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2022 News

Fox 26 News Story ​on How Black History Month Came to Be with Dr. Vida Robertson

Houston Public Media​ "What is Critical Race Theory and Why is it Being Banned?" with Dr. Vida Robertson​ ​​

UHD Center for Critical Race Studies and Houston's Project Row Houses are collaborating to host Round 53: "The Curious Case of Critical Race---Theory?" from March 12 - June 5, 2022. Read more about this collaboration​.

2021 News​

CCRS Faculty Spotlight - Interview with Dr. Kristin Anderson

Dr. Stacie DeFreitas Interviews CCRS Fellow Dr. Kristen Anderson. 


Texas Bill Bans Schools from Requiring Lessons on Critical Race Theory

Texas bill bans schools from requiring lessons on Critical Race Theory "Texans roundly reject the 'woke' philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another and that someone, by virtue of their race or sex, is innately racist, oppressive or sexist," the state's Lt. Governor said.  Read more about the Texas bill

CHSS Professors Co-Edit Critical Race Studies Across the Disciplines

Book coverThis publication features essays by Black and Africana scholactivists from disciplines such as history, literature, education, religion, and psychology, this text accentuates the expansion of critical race theory beyond legal studies. It posits that scholar-activism or scholactivism, a firm commitment to liberation and social justice, is a central thread that unifies critical race studies scholars across disciplines. Co-edited by CHSS professors: Dr. Jonathan Chism, Dr. Stacie Craft DeFreitas, Dr. Vida Robertson, and Dr. David Ryden. Available April 2021.  Preorder from

2020  News

Building An Education Pedigree While In College

Dr. Vida Robertson Interviewed on Fox26

FOX 26's Kaitlin Monte spoke with the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies
at University of Houston-Downtown about building education pedigree while in college.

screenshot from Fox26 video exterior of university building 

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Fall 2020 Social Justice Courses - Take Courses on: Twitter, Literature, History, Psychology and More
Learn More about social justice courses

black silhouette of Twitter bird logoCOMM 4390: Black Twitter & Beyond
Dr. Felicia L. Harris
CRN: 26086 | ONLINE | Wed. 1-2:15 p.m.
This course seeks to understand contemporary conversations and activism generated by and related to "Black Twitter," an online community of culturally linked users. Students will use historical and theoretical frameworks to explore the cultural and political functions of alternative and community media through in-depth explorations of Black Twitter moments. Students will apply theory to practice by producing contemporary media projects. Lectures, readings, and discussions will address issues of race, representation, resistance, production, and access in an evolving media-driven society.

Dr. Stacie DeFreites holding her book PSY 4303: Issues in African American Psychology
Dr. Stacie DeFreitas
CRN: 26058 | ONLINE
This course surveys past and contemporary issues pertaining to the African American community, including historical, developmental, clinical, educational and social issues.

Protest sign that reads Fight today for a better tomorrowCRS 1301: Intro to Critical Race Studies
Dr. Vida Robertson
CRN: 22712 | ONLINE
This course will focus on the foundational writings of Critical Race Theory. It will provide students with an analytical framework for race-based epistemological, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to the study of everyday inequalities.

African American Woman reading a bookENG 3321: Tragedy, Transgression and Triumph: An Introduction to African American Literature
Dr. Vida Robertson
CRN: 26121 | ONLINE | MW 8:30-9:45 a.m.
This discussion-oriented course aims to provide a broad perspective of the various literary expressions that African American authors have employed to successfully navigate the protracted tragedy of slavery, to transgress the boundaries of their over determined racial construction, and to triumph over the disparity of their social, economic, and political circumstance.

Cover of the Bayou Review ENG 3332: Literary Magazine Production
Prof. Daniel Peña
CRN: 22959 | ONLINE | Tues. 2:30 p.m.
The Bayou Review is a literary magazine published by UHD students. It includes poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and visual art. The magazine is primarily a venue for the publication of works by UHD students, but faculty, staff and outside submissions are also encouraged. The goal of the magazine is to emphasize the arts and humanities at the university and to provide a forum for students who are interested in creative writing. Fall issues of the magazine typically center around themes and topics of social justice.

Still of the two lead characters from Night of the Living DeadENG 2305: Survey of Literature and Culture: American Horror Stories
Dr. Chuck Jackson
CRN: 22939 | ONLINE | MW 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
CRN: 22940 | ONLINE | MW 1:00-2:15 p.m.
A survey of fiction, nonfiction, lyric, film, and broadcast television from 1850 to the present that examines how horror in the U.S. works and why combinations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other identity categories matter to how literary and other artists imagine fear and disgust.

Dr. Jonathan Chism with his bookHIST 3343: Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
Dr. Jonathan Chism
CRN: 27436 | ONLINE | TR 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Although numerous activists made important contributions to the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are two figures that have received significant attention, and both figures have had a national and international impact on movements against oppression. This course examines the speeches, sermons, and writings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Attention is devoted to their overlapping lives, thought, and discourse and to how their religiosity influenced their views on race, economics, democracy, revolution, internationalism, gender, and more.

Two people laying side by side with eyes closed close up on their facesENG 3340/HUM 3310: Queer Lives, Queer Cultures
Dr. Sucheta Choudhuri
CRN: 24177, 23149 | ONLINE
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people through fiction and non-fiction narratives, film, histories of activism, and theoretical selections. Students will examine the empowerment implicit in the term “queer” and address topics of queer identity, community, queer politics, and queer utopias and futures. We will also explore the intersection of gender and sexuality with race, class and citizenship. This is an archival experience course in which students will have the opportunity to examine the online archives at Rice University and learn more about queer activism in Houston.

group of women sitting on stairsPSY 3310: Psychology of Women
Dr. Kristin Anderson
CRN: 23697, 23698 | ONLINE
This course is a survey of the major psychological theories and research involved in understanding the impact of gender and its intersecting social identities on women's lives. We explore a wide range of women’s experiences and consider how ethnicity, culture, sexuality, and economics impact women’s lives.

Photograph of Dr. Jonahtan Chism

Dr. Jonathan Chism Illuminates the Words of Dr. King in New Book

Dr. Chism's Book
Photograph of Dr. James Sidbury (left) and Dr. Vida Robertson at Houston Matters Radio studio

Dr. Vida Robertson Interviewed on Houston Matters

Fox 26 Isiah Factor Interviews

Isiah Carey Interviewing Dr. Creshema Murray

Dr. Creshema Murray Speaking about Starbuck's Anti-Bias Training on Fox 26's Isiah Factor

Dr. Murray's Interview

Isiah Carey Interviewing Dr. Kristin Anderson

CCRS Fellow, Dr. Kristin Anderson on Fox 26's Isiah Factor: The Starbucks Controversy

Dr. Anderson's Interview
Isiah Carey Interviewing Dr. Jonathan Chism

CCRS Fellow, Dr. Jonathan Chism on the MLK Anniversary

Dr. Chism's Interview

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