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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), 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.


Spring 2020


Tuesday, January 28 I 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series

Spirit of Fight: Decolonizing Art, the African American/Latinx context (1963-1983)

Mauricio Barros de Castro, Associate Professor, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Art Institute

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way


Monday, February 3 I 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine is pleased to co-sponsor:

Intersections of Power: Sexual Assault, Public Health, and the Making of Sexual Citizens

Jennifer Hirsch, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Jennifer Hirsch's research spans five intertwined domains: the anthropology of love; gender, sexuality and migration; sexual, reproductive and HIV risk practices; social scientific research on sexual assault and undergraduate well-being, and the intersections between anthropology and public health. She has published articles in journals such as "American Journal of Public Health", "Studies in Family Planning, "AIDS", and "Culture Health and Sexuality". Her books include "A Courtship After Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families" (University of California Press, 2003), which explores changing ideas and practices of love, sexuality and marriage among Mexicans in the U.S. and in Mexico, and the coauthored "The Secret: Love, Marriage and HIV" (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009), which analyzes the social organization of extramarital sexual practices in Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, Vietnam, and Papua-New Guinea and the implications of those practices for married women's HIV risk. Along with Dr. Claude Ann Mellins, Hirsch co-directed the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT), a study supported by Columbia University that examines sexual health and sexual assault among Columbia and Barnard undergraduates. She is the co-author, with sociologist Shamus Khan, of the forthcoming "Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus".

Barrows Hall, Room 820

Sponsored by: Department of Gender and Women's Studies


Wednesday, February 5 I 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Racism, Plutocracy, and the 2020 Election  

Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trump’s place within it. Then he suggests a clear way forward. Haney López recently co-led a national research project focused on developing the most effective political rejoinder to strategic racism as a class weapon. The research demonstrates dog whistle politics can be defeated. Drawing on these results, this lecture assesses the looming 2020 presidential election.

Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, Townsend Center

Co-sponsored by: the Townsend Center


Thursday, February 6 I 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Center for Research on Native American Issues is pleased to co-sponsor:

When They Were Here Screening & Conversation with Filmmakers Ivy & Ivan MacDonald

When They Were Here is a documentary film project that shines a light on the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls throughout North America. Following the screening, filmmakers Ivy and Ivan MacDonald will invite audience discussion on their work with Indigenous families, oral histories, and Indigenous forms of storytelling. 

Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, 2495 Bancroft Way

Sponsored by: Center for Race and Gender


Friday February 7 I 4:00-6:00pm

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

"Tell Me Why My Children Died:" Photograph Exhibition of the Venezuelan Warao Indigenous Community Health Crisis

Dr. Charles Briggs and Dr. Clara Mantini-Briggs

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way


Tuesday February 11 I 12:30-2:00pm

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

"A Cipher Joined to Simulacra:" Representing Indigenous Resistance Across the Americas

Enrique Lima, Lecturer, Native American Studies at UC Berkeley

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way


Thursday February 13 I 4:00-5:30pm

Center for Ethnographic Research Colloquia Series:

Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care

Roi Livne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Over the past fifty years, “the end of life” has become the center of extensive economic, policy, ethical, and medical discussions. Health economists measure and evaluate its cost; ethicists debate the morality of various approaches to “end-of-life care”; policymakers ponder alternative “end of life”-related policies; and clinicians apply a specialized approach (hospice and palliative care) to treat patients whom they diagnose as being at “the end of life.” This talk analyzes the proliferation of conversations on “the end of life” as emblematic of a peculiar moment in human history. Ours is a period where modern growth stagnates and the main challenge developed societies face becomes delineating the limits of human agency and governing populations within these limits. Drawing on a combination of historical and ethnographic analysis of the work of palliative care clinicians in three California hospitals, I analyze how the limits of what can be done, medically and financially, to prolong life are communicated to severely ill patients and families.

