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All ISSI events are free and open to the public. (There is a fee for some workshops as noted below).

For more information, please contact us at issi(at)berkeley(dot)edu or (510) 642-0813.

For wheelchair access to the Duster Conference Room (2420 Bowditch Street) or Wildavsky Conference Room (2538 Channing Way), please call (510) 642-0813 one day before the scheduled event.

February 


Wednesday, February 1 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series:

Theorizing Black Europe; Strident Imperialists, Peripheral Colonial Beneficiaries and the Contemporary Politics of Immigration and Citizenship

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

Contemporary Europe is made up of at least 46 nations, with an estimated population of 657 million people (2015). Although the vast majority of nations do not keep census data on race, I estimate there are no more than 8 million Black people in Europe, with the vast majority of them (at least 80%) resident in 12 nations.  Mainstream academic knowledge production on Black people in Europe is preoccupied with recent and current immigrants, patterns of adaptation, and with the ideas of tolerance and gratitude. Most scholars typically disavow the relevance of racism in favor of ethnicity and nationality for understanding the inequality in which Black people find themselves today. It is overwhelmingly characterized by nation-specific studies that downplay colonial or imperialism involvement or their legacies, and consider Black people only as a marginal group subsumed under the far greater number of non-Black immigrants.  In opposition, a smaller number of analysts inside and outside the academy embraces a framework that advocates knowledge production based on a recognition of citizenship, an evaluation of institutional racism, and an appreciation of rights and respect. This second group of analysts highlights the historical interconnections among nations in the growth of Black Europe, as well as their legacies; and foregrounds the dynamics of citizenship shaping Black people’s experiences at present. 

Professor Small frames today’s presentation from the perspective of the second group of analysts.  Small defines Black Europe as being constituted by four overlapping, non-linear components, that have unfolded historically and are manifest today, each of which is irrepressibly gendered. These four elements are race-thinking (including racist thinking), the institutional pillars of racialization, the Black cultural presence (tangible and intangible) and the Black human presence. In this way he brings an analysis of Black people and racism to the foreground, he reveals the ideological blinders institutionalized in the taken-for-granted assumptions of academic neutrality, including its colonialist language; he highlights issues of gender, race and intersectionality; and offers suggestions for how to think about the relationship between the underlying foundations of Black Europe, and the specifics of Black people in different nations in Europe.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


Thursday, February 2 | 4:00-5:30 pm

Center for Right-Wing Studies Colloquia Series:

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory   

Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow in the International Studies Program at New America

This talk will offer an incisive narrative history of the Islamic State, from the 2005 master plan to reestablish the Caliphate to its quest for Final Victory in 2020. Drawing on large troves of recently declassified documents captured from the Islamic State and its predecessors, counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of this organization's complex and largely hidden past--and what the master plan suggests about its future. Fishman argues that only by understanding the Islamic State's full history--and the strategy that drove it--can we understand the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Institute of European Studies


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 & Gender, Departments of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley


Thursday - Friday, February 9-10 

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine presents:

Circulating Health: Mediatization and the (Im)Mobilization of Medical Subjects and Objects

This interdisciplinary, international conference features scholars from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Singapore, the UK, and the USA. The conference explores intersections between health and media, including how health news shapes conceptions of the body, life, death, race, health, disease, and health care and ideas about what constitutes knowledge about health, who has it, who needs it, and what sorts of rights and obligations it engenders. 

Please register in advance.   To read more information regrding this conference, click here

Location: Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by: Berkeley Center for Social Medicine and Institute of International Studies

Co-sponsored by: Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Journalism, Townsend Center for the Humanities, and School of Public Health, Berkeley Media Studies Group of the Public Health Institute, and the Folklore Graduate Program


Tuesday, February 14 I 3:30-5:00pm

Center for Ethnographic Research Colloquia Series:

Ambivalent Kinship and the Production of Wellbeing: the Social Dynamics of Health Among Women in Indian Slums

Claire Snell-Rood,  Assistant Professor, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Contemporary advocates for health have endorsed widespread change through attention to the social conditions of health. Yet the large scale and policy orientation of this approach are unconcerned with how women negotiate their social relationships every day. Guided by new anthropological approaches to kinship, I examine women's relationships with family, community, state, and the environment through ethnography in a North Indian slum. While relationships were necessary channels to obtain the stuff of survival, women remarked on their hidden consequences. Haphazardly played, relationships yielded disastrous effects on social reputation, piled on long-term obligation, and whittled away one’s self-respect. Women could be left with no one to depend on and no moral reserve to sustain themselves. What was in their hands, they explained, were the boundaries they drew within relationships to maintain their independence and their capacity to define their meaning. This ethnographic approach re-appraises the social scientific and health literature on patron-client relationships, social support, and family exchange, while introducing a new social lens to approach wellness.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Gender & Women's Studies, and Institute for South Asia Studies​, UC Berkeley


