CRES Events

CRES hosts or co-sponsors a variety of interesting events every year.  Follow the links below to learn more about events planned and past.

    March 23, 2023

  • Sites of Memory: A Symposium on Toni Morrison and the Archive

    fahima ife will perform on an independent artist panel as part of the "Sites of Memory: A Symposium on Toni Morrison and the Archive" at Princeton University with JJJJJerome Ellis, Ja'Tovia Gary, and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (in real life)

  • March 18, 2023

  • Open Mic Night at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco

    fahima ife will be the open mic night feature at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (virtual)

  • March 11, 2023

  • "Stay Woke" Featuring fahima ife

    fahima ife will present a workshop called "stay woke" at the BSCU conference on teaching creative practice and process in cres at ucsc in undergraduate and graduate courses on black aesthetics + marijuana aesthetics (in real life)

  • March 9, 2023

  • The Indigenous BorderLands: An exploration of the border/lands from indigenous perspectives across the Americas

    • 4:00pm–Teresa Gregor: Aa'a Mat Tipaay Ak'wee, Bringing Her/Voice Back to the Land: Incomplete Repatriations in "The Autobiography of Delfina Cuero"

      Dr. Gregor is Kumeyaay from the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and also Yoéme. Her research focuses on California American Indian Women, sovereignty, literary and cultural repatriation, and tribal resiliency and revitalization.

    • 6:00pm–Harsha Walia: Abolish Border Imperialism: Migration, Racial Capitalism and Empire

      Harsha Walia is the author of Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism. Her work addresses how current migrant and refugee crises are the inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist globalization, and climate change, generating mass dispossession worldwide.

  • March 2, 2023

  • CRES/FMST Book Talk and Celebration– Invited to Witness by Jennifer Kelly

    Invited to Witness draws from participant observation of solidarity tours across Palestine and interviews with guides, organizers, community members, and tourists to explore what happens when tourism understands itself as solidarity and solidarity functions through modalities of tourism. Kelly argues that solidarity tourism in Palestine functions as a fraught localized political strategy and an emergent industry, through which Palestinian organizers refashion conventional tourism by extending deliberately truncated invitations to visit Palestine and witness the effects of Israeli state practice on Palestinian land and lives. The book shows how Palestinian organizers, under the constraints of military occupation, and in a context in which they do not control their borders or the historical narrative, wrest both the capacity to invite and, in Edward Saids words, “the permission to narrate” from Israeli control.

  • March 2, 2023

  • The Crisis in the Caregiving Industry: The Gendered and Racial Exploitation of Filipina Migrant Workers

    Attend to learn the experiences of Filipina Migrant Workers from labor rights activist Felwina Opiso-Mondina, a representative of PAWIS San Jose. This event was organized in collaboration with the student coordinators of CRES 45: Pilipinx Historical Dialogue.

  • February 10, 2023

  • Visions of Slavery: Histories, Memories, and Mobilizations of Unfreedom in the Black Atlantic

    fahima ife will participate as a respondent in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Working group "Visions of Slavery: Histories, Memories, and Mobilizations of Unfreedom in the Black Atlantic"  in response to doctoral student Tiara Jackson's working paper at Emory University 

  • February 8, 2023

  • Rebellion, Reform, and the U.S. Punishment System, featuring Jarrod Shanahan

    A conversation with scholar Jarrod Shanahan about the history of prisons and jails in New York, the present arrangement of the carceral state, and the 2020 rebellion. 

  • November 9, 2022

  • Protecting Mauna Kea: Grand Opening of the Kūkula Arts Exhibition

    Kūkula: Santa Cruz in Solidarity with Mauna Kea features art, music, and messages from the movement to protect Mauna Kea and all Indigenous People’s sacred places.

