• "A Conversation with Fredi Lajvardi" with faculty/staff expert Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Leadership Studies Building's Town Hall. 

Lajvardi, the high school teacher featured in "Spare Parts," visits campus to share his perspective on Davis' book and on the challenges and opportunities for students at his high school and others across the country.

"Fredi Lajvardi is obviously a teacher that did not sit students in rows, lecture and test," said Mercer, who will introduce Lajvardi. "He looked beyond stereotypes and challenged the students to dream beyond themselves, to problem solve, to think creatively, and to accept responsibility for their own learning. He is an inspiration and a model for College of Education students preparing to lead in their own classrooms."

Lajvardi's lecture is sponsored by KSBN in partnership with K-State First, the College of Education, K-State Libraries, the University Honors Program, Student Governing Association and the English department. 

Visit the K-State Book Network for more information about Davis' book and the KSBN program.

Link to K-State Today Article

October 3rd, 2016

American Ethnic Studies Student Association Statement

Kansas State University,

The students of the American Ethnic Studies Student Association recognize that Kansas State University is an institution that supports the continued marginalization, exploitation and silencing of those who have been historically oppressed and underrepresented including the following groups: Mexican Americans, Latinxs, Native Americans, Africans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, LGBTQIA+ folks, and disabled folks. However, we also recognize this list is nowhere near exhaustive or complete.

The recent blackface incident is not an isolated episode of one racist gone wild, but rather a symptom of the global disease of racism. However, not all racists necessarily wear blackface. Although this blackface incident is deplorable, this incident has only one small difference from the daily racism we experience in classes, in student organizations, on committees, during meetings, at work, in the grocery store, and on the streets – and that is that this incident has been visible and in the media.

As a response to the media, Kansas State University has added insult to injury by wrongly insinuating that they expelled Paige Shoemaker, when she was not a student at the time of the incident. The media has misrepresented the story and Kansas State University has failed to officially clarify. This is of no surprise, because KSU has been determined to “put the fire out” as we have witnessed the institution double down on its strategy of paying lip service to diversity while tokenizing and continually marginalizing people of color.

We demand a true commitment to anti-racism in 2016.

  • We should not and will not wait until 2025 to be seen as human. We should not be forced to be in the same classrooms with people who view us as less than human. This requires cultural education.
  • The language of “diversity and inclusion” has obfuscated the real need for a commitment to recruit faculty of color. This institution cannot continue to claim a commitment to “diversity and inclusion” when it has failed to retain and increase faculty of color.
  • We demand that Kansas State University institute a university-wide American Ethnic Studies overlay requirement and hire the faculty of color to teach these required courses without burnout. Students have expressed a need for cultural competency, and yet the American Ethnic Studies department remains the smallest department on campus with only two tenured professors. In reality, the American Ethnic Studies department is a token department with minimal resources. American Ethnic Studies professors are teachers of color teaching courses on communities of color. In this sense, cultural competency courses already exist and yet Kansas State University continues to exclude this department from our core curriculum. Students of color are required to learn about white culture every single day in order to survive. We demand that American Ethnic Studies courses be added to the core requirements for graduation for every student at Kansas State University by Fall of 2017. We will not accept no for an answer.
  • We demand that Kansas State University fully fund the development of a multicultural student center. We demand that Kansas State University show written commitment to start construction of a multicultural student center by fall of 2017. We will not wait any longer. Kansas State University is the only big twelve school without a multicultural student center. We understand how much of a difference it can make for students of color. However, what is lacking is institutional financing. If you are going to continue to claim our work as your own, then pay us.

The KSU Black Student Union hosted a meeting the night that the Snapchat blackface incident occurred, and many students of color broke down in tears because they must shoulder the burdens of racism every day. This can no longer be a problem for students of color alone to bear. We cannot wait any longer. We demand true diversity in 2016. We reject Kansas State University’s false and misleading claims regarding “diversity and inclusion”. We call upon all taxpayers, civic organizations, churches, alumni, donors and students to openly support our demands.


American Ethnic Studies Student Association

Alonso Pena, President

Asia Upton, Vice-President

Kia Harris, Communications

Kowan Russell, Historian

Lyssa Peralta, Secretary

Lani Sandoval, Public Relations

September 18th, 2016

American Ethnic Studies Department Statement
Kansas State University

Mercury Blackface ResponseOn September 15, 2016, a Snapchat photo surfaced with a Kansas State University student in painted blackface—along with her painted blackfaced friend—using the N-word. In a subsequent communication, the student indicates she was just "kidding" and meant no offense.

The incident has rightfully unleashed a widespread and intense discussion of persistent racism at Kansas State University. This one particular incident is an expression of systemic and widespread racism on our campus. The American Ethnic Studies Department at Kansas State University stands in solidarity with all who have expressed outrage at this most recent public racist assault on our campus community. We share the Black Student Union’s assessment that the university community has seen these behaviors and attitudes in a number of incidents over many years.

The American Ethnic Studies Department is composed entirely of faculty of color who teach courses on communities of color—courses that teach the sociocultural competencies necessary in our multicultural society. Our mission is to promote social justice ideals and practices of inclusion. American Ethnic Studies Department courses foster “intentional conversations about race, gender, and sexual preference as it relates to equity and justice” that the Kansas State University Black Student Union would like to see as required coursework. Sociocultural competency is required to address—and prevent—incidents such as this recent public use of blackface, as well as other expressions of social violence.

Unfortunately, Kansas State University has maintained American Ethnic Studies as the smallest department on this campus for over two decades. We, Kansas State University’s flagship unit on race and ethnicity, have been marginalized since our inception. With only two tenured professors, our marginal status indicates that intellectual diversity and intellectual inclusion are low priorities at Kansas State University. Due to insufficient resources, we are not reaching enough students and Thursday’s blackface incident is symptomatic of this. Kansas State University needs to foster intellectual diversity and inclusion. The University must invest in building and growing units such as American Ethnic Studies. We call upon Kansas State University to finally make meaningful investments in courses that address cultural competence.

Yolanda Broyles-González
Shireen Roshanravan
Isabel Millán
April Petillo
Alicia Brunson
Norma A. Valenzuela
Tracy DeWitt
April Bojorquez

September 10th, 2016

American Ethnic Studies Welcome Back Dinner!

American Ethnic Studies Welcome Back Flier 2016 FallPlease join us for the Department of American Ethnic Studies Welcome Dinner. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the Kansas State Alumni Center's Purple Pride Room.

We will be welcoming and honoring new and existing faculty, AMETH majors, members of the American Ethnic Studies Student Association (AESSA), and members of Feminists Igniting Resistance & Empowerment (FIRE).

Please RSVP to Russell Norris (rcnorris@ksu.edu) by Monday, September 12th to accept your invitation. Loved ones are welcome!





September 1st, 2016

Isabel Millán publishes book chapter on bilingual children's television

Routledge CompanionIsabel Millán, assistant professor of American ethnic studies, published a book chapter on bilingual children's television in "The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture."

Millán's chapter, "'¡Vámonos! Let's Go!': Latina/o Children's Television," provides a brief history of bilingual children's television in the U.S. aimed at Latina/os and Spanish speakers. She engages with popular shows such as Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer" to lesser known educational programs from the 1970s such as "Carrascolendas" and "Villa Alegre."

The volume is part of the Routledge Companions series and is edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, university distinguished scholar at the Ohio State University.

The book includes 35 chapters in addition to the introduction and afterword.

According to its description, "contributors pay serious critical attention to all facets of Latina/o popular culture including TV, films, performance art, food, lowrider culture, theatre, photography, dance, pulp fiction, music, comic books, video games, news, web, and digital media, healing rituals, quinceñeras and much more."

Link to K-State Today Article

August 29th, 2016

American Ethnic Studies faculty member Norma A. Valenzuela attends conferences during summer

Norma A. Valenzuela, instructor of American ethnic studies, taught an interactive workshop on "Becoming Critically Conscious Teachers" as part of the University of Kansas' Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' Latinos in the Midwest grant June 9 at the historic Brown v. Board of Education site. 

The workshop examined the dynamics of privilege and oppression through culturally sensitive pedagogy. Thirty K-12 Kansas educators gained numerous resources — videos, films, books, websites — and strategies to use in their classroom. The potential to incorporate Latino American history into curriculum across disciplines was especially important.

Valenzuela also presented "Out of Line:" Mujeres Revoltosas y Vidas Transnacionales in Made in L.A." at the 2016 Latina/o Studies Association conference, July 7-9, in Pasadena, California. Her presentation examined the intersectionality of race, class, ethnicity and gender in Chican studies, and utilized film to explore the central role women of color play in the creation of alternative narratives to deconstruct dominant discourses. The conference theme, "Deliberating Latina/o Studies: Promiscuity, (In)civility and (Un)disciplinarity," was a very timely topic that addressed institutional violence, police brutality, community resistance/healing that also coincided with the horrendous tragedy in Orlando, Florida. 

Scholars, activists, educators and community women gathered to address important topics at the 2016 MALCS Institute, Aug. 3-6, in Laramie, Wyoming. Valenzuela participated in the roundtable "Chicana Feminist Praxis on the 'Frontier': Teaching and Researching in Vast Spaces" and discussed her two-year tenure at K-State and research and service within the context of an American ethnic studies unit amongst women of color, and colleagues promoting social justice in the classroom and community.

Link to K-State Today Article

August 26th, 2016

College of Arts & Sciences welcomes new faculty

The College of Arts & Sciences, K-States largest and most diverse college, will greet new faculty at its annual New Faculty Welcome and Faculty Social at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in the K-State Alumni Center's Purple Pride Room.

Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi will attend to welcome the faculty to the city, and Amit Chakrabarti, interim dean of the college, will provide information about the college and its resources. Immediately following the New Faculty Welcome is a collegewide faculty social at 4:30 p.m. in the K-State Alumni Center's Tointon Great Room.

The college welcomes the following new faculty members: Claudia Adam, geology; Rebecca Bender, modern languages; Matthew Berg, physics; Jerry Cranford, music, theater, and dance; Jennifer Davis, sociology, anthropology and social work; Kate Digby, music, theater, and dance; Aida Farough, geology; Gregory C. Finnigan, biochemistry and molecular biophysics; Laura Fox, chemistry; Tendai Gadzikwa, chemistry; Karin Goldberg, geology; Trevor Hefley, statistics; Charlotte Hyde, English; Audrey Joslin, geography; Chris Lake, psychological sciences; James Laverty, physics; Jin Lee, psychological sciences; Xiannan Li, mathematics; Anuja Madan, English; April Petillo, American ethnic studies; Ross Milton, economics; Rustam Sadykov, mathematics; Thomas Sarmiento, English; Shannon Skelton, music, theater, and dance; Andrew Smith, journalism and mass communications; Arnaud Temme, geography; Phil Tiemeyer, history; Michael Tyburski, political science; Kayla Urquhart, pre-health; and Jeff Ward, music, theater, and dance.

The college would also like to welcome back returning faculty with best wishes for a great semester!

Register online for the New Faculty Welcome.

Register online for the Collegewide Faculty Social.

Link to K-State Today Article

May 11th, 2016

Isabel Millán publishes book chapter on Latina superheroes

Graphic BordersIsabel Millán, assistant professor of American ethnic studies, published a book chapter on Latina superheroes in "Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future." 

Millán's chapter, "Anya Sofía (Araña) Corazón: The Inner Webbings and Mexi-Ricanization of Spider-Girl," explores the initial conceptualization of Corazón and her subsequent transformations, both within the comic book — from Araña to Spider-Girl — and within the larger Marvel comic industry, including mass production, distribution and marketing. Major themes include racial formation, citizenship, migration, language, gender and sexuality.

Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González, the volume includes a comprehensive array of historical, formal and cognitive approaches to Latina/o comics and graphic novels that capture the distinctive and wide-ranging experiences of U.S. Latina/os. The volume was published in 2016 by University of Texas Press.

According to Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez's review, "Graphic Borders" is a "must read for anyone studying graphics and the emerging multicultural, multiracial, multisexual, multi-abled, multidimensional literary imagination that our artists and storytellers keep building, gorgeously, every day."

Link to K-State Today Article

May 4th, 2016

American Ethnic Studies faculty present at conference in Denver, Colorado

NACCSFaculty members Isabel Millán and Norma Valenzuela presented at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies in Denver, Colorado April 6-9. This year's theme, "Transforming Chicana/o Activism, Discourse and Scholarship into Power," engaged in provocative discussions around our contemporary political climate.

Professors Millán and Valenzuela presented on a panel titled "Activismo, Resistencia y Critica Social in Contemporary Chicana Cultural Productions." They were joined by Karen Roybal from the University of New Mexico.

Valenzuela's paper, "Mujeres Rovoltosas in Made in L.A.: Vidas Transnacionales in Search of Home," analyzed the role of Chicanas in documentary films. She interrogated the manner in which Chicana/Latina filmmakers center their characters economically, politically and culturally in order to redirect their gaze on the process of finding a "home" within a colonized space.

Millán's paper, "Creating Alongside Younger Audiences: Queer Children and the Queer Chicanxs they Inspire," explored race, gender and sexuality within children's cultural productions such as children's picture books, zines and coloring books. Additionally, Millán was elected to serve among the association's leadership as co-chair for the Chicana Caucus along with Yvette Saavedra, assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino, for the next two years.

The Chicana Caucus is the largest caucus with the association. It will continue to provide undergraduate student scholarships while working diligently to highlight Chicana scholarship and activism.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 27th, 2016

Life after K-State information panel presented by American Ethnic Studies alumni, professors and students

What do I do after graduation? How do I get into Grad School? What kind of career options are available with a K-State Degree? What is the difference between a resume and a CV? How do I find mentors? How will I pay for everything? What about student debt? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the life after K-State information panel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies in 112 Leasure Hall. Food will be provided.