Wednesday, February 22 I 12:00-1:30pm

Crossing Paths: Graduate & Undergraduate Exchanges of Indigenous Research

"Liminal Objects of Settler Encounters: Metal Gorgets and Indigenous Reclamation of the Colonial Past in Australia"

Anya Montiel, PhD Candidate, American Studies, Yale University

"PostIndian Simulations: Trickster Theory in the Work of Gerald Vizenor"

Dominique Althoff, undergraduate, Native American Studies, UC Berkeley

554 Barrows Hall

Co-sponsored by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Studies, Native American Student Development, Native American Recruitment and Retention Center, Graduate Assembly, and the ASUC


Wednesday, February 22 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series:

Schedule Instability and Unpredictability and Worker and Family Health and Wellbeing

Daniel Schneider, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

The American labor market is increasingly unequal, characterized by extraordinary returns to work at the top of the market but rising precarity and instability at the bottom of the market. In addition to low wages, short tenure, few benefits, and non¬standard hours, many jobs in the retail and food service industries are characterized by a great deal of instability and unpredictability in work schedules. Such workplace practices may have detrimental effects on workers. However, the lack of existing suitable data has precluded empirical investigation of how such scheduling practices affect the health and wellbeing of workers and their families. We describe an innovative approach to survey data collection from targeted samples of service¬ sector workers that allows us to collect previously unavailable data on scheduling practices and on health and wellbeing. We then use these data to show that exposure to unstable and unpredictable schedules is negatively associated with household financial security, worker health, and parenting practices.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


March


Wednesday, March 1 I 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Right-Wing Studies Colloquia Series:

Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

Kelsy Burke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality. Based on her 2016 book, Christians under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, Burke shows how online dialogue on Christian message boards and blogs both reinforces and reimagines religious rules about gender, marriage, and what counts as sexually normal and good.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley


Friday, March 3 I 5:00-8:00pm

Center for Latino Policy Research presents:

Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética: Opening Reception

Juana Alicia, Muralist, Printmaker, Educator, Activist and Painter

Join CLPR for the opening of their first art exhibition! CLPR will be featuring the renowned muralist and artist, Juana Alicia. The event will mark the beginning of a month-long Open House featuring many visionary artists from our community. 

Shorb House (Center for Latino Policy Research), 2547 Channing Way


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


Wednesday, March 8 I 4:00-7:00pm

Center for Latino Policy Research presents:

Radical Poster Making for Collective Liberation: A Hands On Workshop with Dignidad Rebelde

Dignidad Rebelde, a Bay Area graphic arts collaboration with Jesus Berraza and Melanie Cervantes

Join CLPR for a workshop led by Dignidad Rebelde! Dignidad Rebelde in collaboration with Jesus Berraza and Melanie Cervantes, will frame this three hour workshop by providing participants a brief history of the role of political graphics in global liberation struggles as well as sharing examples of Dignidad Rebelde’s work. This history will be illustrated with a slideshow presentation. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to learn how to screenprint. Participants will then use the screen printing images to add messages and additional content to their posters.

Shorb House (Center for Latino Policy Research), 2547 Channing Way


Friday, March 10 I 4:00-7:00pm

Center for Latino Policy Research presents:

Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética: A Presentation and Conversation with Juana Alicia

Juana Alicia, Muralist, Printmaker, Educator, Activist and Painter

Muralist Juana Alicia continues to be an important voice in our community, and we are proud to be hosting her for a presentation and discussion on her artwork and activism. Join CLPR after the talk for some light refreshments.

Shorb House (Center for Latino Policy Research), 2547 Channing Way


Monday, March 13 I 4:00-5:00pm

Center for Research on Social Medicine presents:

Fighting for Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

With welcoming remarks by Nicholas B. Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

Affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare is a fundamental human right. Congresswoman Lee served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the drafting of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and worked to ensure strong provisions that expand health care access, address health disparities and create incentives for people to live healthy lives. As a psychiatric social worker, Congresswoman Lee is dedicated to ensuring everyone has access to affordable and high-quality healthcare, especially the most vulnerable. Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s main healthcare focus is always on health disparities and health equity, especially for racial and ethnic minorities. Congresswoman Lee is strongly opposed to any efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and will continue to fight to ensure that we all have access to affordable, quality healthcare.

Free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

Co-sponsored by the Schools of Public Health and Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, and Samuel Merritt University


Tuesday, March 14  I 4:30-6:00pm

Center for Right-Wing Studies Colloquia Series:

The Present Political Divide: What To Do Now

George Lakoff, Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society and Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley

How does Trump think, how does he control public discourse, and why does he have the appeal that he has? What do the Democrats fail to understand about Trump and his followers? And what can those in the American majority that oppose Trump do now, and what should the majority and the media not do that would only help Trump?

