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Spring 2021

Thursday, January 28 | 4:00 pm PT

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

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


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”

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

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.

Fall 2020

Friday, September 11 | 2:00-4:00pm PT

Race, The Power of an Illusion is an award-winning three-part docuseries that provides a comprehensive and nuanced view of the history and uses of race throughout time. More relevant now than ever, the first event in this series, The Difference Between Us (Part I), will consist of a one-hour film screening followed by a one-hour panel discussion and will attempt to answer one foundational question: is race biological or social?

Part II (September 25) will cover the roots of race and racism in America, as well as how race is used to naturalize inequality. Part III (October 9th) will examine intersections of race with social institutions, power, wealth, and status. More details are available at and the events will be livestreamed at the same url.

Sponsored by Othering & Belonging Institute

Co-Sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change and School of Public Health

Thursday, September 24 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm PT

The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies

Tiffany King, Associate Professor, African-American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University

In her recent book The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies, Tiffany Lethabo King uses the shoal—an offshore geologic formation that is neither land nor sea—as metaphor, mode of critique, and methodology to theorize the encounter between Black studies and Native studies. King conceptualizes the shoal as a space where Black and Native literary traditions, politics, theory, critique, and art meet in productive, shifting, and contentious ways. These interactions, which often foreground Black and Native discourses of conquest and critiques of humanism, offer alternative insights into understanding how slavery, anti-Blackness, and Indigenous genocide structure white supremacy. Among texts and topics, King examines eighteenth-century British mappings of humanness, Nativeness, and Blackness; Black feminist depictions of Black and Native erotics; Black fungibility as a critique of discourses of labor exploitation; and Black art that rewrites conceptions of the human. In outlining the convergences and disjunctions between Black and Native thought and aesthetics, King identifies the potential to create new epistemologies, lines of critical inquiry, and creative practices.

Sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Co-sponsored by Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Native American Studies

Friday, September 25 | 1:00-3:00pm PT

Race, The Power of an Illusion is an award-winning three-part docuseries that provides a comprehensive and nuanced view of the history and uses of race throughout time. More relevant now than ever, the second event in this series, The Story We Tell (Part I), will consist of a one-hour film screening followed by a one-hour panel discussion and will cover the roots of race and racism in America, as well as how race is used to naturalize inequality. Part III (October 9th) will examine intersections of race with social institutions, power, wealth, and status. More details are available at and the events will be livestreamed at the same url.

Sponsored by Othering & Belonging Institute

Co-Sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change and School of Public Health

Monday, October 5 | 12:45pm - 2:00pm PT

New Perspectives on Reforming the Criminal Justice System

Osagie Obasogie, Professor of Bioethics, UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Haas Distinguished Chair, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Nikki Jones, Associate Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Stephanie Campos-Bui, Clinical Supervising Attorney, Policy Advocacy Clinic at Berkeley Law
Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society

Co-sponsored by Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Race and Gender, & Center for Research on Social Change

Monday, November 9 | 12:45pm - 2:00pm PT

“The State from Below: Democracy and Citizenship in Policed Communities”

Vesla Weaver, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society

Co-sponsored by Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Institute of Governmental Studies, & Center for Research on Social Change

Friday, November 13 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm PT

Empirics of Justice: Tracking the Carceral Continuum in Urban America

Carla Shedd, Associate Professor, Urban Education & Sociology, The 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.”).

Sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

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, UC Berkeley

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


Online Event! 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. 

The event was live-streamed on the ISSI channel.

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

Fall 2019

Tuesday, September 10 I 12:30-2:00pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law

Angela S. Garcia, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

This book talk analyzes the ways federal, state, and local immigration laws shape the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US. Comparing restrictive and accommodating immigration measures in various cities and states, it shows that place-based inclusion and exclusion unfold for immigrants in seemingly contradictory ways. Instead of erasing undocumented residents from the community, increased threat from restrictive localities creates conditions for immigrants to subvert the public gaze by “legal passing,” or attempting to mask the stigma of illegality to avoid police and immigration enforcement. As legal passing becomes embodied, immigrants distance themselves from their ethnic and cultural identities, resulting in coerced assimilation. In accommodating localities, undocumented Mexicans experience a sense of local membership and stability that is simultaneously undercut by federal deportation threat and complex street-level tensions with police. Combining social theory on immigration and law as well as place and race, the talk illuminates the human consequences of contemporary immigration federalism.

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Latinx Research Center, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

Thursday, September 26 I 3:30-4:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement

Monica White, Associate Professor of Environmental Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement revises the historical narrative of African American resistance and breaks new ground by including the work, roles, and contributions of southern Black farmers and the organizations they formed. The book traces the origins of Black farmers’ organizations to the late 1800s, emphasizing their activities during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Whereas much of the existing scholarship views agriculture as a site of oppression and exploitation of Black people, Freedom Farmers reveals agriculture also as a site of resistance by concentrating on the work of Black farm operators and laborers who fought for the right to participate in the food system as producers and to earn a living wage in the face of racially, socially, and politically repressive conditions. Moreover, it provides an historical foundation that will add meaning and context for current conversations regarding the resurgence of agriculture in the context of food justice/sovereignty movements in urban spaces like Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City, and New Orleans.

132 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, College of Natural Resources; Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Berkeley Food Institute

This event will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, October 23 I 4:00-5:30pm

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

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Food Legacy in the Atlantic World

Judith Carney, Professor of Geography, UCLA

A striking feature of plantation era history is the number of first-person accounts that credit the enslaved with the introduction of specific foods, all previously grown in Africa. This lecture lends support to these observations by identifying the crops that European witnesses attributed to slave agency and by engaging the ways that African subsistence staples arrived, and became established, in the Americas. In emphasizing the African crop transfers that occurred between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the discussion draws attention to the significance of the continent’s food crops as a crucial underpinning of the transatlantic commerce in human beings, the slave ship as a means of conveying African crops to the Americas, and the enslaved as active participants in establishing African foodstaples on their subsistence plots and in the foodways of former plantation societies.

International House, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

Sponsored by the Department of Geography

Spring 2019 

Wednesday, February 6 | 4 - 6pm

Intersectional Histories, Overdetermined Fortunes: Understanding Mexican and US Domestic Worker Movements

Chris Tilly, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA

What determines whether movements of informal workers succeed or fail? Using cases of domestic-worker movements in Mexico and the United States, Tilly seeks to  build upon the literature on social movements and intersectionality by adding historical analysis of the movements’ evolution through a cross-national analysis of movement differences. Historically, these two movements have been propelled by multiple streams of activism corresponding to shifting salient intersectional identities and frames, always including gender but incorporating other elements as well. Comparatively, the US domestic-worker movement recently has had greater success due to superior financial resources and greater political opportunities – advantages due in part precisely to intersectional identities resonant with potential allies. However, this relative advantage was not always present and may not persist. By comparing the historical changes and cross-national contrasts between these two movements, Tilly draws greater conclusions about informal-worker organizing and its potential for social change.

IRLE Director's Room, 2521 Channing Way

Sponsored by: Institute for the Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)

Co-sponsored by: Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies,  Center for the Study of Law and Society, and Sociology Department.

Wednesday, February 20 - Friday, February 22 

Anti-Black State Violence in Brazil and the U.S: The Power and Struggles of Transnational Movements Across the Americas

Cat Brooks, Anti Police-Terror Project
Ericka Huggins, Black Panther Party
Vilma Reis, Movimento de Mulheres Negras
Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter
Asha Ransby-Sporn, Black Youth Project 100
Djamila Ribeiro, Movimento de Feministas Negras
Andreia Beatriz & Hamilton Borges dos Santos, Reaja ou Será Mort
Christen Smith, UT Austin
Tina Sacks, Leigh Raiford & John A. Powell, UC Berkeley
Camila de Moraes and more.

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and Brazil’s far-right presidential leader comes to power, this symposium will facilitate transnational dialogue, learning, and coalitions. Taking place over three days, we will engage with scholars, scholar-activists, and organizers from Brazil’s Black Movement (Movimento Negro), Black Women’s Movement (Movimento de Mulheres Negras), and the U.S. who have made critical interventions in the areas of law, politics, education, health, and cultural production. Through discussions, workshops and presentations, we will engage with the power and challenges of addressing anti-black state violence through political action and scholarship from three vantage points: the historical foundations of Black struggle, today’s socio-cultural and democratic political contexts, and future pathways to contesting racialized forms of violence.

This symposium will generate fruitful pathways for moving toward inter-disciplinary research on ethno-racial inequality, the African Diaspora in the Americas and histories of Black struggle, state violence, law and democracy, social movements, gender politics, education, and public health, among other areas.

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

Sponsored by: Departments of African American Studies and Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by: Center for Research on Social Change, The Latinx Research Center

Tuesday, February 26 | 3-4:30pm

Immigrant Sanctuary as the “Old Normal”: A Brief History of Police Federalism

Trevor Gardner, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington with Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, UC Berkeley as respondant

Three successive presidential administrations have opposed the practice of immigrant sanctuary, at various intervals characterizing state and local government restrictions on police participation in federal immigration enforcement as reckless, aberrant, and unpatriotic. This Article finds these claims to be ahistorical in light of the long and singular history of a field the Article identifies as “police federalism.” For nearly all of U.S. history, Americans within and outside of the political and juridical fields flatly rejected federal policies that would make state and local police subordinate to the federal executive. Drawing from Bourdieusian social theory, the Article conceptualizes the sentiment driving this longstanding opposition as the orthodoxy of police autonomy. It explains how the orthodoxy guided the field of police federalism for more than two centuries, surviving the War on Alcohol, the War on Crime, and even the opening stages of the War on Terror. In constructing a cultural and legal history of police federalism, the Article provides analytical leverage by which to assess the merits of immigrant sanctuary policy as well as the growing body of prescriptive legal scholarship tending to normalize the federal government’s contemporary use of state and local police as federal proxies. More abstractly, police federalism serves as an original theoretical framework clarifying the structure of police governance within the federalist system.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Sponsored by: ISSI Graduate Fellows Program

Co-sponsored by: Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Sociology, Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Center for Race and Gender

Tuesday, March 12 I 4:00-5:30pm

ISSI Graduate Fellows Program Colloquia:

When Did Black Americans Lose their Indigeneity?: Antiblackness, Indigenous Erasure, and the Future of Black-Indigenous Relations on Turtle Island

Kyle T. Mays (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe), Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies & the American Indian Studies Center, UCLA

This talk will analyze moments of solidarity between Black and Indigenous peoples throughout U.S. history. It will also argue for a new way of thinking and talking about people of African descent on Turtle Island, and how this might look going forward.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Sponsored by: ISSI Graduate Fellows Program

Co-sponsored by: Joseph Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, Center for Research on Social Change, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Studies, Native American Student Development

Tuesday, March 19 | 12-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia series presents:

The Uncivil Polity: Race, Poverty and Civil Legal Justice

Jamila Michener, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University

Civil legal institutions protect crucial economic, social, and political rights. The core functions of civil law include preventing evictions, averting deportations, advocating on behalf of public assistance beneficiaries, representing borrowers in disputes with lenders, safeguarding women from domestic violence, and resolving family disputes (e.g. child support, custody). Civil legal protections are especially critical to low-income women of color. In 2016, seventy-two percent of civil legal aid beneficiaries were women and over 50 percent were people of color. To date, civil legal institutions have remained largely invisible in the discipline of political science. This paper investigates the democratic repercussions of civil legal institutions. Drawing on data from in-depth qualitative interviews, we examine how experiences with civil legal processes affect political attitudes and action among racially and economically marginal denizens.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Institute for Governmental Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans

Tuesday, April 2 I 4 -5:30pm

Cultural Capital, Systemic Exclusion and Bias in the Lives of Black Middle-Class Women: A Conversation

Dawn Marie Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, and Tina K. Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, with moderator Amani Allen, Associate Professor of Public Health, UC Berkeley

At this interactive event, Dawn Dow and Tina Sacks will discuss their new books on African American women. Dow’s book, Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood (UC Press 2019), examines the complex lives of the African American middle class—in particular, black mothers and the strategies they use to raise their children to maintain class status while simultaneously defining and protecting their children’s “authentically black” identities. The book reveals the painful truth of the decisions that black mothers must make to ensure the safety, well-being, and future prospects of their children. In her book Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press 2019), Sacks challenges the idea that race and gender discrimination-particularly in healthcare settings-is a thing of the past and questions the persistent myth that discrimination only affects poor racial minorities. She argues that simply providing more cultural-competency or anti-bias training to doctors will not be enough to overcome the problem. Rather than lecture, Dow and Sacks will serve as each other’s interlocutors, as well as engage with the audience, as they center the experiences of middle class African American women.

