3/5 @ 4:30pm: Signature Event Speaker Series: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

2019-2020 IDAAS Signature Event Speaker Series: Yen Le Espiritu

Thursday, March 5 @ 4:30pm
Hahn Hall 108, Pomona College

Title: From Sea to Shining Sea; United States Continental Imperialism

Lecture Description: Most historians date the beginning of US imperialism to the 1898 US invasions and occupations in the Pacific and Caribbean. In doing so, they characterize the invasions and occupations that led to US claiming sovereignty over its present continental configuration as “expansion” or “manifest destiny.” But, the United States was imperialist from its founding, its split from the British Empire a result of the British settlers in the 13 colonies seeking their own empire, as documented in the Northwest Ordinance, which included maps extending the Atlantic colonies/states to the Pacific. One-hundred years of genocidal warfare against Indigenous Nations across the continent followed, including the military Invasion and occupation of Mexico, annexing the northern half.

Bio: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Ethic Studies at California State University. She is author or editor of 15 books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and the literary memoir trilogy:  Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, and her award winning 2014 book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Her most recent book is Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. Forthcoming a book on the US claim to be “a nation of immigrants.”

2/24 @ 4:30pm: Signature Event Speaker Series: Yen Le Espiritu

2019-2020 IDAAS Signature Event Speaker Series: Yen Le Espiritu

Monday, February 24 @ 4:30pm
Hahn Hall 108, Pomona College

Title: Critical Refugee Studies and Indigenous Studies: A Transpacific Critique

Lecture Description: This talk re-conceptualizes the Vietnam War–and the subsequent U.S.-led refugee rescue operation in Guam and in the Philippines–as a transpacific phenomenon that inflicted collateral damage not only on the Vietnamese but also on indigenous and (formerly) colonized subjects in the circuits of U.S. empire. This reconceptualization of the Vietnam War advances a transpacific critique that knits together diverse memories of historical violence—settler colonialism, military expansion and refugee displacement—into a layered story of U.S. empire in the Asia Pacific region.

Bio: Yen Le Espiritu is Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies. An award-winning author, she has published extensively on Asian American panethnicity, gender and migration, and U.S. colonialism and wars in Asia. Her most recent book, Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es), is widely credited for charting the interdisciplinary field of Critical Refugee Studies. She is also a Founding Member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective (criticalrefugeestudies.com).

IDAAS Signature Events, April 2019: Turning and Returning Carceral Landscapes: Buried Histories, Incarceration Allies, Manzanar Pilgrimages

You are invited to our 2018-2019 IDAAS Signature Events happening this April 2019.

Title:  Turning and Returning Carceral Landscapes: Buried Histories, Incarceration Allies, Manzanar Pilgrimages


April 27, 2019 marks the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage which will observe two anniversaries: the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942 by Franklin D. Roosevelt that unlawfully incarcerated thousands of Japanese American citizens during WW II and the 27th anniversary of the establishment of the Manzanar National Historic Site in 1991 that reclaimed the truth of this shameful episode in American history.  We mount a series of five events to interrogate this unjust incarceration, to reflect on its ongoing effects, but, most importantly, to learn from the past and arm ourselves with strategies to combat on-going efforts to incarcerate all peoples now and in the future.


Sponsors: The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS); The Claremont Colleges Library; the Dean of Faculty, Joseph Horsfall Johnson Public Event Fund, the Asian Studies Program, the Pacific Basin Institute (PBI), the Draper Center, the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), and the Departments of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College; the Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) at Pitzer College; and EnviroLab Asia.

More details can be found at https://www.pomona.edu/manzanar-series.

Visiting Lecturer in Asian American Studies, Fall 2019

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges.CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA 91711

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies of the Claremont Colleges invites applications for a visiting lecturer position for fall semester 2019 to teach up to two courses. We are open to various courses; we welcome candidates who can teach special topics courses which complement our curriculum, especially courses on Muslim, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, mixed race, mixed ethnicity Asian Americans, and performance arts. PhDs or terminal degree preferred, ABDs will be considered, all preferably with at least one year of teaching experience.

Please submit in one PDF document a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, proposed course syllabi, course evaluations (and any evidence of teaching experiences) and two letters of reference to Hung Cam Thai, Chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. For further information, please contact hung.thai@pomona.edu.

The Claremont  Colleges (Claremont  McKenna,  Harvey  Mudd,  Pitzer,  Pomona, and Scripps) are  liberal  arts  colleges  located  35 miles  east  of  downtown Los  Angeles.  We  value  diversity,  and actively  encourage  applications  from women  and members  of  historically  underrepresented  groups.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

(Filled) Job: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges and the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts at Harvey Mudd College invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Asian American studies, to begin July 1, 2018. We are seeking a scholar who approaches history from an interdisciplinary perspective and who has research and teaching expertise in South Asian, Muslim, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Islander communities. The successful candidate should, by the beginning of Fall 2018, hold a Ph.D. in ethnic studies, history, American Studies, or related fields.  The teaching load for this position is five courses annually, including courses in the candidate’s field of expertise as well as two required departmental courses: a survey course on Asian American history and one course in the core curriculum at Harvey Mudd College. The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively in an intercollegiate and interdisciplinary setting. We especially encourage candidates whose work takes place within frameworks of transnationalism and globalization.

Please submit all materials no later than December 18th, 2017, including letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research, one writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. These documents should be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online. Please contact Hung Cam Thai, Chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies for further information at hung.thai@pomona.edu.

The Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) are liberal arts colleges located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. We are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers. Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.