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Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies Collaborative (CRGC)

What is the CRGC?

The Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative (CRGC) is a vibrant and inclusive community of faculty and students that explores diverse voices, histories, and experiences through socially engaged scholarship.

CRGC upcoming Events

January 22
CRGC Presents the Welcoming Stage Open Mic Night

Join CRGC for a night of community, performance, pizza, and cafe drinks. Meet with faculty, reunite after winter break.  
Location: The Bridge Cafe
Time: 7:30 - 9 pm


January 29
CRGC Presents Asian Studies Night

Come learn about the Asian Studies program, meet Asian Studies faculty members & hear how to combine Asian Studies with other majors. Enjoy Chinese catered dinner by Meiwah. 
Location: McDowell Formal Lounge
Time: 6 - 8 pm


ongoing - February 15
Asian Studies invites you to enter the 6th annual essay contest

Download your entry form. E-mail entry form and essay in a single pdf document to For your e-mail subject please use "Asian Studies Essay Contest Entry." Must be a current American University Student in February 2020 to enter. 
Time: 11:59 pm on February 15


February 1 - April 15 
Indigenous DC Field Trip Series 

Join fellow members of the AU community to explore sits of Native heritage and history in Washington, DC, following on the Guide to Indigenous DC walking tour app created by Dr. Elizabeth Rule. Meet up to ride to metro together or join the group on site to participate.  

For more information, join the e-mail list by writing to with the subject line "Indigenous DC Field Trips" 
Location: Kogod Shuttle Stop, 11 am *sign up required* 
Dates: Saturday February 1, Wednesday February 12, Saturday February 29, Wednesday March 18, Saturday April 4, Wednesday April 15


April 23
Visiting Indigenous DC Anthology Launch

A launch event for the inaugural Visiting Indigenous DC Anthology, students who participated in collective or individual visits to sites on Dr. Elizabeth Rule’s “Guide to Indigenous DC” app wrote reflections on their experiences that we will be gathering to share with friends, classmates, and colleagues. Contributors will be reading from their reflections and sharing their experience. Join us to reflect on Native heritage in DC and build community around Native experiences here at AU.
Location: Battelle Tompkins Atrium, Room 110
Date: Thursday April 23 4 - 5:30 pm

Past Events

ASIA- 18 Sept Wednesday McDowell Formal 2:30 pm A Casual Conversation with a Zen Master 

AWST- 23 September Monday 1 pm - 6 pm in SIS Founders Room Symposium

CRGC-25 September The Bridge 7:30 pm The Welcoming Stage

ASIA 3-October Thursday Letts Formal 1 pm - 2:30 pm Mind-Only Buddhism and the Ethics of Universal Liberation

AWST-21 October Monday Mona Makram-Ebeid 3 pm - 4:30 pm 

AMST 22 October Tuesday 6 pm - 8 pm Voices of Youth < Letts Formal Lounge 

AWST-23 October

AFAM-30 October coronation celebration

AMST-31 Oct planning meeting 

AMST- 5 Nov 2- 4 pm lunch and learn

26 September Wednesday 3:30 pm - 5 pm McDowell Formal Lounge Is Justice Possible?: Arab and Muslim Americans in the Age of Trump

23 October Tuesday 6 pm - 8 pm McDowell Formal Lounge Voices of Youth   

25 October Thursday 6 pm - 9 pm Kerwin 2 Asian Film Nights Series 1 

1 November Thursday 6:45 pm - 8 pm MGC 315 Black LGBTQ Life in DC

13 November Tuesday 4 pm - 5:30 pm MGC 200 Muslim Women and White Femininity: Reenactment and Resistance Haneen al-Ghabra 

28 November Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2 pm Battelle Atrium Activism & The AIDS Crisis: Remembering the Significance of OUT! 

23 January The Bridge AU CRGC The Welcoming Stage

27 February Wednesday 7:30 pm - 9 pm Katzen Welcome Center Auditorium (2nd floor) BOOMscat 

6 March Wednesday 6pm MGC 3-5 What’s the feminist frequency? with Anita Sarkeesian

26 March Tuesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm MGC 200 The Truth about Awiti with CP Patrick

28 March Thursday 2:30 - 4:30 pm Kay Lounge Unacknowledged Echoes of Black Women: Disrupting Sexual Violence

3 April 11 SOC co sponsored event Stonewall 50

9 April Tuesday 2:30 - 4pm Palestinian Short Film with filmmaker - Kerwin 2 - 

10 April Wednesday 7:30 am - 6 pm Disability, Access, & Teaching: A One-Day Symposium 

11 April Thursday 7 - 8:30 pm MGC 2 North Korean Refugees: Escape, Adjustments, and the Role of English

16 April Tuesday 5:30 - 7 pm McDowell Formal Sexual Science & Transgender China

Data is forthcoming


  • Prof. Nikki Lane published a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan Press in 2019 entitled The Black Queer Work of Ratchet: Race, Gender, Sexuality, & the (Anti)Politics of Respectability.  This book takes seriously the way ratchet operates in the everyday lives of middle-class and upwardly mobile Black Queer women in Washington, DC who, because of their sexuality, are situated outside of the norms of Black respectability.
  • Prof. Mustafa Gurbuz was featured in the Washington Post
  • Prof. Bob Connelly was on the Emmy-Award winning team behind the Nat Geo show "Weird But True!" Bob serves as their head of research. Read more about their Emmy win.  
  • Prof. Irene Calis was invited by the Afro-Middle East Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, to speak at their October colloquium  “A Playground for foreign powers: The MENA region as a target for foreign intervention.” 
  • Prof. Martyn Oliver, Director of Arab World Studies, wrote and recorded a 12-part lecture series “Introduction to the Quran” for the Great Courses series. It was just released here.  
  • Prof. Sybil Roberts, Director of African American & African Diaspora Studies, had an original play “Stormy Weather” open in October. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel. Without voice in the original, here she has the agency to present her own journey. Told with the music of Billie Holiday in poetic-prose written by Sybil Williams, this cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege and love.”
  • Prof. Jin Y. Park, Director of Asian Studies delivered a plenary speech “Intersectionality and Philosophizing” at the 6th annual conference of the North American Korean Philosophy Association, University College Cork, Ireland, October 10, 2019.
  • Prof. Jin Y. Park, Director of Asian Studies published a book chapter “Living Without a Canopy or Being Mortal and Responsible: Flanagan, Derrida, and Zen Buddhism on the Production of Meaning,” in Bongrae Seok ed, Naturalism, Human Flourishing, and Asian Philosophy: Owen Flanagan and Beyond. Routledge, 2019.
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A Casual Conversation with a Zen Master

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BOOMscat perform in front of AU students

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An Evening with BOOMscat

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Three women speaking on a panel

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Activism and the AIDS Crisis Panel at AU

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