Ithaca College Center to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

By Dave Maley, October 8, 2019
Discussion and reception highlight two decades for the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

The Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) will recognize its 20th anniversary with a panel discussion and reception on Friday, Oct. 11. Titled “Celebrating 20 Years of CSCRE: Looking Back to Move Forward,” the program will begin at 4 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.

Speaking about the origins of the center will be Professor of Politics Asma Barlas, who served as the founding director of the CSCRE from 1999 to 2002 and returned to the position from 2006 to 2015; and Assistant Provost for International Programs and Extended Studies Tanya Saunders, who helped lead the planning group that established the center in 1999.

Alumni Cedrick-Michael Simmons ’14 and Kristy Zhen ’13, along with current student Marissa Booker ’20, will discuss the centrality of student struggle in building and maintaining spaces like the CSCRE. 

Based in the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity delivers a curriculum focused primarily on African-, Latino/a-, Asian-, and Native-American (ALANA) people in the United States, who are usually marginalized, under-represented and/ or misrepresented in the normative curriculum. It offers minors in African Diaspora Studies, Asian American Studies, Latinx Studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

The reception starts at 4 p.m. and the panel discussion at 4:30, with the reception resuming at around 5:30.