Ethnic Studies Institute

West Chester University

Dr. Bonita Freeman-Witthoft, Director
Ethnic Studies Institute
Department of Anthropology & Sociology
101-C Old Library
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2725

WCU Ethnic Studies Seminars are held monthly in the Autograph Library in Phillips Hall. The seminars are free and open to anyone interested in expanding their world view. Speakers come from various WCU departments as well as from off-campus to share their experiences and expertise through both lecture and discussion. In addition we list below many campus events addressing race and ethnicity.

Ethnic Studies Seminar


Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (click here for poster):

          "Desert, Dirt and Death: Politics of Matter at the U.S-Mexico Border "

           Dr. Daniela Johannes, WCU Assistant Professor of Languages

          12:00 - 1:00 pm

           Philips Autograph Library

For more information on the Ethnic Studies Seminars contact:
Dr. Miguel Ceballos, Assistant Director,

Past Events

"Father Greg and the Homeboys: Gang Intervention that Works",
Dr. Brian O'Neill, Criminal Justice - September 22, 2015

"I See (Socially) Dead People”: Our Sixth Sense that Haunts “Black” Urban Teens in Sweden and the U.S."
Dr. Lory Dance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - October 15, 2015
Co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Social Innovation in a Digital Context
PASSHE City Center - October 16, 2015

to view a video of the program click here.

"The Necessity and Impossibility of Hip-hop Cultural Identities"
Dr. H. Bernard Hall, English - October 28, 2015