Ethnic Studies Institute

West Chester University

Dr. Miguel Ceballos, Director
Ethnic Studies Institute
Department of Anthropology & Sociology
201 Old Library Building
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2308

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 Seminars


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

Past Events

Ven. Xianqi, Abbot of Yongchun Puji Monastery in Fujian Province, China
(click here for flyer)   

Panel: “Applications of Buddhist Ethics to Contemporary Issues”
with Dr. Donald McCown, Health and Dr. Joshua Mason, Philosophy
April 18, 2017

Public Lecture: “The Practice of Puji Monastery”
Co-sponsors: Center for Contemplative Studies and Department of Philosophy
April 20, 2017

"Immigrants and Social Justice: Philadelphia a Sanctuary City"
Miriam Enriquez, Executive Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office
Joanna Otero-Cruz, Deputy Managing Director of Community Services, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office
April 5, 2017

“Trump’s Populism: Lessons from Latin America”
(click here for flyer)
Carlos de la Torre (University of Kentucky)
Mar 27, 2017

“The Illegality of Migration: Criminalizing a People”
(click here for flyer)
Daniela Johannes (Languages and Cultures) and Miguel Ceballos (Sociology)
March 21, 2017

“… And The Border Crossed Us: 169 Years of US-Mexican Immigration”
(click here for flyer)
Miguel Ceballos (Sociology)
March 7, 2017

“Perspectives Across Generations:
The WWII Japanese American Incarceration Experience”

(click here for flyer)
Helen Yoshida, writer and Julie Abo, educator
March 2, 2017

"Introduction to Ethics: Buddhist Perspective" - November 15, 2016

Dr. Joanne Chung, Peter TC Lee Chair Professor of Health Studies,
The Education University of Hong Kong

"America and the Armenian Genocide" – March 29, 2016
Michael Bobelian, author, lawyer, journalist
co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology & Sociology and WCU Library Services


"The Next Frontier of Higher Education: Creating a Mentoring Institution" – March 22, 2016
Dr. Buffy Smith, Professor of Sociology, St. Thomas University
co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Affairs


Mentoring Workshop Session – March 22, 2016
Dr. Buffy Smith, Professor of Sociology, St. Thomas University.
Organized together with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, co-sponsors: Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Department of Social Work, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Social Equity, Women’s Center, Women’s and Gender Studies, Youth Empowerment & Urban Studies


"Skillful Karma: Flow of Buddhist Ideas of Nonharming from
India to China to the West",
– February 10, 2016
Dr. Frank J. Hoffman, Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Center,
University of Pennsylvania


"Desert, Dirt and Death: Politics of Matter at the U.S-Mexico Border" – November 18, 2015
Dr. Daniela Johannes, Languages and Cultures


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


Social Innovation in a Digital Context – PASSHE City Center. – October 16, 2015
Organized together with the Department of Anthropology & Sociology
and Lund University of Sweden, WCU Center for International Programs
co-sponsors: Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies,
WCU Library Services, PASSHE

to view a video of the program click here.

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


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