Toll Room, Alumni House

Sponsored by: Center for Research on Social Change and Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Co-sponsored by: Gender and Women's Studies, American Cultures Center, Townsend Center, Sociology, Center for Race and Gender, School of Social Welfare

Fall 2018

Wednesday, September 26 I 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Moving Beyond Recruitment: Supporting and Retaining Black Male Teachers

Travis J. Bristol, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

While policy makers and practitioners call for increasing the number of Black male teachers, researchers find that this subgroup has the highest rate of turnover. Despite ongoing local and state teacher diversity recruitment efforts, there is a paucity of research that examines Black male teachers’ school-based experiences and decisions to stay or leave their schools. To fill this gap in the literature, this talk will examine Black male teachers’ experiences in organizations.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender.

Wednesday, October 17 I 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Mobility, Expulsion and Claims to Home: Migrant Organizing in an Era of Deportation and Dispossession

Monisha Das Gupta, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The virulence and pervasiveness of immigration enforcement have fueled migrants to organize in heterogeneous ways. My research about and activism in the movement during the last eight years have evolved into an engagement with a strain of anti-deportation organizing which takes up the cause of the most indefensible of immigrants and refugees -- those labeled criminal aliens. Non-citizens, who are branded with this label, are both legal permanent residents and undocumented.  Ninety-two percent of all migrants caught in the dragnet of interior enforcement in 2016 were categorized as “criminal aliens.” What activists term “crimmigration” has become the most effective tool to remove migrants from the interior.

  In this talk, I examine the relationship among mobility, forced removals, and claims to space by analyzing how high school-age members of Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) in Long Beach interrogate the school to prison to deportation pipeline. They link the criminalization of Khmer refugees to the legacies of United States’ wars in southeast Asia and the failures of the US refugee resettlement program. The “refugee voice,” which youth leaders learn to use in their communities, resets the dominant frameworks deployed to advocate for immigrant justice. By naming the waves of political trauma Khmer refugees in the United States experience, the KGA youth offer strategies that weld together gender justice, refugee justice and youth justice from an anti-carceral and anti-deportation perspective.

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender.

Spring 2018

Friday, February 23 | 2 - 4 p.m.

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Paul Ortiz, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Sponsor(s): Undergraduate Research, Office of | American Cultures | Race and Gender, Center for | Research on Social Change, Center for | Ethnic Studies, Department of | African American Studies, Department of | Multicultural Community Center

Wednesday, March 14 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor, History and African American Studies and Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA

Room 290, Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Sponsor(s): Research on Social Change, Center for | History, Department of | Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice | Townsend Center for the Humanities | Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

Tuesday, April 3 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Immigrant Agency and Social Movements in the Age of Devolution

Greg Prieto, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego

Multicultural Community Center (MCC), Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Sponsor(s): Research on Social Change, Center for | Ethnic Studies, Department of | Center for Latino Policy Research | Division of Equity and Inclusion

Thursday, April 12 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Hard Work Is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace

Katrinell Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida State University

Warren Room, 295, Boalt Hall, School of Law

Sponsor(s): Research on Social Change, Center for | Sociology, Department of | Research on Labor & Employment, Institute of | Center for the Study of Law and Society, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Friday, April 27 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Insurgent Knowledges

Damien Sojoyner, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

Academic Innovation Studio/117, Dwinelle Hall

Sponsor(s): American Cultures | Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | Research on Social Change, Center for | Academic Innovation Studio

FALL 2017

Thursday, November 2 I 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change presents:

Return Economies: Speculation and Manila’s Investment in Durable Futures

Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Strategies of economic development, along with the changes throughout local economies in the Philippines, are often viewed solely through the lens of labor-sending and financial remittances, and the myopic interests of political elites in the country. This presentation, however, situates these political interests within the much larger global circuitry of financial speculation and rush for property investment dramatically altering the built-environment throughout cities all over the Global South. By tracing the dynamic coalescence of transnational property developers, Filipino American investors, and BPO employees in Manila, the concept of the “return economy” is introduced in order to convey the durable logic compelling and sustaining contemporary patterns of urban transformation throughout labor-sending countries. As a means of maintaining a foothold within the global market, Philippine state administrators have begun recognizing the significance of balikbayans, Filipinos visiting or returning to their homeland, in innovating the country’s economy and distinguishing itself from its neighbors. This discussion outlines the architecture of this emergent economy by describing three simultaneously working components, which together are reshaping the social fabric and landscape of Metro Manila.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, November 14 I 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change presents:

Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia

Willow Lung-Amam, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning and Director, Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland, College Park

Over the last few decades, California’s Silicon Valley has become not only the world’s technological epicenter, but also one of the fastest growing, and most racially and ethnically diverse regions in the U.S. Spurred by the rise of tech giants like Google and Facebook, the region has attracted diverse, highly-educated immigrants from across the globe, particularly Asia, who have built their new lives among the region’s many predominately white, middle-class suburbs. Trespassers? explores the dreams and struggles of Asian Americans as they have made their homes in Silicon Valley suburbia, and the tensions that have often emerged over the region’s changing character. Join Dr. Willow Lung-Amam as she discusses her new book on the vital role of immigrants in the changing urban landscape and their fight for inclusion within the suburban American Dream. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley

Monday, November 27 | 12:45pm-2:00pm

Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism

Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley

In the spring of 2006, millions of Latinos across the country participated in the largest civil rights demonstrations in American history. In his new book, Latino Mass Mobilization(Cambridge University Press, September 2017), Chris Zepeda-Millán analyzes the background, course, and impacts of this unprecedented wave of protests, highlighting their unique local, national, and demographic dynamics. He finds that because of the particular ways the issue of immigrant illegality was racialized, federally proposed anti-immigrant legislation (H.R. 4437) helped transform Latinos' sense of latent group membership into the racial group consciousness that incited their engagement in large-scale collective action. Zepeda-Millán shows how nativist policy threats against disenfranchised undocumented immigrants can provoke a political backlash--on the streets and at the ballot box--from not only "people without papers," but also naturalized and U.S.-born citizens. Latino Mass Mobilization is an intervention into contemporary debates regarding immigration policy, social movements, racial politics, and immigrant rights activism in the United States. 

Philip Selznick Seminar Room at 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley


Monday, February 6 | 4:30-6:00 pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation

Gary Okihiro, Professor, International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

A conversation with author about his book, Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation.  In 1968 the Third World Liberation Front at San Francisco State College demanded the creation of a Third World studies program to counter the existing curricula that ignored issues of power—notably, imperialism and oppression. The administration responded by institutionalizing an ethnic studies program; Third World studies was over before it began. Detailing the field's genesis and premature death, Gary Y. Okihiro presents an intellectual history of ethnic studies and Third World studies and shows where they converged and departed by identifying some of their core ideas, concepts, methods, and theories. In so doing, he establishes the contours of a unified field of study—Third World studies—that pursues a decolonial politics by examining the human condition broadly, especially in regard to oppression, and critically analyzing the locations and articulations of power as manifested in the social formation. Okihiro's framing of Third World studies moves away from ethnic studies' liberalism and its U.S.-centrism to emphasize the need for complex thinking and political action in the drive for self-determination. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for Race & GenderDepartments of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, March 7 |  4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change presents: 

Is ‘Decarceration’ Even a Word? The Legal Reform of Mass Incarceration in California

Anjuli Verma, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

Scholarship on mass incarceration in the U.S. has surged over recent decades, for good reason. However, this talk pivots attention to prison downsizing and decarceration as emergent social facts in the 21st century. Prisoner rights litigation (Brown v. Plata 2011) in combination with state law and policy innovations in the form of Public Safety Realignment (Assembly Bill 109 2011) and the voter-initiated Proposition 47 (2014) have made California the current epicenter of prison downsizing. Realignment legislation devolved criminal justice supervision from the state to the county level, making counties responsible for the penalties they impose for a sizeable class of offenses. The present research investigates how California’s 58 counties responded to this challenge. Findings from the first in-depth analysis of the state’s prison Realignment will be presented with respect to a key question: will Realignment result in system-wide decarceration, or merely the relocation of incarceration to alternative institutional sites, such as local jails? Multiple methods are used to describe and explain different responses and identify the local conditions that appear to have made decarceration possible in some places but not others. Discussion of the theoretical and policy implications will confront foundational questions about the social organization of governmental power and conditions of institutional change and resistance, as well as urge the field to revisit deinstitutionalization as a distinct social process with consequences for stratification and inequality, community health and wellbeing, and human dignity.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Thursday, April 6 I 4:00-5:30pm

ISSI Graduate Fellows Seminar Series: 

How It Slips Away/We Still Here: A Blues Geography of Black Portland

Lisa K. Bates, Associate Professor, Director, Center for Urban Studies, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

with Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Black Portland is often portrayed through metrics of disparity and deficiency, without reference to particular regional structures of opportunity and disenfranchisement, and without hearing the voices of Black Portlanders themselves. Professor Bates uses Clyde Woods’ framework of blues epistemology as Black ways of knowing geography in order to elucidate the place history and justice claims of Black Portland. Black Portlanders’ experience is at once highly particular and universal in its blues narrative of enclosure, displacement, and the desecration of sacred spaces, expressed through stories of what artist Sharita Towne calls “joyful hardships.” Professor Bates considers how an emancipatory planning process, the Portland People’s Plan, can shift from recognition--the blues story of what might have been but for racial oppression-- to reclamation. By asking Black Portlanders to imagine what it would look like if their city loved Black people, the planning creates a space for both a counter-narrative of community history and a collectively developed pathway towards a more just future.  

170 Wurster Hall

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Department of City and Regional Planning, and Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

FALL 2016

Thursday, October 6 I 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

When States ‘Come Out’: The Politics of Visibility and the Diffusion of Sexual Minority Rights in Europe

Phillip M. Ayoub, PhD, Assistant Professor, Politics, Drexel University

In the last two decades, the LGBT movement has gained momentum that is arguably unprecedented in speed and suddenness when compared to other human rights movements. This talk investigates the recent history of transnational movement in Europe, focusing on the diffusion of the norms it champions and the overarching question of why, despite similar international pressures, the trajectories of socio-legal recognition for LGBT minorities are so different across states. In this talk, I suggest new domestic preconditions and international pathways for socio-legal change. I make the case that a politics of visibility is central to norm diffusion. The exchange of ideas with other countries—which activists can broker and enable—and the extent of a state’s openness to international organizations have demonstrable effects on diffusion and social change. They have engendered the interactions between movements and states that empower marginalized people - mobilizing actors to demand change, influencing the spread of new legal standards, and weaving new ideas into the fabrics of societies. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for Race & Gender Social Movements Working Group and the Institute of European Studies

Thursday, October 13 I 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Career Choices, Return Paths, and Social Contributions: Findings from the African Alumni Project

Robin Marsh Ph.D., Resident Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

This talk reports on a two and half year (2014-2016) collaborative multi-university tracer study of African alumni of partner universities (UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, McGill University, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser and EARTH in Costa Rica), supported by the MasterCard Foundation.  The abridged and full reports are just out:  This pioneering study, led by Robin Marsh, is the first of its kind to investigate the career trajectories and social contributions of African alumni of international universities.  In addition to a comprehensive survey, the in-depth interviews with sixty UC Berkeley African alumni on the continent and in the diaspora reveal fascinating life stories of return dilemmas, career choices and transformational leadership.  The findings have important policy implications for international scholarship programs and for universities interested in expanding their global impact particularly through stronger alumni networks. This talk will present the main research questions and findings of the study.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley

Wednesday, October 26 | 12:00-1:30 pm

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Birth Matters: Black Women and Research Justice as Transformative Praxis

Julia Chinyere Oparah, Associate Provost and Professor and Co-Chair of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

Research justice is a strategic framework within which those directly affected by structural violence and discrimination use research tools in order to achieve self determination and lasting social change. Based on a term coined by DataCenter, an Oakland-based research collective, this movement toward community-driven research demands that academic researchers interrogate questions of power, privilege and accountability in our research praxis. Using a research justice approach, Oparah worked alongside members of Black Women Birthing Justice to document black women's experiences of childbirth, and to publish an anthology of critical essays and testimonies on black bodies and birth justice. Their research uncovered birthing as a site of disabling, trauma or even death for black women and gender non-conforming people. In this talk, Oparah explores her experience as an activist scholar in the movement to #LiberateBlackBirth and shares both the transformative power and the dilemmas of research justice.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for Race & Gender Social Movements Working Group and Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

Thursday, November 3 I 4:00-5:30pm

CRSC series:

23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law & Society and Law, UC Irvine 

With an introduction by Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley 


Francisco Casique, Lecturer, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley 

Rebecca McLennan, Associate Professor, History, UC Berkeley  

Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor, Law, UC Berkeley 

Originally meant to be brief and exceptional, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has become long term and common. Prisoners in solitary spend twenty three hours a day in featureless cells, with no visitors or human contact for years on end. They are held entirely at administrators’ discretion, with no judges or juries involved. In 23/7, legal scholar Keramet Reiter tells the history of an original “supermax,” California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, where extreme conditions sparked statewide hunger strikes in 2011 and 2013—the latter involving nearly 30,000 prisoners. Reiter describes how the Pelican Bay prison was created—with literally no legislative oversight—as a panicked response to the perceived rise of black radicalism in California prisons in the 1970s. Through stories of gang bosses, small-time parolees, and others, she portrays the arbitrary manner in which prisoners are chosen for solitary confinement, held for years, and routinely released directly onto the streets. Here we see the social costs and mental havoc of years in isolation. The product of fifteen years of research in and about prisons, this book is instant required reading on a topic that increasingly commands national attention.

**Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change and Human Rights Center


Tuesday, February 23

CRSC Colloquia Series:

CANCELED IN SOLIDARITY: Urban Education on Indigenous Land

Eve Tuck, Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies, Department of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto,

In solidarity with the AFSCME Local 3299 call for a speakers' boycott of UC Berkeley, Eve Tuck has decided to cancel her planned Feb. 23 talk on campus. Instead, Tuck will participate in a public conversation with Prof. Michael Dumas on settler colonialism, antiblackness and urban education to be held in the meeting space of the UAW. The public conversation will attend to issues of labor and land, and include a framing by Corrina Gould, Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone, co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change and Sogorea Te Land Trust.

New location:



Monday, March 7, 5:00–7:00pm

CRSC Colloquia Series:

CANCELED IN SOLIDARITY: Managing the Fix: A Film Screening and Discussion, with Helena Hansen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, New York University


The new event is sponsored by the Rad Med group and is entitled "Envisioning Radical Collective Medicine." It will feature Prof. Adrienne Pine (American University) and Prof. Helena Hansen (NYU).  Professor Pine will present clips from Beth Geglia and Jesse Freeston's film Revolutionary Medicine and discuss the film's social life as an organizing tool toward a vision and practice of healthcare as a human right, drawing on examples from Honduras, Cuba and the United States.

Professor Hansen will screen footage from Managing the Fix, her film about the art and exclusions of treating addiction in the age of pills. Following three heroin dependent people through their attempts at treatment, the film illustrates how a two-tiered system developed that excludes many. For those access addiction pharmaceuticals, it asks whether medication is enough, and whether the goal of treatment should be to reduce harm or become "drug free."

New Time/Date: Monday, March 7, 5-7pm

New Location:  Berkeley Free Clinic in the Fireside Room, at 2339 Durant Ave. in Berkeley


Thursday, March 31, 4:00–5:30pm

CRSC Colloquia Series:

The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty

Erica Kohl-Arenas, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management, The New School

Can philanthropy alleviate inequality? Do antipoverty programs work on the ground? In this eye-opening analysis, Erica Kohl-Arenas bores deeply into how these issues play out in California’s Central Valley, which is one of the wealthiest agricultural production regions in the world and also home to the poorest people in the United States.  Through the lens of a provocative set of case studies, The Self-Help Myth reveals how philanthropy maintains systems of inequality by attracting attention to the behavior of poor people while shifting the focus away from structural inequities and relationships of power that produce poverty.  In Fresno County, for example, which has a $5.6 billion-plus agricultural industry, migrant farm workers depend heavily on food banks, religious organizations, and family networks to feed and clothe their families.  Foundation professionals espouse well-intentioned, hopeful strategies to improve the lives of the poor.  These strategies contain specific ideas—in philanthropy terminology, “theories of change”— that rely on traditional American ideals of individualism and hard work, such as self-help, civic participation, and mutual prosperity.  But when used in partnership with well-defined limits around what foundations will and will not fund, these ideals become fuzzy concepts promoting professional and institutional behaviors that leave relationships of poverty and inequality untouched.

Thursday, April 2, 5:00pm–6:30pm

Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement 

Maylei Blackwell, Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

Professor Maylei Blackwell (Chicana/o Studies, UCLA) will be discussing her widely acclaimed book, ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement. Drawing from print culture and oral histories, ¡Chicana Power! is the first full scale investigation of the social and political factors that led to the development of Chicana feminism.

Sponsored by Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change and CRG Social Movements Working Group

Friday, April 22, 8:30am–6:30pm

Race & Yoga: Yoga Justice / Yoga Violence Conference

Join the UCB Race and Yoga Research Working Group as we host our third annual conference! The theme of the conference is “Yoga Justice / Yoga Violence.”  Yoga can be a tool to promote social justice. Yet, it can also be used to perpetuate violence and oppression. This conference invites a diverse array of practitioners and scholars to critically examine justice and violence in yoga communities.

What is yoga justice? How is “justice” defined and by whom? How do we rethink narratives that promote justice through yoga? Conversely, what kinds of violence occur in yoga spaces? How are people responding and/or resisting forms of yoga violence?

*In solidarity with the speaker strike at UC Berkeley, we are holding this year's event at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Information and conference program available at: 

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Tuesday, April 26, 4:00–5:30pm

CRSC Colloquia Series:

Making Immigrant Rights Real: Nonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco

Els de Graauw, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baruch College-CUNY

More than half of the 41 million foreign-born individuals in the United States today are noncitizens, half have difficulty with English, a quarter are undocumented, and many are poor. As a result, most immigrants have few opportunities to make their voices heard in the political process. Nonprofits in many cities have stepped into this gap to promote the integration of disadvantaged immigrants. They have done so despite notable constraints on their political activities, including limits on their lobbying and partisan electioneering, limited organizational resources, and dependence on government funding. Immigrant rights advocates also operate in a national context focused on immigration enforcement rather than immigrant integration. In Making Immigrant Rights Real, Els de Graauw examines how immigrant-serving nonprofits can make impressive policy gains despite these limitations.

Drawing on three case studies of immigrant rights policies—language access, labor rights, and municipal ID cards—in San Francisco, de Graauw develops a tripartite model of advocacy strategies that nonprofits have used to propose, enact, and implement immigrant-friendly policies: administrative advocacy, cross-sectoral and cross-organizational collaborations, and strategic issue framing. The inventive development and deployment of these strategies enabled immigrant-serving nonprofits in San Francisco to secure some remarkable new immigrant rights victories, and de Graauw explores how other cities can learn from their experiences.

Co-sponsored by Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and the Interdisiciplinary Immigration Workshop

FALL 2015

Thursday, September 24, 12:00–1:30pm

CRSC Colloquia Series:

Moments of Refusal: Thinking through Antiblackness and Black Futurity in Research on Urban Communities and Schooling

Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Hegemonic notions of race, multiculturalism and diversity proffer an understanding of social progress that is generally linear, gradual, steady and earnest. The story we tell ourselves is that we are becoming ever more democratic and tolerant, that we are more sophisticated in our ability to synthesize and analyze information about race and racism, and that we are more committed to racial equity, justice and opportunity than ever before. However, in this historical moment, we also witness increasing economic inequality along racial lines, nearly weekly stories of anti-Black violence and death, massive urban deterritorialization and dispersal, erasing Black homeplaces and priming these spaces for white accumulation. Through it all, the discourse in the public sphere suggests an increasing sense of justification of economic and social inequality, a sense of corporate and white entitlement to (dis)possession of land, and a seething disgust and disregard for the lives of Black people. In this talk, Professor Dumas wants to briefly explore what it means to research and document contradictory historical moment(s) of official anti-racist progress and white innocence, on the one hand, and on the other hand, enduring white defensiveness and racial fragility in the face of material and psychic Black suffering. Most importantly, how do we refuse hegemonic constructions of historical racial memory in our own work, and how do we acknowledge and honor attempts by insurgent Black subjects to refuse antiblackness and put forward alternative notions of Black historicity and futurity?

Thursday, October 1, 4:00–7:30pm

The Berkeley Food Institute presents:

Decolonizing Foodways Symposium

The Food, Identity and Representation Working Group at UC Berkeley and University of the Pacific Food Studies program invite you to participate in an evening of critical thinking and tasting at the Decolonizing Foodways Symposium. Understanding food as a site for de/colonial struggles and strategies in the ways it is produced, consumed, circulated, prepared, and represented within a transnational advanced capitalist economy, this interactive workshop grapples with what it means to liberate our diets from colonial relationships of production and consumption both in theory and in practice. Building off the work of scholar/activists Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel, authors of “Decolonize Your Diet: A Manifesto,” we explore and continue to question what the process of decolonizing foodways means. We ask, for example: How do we increase the vitality of oppressed and indigenous peoples, maintain the integrity of our ancestral traditions, and embrace food and ways of cooking/eating that resist subjugation and instead nourish our palates, bodies, and lives? How do we make sense of the different realities of lived food experiences across time and space, taking into account the influences of power and privilege? How might we think through the intersections of diaspora, colonialism, assimilation, generational differences, and food gentrification/cultural appropriation? Utilizing an intersectional, audience-participatory, and multi-sensory approach, this symposium will include a panel of activists and scholars and a freshly-prepared meal by local chefs that cooks up decolonizing possibilities.

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00-1:30pm

CRSC Colloquia Series:

Biotechnologies and Immigration: Biological Citizenship and the Use of DNA Testing for Family Reunification

Torsten Heinemann, Professor of Sociology, Institute of Sociology, Universität Hamburg

Since the 1990s, many countries around the world have begun to use DNA analysis to establish biological relatedness in family reunification cases. Family reunification refers to the right of family members living abroad to join relatives who hold long-term residence permits in a given country. While this right has been an integral part of many countries’ immigration policies, the current trend among host countries seems to favor more restrictive family reunification policies. To be reunited, family members have to prove their family status by official documents. Even if applicants possess the required documents, immigration authorities often reject the information as they question the authenticity of the documents. In this context, many countries resort to DNA tests to resolve cases in which they consider the information presented on family relations to be incomplete or unsatisfactory. Today, at least 21 nation states have incorporated the use of DNA testing into decision-making on immigration.

In this talk, I will present the results of an international research project on the use of DNA testing for family reunification in Europe and will compare them with the situation in the USA. I outline general trends of DNA analysis for family reunification and analyze the societal and political implications of parental testing in this context. I argue that DNA analyses for family reunification establish and strengthen a biological family model which is in contrast to the more pluralistic and social concepts of family in many societies in Europe and North America. I will then relate my findings to the ongoing debate on biological citizenship and show that biological criteria play an important role in decision-making on citizenship rights in nation-states. I argue that the use of parental testing for immigration endorses a biological concept of the family that is mobilized to diminish citizenship rights.The argument is based on an extensive document analysis as well as interviews with representatives of international governmental organizations, international and national NGOs and immigration authorities, lawyers specializing in immigration law, geneticists and those applying for family reunification.

Wednesday, November 4, 12:00–1:30pm

CRSC Colloquia Series:

Tuskegee Then and Now: An Exploration of Historical Trauma in the Life of a Direct Descendant

Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

The specter of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study looms large in the research literature, particularly related to African-American’s distrust of medical research. Less is known about how direct descendants of study victims perceive health care institutions and providers. The purpose of this study is to explore the long-term implications of the Tuskegee Study on a woman whose great-grandfather died of untreated syphilis as a result. The study explores the 1) role of historical trauma on Black populations; 2) inter-generational impact of trauma in a Black family; and 3) implications of these events on engagement with healthcare providers. This study used the case study method to explore the experience of one woman who is a direct descendant. The respondent, a 37-year old married woman with children, was recruited as part of a larger study on healthcare disparities among the Black middle class. Data are based on a focus group and a 2-hour in-depth interview. The Tuskegee Study continues to affect the behavior of direct descendants. Members of the respondent’s family strictly prohibited her from seeking medical care from any non-Black healthcare provider. As an adult, the respondent refused to allow her children to be treated by a non-Black healthcare provider. The respondent and her family developed these strategies to counteract the particular trauma of Tuskegee and the general trauma of being treated negatively in majority White institutions. This study provides historically situated insights into how Black people interpret racial discrimination, and strategies they use to counteract it, including seeking race-concordant healthcare providers.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine


Wednesday, April 1, 4:00–5:30pm

Ecologies of Dissent: Neighborhood Health and the Art of Relational Politics

Michael Montoya, Associate Professor, Department of Chicano/Latino Studies and Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine

with Pablo Gonzalez, Lecturer, Chicano Studies, UC Berkeley as respondent

As powerful institutions the world over – but this is an American story – fail to digest the inassimilable inner city poor through gentrification, cleansing, pacification, liberal civic engagement schemes, and/or direct or structured state violences, a collective dissent remakes politics scrambling assumptions that transform ecologies of illness into ecologies of wellbeing. As both the media through which we live as well as the specific social geography of our life, ecology surrounds us as we make it and it makes us. In this paper, I draw upon a long term place-based initiative designed to improve one inner city urban ecology, to explore the embrace of the insurgent, multiple, unclosed futures where the art of “the ecological” pushing back, human and non human together and at once, emerges to perturb biosocial metabolic pathways that disrupt wellbeing. Key to this disruption, to the emergent practices of dissent, are enduring forms of relationship, of relational political forms, that are as old and as new as politics itself.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Ethnic Studies

Tuesday, April 14, 4:00–5:30pm

The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series presents:

The Triumph of the Corporate Rich and Why They Succeeded

William Domhoff, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz

A new liberal-labor alliance slowly came together between 1932 and late 1934. It had some real successes in 1935 and 1936, and unions made major breakthroughs in 1937. But things went down hill for liberal legislation and for the union movement from 1938 onwards, despite appearances to the contrary that are based on greater income equality from 1939 to 1953 and the increase in union density until 1945. So what happened? This talk addresses that question. The answer involves the reuniting of the temporarily divided Northern and Southern segments of the ownership class, the fracturing of the temporarily united union movement, the rise of the conservative voting coalition in Congress, the rollback of the New Deal during World War II, racial divisions in the working class, and conservative appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Supreme Court by Republican presidents. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change

Monday, May 4, 4:00–5:30pm

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society presents:

Racialized Punitive Social Control: The Criminalization of Black and Latino Boys

Victor Rios, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

Professor Rios will discuss his findings from 10 years of ethnography in Northern and Southern California with "juvenile delinquent" and gang associated boys. He will also discuss findings from his latest research project on social movements in Ferguson, Missouri. Rios' work analyzes the role of social control in determining the well-being of young people living in urban marginality, tracks the social consequences of the punitive state and punitive social control-across institutional settings, and examines young people’s resilience and responses to social marginalization.

