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On the Washington Post Redskins Poll

By C. Richard King, professor of comparative ethnic studies at WSU and author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy.

Richard King
Richard King

For many, the key take away of the recent survey conducted by the Washington Post is that the vast majority of American Indians do not take offense at the name of the local professional football team. In fact, for some, the poll sounds a death knell for the movement against the slur at the heart of the franchise and has even convinced at least one vocal opponent on staff at the Post to rethink his position. To my mind, all of these readings miss the mark. Most importantly, they miss the harms it excuses and perpetuates. » More …

WSU professor to study xenophobia in Austria

Richard King
Richard King

A Washington State University expert in the racial politics of culture has received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for his new research examining xenophobia in Austria.

Richard King, a professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, will teach cultural studies courses at the University of Graz in Austria next spring supported by a grant for €20,000 plus airfare (approximately $25,000) from the Fulbright Foundation. While there, he will study the ethnic, racial and religious differences emerging as waves of refugees enter Europe from the Middle East and North Africa amid ongoing concerns about terrorism and security. » More …

Arts and Sciences honors outstanding achievement

Fourteen faculty, six staff and seven graduate students were honored for outstanding achievement at the fourth annual College of Arts and Sciences Appreciation and Recognition Social. » More …

March 22: Celebrate WSU authors at Crimson Reads

Crimson ReadsThe published works of WSU authors will be recognized at the third annual “Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors,” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Terrell Library atrium. Crimson Reads is part of WSU Showcase, the annual celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. Refreshments will be offered during a reception open to the public. » More …