2021 Remote Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Summer Courses


    Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: An Introduction (5 credits)

  • CRES 10

    Session 1

    Examines the concept of race, followed by an investigation of colorblindness, multiculturalism, and post-racialism. Race and ethnicity are examined as historically formulated in relationship to the concepts of gender, sexuality, class, nationalism, indigeneity, citizenship, immigration, and inequality. Requirements: Prerequisite(s): Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement. General Education Code: ER

    Proposed Instructor - Nick Mitchell


  • Organizing for Water Justice in California (5 credits)

  • CRES 136

    Session 1

    Investigates, imagines, and practices movement toward water justice in California using feminist, Indigenous, and critical race theory. The course includes collaborative projects with environmental justice organizers in the Central Valley, and offers new ways of thinking about water inequity and access through racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and critical theories of place. Crosslisted with FMST 136 and ENVS 136. General Education Code PR-E

    Proposed Instructor - Vivian Underhill

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Topics in Black Studies: Histories of Miseducation (5 credits)

  • CRES 188B

    Session 1

    This course examines the history of the idea of “miseducation” through a transnational lens across different racial and state formations. It focuses in particular on histories of the (mis)education of people of African descent, drawing on historical cases and theorizations from both the Continent and the Diaspora. Narratives and theorizations from outside of the Black and African experience also serve as a cornerstone of the course, highlighting the structural and political solidarities constructed by groups organizing around educational struggles and education as a tool of resistance in opposition to (neo)colonial structures of oppression.

    Proposed Instructor - Christian Alvarado

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Eating the Other: The Racial Politics of Food in the United States (5 credits)

  • CRES 188X

    Session 2

    “Foodie” culture today is a live wire in the US American “melting pot.” From “ethnic fusion” fads to controversies over the role of racialized chefs in haute cuisine, food offers rich points of entry for theorizing race in the United States. Kyla Wazana Tompkins describes “foodie culture,” and the academic field of food studies’ co-emergence with it, as follows: “Foodie culture is founded on problematic racial politics in which white, bourgeois, urban subject positions are articulated through the consumption and informational mastery of foreign, non-Anglo-American food cultures”. This course embraces Tompkins’ critical position on the study of food, the racial politics of “eating as a social practice,” and food production, in the kitchen and well before it.  This course will not only examine scenes of cooking and eating, but also scenes from the plantation and the meatpackers, from the warfront, the militarized border, and the prison.

    Proposed Instructor - Jane Komori

    Pending CCI Approval