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ethnic studies,

in American education, programs offering courses in the history and culture of minority groups. Ethnic studies arose as a result of the black protest movement of the 1960s, which, among other things, deplored the lack of cultural relevance for African Americans in the curricula of the U.S. educational establishment. The contention was seconded by other non-European ethnic minorities. In the late 1960s, black history, literature, and interdisciplinary humanities courses were instituted at some universities to promote understanding of cultural heritage, analysis of political problems and solutions, and encouragement of artistic endeavors. To a lesser extent, other minorities, especially Chicanos (Mexican Americans) and other Hispanic Americans, have obtained similar course offerings.
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The unanimous vote came a day after activists urged the board in public testimony to scrap the title members chose for the course in April, "Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent," saying the longer title was an assault on their ethnic identity.
That same year Howard Palmer (1976), one of the early editors of Canadian Ethnic Studies I Etudes Ethniques au Canada, provided a comparative analysis of immigration and ethnicity in Canada and the United States.
The proposed expansion of the ethnic studies ban comes seven years after lawmakers barred such studies in K-12 schools.
I didn't know ethnic studies existed until I was a sophomore in college.
As an undergrad at Yale University, she studied feminist and ethnic studies, and researched lesbian-feminist organizing in Mexico and Chile.
The Him Mark Lai Collection was donated to the Ethnic Studies Library at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 and in 2010.
Curriculum battles have deep historical roots in Arizona and elsewhere that go beyond the scope of this discussion, and for brevity's sake, my focus will be on Tucson's recent and controversial ethnic studies program.
-- Michele Serros, a short story writer, essayist and poet whose wry and witty observations on growing up Mexican-American in Southern California became required reading in many ethnic studies courses, has died at age 48.
Showcasing the work of emerging and established scholars working in the interstices of American studies, ethnic studies, and post--Cold War area studies, Militarized Currents: Towards a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (2012) and Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific (2012) both enact critiques of US empire and exceptionalism through intersectional and comparative analyses drawn across multiple disciplinary sites and geographic spaces.
As we now embark on the challenge to decide where women's studies and sexuality studies should reside within the academy--as separate fields, as joint programs, or as fields tied with ethnic studies and American studies--the privileges and dangers of this conversation deserve assessment.
Hattery (sociology, George Mason U.) and Smith (sociology and American ethnic studies, Wake Forest U.) introduce sociology students to family violence in the US throughout the life cycle, with specific focus on its social character and institutional causes.