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Guest Speakers

The Ethnic Studies Program has co-sponsored a number of influential writers and luminaries at Pacific who have shared their works and wisdom related to a wide range of issues.

Camille Dungy

Camille Dungy
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Richard Tenaza

In celebration of Black History Month in February 2011, the English Department and Ethnic Studies Program organized a reading by professor and poet Camille Dungy. Dr. Dungy delves into the historical experiences of African Americans, from slavery to the present day. (This event was co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies and other programs/organizations at Pacific.)

Mong-Lan

Mong-Lan

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April 2010, we invited Mong-Lan to give a poetry reading on campus. Mong-Lan is a poet, writer, painter and photographer who left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Mong-Lan's first book of poems, Song of the Cicadas, won the 2000 Juniper Prize, the 2002 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Awards for Poetry and was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Her other books of poetry include Why is the Edge Always Windy?;Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; the Spanish / English bilingual edition, Tango, Tangueando: Poemas y Dibujos; and a chapbook, Love Poem to Tofu and Other Poems.

Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir

In celebration of Black History Month in February 2010, the Ethnic Studies Program hosted a poetry reading by Samiya Bashir, who is known for her fierceness and boldness. Bashir is editor of "Best Black Women's Erotica 2" and co-editor of "Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art." She has published three chapbook poetry collections: "Teasing Crow," "Wearing Shorts on the First Day of Spring" and "American Visa." She is also a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, a festival for LGBT writers of African descent. (This event was co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies and other programs/organizations at Pacific.)

Students Tara Ignont and Rayven Williams, from Ethnic Studies and the Black Student Union, are introducing Samiya Bashir.
Students Tara Ignont and Rayven Williams, from Ethnic Studies and the Black Student Union, are introducing Samiya Bashir.  

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