Graduate Students

Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora (CED)




Coordinated by graduate students with the assistance of faculty, the Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora (CED) provides an interdisciplinary intellectual space for faculty, students, and interested parties to interrogate issues in transnational history, comparative race and ethnic studies, critical race theory, community formations, and citizenship.


CED showcases ethnic studies opportunities and scholarship on campus for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as, ‘faculty, and fosters a cross-discipline dialogue encouraging collaboration between various departments and programs. This year's schedule comprises of two speakers and one panel discussion, and 3 book discussions, one per quarter. Each speaker and each book has been chosen to address ethnicity in America, and/or comparative studies in race, ethnicity, migration, and diaspora.


CED draws a large part of its budget from the Initiative for Comparative Race and Diaspora, and has also received additional funding from various department and organizations on campus including the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, WCAS, TGS, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of African American Studies, Program in Asian American Studies, Chabaraja Center for Historical Studies, and Department of History.





Coordinators: Ethan Caldwell and Colleen Daniher


FALL 2013

Wednesday, Nov 13: Graduate Student Presentation: "Riot Debris: Chinese American and Racial Unrest"

Phonshia, History

12-1:30pm, African-American Studies Conference Room, Kresge 2-425


Wednesday, Dec 4: Book Discussion: Black Yanks: Race in the Making of American Military Empire After World War II

12-1:30pm, Asian American Studies Conference Room, Crowe 1-135



Wednesday, Jan 15: Book Discussion: Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific

12-1:30pm, Asian American Studies Conference Room, Crowe 1-135


Friday, Feb 14: Scholarly Discussion: Race & Hawaii with Camilla Fojas (DePaul University) and Nitasha Sharma (Northwestern)

12-1:30pm, Asian American Studies Conference Room, Crowe 1-135


Monday, Mar 3: Roundtable Discussion: Indigenous Connections with Vicente Diaz (University of Illinois, Chicago) & Sherwin Bryant (Northwestern)




Wednesday, May 7: Roundtable Discussion: Expressive Discontent with Laura Kina (DePaul University) and Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson (Northwestern)

12:1-30pm, Asian American Studies Conference Room 1-135


Wednesday, May 28: Scholarly Lecture and Discussion: Hip Hop Across the Pacific with Ian Condry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)



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The Asian American Studies Program encourages a rich graduate student community through events such as student-faculty dinners, CED events and student socials. To get involved with planning these events, check out the AAS Graduate Students Committee (AASGSC)



Attendees of first Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Committee Social: Neha Kamdar (Radio/TV/Film), Beth Corzo-Duchardt (Radio/TV/Film), Micaela Diaz-Sanchez (Latina/o Studies, African American Studies), Andrew Brown (Performance Studies), Teju Adesida (Performance Studies), Laila Ballout (History), Nikki Yeboah (Performance Studies), Zahida Sherman (History), Jesse Nasta (History), James Zarsadiaz (History), Phonshia Nie (History), Dwayne Nash (African American Studies, Performance Studies), Kim Singletary (Rhetoric), Nate Mathews (History), Ethan Caldwell (African American Studies), Javon Johnson (Performance Studies), Ari Bookman (English), Kareem Khubchandani (Performance Studies).


For more information, visit The Graduate School.


Graduate Assistants

  • 2015-2016 Soo Ryon Yoon, Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies
  • 2014-2015 Linde Murugan, Ph.D. candidate in Screen Cultures
  • 2013-2014 Daniel Elam & Kangsan Lee
  • 2012-2013 Charlie Jeong Kim, Ph. D. candidate in Sociology
  • 2011-2012 Ethan Caldwell, Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies
  • 2009-2010 Pavithra Prasad, Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies
  • 2008-2009 Jisoo Chung, Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies
  • 2007-2008 Stephen Mak, Ph.D. candidate in History

Upcoming Event

Hidden Histories: Short films on Japanese American Incarceration During WWII
May 30, 20176:30 PM - 8:30 PM