Among the panelists:

  • Valerie Corpening, a recent K-State graduate who majored in American ethnic studies with a minor in biology. Corpening is in the process of publishing her senior thesis and applying to physician assistant programs.
  • Melisa Posey, K-State alumna and current administrative specialist in the American ethnic studies department. Posey received her master's in counseling and student development in 2014. Posey was raised in Junction City and also has lived in Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City, Wichita and Manhattan.
  • Yolanda Broyles-González, university distinguished professor and department head of American ethnic studies at K-State. Broyles-González comes to K-State from the University of Arizona. She received her doctoral degree from Stanford University.

This event is sponsored by the American ethnic studies department, the American Ethnic Studies Student Association, Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies and the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

Link to K-State Today Student Edition Article

April 13th, 2016

41 graduate students earn scholarships at the campus-wide research forum

GRAD ForumScholarships were on the line as 140 graduate students presented their research and scholarly work in the annual graduate student research forum, K-State Graduate Research, Arts and Discovery, or GRAD Forum, formally known as K-State Research Forum, March 30 in the Engineering Complex.

Winners received scholarships of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $125 for third place.

The GRAD Forum provided graduate students from all disciplines an opportunity to share their work with the K-State community and to gain experience presenting their work in a professional setting. The forum included oral presentations and poster presentations from research topics including engineering, social sciences, humanities, education, agricultural sciences, math, physical sciences, biological sciences and interdisciplinary research. To see the event's schedule, visit the Graduate School website.

"The new title of the forum, the K-State Graduate Research, Art and Discovery Form, reflects the diversity of the type of scholarly activities that our graduate students are engaged and provided all graduate students the opportunity to share their scholarly work with the K-State community," said Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School.

"Events such as K-State Grad Forum provide our students an excellent opportunity to practice their communication skills while informing their peers and others at K-State about their scholarly work," Shanklin said.

University faculty judges selected the top presenters in each session. An awards ceremony included a special presentation from Matt Garcia, assistant professor of art; and April Bojorquez, instructor of American ethnic studies and assistant curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, about their interdisciplinary research.

The forum is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Council, and the offices of the president and provost.

2016 K-State GRAD Forum winners:

Interdisciplinary Research Oral:
• First place — Pabodha Galgamuwa, doctoral student in horticulture
• Second place — Yulia Burakova, doctoral student in chemical engineering
• Third place — Nandana Weliweriya, doctoral student in physics

Interdisciplinary Research Poster:
• First place — Laura Soto Sierra, master's student in biological and agricultural engineering
• Second place — Sam Emerson, doctoral student in human nutrition
• Third place — Yue Yuan, master's student in apparel and textiles

Biological Sciences Oral:
• First place — Tuyen Nguyen, doctoral student in chemistry
• Second place — Bettina Jancke, doctoral student in entomology
• Third place — Catherine Stewart, doctoral student in plant pathology

Biological Sciences Poster:
• First place — Trenton Colburn, master's student in kinesiology
• Second place — Kelsey Casey, master's student in human nutrition

Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Oral 1:
• First place — Jacob Lamb, doctoral student in electrical engineering
• Second place — Jan Sebek, doctoral student in electrical engineering
• Third place — Kari Bigham, master's student in biological and agricultural engineering

Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Oral 2:
• First place — Raiya Ebini, doctoral student in physics
• Second place — Colleen Gura, master's student in geology
• Third place — Michelle Berube, master's student in geology

Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Poster 1:
• First place — Weston Koehn, master's student in civil engineering
• Second place — Balram Kaderiya, doctoral student in physics

Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Poster 2:
• First place — Rund Al Masri, doctoral student in civil engineering
• Second place — Akanksha Singh, doctoral student in electrical engineering
• Third place — Kimberly Plevniak, master's student in biological and agricultural engineering

Social Sciences/Humanities/Education Oral 1:
• First place — Miranda Klugesherz, master's student in communication studies
• Second place — Katrina Hanna, master's student in communication studies

Social Sciences/Humanities/Education Oral 2:
• First place — Conor O'Dea, doctoral student in psychology
• Second place — Amanda Fairbanks, doctoral student in counseling and student development
• Third place — Stuart Miller, doctoral student in psychology

Social Sciences/Humanities/Education Oral 3:
• First place — Jules Yimga, doctoral student in economics
• Second place — Krishna Pokharel, doctoral student in agricultural economics

