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Celebrating Troy Duster (August 2014)

Breaking Barriers, Building Community: 35 Years of Training Social Change Scholars (May 2014)

Celebrating Troy Duster 

Please join us to celebrate the life and work of Troy Duster.  Troy’s scholarship, public engagement, and commitment to social justice have influenced many within sociology and beyond.  An invaluable teacher, mentor, friend and colleague, Troy has inspired generations of social scientists to engage with genetics, race, criminology, and mental health.  Nationally, Troy’s service has broadened our conceptual framings about ethics and justice.  He has been an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the Human Genome Project, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  Locally, his engagement in the Berkeley and Oakland community has resulted in key friendships and collaborations with leaders in medicine and law, alongside continuing advisory roles with award-winning documentary film-makers, and the educational component of the slow food movement.

Join us for this special event to reflect on Troy’s influence and the significance of his work for future challenges.

Friday, August 15, 9:00am - 6:00pm

Booth Auditorium of the Berkeley Law School, University of California, 2778 Bancroft Way, click here for directions and travel options.

Wach video of this event here.


9:00   Welcome and Introduction

Duana Fullwiley, Stanford University

Osagie Obasogie, UC Hastings/UCSF

9:15-9:40  Opening Address

Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

9:40-10:45  Panel 1: "Slippery Slopes": When Health Disparities, Political Inclusion and Racial Science Start to Mix

Moderator: Denise Herd, UC Berkeley

Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University

Jonathan Kahn, Hamline University

Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

Amani Nuru-Jeter, UC Berkeley

10:45-11:00  Coffee Break

11:00-11:50  Panel 2: Engaging Scientists on Race in Genetic Research: Refusing to 'Watch the Parade from the Sidewalk'

Joan Fujimura, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Duana Fullwiley, Stanford University

Pilar Ossorio, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:00-1:30  Lunch Break

1:30-2:35  Panel 3: The Work of the Sociologist in Forensics, Policing, and Behavioral Science

Moderator: Elizabeth Joh, UC Davis

Harry Levine, CUNY - Queens College

Aaron Panofsky, UCLA

Howard Pinderhughes, UCSF

Oliver Rollins, University of Pennsylvania

2:35-2:45  Coffee Break

2:45-4:15  Panel 4: Connecting the Dots: A Roundtable on Troy Duster's Contributions to the Academy, the Public, and to the Berkeley Community

Moderator: Michael Omi, UC Berkeley


Hon. Thelton E. Henderson, Northern District of California

Bertram H. Lubin, President & CEO of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Tania Simoncelli, Author, Cellist, and Assistant Director for Forensic Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Sandra Smith, UC Berkeley

Julie Sze, UC Davis

Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

David Wellman, UC Santa Cruz

4:20-4:45  Closing Address

Patricia Williams, Columbia University

4:45  A Few Words from Troy

5:00-6:00  Reception

Location: Booth Auditorium of the Berkeley Law School, University of California, 2778 Bancroft Way.

Sponsored byHaas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Research on Social Change, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Genetics and Society

Breaking Barriers, Building Community: 35 Years of Training Social Change Scholars

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What is the relevance of the academy to achieving social justice? What does it mean to be a social change scholar? How can the academy be (re-)made to reflect the diversity and complexity of society, where students and communities have active voices and roles in shaping the pedagogy, research approaches, and policy production of the research university?

2014 marks the 35th anniversary of graduate training at the Institute for the Study of Social Change (now the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues). For more than three decades, ISSC/I has provided mentorship, training and support to numerous doctoral students, who have gone on to produce social change scholarship that transforms the world and the academy. The training program grew out of the recognition, in the period after the civil rights and women’s rights movements, that the academy did not reflect the diversity of American society. It was designed to expand the inclusiveness of the university by nurturing in under-represented students the skills and social capital necessary to learn and work in the academy. Its focus on providing both financial and social support for graduate students, through learning by doing research and training in a collective context, helped to increase the demographic diversity of Berkeley PhDs. In the process it helped transform the professoriate in research universities and colleges across the nation, contributing to new ideas of inclusiveness, membership, and citizenship in the academy and to fundamental change in the connections between researchers and the communities they studied.

In recognition of this anniversary, this one-day conference will feature presentations by alumni of the graduate training program, now distinguished academics, whose groundbreaking work on stratification and social change in US cities challenges the presumptions of power and the powerful. Panelists will draw on research that 1) examines the erasure of history and memory that occurs around race and gender; 2) explores the processes and contexts in which the definitions and enforcement of (il)legality are undergoing change in schools and community settings, on the streets and in workplaces, and around the use and design of the built environment; and 3) engages with the efforts of community organizations and activists to challenge the policies and control of dominant interests.

Read an article published in the Berkeleyan reporting on this conference here. Video of the conference is available here or by clicking on the links below.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste St. (between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.)

Free and open to the public.


8:30 am                   Registration/continental breakfast

9:00                         Welcoming remarksClaude Steele, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

9:30                         Keynote: Troy Duster, Chancellor's Professor, UC Berkeley

10:00-10:15             Coffee break

10:15-11:45              Panel 1: “Engaging Communities as Partners for Change: Race, Space, Place”

Moderator: Michael Omi, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley         


Teresa Córdova, Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, and Director, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago

Hector Fernando Burga, Lecturer, Urban Studies and Planning, San Francisco State University; Visiting Scholar, ISSI

Eleanor Ramsey, President, Mason Tillman Associates

11:45-12:00               Box Lunches served

12:00-12:50              2014 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize Award Ceremony

2014 Honorable Mention, Mimi KimFounder, Creative Interventions, and PhD Candidate in Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, introduced by Veena DubalPhD Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

2014 Prize Winner, Sarah RamirezHealth Educator, Pixley Medical Clinic, introduced by Cristina MoraAssistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

12:50-1:00                Break

1:00-2:30                  Panel 2: “Race and the Material World: Bodies and Buildings”

Moderator: David Montejano, Professor, Ethnic Studies and History, UC Berkeley


Willow Lung-Amam, Assistant Professor, Architecture Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland

Maxine Craig, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, UC Davis

Stephen Small, Associate Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley

2:30-2:45                  Coffee break

2:45-4:15                  Panel 3: “Street, School, Work: Sites of Organizing and (Il)legality”

Moderator and Closing Remarks: Rachel Moran, Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, School of Law, UCLA


Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Assistant Professor, Education, University of San Francisco

Victor Rios, Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

Jennifer Chun, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto

Free and open to the public.

Sponsors: Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Research on Social Change

Co-sponsors: Division of Equity and Inclusion; Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Ethnic Studies; College of Environmental Design; School of Social Welfare; Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program; Center for the Study of Law and Society; Center for Race and Gender; American Cultures; Graduate School of Education

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