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Summer Dissertation Bootcamp with the Center for Writing & Rhetoric

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, may 14, 2019

Dear CGU Students,

The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2019 Summer Dissertation Bootcamp!

Summer Dissertation Bootcamp is an opportunity for ABD PhD students to dedicate over 35 hours of writing time on their dissertations in a community of similarly-positioned writers with complementary food, guest speakers, stretch breaks, and writing hacks. This is a complementary resource for CGU, but space is limited. Applications are required!

This year's Bootcamp will take place between July 6th and 12th. Attendance at all days and sessions is required. To apply, please:

  1. Discuss your writing plan for the week with your chair/advisor;
  2. Visit to complete our application form, including your writing plan and a detailed statement of how you would benefit from the camp; and,
  3. Have your chair/advisor email us ( with a copy of your writing plan and confirmation that they have discussed it with you.

The deadline for applications is June 10th. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Marcus Weakley, Ph.D.

Interim Director, Center for Writing and Rhetoric

Claremont Graduate University

141 E. 12th St. Claremont, CA 91711

909.607.0012 |

Pronouns: he/him/his

Two new CLST courses: CLST 406 and CLST 411

  • By cgusah
  • On Wednesday, april 24, 2019

CLST 406: Geographies of Plunder
Tuesdays 1-3:50 pm

Wendy Cheng
American Studies, Scripps College

Areas of Expertise: American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography

Plunder refers to systematic coercive or violent theft of property or, as a noun, to the fruits of such an act. The immorality of plunder cannot be conflated with illegality, however, since the law has often operated as a tool for legitimizing and concealing plunder in racist and colonial states. This course uses the lenses of geography, critical ethnic studies, American studies, and indigenous studies to ask: How does an analytical lens of plunder help us to understand landscape in different ways? How do such relationships and histories endure in the landscape and why does it matter? And finally, how might we create and operationalize what geographer Don Mitchell has called “oppositional landscape histories,” and to what end? Through careful consideration of theoretical concepts including racial capitalism, extractivism, and colonial and decolonial ecologies, this course considers the preconditions and afterlives of plunder; how representation matters in assigning value to particular land uses, forms of labor, and people; and how the preconditions and afterlives of plunder continue to shape everyday landscapes today.

Readings (subject to change):

Brenna Bhandar, Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land, and Racial Regimes of Ownership
Jodi Byrd, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism

William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

Macarena Gómez-Barris, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives

George Henderson, California and the Fictions of Capital

Manu Karuka, Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad

Tiya Miles, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story

Aileen Moreton-Robinson, The White Possessive: Power, Property, and Indigenous Sovereignty

LeiLani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams (eds.), Racial Ecologies

Dean Saranillio, Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawaii’i Statehood

Sarita See, The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum

Lynnell Thomas, Desire and Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory

Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World

CLST 411: Curating Museums in the Digital World
Mondays 9am-11:50am

Anthony Morey, Executive Dir. A+D Museum

As digital forms of communication and archiving increasingly reign above print and other physical formats, how does the museum, as a traditionally material institution, adapt? Google, having become the world’s largest archive, has now explicitly framed much of its work as akin to that of a museum: collecting, disseminating, and researching culture (here defined as art and artifacts). How do these transformations affect the role of the curator, not just in terms of resources for exhibitions but also in their formats, objectives, and audiences? This class will at once study the theory behind the interaction of these social institutions while exploring the practical implications of these newly blurred lines. These will be experienced first hand as the class develops exhibitions in new formats through the A+D Museum partnership with Google Arts + Culture.  The class will stand at the nexus of these hybrid systems and push beyond that which is currently being presented. Through theoretical and physical curatorial explorations the class will engage with the future of museums and exhibitions.

Satisfies Museum Studies Concentration and CLST Research Methods Course (for curatorial methods)

Student Guide to Online Registration

Pitzer’s Summer School Course

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, april 16, 2019

Dear students,

Please take note of the following course being offered as part of Pitzer’s Summer School program.  If interested, you can discuss with the instructor and your advisor how this would count for graduate credit and fit into your academic program.