Social Sciences/Humanities/Education Poster:
• First place — Brittany Hollerbach, master's student in kinesiology
• Second place — Jessica High Cless, doctoral student in marriage and family therapy
• Third place — Lauren Oseland, doctoral student in marriage and family therapy

Agricultural Sciences Oral 1:
• First place — Ryan Schmid, doctoral student in entomology
• Second place — Kelsey Phelps, doctoral student in animal sciences
• Third place — Kassandra McKillip, master's student in animal sciences

Agricultural Sciences Oral 2:
• First place — Jacob Alsdurf, doctoral student in biology
• Second place — Karthik Putta, master's student in agronomy

Agricultural Sciences Poster 1:
• First place — Garrett McCoy, master's student in animal sciences
• Second place — Yanting Shen, doctoral student in human nutrition

Agricultural Sciences Poster 2:
First place — Junjun Ou, doctoral student in agronomy
Second place — Matthew Galliart, master's student in biology

Link to K-State Today Article

April 13th, 2016

developing scholars 2016The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Presents the Developing Scholars Program's 16th Annual Research Poster Symposium. The event will take place on April 17th, 2016 in the K-State Student Union Ballroom from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Remarks will be at 2 p.m. Please join us!



April 13th, 2016

American Ethnic Studies faculty member presents at the American Educational Research Association

Norma A. Valenzuela, visiting instructor in American ethnic studies, and colleagues from the University of New Mexico presented "Navigating Resistance to Antiracist and Anti-Oppressive Curriculum: A Case Study of a Diverse Public University in the Southwest" at the 2016 American Educational Research Association.

The presentation examined how scholar activists — interested in advancing social justice curriculum — can navigate resistance to institutional change. In 2014, the Provost's Diversity Council at a large public southwestern university instituted a three-credit diversity and inclusion course for undergraduate students as a graduation requirement.

The five co-authors of the paper, all women of color, were there at every stage of the process from 2010 to 2014, to learn the ways in which the words of Audre Lorde, writer and feminist, ring true when they witnessed the challenges of "utilizing the master's tools to dismantle the master's house." They saw how the institution morphs to maintain the status quo.

Specifically, the scholar activists describe strategies for "working the cracks." According to the scholars, counter-narratives and building communities committed to inclusive excellence, social justice pedagogy and praxis advance student success. This is done by including a preferred criteria in all faculty — and eventually staff — that values a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and student success. It is the hope of these women of color faculty that challenges presented in the narrative provides some direction for other institutions navigating resistance to diversity and inclusion curriculum.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 12th, 2016

Broyles-González delivers keynote at 12th annual César Chávez Conference

Cesar Chavez Conference ReceptionYolanda Broyles-González, Yaqui, head of the American ethnic studies department and university distinguished professor, delivered the keynote address at the 12th annual César Chávez Conference on March 30 in Arizona. Her address was titled "César Chávez in Indigenous Perspective: Making a Just Society."

Broyles-González, a lifelong ally of the United Farm Workers of America, collaborated closely with Chávez during his final years. Chávez died in 1993. Broyles-González has a book in progress, which gathers Chávez's final speeches, and examines the changes in Chávez's thinking and organizing toward the end of his life. Her study also traces Chávez's guiding principles and values to the indigenous civilizations of this continent. Chávez acquired those indigenous values and principles, such as nonviolence and service to the collective, from his mother, Juana Estrada Chávez. Those principles and teachings informed his entire life as a major civil rights leader, although his organizing strategies changed radically over his lifetime.

The annual César Chávez conference, sponsored by Terros Inc. draws hundreds of participants from the behavioral health field. They gather to reflect on the values of César Chávez and have the opportunity to gain insight on how to effectively reach diverse populations in our communities.

For more information on the American ethnic studies department, visit our website at ksu.edu/ameth.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 5th, 2016

Reminder: Faculty members to discuss legacy of César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr. in panel presentation April 7

Three faculty members will discuss the legacy of César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr., the two most famous American practitioners of Gandhian nonviolence, and the events that were leading them toward a common vision in philosophy and practice, though they never met in person. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in 21 Bluemont Hall. 

Panel members and presentations will include: 

Yolanda Broyles-González, Yaqui, university distinguished professor and head of the American ethnic studies department, will present "César Chávez in Indigenous Perspective: Envisioning a Just Society."

David L. Griffin Sr., assistant dean and director of the Center for Student and Professional Services, College of Education, will present "Reflections on Memphis, April 4, 1968."

Douglas K. Benson, emeritus professor of Spanish language, culture and literature, will present "César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968: Building Toward an Alliance."

