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Thursday, January 28 | 4:00 pm PT

Rituals for Grief & Love: a reading with poets Sade LaNay and Sasha Banks

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Sade LaNay

Sasha Banks

Join us in celebrating two new poetry collections, I love you and I'm not dead by Sade LaNay and america, MINE by Sasha Banks. Released at the beginning of COVID-19, both poets' work cannot be any more timely. LaNay and Banks' collections each take the approach of archival resurrection to name and imagine Black life outside conditions of social death. In I love you and I'm not dead, LaNay's investment is not only their spiritual and physical healing, but the healing of Black women across time and space whose claims to freedom were loud and somewhere across the archival narrative, misread as quiet. As LaNay declares, "Disbelief does not undo the validity of an experience." In a similar poetic sensibility, america, MINE demands that readers confront America's history of racial and gender violence because "endings exist" and the end of the nation is soon approaching. In leaning on rituals of radical conjuring, LaNay and Banks draft roadmaps of fugitive escapes that make Black life in the future possible. Join us for a reading and discussion on poetics, grief, love, and celebration.

Sponsored by Center for Race and Gender
Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Wednesday, April 21 | 2 - 3pm PT

The Politics of Racial Reparations:  Japanese American and Black American Intersections

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)


John Tateishi, author of Redress: The Inside Story of Japanese American Reparations 

Charles Henry, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies, UC Berkeley and author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations

ModeratorMichael Omi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

In a political moment when historical and contemporary forms of structural racism are increasingly acknowledged, renewed attention is given to both addressing and compensating for the harm and long-term damage caused by racist policies and practices.  What constitutes an appropriate response and remedy to this damage, and what are effective political strategies to make substantive reparations a reality?  Join us for a conversation with John Tateishi and Charles P. Henry who will reflect on both the Japanese American and Black American efforts to secure reparations, contextualize the politics behind such efforts, and consider what may be possible going forward.

Sponsored by Asian American Research Center

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Monday, April 26, 12:45 - 2:00pm PT

“Branches of Legal Mobilization: How Gender and Religiosity Matter for Educator Responses to Rights-based Complaints and Accusations”

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Lauren Edelman (UCB)

Allen Micheal Wright (UCB)

Calvin Morrill (UCB)

Karolyn Tyson (UNC Chapel Hill)

Richard Arum (UCI) 

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Wednesday, April 28 | 4 - 5:30pm PT

FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas l. Yamashita Prize & KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Award Ceremony

Zoom Event | Register here (free)

Please join us as we honor Phenocia Bauerle and Boun Khamnouane, recipients of the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, and Aurora Lopez and Tabitha Bell, recipients of the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize. 

“Am I an American or Not? The Perils to Democracy When Racism Shouts Louder Than Facts, the Rule of Law, and the Constitution”

Keynote by Donald K. Tamaki, Senior Counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP.

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