The Alt-Right & Occult Religion  |  SOC038
Chase Way
MWF 9:00-11:05am, May 20-June 28

This course explores how “alt-right” movements across the US and Europe have re-appropriated occult and pagan mythologies, rhetorics, symbols, and practices to support white supremacist, patriarchal, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and militaristic political agendas. Taught from a critical historical perspective, this class traces the manipulation of these ideologies back to their roots in Nazi Germany, and tracks their evolution throughout the Cold War, into the present era. By the end of the term, students will have familiarized themselves with a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, and will also have completed research projects focused on their individual interests.

Register here: 


Patrick Q. Mason
Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
Professor of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
Phone:  (909) 607-8362

Take a Summer Course at Pitzer with an SAH Alum!

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, april 16, 2019

Hello Students,

My name is Tom Connelly and I am a Cultural Studies PhD alum, class of 2012. I am currently a visiting professor at Pomona College. This summer, I am a teaching a class at Pitzer College called “Theory and Aesthetics of Television." It is an upper level class and CGU students are more than welcomed to enroll. This is a research methodology course, as it introduces students to a number of theoretical approaches to studying television. I have included a brief description below. I’d be more than happy to have students from the Arts & Humanities program enroll in the course this summer at Pitzer.

 MS149: Theory and Aesthetics of Television, Professor Thomas J. Connelly, Pitzer College

This course introduces students to the study of television from an aesthetic, theoretical, and critical perspective. Students will learn a number of terms, theoretical concepts, and methodological approaches to critically evaluate and analyze television texts, including the language of filmmaking, genre theory, feminism, auteur theory, cult television, carnival theory, postmodernism, audience ethnography, and transnationalism.

The course will be taught on Tues/Thursday, 1–4:10pm at Pitzer College, May 20­–June 28.

*Please note that Pitzer is offering a 40% reduced price for their summer courses. For more information visit  

Best regards,


Thomas J. Connelly, Ph.D
Visiting Assistant Professor 
Dept of Media Studies
Pomona College

Summer Language Courses

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, april 09, 2019

The Summer Language Courses have been scheduled: Registration opens April 3rd:

LANG 171: Spanish for Reading Knowledge
Module II (July 8 - August 24)
Mondays-Fridays 2:00 - 5:00 PM

LANG 181: French for Reading Knowledge
Module I (May 20 - July 6)
Mondays-Fridays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LANG 191: German for Reading Knowledge
Module II (July 8 - August 24)
Mondays-Fridays 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM



Summer 2019 language courses

Minority Mentor Program

Minority Mentor Program (MMP)

Applications Due: Wednesday, September 20

In 1994 the Minority Mentor Program (MMP) was developed to assist first-year graduate students from underrepresented communities develop academically, professionally, and personally. The MMP provides mentors and mentees with mutually beneficial relationships by offering opportunities to discuss research, professional development, and graduate life. The overarching goal of the MMP is to support the successful transition of our first-year students by providing them with an understanding of CGU's community, its challenges, and the services and resources that are in place to support them and allow for a successful graduate experience.

Through this program students will have the opportunity to attend various workshops throughout the year that will focus on the following areas:

  • Campus resources, and the importance of involvement
  • Creating community
  • Academic expectations
  • Networking and professional development


TO APPLY as a mentee (first-year graduate student) or a mentor (continuing graduate student), click here for the application. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

SAVE THE DATE: MMP Welcome and Social Mixer scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, from 5pm-7pm at the Office of Student Life, Diversity & Leadership. 

