Sharon Kaufman Publishes Ordinary Medicine

ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine Faculty Affiliate Sharon Kaufman has published her latest book, Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line (Duke University Press, 2015). Kaufman investigates the “more is better” approach to medicine: a nearly invisible chain of social, economic, and bureaucratic forces that has made once-extraordinary treatments seem ordinary, necessary, and desirable. Learn more here



UC Berkeley Faculty Members Create Chicano-Latino Faculty Association 

ISSI’s Center for Latino Policy Research announced the establishment of the Chicano-Latino Faculty Association at a talk by Assemblyman Luis Alejo on “Latinos and California.” The Association, made up of 20 UC Berkeley faculty members, aims to make the UC Berkeley campus more representative of the state’s demographics. Read more in The Daily Cal here.

2015 Yamashita Prize in the Berkeleyan

Read about the 2015 Thomas I. Yamashita Prize ceremony in the Berkeleyan here, and learn more about this year's winner, Sepehr Vakil, STEM activist and Ph.D. candidate in UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. 

Unequal Until the End

In this op-ed in the Atlantic, Corey Abramson draws on his ethnographic research with seniors of varying racial and class backgrounds to show how inequality persists into later life. Abramson, ISSI affiliated faculty member and assistant professor of sociology at University of Arizona, will be talking about his research at an ISSI seminar on Tuesday, September 22. His book, The End Game: How Inequality Shapes our Later Years, will be published by Harvard University Press later this year.



2015 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change is pleased to announce the Winner and Honorable Mention of the 2015 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. Sepehr Vakil was awarded the Prize. He is a scholar and activist committed to educational equity issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Sepehr is currently a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. In collaboration with an Oakland-based teacher, he co-founded and was the previous director of Oakland Science and Mathematics Outreach (OSMO), a STEM-focused after school program based out of the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland. Sandra Brownwas awarded Honorable Mention. She is Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program at the University of San Francisco. For the past 20 years, Sandra has been advocating for farmworker rights and food justice in California and South America. Read more about Sepehr and Sandy here and learn more about the Prize here.

Bringing Research on Health Disparities to Congress 

ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine Director Seth Holmes spoke at a congressional briefing on health disparities on April 17. The briefing was sponsored by the Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus of the House of Representatives. Dr. Holmes shared his research on Latino health disparities, especially the health problems of migrant farmworkers presented in his book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States.



"It is Time to Talk Reparations for Ferguson…and Beyond"

Sandra Susan Smith, ISSI faculty member in residence, considers the recent DOJ report. Read more here.

Watch: "Rising Tide; Sinking Ships: Climate Change and Inequality"

Click here to watch ISSI's annual joint symposium with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, "Rising Tide; Sinking Ships: Climate Change and Inequality."

Jon Krosnick, Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Stanford      "Inequality and Public Opinion on Global Warming"

Blas Pérez Henríquez, Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy, UC Berkeley             "Climate-Smart Policy: Carbon Pricing, Investment and Marginalized Communities”

CLPR Chair Patricia Baquedano-López Receives Grant from the Spencer Foundation

Patricia Baquedano-López, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research, received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to research the education of immigrant indigenous students from Yucatan. 

The New Nationalism and the First World War – Now Available

The New Nationalism and the First World War, edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Vesna Rodic (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, October 2014), examines the rise of a new form of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. This acrimonious new conception of the nation was tied to the vast social disruptions emerging in the urbanizing and industrializing modern world. Earlier, the ethnocentrism of imperialism had defined the "Other" outside national boundaries. Now that dialectic turned inward as well, aiming to define a collective identity by seeking an "enemy within." Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the new conceptions of national identity present in nationalist movements across a variety of geopolitical contexts in pre-First World War years. It is dedicated to a transnational study of the features of the turn-of-the-century nationalism, their manifestations in social and political arenas and the arts and their influence on the development of the global-scale conflict that was the First World War. To read more about the book and authors, click here. To purchase a copy of the book, click here.