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August 2014

Friday, August 15


Celebrating Troy Duster

Please join us for this day-long celebration of Troy Duster's scholarship, public engagement, and commitment to social justice.

This event will feature 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.

Confirmed Speakers:

Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University)

Joan Fujimura (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Duana Fullwiley (Stanford University)

Hon. Thelton E. Henderson

Denise Herd (UC Berkeley)

Elizabeth Joh (UC Davis School of Law)

Jonathan Kahn (Hamline University)

Bertram H. Lubin (President & CEO of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland)

Alondra Nelson (Columbia University)

Harry Levine (CUNY - Queens College)

Amani Nuru-Jeter (UC Berkeley)

Osagie Obasogie (UC Hastings/UCSF)

Michael Omi (UC Berkeley)

Pilar Ossorio (University of Wisconsin Law School)

Aaron Panofsky (UCLA)

Howard Pinderhughes (UCSF)

Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania)

Oliver Rollins (University of Pennsylvania)

Tania Simoncelli

Sandra Smith (UC Berkeley)

Julie Sze (UC Davis)

Alice Waters

David Wellman (UC Santa Cruz)

Patricia Williams (Columbia Law School)

Location: Booth Auditorium of the Berkeley Law School, University of California (2778 Bancroft Way)

Register for this event here.  Read more about the conference agenda and panels here.

Sponsored by: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Research on Social Change, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Genetics and Society


September 2014

Tuesday, September 16


ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series:

Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American

Cristina Mora, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Monday, September 22


Myanmar's Sexual Minority Rights Movement and the Cultural Processes of Translating and Mobilizing Human Rights

Lynette J. Chua, Assistant Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

This paper draws from fieldwork in Myanmar and Thailand to examine how human rights matter to a sexual minority rights movement that is emerging in Myanmar as the country undergoes political transition. Building on the cultural study of human rights, it analyzes how activists collectively disseminate and mobilize the ideas and practices of human rights in a state known for its violation of human rights and repression of dissent.

Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.

Reception to follow in Kadish Library

Cosponsors: Center for the Study of Law and Society, ISSI, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Tuesday, September 30


ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series:

Political Therapeutics: Dialogues and Frictions around Care and Cure

Cristiana Giordano, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Davis

Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street

Wednesday, October 1


CRWS Colloquia Series:


Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

October 2014

Tuesday, October 28


ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series:

Protestant Techniques of Caring for the Self

Ian Whitmarsh, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way







November 2014

Thursday, November 13


CRWS Colloquia Speaker Series:

The Great European War and the Rise of Radical Sinto Ultranationalism in Japan

Walter Skya, Associate Professor, History Department; Director, Asian Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Tuesday, November 18


ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series:

The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA

Sarah Lynn Lopez, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way