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Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies News

The Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies allows students to create degree programs from courses across disciplinary boundaries, including cultural studies, linguistic studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, multi-disciplinary studies, and social science studies.

Current Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies News

Josh Hawkins, UNLV
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News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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Business and Community |

The College Opportunity Program provides access to online certificate and degree programs, at no cost to MGM Resorts Employees.

Tyler Parry points to a white board that reads "know your history"
Campus News |

… And the many moments of racial tension amid segregation in Southern Nevada that came before it. 

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

A selection of items from the Shar Rednour and Jackie Strano Papers on S.I.R. Productions in UNLV's Special Collections & Archives. (Photo by Aaron Mayes/UNLV Special Collections & Archives)
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Sexual Entertainment and Economies will provide academic insight for researchers on the history and development of these industries in Nevada and beyond.

Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies In The News


One-on-one interview with Tyler D. Parry, Associate Professor of African American Studies, UNLV.

Boston Globe

Harvard's Schlesinger Library didn’t set out to be a repository of 1980s pornographic history. It all started with the death of the feminist pornographer Candida Royalle. In 2015, the library’s then-director, Jane Kamensky, spotted Royalle’s obituary in The New York Times, which described her work as “female-oriented, sensuously explicit cinema as opposed to formulaic hard-core pornographic films that she said degraded women for the pleasure of men.”


On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday in America. But in many pockets of the country it has been celebrated since long before then. Juneteenth, a portmanteau for June and nineteenth, began on that date in Galveston, Texas in 1865 when General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3.

City Cast Las Vegas

As graduation ceremonies occur across the country, you might notice more decorated attire in Nevada. This is the first spring graduation since Nevada passed a law allowing students to decorate their grad caps and robes with religious or cultural regalia. Despite the law, earlier this month at Eldorado High School, a student was told she couldn’t wear a stole honoring her family’s heritage. Ultimately, the student was allowed to wear her stole, but this shows how the practice can be controversial. Today, we revisit a conversation with Dr. Sheila Bock, a folklorist at UNLV. She tells co-host Dayvid Figler how grad garb became so contentious and what happens when students use robes and mortarboards as a form of expression.


The filmmakers behind Love Lies Bleeding (director Rose Glass and her co-writer Weronika Tofilska) are, as Glass describes “obviously … both film nerds”.

Las Vegas Weekly

Storytelling is the centerpiece of good entertainment, and our city has a lot of stories to tell. Las Vegas has been long obsessed with being ahead of the curve in all things entertainment, food and gaming. But with a reputation for building up new resorts as fast as it tears them down, Las Vegas is a city in constant flux. Often, important stories of our past are simply forgotten.

Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Experts

An expert in educational equity and race theory in education.
An expert in folklore and popular culture.
An expert in U.S. women's history, political activism, oral history, and feminism.
An expert on gender, sexuality, media, and popular culture.
An expert in African American culture and the history of slavery in the U.S.
Javon Johnson is an expert in African American literature, black pop culture, black feminist theory, and black queer theory.  

Recent Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Accomplishments

Lynn Comella (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) was interviewed by the Boston Globe about the new Sexual Entertainment and Economies Collection in UNLV Special Collections and Archives. UNLV is joining with Harvard's Schlesinger Library, Cornell, the University of Toronto, and the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in documenting…
Tyler D. Parry (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) was quoted in an article titled, "7 Juneteenth Foods and Traditions," published in History.com. It provides a historical overview of the holiday and its continued importance for Americans in the 21st century.
Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) was awarded the Elizabeth Woodman Wright Fellowship by the Massachusetts Historical Society. This award helps support a month of research next year in the Historical Society's collections, which Willoughby will use to conduct research for his book project …
On April 11, Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) spoke at the annual meeting of the Health Humanities Consortium. Willoughby was a part of a roundtable on Health Humanities for Humanists, where he discussed the need for humanists to define what constitutes applied health humanities.
Tyler D. Parry (African American and African Diaspora Studies; Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) was interviewed by journalist Corey Levitan for his article, "Lost Vegas: 1969 West Las Vegas Riots," published on the website casino.org. He provided largely unknown information about this uprising against police brutality on the Historic…
Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Interdisciplinary, Gender & Ethnic Studies) wrote the article "Professors of racial medicine: imperialism and race in nineteenth-century United States medical schools", which was published on April 1 in the journal Medical History. Willoughby examines how pre-Civil War U.S. medical faculty used data collected…