CASAA Events and Programming

Part of the founding mission of CASAA is to create innovative programming on issues related to race and racism and to develop a space in which educators from Arcadia University and beyond can share their research-in-progress with the general public. This will promote a more expansive dialogue on the issue central to CASAA while providing a platform of information/research exchange.

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CASAA Location

Visit us at 2035 Church Road in Glenside, PA.

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CASAA Email

Contact us via Email at casaa@arcadia.edu.

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CASAA Phone

Call us at 215-572-2964.


CASAA Race Matters Forum

The CASAA Race Matters Forum offers a vital space on the Arcadia University campus for faculty, staff, and administration to engage in dialogue about ongoing research on race, racism, and social justice as well as interrelated issues in higher education. Presenters include University faculty and staff as well as guest speakers with expertise on historic and contemporary issues of race across the globe.

Dr. Jonathan D. Shandell, Associate Professor of Theater Arts and Co-Director of the Theater Arts Program, explored the history of Black theater and performance in the city of Philadelphia discussed in two recent publications. The first, "Caricatured, Marginalized, and Erased: African American Artists and Philadelphia's Negro Unit of the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939," focuses on the productions at the Walnut Street Theater during the Depression Era. The second, "Before Rudd was Russian: The Hidden History of a Trailblazing African American Actor," delves into Rudd's career before emigrating to Russia with a group of artists such as Langston Hughes.

The Hidden History of Black Actors from Philadelphia's Past (4/7/22)

Dr. Jonathan D. Shandell, Associate Professor of Theater Arts and Co-Director of the Theater Arts Program, explored the history of Black theater and performance in the city of Philadelphia discussed in two recent publications. The first, "Caricatured, Marginalized, and Erased: African American Artists and Philadelphia's Negro Unit of the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939," focuses on the productions at the Walnut Street Theater during the Depression Era. The second, "Before Rudd was Russian: The Hidden History of a Trailblazing African American Actor," delves into Rudd's career before emigrating to Russia with a group of artists such as Langston Hughes.

Institutions of higher education often rely heavily on women and people of color particularly in service positions. Whether it is invisible labor or visible labor undervalued, this reflects a large-scale issue in higher education that we must better understand. Panelists on this topic included Mrs. Cristina Cintron-Marsh, Prof. Diana Cloud, Prof. Dejenaba Gordon, Dr. Dina B. Pinsky, and Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack. The recording for "Culture of Exploitation?" can be accessed here with the passcode YZwh9X.

Culture of Exploitation?: Experiences of BIPOC and Women in Higher Education (2/25/22)

Institutions of higher education often rely heavily on women and people of color particularly in service positions. Whether it is invisible labor or visible labor undervalued, this reflects a large-scale issue in higher education that we must better understand. Panelists on this topic included Mrs. Cristina Cintron-Marsh, Prof. Diana Cloud, Prof. Dejenaba Gordon, Dr. Dina B. Pinsky, and Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack. The recording for "Culture of Exploitation?" can be accessed here with the passcode YZwh9X.


CASAA Creative Scholarship Speaker Series

Following the Boyer model, CASAA promotes several kinds of scholarship centered on the issues in our founding mission. This includes creative scholarship and arts-based inquiry, which is invaluable in shaping how we think about complicated issues related to race. This speaker series seeks to elevate the voices of artists, musicians, and writers who engage in this important work on campus and beyond.

According to poet, activist, and educator Sonia Sanchez, "Resist is an ancient word. A holy word. A churchgoing word. A womanist word. A political world. A freedom worker's word." Nine poets who also serve as community activists in Philadelphia reflected on how the concept of resistance is demonstrated and activated in their lives. Available on Youtube, "Resist is a Womanist Word: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez" was organized by Debra Powell-Wright, editor of Philly Jawns: For Women Revisited (2020).

Resist is a Womanist Word: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez (4/29/22)

According to poet, activist, and educator Sonia Sanchez, "Resist is an ancient word. A holy word. A churchgoing word. A womanist word. A political world. A freedom worker's word." Nine poets who also serve as community activists in Philadelphia reflected on how the concept of resistance is demonstrated and activated in their lives. Available on Youtube, "Resist is a Womanist Word: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez" was organized by Debra Powell-Wright, editor of Philly Jawns: For Women Revisited (2020).

Cosponsored with the Pan African Studies Program and the Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Arcadia University, this event featured poetry readings from Dr. Michelle Reale and Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, moderated by CAS Associate Dean Alex Otieno. The reading offered an opportunity to reflect on the experiences of those whose lives were disrupted by a number of factors such as violence, poverty, and socio-political strife.

Elevating the Voices of the Displaced: A Poetry Reading (2/25/22)

Cosponsored with the Pan African Studies Program and the Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Arcadia University, this event featured poetry readings from Dr. Michelle Reale and Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, moderated by CAS Associate Dean Alex Otieno. The reading offered an opportunity to reflect on the experiences of those whose lives were disrupted by a number of factors such as violence, poverty, and socio-political strife.