Who Belongs and Who Decides? Celebration of the New Humanities Center

 Humanities Center     Oct 8 2019 | 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Humanities Gateway, 1010, 1030, 1st floor suite

This event kicks off our new Conversations that Matter series and our year-long exploration of Borders & Belonging.

Join us on Oct. 8 (Tuesday)
  • Lunch Reception, 11:30-noon, HG 1010
  • Roundtable Conversation, Noon-1:00, HG 1030 (To be livestreamed)
  • Open House/Dessert Reception, 1:00-2:00, New Humanities Center (1st floor suite, HG)
Please rsvp by September 30: http://bit.ly/ConvThatMatter

Facilitator: Tyrus Miller (Dean of the School of Humanities)

Roundtable Speakers:
  • Rachael De La Cruz (Ph.D. Candidate, History)
  • Christopher Fan (Assistant Professor, English)
  • Holly Guise (Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, History)
  • Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (Associate Professor, African American Studies)
For more information, contact Judy Wu (j.wu@uci.edu).

Bios:  Rachael De La Cruz is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Irvine. She is a current fellow in the UC President’s Dissertation Year program. Her dissertation “Surveillance, Settlements, and Sanctuary: Comparative Refugee Policies in Central America during the Salvadoran Civil War” examines how each Central American government responded to Salvadoran refugees displaced by civil war during the 1980s. She has an article published in the interdisciplinary Gender and Migration special issue of the American Behavioral Scientist. She also advocates for immigration justice through public history writing and community work.

Chris Fan is an assistant professor in the department of English at UCI. His research and teaching focus on contemporary science fiction and Asian American literature. He's also a co-founder of the Asian American news, culture and politics magazine Hyphen.

Holly Guise (Iñupiaq) is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine in the Department of History mentored by Professor Sharon Block. She obtained her PhD in History from Yale University. Her manuscript, “World War II and the First Peoples of the Last Frontier” focuses on gender, internment, human rights, Native activism, and Indigenous military service during the war. Her research methods bridge together archives, tribal archives, community-based research, and oral histories with Alaska Native elders and veterans. She has received funding for her research from the Ford Foundation, the Cook Inlet Historical Society, the Western History Association’s Walter Rundell Award, the American Philosophical Society, and various fellowships from Yale.

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and President-Elect of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. She is a former Editor of the National Political Science Review (2016-2019), as well as a current History/Social Science Book Review Editor for Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. She is the author of Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability (University of California Press 2015) and editor of Theories of Blackness: On Life and Death (Cognella 2011) as well as guest editor of numerous Special Issues. She is the winner of the 2017 Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics Mae C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics, the 2009 winner of the Midwest Political Science Association’s Lucius Barker Award for the Best Paper in Race and Ethnic Politics, and 2015 and 2011 UC Irvine Chancellor’s Award for Fostering Undergraduate Research. She is a member of the LGBTQ+ Caucus of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the former President of the LGBTQ Caucus of the American Political Science Association.

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