Biweekly FMST Update 03/31/14

  • FMST Office locatIon: 416 Humanities 1
  • Link to 2013-14 course lists
  • Got something to say?  Contact your Student Rep
  • Career Planning - April Goral


  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Candidates - April 7, 10, & 17
    •     Jemima Pierre - April  7
    •     Denise Ferreira da Silva  - April 10
    •     Fatima El-Tayeb - April 17
  • Take Back The WEEK April 21-26
  • Take Back the Night Rally and March  - April 23


  • City on a Hill Press Outreach & Hiring Opportunities - Apply Now!
  • Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!
  • International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now
  • UCSC Queer Happenings Calendar


FMST Office location: 416 Humanities 1
The FMST Office moved to 416 Humanities 1 (4th floor) and is open Mon-Thur 9am-noon and 1-4pm.  To schedule an advising appointment, contact Nicolette at or 831/459-2461 or Melanie Wylie at or 831/459-2757.  

Link to 2013-14 course lists

Your student representative attends FMST Executive Committee meetings to voice your comments, questions, and concerns. Please feel free to contact Lorena Garcia-Zemeno, undergraduate student representative, or Sandra Harvey, graduate student representative, anytime.

Career Planning
April Goral is the Humanities and Arts Career Adviser at the UCSC Career Center. She is available to assist students in developing career interests, finding a part-time job, or discussing possible careers after graduation. To schedule an appointment with her, sign up on SlugQuest at


Do you know a faculty member who deserves to be recognized for his or her teaching? If so, nominate that person for the John Dizikes Teaching Award in Humanities! The award is for teaching by a Humanities Division lecturer or ladder faculty member who arouses curiosity in students, encourages high standards, and stimulates students to original and rigorous work. This award honors Professor Emeritus John Dizikes and his powerful ability to inspire and engage generations of students. The award, in the amount of $3,000, is paid to the faculty member. In addition, the faculty recipient will select a sophomore or junior undergraduate student to receive a $3,000 scholarship.

All current students and faculty are welcome to submit nominations to the faculty member’s home department. All nominations of FMST professors are due at the FMST Department office by Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Instructions and nomination forms are available at


Dean’s Awards are granted to 50 undergraduates who have completed an outstanding senior thesis or project during the current academic year. Each recipient will receive a $100 cash award, and will be considered for a Chancellor’s and Steck Award. The application deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014. Application guidelines are available at For more information, please get in touch with Marlene Robinson, UCSC Undergraduate Honors and Awards Coordinator. Ms. Robinson may be reached at or (831) 459-5386.


Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Candidates - Apr. 7, 10, & 17

Professor Jemima Pierre
Monday, April 7th
2:00-4:00pm   Humanities 1, Rm 210
Race and the Local Contours of Global White Supremacy: The Case of Ghana

What is the meaning of race in Africa? What is the meaning of “blackness” or “whiteness” in Africa? How do we analyze the ways that Africans continue to grapple with issues of white power and privilege? While much has been written on Africa’s complex ethnic (or “tribal”) relationships, the question of race has received little attention outside of South Africa’s unique history of apartheid.  In this lecture, Pierre uses examples from her ethnographic and historical research in Ghana to show how local engagement with discourses, politics, and practices of race and racial difference and privilege occurs within a broader set of processes that expose a very recent history of imperial domination. Challenging the ironic view of the continent as a non-racialized (but “tribal”) space while demonstrating the ways that local realities are structured through a global racial hierarchy with whiteness as power, Pierre makes the case for recognizing the centrality of race – and the need for racial justice – in contemporary Africa.

JEMIMA PIERRE (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin) is an anthropologist with research focused on ideologies and practices of race and its relationship to global structures of power in Africa and the African diaspora.  She specializes in African diaspora theory and critical race theory, as well as on U.S. immigration politics. She has extensive ethnographic research experience in Ghana, Haiti, and among Black immigrant communities in the U.S.  Her book, The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race (University of Chicago Press, 2012), is an ethnographic study of race-making in contemporary urban Ghana.  She is also completing a second book manuscript, “Racial Americanization: Conceptualizing Black Immigrants in the U.S.”

Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva
Thursday, April 10th, 2:00-4:00pm in Humanities 1, Rm 210
Reading The Dead: A  Black Feminist Method for the Critique of Global Capitalism

"Para todos todo" dicen nuestros muertos. Mientras no sea así, no habrá nada para nosotros" - these words from the Second Declaration of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (June 1994) guide a method that exposes racial violence in the constitution of global capital. Through a reading of the economic in which flesh and soil confront the categories of historical materialism and its account of value, and a reading of the ethical inspired by Octavia Butler’s imagings of affectability without spacetime, it assembles descriptors of existence through which The Dead troubles The Subjectum and its grip on our political imagination.

Professor da Silva holds the Inaugural Chair in Ethics, is the Director, at The Center for Ethics and Politics as well as Editor for Law & the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics & Economy (Routledge) at  Queen Mary University of London.

