The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is the fifth, and newest, interdisciplinary academic center at the College. The Center is the hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines. By focusing on comparative race and ethnic studies, the Center recognizes the multiple social, historical, cultural, religious, and political contexts that have shaped the construction of racial and ethnic groups.
CCSRE is a genuinely unique initiative among liberal arts colleges that stands in continuity with, and elaborates on, the College's tradition and values of cultivating young people to engage in the full array of human experiences.
Among the central foci of the work of the CCSRE:
- Comparative Study of Racialization
- Immigration and Labor
- Globalization and Transnationalism
- Race, Ethnicity, and Education
- Legacies of Slavery across the Americas
- Collective Memory and Historical Traumas (e.g., Holocaust, Jim Crow south, Internment of Japanese Americans, Global Genocides)
- Histories of Indigenous Groups and Traditions of New England
- Intersections of Race and Gender in the Workplace
- Comparative History of Racial and Ethnic Groups
- Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment
In 2016-2017, the CCSRE, in addition to our sponsored and co-sponsored programs, continued building its signature programming. We introduced our annual CCSRE Bookshelf and Salon where over 50 students, faculty and staff read books that challenged us to “Change the Narrative” and then came together to discuss ideas. We also introduced the first annual CCSRE Teaching and Research Forums, which hosted Prof. Christina Heatherton (Trinity College) and Prof. Keeanga -Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton) on campus to talk with faculty and staff about their work. CCSRE faculty also participated in The Op-Ed Project, collectively producing over 20 different OpEds.
The centerpiece of last years’ work however was an inward facing project of self-study and re-visioning. Specifically, we considered how to recapture the original vision for the Center (to serve as an “intellectual home” for the study of race and ethnicity) as well as meet the changing curriculum and intensifying social context. We are in the process of exploring a CCSRE minor as well as a joint certificate with the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. Stay tuned for updates on our new structure!
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