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Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies News

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

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Campus News | December 9, 2022

From a new-found obsession with true crime podcasts to mourning rituals across cultures, this class examines the ways in which death captivates our attention.

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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People | July 26, 2022

The history-making program manager helps shape college women leaders and advocates for human rights.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 7, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies In The News

Black Perspectives
November 21, 2022

Finding that the evidence for jumping the broom’s “origins” pointed to western Europe, I wanted to better understand how groups adopted and adapted rituals for their own communal needs, and what this suggested about its popularity in African American history. If the broomstick wedding was “forced” into enslaved communities, as some have claimed, how then is it remolded into something that many embraced over time? If it was accepted willingly in some circumstances, what does this suggest about agency and the evolution of Black culture in the antebellum era?

November 16, 2022

Americans send hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars a year through remittances so much that countries like the Philippines rely on these funds to stay solvent.

City Cast Las Vegas
November 8, 2022

Vegas restaurant icon Lotus of Siam put Thai food in our city on the national map — one food critic called it the “bestThai food in North America,” and chef Saipin Chutima has won a James Beard award (which is basically the Grammys of food).

Master's In Communications
October 7, 2022

Javon Johnson is Assistant Professor and Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies with an appointment in Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An acclaimed slam poet and recognized performance studies scholar, Dr. Johnson is the author of the book Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities. He is also co-editor of The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape, which collects poetry, lyrics, essays, and other media from youth artists in Chicago, and, most recently, published the book of poetry Ain’t Never Not Been Black.

The Futures Archive
August 18, 2022

On the final episode of season 2 of The Futures Archive, Rachel Lehrer and Lee Moreau explore pleasure with a conversation about the vibrator and women's control over their bodies. With additional insights from Lynn Comella, Ti Chang, Jenny Winfield, and Mireille Miller-Young.

Ira's Everything Bagel Podcast
August 18, 2022

This week, Ira spoke with Tyler D. Parry, author of Jumping The Broom, The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual (published by UNC Press). In this academic episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Tyler talks about the historical narratives vs memories of Jumping The Broom; viewing the tradition through the paradigm of resistance; the efforts of black writers to revisit the ritual; the unifying feature of jumping the broom; the importance of the community endorsing the marriage after the couple jumped the broom; the humanity of the ceremony itself; the revival of interest in the subject in the 60’s and 70’s; the booming heritage weddings industry in the 90 that featured it; the different groups around the world who utilized the ceremony; and the surprising results about the single origin point of the ritual.

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Recent Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Accomplishments

October 25, 2022
Tyler D. Parry's (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) book, Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), was awarded the 2022 Wayland D. Hand Prize from the American Folklore Society. Sponsored by the society's history and folklore section, the biennial…
September 2, 2022
Norma A. Marrun (Teaching and Learning) and Constancio R. Arnaldo Jr. (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) recently published a book chapter titled, "Taking Up Space: Reflections from a Latina and a Filipino American Faculty Teaching for Racial Justice," in the edited book, First-Generation Faculty of Color: Reflections on Research,…
July 19, 2022
Tyler D. Parry (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) recently appeared on KTNV Channel 13 Action News to weigh in on the controversy over Eighth Judicial District Judge Erika Ballou's comments on the police. Parry opposes the Las Vegas Police Protective Association's call for Ballou to resign over her remarks. He is part of the IGES…
May 6, 2022
Patricia A. Heisser Metoyer (English, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Studies) was awarded a Los Angeles Review Board ( LARB ) Publishing Workshop Fellowship from June 27 to July 30. The Los Angeles Review of Books will host the fifth annual LARB Publishing Workshop, guiding a new cohort of students through the world of publishing with incredible…
May 2, 2022
Tyler D. Parry (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) served as a guest editor and organizer of an online forum, Black Las Vegas, published by the award-winning blog Black Perspectives. The forum will run through May 6 and feature five essays on different aspects of Black history in Las Vegas from various scholars based in Southern Nevada…
March 14, 2022
Tyler D. Parry (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) served as the chair of the Planning Committee for the seventh annual conference of the African American Intellectual History Society, which took place virtually earlier this month and was hosted and supported by UNLV. The annual conference brings together the most innovative…