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Smithsonian webcast on sports mascot racism

C. Richard King, professor in critical culture, gender and race studies, will join other commentators, authors and sports representatives for a live broadcast from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The event will include a series of panel discussions on racist stereotypes and cultural appropriation in American sports. In particular, the webinar will examine collegiate retirement of Native American sports references and some recent efforts to revive them despite the NCAA’s policy against “hostile and abusive” names and symbols.

King will discuss the origin myths behind mascots as part of the first panel beginning at 7:30 a.m. PST.

The National Museum of the American Indian regularly hosts intellectual and cultural events and symposia that include a select group of scholars and advocates, King said.

For a schedule of topics, list of panel members or to register for the webcast, go to


Campus Speaker Series on Culture, Race

The Department of Critical Culture, Gender & Race Studies (CCGRS) spring speaker series begins tomorrow.

“With speakers discussing literature, art, the Black Panther party, health care, science, religion and hip-hop, the series will offer a range of interests and backgrounds that will underscore the many approaches to studying race, gender and sexuality,” said David Leonard, department chair. “These speakers represent a broad range of experts and brilliant practitioners within their respective fields.”

The series includes:

Jan. 23: “An Evening with Adam Mansbach”

Feb. 19: “Temporal displacements and spatial constellations: An overview of the work of Jin-me Yoon”

Feb. 25: “Henrietta Lacks in Context: African American Responses to Medical Discrimination in the 20th Century” by Alondra Nelson

April 16: “Beyond Belief: The search for more (and less) in material culture” by Monica Miller

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Leonard to give keynote at 2013 MLK Distinguished Service Awards

David Leonard, associate professor and chair of the college’s Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, will give the keynote speech at the University’s 2013 MLK Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on January 24.

“Dr. King’s Dream, Body Politics and the Continual War on Women of Color” will examine links between Martin Luther King’s legacy, the life of Henrietta Lacks (portrayed in this year’s Common Reading book), the historical experience of African-American women, and social justice.

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