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Take Me To Your Leader

May 3, 2018

Take Me To Your Leader Flyer PDF

One of the nation’s foremost Americanists, John Carlos Rowe, will present “Take Me To Your Leader” Sarah Winnemucca’s Transnational Authority in Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims.  This is a talk on his forthcoming book, The Ends of Transnationalism and Nineteenth-Century US Cultural Imperialism.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018; 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: University Union, Room 220
Further Info:

John Carlos Rowe Webpage

Sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, in conjunction with the CLA Lottery Fund.




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Bey Day 2018

May 3, 2018

Bey Day 2018 Flyer PDF

This one-day event is a showcase of academic panels and performance work around the politics of Beyoncé’s musical and visual cannon.  The event includes student presentations, dance performances, and spoke word poetry.  There will also be opportunities to make art and view an altar that is dedicated to Women of Color that have lost their lives due to police violence.  Please join us.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018; 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: University Union, Room 220
Further Info:

Sponsored by Ethnic Studies and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion [OUDI].


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Don't Believe the Hype

Feb 15, 2018

Check out the Mustang News Article on this exciting upcoming project with Dr. Jenell Navarro:
Don’t Believe The Hype: The unique elements of the hip-hop library exhibit

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Poetic Justice Project

Feb 15, 2018

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Poetic Justice Project will perform "Time Will Tell," a story about lives before, during and after incarceration; then engage in a one-hour discussion with students and formerly incarcerated cast members. Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze social structures and engage with diverse members of our local community, which directly support the criteria set forth in the University Learning Objectives, General Education Area D objectives, and the USCP learning objectives. Because many Cal Poly students tend to have little direct experience with or knowledge about the prison industrial complex, this performance and ensuing dialog can act as a vital teaching moment and facilitate deeper engagement by students in our civil society.

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, March 07, 2018; 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Advanced Technology Lab [ATL] 07-002
Further Info:

Poetic Justice Project Website

Sponsored by the Comparative Ethnic Studies Student Association [CESSA], in conjunction with the Vantage Point Program from the Office of Student Affairs; the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion [OUDI]; the Social Sciences Department, and the Ethnic Studies Department.

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Hip Hop Symposium 2018

Feb 14, 2018

Hip Hop Symposium 2018 Flyer PDF


The 2018 Winter Hip-Hop Symposium is a showcase of all the elements of hip-hop culture (deejaying, emceeing, graffiti writing, breakdancing, and knowledge production). The event is organized by Dr. Jenell Navarro and the students of ES 310: Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics. The program includes student performances in music and dance, presentations of scholarly work in hip-hop studies, a live deejay, and featured rappers from Southern California. The featured artists this year are Miki Vale and Queen Kandi Cole, who make up the group FIFTY50. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us for an exciting evening of hip-hop on Cal Poly's campus!

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Chumash Auditorium
Further Info:

FIFTY50 "Get Em Up"
FIFTY50 "Black"
FIFTY50 "E.P.I.C."

Brought to you by the Department of Ethnic Studies, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts, The Multicultural Center & The Gender Equity Center.

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Website Under Update

Website Update in Progress

Feb 4, 2018

We are pleased to announce our website is in process of being updated! The first phase of updates will include bringing the current content current, setting up a better Alumni Connect extension, and including a Department Calendar of Events. We are hoping to have these first phase updates completed by the end of Winter Quarter 2018. If you have suggestions of content you would like to see here, corrections for current content, or would like to submit content for our News & Events page, please email

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Conversations with Cal Poly Authors ft. ES Professor Dr. Elvira Pulitano

Jan 25, 2017

Dr. Elvira Pulitano, Professor, Ethnic Studies Department

"Transnational Narratives from the Caribbean: Diasporic Literature and the Human Experience"

Feb. 17 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Velasquez & Inchausti Podcast

May 31, 2016

Chicana Superwoman

If you were not among the ~90 people who attended May's conversation event with Gloria Velasquez of MLL and Robert Inchausti of English, you may now tap into the podcast here:

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Decolonize Your Diet

May 3, 2016

Luz Calvo, Ph.D., Professor of Ethnic Studies, CSU East Bay.

"Decolonize Your Diet"

Monday, May 2 4 p.m.

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Ethnic Studies Presents Luz Calvo, May 2, 4 p.m.

Apr 19, 2016

The Ethnic Studies Department is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of
Luz Calvo, Ph.D., Professor of Ethnic Studies, CSU East Bay.


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