All ISSI events are free and open to the public.

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

For more information, please contact us:

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.

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

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

Thursday, September 4


CLPR Speaker Series:

Immigrant Children at the Border: Challenges, Issues, and Policies

Allison Davenport, Supervising Attorney and Clinical Instructor, International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley

Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, Executive Director, Central American Resource Center, San Francisco

Beatriz Manz, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies and Geography, UC Berkeley

The recent arrival and detention of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico have generated a number of responses ranging from pro-immigrant action to anti-immigration sentiment. There have been questions about the ways children's rights are being protected and whether the responses from the U.S., Mexico, and Central American governments have been appropriate. This panel brings together perspectives from research, law, policy and community to examine international and local actions taken to ensure the protection of these children. It also furthers dialogue on immigration reform from family reunification to refugee concerns, and on the unprecedented number of children migrating on their own in response to high stakes economic and social reasons in their home countries.

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

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

Wednesday, September 17


 Center for Research on Native American Issues Speaker Series:

"Dancing Salmon Home" Film Screening and Discussion with Michael Preston

Power Bar Building, 2150 Shattuck Ave, 10th floor, Room 1019, Berkeley

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

 Monday, October 13


Indigenous Peoples' Day

Join us for a free day-long series of events, performances, and participatory workshops. Schedule and registration available here.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, the American Indian Graduate Student Association, the American Indian Graduate Program, and Native American Student Development.

Bancroft Dance Studio, 2401 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

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

Thursday, November 20


Center for Research on Native American Issues Speaker Series:

Title TBA

Dian Million, Associate Professor, American Indian Studies, University of Washington, and author of Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights

Power Bar Building, 2150 Shattuck Ave, 10th floor, Room 1019, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by American Indian Graduate Program