WSU Working Papers Series Reflects Commitment to Diversity

PULLMAN, Wash. — Although just a year old, seven research papers have already been
published as part of the “Working Paper Series in Cultural Studies, Ethnicity and Race Relations”
in the Washington State University Department of Comparative American Cultures. Each paper
is available for purchase from the department.
According to its executive editor, E. San Juan, WSU Department of Comparative American
Cultures chair, the series serves as an “exchange of ideas among communities of engaged
intellectuals, scholars, public officials and ordinary citizens around the world” as part of the
university’s commitment to diversity.
He said the series partially fulfills the department’s mission to enrich multidisciplinary
scholarship and critical understanding of social relations articulated around and across
categories of race, class, ethnic identity, gender, sexuality, multiculturalism, immigration and
“global dispersion of peoples.”
The papers include “Open Secrets: African American Testimony and the Paradigm of the
Camp,” by William Boelhower, Universities of Padua and Venice, Italy; “James Joyce and the
Tradition of Anti-Colonial Revolution,” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, American Indian scholar and
activist; “The Apprehension and Deportation of Illegal Aliens in the United States,” by Paul
Wong, University of Michigan-Dearborn; “Subaltern Studies, Racism and Class Struggle:
Examples from India and the United States,” by Peter Gran, Temple University; “Leaping Over
the Color Line: Postethnic Ideology and the Evolution of Racial Oppression,” by Tim Libretti,
Northeastern Illinois University; “Globalization and Culture,” by Sam Noumoff, McGill
University; and “The Great Unmentionable: Class, Race and Gender in American Leftist Culture
and Contemporary Literary Studies,” by M. Keith Booker, University of Arkansas.
Members of the series’ board of advisory editors include “world-renowned notables”
Angela Davis, Fredric Jameson, Amiri Baraka, Haunani Kay Trask, Manning Marable, Paula
Rothenberg, Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Alan Wald, Frigga Hau and Barbara Harlow, says San Juan. He
says the board also has members who are intellectuals from various countries including China,
Japan, Australia, Italy, Germany, the Philippines, Russia, Canada and the Netherlands.
Support from Barbara Couture, WSU College of Liberal Arts dean, helped make the series
possible, says San Juan. The series’ managing editor is Tang Cheam, a WSU Comparative
American Cultures graduate student.
Papers in the series may be purchased by check for $5 each. Make checks out to “WSU
Department of Comparative American Cultures Development Fund 17A,” identifying which
paper, and mail to Editors, Working Papers Series, Department of Comparative American
Cultures, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4010.
For additional information about the series, visit the WSU Web site
or telephone San Juan at 509/335-2605.