Still need a class for the fall semester? "Introduction to Sikhism" and "Regional & Global Power Rivalry in the Middle East" are open

TNDY 405P 1414 1 Regional & Global Power Rivalry in the Middle East


As early as 1919 President Woodrow Wilson dispatched a theologian named Mr. Henry King and Mr. Charles Kane on a mission ''to sort out the the Middle East and figure out how the region's residents wanted to be governed in view of the Sykes-Pecot secret Agreement which was drafted in secrecy in 1916 between Britain and France to divide the Ottoman Empire. The King-Krane Report concluded that "lumping diverse ethnic or religious groups together in larger states could lead to bloody results".(King-Krane Report 1919). Apparently the report was predicting the regional conflicts that made the Middle East region volatile and unstable. No wonder many scholars argue that World War I was not only a war of unprecedented devastation with global ramifications that reshaped world politics -for ever- in light of its impact on the Middle East region which became the center of rivalry between global powers because of its strategic significance and oil wealth. In an article written by Walter Russell Mead, entitled "'The Return of Geopolitics", the scholar emphasizes that the year 2014 has been a tumultuous one, as geopolitical rivalries USA, RUSSIA, and CHINA have stormed back to center stage in the Middle East region to balance their priorities at a time when the region is being remapped. Deeper understanding of the impact of power rivalry in the Middle East necessitates analyzing the major factors that have overarching impact on the struggles and conflicts such as: religion, culture, ethnic groups and impact of history on the people living in the region. Simulation exercise will be held to familiarize the students with skills of negotiations and conflict resolution.


Introduction to Sikhism
Fall Semester
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:20 pm
First class begins on August 30, 2016 at Claremont School of Theology
Faculty: Dr. Sandeep Singh Dhillon
The class syllabus will cover a period of more than 500 years beginning from the founder of Sikh Religion Guru Nanak to the contemporary times. It will cover the spiritual aspect, the experience of God, and how one can have it, the path shown by Sikhism to have the experience of God. The stages of spiritual progress. The social and political responsibilities of a religious person to work to ensure equality and justice for all. The history of the struggles the Sikh community has gone through since Sikh religion came into being. Finally describing the contemporary Sikh situation both in Punjab, the land where Sikh Religion originated, and in the diaspora.
The course will open a new window for the students and will help them to look at things from a different perspective as they will come to know about Sikh Religion and culture.


New LinkedIn Group for SAH Students and Alumni

The School of Arts & Humanities now has a LinkedIn group, which students and alumni are invited to join.  In this group, you will be able to:

•         CONNECT with fellow students and alumni
•         LEARN about job announcements and CGU events and news
•         SHARE news, insights, and questions

To join the group, please visit:

Spaces available in course: "Zoroastrian Cosmology, Eschatology, Ethics and Ritual"

REL 324: Zoroastrian Cosmology, Eschatology, Ethics and Ritual
Instructor: Jenny Rose, Ph.D.
Thursdays 9 – 11:50am

This illuminating seminar involves the study of:

•    The development of cosmology and eschatology in one of the world’s oldest religions.
•    The textual expressions and practical applications of the trifold Zoroastrian ethic of “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds” throughout the history of religion.
•    The form and function of Zoroastrian ritual.
•    The relationship of these aspects of the Zoroastrian religion to neighboring religions, in Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity Manichaeism, and Islam.
•    The European fascination with things Zoroastrian.
•    A seasonal ceremony demonstrated by local Zoroastrians.



Claremont Heritage 2015-16 Internships

Claremont Heritage Internship Project Descriptions and Intent

Unpaid Internships 2015/16

Modern Architectural Survey

Claremont Heritage seeks a student intern to help with updating our local Register of Structures of Historic and Architectural Merit (the number of hours per week to be determined).  The intern will assist the organization in its current initiative to survey modernist architecture in Claremont by filling out California State Survey Form DPR 523A.  The Claremont Heritage Archivist will supervise the intern.  In addition to other duties, the intern will:

•    Develop a basic knowledge of Claremont history, especially post-World-War II;
•    Develop a working vocabulary for describing the aesthetics of modernism;
•    Research local architecture through archival and city sources;
•    Conduct interviews with property owners;
•    Participate in surveying Claremont neighborhoods and architecture;
•    Input information, images and GIS coordinates into California State Survey Form DPR 523A.