Co-sponsored by the School of Social Welfare and Center for Research on Social Change

Tuesday, May 5 | 12:00–1:30pm

CRSC's Graduate Fellows Program presents:

From Cell Blocks to City Blocks: Complicating Narratives of Arrest and Recovery

Cole Hansen, Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Anthropology and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow

Leah Jacobs, Ph.D. Candidate in Social Welfare and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow

"More than Mental Disorder: Toward a Stakeholder-grounded Understanding of Arrest Among Individuals with Mental Disorder Diagnoses"

with Kelly Knight, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, as respondent

Tuesday, May 5 | 3:30–5:00pm

CRSC's Graduate Fellows Program presents:

Political Projects and the Legacies of Contestation

Pablo Gaston, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and CRSC Graduate Fellow

"Between Class and Profession: Collective Projects of Healthcare Labor Organization and the Marketization of Care"

Fithawee Tzeggai, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and CRSC Graduate Fellow

"Desegregation, Racial Equity, and Neoliberal School Reform: Legacies of Racial Contestation in Contemporary Chicago"

with Rodney Hero, Professor of Political Science and Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Friday, May 1 | 11:30–1:30pm

CRSC's Graduate Fellows Program presents:

Reclaiming Spaces: Critical Processes of Healing, Teaching, and Acknowledgement

Mara Chavez-Diaz, Ph.D. Candidate in Education and CRSC Graduate Fellow

"Social Justice Healing Practitioners: Testimonios of Hope and Transformative Praxis"

Olivia Chilcote, Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnic Studies and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellow

"The Process and the People: Federal Acknowledgment and the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Mission Indians"

Jocyl Sacramento, Ph.D. Candidate in Education and CRSC Graduate Fellow

"Critical Race Dialogue and Ethnic Studies Teachers: Toward Teachers’ Critical Collective Consciousness"

with Nikki Jones, Associate Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Co-sponsored by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

FALL 2014

Friday, August 15

Celebrating Troy Duster - A One Day Conference

This event will feature talks and reflections from many of Troy’s colleagues as they discuss his scholarly influence, contributions, and the significance of his work for current and future challenges.

Read more about the conference and see the agenda and a link to the video here.

Sponsored by: Haas 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 the Study of Law and Society, Center for Genetics and Society

Thursday, September 18-Friday September 19

Carceral Geographies Course Thread Launch

The Present and Future of California Prisons

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor, Geography, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Thursday, September 18; 5-7pm: Dwinelle Hall, Room 370

10 :00am Introduction to Course Thread

10: 30am Student Research on Carceral Geographies, Moderator Prof. Nikki Jones

12 :00pm Lunch

1:00pm Formerly Incarcerated Students working against Carceral Practices, Moderator Francisco Casique, PhD

3:00 “The Stuart Hall Project,” screening and discussion

5:00-7:00 Black Lives Matter: Police Violence, Prisons, & Freedom Visions with CeCe McDonald, anti-prison and trans justice activist, Prof. Julia Oparah, Mills College, author of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, Prof. Ashon Crawley, UC Riverside

Friday, September 19, Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D-37

Sponsored by: The Center for Race & Gender, The Townsend Center for the Humanities; The Program in Critical Theory; American Cultures; The Center for the Study of Law and Society; The Center for Research on Social Change, The Multicultural Community Center; and The Carceral Geographies Course Thread, The Graduate Assembly-Graduate Women’s Project

Monday, October 20 | 4-5:30 pm

Non-Citizen Nationals: Neither Citizens Nor Aliens

Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law & Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, UC Davis School of Law

The modern conception of the law of birthright citizenship operates along the citizen/noncitizen binary. Those born in the United States generally acquire automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Those who do not are regarded as non-citizens. Unbeknownst to many, there is another form of birthright membership category: the non-citizen national. Judicially constructed in the 1900s and codified by Congress in 1940, non-citizen national was the status given to people who were born in U.S. territories acquired at the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Today, it is the status of people who are born in American Samoa, a current U.S. territory. This Article explores the legal construction of non-citizen national status and its implications for our understanding of citizenship. On a narrow level, the Article recovers a forgotten part of U.S. racial history, revealing an interstitial form of birthright citizenship that emerged out of imperialism and racial restrictions to citizenship. On a broader scale, this Article calls into question the plenary authority of Congress over the territories and power to determine their people’s membership status. Specifically, this Article contends that such plenary power over the citizenship status of those born in a U.S. possession conflicts with the common law principle of jus soli and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause. Accordingly, this Article offers a limiting principle to congressional power over birthright citizenship.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society

Thursday, November 6th | 4-5:30pm

African Rural Women Speak!

Muadi Mukenge, Program Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Fund for Women

Dr. Mutombo Mpanya, Professor of International Studies, Sonoma State University, as discussant

To contribute to the empowerment of rural women, in June 2011, Global Fund for Women (GFW) launched a two-year initiative to support 22 rural women’s groups working in sustainable agriculture and the promotion of women’s rights in Burkina Faso, Kenya and Uganda. Groups received grants to enhance agricultural and women’s rights activities, participated in yearly convenings to deepen their knowledge of the politics of agriculture, and undertook field research. The initiative documented the constraints women farmers face in achieving food security, and in strengthening their position in society. The presentation will share the outcomes of the initiative comparing baseline and impact data, with the aim to inform broader debates on effective strategies to ensure food security, respect biodiversity, and end the exclusion of rural women from decision-making on the very issues that concern them. GFW is holding project dissemination workshops in project countries and in the U.S. Students pursuing development and international human rights fields are encouraged to attend.

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Food Institute, Institute of International Studies, and Center for African Studies

Monday, November 17 | 4-5:30pm

Narendra Modi and the Sangh parivar: Lessons from his Gujarat years

Christophe Jaffrelot, Senior research fellow at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po (Paris), and research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute (London) and Global Scholar at Princeton University

with Raka Ray, Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Sponsored by the Center for Right-Wing Studies; Co-sponsored by the Institute for South Asian Studies and the Center for Research on Social Change

Tuesday, November 18 | 4-5:30pm

The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA

Sarah Lynn Lopez, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin

International migrant remittances have received much attention in the last ten years, as—according to the World Bank—flows increased from 72.3 billion in 2001 to an estimated 483 billion in 2011. While dollars sent home are used for an array of expenses, little is known about how they are used to turn migrant aspirations into concrete and fired-brick realities. This talk explores the remittance landscape—the built environment elements in rural Mexico that have been envisioned by migrants and erected with dollars—as well as the spaces in both Mexico and the U.S. defined by information flows, practices, and organizations that give rise to remitting as a way of life. I argue that the architectures of migration are powerful evidence of the aims, desires, and fears that drive social change in rural Mexico and urban USA; producing complex results for migrants, their families, and their home communities who must balance new kinds of freedom and agency with familial fragmentation, changing social norms, increased responsibility, and growing debt.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues; Co-sponsored by CRSC


Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

Right on Campus: The Political Styles of Conservative College Students

Thursday, Feb. 6, 4:00-5:30pm

Amy Binder, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California at San Diego

Conservative pundits allege that the pervasive liberalism of America's colleges and universities has detrimental effects on undergraduates, most particularly right-leaning ones. Yet not enough attention has been paid to young conservatives, themselves, to test these claims. In her recent book Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives (Princeton University Press 2013), Binder uses qualitative and survey data to outline who conservative students are and how their beliefs and political activism relate to their university experience. Which parts of conservatism do these students identify with? What are the institutional features of different universities that lead to key differences in young people's conservative styles? How do national conservative organizations connect with American colleges and universities to recruit a cadre of future leaders? Finally, what do these students' educational experiences portend for their own futures--and for the future of American conservatism?

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

Prejudice and Pride, a film by John J. Valdez & Daniel McCabe (about the Chicano movement of the sixties and seventies)

Screening and Q&A with John J. Valdez, award-winning documentary film maker

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2:00-4:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Chicano-Latino Studies Program

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

Midwestern Roots and National Fruits: The Origins and Implications of Anita Bryant's Anti-gay Crusade

Thursday, Feb. 13, 4:00-5:30pm

Carol Mason, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Kentucky

Thanks to the movie Milk, we all associate Anita Bryant's late-1970s antigay work in Dade County, Florida, with the concomitant campaigns in California. But Middle America has lots to teach us about Bryant and the bourgeoning conservatism she symbolized. At a time in which Christian businesses and Cold War apocalypticism were sweeping through Bryant's home state of Oklahoma, she emerged as a moral entrepreneur who embodied the wholesomeness of white femininity that connoted the American heartland and exemplified the national ideal of womanhood. It was this unspoken norm of whiteness that undergirded fighting for "our" children. It was this projected purity that a newly nationalized gay activism sought to sully, most famously with a banana cream pie thrown in Bryant's face. Theories of the abject, histories of colonialist agribusiness, and homespun humor merge in this heretofore-untold story of Bryant's rise and fall in Middle America.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

A New Movement Era? Reflections by Frances Fox Piven

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4:00-5:30pm

Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

with Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law, as moderator

As the global economy experienced one of the worst downturns in recent memory, ordinary people around the world poured into the streets to protest the daily injustices they faced. Income inequality, debt, dispossession, exploitation, and state repression were among the many concerns that propelled mass disruption from below. In a fireside chat format, Professor Frances Pox Piven will reflect on the potential for change in the current historical moment. Does this mass refusal of cooperation constitute a new movement era? If so, to what extent will it trigger reforms that moderate capitalist excesses? And how do and how should students, scholars, and academia figure into this era?

Co-sponsored by Department of City and Regional Planning, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, School of Social Welfare, Department of Sociology, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Center for Race and Gender, Goldman School of Public Policy, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

Participatory Politics and Urban Social Movements: Some Thoughts from Berlin and Beyond

Thursday, March 13, 12:00-1:30pm

Henrik Lebuhn, Assistant Professor for Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt-University Berlin, and ISSI Visiting Scholar

Since the early 1980s, the city of Berlin has developed a variety of participatory instruments that allow for civic participation in urban planning and decision-making and for the negotiation of conflicts over the use of urban space.  These instruments give residents many opportunities to actively engage in local politics and contribute to the democratization of urban politics in Berlin: most recently, for example, concerning the remunicipalization of the city's electricity grid and the future use of the (now closed) inner-city airport Tempelhof.  At the same time, participatory dynamics have highly ambivalent effects on ‘urban politics from below’, not least as they historically emerged as a top-down response to urban claims made by grassroots groups such as the squatter movements of the 1980s and 1990s.  The talk offers a brief tour through the recent history of participatory politics in Berlin.  Drawing from case-studies in Berlin and other cities, it will then focus on the contradictory relationship between urban social movements and participatory politics and point out some questions and research perspectives that emerge from these observations.

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Not Immigrant Detention in a Legal Sense": The Invention of Immigrant Detention, 1892-1896

Thursday, March 20, 3:30-5:00pm

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor of History, UCLA

with Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, as respondent

Immigrant detention is, today, the single-largest dimension of human confinement operated by the U.S. Federal government. Yet immigrant detention is often forgotten as a pillar of the nation's carceral regime. This strange omission is rooted in a decision made one century ago by the United States Supreme Court, which determined that human confinement in the pursuit of deportation is "not imprisonment in a legal sense." This paper excavates the origins of immigrant detention as a practice of human confinement that operates, in a legal sense, separate and apart from imprisonment but everyday fills the nation's jails, prisons, and detention facilities.

Co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, the Department of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Sociology, the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Carceral Geographies Course Thread, Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop, and Graduate Students de La Raza

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

Agustin Cebada, Author of Tiempo Robado

Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-7:00pm

Moderated by David Montejano, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

with Armando Rendón as respondent

Agustin Cebada will speak on his new book, Tiempo Robado. He is a veteran Chicano activist, union organizer, community organizer and Brown Beret.  His book is a chronicle of his life as a youth in New Mexico, with a family heritage of land grant activism, and his own experience as an organizer for the Chicano Moratorium protest of August 29, 1970.

