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UCSC adds new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department

On Talk of the Bay, join host Suki Wessling in a conversation with UCSC Professor Christine Hong, chair of the new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department. Dr. Hong discusses the history of critical studies and its independent formation from ethnic studies. She traces the development of ethnic studies from the early protests at California campuses through the present day. We touch on today’s controversies over what opponents call “Critical Race Theory” being taught in schools and why there is a fear of the majority-minority status of many of our public institutions. We discuss the importance of interdisciplinary studies and how the new department encompasses not only history, sociology, and anthropology but also literature, arts, and sciences. Listen in!

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