After the program the audience is invited to participate in a discussion about how the vision of these advocates for nonviolence can inform us in our work today.

The presentation is sponsored by Alianza and the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, the Black Faculty Staff Alliance, Black Student Union, the Office of Diversity, the American ethnic studies department and the College of Education.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 1st, 2016

parallel pathsAt 7:00 p.m. in Bluemont Hall 21, three faculty panelists will present on Parallel Paths: The Legacy of César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Panelists will discuss their legacies and the events that brought these two people toward a common vision in philosophy and practice, though they never met in person.

This event is in celebration of César Chávez Day (March 31st) and in commemoration of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4th).

The Panel:

Dr. Yolanda Broyles-González (Yaqui) - University Distinguished Professor and Head, American Ethnic Studies Department

Keynote: "César Chávez in Indigenous Perspective: Envisioning a Just Society."


Dr. David L. Griffin Sr. - Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Student and Professional Services, College of Education

"Reflections on Memphis, April 4, 1968."


Dr. Douglas K. Benson - Emeritus Professor of Spanish Language, Culture, and Literature

"César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968: Building Towards an Alliance."


After the program, the audience is invited to participate in a discussion about how the vision of how these powerful American activists can inform us in our work today.


Sponsored by: Alianza, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), the Black Faculty Staff Alliance (BFSA), the Black Student Union (BSU), the American Ethnic Studies Department, the Office of Diversity, and the College of Education.

April 1st, 2016

American Ethnic Studies department members present research at conference panel

AMETH PanelistsRepresentatives from the American ethnic studies department presented at the Mid-America American Studies Association Conference March 4-5 in Lawrence. This year's theme, "Battleground Midwest: Defining Who and What Matters in the U.S. and Beyond," addressed the Midwest as the geographical center of the U.S. in relationship to national and international current events.

Under the panel titled "Embodiment and Displacement within American Ethnic Studies," members of the department presented original research on topics ranging from public policy to parent-child relationships.

Jalisa Jackson and Alonso Peña presented preliminary findings on their undergraduate research projects. In the paper, "Imagining Policy: Afrofuturism and Chicanafuturism in Public Policy," Jackson discussed the potential relevance of Afrofuturism for combating poverty. Meanwhile, Peña's paper, "Superheroes of Color: Power in the Hands of the Powerless," analyzed Cartoon Network's "Steven Universe."

In the paper, "'War Baby/Love Child': Korean Motherhood, Creation Stories and Autobiographies," Melisa Posey interlaced the implications of global policies in family formations through personal narratives.

Isabel Millán's paper, "Provocative Pedagogies Beyond the Classroom," surveyed Chicana/o Latina/o children's cultural productions.

Visit the American ethnic studies department's website to learn more about the department, courses and upcoming events.

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March 31st, 2016

American Ethnic Studies professor presents research at the Society of Applied Anthropologists annual meeting today

Applied AnthropologyApril Petillo, current visiting instructor of American ethnic studies, Native American/indigenous studies emphasis and fall 2016 assistant professor of American ethnic studies, presents on her recently published chapter "Sex Trafficking of Native Peoples: History, Race, and Law" at the Society for Applied Anthropology's annual meeting March 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In general, Petillo's work centers around Indian Country, sex trafficking and what she calls "structural trafficking." As part of a panel for the book, "Applying Anthropology to Gender-based Violence: Global Responses, Local Practices," she questions the changes in the conversation about domestic U.S. trafficking when indigenous girls and women are involved.

Petillo asserts that centering indigeneity in the conversation allows for a more nuanced understanding of the phenomena of sovereign borders, the law and gender-based violence as well as solutions. Her presentation and chapter illustrates the social precarity of indigenous women's lives caused by a particular legal invisibility, which structurally renders Native women's bodies "available for violence." 

In the course of doing so, Petillo brings the ethnoraced history of rape and current U.S. anti-trafficking law into conversation with contemporary Indian Country perceptions to examine domestic U.S. trafficking, Indian Country realities and Native self-determined responses.

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March 28th, 2016

flyer FJGThe Department of English and the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee presents "Women, the Arts, and Politics in WWII," a lecture by Farah Jasmine Griffin.


Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. Her most recent book is Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II.

The lecture will be held on Friday, April 1st, in the Hale Hemisphere Room. The lecture is free and open to the public!

For more information on Visiting Writers and Speakers hosted by the Department of English, please click here.

March 24th, 2016

1491sThe Kansas State University Native American Student Association presents: The 1491s,  a Native American comedy satire group. They will be presenting in the K-State Student Union Ballroom from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on March 30th.