Sponsored by CRSC and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program. Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Library and La Tertulia de la Papabra.

Center for Research on Social Change Conference:

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

Click here for the complete agenda and link to the conference video

Friday, May 2, 9:00am - 4:30pm

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.

CRSC Graduate Fellows Speaker Series:

Contested Publics and the Politics of Expectations: Shifting Terrains of Service Provision in US Cities

Tuesday, May 6, 12:00-1:30pm

Mark Fleming, PhD Candidate in Medical Anthropology and CRSC Graduate Fellow

and Jackie Bass, PhD Candidate in Political Science and CRSC Graduate Fellow

with Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

"Mass Transit Workers, Urban Publics, and the Politics of Time in San Francisco" Mark D. Fleming

San Francisco’s public transportation system is the slowest major urban transit system in the United States and has one of the worst on-time performance rates. This paper examines how these problems with time—slowness and lateness—are constructed in public discourse and mobilized in labor disputes with the drivers who operate the transit system. Demands for faster moving and more timely transit lead to the implementation and enforcement of impossible-to-meet schedules, and political economic logics configure fault for the time problems in the work practices and work ethics of the transit drivers, who are mostly African American. Disputes about the transit system’s slow speeds and lateness intensify political opposition between public workers and the publics they serve, and reveal shifting conceptions of the public good. I argue that morally infused understandings of time and timeliness enable a neoliberal remaking of the transit system, its workers, and its publics.

“Am I My Brother's Keeper?: The Contested Role of African American Churches in Community Development” Jackie Bass

In the age of mega-churches with sprawling campuses whose locations are determined by the presence of an abundance of land, not a historic connection to a particular community, many mega-church leaders have a relatively expansive interpretation of their “community,” often coupled with a inward focus to their ministerial obligations. This perspective contrasts with the expectations of many community leaders that envision an outwardly focused, localized outreach model for churches. This tension is further complicated by the increasing size of churches and the emergence of a relatively new religious doctrine that emphasizes individual efforts and material gain, possibly leading churches to adopt even more insular activities, pulling them further away from the model desired by many community leaders. While local communities may be in more need of the assistance of area churches, churches are increasingly not in need of them. Through a series of interviews, participant observation, and archival research in a large southern metro area, this paper examines the competing visions of the church's “community” as well as examining the various interpretations of the church's responsibilities to said communities.

Duster Conference Room, ISSI, 2420 Bowditch Street

CRSC Graduate Fellows Speaker Series:

Racial Stratification in Education: How Schools Construct Hierarchy through Representations of Asian American and Native American Youth

Thursday, May 8, 12:00-1:30pm

Yenhoa Ching, PhD Candidate in Education and CRSC Graduate Fellow


Tria Andews, PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellow

with Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, as respondent

"Asian Youth and Race-Making in an Urban School: Focus on the Institution, Teachers, and Staff" Yenhoa Ching

Based on ethnographic research, this paper examines how teachers and staff contributed to the academic and social stratification of Asian and non-Asian (namely Black and Latino/a) youth in a multi-racial urban school. It contextualizes this stratification in the color-blind discourse through which teachers and staff simultaneously minimized evidence of racism and participated in re-creating the school as a race-making institution. Sharing a color-blind logic that emphasizes culture, individual choice, and an inter-personal rather than structural view of racism, teachers and staff enacted formal and informal practices that privileged Asian students who aligned with model minority expectations over Black and Latino/a students (as well as some Asian youth) who did not meet racially normalized expectations. I analyze both the mechanisms and the racialized categories through which adult members of a school community instantiated racial hierarchy despite purported ideals of multiculturalism and equality. I found that teachers and staff socially and educationally constructed notions of Asianness, Blackness, and Latino/a-ness in relation to one another. They associated Asians with signifiers of Whiteness vis-à-vis the model minority subject, which was a foil to the stereotype of the oppositional and deviant Black/Brown student. While a few teachers and staff attempted to change these dynamics, they were constrained by an institution that failed to support them in their efforts.

"The Stakes of the Game: Reading Race and Gender in Boarding School Newspapers, 1933-1947" Tria Andrews

Basketball is a prominent theme in contemporary Native American cultural production and continues to be immensely popular on Indian reservations and among Native peoples throughout the United States. The origins of basketball can be traced to Native American games; later, American colonial educators implemented basketball in boarding school settings as a recreational activity for Native youth. As this paper explicates, embodied practices were central to the socializing process for Native peoples pre and post-Contact. This paper examines boarding school newspapers to argue that depictions of Native players and their rivals, which appear from 1933 to 1947, are part of an “instructive as well as entertaining” teaching approach, which points to colonial subject making through sports or entertainment, in addition to direct forms of coercion or discipline. Boarding school educators used this method to produce assent to racism through renderings of sports and sportsmanship. This paper answers three primary research questions: how did writers—whose articles were selected as excerpts in boarding school newspaper—render the basketball performances of Native players and their rivals in the 1930s and 40s? How were players portrayed differently based on race and gender? How do these depictions coincide with dominant representations of Native Americans, African Americans, and Native women?

CRSC Graduate Fellows Speaker Series:

Protecting Children, Eating Control: Constructions of Harm and Well Being

Tuesday, May 13, 12:00-1:30pm

Colleen Henry, PhD Candidate in Social Welfare and CRSC Graduate Fellow


Kara Young, PhD Candidate in Sociology and CRSC Graduate Fellow

with Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

"The Social Construction of Child Exposure to Domestic Violence as Maltreatment: An Examination of California Law" Colleen Henry

Social constructionists argue that human behaviors or conditions only become social problems when they are recognized and labeled, and action is taken against them by a group of people or society. While domestic violence or intimate partner violence has been recognized as a social problem since the 1970s, only recently has child exposure to domestic violence received similar recognition. Through examination of changes made to California law between 1995-2012, this presentation will explore the nature of the changes and the social and structural factors that contributed to this recognition. In addition, this presentation will argue that recognition of child exposure to domestic violence as a social problem signals a conceptual shift in our understanding of what behaviors constitute child maltreatment and how the state should intervene in cases of child exposure to domestic violence.

"Eating, Class and Control: The Emotions of Food Choice in One Oakland Neighborhood" Kara A. Young

This article speaks to an emerging body of research on food choice by asking: What are the emotional associations that individuals have with the food that they eat and how do those associations affect our food choices? How are emotional experiences distributed among different social structural positions? Over the last 10 years, there has been a growing body of literature addressing the health risks associated with reliance on the American conventional food system. While this scholarship provides evidence that structural factors – especially food quality, income and access – shape people’s food consumption patterns, it is not able to make sense of how people in different social structural locations make decisions about what they eat among alternatives. One reason for this gap in research is that these structural frameworks tend to ignore the micro level meanings that inform how individuals navigate the food system. Drawing on 20 in-depth interviews from one mixed-income, racially diverse, and food diverse neighborhood in Oakland, California, I argue that class inequalities are acted out through different emotive relationships to food therefore fortifying the results of structural inequality. Individuals understand the places that they eat as classed spaces and embody systems of classed meanings that can be explored through their emotional relationships to food. Specifically, I look at the way that feelings of control, fear, pleasure and pride around food are distributed across socioeconomic status groups.

FALL 2013

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

"Conservative Political Infrastructure in the Age of Obama"

Lee Fang, reporting fellow with the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer at The Nation

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4:00-5:30pm

Lee Fang, investigative writer with The Nation, will discuss his new book, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right. The book covers right-wing movements and strategy in the years since the 2008 election, from the rise of the Tea Party to the ways in which corporate interests have embraced tactics of the radical right.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Net Time Negotiations within the Family"

Laura Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Santa Clara University

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4:00-5:30pm

Based on interviews with high school students living in agricultural California, this research examines how American families negotiate access to digital information resources or “net time.” Attention is paid to how socioeconomically disadvantaged families attempt to cope with resource scarcities—especially internet access necessary for schoolwork and college applications. The analysis reveals how intra-familial bargaining is guided by implicit social contracts between family members. These social contracts imply particular rights and responsibilities, depending on the families’ level of material resources. Different social contracts are evident across the economic spectrum. Some social contracts frame net time as an individualized good while others frame it as a communal good. The findings illuminate the logics underpinning familial negotiations over each kind of net time. Ultimately, familial social contracts over net time have the power to encourage or hinder use of net time for capital-enhancing activities.

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

"My People, My People: How Competing Ideas about 'Black People' Shape African-American Republicans’ Political Behavior"

Corey Fields, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Thursday, Oct. 17, 4:00-5:30pm

This research explores how race animates the politics of African-American Republicans. I depart from existing approaches that treat race as an axis of identity. Instead, I argue for the necessity of treating race as a set of ideas about black people. Interviews and ethnographic observations reveal that strong expressions of racial identity are common among African-American Republicans. However, there are very different ideas about who constitutes the group being identified with. Divergent ideas about black people divide African-American Republicans. These ideas impact 3 aspects of their political behavior: (1) interpretation of conservative social policy, (2) their ability to organize themselves, and (3) their capacity to build alliances with white Republicans. To fully understand black political behavior, analysts must move from only considering race as a marker of identity for black people, to also thinking about race as a set of ideas black people have about black people.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change.

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Just A Piece of Cloth:" Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker

Rosemary Henze, Professor, Linguistics and Language Development, San José State University

Monday, Nov. 4, 4:00-5:30pm

Just a Piece of Cloth is a 34-minute documentary by Rosemary Henze which features four San Francisco Bay Area Muslim women from diverse backgrounds as they talk about what hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, means to them and how it affects their daily lives. The video includes women who are originally from Jordan, Iran and Indonesia, as well as an American-born recent convert to Islam. With humor, seriousness, candor and sincerity they speak from personal experience about this often controversial garment. Original music by Aswat Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender.

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

"Motherhood and Politics: Conservative Women Negotiate Ideology and Strategy"

Ronnee Schreiber, Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

with Deirdre English, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:00-5:30pm

This project explores how conservative women leaders negotiate the tension between traditional views of motherhood and their desire to engage politically. This dilemma was exposed nationally when Sarah Palin, a mother of five, was nominated by John McCain to be his running mate. Fast forward to June 2011, when another conservative mother of five, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced her candidacy for President. References to their gender and maternal statuses influenced their campaigns and generated public debates about whether or not mothers should seek high levels of elective office.  Despite the articulation and promotion of traditional views about motherhood, legions of conservative women and men supported Palin and Bachmann. This includes social conservatives who promote the belief that women should prioritize stay-at-home mothering over professional goals. So how do conservative women negotiate theologically and ideologically traditional views about motherhood with their seemingly incompatible desire to engage in politics and represent mothers? How do conservative women navigate between conservative beliefs and their commitment to be in public office and/or support other conservative women's bids? To address these questions I interviewed conservative women leaders, including Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly and Tea Party organizer Keli Carrender, and conducted a systematic qualitative analysis of organizational documents from national conservative women's organizations. In so doing, this research provides a lens through which public deliberations about gender roles, motherhood and conservatism can be examined.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Center for Race and Gender and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


Wednesday, January 30, 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Après Bourdieu. New Directions in the Theory of Action"

Frédéric Vandenberghe, Research Professor in Sociology, Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Universidade Estadual de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and ISSI Visiting Scholar

The talk will condense a lengthy article I am writing on the newest developments in the theory of action in European sociology. I will focus on four major theories that have been profoundly influenced by the work of Pierre Bourdieu, yet take his critical sociology as a foil and point of departure for creative theorizing about social action: Bernard Lahire´s research programme on the plurality of contexts and dispositions, Margaret Archer´s realist sociology of internal conversations, Boltanski and Thévenot´s pragmatic sociology of critical capacities. and Axel Honneth´s critical theory of the spheres of recognition. Through selective use of the scholastic technique of the ‘compare and contrast essay’, I will propose an articulation of the respective theories and reorganize them in such a way that they point in the direction of an action-based critical theory of society.

