The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) was founded in 1999 with the mission to develop a curriculum focused on the experiences of African-, Latino/a-, Asian-, and Native-American (ALANA) people, who tend to be marginalized, underrepresented, or misrepresented in the U.S. as well as in the normative curriculum. CSCRE also fosters dialogues on issues pertaining to race through extra-curricular programming, notably its year-long Discussion Series, which brings between six and eight speakers, artists, and performers to Ithaca over the Fall and Spring semesters. This dual and comprehensive focus is meant to help students to live meaningfully in a multiracial and polycultural world by understanding how race and ethnicity shape an individual's identity and life chances.
The Center's minors in African Diaspora, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American Studies cover a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation, social justice, and struggles for racial redress. While the primary focus of each minor is on the experiences of ALANA people in the U.S., an overall objective is to encourage, allow, and facilitate a study of the U.S. in relation to the world. Where possible, courses rely on historical and comparative methodologies, a combination of epistemological /theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems, and a critical approach to the processes of knowledge construction, all of which allow students to develop a contextual understanding of the issues they are studying.
Students in the minor are required to take a total of six courses (*18 credit hours), two from the Conceptual Frameworks category and one each from the remaining four: Conceptual Frameworks, Comparative and International, Culture and History, Policy and Praxis, and Power and Liberation.
* For the Native American Studies minor, students must take additional 3 credit hours in a Capstone Experience category (total of 21 credit hours).
Please click here for: Minors' Course Lists
Discussion Series: TECH N' COLOR (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
**Technologizing Funk/Funkin Technology**
Adam J. Banks, Professor
University of Kentucky
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7–9 P.M.
Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall
**Racism School: Woman of Color Feminism and the Internet**
Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor
University of Michigan
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7–9 P.M.
Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall
**Wounds of Waziristan: Ethnography of a Kill Zone**
Madiha R. Tahir, Writer/Journalist & Filmmaker
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7–9 P.M.
Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Claire Swensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 274-1056. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as much in advance of the event as possible.