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Black Insurgent Aesthetics and the Public Imaginary


A new article in Urban Geography by Brandi Summers, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, analyzes the increased production of graffiti art and murals in the wake of global movements protesting against state violence and systemic racism as a space of collective engagement.


Work Pray Code


A new book by Carolyn Chen, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, is available now. Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley reveals how work is steadily becoming the instution that shapes our souls by replacing religion's role in satisfying workers' needs for belonging, identity, purpose, and transcendance.


How to Diversify California's Educator Workforce


In this commentary in EdSource, Travis Bristol, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, addresses the question: "Why should we care about teachers of color in our California classrooms?" Bristol sheds light on isolated cases of county offices of education and local school districts working extensively to remedy this. However, due to this isolation, these counties and districts are often reinventing solutions and missing out on opportunities to share resources and learning. Bristol offers a set of recommendations on how to better support educators of color.


Featured Books

by Carolyn Chen (Princeton University Press, 2022)

by Jetta Grace Martin, Joshua Bloom, Waldo E. Martin Jr. (Chronicle Books, 2022)

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