Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Radical Struggle for Education

Photo courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

The 1960s marked a time of radical change, and many student-led movements in academic institutions for a culturally relevant curriculum gave birth to what we know today as Ethnic Studies. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the Third World Student Strike (Note: This link leads to a video) at San Francisco State University (formerly known as San Francisco State College). In 1969, the College of Ethnic Studies was born from that historical struggle.

Amerasia Journal, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and Latin American Perspectives represent some of the scholarly publications from various ethnic minority groups in our collection here at the Magazines & Newspapers Center:

Amerasia Journal - A leading (and oldest published) academic disciplinary journal in the Asian American Studies field, this academic journal includes articles discussing culture and literature of displacement, mixed-race identities, and examination of memories of war.

Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies - An interdisciplinary journal dedicated to scholarly research relevant to or informed by the Chicano experience. Includes submissions from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Renowned as a "vanguard for over 35 years," this journal brings Chicano Studies into "critical dialogue with Latino, ethnic, American, and global studies."

Journal of African American Studies - A peer-reviewed quarterly journal that publishes theoretical, empirical, and sociological research on people of African descent, serving as a multidisciplinary forum for social scientists engaged in the analysis of the struggles and triumphs of Black males.

Latin American Perspectives
- A scholarly journal that offers "extensive, well-researched, and annotated articles that discuss a single topic of pressing importance in Latin America." Features critical issues relating to capitalism, imperialism, and socialism as they affect individuals, societies, and nations.

The late 1960s certainly marked a time of radical change for higher education as evidenced by the scholarly research that continues to prevail in the aforementioned journals.

Furthermore, to commemorate the struggles and efforts in the spirit of the Civil Rights movement, be sure to check out the San Francisco Black Panther Party exhibition featuring "photos, newspapers and memorabilia that explore the personal and historical significance . . . in 1968 in the Fillmore district." This exhibition runs till March 12, 2009 in the Main Library, third floor, African American Center.

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