Years and years from now, I will be able to say I was at the first Critical Mixed Race Studies conference. The conference, which I think was supposed to be a small gathering, attracted more than 400 people from across the country. When all was said and done, the conference had sold out three boutique hotels, packed panel discussions and hosted many of the trailblazers of the mixed experience.
I got an update email last week, and it looks like there will be much more to come.
- Camilla Fojas and the DePaul University Department of Latin American and Latino Studies will host the second CMRS conference in November 2012.
- Scholars at University of California Santa Barbara, DePaul University and San Francisco State University plan to launch an online peer reviewed CMRS journal.
- Conference organizers are working on establishing an association for CMRS.
There are all kinds of ways to get and stay involved:
- DePaul’s Media Production & Training (Wen Der Lin and Greg Barker) recorded, edited, and posted video from the welcoming address and the three keynote addresses on ITunesU.
- DePaul’s Media Production & Training (Wen Der Lin and Russ Patterson) worked with the organizers and participants to audio record conference sessions. 18 conference sessions were edited and MP3 audio was posted on ITunesU.
- DePaul’s Linda Greco created updated the conference website under Global Asian Studies.
- Laura Kina started a Google group “criticalmixedracestudies” which participants are using to continue to stay in touch. If you haven’t joined yet, please do so! firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CMRS participants are also using our “Critical Mixed Race Studies” facebook page to stay in touch. Friend us!
- Chris Paredes, a student at the University of Washington, organized a network of mixed race student organizations from across the country to stay in touch on a regular basis. If you would like to join this discussion, please contact Chris at:email@example.com
- Amanda Erekson, President of MAVIN, is coordinating monthly call ins for the community organizations. If your mixed race community organization would like to participate, contact Amanda for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.