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CCSRE's 20th Anniversary

Celebrating Twenty Years at Stanford

Inspired by student activism and advocacy for ethnic studies, as well as a growing number of faculty committed to the study of race and ethnicity, CCSRE was founded at Stanford in 1996.  Professor Al Camarillo (History),   Ramón Saldivar (English),  Yvonne Yarbro-Bejerano (ILAC), Claude Steele (Psychology),  Hazel Markus (Psychology)

The Center incorporated Native American studies and Asian American studies into Chicano/a and Latino/a studies after many meetings.  The formation of CCSRE marked a new inter-ethnic/interracial and interdisciplinary approach to studying inequality and difference.

The center marked its 20th anniversary by hosting a series of courses, events, and activities designed to engage the Stanford community in critical and timely conversations about how race and ethnicity still matter today.  During this special year, we were able to spotlight and share the latest scholarship and accomplishments of CCSRE’s affiliated faculty, students, and alumni. Each quarter had a thematic focus.  In the fall of 2016,  we held a Presidential Politics class that focused on this national event as a significant form of "doing race."   In winter quarter, we organized sessions on "talking race"   and began our annual series on defining race across the disciplines. Finally, in spring quarter, 2017, we highlighted  different ways in which we "represent race"  by working on a"RaceWorks" media project. 

Doing Race (Fall)

Focus on how people “do race”  or operate as part of a dynamic system of historically derived ideas, institutions, and practices that make race real, lived, and quotidian.

Talking Race (Winter)

Focus on how people “talk race” or how race is centered in public conversation as well as how journalists are writing about and reporting on race in various contemporary media.

Representing Race (Spring)

Focus on how people “represent race” and how race is produced through creative endeavors in literature, the art, music, theater, film and visual media.