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Linguistics Department and Berkeley Center for Neural Mind & Society, UC Berkeley


Wednesday, March 15 I 4:00-5:30pm

ISSI Graduate Fellows Seminar Series: 

Geographies of Activism: Cartographic Memory and Community Practices of Care

Juan Herrera, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, School of Language, Culture, and Society, Oregon State University 

Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor and Chair, Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley as a respondent

Less visible than 1960s Chicano Movement protest politics of sit-ins, marches, and boycotts are the Mexican American activists who created community-based organizations by enlisting residents in neighborhood improvement projects. Drawing from oral histories of 1960s activists from Oakland’s Fruitvale district, Professor Herrera shows how they consolidated a robust politics of place—establishing institutions that transformed the urban landscape and fashioned lasting commitments to social justice. He argues that the work of remembering 1960s activism is a cartographic process that draws attention to the social movement production of space. His concept of cartographic memory is a practice deployed by activists and an analytic to interpret how and why they defined their activities though the invocation and graphing of space. Activists’ cartographic recollections were fundamentally political claims to power that operated through space. Their memories served as a central device to bring into focus the transformative and experimental aspects of the Chicano movement, and its enduring impacts.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for Ethnographic Research, Department of Ethnic Studies, Institute of Urban and Regional Development and Center for Latino Research Policy, UC Berkeley


Wednesday, March 15 I 5:00-7:00pm

Center for Latino Policy Research presents:

Berkeley Leadership - A Reception with Jesse Arreguin

Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley Mayor

Featuring the exhibit "Poetic Justice/ Justicia Poética: the art of Juana Alicia"

Shorb House (Center for Latino Policy Research), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Chicanx Latinx Academic Student Development, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Latinos Unidos - City of Berkeley, Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta Commemoration Committee


Wednesday, March 22 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series:

Chronic Cultural Impossibility: Ideologies that Undermine Health as a Fundamental Social Right

Clara Mantini-Briggs, Departments of Anthropology and Demography, UC Berkeley

Even when health professionals embrace conceptions of health as a fundamental social right, health practitioners can embrace a framework that, in critical race scholar Denise Silva's terms, “produces and regulates human condition and establishes (morally and intellectually) a distinct kind of human being.”  How can a professional commitment to prioritize the health of low-income racialized minority populations go hand-in-hand with efforts to justify the denial of effective and comprehensive health services? Wakahara de la Orqueta lies in the Delta Amacuro rainforest in of eastern Venezuela, where indigenous Warao communities were affected by a cholera epidemic that started in August of 1992. Working there as a physician during the epidemic, Mantini-Briggs saw residents use their own hands, knowledge, and belief in new and better futures to face a preventable and treatable bacterial infection that can nonetheless kill in as little as eight hours, only to have health professionals literally crush their creative efforts. What was their logic? Paul Farmer has referred to appropriations of anthropological explanation by health professionals as "immodest claims of causality." Here Mantini-Briggs looks more closely such invocations of cultural reasoning by exploring the how they emerge from what she refers to as an ethernal recurrence of the syndrome of "chronic cultural impossibility."

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine


Thursday, March 23 I 5:00-8:00pm

Center for Latino Policy Research presents:

Telling our stories, a talk and film screening with Ray Telles

Ray Telles, Associate Adjunct Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Berkeley

Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker Ray Telles and CLPR artist-in-residence talks about the importance of telling the stories and accomplishments of leaders and artists in our community. Join CLPR for a screening and brief discussion of Ray Telles’ film A Photographer’s Journey, a documentary film that tells the story of Pedro E. Guerrero, a Mexican-American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary, and often overlooked career as an international photographer. 

Shorb House (Center for Latino Policy Research), 2547 Channing Way


April


Tuesday, April 4 I 4:00-5:30pm

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine Colloquia Series:

What Gets Inside: Violent Entanglements and Toxic Boundaries in Mexico City 

Elizabeth Roberts, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Michigan

Entanglement is a key concept in contemporary science and technology studies (STS).  By tracing all the contingent and uncertain relations that endow objects with seemingly stable boundaries, entanglement allows us to see how such boundaries restrict our ability to know the world better.  This talk deploys the concept of entanglement in an examination of contemporary life in a working-class Mexico City neighborhood, Colonia Periferico, and a longitudinal environmental health project that studies the neighborhood’s residents.  While entanglement is useful for analyzing the study (e.g., for reconnecting variables that the scientists have isolated), my examination of the entanglement of working-class bodies with NAFTA and the ongoing War on Drugs shows that the concept has its limits.  For working-class residents of Mexico City life is already deeply entangled with chronic economic and political instability shaped through the violent ravages of transnational capital.  To explore the utility and limits of entanglement I trace how residents in Col. Periferico seek stability by making boundaries to keep out the disruptive effects of police and public health surveillance. Col. Periferico’s toxic boundaries, which include a sewage-filled dam, cement dust, and freeway exhaust, are clearly entangled with residents’ health.  They get inside. These entanglements are the price paid for a remarkable stability within Col. Periferico’s boundaries, where children can play on the streets and attentive care for drug-addicted and disabled residents is part of everyday life. Additionally, residents would like to share in the privilege of inhabiting a world where objects can be experienced separate from the relations that make them; a world with reliable drinking water and accurate blood lead measurements. With the goal of knowing the world better, then, STS might complicate celebratory calls for the uncertainty of entanglement by taking into account both the practices that make boundaries, and what boundaries have to offer.   

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, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Center for Urban Studies, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

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


Friday, April 7 I 9:00-6:00pm

The Future of Higher Education: Creating Opportunity, Assessing Value

Over the past two decades, despite increases in student demand for public higher education and steady demand from employers for higher-skilled workers, state funding has declined, forcing public universities to respond with tuition hikes and new funding mechanisms. What role should universities play in meeting society’s need for expertise and the individual’s need for socioeconomic security in the 21st century?  What value does a higher education degree hold for the individual and for society?  Should states increase funding for public universities to accommodate the increasing student demand?  If not states, who will – and who should – bear the costs of public higher education, and how can a return on this investment be measured and demonstrated to students, policy makers, and taxpayers? 

This conference will feature leading scholars who will examine these questions and the implications of recent developments in higher education for the future of American universities, students and society.  

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and Institute of Governmental Studies,

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education, and Cal Alumni Association

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall


Wednesday, April 12 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series:

Does Poverty Lower Productivity?

Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


Thursday, April 13 I 4:00-5:30pm

ISSI Graduate Fellows Seminar Series: 

Braiding Knowledge: Opportunities and Perils of Community-Based Research and Activist Scholarship with Indigenous Communities

Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, UMass Anthropology

Kojun "Jun" Ueno Sunseri, Ph.D., RPA, Assistant Professor, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley as a respondent 

A commitment to decolonization requires fundamental shifts in the way we make, teach, and share new knowledge. Transforming research from an extractive or exploitative endeavor toward a practice that contributes to healing and community-well being is one of the key challenges of our time for those in the academy today.  Drawing on multiple recent archaeology and heritage-related projects carried out in partnership with Native American and Turkish communities, Professor Atalay will share the exciting possibilities of community-based research practices along with the complexities, contradictions, and impediments involved in doing engaged and activist scholarship. From complex ethical dilemmas and our need for revised IRB processes, to enhancing our skill sets in collaborative, participatory planning and knowledge mobilization strategies - Atalay will discuss both the promise and perils involved in transforming research through a community-based approach.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, American Indian Graduate Program, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Student Development, Archeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley


Friday, April 21 I 9:00am-4:00pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Symposium:

The First Hundred Days of Donald Trump's Presidency

This symposium focuses on the first hundred days of the presidency of Donald Trump in order to begin academic conversations and develop analyses centered on the Trump administration and how it relates to politics and society in the United States and the world. Scholars from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area academic institutions will speak on implications and effects of the administration's foreign and domestic policies, as well as the legal questions surrounding it's agenda.

Read more about the symposium's panels and speakers here.

Blanche DuBois Room (D37), Hearst Field Annex, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the History Department and Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley


Friday, April 28 I 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Ethnographic Research Colloquia Series:

Learning and Legislating Love: Family Inequality and U.S. Marriage Education Policy

Jennifer Randles, Assistant Professor, Sociology, CSU Fresno

Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley as a respondent 

The U.S. federal Healthy Marriage Initiative has spent almost $1 billion since 2002 to fund hundreds of relationship and marriage education programs across the country. Randles spent three years attending healthy marriage classes and the couples who took them to understand what marriage education policy reveals about political understandings of how romantic experiences, relationship behaviors, and marital choices are primary mechanisms of inequality. In this talk, she will take the audience inside the marriage education classroom to reveal how healthy marriage policy promote the idea that preventing poverty depends on individuals’ abilities to learn about skilled love, a strategy that assumes individuals can learn to love in line with long-term marital commitment by developing rational romantic values, emotional competencies, and interpersonal habits. She will ultimately show how the teaching of skilled loved is a misguided political strategy intended to prevent risky and financially costly relationship choices and to provide the ostensible link between marriage and financial stability. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Center for Race and Gender, Departent of Sociology and Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

 


 

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