History Database Digitization Project

Work with Claremont Heritage in the digitization of our physical archive as well as updating our historic resources inventory database. Currently, Claremont Heritage’s inventory is primarily paper based. These documents are public record and are available to property owners, realtors, assessors, historians, architectural historians, genealogists, students, and other interested parties.  The information is limited to physical onsite presence during Heritage’s open office hours in order to do research. The inventory is also a valuable tool for preservation planning for the future of historic resources within the City of Claremont. Historic properties that are listed in the local register receive additional levels of review and demolition delay. The use of the data contained in these forms for analyzing architectural trends, materials, and architect or builder designs is very limited. Creation of a digital database will allow for increased efficiency of Heritage to respond to research requests, to requests from the City, and to help plan for future inventory and survey needs of the community.

Assistance with organization of archival materials and items in Claremont Heritage’s collection will include working to digitize historic photographs and assisting with organization of materials not yet catalogued.  Images and data will be entered into a database system currently used by Claremont Colleges Digital Library and will be uploaded on a periodic basis.

Historic Archival/Research Duties as Assigned

Assist with research requests and organizing archival materials to provide greater public access to Claremont Heritage’s collections. Collections include historic photographs of properties, people, the colleges, oral histories, and historic neighborhoods. Research requests will require archival research to uncover any information Heritage may have regarding specific properties within the community and reporting on the research findings. Intern will work with the archivist for Claremont Heritage to assist her with additional duties as assigned.

Oral History Organization and Documentation

Assist with organizing and cataloguing existing oral histories conducted by Claremont Heritage in the past.  Duties could include transcription of tape recordings and transfer of audiotapes to digital format.  Students can also be part of actual interviews such developing interview questions, conducting interviews, filming and sound recording.

Claremont Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Claremont and educating Claremont’s citizens about that history.  The Claremont Heritage office is located in the historic Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Boulevard, Claremont.

All internships will be carried out at Claremont Heritage Office – 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 621 0848


For more information, please contact Erma Cross, Internship Coordinator,


Archive of the literary Latin American magazine SUR now available through the Claremont Colleges Libraries

SUR, 1931-1992

The library now provides online access to the archive of the literary Latin American magazine SUR for 1931-1992, via the Archives Unbound platform. SUR was founded in 1931 by Argentine intellectual Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979). The digitized version of SUR contains images of the complete magazine, including covers, photographs and advertisements; a comprehensive index correcting mistakes and inconsistencies; manuscripts from the first issue; and unpublished letters by Victoria Ocampo. SUR features the writings of the leading figures in literature, philosophy, history and the plastic arts not only from Latin America, but also from North America and Western Europe.


Update from your Arts & Humanities GSC Reps

Dear Arts & Humanities Students,
As your representatives to the Graduate Student Council and the CGU administration, we would like to send you a brief update on your student government and university.
There has been a lot of discussion about the new Alcohol Policy. The University Administration has developed a new policy which will limit the number of drinks for all GSC and registered student group events to a two drink maximum. This will include the GSC Halloween party this Friday.
In response to the new policy, the GSC voted to create an Alcohol Policy Task Force that will be looking into the alcohol policy and its creation. Namely, why the policy was not announced to students, why students were not consulted in the creation of the policy, why CGU developed an alcohol policy that is more restrictive than the undergraduate colleges, and what effects this policy will have on students. Some members of the GSC are concerned that the new policy will encourage students to bring in outside alcohol to GSC parties, or lead to parties in student housing or off campus that will not have the safety that is available at GSC parties. The task force will include any student that would like to participate. If you are interested in joining, please send an email to
The GSC Budge Committee is in the process of developing a new Travel Award category. The category will be for student teams that are participating in competitions, like debates or case competitions. These groups are typically underfunded and teams have had to drop out of competitions because they are not able to find funding for the entry fees. If you would like to be involved in developing this award category or would like more information, please email Brittany, the GSC Treasurer at
The GSC is also taking nominations for Vice-President. Voting will occur on November 4 and all nominations should be submitted via this survey by November 3 for consideration. For more information about what the position entails please visit the GSC website.
We hope you have found this information interesting and useful. If you have any ideas on how we could improve these updates please let us know. Also, if you have any questions or concerns about the Graduate Student Council, or if you would like to see the GSC focus on specific issue or project, please email us.
Shelby Hamm
Art & Humanities Delegate
Jessica Orozco
Art & Humanities Representative
Joshua Steele
Art & Humanities Representative


