Aug 12, 2020 at 08:00 PM (Eastern)



For 48 years, students have demanded an Ethnic Studies program at Harvard, leading protest marches, sit-ins, teach-ins and even a hunger strike. What is Ethnic Studies anyway, and why do students care so much? Renowned Ethnic Studies scholars and current Harvard students will answer those questions while illuminating the history of the Ethnic Studies movement nationwide since 1968 and how the field is critical in building foundations for antiracism and racial justice.

VIET THANH NGUYEN, Radcliffe Fellow '08-09; professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity at USC; author, "The Sympathizer"; "Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America"; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a MacArthur "genius" fellowship.

JASON FERREIRA, Harvard Warren Center Visiting Scholar '19-'20; associate professor in the Department of Race & Resistance Studies at San Francisco State Univ; currrently writing the first social history of the legendary Third World Strike at SFSU, which led to the (still) only College of Ethnic Studies in the U.S.

RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA AB '80, Ethnic Studies activist since high school; professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA; Oscar-nominated director, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"; Emmy-nominated director, "No Mas Bébés"; producer, landmark 2020 PBS series "Asian Americans".

PHILIP DELORIA First tenured professor of Native American history at Harvard; chair of Hist & Lit. His scholarship focuses on the history of American Indian people, as well as indigenous peoples globally.

Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition student activists ALONDRA PONCE '21, RAQUEL RIVERA '23, AJAY SINGH '21

Program Sponsors

Alumnae-i Network of Harvard Women
Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
First Generation Harvard Alumni
Harvard Alumni for Oceania
Harvard Arab Alumni Association
Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance
Harvard Black Alumni Society
Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition
Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus
Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance
Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance
Harvard Progressive Jewish Alumni
Harvard Tamil Alumni Association
Harvard University Muslim Alumni
Native American Alumni of Harvard University