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Upcoming Talks


Thursday, April 22nd @ 5PM

Virtual Lecture by Jinah Kim, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate in Asian Studies at the California State University, Northridge

In conversation w/ Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Professor of Performance Studies, Asian American Studies, and Theatre, Northwestern University.

Drawing on her book Postcolonial Grief: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas, this talk will elaborate on the book's core concept of insurgent melancholia, which is applied to theorize the unaddressed and unresolved violence related to US military violence during WWII and the Korean war.

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Thursday, April 29th @ 5PM

Collective Futures Teach-in! A teach-in addressing anti-Black and anti-Asian violence locally and globally and community organizing efforts to fight for justice. Featuring Chicago-based femme/women of color organizers and activists. 

  • Bettina Johnson, Chicago AfroSocialists & DefundCPD 
  • Janessa Juntilla, Anakbayan Chicago  
  • Vivien Tsou, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)  
  • Byul Yoon, co-founder of Dissenters

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CRES Faculty Highlight



Selected as a 2020 - 2021 commissioned artist for the Illinois Humanities, Envisioning Justice grant!

Prof. Patricia Nguyen has been selected as one of 14 new #EnvisioningJustice Artist & Humanist Commissions for projects that respond to impacts of mass incarceration and envision a society that is restorative, healing, and just for all.
With this grant, Prof. Nguyen will have the opportunity to work on an artist book entitled, "Combat Breathing & Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project," which chronicles the stories of survivors of police violence, the process of building a monumental anti-monument, and the continued fight against mass criminalization and incarceration. Combat Breathing draws its title and inspiration from Frantz Fanon.
This project archives the process of building a memorial in the context of calls to #DefundPolice and tear down racist monuments while connecting the military industrial complex to the prison industrial complex and the significant role of policing, specifically in Chicago.
This work is an archive, available in both digital and printed form, to tell the story of a movement for reparations and how a memorial becomes a symbol spearheaded by survivors to create pathways to heal.

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CRES Scholars In The News


Prof. Nitasha Sharma - Panelist on Jan 26th Episode of Chicago Tonight (WTTW)

Prof. Nitasha Sharma joins a panel to  discuss the significance of Kamala Harris on Chicago Tonight (WTTW)



Prof. Geraldo Cadava - New York Times Op-Ed

"Trump Began With His ‘Great’ Wall. He Ended With It, Too: His legacy will be the divisions he has sown between Americans."



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In support of the American Studies Association's (ASA) annual meeting, The Council for Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) has registered for ASA's series of recorded, public-facing Freedom Courses. You can access the courses by clicking on the following link

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