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April 24, 2017
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana
4 - 6 p.m.
Duster Conference Room,
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

April 27, 2017
Héctor Beltrán
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Duster Conference Room,
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

April 28, 2017
Jennifer Randles
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Wildavsky Conference Room,
2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

Institute News

Global Social Movements: Left and Right

University of California, Berkeley

June 14-16, 2017

Global Studies Association

Featured Keynote Speakers: Carl Boggs, Grace Chang, Eve Darian-Smith, Barbara Epstein, George Katsiaficas, Doug Kellner, Philip McCarty, Carlos Munoz, Ruth Needleman

Now accepting 100-word abstracts by May 10, 2017 on all topics examining aspects of globalization. Send your abstract, full name, affiliation, and current email address in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at

Sponsored by the Global Studies Association of North America; UC Berkeley Co-sponsors: Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for Research on Social Change

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Oral History of East Bay Regional Park District

Laura McCreery, Oral History Project Director at ISSI, will continue her local government research in 2017 under a new contract with the East Bay Regional Park District, a state-sanctioned "special district" serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She will conduct oral histories on aspects of public safety, fire protection, and operations for the 65 parks and 1,250 miles of trails that serve a diverse and active East Bay public. The new projects will expand a long-running series of archival oral histories conducted with the agency's elected board members and administrators, all available to students, scholars, and the public via The Bancroft Library under the catalog title "East Bay Regional Park District oral history series."


New Article on Political Belief Systems

Andrei Boutyline, ISSI graduate student in residence and PhD Candidate in Sociology, and Stephen Vaisey, Duke University, have a new article, "Belief Network Analysis: A Relational Approach to Understanding the Structure of Attitudes," in the American Journal of Sociology. The article develops a novel correlation network-based method for examining the structure of beliefs.

Featured Books

Tell Me Why My Children Died

by Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs, ISSI affiliated faculty members (Duke University Press, 2016)

by Martín Sánchez-Jankowski (University of California Press, 2016)

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