As I have written before in other places, the Ethnic and Women's Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is a unique academic department in its history, structure, and ultimately in its agenda. The fact that Ethnic and Women's Studies are combined in a setting where the two disciplines are more frequently suspicious if not hostile to each other is unusual and owes its partnership to the history of the university where it exists and to particular individuals who conceived it. This combination, while certainly subject to both political and philosophical criticism from a variety of voices and interests, is one that rests on the assumption that the “brother isms” — racism, sexism, and classicism — are, in harmony, appropriate organizing phenomena in both analyzing the American experience, and in exploring, in a global context, the American present and future.

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