Last year the CCSRE celebrated its 10th Anniversary, for which we (co)hosted over 30 events and programs across the year!

Among the highlights were: Bryan Stevenson’s keynote for the One Book One Region event; the “Capitalism Works for Me” public art installation by Steve Lambert; the all-campus Critical Conversations event; and Cornel West’s keynote for the closing of the 10th Anniversary commemorations.

As much as last year was about marking the Center’s outward presence, this academic year will be devoted to an inward facing project of self-study and re-visioning. Specifically, we will be considering how to recapture the original intent of the Center (to serve as an “intellectual home” for the study of race and ethnicity) as well as meet the needs of the emerging curriculum and intensifying social context. In order to focus on our infrastructure, we are putting somewhat of a moratorium on public programming this year.

That said, we are still offering grants through our regular Call for Proposals. This years’ CCSRE theme is “Changing the Narrative.” Last year in his keynote address, Bryan Stevenson outlined his four-point plan for changing the world, inviting all of us to play our part by:

  1. getting proximate (to others);
  2. changing the narrative (of racial inequality);
  3. doing uncomfortable things; and
  4. staying hopeful.

As a way of building continuity, we carry this theme over into this year. Through the CFP we aim to support intellectual and artistic endeavors that help forward efforts to “change the world” by "changing the narrative." For inspiration, here is a clip of Stevenson’s talk, "Changing the American Racial Narrative," at the Ella Baker Child Policy Institute where he talks about the need to change the narrative.

Toward this end, we will buy books and support up to 5 groups of students, staff and/or faculty interested in engaging in a common reading with one of the books from our “CCSRE Changing the Narrative Bookshelf” (see below). Books can be purchased this fall, with group discussions planned for the spring. Interested groups should submit a proposal through the CFP process.

CCSRE “Changing the Narrative” Bookshelf

1. Berg, Maggie & Barbara Seeber (2016). "Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy"

2. Magolda, Peter M (2016). "The Lives of Campus Custodians: Insights Into Corporatization and Civic Disengagement in the Academy"

3. Rankine, Claudia (2014). "Citizen: An American Lyric"

4. Katznelson, Ira (2005). "When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America"

5. Simpson, Audra (2014). "Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States"

6. Manion, Jen (2015). "Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America"

7. Alexander, Michelle (2012). "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"

8. Thompson, Nato (2015). "Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Twenty-first Century"

9. Skloot, Rebecca (2011). "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

10. Roy, Arundhati (2014). "Capitalism: A Ghost Story"