Vida Robertson, Ph.D., named as the director of the Center for Critical Race Studies
Dr. Robertson brings to this position research and teaching expertise in African American literature and racial representations. His work is deeply rooted in the field of critical race studies, and will thus offer a strong foundation on which to build the Center. Dr. Robertson is also a respected professor who teaches courses in Asian American literature, American ethnic literature, as well as African American literature.
In April 2013, Dr. Robertson organized and moderated the Black Is Beautiful Think Tank, a collaboration with the French American Creative Exchange in which UHD faculty and students met with community members to discuss the impact of Black culture on various cultures around the globe. In July, he successfully led the first CCRS Read Out! that brought over 80 high school students from 67 Houston area schools to UHD to discuss Ernest Gaines’ novel A Lesson Before Dying.
Dr. Robertson will bring a dynamically thoughtful approach that is necessary to realize the Center’s objectives, namely, to produce scholars/citizens who are equipped to critically, actively and effectively engage the issues confronting a technologically changing, postcolonial, capitalist world and engage communities so that UHD is recognized as a leading institution for study of race, difference, culture, and power.
An interdisciplinary approach is essential to critical race studies. We recognize that faculty from across the University pursue research and teaching in critical race areas. In the coming weeks Dr. Robertson will send invitations for faculty affiliations to the Center. CCRS cannot realized its potential without these affiliations and will be enriched through them.
We look forward to CCRS events and activities this year. The 2015 CCRS Scholar in Residence will be the Chicano writer Mr. Jimmy Santiago Baca who will visit UHD January 25-30, 2015. Mr. Baca will hold and participate in a slate of activities for the UHD community and beyond. Look for more information on these events soon.
The Big Read Program
UHD recieves National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, The Big Read, a program to revitalize the role of reading in American culture. UHD’s Center for Public Service and Family Strengths (CPSFS), Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS), University College and Student Services will lead the University’s Big Read activities on campus and in the community. Read More
The Big Read in the Media
Houston Public Media interviews UHD President William Flores about UHD's role in co-sponsoring The Big Read program.
Dr. Fulton Speaks to Local News About The Center for Critical Race Studies
Dean DoVeanna Fulton, seated left, spoke on Houston television about the recently established Center for Critical Race Studies at UHD. She explained that the program is designed to prepare and to encourage our students and the community to apply critical thinking skills to the study of how race shapes our society, marginalizes groups, and promotes social discrimination. Visit the local news site for the interview.
The OBA III Project
Dr. DoVeanna Fulton shares her vision of participation in the OBAIII project. As described on the OBA site, the objective of this project is to "examine the dynamic interaction between art, creation, and cultural identity, as a means to advance dialogue within the framework of urban revitalization in both French and American cultures." Visit the OBA site.