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Sociology; Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society; Berkeley Center for Social Medicine


Thursday, February 20 I 4:00-6:00pm

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

The Future of Demographobia, Latinxs, and the Realist-Speculative Convergence

Elda Maria Roman, Associate Professor in English, University of Southern California

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: English Department, UC Berkeley


Friday, February 28 I 4:00-6:00pm

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

"Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices" Book Talk with the Editors

Lara Medina, Ph.D., Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University

Martha R. Gonzales, Ph.D., Lecturer in Ethnic Studies, Glendale Community College

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Multicultural Community Center, Alianza


Thursday, March 5 I 4:00-6:00pm

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

Performance and Democracy in LatinxAmerica

Darwin "Niky" Garcia, National Circus Foundation, Venezuela

and Angela Marino, Associate Professor, Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Department, UC Berkeley


CANCELLED! Tuesday, March 10 I 4:00-5:30pm CANCELLED!

We hope to reschedule this event and will post more information soon.

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series:

From the Edge of the Ghetto: The Quest of Small City African-Americans to Survive Post-Industrialism  

Alford Young, Jr., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Departments of Sociology and Afroamerican and African Studies, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

This talk draws from a study based on interviews with 103 working class and low-income African Americans from Ypsilanti, Michigan, a city of approximately 30,000 residents (about 6,000 of them African American). It explores how they make sense of work and work opportunity in a city that decades ago was the site of considerable industrial opportunity. That city sits on the borders of a thriving post-industrial small city as well as in the vicinity of Detroit, perhaps one of America’s strongest urban examples of declining post-industrialism. Accordingly, these residents discuss work opportunity while being uniquely situated between geographic sites of opportunity and demise. A strong gender distinction emerged in how they discuss their vision of future employment opportunities and their perceived places within them. Consequently, the talk presents a case for how configurations of race, class, and gender surface for lower-income African Americans in their struggle to come to terms with post-industrialism.

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Institute for Research on Labor and Employment


CANCELLED! Wednesday, March 11 I 4:00-5:30pm CANCELLED!

We will reschedule this event for Fall 2020.

Center for Right Wing Studies Colloquia series:

Abortion Rights in 2020 and Beyond: Threats and Resistance

Carole Joffe, PhD, Professor, ANSIRH/Bixby Center, UCSF Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

and Jill E. Adams, JD, Executive Director, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

The legal right to abortion is under threat, including the Supreme Court case Gee v. June to be heard on March 4, 2020, with the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade. Despite the successful right-wing erosion of reproductive rights, people continue to have abortions, within, despite, and beyond legal limits. Carole Joffe, co-author of Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America, will draw on interviews with patients, abortion providers, and clinical staff to reveal the barriers people face in exercising their legal rights to medical services. She will also discuss the determination and dedication of those both seeking and working to provide legal abortions. Jill E. Adams of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice will discuss access to clinical and non-clinical abortion care in the U.S. Her remarks will focus on self-managed abortion and efforts to stop the unjust criminalization of those who end their own pregnancies.

Berkeley Law Room 110

Co-sponsored by: Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law's chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice


CANCELLED! Friday, March 13 | 12:00-1:30pm CANCELLED!

Dwelling in Liminalities: The Otherwise Care of Bucharest Underground

Michele Lancione, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield  

This talk is based on a paper that explores the politics of life underground in Bucharest, Romania, and its capacity to invent a home within an infrastructure, and overall socio-technical conditions, which for the many are a matter of uninhabitability (Amin, 2014; Simone, 2016). The paper focuses on a tunnel passing under Bucharest’s central train station, where a community of drug users and homeless people established its home for years. Relying on extensive ethnographic observations, visual work, and interviews undertaken within the premises of one of Bucharest’s underground canals, the paper traces and illustrates the socio-material entanglements characterizing life underground. This is an assemblage of bodies, veins, syringes, substances, and various relationships of power and affect, which speaks of drug addiction and extreme marginalization but also of a sense of belonging, reciprocal trustiness, and care (Lancione, 2019a). The goal of this work is to trace the emergence of the infrastructure of ‘home’ in the abnormal conditions of life in the tunnels of Gara de Nord and to highlight what that meant in terms of urban politics in Bucharest (Chelcea and Druţǎ, 2016) and beyond (Butler, 2011). The paper contributes to debates around homing practices at the margins of the urban (Veness, 1993; Vasudevan, 2015; Lancione, 2019b), and it promotes a deeper understanding of the peculiar politics emerging from the assemblage of life underground in Bucharest.

