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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.

Many of our events are video-recorded. You can see a list of available videos on our website. If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you will be notified when new videos are available.

September


Thursday, September 7 | 6:30-8:30pm and Friday, September 8 | 8:30am-5:30pm

UC Berkeley Program for the Medical Humanities presents:

Medicine and Violence

Join an interdisciplinary gathering of medical professionals and humanities and legal scholars to explore the various ways in which health care and violence interrelate. 

Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley. For room numbers, complete program, and free registration link, please visit the website. 

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine


Wednesday, September 13 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues presents:

Burning Dislike:  Ethnic Violence in High Schools

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Professor, Sociology, and Director, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


Thursday, September 14 | 4:30-6:00pm

Center for Ethnographic Research presents:

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy across the Political Divide

Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Connecticut

In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Both groups also shared the contention that religion (and God) are necessary to the functioning of American society. Yet in the course of their efforts, participants in the two groups engaged in different kinds of religious and civil religious practices, emphasized different religious values, and valued different ways of engaging with religious others. In short, they had very different styles of putting their faith into action, which reflected different understandings of American democracy and citizenship. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology and Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, UC Berkeley


Wednesday, September 27 | 12:00-1:30pm

Center for Ethnographic Research presents:

Who is Your Neighbor? Caste, Dignity, and Dalit Lives in Central Kerala 

Sharika Thiranagama, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley


October


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

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues presents:

The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

Based on more than ten years of research in Malawi and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, I analyze global and local responses to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, looking at how the massive international AIDS effort interacts with existing African cultural and institutional patterns. Global responses to the AIDS epidemic reveal patterns common to development efforts more generally: tensions between official global models of development, which stress democratic-participatory norms, gender equality, "ownership," and "empowerment," and African institutional patterns, which rely on patron-client ties and other relationships of personal dependence. I focus especially on African brokers, the invisible intermediaries upon whom the task of reconciling incongruent world-views falls most heavily. I describe the “working misunderstandings” that ensue when a massive international aid effort, based on “romantic” notions about Africans and African societies, encounters actual Africans, in all their human, cultural, and social complexity. 

Ann Swidler, Professor Emerita, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


Thursday, October 5 | 5:00-6:00pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues presents:

KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Info Session

The KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize rewards students engaged in new or ongoing work that demonstrates a commitment, whether in education or other domains, to creating a better future for children and youth. The award of $2,500 is given to one UC Berkeley undergraduate student each year.  The Prize recognizes students who have developed innovative strategies to increase opportunities for children and youth, as well as students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the future of children and youth.

Selection Process
Students apply by submitting a resume, two letters of support, and an essay of up to 1,000 words describing their innovation and/or ongoing engagement. More details and selection criteria are on the application. Submissions involving apps, models and pilot projects are welcome. All registered undergraduate students at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply.

For more information, click here

Duster Room, ISSI, 2420 Bowditch Street


Thursday, October 12 I 5:00-6:30pm

Justice is Value Based: Is it Time to Re-Examine the Values of the United States?

Honorable Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge, Yurok Tribe and Co-chair, Judicial Council's Tribal Court-State Court Forum (CA)

Many of today’s Human Beings have an exaggerated belief in the importance of their status in the world. We are part of a universe, and we often fail to be appreciative of our proper role/relationship in terms of the Earth, other beings, and each other. The United States views itself as the greatest power on Earth, but with great gifts come great responsibilities.  These include a willingness to be truthful about our historical realities and our future obligations. Indigenous practices may well protect us from destroying our world and everything in it. If we are to survive and thrive, the laws of our land must reflect and support justice/fairness for all, not just what is best for the justice seeker of the moment. At the beginning of each day and at the end of each day we share this world with all others.

295 Simon Hall (Warren Room) Berkeley Law

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, UC Berkeley


Thursday, October 19 |  4:00-5:30pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies presents: 

Respectable Radicals and The Euro-Nationalist International: Explaining Right-Wing Populist Alliances in the European Parliament

Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


Tuesday, October 24 I 4:00-5:30pm

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine presents:

Ways of Knowing the Ordinary in Climate Adaptation

Sarah Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley and UCSF/UCB PhD Program in Medical Anthropology


Thursday, October 26 | 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues presents: 

When Police Kill

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

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way


November


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

Center for Research on Social Change presents:

Capitalism Unbound: Contemporary Transnationalism and Property Development in the Global South

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

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

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


Wednesday, November 8 I 4:00-5:30pm

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues presents: 

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

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

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, UC Berkeley


Thursday, November 9 I 4:00-5:30pm

Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies presents: 

The Views of Populists: What Trump Voters’ Perspectives and Perceptions of Trump Voters Tell Us About U.S. Democracy

Katherine Cramer, Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service, and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

with Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, Sociology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Warren Room (295 Simon Hall), Berkeley Law

Co-sponsored by Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice, 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 20 | 12:45p-2:00pm

When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring

Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

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

Co-sponsored by Center for Ethnographic Research, 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

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 Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley


 

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