Preceded by: 

Meet and Greet - Brown Bag Lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

Social Justice thru Social Media: the 1491s, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Nichols Hall; sponsored by the College of Education


Co-sponsors: NASA, SOCS, AISES, LGBT Resource Center, Department of English, Multicultural Engineering Program, Office of the Provost, College of Education, Diversity Programming Council, and K-State Alumni Association

March 8th, 2016

American Ethnic Studies professor presents at the American Philosophical Association

Shireen Roshanravan, associate professor of American ethnic studies, presented "Where is our Beyoncé? Asian- American Struggle for Voice in U.S. Racial Justice Discourse" at the Central American Philosophical Association on Wednesday, March 2, at the Hilton Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois.

Her presentation addressed the hegemonic public perception of Asian-Americans as uncertain in their claim to U.S. people of color politics. In the presentation, Roshanravan used the example of the public responses to Chinese-American NYPD officer Peter Liang's indictment for the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley. Roshanravan also mentioned Jahlani Smothers-Pugh's charge of anti-black racism in her "Black Girl Dangerous" open letter to Indian-American comedian/actor Aziz Ansari. 

Using these examples, Roshanravan argues that Asian-American reliance on a "we are victims too!" response to address their invisibility in racial justice discourse — concomitant with the "where’s our Beyoncé?!" approach to resistance against racism — silences both Asian-American cultural modes of resistance to the model-minority racial project and the specific genealogies of violence against black peoples on which this racial project depends.

Link to K-State Today Article

March 7th, 2016

Artist talk 'Art, Pleasure & Imagination' by Favianna Rodriguez today

Favianna FlyerFeminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment, or FIRE, an official student organization, will host an artist talk, "Art, Pleasure & Imagination," by Favianna Rodriguezat at 5 p.m. Monday, March 7, in 13 Leasure Hall. A reception will follow with Rodriguez with the opportunity to purchase signed copies of her artwork.

This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity Programming Committee, the American ethnic studies department, the art department, the women's studies department and the American Ethnic Studies Student Association. 

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her artwork explores major themes such as gender justice, ecology and migration. She has lectured globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez is the executive director of CultureStrike and co-founder of Presente.org.

For more information, contact Alaina Littlejohn, president of FIRE, atalaina1@k-state.edu.

Link to K-State Today Student Edition Article

February 25th, 2016

Favianna Rodriguez art exhibit now open through March 11

Freedom, Justice, Voice, Power!

Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment, or FIRE, an official student organization, invites you to visit Favianna Rodriguez's art exhibit in 102 Leasure Hall.

Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her artwork explores major themes such as migration, economic inequality, gender justice and ecology. She has lectured globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez is the executive director of CultureStrike and co-founder of Presente.org.

Artwork is available for viewing until March 11 in 102 Leasure Hall during the following hours:

Mondays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesdays: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additionally, Rodriguez will deliver an artist talk, "Art, Pleasure & Imagination," from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 7, in 13 Leasure Hall, followed by a reception.

For more information, contact Alaina Littlejohn, president of FIRE, at alaina1@k-state.edu or visit the American ethnic studies department's website.

Link to K-State Today Article

February 25th, 2016

Native American Student Association presents The 1491s 

The Native American Student Association, an official student organization, will host the 1491s, a Native American comedy satire group, at 7 p.m. March 30 in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. 

The event is funded through the Student Governing Association's Diversity Programming Committee. While on campus, the comedy group also will be involved in a co-sponsored brown bag lunch and lecture sponsored by the education department in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.

The event is the first of a series of events co-sponsored with LGBT, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the newly formed Indigenous Alliance support group. With the help of many colleges on campus, we hope to see a larger crossing of bridges with Haskell University, a powwow during open house and other events.  

View our updates in OrgSync.

February 25th, 2016

The Dutchman - A Play by Amiri Baraka

In the steaming underbelly of the New York City subway system, an African-American man and a white woman find themselves drawn together in a conversation about race, resulting in an explosive confrontation that reveals the violence of prejudice and the twisted standards of American culture. This visionary work by Amiri Baraka continues to provoke audiences and spark conversation more than 50 years after its initial production. Directed by graduate student in Theatre, Danielle Levings. Opening Night is tonight, Thursday, February 25th, 2016! Show starts at 7:30. It will also be showing at 7:30 on February 26th and February 27th.

For more information visit the event website.

Cost: Ticket prices: Public: $8; Senior, Military, KSU Faculty and Staff: $7; Students, Youth: $5.

Contact: Ben Stark, benstark@ksu.edu, 319-321-7456

Event type: Arts, Multicultural, Recreation, Social

Sponsor: Ebony Theatre, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

 February 22nd, 2016

FIRE film series presents The Black Power Mixtape Today

Black Power MixtapeFeminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment, or FIRE, presents The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22nd, in 13 Leasure Hall.

