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Conference at SF State focuses on ethnic studies

International gathering of scholars commemorates the 40th anniversary of the founding of the only College of Ethnic Studies in the U.S.


WHAT:  "Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: Race, Resistance and Relevance," a public conference about ethnic studies, marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. The College is the only institution in the world devoted entirely to the discipline.
The four-day conference will showcase more than 100 plenary and workshop sessions, including:

  • A review and discussion about a proposed K-12 ethnic studies curriculum in San Francisco public schools
  • A session titled “Race, the Power of Illusion,” which will examine how an artificial construct has historically maintained such a powerful hold on human consciousness
  • A discussion on how cultural conceptual frameworks inform our understanding of history, class, gender, religion and social justice in regard to Muslims
  • Sessions on the strengths and weaknesses of ethnic studies and more traditional social sciences in the teaching of race and ethnicity in the U.S. 


WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

WHERE: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave (at 19th Avenue), and San Francisco

WHO: Approximately 3,000 scholars, sociologists, psychologists, historians, philosophers, artists, anthropologists, educators, civic leaders and other professionals as well as students from seven countries, 10 states and 35 universities.


MORE INFO:  A complete schedule of presenters and public registration information is available at http://www.sfsu.edu/~ethnicst/fortieth.html


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PLEASE NOTE:  MEDIA should register and address their inquiries to Denize Springer in University Communications at (415) 338-1665 or denize@sfsu.edu                                                                 




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