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Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies Collaborative (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.

The collaborative houses six interdisciplinary programs that offer bachelor's degrees, minors, and certificates:

African American and African Diaspora Studies
(major, minor)
American Studies
(major, minor)
Arab World Studies
(major, minor, undergraduate certificate)
Asian Studies
(major, minor, undergraduate certificate, graduate certificate)
Multi-Ethnic Studies
(minor, undergraduate certificate)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(major, minor, undergraduate certificates, graduate certificate)

Our courses discuss race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, culture, religion, and more from a critical perspective. We encourage our students to research complex problems and explore interdisciplinary interests.

Collaborative faculty members are distinguished teachers and researchers from a number of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and from other schools at the university. Our professors work closely with DC community leaders and institutions to bring real-world learning experiences into the classroom. Many of our students complement coursework with internship and employment opportunities in DC's political, social, and cultural institutions, and some students study abroad to gain an international perspective on their areas of interest.

Our flexible curriculum teaches students to become critical thinkers, innovative researchers, and skilled communicators. Our alumni enter the workforce with a social awareness that serves them well in the increasingly diversified workplaces of our globalized economy. In gaining a deeper understanding of their world and themselves, our students are prepared for a wide range of careers in communications, education, the arts, the non-profit sector, and government and public policy agencies.

Events at AU

October 23
Voices of Youth: Challenges and Resilience in the Immigrant Community
This panel, moderated by Angela Gonzalez, AU alumna, will give students at AU the chance to hear directly from local young people about their experiences as recent immigrants from Central America and Mexico. These youth, in their teens and early 20s, will share powerful stories about what motivated them to leave their countries, their journey to the US, why they came to the DMV area, what their educational path has been like, and how their past or current legal status has impacted that experience. They will also share what gives them strength and what social programs have helped them in their path to leadership and/or activism. The moderator has worked with the immigrant community for many years and most recently the Latin American Youth Center; she brings her insights to this discussion.
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018, 6 - 8 pm McDowell Formal Lounge
October 24
Texts & Traditions VIII: The Question of Justice in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Join Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Rev. Mark Schaefer, and Dr. Martyn Oliver for a discussion on justice in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy & Religion, Arab World Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center.
Wednesday October 24th, 4  - 5:30 pm MGC 200 Gianni Lounge
October 25
Asian Film Night Series # 1
Enjoy a Korean movie, eat a light korean dinner! The first movie is "A Taxi Driver" 
Thursday October 25th, 2018, 6 - 9 pm Kerwin 2 
November 1
Black LGBTQ Life in DC: A Dialogue with Sheila Alexander-Reid, Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Black Popular Culture in DC is a course offered by the Critical, Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative, and led by Dr. Nikki Lane, where students explore the unique expressions of Black culture in DC. For this particular class session, we will host Sheila Alexander-Reid, the Director of the DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, who will engage in a dialogue with Dr. Lane about Black LGBTQ life in DC. DC has one of the highest concentrations of Black LGBTQ people in the country which has given rise to the formation of a diverse set of communities of Black LGBTQ people in the region. Join our class as we explore that diversity and talk about some of the policies the city has enacted that have made this concentration and diversity possible.
November 13 
Dr. Haneen al-Ghabra, “Muslim Women and White Femininity: Reenactment and Resistance”
Ghabra will discuss Muslim women’s performances and embodiment of White femininity. She specifically focuses on how Whiteness travels globally through Muslim bodies and subjects who speak the language of the imperialist and not the vernacular. This language of the imperialist is also the language of heteronormativity, class, and educational privilege. These intersections are not stand-alone categories but instead seep into one another in the service of Whiteness. She performs an archetypal criticism, a method that examines controlling archetypes emerging from the Western Media: The Oppressed, The Advocate, and the Humanitarian Leader. Through an intersectional feminist ethic she concludes by offering further directions for understanding and naming moments when marginalized persons embody privileged identities. 
Tuesday November 13th, 4 - 5:30 pm MGC 200 Gianni Lounge
November 28
Activism and the Aids Crisis: Remembering the Significance of OUT!
A Panel featuring Hannah Byrne (MA Public History), Tanja Aho (Am Studies) and Amelie Zurn, (former member of OUT!)
OUT! (Oppression Under Target) was a group of DC lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men who engaged in nonviolent direct action and street theater to demand justice for AIDS patients, and advocate for safe sex and LGBTQ rights. Come hear the story of this organization and learn about the significance of gay activism from one of OUT!'s founders, Amelie Zurn. AMST Professor Tanja Aho and AU Grad Student Hannah Byrne join the panel.
Wednesday November 28th, 12:30 - 2:00 pm Battelle-Tompkins Atrium
Christine Miyashiro (right) and fellow AU student Maia Banayan at the 2018 Women’s March, standing in front of crowd.

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CAS Students Reflect on 2018 Women’s March

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Ibram X. Kendi shown with Robert Benz and Nettie Washington Douglass.

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Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

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