To further our mission of igniting communities toward progressive social change, while also creating a space for and centering the voices of those who have been erased, marginalized, or made invisible within these communities, we invite you to attend our third event in our FIRE film series.






February 18th, 2016

Undergrad Jakki Forester to present research at three national, local conferences

Jakki Forester Drag ShowJakki Forester, senior in print journalism and American ethnic studies, will present her research on drag culture in central Kansas at three conferences in the upcoming months.

The conferences are the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, or MBGLTACC, at Purdue University Feb. 19-21, the third annual Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference at Wichita State University on March 4 and the No Limits Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on March 11.

Forester's research focus is on drag performers — both drag kings and drag queens — in central Kansas, which include the cities of Salina, Junction City, Manhattan, Topeka and Salina. Specific components of her research include gender performativity, transformations of individuals in and out of their drag identities, pseudo-safe spaces for queer individuals in rural communities, racial dynamics within drag culture, positionality of perceived power within queer communities and intersectionality of multiple identities of privilege and marginalization.

The specific areas of Forester's research she will present on at all three conferences include gender performativity theory, transformations and growth of individuals’ identities in and out of drag, creation and sustainment of pseudo-safe spaces for queer people within rural communities and positionality of perceived power of drag performers in these queer communities.

MBLGTACC is a regional three-day conference hosted annually at a university or college within the Midwest region of the U.S. to discuss contemporary queer issues, problems and concerns. Annual attendance includes more than 2,000 students, faculty and community members who can attend more than 90 workshops, forums and keynote speakers. This year's theme is "Introspection at the Crossroads."

The Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference highlights original gender and/or sexuality related research and scholarship across disciplines from colleges and universities in Kansas.

The No Limits Conference was created as an interdisciplinary conference that accommodates both traditional and nontraditional topics and presentations. The conference is open exclusively to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates. This year's theme is "Sexuality and Gender in the Digital Age."

As an undergraduate researcher, Forester looks forward to presenting at all of these conferences. She is excited to represent herself, the departments she is a part of at K-State and the university as a whole at each conference. In between the conferences, as well as until she graduates in May, Forester will continue researching drag culture in central Kansas.

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February 14th, 2016

"For Those Who Love God... And Trap Music: A Conversation on Hip Hop, Social Justice, and Cultural Resilience" featuring the Hip Hop Pedagogue Dr. Jocelyn Wilson

God and Trap MusicThe Kansas State University Qualitative Research Student Organization presents "For Those Who Love God... And Trap Music: A Conversation on Hip Hop, Social Justice, and Cultural Resilience" featuring the Hip Hop Pedagogue Dr. Jocelyn Wilson. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the K-State Student Union, Room 227.






February 14th, 2016

Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at McCain Auditorium

The McCain Performance Series presents Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at the McCain Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

Los Lobos Screenshot

The McCain box office is open weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 90 minutes before each performance. You can reach McCain by calling (785)-532-6428.

January 15th, 2016

K-State faculty receive prestigious national arts award

Bojorquez GarciaKansas State University faculty members April Bojorquez and Matt Garcia have received the prestigious Creative Capital Award to expand their work examining relationships between art, ecology and society specifically dealing with growing dryland zones.

The Creative Capital Award is one of the top honors in contemporary art. The award includes up to $95,000 in funding and resources, $50,000 in direct funding and additional resources, and advisory services valued at $45,000. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions. In 2016, Creative Capital funded 46 projects awarding nearly $4.4 million dollars of grants to artists. Since 1999, Creative Capital's awards program has committed nearly $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists.

Garcia is an assistant professor of digital/experimental media in the K-State art department. His artistic practice investigates ecology, its relationship to knowledge systems and how media can connect communities to a reclaiming or reimagining of lost epistemology. Garcia's work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris France; International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada; European Research Network Sociology of the Arts, Vienna, Austria; Balance-Unbalance Festival, Noose, Australia; and Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, or HASTAC, Lima, Peru.

Bojorquez is a faculty member in the American ethnic studies department and an assistant curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum. Formerly, she was the curator of art at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Museum Studies Program. Bojorquez works within the intersection of art and anthropology. She has worked in the museum field nationally and internationally, exploring new approaches to museum practices in an increasingly multicultural society. Influenced by participatory practices and social sculpture, Bojorquez employs diverse strategies to produce immersive and interactive environments exploring place, identity and museum practices.

A reception will recognize the award winners from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in 117 Willard Hall.

For more information, contact Garcia at mattgarcia@k-state.edu.

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