  • November 1-2, 2022

  • Stories of Action: Community Activism in the Face of Racism in Latin America

    We are proud to welcome and sponsor two talks by Natalia Barrera-Francis, an award-winning journalist and anti-racist activist from Lima, Perú. She will deliver two talks at UCSC on Nov. 1st and 2nd, one in Spanish and one in English, respectively, to share her experiences as a youth activist and inspire the audience to take action against racism in Latin America.

  • October 7, 2022

  • UC Ethnic Studies Council Meeting (Public Session)

    UC Ethnic Studies faculty members will present the latest report on the University’s Area H admissions requirement and the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. A coalition of university faculty, K-12 educators, and students will speak on their experiences fighting for the implementation of Ethnic Studies university admission requirements and high school graduation requirements. Presenters will give updates on the progress of the campaign, share blocks to the campaign coming from within and outside the University of California, and end with a call to action for all attendees.

    This session is public, and open to all who are interested in the future of Ethnic Studies in California K-12 and higher education.

  • August 10-12, 2022

  • CRJ Summer Institute

    The Center for Racial Justice (CRJ) at UC Santa Cruz will host its inaugural Summer Institute, “Political Education and Liberatory Knowledge,” from August 10-12, 2022.

    Reflecting CRJ’s core commitment to political education–namely, study aimed at fostering not just learning but, more critically, collective liberation–the CRJ Summer Institute brings together community-based activists and organizers, ethnic studies practitioners, and students in a three-day thematically organized series of presentations, workshops, and reading seminars around the role of political education in racial justice struggles, past and present. 

    By centering political education within the space of the university, the CRJ Summer Institute foregrounds modes of liberatory study developed in settings outside formal sites of education, such as activist groups, racial justice organizations, and worker collectives. In so doing, the CRJ Summer Institute aims to raise consciousness about, and develop critical approaches to, inequality and exploitation from the perspectives of those who have organized in the service of a more just world. By highlighting the linkages between racism and imperialism, the CRJ Summer Institute aims to foster a critical space of study from which solidarity can be imagined and enacted.

    Each day of the CRJ Summer Institute features 2-4 hours of teaching sessions, shared dialogue, and workshops framed by a particular political educational approach to racial justice.

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 5:00PM

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    Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media

    at the Cowell Provost House

    Author micha cárdenas (CRES/DANM) will present on her new book  Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media (Duke University Press, March 2022)

    With responses by fellow UCSC faculty members Gerald Casel (Performance, Play & Design) and Nick Mitchell (CRES/FMST)

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    Dessert reception to follow

  • Friday, April 1, 2022 @ 12:00PM

  • CRJ Series: Transforming Structures of Whiteness in University Leadership

    Day 2: Calling out Whiteness in University Structures of Leadership

    Register Here (UCSC only):

    Centering the voices and lived experiences of faculty of color (FOC) is critical for exposing and transforming problematic structures of university leadership. From a brief research talk, audiences will learn how FOC navigate and reform structures of Whiteness in leadership. Interactive discussion with divisional deans will follow, with goals of understanding how to bolster the leadership efforts of FOC and undo structures of Whiteness.


    • Rebecca Covarrubias, Assistant Professor psychology

    • Katherine Quinteros, Graduate Student, Department of Psychology

    Read their research paper here:

  • Tuesday, February 22 @ 10:00AM

  • Poetry and Protest: Writing Amidst Chaos with poet Alan Pelaez Lopez

    In this poetry reading and community conversation, Alan Pelaez Lopez will reflect on what it means to create art in the middle of legal and political violence. They'll read from their book, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien, and a manuscript-in-progress tentatively titled trans*imagination in the hope that the work can invite questions about abolition, migrant futures, and the radical trans imaginary.