Space Available in REL 323: "The Origins and Influences of the Zoroastrian Tradition"

REL 323: “The Origins and Influences of the Zoroastrian Tradition”

This illuminating course involves the study of:
•    The Indo-Iranian origins of the world’s oldest revealed religion
•    The role of Zarathushtra and his teachings: the main devotional and ritual texts.
•    “Zoroastrianism” as a key element in the three ancient Iranian empires.
•    Zoroastrianism in relation to neighboring religions, including Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
•    Zoroastrians in Iran, India and the diaspora.
•    The appropriation of Zoroaster by European literati such as Voltaire, Mozart and Nietzsche.
•    A seasonal ceremony demonstrated by local Zoroastrians.

Instructor: Jenny Rose, PhD
Tuesdays, 9 – 11:50am



June 30th is the Deadline to Transfer Items from Sakai to Canvas

June 30th is the last day you'll be able to access Sakai.  If you have items on Sakai that you don't want to lose, you'll need to transfer them to the new online learning tool, Canvas.  For questions about how to transfer items to Canvas, please contact the Digital Learning Lab,

New Fall Course: "Concepts and Methods of Africana Studies"

AFR 338/CLST 315, “Concepts and Methods of Africana Studies”
Mondays, 1-3:50 pm

This interdisciplinary seminar examines key intellectual, political, and cultural issues addressed by scholars and activists from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.  We will examine the continuities and discontinuities in the various definitions and analyses as they have emerged over time.  We will rigorously interrogate the theoretical and ideological assumptions underlying the written, visual, musical, and artistic traditions of Africans in the African Diaspora. This is the required core course for obtaining the graduate certificate in Africana Studies.  This course fulfills the 300-level course requirement for Cultural Studies.

New Online SAH Event Submission

You can now submit your Arts & Humanities event online!  Submitted events will be listed on the Arts & Humanities online calendar and in the Weekly SAH Calendar.  Visit to submit your event now!

Mandatory Advising Period for Spring Registration

Statement of the School of Arts & Humanities Advising Policy 2014-2015

Advising Period Begins:                                        October 29, 2014
Spring Registration Begins:                                   November 12, 2014 @ noon
Last Day to Register without Late Fee:                 December 12, 2014                       

Review of a student’s academic progress and program requirements by a faculty advisor is required during the two-week mandatory advising period prior to registration each semester.  A registration hold will be placed on all accounts and will remain until students receive approval from their advisor/chair.  Students will be notified by email in advance of the mandatory advising period each semester.

All students are responsible for checking in officially (in person, by email, or by telephone) with their advisor or the chair of their department prior to registration each semester.  Students wishing to register for classes, continuous registration, or doctoral study must first receive official approval from their advisor/chair.  Only the official approval by a faculty advisor may lift the registration hold on a student’s account.


Why do we need an advising policy?  The purpose of this new policy is to ensure that you receive advising from your advisor or, if your advisor is on leave, from the chair of your department/program at least once each fall and spring semester.  Regular review of your academic progress and program requirements by your advisor should help ensure you take the classes you need and meet your program requirements for your degree.

Who does the advising policy concern?  This policy is required of all students - masters and doctoral students, those in course work as well as those who have completed course work and are working towards or are ABD.

