Ethnic Studies

The Brian Lehrer Show

Black Ethnics

Monday, July 08, 2013

Christina Greer, assistant professor of political science at Fordham University (Lincoln Center), and author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013) seeks to go beyond the monolithic label "Black-Americans" to look at the issues that unite--and divide--the recent immigrants from native-born. 

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The Takeaway

What's Ahead for China in the Year of the Dragon?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday marks the beginning of 4709 in the Chinese calendar, the "Year of the Dragon". A strong, fiery, and auspicious cultural symbol, the lunar year ahead holds the potential for seismic change. In addition to the generational transitions set for its government, military, and the Communist Party, some experts are claiming 2012 will be the year China's economy collapses.

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The Battle Over History Curriculum in Schools

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Two conversations this week on the sensitivity of certain subjects in the classroom produced lots of reaction from listeners. A ban on ethnic studies in Tuscon Arizona, and a resistance to teaching Climate Change as an accepted body of knowledge in certain school districts around the country raises a broader question. Are there pieces of history and science that are simply too hot to handle in a classroom where active debate may get away from the truth and consensus on what to teach may be hard to find?

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Arizona's Far-Reaching Ethnic Studies Ban

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Last Tuesday Tucson Unified School District voted to end its Mexican-American Studies program to comply with an Arizona State Law banning ethnic studies.  The administration released a list of seven books teachers would have to remove from their curriculum including titles like "Critical Race Theory" and "Rethinking Columbus: The next 500 Years." Teachers are also being advised to avoid books that address themes of race, ethnicity, and oppression. One such targeted text is Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

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