Tuesday, February 19, 4:00-5:30pm

ISSI Visiting Scholar Speaker Series:

"Intergenerational Social Mobility in Contemporary Argentina: Structural Transformations, Stratification Patterns and Pathways of Upward Mobility from Working Class Origins"

Pablo Dalle, Instituto Gino Germani-UBA/CONICET and ISSI Visiting Scholar

In the first half of the 20th century, Argentina distinguished itself from other Latin American countries for its modernization, wide and open middle classes, as well as working class with high salaries and social benefits supported by strong trade unions. Since the end of the 20th century, Argentina has not been considered a paradigm of either steady economic development or high opportunities of social upward mobility. Most interpretations, both lay and expert, complain about the model of development implemented at the end of the 20th century; however there have been few empirical studies that analyze changes in the degree of openness in class structure. The aim of this research is to analyze trends in intergenerational social mobility in Argentina in the final decades of the 20th century. How and to what degree have the opportunities and odds of upward mobility from working class origins changed? What is the relevance of native or immigrant origin and the role of education in intergenerational social mobility? Data sources include five National Social Mobility Surveys from 2003 to 2010, directed by Raúl Jorrat at the Gino Germani Institute-UBA. Rates of mobility, multiple regressions and log-linear models will be applied to the task of modeling upward mobility in Argentina.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change

Wednesday, February 20, 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"The Japanese Track and Field Community Encounters African American Athletes: A Perspective on Racial Formation in Imperial Japan During the 1930s"

Kohei Kawashima, Professor of American History, Musashi University (Tokyo, Japan) and Center for Research on Social Change Visiting Scholar

with Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley as respondent

Amidst the rise of superior African American athletes in track and field during the 1930s, American coaches and journalists began to advance a hereditarian discourse of black athleticism defined by the view that “blacks have a natural athletic ability.” On the other side of the Pacific, Japan was emerging as an Asian athletic power, which had won numerous medals, in unprecedented numbers in its history, at the 1932 Los Angeles (7 gold, 7 silver, and 4 bronze) and 1936 Berlin Olympics (6 gold, 4silver, and 8 bronze). The people of this emerging athletic nation came into contact with both the black athletes and the hereditarian discourse. How did these encounters affect the traditional views of race, Africa and Africans, and the understanding of racial hierarchy with “leading Europeans on the top, following Asians in the middle, and stagnating Africans at the bottom” held by the citizens of Imperial Japan? Kawashima argues that Japanese encounters with African American athletes helped induce a new phase of racial formation in the nation that would soon proclaim itself as the leader of the Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Monday, February 25, 12:00-2:00pm

"Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen Movement"

M. Hakan Yavuz, Professor of Political Science, University of Utah

On the basis of extensive fieldwork and research, Yavuz will offer a theoretically guided and empirically rooted narrative of alternative Islamic forms of modernity by focusing on Turkey and the Gülen movement. The talk will examine the interplay between ideology, faith, and socioeconomic and political factors in fostering pathways to specific forms of modernity and development. He will argues that the Gülen movement represents not only an alternative Islamic form of modernity but also a force to recast the boundary between state and society; the self and community; and between reason and revelation. By tracing the movement’s historical and social development, Yavuz will examine how a marginalized and persecuted pietistic community evolved into a major transnational religious and social reform movement with the aim of fostering an Islamic Enlightenment.

Sponsored by the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program. Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change.

Friday, March 1, 8:30am-5:00pm

"Race, Domestic and Sexual Violence: From the Prison Nation to Community Resistance"

9:00am     Kimberle Crenshaw, UCLA School of Law

10:15am   Coalitions and Contradictions: Gender Violence and Social Movements

Moderator: Jonathan Simon, UC Berkeley; Speakers: Clarissa Rojas, California State University, Long Beach; Emily Thuma, Western Washington University; Mimi Kim, Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

1:00pm     Political Legacies of Criminalization of Gender Violence: Contemporary Implications

Moderator: Wilda White, UC Berkeley; Speakers: Soniya Munshi, City University of New York; Priscilla Ocen, Loyola Law School; Dean Spade, Columbia University; Jennifer Chacon, UC Irvine

3:15pm     Insurgent Strategies? Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, and Community Accountability

Moderator: Chinyere Oparah (formerly Julia Sudbury), Mills College; Speakers: Alisa Bierria, Stanford; Sujatha Baliga, Community Justice Works; Mia Mingus, Bay Area Transformative Justice

Sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change.

Wednesday, March 13, 12:00-2:00pm

"Being Good Without (Much) God: Ethical Practices of the Religiously Unaffiliated"

Elizabeth Drescher, PhD, Santa Clara University and journalism fellow with the Social Science Research Council's "New Directions in the Study of Prayer" project

Much attention has been focused of late on the so-called “Nones”—people who do not identify or affiliate with traditional religions. While a number of Nones identify as atheists or agnostics, most do not, with the majority retaining a belief in God or a Universal Spirit. Still, though their practices may draw from traditional religions, they are often generously seasoned with other approaches to meaning-making, self-realization, and social engagement that fall outside religious frameworks. As the population of Nones grows, it is reasonable to consider what impact this might have on the development personal and public values and associated ethical practices. Drawing on interviews and narrative surveys with Nones across the country, this talk will offer a preliminary exploration of the ethical practices of Nones, considering how these may be shaping a new ethical ethos in the United States.

Sponsored by the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program. Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change.

Wednesday, March 13, 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"War Epiphanies: Masculinities in Dissent among US Veterans of the Iraq War"

Matthew Gutmann, Professor of Anthropology and Vice President for International Affairs, Brown University

with Aaron Belkin, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University, and founder and Director of the Palm Center, as respondent

When U.S. Soldiers go to war, in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else, what they see and what they do can cause fundamental conflicts for many troops with respect to loyalty to unit, nation, conscience, as well as contradictory ideals of masculinity.  This talk draws on life histories developed in a book (Breaking Ranks: Iraq Veterans Speak Out Against the War) that I wrote with Catherine Lutz, about a group of U.S. veterans of the Iraq war who broke with the military, openly criticized the purpose and methods of the war in Iraq, and left the military.  Conceptually I will address three topics: (1) the presumed links between nature, violence, and masculinity; (2) the diversity of military masculinities; (3) the ideology and practice of voluntarism in the U.S. military, especially in relation to citizenship in late modernity.

Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department, the Ethnic Studies Department, the School of Public Health, and the Center for Race and Gender

Wednesday, March 19, 4:00-5:30pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series

"In the Name of Motherland: Nationalist Debates and Literary Responses to the Right in Pre-WWI France"

Vesna Rodic, Lecturer, French Department, UC Berkeley

with Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, as respondent

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change

Wednesday, April 10, 12:00-2:00pm

"Peoples Temple, Jim Jones and Black America"

James L. Taylor, Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, University of San Francisco

This talk explores a line of inquiry that seeks to recover the "black dimension" of the Peoples Temple movement in California during the Civil Rights and Black Power era. From a full-length book project, this talk situates Peoples Temple within the context of concurrent trends in Southern and Northern California religious movements and development. Its controversial thesis claims that Peoples Temple, the movement, massacre,and aftermath were a first answer to the question posed in Martin Luther King's final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Taylor argues that chaos was chosen, and remains evident across many of the social, economic, and spiritual categories which King addresses in his book. A decade later, Peoples Temple portended the tragic turn in social policy such as the War on Drugs and mass incarceration.

Sponsored by the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program. Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change.

Wednesday, April 10, 4:00-5:30pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series

"Grandmotherhood and the Construction of Nation in the Contemporary Nativist Movement"

Jennifer Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kenyon College and Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Visiting Scholar

with Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change

Thursday, May 2, 3:30-5:00pm

CRSC Graduate Fellows Speaker Series

Engaging the State's Disengagement: Wall-writers and Activists Speak

Alejandro Garcia, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley, as respondent

"I Think, Therefore I "Get Up": A Street-History of South Central L.A. Queens and Kings, 1980s-1990s," Alejandro Garcia,

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

In South Central Los Angeles in the mid 1980s through mid 1990s, youngsters who came together in interracial graffiti groups reflected the Black-Brown demographics of the time. Graffiti crews not only belonged to multiple groups, spanning social, ethnoracial, and political spheres and ties, but their interracial make-up also epitomized race relations in South Central L.A.. After the 1992 L.A. "riot", however, interracial graffiti crews declined. Few graffiti writers entered ethnoracial groups such as gangs, while others went elsewhere. The rise and fall of interracial graffiti crews illustrates larger ethnoracial relations and social change on the streets of L.A., including important aspects of California's carceral landscape. Since graffiti crews parallel the socio-political street-life history of gangs, narratives of graffiti writers offer alternative understandings of youth groups, race, and space including street politics. This paper uses images and archival materials from 1980 to 1995, as well as graffiti crewmembers' oral histories to reconstruct and examine how youngsters navigate street life and the carceral landscape. It also discusses how the ethnoracial political culture of incarceration extends beyond prison walls, and how it contributed to the demise of interracial graffiti crews in South Central L.A. during the 1990s. A street history of how Brown youth-whose parents and grandparents were from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize-intermingled on the streets with Black youth-whose parents were also economically disenfranchised-offers alternative ideas about youth groups, agency, race, graffiti songs of distress and resistance, king and queen identities, and street styles of hope, survival, and existence.

"Does God Love the US?: The Worldviews of Pro-Immigrant Activists and Immigration Restrictionist Activities in Arizona,"

Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

Based on 70 interviews and 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Arizona, this paper explores the worldviews of immigration restrictionist activists, on the one hand, and pro-immigrant activists, on the other. I argue that both sides are distrustful of the federal government's characterization of the US-Mexico border and unauthorized migration. Moreover, both sides believe that these distortions have consequences on the quality of the relationship between God and the US or Americans. Specifically, restrictionists fear that the US, as God's special project, is vulnerable to complete dissolution. By contrast, pro-immigrant activists fear that Americans' continued complicity in the current system pushes them further away from their humanity, and therefore, God. Both sides' daily activism is motivated by the need to publicize a ‘truth' to which each has unique access. Specifically, restrictionists' daily work centers on exposing how the nation's borders with Mexico, as well as its internal legal/ethnoracial borders, are disintegrating. In doing so, they want to reveal, and eventually halt, America's exposure to the degradation of the rest of the world. Pro-immigrant activists, by contrast, work to expose the abuse that migrants and their families are suffering and show how laws, policies and practices all cohesively work together to perpetuate this abuse.

Tuesday, May 7, 3:30-5:00pm

CRSC Graduate Fellows Speaker Series

(Re)claiming Urban Space: Urban Parks and Food Access

Lisa M. Feldstein, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Pam Mei Wai Graybeal, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

with Miriam Chion, Planning and Research Director, Association of Bay Area Governments, as respondent

"Zoning and Land Use Controls: Beyond Agriculture,"

Lisa M. Feldstein, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

The location of retail food venues is generally considered to be a function of rational market forces. Food access is generally excluded from the bundle of goods for which governments are explicitly willing to intervene in market forces through land use controls. Indeed, the connection between land use controls and food is rarely considered outside of agricultural applications, including zoning, agricultural land trusts, the complexities of managing agricultural-urban interfaces and, increasingly, urban agriculture. Intentionally or not, however, zoning and other land use management tools have long affected the availability of food in urban communities, reinforcing or amplifying the creation of food deserts. Some jurisdictions have begun to recognize their power to direct food access through land use legislation, while others continue to treat such decisions as value-neutral. This essay interrogates food law frameworks by using several examples of land use policies, rules and laws in order to consider these questions: (1) To what extent has form determined function (land use law determined food access); (2) Is it appropriate for governments to use their land use authority to intervene in the retail food market; and (3) Given competing public policy considerations around this issue, should there be an expectation that food be treated similarly to housing, water, and other essentials in the "bundle of goods" in which government explicitly intervenes? The author invites consideration of these questions within the context of our rapidly evolving understandings of questions related to food and society, and of the role the legal and planning fields have to play within these debates.

"Municipal Parks: An Environmental Justice Analysis of Conditions and Use in the San Francisco East Bay,"

Pam Mei Wai Graybeal, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

Municipal parks with commonly shared design features are found in cities and towns throughout the United States. As public commons, they reveal a great deal about social values, norms, and power. This study utilizes an environmental justice framework and a modified System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities method to evaluate park conditions and usage. Forty-nine parks, predominately less than seven acres in size, located in census tracts reporting populations at or above the California averages for Asian, African American, or American Indian residents in the cities of Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland, California were visited at various times throughout the day and week. Observations confirmed previous studies that found predominantly sedentary uses with limited variety. Among adult and teen park users, there were fewer women than men, which also corresponded with previous studies in other cities. Most parks were underutilized. Access to sanitary infrastructure and drinking water was limited, as was access to non-stationary equipment and stationary equipment for adults. It is recommended that municipalities could address environmental inequalities and increase park usage and benefits for diverse female constituents by providing free or very low-cost culturally appropriate programming and equipment, enhancing sanitation infrastructure, and facilitating active transportation to/from parks. These enhancements could provide extensive benefits and address major social and environmental problems.

Wednesday, May 15, 12:00-1:30pm

CRSC Graduate Fellows Speaker Series

In Search of Individual Ontologies

Veena Dubal, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Jurisprudence and Social Policy, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Roi Livne, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

with Cihan Tugal, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

"The Last Cowboy: Freedom, Flexibility, and Myths of Legal Identity in the San Francisco Taxi Industry,"

Veena Dubal, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Jurisprudence and Social Policy, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

While substantial research across disciplines has investigated the devastating impact of neoliberalism on the lives of low-income workers in the United States, much less is known about how workers make sense of their "precarity" and how these meanings impact potential collectivities. This study of San Francisco cab drivers examines worker narratives on freedom, identity, and organizing to understand the mass - but not collective - activity of resistance in the industry. San Francisco taxi drivers, like a growing number of workers, are legally classified as "independent contractors" and work outside the context of labor protections. As scholars have well documented, in addition to the economic consequences, such precarious work also dislocates people psychologically, impacting the health and stress level of workers. And yet, despite the insecurity and difficulties the status brings to their lives, my findings reveal that many San Francisco drivers prefer the identity of "independent contractor" to that of employee. Based on four years of ethnographic research, including in-depth interviews of San Francisco taxi drivers and activists, my research reveals how workers make sense of liberalization and forage for a sense of authentic freedom and masculine power, feelings that are otherwise enigmatic in their chaotic and precarious work lives. These findings point to a potential new path towards comprehensive worker rights, protections, and benefits - a path that deviates from traditional independent contractor misclassification litigation and that requires a fundamental re-orientation to workers and their lives.

