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Ethnic studies is the interdisciplinary and comparative study of ethnicity, indigeneity, race, and racism in the United States. From its origins in the late 1960s, ethnic studies scholars have been committed to studying issues of social justice, identity, and resistance, and highlighting the perspectives and experiences of people of color. Ethnic studies scholars rigorously interrogate historical and contemporary manifestations of white supremacy. We seek to understand and explain how systems of domination and acts of resistance have created, and continue to create, racial subjects. We analyze social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual struggles over racial hierarchies through an interdisciplinary lens.  As a department at the University of Oregon, we critically engage the ways that race, as a system of domination, is intimately tied to issues of gender, class, sexuality, migration, indigeneity, and colonialism.  Furthermore, while the social construction of race in the U.S. is at the center of traditional ethnic studies, we recognize that to understand U.S. racial dynamics, we must also pay significant attention to transnational migrations and diasporas resulting from the slave trade, indentured labor, colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberal globalization.


We are now offering a minor in Native American Studies!
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What is Racism?

ES 101 Intro to Ethnic Studies

Summer Term


This class is designed to introduce students to the important concepts, theories, and frameworks central to the study of race (and other intersecting identities such as gender, class, and sexuality) in American life.  We will explore concepts such as racialization, the development of race a s a social category, the deep history  of contemporary racial formations, and social movements of various individuals and communities that have challenged the status quo in a racist society.


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Bobby Seale, Greg Morozumi, and Mic Crenshaw

The Legacy of the Black Panther Party

Black Resistance and Intercommunal Coalition-Building Matter! Black Power Matters!

WORKSHOP Thursday, April 21 3:00–5:00 p.m. Mills Center Erb Memorial Union

The Revolutionary Art and Culture Workshop with Mic Crenshaw and Greg Jung Morozumi explores the role poetry, music, and other arts play in community organizing. Refreshments will be served.

PANEL DISCUSSION Thursday, April 21 6:30–8:30 p.m. 156 Straub Hall

The evening panel discussion brings the cofounder of the Black Panther Party for Self- Defense to the University of Oregon to commemorate the



Stephanie “Lani” Teves

Professor Lani Teves published her co-edited volume with Andrea Smith and Michelle Rajeha, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies series, University of Arizona Press, 2015.

Native Studies: Keywords (University of Arizona, 2015)










This volume is a genealogical project that looks at the history of words that claim to have no history. It is the first book to examine the foundational concepts of Native American Studies, offering multiple perspectives and opening a critical new


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