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Spring 2020

Wednesday, February 5 I 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Racism, Plutocracy, and the 2020 Election  

Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trump’s place within it. Then he suggests a clear way forward. Haney López recently co-led a national research project focused on developing the most effective political rejoinder to strategic racism as a class weapon. The research demonstrates dog whistle politics can be defeated. Drawing on these results, this lecture assesses the looming 2020 presidential election.

Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, Townsend Center

Co-sponsored by: the Townsend Center


CANCELLED! Friday-Sunday, March 13-15 CANCELLED!

Institute for the Study of Social Issues, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, and Center for Research on Social Change are pleased to co-sponsor:

Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice

Academics across the social sciences and humanities have long worked to theorize the people, spaces, and politics of the fringes of traditional housing. Homelessness, eviction, squatters’ rights, and the right to land all find their way into fruitful interdisciplinary scholarship, much of which links these struggles to broader questions of belonging, governance, and exclusion. Meanwhile, housing activists around the globe address many of these same root problems, but from a grounded space of community organizing, in which organizers deploy popular and political education to help those immediately affected by the exclusions which occur at the margins of traditional housing situate themselves in broader fights for justice. In a sense, much of the work around these intertwined topics, which coalesce at the intersection of practices of exclusion and geographies of housing, run along parallel tracks, occasionally brushing near each other but rarely crossing or taking the time to fully understand the struggles which emanate from their respective locations. Seeking for a change in the current scenario where academia, activists and practitioners perform separately, our goal is to create a dedicated space for all who engage in work at the margins of traditional housing to come together.

Wurster Hall

Other co-sponsors: Berkeley Center for Social Medicine; Global Metropolitan Studies; Department of Architecture; Department of Sociology; Silicon Valley Foundation; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Center for Latin American Studies; Othering & Belonging Institute; Radical Housing Journal; Global Urban Humanities; Department of City and Regional Planning; Department of Anthropology; Center for Southeast Asia Studies; Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; Berkeley Law - Policy Advocacy Clinic; Department of Geography; The Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy


Tuesday, April 14 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Graduate Fellows Colloquia Series:

Crossroads and Cyborgs: The Speculative Design of John Jennings

John Jennings, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

For over a decade John Jennings has been a key figure in the archiving, creating, and cultivating of black popular culture in graphic novels, illustrated fiction, and graphic design. Jennings has contributed to creating a foundation of theory, community, and mentorship that has led to what some call the Black Speculative Arts Movement; his work has helped give a visual aesthetic to what some call Afrofuturism. This presentation will be a short retrospective of Jennings' work and current research and critical making projects. 

Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, 2495 Bancroft Way

Co-sponsored by: Center for Research on Social Change, Othering and Belonging Institute, Department of English


Wednesday April 22 I 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Center for Research on Social Change is pleased to co-sponsor:

Christianity, Race, Slavery: New Considerations for the Life Sciences

Terence Keel, Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

The idea that so-called races reflect inherent biological differences between social groups has been a prominent aspect of Western thought since at least the Enlightenment. While there have been moments of refuting this way of thinking, fixed biological conceptions of race haunt new genetic technologies, where race is thought to be measurable at the molecular level. Keel argues that the resilience of this naturalized understanding of race may stem less from overtly political motives on the part of scientists and more from our inherited theological traditions that predate the Enlightenment, were in play during transatlantic slavery, and continue to shape the intellectual horizon of scientific reasoning. This talk is part of the Othering & Belonging Institute's Research to Impact series.

Women's Faculty Club

Sponsored by: Othering and Belonging Institute


Thursday, April 30 I 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Empirics of Justice: Tracking the Carceral Continuum in Urban America

Carla Shedd, Associate Professor, Urban Education, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Carla Shedd will present a lecture based on her new book project, When Protection and Punishment Collide: America’s Juvenile Court System and the Carceral Continuum. The project draws on empirical data to interrogate the deftly intertwined contexts of New York City schools, neighborhoods, and juvenile justice courts, in this dynamic moment of NYC public policy shifts (e.g., school segregation, “Raise the Age,” and “Close Rikers.”).

2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

Co-sponsored by: Graduate School of Education, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Race and Gender, Center for the Study of Law and Society


 

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