ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!

I'm honored to give the Saturday Keynote address at this year's Different Games Conference.  Why Inclusion is Required, and Diversity is Not Enough Tanya DePass Often times we talk about diversity and inclusion but we don’t grasp what it means beyond the 101 level conversation. Diversity has been reduced to a meaningless buzz word to many, and inclusion is not … Continue reading ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!

Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

Folks are always asking me if panels will be streamed when I go to conventions and conferences. Well luck is with you, as Queerness and Games Conference has you covered! They have two twitch channels: twitch.tv/qgcon twitch.tv/qgcon2 If you want to catch a specific speaker over the weekend, the schedule is below. Remember all times … Continue reading Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

Excited to visit University of Oregon this week!

It's my last speaking gig where I have to travel in 2016! Excited to visit with Edmond Chang at his campus. Keywords for Video Game Studies: Diversity   Speaker series Date: November 30, 2016 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm “Why Diversity and Intentional Inclusion Is Needed in Our Games” with Tanya DePass A brief talk … Continue reading Excited to visit University of Oregon this week!

What was that about Post Racial Society?

Analysis: Gates Arrest a Signpost on Racial Road By JESSE WASHINGTON, AP National Writer Jul 23, 2009, 08:35 Summary: It took less than a day for the arrest of Henry Louis Gates to become racial lore. When one of America's most prominent Black intellectuals winds up in handcuffs, it's not just another episode of profiling; … Continue reading What was that about Post Racial Society?

My $2.00 worth on White Privilege

After discussions, upon discussions where sometimes I feel like the person I'm talking with genuinely "gets it" and many other times where people just can't/won't/refuse to understand their privilege, I've decided to spell it out for people and hope they actually read, comprehend and think about what's coming in this post. What's about to be … Continue reading My $2.00 worth on White Privilege

Washington Uni of St. Louis to honor hate monger Phyllis Schafly

Washington U. Set to Honor Anti-Gay Activist Washington University in St. Louis is giving an honorary degree to anti-gay activist Ms. Phylis Schlafly founder of the Eagle Forum a right wing group opposed to LGBT equality and feminism. This woman has fought tirelessly against marriage equality even though her own son is gay, and she … Continue reading Washington Uni of St. Louis to honor hate monger Phyllis Schafly

Richard Wright’s Native Son – Discussion

  I'm reading Richard Wright's Native Son for our quarterly book club at Uni. We've had one meeting so far and it was pretty good. We touched on topis such as Bigger's lack of emotion, sense of responsibility, the way he lives in a dream world where everyone has all the stuff whites do. Or … Continue reading Richard Wright’s Native Son – Discussion

Affirmative action ban at CA college is affecting minority numbers…

This is interesting... considering what happened in the field after the MI Law school ruling on quota's and now this news. It makes me wonder what this means for minorities trying to get into college. Will affirmative action bans be rescinded? Does this give proof to the stereotypes about Asian students as well as Black … Continue reading Affirmative action ban at CA college is affecting minority numbers…

Social divide among low, middle and upper class blacks you say? Well no shit…

This is a total no-brainer to me that is once again touted as something new and shiny for people to go, really? I would have never have thought that! Poor black folks don't like middle class black folks usually. The rest of us don't like those uppity negroes who ahve the gall to be upper … Continue reading Social divide among low, middle and upper class blacks you say? Well no shit…

Webchat on Black Greek life… is it still relevant?

For anyone who may be a frat or soror at/alum of an HBCU. Any thoughts on this topic? Diverse Web Chat Please join us for an exciting Web chat discussion about the state of Black Greek Letter Organizations at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Our panel includes: Dr. Ricky L. Jones, associate professor … Continue reading Webchat on Black Greek life… is it still relevant?

NY Times article on Study Abroad

The Foreign Legions By LAURA PAPPANO Published: November 4, 2007 FOR a student at the University of Ghana in Legon, a palm-graced suburb of Accra, a dinner might involve fufu — mashed casava and plantains in a soup of peanut butter and tomatoes — from a local “chop bar.” Electricity is not a given. Nor … Continue reading NY Times article on Study Abroad

I can’t believe this article…

Ok... I get "Diverse News in Higher Education" daily. Most of the articles are good and make sense for academia. But the article below made my brain itch. The gist of it is this: Dealing with and avoiding racism makes black folks crazy (sorry meant to say-creates "mental health issues"). I pulled a whut? O_o!?! … Continue reading I can’t believe this article…

G*D in the University classroom… 2 adjuncts are out of work… what do you think about this?

Adjuncts and God: Why Are 2 Instructors Out of Jobs? The adage says that you’re supposed to avoid talk of religion and politics in polite company, but the topics are hard to avoid if you teach Western civilization. And the topics may be especially dangerous for adjuncts. An instructor at Southwestern Community College is charging … Continue reading G*D in the University classroom… 2 adjuncts are out of work… what do you think about this?

Precursor to today’s events…

DePaul memos tell of run-ins with professor By Ron Grossman Tribune staff reporter September 3, 2007 Finkelstein, both lauded and decried for his strong criticisms of Israel, was denied tenure in June. His classes, however, remained in the university's course schedule, and students were enrolled. The classes were abruptly canceled Aug. 24, at which point … Continue reading Precursor to today’s events…

Finklestein battle finally done… thank the Gods for small favors

DePaul, embattled professor settle dispute As Finkelstein resigns, university calls him 'an outstanding teacher' Embattled professor Norman Finkelstein meets with students and supporters Wednesday on the quad at DePaul University to announce his resignation. (Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / September 5, 2007) By Ron Grossman | Tribune staff reporter12:40 PM CDT, September 5, 2007 … Continue reading Finklestein battle finally done… thank the Gods for small favors

From Today’s NY Times Online

Study Abroad and Overseas Study gifts for universities In Study Abroad, Gifts and Money for Universities By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO Published: August 13, 2007 As overseas study has become a prized credential of the undergraduate experience, a competitive, even cutthroat, industry has emerged, with an army of vendors vying for student money and universities moving … Continue reading From Today’s NY Times Online

In lieu of real content some linkage for you peeps

Lauredhel posts about some breast surgery that isn't breast surgery according to the docs who invented it. 2049live posted about the Twin Towers Alliance Interview [he's working on their site] KittieKattie posted an excellent essay on that one black kid and Overt Racism being less than a generation away Karnythia posted some interesting thoughts about … Continue reading In lieu of real content some linkage for you peeps

Recommended reading – Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

I'm almost done with this book, I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks that one person can't make a difference. Doctor Maathai is an inspiration, and I'm glad I recieved this book. Makes a great gift too. Below is a review from Amazon that sums up what I'd like to say, but its much … Continue reading Recommended reading – Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

What a tragedy…

From Diverse Online Current News Best and Brightest’ Scholar’s Promising Future Ends Tragically By Margaret Kamara Jul 12, 2007, 01:24 Devin Gaines, who became one of the University of Connecticut’s most noteworthy 2007 alumni when he graduated with five degrees in five years, died early Tuesday morning. Gaines was featured in a Diverse series on … Continue reading What a tragedy…