    You can sign up for this event via Zoom

  • Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 12:00PM

  • CRJ Series: Transforming Structures of Whiteness in University Leadership

    Day 1: Enacting Solidarities: Faculty/Staff Affinity Groups Report Back

    Register Here (UCSC only):

    The Faculty Community Networking Program was created to provide DEI arenas of community, development, and support for faculty from historically marginalized communities on campus. In this forum, leaders of these groups will present the issues and recommendations that emerged from their collective discussions, and report back on their groups’ experiences in trying to improve faculty community, development, and support. Discussion will focus on how to move this work forward.


    Read the groups 2018-2019 reports here:

  • Wednesday, January 26th @ 12:15PM

  • Safe Houses? Queerness, Performance, and the Land Question in South Africa with Xavier Livermon

    During the height of COVID restrictions in 2020, a group of Black queer artists in Cape Town occupied a ritzy home that had been converted into an Air B and B. They intended to overstay their original booking in order to bring attention to the issue of inequitable housing policy in South Africa, and the particular ways that the continuation of apartheid urban planning created disproportionate vulnerabilities for Black queer folk in Cape Town. In this talk, I will consider the political implications of joining queerness with the land question in post-apartheid South Africa through direct political action and performance. RSVP by 11 AM on Wednesday, January 26th; you will receive the Zoom link and password at 11:30 AM the day of the colloquium. To RSVP for the entire Winter 2022 series, please fill out this form.

  • Thursday, January 20th @ 10:00AM

  • The CRJ Presents: A Screening of Halmoni with Immigrant Rights Organizer, Ju Hong

    In 2013, Ju Hong a Bay Area immigrant rights organizer, emerged onto the national scene when he challenged President Obama on his mass deportation record during a speech in San Francisco.  He was covered by major media outlets, and his writings subsequently appeared on Politico, Huffington Post, and The Korean Times

    You can sign up for this event via Zoom

  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 12:00PM

  • Science & Justice Graduate Training Program Informational Meeting

    The Science and Justice Research Center will host an Informational Meeting on their internationally recognized interdisciplinary Graduate Training and Certificate Program.  The Science and Justice Training Program (SJTP) is a globally unique initiative that trains doctoral students to work across the disciplinary boundaries of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts. 

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 2:00PM

  • Against Muerto Rico Virtual Book Launch for Marisol LeBrón

    Part of EEE's reVolucionA series, this bilingual book shows that the protests of the Verano Boricua were important not just because they resulted in the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, the first time a democratically elected Puerto Rican governor vacated their post. They were also important because they indexed a political praxis rooted in the idea of truly living in Puerto Rico—that is, living a life of dignity and respect free of degradation and violence. Against Muerto Rico illustrates how, in a context where colonial capitalism creates conditions of vulnerability, harm, and death in the lives of many Puerto Ricans, the Verano Boricua drew from a long radical tradition of feminist, queer, anti-racist, anti-capitalist and anti-colonial organizing in Puerto Rico and its diaspora in order to promote conditions that affirm Puerto Rican life. Register Here.

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 12:00PM

  • Webinar: “Precarity and Belonging” Book Launch

    Join us for a webinar book launch event with UCSC co-editors and CRES principal and affiliated faculty: Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Juan Poblete, Steven C. McKay, Catherine S. Ramírez, and Sylvanna M. Falcón, of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2021)

  • Friday, November 5, 2021 @ 3:00PM

  • Unbound: The Life and Legacy of Asian American Community Historian Judy Yung

    Through this event we aim to honor and celebrate Judith "Judy" Yung’s tremendous work legacy as a UCSC emerita professor of American Studies, community and public scholar of Chinese American history, pioneer of oral history methodology, prize-winning author, teacher, supportive colleague, and cherished mentor.

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 5:00PM

  • Poetic Operations: a conversation with micha cárdenas and Susan Stryker

    Presented by We Are The Voices and the Mills College Trans Studies Speaker Series. micha cárdenas, author of Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media (forthcoming from Duke University Press), and Susan Stryker will discuss cárdenas’s new book and trans of color poetics. Register here: 

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 7:00PM

  • Media and Society Series: Tongo Eisen-Martin

    CRES is co-sponsoring the keynote Plenary of the Media and Society Lecture Series at Kresge College. This event features San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, in conversation with Kresge faculty, including novelist-poet Daniel Pearce UCSC Writing Program) and Associate Professor Anjuli Verma (Politics / Legal Studies); they will discuss language and media in the history of slavery and policing, and will including readings of Eisen-Martin’s newest works.

  • Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 11:00AM

  • PhD+ Publishing Workshop

    Join us for the fifth year of PhD+ Workshops, hosted by The Humanities Institute. We meet monthly to discuss possible career paths for PhDs, internship possibilities, grants/fellowships, work/life balance, elements of style, online identity issues, and much, much more.

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 11:00AM

  • Reflections on Movement and Movement-Building

    Join us for talk number two in the Borderland Regimes and Resistance in Global Perspective lecture series.

  • Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 5:00PM

  • Cops Off Campus/COLA Reunion!

    Come for the food and drink--stay for the community!

  • Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 2:40PM

  • Geographies of Kinship: A Conversation with Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem and Adoption Rights Activist Kim Stoker

    Join us for a discussion with documentary filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem and Kim Stoker, a leading activist for adoptee rights with Adoptee Solidarity Korea (ASK) about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program and around the broader issue of transnational adoption.

  • Friday, May 7, 2021 @ 11:00AM

  • Borderland Regimes & Resistance in Global Perspective Roundtable

    This discussion celebrates the launch of the Critical Ethnic Studies special issue “Borderland Regimes and Resistance in Global Perspective.”

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 1:00PM

  • Publishing in Critical Ethnic Studies Workshop

    In this webinar, we will hear from the current co-editors and managing editor of Critical Ethnics Studies on the process of publishing in academic journals. We hope you can join us!

  • Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 2:30PM

  • Queering the Undocumented Archive: A Conversation with Yosimar Reyes and Julio Salgado

    Please join us for this wonderful event organized by the teaching team of (un)docu studies and hosted by the Center for Racial Justice and CRES!!

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 9:00AM

  • Challenging State Surveillance of Muslims in the Biden/Harris Era

    CVE - Countering Violent Extremism - is a counter-terrorism framework that claims to prevent people from becoming terrorists by partnering with community group, schools, law enforcement, and health providers. Initiated by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration, CVE has expanded across the US through local institutions.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021

  • CRES Faculty micha cárdenas Gives Talk at Major Art Festival in Berlin

    In this talk, cárdenas considers the relevance of trans operations of trans studies for thinking through environmental media art.

  • Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:00PM

  • A Virtual CRES Book Talk and Celebration with Christine Hong

    Christine Hong is Associate Professor of Literature and the current director of CRES. Her political commentary has appeared in The Nation and on Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera. We hope you can join us as we discuss her recently published book,  A Violent Peace.  You can register here.

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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    Assistant Professor micha cárdenas (AGPM and DANM) is prinicipal faculty in CRES and her game Redshift and Portalmetal is in an exhibit hosted by the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery that will run from January 20 - July 10, 2021.

  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 7:00PM

  • Sansei and Sensibility

    Karen Tei (KT) Yamashita, Professor Emerita of Literature and Creative Writing and CRES principal faculty will be presenting from her latest book, Sansei and Sensibility, a collection of short stories, this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz invite you to join us for a free online event.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 5:30PM

  • Humanities Happy Hour – Freedom & Race in the Time of Pandemic

    Join us for our first virtual Humanities Happy Hour exploring Questions That Matter in the Time of Pandemic. This week will focus on “Freedom & Race” and feature Humanities Dean Tyler Stovall in conversation with associate professors Alice Yang, Christine Hong, and Noriko Aso.

  • Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 3:30PM

  • CRES Faculty Book Celebration: Savannah Shange

    Savannah Shange is a Black diaspora scholar who works at the intersections of race, place, sexuality, and the state. She is assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and was most recently a postdoctoral associate in Black Bodies at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. She holds a joint PhD in Africana Studies and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been featured in Women and Performance, The Feminist Wire, and Anthropology News. Her research interests include Black femme gender, queer of color critique, and the afterlife of slavery.

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 2:00PM

  • CRES Work in Progress: micha cárdenas & Krizia Puig.

    micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Art & Design: Games + Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz & the founding director of the Critical Realities Studio. micha cárdenas is writing a new algorithm for gender, race and technologyKrizia Puig is a Feminist Studies doctoral student at UC Santa Cruz, where they also work as the Program Coordinator at the Disability Resource Center, and as a researcher-artist for the Critical Realities Studio.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 1:00PM

  • "She Stood There by Him with a Gun"

    CRES is very pleased to be bringing Jasmin Young, a president's postdoctoral fellow, to campus for a visit early next week. As a part of her visit, she will be giving a public lecture--see attached flyer and announcement.

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 4:00PM

  • CRES Works In Progress: Demonized and Devalued: Marginalized Bodies Made Kill-able

    Dr. Courtney Bonam and Christine Rosales will be sharing their work around this topic.

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 1:30PM

  • All Power to the People II: Filipino Activism in the Third World Liberation Front

    Lilian Fabros who was a Filipino activist during the Third World Liberation Front, will be speaking about her experiences as an organizer at this time. Please join the conversation, the event is open to the public.

  • Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 2019

  • All Power to the People! Asian American Radicalism and the Third World Liberation Front Strike: An Intergenerational Activist Dialogue

     “All Power to the People! Asian American Radicalism and the Third World Liberation Front Strike: An Intergenerational Activist Dialogue,” features three Asian American activists who were vital to the TWLF struggle, Vicci Wong, Bruce Occena, and Emil de Guzman and who will share their experience and create an intergenerational panel with student activists on campus. 

  • Monday, December 5, 2018 @ 1PM

  • Indigenous Agency in Visual Culture

    Yve Chavez, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, will talk about their research on Indigenous contributions to California’s Franciscan missions and Native agency in early modern global exchange networks.

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 3PM

  • CRES Works in Progress: Invitation and Object - Reframing the Study of Palestine

    Assistant Professor Jenny Kelly and Graduate Student Noya Kansky will present their works in progress on Palestine.

  • Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 12:30PM

  • Friday Forum: Angela Nguyen

    “Mom, can you help me with my homework?” Identifying Tools and Conditions for Intergenerational Dialogue Among Southeast Asian Refugees and Their Children

  • Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:30PM

  • CRES Works in Progress: Felicity Amaya Schaeffer and Chrissy Anderson-Zavala

    Graduate student Chrissy Anderson-Zavala presents work on "Delinquency as Labor," and Professor Felicity Amaya Schaeffer presents her work on "BioRobotics: Surveillance at the Borders of AnimalHumanInsect."

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2015 @ 10:00AM

  • Comparative Empires

    Histories of empire have been tethered over-determinedly to singular histories of nation-states, temporalities and/or geopolitics. Rather than locate empire as a stable or temporal concept, the colloquium attends to the imaginative possibilities offered by a turn to a more comparative relationship to empire within a south-south framework. To do so, we turn to two clusters of critical attachments that are rarely configured through and against the language(s) of empire (1) How do we understand empire delinked from locality, and locality delinked from geopolitical territory? (2) How do we attend to a politics of comparative empires that would be less about given political identities and geographies and more about vernacular epistemologies shaping, social and human collectivities? To attend to these issues, the colloquium foregrounds south-south engagement and brings together work on empire from South Asia, African diaspora studies and aboriginal/indigenous histories.

  • Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 10AM

  • Steven Salaita

    Steven Salaita: Reading Seminar & Public Talk

    Two events on February 20, 2015: Reading seminar at 10am, and public talk at 2pm.