"Consent to Die: Economical Subjectivities in U.S. End-of-Life Care,"

Roi Livne, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

How much money should be spent on trying to save the lives of severely-ill patients? This provocative financial phrasing of a medical-ethical quandary has become common in the U.S. healthcare economy. With the effort to cap healthcare spending, ethically charged and emotionally-torturing decisions on forgoing life-prolonging treatment have become embedded in the financial interests of healthcare providers. This paper focuses on palliative care-a medical sub-specialty that focuses on end-of-life care; care is mainly provided in discussions with severely-ill patients and families about their personal goals, values, and hopes. Basing on a yearlong ethnography of the work of three palliative care teams and on 80 in-depth interviews with clinicians whose work pertains to end-of-life care, this paper analyzes palliative care clinicians as actors who reconcile financial interests, ethical predicaments, and emotional challenges. I argue that rather than imposing financial imperatives as external constraints on patients and families' wishes, palliative care appeals to patients and families' subjective hopes and wishes, in an attempt to align them with hospitals' financial interest. Through conversations with families and patients, palliative care clinicians elicit patients' preferences in a way that makes consent to withdraw life prolonging care more likely. This method is deeply rooted in the American patient autonomy ethic. Indeed, it constitutes an exemplary cost-efficient application of this ethic in one of the most emotionally and morally-charged domains of medicine.

FALL 2012

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Tourism and Economic Development Through International Sports Event Hosting: A Case Study from the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya, China"

Dr. Chao Qi, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Visiting Scholar

Mega sporting events have typically been viewed by host cities/countries as opportunities to boost tourism and grow their economies. This paper analyzes the experience of Sanya as a sponsor and home for one leg of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. Sanya is the southernmost city in China with beautiful coastal scenery. It is considered by local residents and tourists to be the “Hawaii of the Orient.” This paper uses a strategic case study and secondary data to test whether the Volvo race has a measurable effect on tourism and economic development in Sanya.

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 12:30-2:00pm

Eugenics in California: A Legacy of the Past?

For much of the 20th century, California was at the forefront of eugenic ideology and practices in the United States, and holds the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest number of eugenic sterilizations performed under the authority of law – some 20,000 procedures between 1909 and the mid-1950s. Coerced sterilizations continued in public hospitals into the 1970s, and it has recently come to light that in very recent years, women prisoners in California have been sterilized without their consent or knowledge. Today, California is a leader in research and services related to human genomics and assisted reproductive technologies. Speakers at this public event will consider the long history of eugenics in California and explore continuities and discontinuities in the uses and misuses of genetic ideas and practices.

To view video of the event, click here.

Dean Christopher Edley, Berkeley School of Law, will give opening remarks to welcome attendees.


"Eugenic Sterilization in California: Stories and Statistics"

Miroslava Chávez-García, University of California at Davis, and Alexandra Minna Stern, University of Michigan

We provide an overview of the patterns of the 20,000 eugenic sterilizations performed in California state institutions from 1909 to 1979, with close attention to race, gender, class, and diagnosis. We will also highlight stories of sterilization victims and the ways in which they attempted to challenge the state's authority to control and contain their reproductive rights. As we will demonstrate, the process had a devastating impact on the victims.

¿Más Bebés? (documentary film)

Renee Tajima-Peña, University of California at Santa Cruz; Virginia Espino, University of California at Santa Cruz, and Kate Trumbull, documentary filmmaker

The feature-length documentary ¿Más Bebés? (working title) investigates the history of Mexican American women who allege they were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s.  Many spoke no English, and testified that they were prodded into tubal ligations during active labor.  The sterilizations triggered the 1978 class action lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, and a protest campaign that galvanized the Chicana feminist movement.

Eugenics in California Women’s Prisons Today

Kimberly Jeffrey and Courtney Hooks, Justice Now

Since 2003, Justice Now has been working collaboratively with people in California’s women’s prisons to document how prisons violate the international right to family and function as a tool of reproductive oppression. Presenters will place a spotlight on personal experience with as well as the systemic pattern of destruction of reproductive capacity of women of color and gender variant people in California women’s prisons through several state-sanctioned policies, including forced and coerced sterilizations (e.g. the illegal and routine sterilization of hundreds of people in prison during labor and delivery), and other violations of safe motherhood and reproductive justice.

Should We Worry About a New Eugenics?

Marcy Darnovsky, Center for Genetics and Society

Today's fast-developing genetic and reproductive technologies offer significant benefits, but can also be misused in ways that exacerbate existing inequalities and create entirely new forms of injustice.  California, a hotbed of eugenic advocacy in the last century, is today a center of biotechnology research and commercial development and the assisted reproduction sector, as well as home to some troubling techno-enthusiastic ideologies. Our efforts to confront California's eugenic history can help prevent these dynamics from veering toward a new eugenics.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Genetics and Society and U.C. Berkeley’s Haas Diversity Research Center, School of Law, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, American Cultures Center, Disability Studies program, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Center for Race and Gender.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 3:30-5:00pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series

France, USA: The Right in the 2012 Presidential Elections"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies


Eric Darras, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Laboratoire des sciences sociales du Politique, IEP, University of Toulouse

2012 is a presidential election year in France and in the USA. Both countries face high unemployment and widespread economic dislocation. In each country a right-wing movement of considerable weight has thrived in the current economic and political environment. The Tea Party emerged in 2009 as a reaction to the election of Barack Obama. It mobilized stormy resistance to the President's health care and stimulus plans, and was a central factor in the Republican Party's electoral triumphs of 2010. The National Front has been a fixture in France's right wing since its charismatic leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founded it in 1972.  It is currently under the updated leadership of his daughter, Marine Le Pen.

The panelists will address the role of these right-wing movements in the French and U.S. 2012 presidential elections. The panel will consider the following issues: How do these movements relate to mainstream right-wing parties? What kind of discontent are they expressing and what has been the effect of this on the French and US presidential campaigns? What are their socio-demographic bases? In their political worldview, what groups fall under the category of "un-American" or "un-French"? Are they bringing new voters to the polls?

Co-sponsored by the France-Berkeley Fund, the Institute for International Studies, the Institute of European Studies, and the Center for Research on Social Change.

Wednesday, November 14, 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Los Angeles City's Neighborhood Councils: City Hall Competes with the Street for Legitimacy"

Cid Martinez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sacramento State University

Beginning in the 1920’s Los Angeles established a Reform style of local government that was designed to maximize participation of white middle class Protestants who migrated to Los Angeles from the Midwest and Eastern parts of the US. At the same time, these forms of governance were meant to minimize the participation and influence of European immigrants, Mexican-Americans, African Americans and other marginal groups that threatened the Progressive vision of morality. Thus, Reform governments tended to have weaker ties to urban poor residents making it difficult to respond to local issues such as crime and violence. Reform government became the institutional basis for the City of Los Angeles until the mid-1990s when the City Charter was overhauled creating a new decentralized form of government. This presentation draws upon extensive interviews and more than two years of field observations in South Central Los Angles to argue that the ghost of Reform era practices and the emergence of “alternative governance” present new challenges that undermine the legitimacy and effectiveness of City Hall to address violence in South LA. City Hall must now compete for legitimacy with alternative forms of governance in the form of Neighborhood Councils, which are rooted in interracial divisions and criminal underground practices, and which weaken the ability of local government to effectively address issues of violence at the local level.


Thursday, Jan. 26, 12:00-1:30 pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"That 'Monster House' is My Home: The Politics of Diversity, Immigration and Development in the Silicon Valley"

Willow Lung Amam, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow

Within the last half century, the geography of race in the U.S. has shifted. While many white middle class residents are moving into revitalized center cities, suburbs have become home to the majority of new immigrants and ethnic minorities. In this talk, Willow Lung-Amam will share findings from her dissertation research about how ethnic minorities and immigrants are reshaping the form of suburbia and its racial and spatial politics in Fremont, California, a suburb of the Silicon Valley. Her presentation will center on one particularly controversial change common to many high tech suburbs-the tearing down of existing homes to make way for larger homes, often pejoratively termed McMansions. While most scholars advocate strict regulation of these properties, Ms. Lung-Amam questions the seeming mechanistic neutrality of design reviews, guidelines, and development standards used to regulate large home development. In an analysis of pro- and anti-McMansion neighborhood mobilizations, city debates and McMansion design and planning regulations, she shows how the planning process and the resulting policies tended to privilege established white residents and their values, meanings and ideals for their homes and neighborhoods over those of Asian newcomers. Her work shows how dominant social and cultural norms regarding the proper use and design of suburban space are reinforced through planning, design and public policy, and shape minorities' access to social power and privilege, even those of means.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4:00-5:30 pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

Berlusconi in Perspective: Personalization of Politics and Its Limits

Sergio Fabbrini, Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome

with Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, as respondent

This talk will present a comparative and theoretical discussion of the personalization of politics that characterized the leadership of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Technological transformations in political communication and electoral mobilization in Europe and the United States have fostered a highly personalized political process in which leaders, not parties, have become the main actors in electoral politics. This was particularly true in Italy where Silvio Berlusconi has been the promoter and the beneficiary of those transformations. Elsewhere, such personalization has met formidable obstacles in moving from the electoral to the governmental level in both Europe and the United States. However, those obstacles were significantly less powerful in Italy during Berlusconi's premierships, owing to Berlusconi's wealth, media control, and personal control of his party and parliamentary majority.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Department of Italian Studies, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Institute of Governmental Studies.

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 4:00-5:30 pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

How Liberalism Became the "L-Word"

Lawrence Rosenthal, Executive Director and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

with Ruth Rosen, Professor Emerita of History, UC Davis, and ISSI Scholar in Residence, as respondent

There is a hole in most standard explanations of the rise of the American New Right. Analysts tend to focus on the "social movements" that arose in the 70s and 80s. These often Christian based, "moral issues" backlash movements were roused by the perceived immorality of the counterculture and its liberal supporters, by "identity group" politics on the left, and, perhaps especially, by abortion. While these movements certainly mobilized new voters and changed minds in Middle America, this analysis misses the great sea change in the convictions of American voters on issues of political economy. In large numbers (enough for a lasting electoral majority) Americans came to believe that unions should be busted; taxes on individuals and investments and corporations should be dramatically reduced; corporate activity deregulated; social welfare programs should be cut or abandoned. In short, they came to reject the political economic tenets of American liberalism in favor of New Right economics. Liberalism was replaced by the core tenets of an American conservatism that had been around since the 1930s, cohered into a movement in the 1950s but, until the age of Ronald Reagan, had never managed to gain significant purchase in the American electorate. Further, the "irrationality" of Americans of modest means assuming these views (voting, apparently, against their own self-interest) has baffled observers, especially of the left. This paper argues that the Right's success in effecting this change in American views on the political economy derives from the extreme (and inadequately recognized) nationalist anger owing to America's defeat in the Vietnam War and the ascription of its cause to the domestic antiwar movement—the enemy at home. Through a process of conflation, the withering anger with the anti-war movement became attached to the Democratic Party and, finally, to its signature doctrine, American liberalism.

Sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements. Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science.

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 4:00-5:30 pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

Beyond Walls and Cages: Bridging Prison Abolition and Immigrant Justice Movements

Jenna Loyd, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, Syracuse University

with Alessandro De Giorgi, Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Justice Studies Department, San Jose State University, as respondent

Immigrant detention is a paradoxical infrastructure of removal.  In 2011, the US Department of Homeland Security removed almost 400,000 people from the country using a network of 250 detention facilities across the United States. Post 9/11 border security is only one impetus for the expanding detention system.  This talk situates immigration enforcement in the landscape of US imprisonment and war-making. Understanding immigration detention’s place within longer histories of criminalization and militarization is important for forging concerted organizing strategies that can challenge walls, cages, and the war-making that sustains them.Co-sponsored by the Geography Department and the Center for Race and Gender.

Thursday, Apr. 5, 4:00-5:30 pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Speaker Series:

Planning against Planning: The Mont Pelerin Society and the Origins of Neoliberalism

Angus Burgin, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

with David Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

This talk examines the international reemergence of free-market ideas in the years following the Second World War. It focuses on the members of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947 to bring together economists, philosophers, journalists, and philanthropists who sought to rehabilitate public support for the market mechanism. In the years before the founding of the society, market advocates were marginalized within both the international scholarly community and the American political environment; a half-century later, opposition to state interference in the actions of the competitive market had become pervasive within economics faculties and increasingly influential in the public sphere. This talk will explore the dynamics that made this transformation possible: between economists and politicians, intellectuals and rhetoricians, and transnational academic networks and domestic policy debates.

Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change, the Department of History, and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science.

Monday, Apr. 16, 6:00-8:00 pm

Panel Discussion:

Reanimating Consciousness: Developments within the progressive movement for social justice (with summer internship opportunities fair)

Phil Hutchings, Black Alliance for a Just Immigration

with Carlos Munoz, Professor Emeritus, Ethnic Studies Department, Chicano/Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies

Phil Hutchings, Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration, former Chairman of SNCC, in conversation with Carlos Munoz, Ethnic Studies Department. Hear about developments within the progressive movement for social justice.

Sponsored by Cal Corps Public Service Center and the Oakland Community Builders.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change.

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 12:00-1:30 pm

Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellows Presentation:

Incorporating Citizens: Educating for Consumption and Planning for Immigration

Erica Boas, Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of Education, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Hector Fernando Burga, Doctoral Candidate, Department of City and Regional Planning, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

with Lisa García Bedolla, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Education, and Chair, Center for Latino Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

“Education in Disguise: Sanctioning Sexuality in Elementary School Halloween Celebrations”

Given the pervasive silence that surrounds sexuality in elementary schools, Halloween provides a rare opportunity to explore its tangible manifestations. Schools sanction overt displays of sexuality and transgressions of certain school norms on this day. Halloween serves as a magnifying glass to examine the operation of sexuality in the institution of elementary schools, illuminating a nexus of attendant relationships—social, economic, political, and cultural. These relationships lie buried beneath the veneer of fun and play that is popularly imagined as integral to the holiday. Drawing from ethnographic data collected over the 2010-2011 school year, I explore how processes of citizen creation through schooling are abetted by the U.S. consumer market, which strategically targets children, and girls in particular. This presentation examines the ways in which elementary school Halloween celebrations bring to light the significance of sexuality in a culture that creates and exploits children’s desires.

“Planning The Immigrant Metropolis: The Mariel Boatlift and Cuban American Empowerment in Miami 1980-1992”

In this presentation, I examine how metropolitan planners in Dade County, Florida, dealt with the Mariel Boatlift of 1980 and the process of political empowerment by Cuban Americans that followed. By combining archival research of planning documents and interviews with retired metropolitan planners, I investigate two planning crises: the refugee crises of the Mariel, when the increased arrival of Cuban immigrants marked a period of social turmoil in Miami, and the Meek vs. Metropolitan Dade County legal decision, which led to the redrawing of Dade County commission districts in favor of a minority coalition. Miami’s case opens an inquiry into two mutually constituted questions: How do urban planners deal with immigration and the incorporation of new communities into the social fabric of the city, but also how do immigrants mobilize to influence the techniques of planning and claim urban power?

Monday, Apr. 23, 6:00-7:30 pm

Center for Race and Gender Speaker Series:

White Reconstruction and the Impasse of Racial Genocide

Dylan E. Rodríguez, Professor and Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Across our different social positions, we live and die inside the reformed, restructured, and reinvigorated logics of racism and white supremacy that have emerged since the 1960s.  This extended half-century period, which can be named the contemporary time of White Reconstruction, has distended the legacies of multiple racial genocides while producing an almost complete misrecognition of their human and material violence as such.  During such times, racism’s logics of dominance seep into other institutional forms, constitute new (or modify old) regimes of racial violence and repression, and articulate into cultural practices that appear dramatically different from the previous eras.  It is within this condition that the last half-century—the alleged “post-civil rights” era—marks another vital moment of national racial reform and “progress” in which the structuring social violence of systemic racial dominance has neither subsided nor dissipated, but has instead permeated the very institutional structures and cultural discourses through which this reform and progress has supposedly occurred.  Reflecting on several well-known, little-known, and almost unknown political and cultural texts, the lecture draws linkages between Barry Goldwater, Colin Powell, the 2011 Pelican Bay prison hunger strike, and the apparatuses of contemporary multiculturalism to consider the persistence and multiplicity of our standoffs with racial genocide.  We must ask:  within this impasse, what is the task?

Co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Center for Race and Gender, American Cultures Studies program, Social and Cultural Studies in Graduate School of Education, African American Studies, the Rhetoric Department, and the Center for Research on Social Change

Thursday, Apr. 26, 12:00-1:30 pm

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellows Presentation:

Cultural Identity and Economic Development in Two Native Nations

Ricardo Huerta Niño, Doctoral Candidate, Department of City and Regional Planning, and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Ryan Shelby, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Tom Biolsi, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, as respondent

“The Power of Culture in Community & Economic Development:  Lessons from the Hoopa Nation”

This presentation examines community and economic development practices and conceptualizations in the Hoopa Nation of Northern California as a case study of the role of culture in development. After decades of failed federal policies, many Native Nations have achieved modest to remarkable success pursuing tribally-directed economic development projects. Despite the compelling nature of these success stories, these cases remain absent from key development literatures, including urban planning and international development. This study examines the relationship between culture and community and economic development in a Native American context. Drawing from a series of interviews with tribal leaders, development practitioners, business leaders, and tribal enterprise management, it explores the ways in which the conceptualizations, discourses and practices of Hoopa culture have been included in development projects and the ways in which these practices provide for greater efficacy in these efforts. I examine tribal cultural projects-- including language programs, revival efforts (ceremonies, practices and arts), and cultural spaces and institutions -- and how they have been conceived, perceived and implemented as part of economic development. I show the concrete ways in which “culture” can be an effective input for development, a mobilizing discourse, and both a means and an end to development goals. 

“Cultural Sovereignty as a Framework for Sustainable Community Development within the Pinoleville Pomo Nation”

Currently, there is a shift towards cultural sovereignty as the framework for building and infrastructure designs within Native American nations. The optimal strategies and decisions vary with the social, geographical and economic conditions of each community, yet few building infrastructure projects take into account the local social performance metrics during the new product development phase. This paper describes a research partnership between the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) and UC Berkeley‘s Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability team during the co-design and development of sustainable housing that embeds geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaic systems, as well as the long-standing culture and traditions of the PPN. This paper presents the co-design methodology created for this partnership, the PPN’s framework for sustainability, and the social performance metrics utilized by the PPN to develop sustainable housing that incorporates the latest sustainability best practices as well as reflects the long-standing culture and traditions of the PPN. This paper also presents lessons learned, relating to forefronting cultural sovereignty at the early stage of sustainable community based design project within Native American communities.

Tuesday, May 1, 4:00-5:30 pm

Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellows Presentation:

Heroes and Thugs: Governing through Erasure, Silencing through Discipline

Margo Mahan, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Ellen Moore, Doctoral Candidate, Social and Cultural Studies Program, Graduate School of Education, and Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley


Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

“The ‘Bitch Tape’: How Male Batterers Find the Woman in the State”

The goal of my research is to expand our understanding of domestic violence by focusing on the experiences of men who batter women. This approach is a departure from existing domestic violence discourse and policy. The association of women’s experience with domestic violence has become so naturalized that scholars and activists have consistently overlooked the possibility of theorizing gender-based violence through a more comprehensive lens. While consideration of women’s experiences is vital, we know very little about male perpetrators of domestic violence or the effectiveness of state intervention in addressing the issue. In this way, these men fall into a liminal space in which I argue gender violence is reproduced – they are considered violent offenders and victimizers by the state, yet they may understand themselves as victims of surveillance and control by the very state that aims to “treat” them. In this paper, based on 15 interviews with men who have completed batterer intervention programs, I show how men’s violence toward women is experienced, adjudicated, and socially regarded, from the perspective of male batterers, and I offer a foundation toward a comprehensive theory of domestic violence.

“From Combat to College: Student Veterans in Academic ‘Contact Zones’”

In the current all-volunteer U.S. military, many low-income recruits enlist primarily for educational benefits. Yet many veterans encounter serious difficulties in transitions to civilian schools; many do not graduate. While extensive research explores methods of military training and the effects of military service on socio-economic outcomes for veterans, little has been written about ways military and civilian pedagogies and culture interact among veterans in civilian school settings. Using Lave’s analysis of situated learning, and Pratt’s notion of ‘contact zones’, this paper explores identities and practices of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as they re-enter community colleges and university classrooms. In-depth interviews, classroom observation and analysis of everyday discourse of veteran support NGOs show disjunctures between soldiers’ lived reality and the discursive constructions of ‘warrior/hero’ and ‘baby-killer’. As they re-enter civilian schools, veterans not only contend with the rigid polarity of these identities, they also encounter educational institutions that do not easily respond to them as students. This research finds that conflicting teaching, learning and cultural norms of military and civilian institutions, combined with enforced silences about the wars, exacerbate academic challenges.

FALL 2011

Thursday, Oct. 13, 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys"

Victor Rios, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara


Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, as respondent

This presentation will show data from six years of field studies conducted in Northern and Southern California on delinquent Black and Latino young males. Findings suggest that from elementary school on, teachers and law enforcement mark some of these boys as “dangerous” or “difficult” and harshly punish them for petty infractions. Once they accumulate “negative credentials,” the young men are subject to increased surveillance--and are consequently more likely to end up in prison. Rios terms this criminalization “the youth control complex” and explains how it systematically deprives boys of their dignity and their ability to succeed at school or in the job market. He examines how the culture of punishment pushes young men into the very criminality that the punishment is meant to deter, and he argues that positive quality of interactions with authority figures could make a difference.

Professor Rios' newly published book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU, 2011) and Professor Simon's book, Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford University Press, 2007) will be available for purchase and signing at this event.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race & Gender, the Center for the Study of Law & Society, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy, the Ethnic Studies Department and the Sociology Department.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"The Good, The Bad, and The Neutral: Liberal and Leftist Sensibilities in the Face of a State Takeover of the Oakland Public Schools"

Dr. Amanda Lashaw, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Visiting Scholar

with Susan Shepler, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University, as respondent

Critical scholarship in the social sciences pays close attention to struggles over neoliberalism and neoconservativism across the globe. Contests over the meaning of 'neoprogressivism' have received comparatively little scrutiny. This presentation examines the formation of progressive political sensibilities through the lens of ordinary efforts to combat social injustice in Oakland, California. Like many urban school systems, the Oakland Unified School District evinces persistent racial and economic stratification in the United States. Unlike other cities, Oakland sustains a vibrant and heterogeneous field of progressive activism in which liberals and leftists fashion multiple analyses, identities, and strategies in response to the immorality of social arrangements. This presentation uses ethnographic material to explore the divergent ethics produced by two sets of actors in the wake of a massive budget crisis and transfer of school district governance from local to state authorities: professional reformers leading a movement for small schools and oppositional activists demanding the return of schools to local control. The presentation challenges binary models of political struggle that assign movements to the position of either domination or resistance. Among other arguments, it makes the case for critical interdisciplinary studies of 'liberalism' as a way to broaden understanding of contemporary progressivism. The presenters hope to spur discussion with the audience about distinctions between liberals and leftists evident in various fields of social movement.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 4:00-5:30pm

"The Internet and Democracy"


Evgeny Morozov, Visiting Scholar in the Liberation Technology Program at Stanford University and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation

Jillian York, Director, International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Moderator: Deirdre Mulligan, Assistant Professor, School of Information, UC Berkeley

Are the insurgencies spawned in the “Arab Spring” riding a wave borne by the Internet, or are the new information technologies more likely to subvert those very movements? Evgeny Morozov, Internet-savvy analyst of social protest, doubts that the new media necessarily represent “technologies of freedom.” Instead, he argues in his new book The Net Delusion that repressive regimes may use social networking sites and other digital media to track and subvert popular causes. Jillian York writes and speaks regularly about free expression, politics and the Internet, with a focus on the Arab world and particularly Morocco and parts of North Africa. Her work has been published in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and Bloomberg. On November 17, Dissent magazine, CITRIS's Data and Democracy Initiative, and the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues’ Center for Research on Social Change will feature Morozov and York in a forum on what democratic movements all over the world can expect from the new technologies.

Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Co-sponsored by Dissent magazine, CITRIS's Data and Democracy Initiative, and the Center for Research on Social Change.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Research on Social Change Speaker Series:

"Living on the Borderland in Punjab"

Dr. Harpreet Mangat, Visiting Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Punjab, a North-Western province in India shares more than 500km of international border with Pakistan.  Dr. Mangat conducted fieldwork in five villages in the Amritsar and Ferozepur area of the Indian Punjab border.  Her paper examines the intricate web of socio-economic exclusion that runs in the fabric of the population living on the Borderbelt of Punjab.   Based on interviews with 500 people, Dr. Mangat's study shows that the volatility of the border between India and Pakistan contributes to deprivation in education, health and other infrastructure for the communities living in this area.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

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