How does it work?  All students are required to check in with their advisor prior to registration each semester.  Students wishing to register for classes, continuous registration, or doctoral study must first receive approval from their advisor.  A hold on your account will be lifted only after you have received advising.  The hold will be lifted by your advisor or by the Arts & Humanities administrative staff after receiving direct notice from your advisor.

How can I find out who my advisor is?  Go to your CGU portal to obtain this information ( or contact Holly Domingo (; 909-621-8082).  If a faculty advisor has not been assigned to you please contact your department chair for academic advising.

What if I want to change my advisor?  Contact your department chair to discuss changing your advisor.

How do I contact my advisor?  Each advisor has his/her way of managing the advising process.  Some will conduct in-person or telephone appointments and some will work with you over email.  You should receive a message from your department chair explaining the process for your department or advisor-specific instructions.

What if my assigned advisor is on leave?  If your assigned advisor is on leave, your department chair will assign a temporary advisor for you.

What is the mandatory advising period?  The advising period for Spring semester registration begins October 29th.  All students are required to contact their advisor during this period to obtain approval for their courses or continuous/doctoral registration.  Because some classes may be closed by the time you attempt to register, we recommend that you get approval on fallback courses during your initial advising session.  Registration for the Spring 2015 semester begins November 12th at noon.

What happens if I don’t get advising and approval from my advisor?  You will be unable to register for the coming semester and a registration hold will remain on your account.  A registration hold on your account will be lifted only after you receive academic advising.

When can I register on-line?  On-line registration will open on November 12th at noon.  Students who have received academic advising and don’t have a registration hold on their account can go to their CGU portal ( and register on-line.

Can I register on-line for all courses, including Independent Study, courses at the 5Cs, and/or Claremont School of Theology courses?  No.  You must use paper registration for any Independent Study/Research course, any course at the 5Cs, and any course at Claremont School of Theology.  You must obtain your advisor’s approval for such courses.  For registration forms go to  Please submit any registration form to the Arts & Humanities administrative staff.

If I change my mind and want to register for courses not approved by my academic advisor, do I need to set up another advising appointment?  Once the registration hold is lifted from your account, an honor system is in place.  However, we recommend that you get approval on fallback courses during your initial advising session.  If you need to discuss other courses with your academic advisor, this can usually be done over email.

Will academic advising lift all of my holds?  No.  If you have other holds on your account (i.e. outstanding balance, academic probation, etc.) please contact the appropriate office to clear those holds.

What if I do not register within the registration period?  Registrations occurring after the posted dates are assessed a late fee.  Students not registered by the start of the fall or spring semester, or shortly thereafter, may be withdrawn from the university.  Please review all deadline dates, fees and calendars from the registrar’s website

Spring Courses

The Spring 2015 course schedule for Arts & Humanities courses is now available.  Please check your CGU email for the latest list or email Holly Domingo,  All CGU courses will be posted on the website at the end of October.

German Refresher Workshop during Winter Break

The German for Translation Refresher Workshop at CST during the January Interterm is scheduled to be held Monday through Friday afternoons, January 5-16, 2015 from 1:00-4:30 pm for $260.00 per student.  Registration is through CST.  No audits are permitted.

The focus of the course is to refresh one’s beginning knowledge of German in order to learn strategies for reading scholarly work in preparation for the language examinations at CST and CGU.  Actual texts from authors in the students’ subject areas are used for learning the syntax and grammar of German.  Techniques for learning both vocabulary and the navigation of a dictionary of at least 1600 pages help students move quickly through the language.  An examination is given on the last day of the workshop.

Additionally, there is a more thorough seven-week beginning workshop offered at CGU during the July-August module each summer.  Both courses are taught by Dr. Carolyn Wolf Spanier-Ladwig, Retired Professor of German from Mt. San Antonio College and Retired Teacher of German from Claremont High School.