Center Events

“Connected Histories: Whiteness, Misery, and Management in the U.S.”





David Roediger

Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History and African American Studies

This history of race, immigration, and management in the U.S. takes critical race studies into areas of history, including history of engineering, where it has little presence. From settlement and slavery forward, the fostering of racial competition has marked labor management practices. These have undergirded the phenomenal success of U.S. transnational mine engineering; and, coexisted with “rational” scientific management in shaping—and in meatpacking and other industries in Illinois and beyond, continuing to shape—industrial management.

November 17, 2010
Wednesday 4 pm

Levis Faculty Center
Followed by a reception featuring current CDMS publications


Diversity & Democracy Conference


April 7, 2010 Illini Union

Diversity & Democracy is the focus of a major conference to be held April 7, 2010 at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This conference builds on and extends the theme of previous CDMS conferences: Documenting the Differences Racial and Ethnic Diversity Makes; Uncovering, Discussing, and Transforming the University (2006) and Race, Diversity, & Campus Climate (2008).


Reyes Lopez Tijerina and the Origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

"The Religious and Political Thought of Reyes López Tijerina" by Ramon Gutierrez


April 1, 2010

English Building, Room 160

Ramon Gutierrez is Preston and Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. He previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, where he founded the ethnic studies department and its Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Author of "When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away" (1991), and editor of six volumes, he is currently working on a study of the religious and political thought of Reyes Lopez Tijerina, one of the leaders of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Gutierrez, one of the nations leading Latino scholars, has received numerous academic awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship (genius grant), the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association and the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.


The 12 Steps to Winning Grant Proposals

May 11 and 12, 2009
Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Soceity

This eight-hour hands-on workshop will provide participants with the insight and skills for developing, writing, and evaluating the outcomes of successfully-funded proposals to federal agencies.  An experienced grant writer and a practiced project evaluator will use a 12-step process to guide a highly interactive workshop to enable participants to envision projects, write executive summaries, search for funding and discuss tips for writing successful proposals. Participants in this workshop will gain valuable insight for organizing and planning to write project descriptions, developing goals and measurable objectives and outcomes, developing and justifying budgets, writing letters of support, framing bio sketches, and completing forms for conflicts of interest and current and pending support. 



Immigration and Race in Illinois


April 25, 2009; Illini Union

Immigration has been a major force in Illinois’ history and it has every prospect of continuing to shape the state’s near-term and long-term future. Race is a major dimension of the impact of immigration on Illinois society. Because it offers many ways in which to pursue its goal and values, CDMS sponsored the initiative on Race and Immigration in Illinois. Specific aspects examined as part of this initiative include (1) Race and urban immigration, which has a specific focus on economic impact of immigration on different racial groups in Chicago and (2) Rural immigration that examines immigrant needs and prospects for social integration. There are many scholars and researchers at the University of Illinois and around the state. This workshop brings together scholars and practitioners from around the state to explore and discuss immigration related issues.




Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
1108 W Stoughton, Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217.244.0188 Fax: 217.333.8122 E-mail: