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Celebrating Troy Duster - Conference Video Now Available

On Friday, August 15, ISSI along with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, Berkeley Law School's Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, the Center for Genetics and Society, and Berkeley Law School's Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored a conference celebrating the life and work of Troy Duster - his scholarship, public engagement, and commitment to social justice.  Professor Duster is a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professor and Founding Director of ISSC (now ISSI). This event featured 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.  Video of the conference may now be viewed here.  UC News coverage of the event is available here.  A complete agenda and more information about the conference may be viewed here.


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

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). In recognition of this anniversary, this one-day conference, held on Friday, May 2, featured 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 shared 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.

To read an article on the conference, please click here.