Da Silva’s areas of interest include political theory, feminist theory, globalization, law & human rights, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and cultural studies.  Da Silva’s research agenda includes the formulation of a notion of Global Justice, which acknowledges and addresses the effects of present and past conditions of political (economic, juridic, and symbolic) subjugation and the tracing and unweaving of the various layers and threads of the global matrix which, is a concept that describes the present global conditions of existence.  This interest also includes the tracking and expanding of liberatory political moves and statements that may guide the delineation of a project of Global Justice that does not merely re-inscribe the limiting modern ontoepistemological premises.


Fatima El-Tayeb on Thursday, April 17, 2:30-4:00pm in Humanities 1, Rm 210
More info coming soon!


Take Back The WEEK April 21-26
Shine a Light into the Darkness
33rd Annual Take Back The Night Rally, March, and Testimonials - Wednesday, April 23

Take Back the Night/Take Back the Week is a series of events that focus on raising awareness of rape, sexual assault, and violence against women in our communities, and seeks to provide a space for survivors to heal, culminating in a march and testimonial session where folks who have experienced these acts can speak openly about their experiences. Join us for any or all of our TBTN events!  More specific information and event details coming soon. For questions or to get involved with Take Back the Night please contact us at .


City on a Hill Press Outreach & Hiring Opportunities - Apply Now!

City on a Hill Press, UCSC’s student-run weekly newspaper of record, is currently hiring for reporters, illustrators, fact checkers and photographers. We would like to encourage your department to spread the word about this opportunity, which includes internships and class credit, to work with our paper. If you think any students within your department would be interested in joining our community, please direct them to our hiring web page:

We are now accepting applications for Spring Quarter 2014. We are currently looking for first, second and third year students who plan to make a long-term commitment to the paper.

City on a Hill Press has been serving its community for almost 50 years and strives to examine issues that affect the student body, as well as the larger Santa Cruz population. With over 40 students on staff, City on a Hill Press offers a dynamic pre-professional work environment that encourages student-led discussion, collaboration and decision making in the steady process of publishing a weekly newspaper.  

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to respond to this email or contact:

Jon Vorpe, Managing Editor, City on a Hill Press
Cell: 530.219.9730


Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!

Barrios Unidos is a multicultural, non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz, California. Our mission is to prevent and curtail violence among youth and incarcerated individuals by providing them with life-enhancing alternatives.

Barrios Unidos has a variety of programs that aim towards promoting non-violence such as the Prison Project, Juvenile Transitional Program, Kids' Club and  within the County Jail. You can visit our website  for more specific information on each program.

Barrios Unidos is currently looking for interns or volunteers. We ask for students to commit to a minimum of one quarter, but preferably for six months. This can also be used as an independent/ field study.

If there are any questions please contact Reyna Ruiz,  Programs Director at If you have specific questions about The Prison Project contact Cynthia Gutierrez, Prison Project Coordinator, at


International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania, Costa Rica
Work in the shelter; do community education; help women become economically independent
so they can leave abusive relationships; and/or help develop counseling programs for women, men and kids.

SEX TRAFFICKING: Nepal & Mongolia
Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation
is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, exceeding the drug trade.
We have two new placements working to abolish sex slavery. Come help!

FAMILY PLANNING: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania
For women that have 10 kids, they will tell you that contraception is life changing.
If families had fewer kids, they would have fewer mouths to feed and be less poor.
Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation believes this is one of most important goals in world for women.
Now there is a groundswell in Africa and they are asking for help with this.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS & LEGAL EMPOWERMENT: Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco, Tanzania:                           
Many places women do not know their rights and consciousness raising is essential.
In Tanzania, the work revolves around implementing the new laws that protect women, esp GBV.

MICRO-FINANCE: Costa Rica, Tanzania, Uganda
Micro-finance has helped women all over the world lift out of poverty.
Spanish, a background in Business, Finance or Entrepreneurship are helpful in Costa Rica.
Tz & Ug you simply must be able to help women find their economic talents & remove obstacles to their success.

"INCOME GENERATION": many places in Africa, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Sri Lanka
Do you have craft or small cottage industry skills that you could teach uneducated women earn more income?
e.g. Soap-making? Quilting? Wine making? We have a special call for people with a background in fashion merchandizing.

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) took kids as child soldiers and made girls sex slaves of LRA commanders.
The war is over and now these women have been urged to collect their stories into a book (for income generation.)

This is the first org that we know of in Africa that is addressing sexual abuse.
A background in Social Work or Psychology is helpful so you can counsel these girls and youth.

Women prostitute themselves because they are poor and have few choices.
Help empower these women personally & economically so they can pick other life styles.

The altiplano of Bolivia is very high and dry. Women forage for hours each day to find firewood for cooking food.
Some of the these new technologies have been life helping women not have to forage endlessly.

Interested? Please read NGOabroad website
and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:

These are volunteer opportunities.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



To join the UCSC Queer Happenings calendar, produced by The Lionel Cantu GLBTI Resource Center, send an email to