Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary Commemoration Week

50th logo; image of cheering graduates

Practicing Ethnic Studies: Past, Present, and Future
October 7, 10, 11 and 12, 2019

Ethnic Studies—as a movement, discipline, and commitment to an education that matters—emerged from vibrant student-led strikes ignited at San Francisco State fifty years ago. This movement was forged through strong solidarity and unity across communities of struggle. How has unity advanced the practice of Ethnic Studies overtime? The 50th celebration of the College of Ethnic Studies, with the theme: Practicing Ethnic Studies: Past, Present, Future invites us to take a new look and discuss, across cultural, disciplinary, and generational lines the best practices in relevant pedagogy and political action that have advanced Ethnic Studies for the past fifty years, and those needed to carry us fifty years into the future.


Monday October 7 - Daytime

1968-69 BSU/TWLF Strikers: Practicing Ethnic Studies  - Merging Differences into Unity
Jack Adams Hall, Chávez Student Union Building top floor

  • 9:30-10:45 am    Screening of Newsreel Collective’s “On Strike Shut It Down” and other visual media; informal gathering
  • 11:00 am-12:15 pm     Panel: Building the BSU and Progressive Student Movement at SFSU: 1963-1968, Foundations of Civil Rights and Global Liberation Activism
  • 12:30 -1:45 pm    Panel: The BSU and the TWLF organization’s continued push for educational access and self-determination: up to October 1968
  • 2:00 – 3:15 pm    Panel: “On Strike, shut it down!” -  November 1968 through March 1969
  • 4:00 – 6:45 pm    Panel: Lessons for Today From and After the Strike



Monday October 7 - Evening

Ex-Striker poets and writers read from their works on the Strike - Night 1

  • 7:00pm - 9:00 pm    SF State J. Paul Leonard Library Reading Room, 4th floor, Room 460.

Avotcja –Veteran poet, author of A Few Steps Away

Kitty Tsui - SF State Graduate, author of She Who Breathes Fire

Naomi Quiñónez - SF State/Latin American Studies, author of Smoking Mirrors

Aja Duncan - SF State Creative Writing Professor Emeritus, author of Restless Continent

Joe Novarro - Veteran poet, author of The Return of Aztlaneco

Abdul Kenyatta, storyteller

All readings are free.  Writers will have books for sale.


Tuesday October 8 - Evening

Ex-Striker poets and writers read from their works on the Strike - Night 2

  • 7:00pm - 9:00 pm SF State J. Paul Leonard Library Reading Room, 4th floor, Room 460.

Tongo-Eisen Martin - author of award-winning Heaven Is All Goodbyes

Tureeda Mikell – author of Sum Mo’ Nommos- Words From The Ghetto

James Cagney - author of award-winning Black Magnolias In The Fields Of Chaos Theory

Leslie Simon - pioneer of Poetry for the People SF City College, author of Collisions and Transformations

EK Keitd – poet and programmer at Mutiny Radio

Ben Bac Sierra, poet

All readings are free. Writers will have books for sale.


Thursday October 10 - Daytime

CoES Students and Educators: Practicing Ethnic Studies



11-11:15 am Drumming and Talk (Eddie Madril, SF State, American Indian Studies)

11:15-11:20 am- Prayer (Kanyon Sayer-Roods)

11:20-11:30 am - Successes of Ethnic Studies and Commitment for the future (Amy Sueyoshi, College of Ethnic Studies Dean)

11:30-12:00 pm - Keynote Address (Morning Star Gali, Ajumawi band of Pit River, Northern California, movement leader)

12:30-1:45 – Practicing Ethnic Studies on Campus and in the Community: This session is dedicated to showcasing concrete ways in which the College of Ethnic Studies continues to live up to revolutionary aspirations of the 1968 SFSU strikers by serving as a bridge between campus and community in response to the most critical issues of our times, while also making space for much needed dialogue on what “walking the talk” looks like now and needs to look like 50 years from now.

2:00-3:15 pm – Practicing Ethnic Studies in Education: This session will engage critical discussions on the “Save California Ethnic Studies” campaign to protect the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Panelists will address the recent proposed California legislation of including Ethnic Studies in K-12 curriculum, the ongoing backlash surrounding this piece of legislation, the implementation of Ethnic Studies in California Public Schools and the politics of “big college” and Ethnic Studies.

4:00-5:30 pm – Practicing Ethnic Studies in Art, Culture, and Spirit as Resistance & Solidarity

  • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Hoop Dance and Talk with Eddie Madril (SF State, American Indian Studies)
  • 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Performance and Short Talk by Hip Hop Artist Kiwi Illafonte
  • 4:45 pm - 4:55 pm Closing Remarks
  • 4:55 pm - 5:30 pm Celebration with Birthday Cake!



Thursday October 10 - Evening

Ex-Striker poets and writers read from their works on the Strike - Night 3

7:00pm - 9:00 pm     SF State J. Paul Leonard Library Reading Room, 4th floor, Room 460.

Juanita Tamayo-Lott - SF State Strike Veteran, author of The Golden Children and The Legacy of Ethnic Studies

Judy Juanita -, SF Strike Veteran, author of Virgin Soul, Straight Out Of Oakland, and Homage to the Black Arts Movement

Marvin X Jackman - SF Strike Veteran, author of Love and Hate

Peter Shapiro - SF State Strike Veteran, with Bill Barlow of The End OF Silence, the best existing history of the San Francisco State Strike

Ernie Brill - SF State Strike Veteran, and author of I Looked Over Jordan And Other Stories.

All readings are free. Writers will have books for sale.

Chinatown Rising

  • 6:30 PM      Film screening presented by Asian American Studies.
    Student Life and Events Center (Annex 1)



Friday October 11 and Saturday October 12 - Daytime

CSU Council on Ethnic Studies

  • 9:30        Opening
  • 10:00     Foundations of Ethnic Studies in the CSU
  • Noon     Lunch
  • 1:00        Growing edges, challenges, opportunities
  • 3:00        Strategic Community and University Partnerships


  • 9:30 Opening
  • 10:00    Beyond the CSU Task Force Report, Implementing Ethnic Studies for All : Requiring Ethnic Studies K-12 and in the CSU
  • Noon    Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00       Business Meeting of the CSU CES



Saturday October 12 - Evening

50th Anniversary Gala

  • 5:30    Doors open
  • 6:00    Reception
  • 7:00    Dinner & Program
  • 9:00    Live band and Dancing





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The College of 50th Anniversary Commemoration Week and Gala is co-hosted by San Francisco State University's Office of the President & Office of the Provost.




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