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Asian American
Studies Program

303 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-2976
Fax: 608-263-2976

Lynet Uttal

Yer Lor
Program Administrator

Paj Ntaub Vang
Project Assistant


Monday 12:45-5:45
Tues-Thurs 7:15-5:45
Friday 7:15-12:15



Ethnic Studies Week Agenda

October 1-7, 2010 is a nationally coordinated week of actions to celebrate and promote Ethnic Studies in the wake of the 2010 Arizona ban, new Texas social studies standards and other attacks on multicultural education. This is a grassroots movement implemented in locally relevant ways at UW-Madison October 1-7, 2010.

Please click here for a pdf format of the agenda.



Monday, October 4, 2010

Ethnic Studies Week kickoff
4:00-5:00 PM Reception
5:00-7:00 PM Program
AT&T Room, Pyle Center

Opening performance by First Wave Student M. Eric Lima; Keynote speaker, Evjue Bascom Professor Linda Greene: The Challenge for Ethnic Studies; Panel of distinguished UW-Madison Ethnic Studies program founders: Regent Emeritus Jesus Salas, Evjue-Bascom Professor Freida Tesfagiorgis, Roberta Hill and Victor Jew. Aaron Brower, Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and Dean of L&S Gary Sandefur will provide opening remarks and Vice Provost of Faculty and Staff, Steve Stern will moderate the panel discussion. Sponsored by Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate, Damon Williams, American Indian Studies, the Department of Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies Program, Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program, and LACIS

Please register for the kick-off event! Here is the registration link:


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Book Signing & Discussion: "Wildman of Rhythm: The Life & Music of Benny Moré"
12:00-1:00 PM
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

Presented by John Radanovich with musical accompaniment by Ricardo Gonzalez, the host founder of La Junta on WORT Radio.

UW alum and author John Radanovich will discuss his biography about Cuban musician Benny Moré (1919-1963) who was the greatest singer Cuba has ever produced. Among Cubans and Cuban exiles alike, his name evokes overwhelming nostalgia for the power of his expressive boleros, for his tributes to beloved guajiro towns, and for the irresistible excitement of his up-tempo songs. He was a lightning rod at the center of one of the richest historical eras of the entire twentieth century, the golden age of Cuban music, itself a very special moment in eighty or more years of Cuban popular music history.

Sponsored by Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies. A light lunch & beverages will be served.
For more information, please contact:  Sarah K. Ripp Phone:608-262-0616 Email:

“What’s a Coastie? What’s a Sconnie? And Why Does it Matter?”
7:00-9:00 PM
Lowell Center Dining Room (610 Langdon Street)

This forum will explore the history, contexts (including class, gender, and ethnicity), and contemporary meanings of the so-called “Coastie”/”Sconnie” phenomenon. Sponsored by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and featuring faculty, staff and students from a variety of disciplines.

For more information, please contact Allison Bloom,


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Read-In to Support Ethnic Studies
3:00-4:30 PM
Red Gym, MSC Lounge

Drop in to read aloud or to listen to passages from books and poetry taught in Ethnic Studies Classes. Hear from special guest speakers. Bring your own book, or read from one provided. Sponsored by SLiS REFORMA student organization.

Dan Duster on Anti-Lynching and Civil Rights Activist Ida B. Wells
5:30-7:30 PM
4141 Helen C. White

Duster is an activist, motivational speaker and successful business consultant, and will speak about his ancestor's legacy on his life, her contemporary implications, and his experiences as person of color at a predominantly white university. Sponsored by the Department of Afro-American Studies.

Chican@ Students' Fight for Ethnic Studies, Then and Now
5:00-7:00 PM
Red Gym, MSC Lounge
Mary Beltran, Sandy Magana and Beda Martinez from Chican@ & Latin@ Studies will screen a portion of the film "Chicano!" and lead a discussion about the origins of Chican@ and Latin@ studies nationally and locally.

Student Panel Discussion on Ethnic Studies Program
7:00-8:00 PM
Red Gym, MSC Lounge

Students from Chican@ & Latin@ Studies, Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies and American Indian Studies will present and discuss their perspectives on the importance of Ethnic Studies to them.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ways of Showing/Ways of Knowing: African/Diaspora Art in a Museum
9:00 AM - 4:40 PM
Room L140 Elvehjem Building

African Art History Symposium with participation by Afro-American Studies faculty and students. Funded by the UW Anonymous Fund; organized  by the Department of Afro-American Studies (celebrating its 40th Anniversary) and the Department of Art History with the sponsorship of the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World Research Circle, the Art Department, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Center for Visual Cultures.

Ethnic Studies Programs: Implications for Educators

12:00-1:00 PM
Teacher Education Building Room 220

Panelists will discuss the role that ethnic studies programs have played in their personal and professional lives, and in their futures as educational researchers. Panelists include: Dana-María Baldwin (C&I & EPS), Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr. (C&I), Gilbert Villalpando (C&I), Jesus Rentería (EPS). Facilitated by Mariana Pacheco (C&I).

Experiences of Arizona Latino Families with SB 1070
1:15-2:15 PM
1335 Sterling

Carmen Valdez and Brian Padilla return from a visit to Arizona where they conducted focus groups with Arizona families involved in the FAST study about their experiences with SB 1070.

Film Screening: Chan Is Missing
2:30-4:30 PM
3345 Engineering Hall

Wayne Wang's 1982 film Chan Is Missing is the first major Asian American film.  Filmed in black and white on a famously tiny budget in San Francisco, this classic film turns its story of two cab drivers looking for a missing friend into an allegory about the elusiveness of Chinese American identity, with a few nods to film noir and Charlie Chan along the way.  Introduced by Professor Timothy Yu of Asian American Studies and followed by discussion.

Teach-In: Who's Afraid of Ethnic Studies?
5:30-7:30 PM
3345 Engineering Hall

Timothy Yu, Jan Miyasaki, Cindy Cheng, Bao Lo from Asian American Studies will lead this discussion. Earlier this year, Arizona enacted SB 1070, one of the most stringent anti-immigration laws in the country.  In the ensuing storm of controversy, few noticed a second law enacted by Arizona: HB 2281, a ban on ethnic studies courses in K-12 schools.  Why did Arizona ban ethnic studies?  What's in this law, who does it target, and what is its connection to the ongoing firestorm over immigration?  What are the implications for education in Arizona and across the country? 


Friday, October 8, 2010

Afro-American Studies Graduate Student Seminar on Ethnic Studies
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Li66 Elvehjam (register:

The History of Immigration Politics: Putting Anti-Immigrant Sentiment into Context
5:00-7:00 PM
Red Gym, MSC Lounge

Tess Arenas and Ben Marquez from Chican@ & Latin@ Studies will lead a discussion about the new anti-immigrant legislation and put it in context of the scholarship on immigration and the UW-System's Ethnic Studies requirement. Pizza will be served!


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