Barrows 402, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by Center for Ethnographic Research and Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley

Part of "Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice" (see below)


CANCELLED! Friday-Sunday, March 13-15 CANCELLED!

Institute for the Study of Social Issues, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, and Center for Research on Social Change are pleased to co-sponsor:

Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice

Academics across the social sciences and humanities have long worked to theorize the people, spaces, and politics of the fringes of traditional housing. Homelessness, eviction, squatters’ rights, and the right to land all find their way into fruitful interdisciplinary scholarship, much of which links these struggles to broader questions of belonging, governance, and exclusion. Meanwhile, housing activists around the globe address many of these same root problems, but from a grounded space of community organizing, in which organizers deploy popular and political education to help those immediately affected by the exclusions which occur at the margins of traditional housing situate themselves in broader fights for justice. In a sense, much of the work around these intertwined topics, which coalesce at the intersection of practices of exclusion and geographies of housing, run along parallel tracks, occasionally brushing near each other but rarely crossing or taking the time to fully understand the struggles which emanate from their respective locations. Seeking for a change in the current scenario where academia, activists and practitioners perform separately, our goal is to create a dedicated space for all who engage in work at the margins of traditional housing to come together.

Wurster Hall

Other co-sponsors: Global Metropolitan Studies; Department of Architecture; Department of Sociology; Silicon Valley Foundation; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Center for Latin American Studies; Othering & Belonging Institute; Radical Housing Journal; Global Urban Humanities; Department of City and Regional Planning; Department of Anthropology; Center for Southeast Asia Studies; Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; Berkeley Law - Policy Advocacy Clinic; Department of Geography; The Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy


CANCELLED! Tuesday, March 17 I 12:30-2:00pm CANCELLED!

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

The King of Adobe: Reies Lopez Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement

Dr. Lorena Oropeza, Professor of History, University of California Davis

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Ethnic Studies Department, Chicano Studies Program, English Department, History Department, UC Berkeley


CANCELLED! Tuesday, March 17 I 4:00-5:30pm CANCELLED!

We will reschedule this event for Fall 2020.

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Colloquia Series:

Knowing the Land: Indigenous Strategies for Revitalization and Adaptation

Clint Carroll, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Indigenous Nations face significant challenges when it comes to the interrelated processes of cultural knowledge revitalization/perpetuation and environmental adaptation. These challenges range from compromised local ecological health brought about by development and climate change, to limited access to land due to legal, social, and/or political barriers, and to obstacles to knowledge transmission caused by educational and economic forces. This talk views these challenges in the context of the past and ongoing mutually-constitutive structures of settler colonialism and capitalism, and discusses how Cherokee people in Oklahoma are adapting and “re-existing” through land-based education and comprehensive conservation strategies.

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Native American Studies Program, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management


CANCELLED! Tuesday, March 31 I 12:30-2:00pm CANCELLED!

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

Fighting to Not Be Forgotten: 27 Years of Feminicides in Cuidad Juarez

Raul Varela, UC Berkeley, Anthropologist

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way


CANCELLED! Friday, April 3 I 12:00-1:30pm CANCELLED!

We will reschedule this event for Spring 2021.

Center for Right Wing Studies Colloquia series:

"Germany’s 9/11"? Neo-Nazis and Right-Wing Terrorism in Germany and Their Links to US Actors

Tanjev Schultz, Professor of Journalism, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, and Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

In 2011, a right-wing terrorist cell named "NSU" was discovered in Germany. The NSU –"National Socialist Underground" – killed ten people and committed several other crimes. For more than 13 years, three neo-Nazi terrorists had been able to live undetected acting under false identity. All these years the police and intelligence forces did not stop them. Germany’s Chief Federal Prosecutor has called this "Germany’s 9/11". This may be seen as an exaggeration, nevertheless this judgement shows the importance of the NSU case. Tanjev Schultz puts it into a broader context of developments of the far right, including German Ku Klux Klan groups and ties between neo-Nazis and far right movements in Germany and the US.

Location: Moffitt Library 103

Co-sponsored by: Center for German and European Studies


CANCELLED! Friday, April 3 | CANCELLED!

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine is pleased to co-sponsor:

Toxicity and its Afterlives

Lindsey Dillon, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

and Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies, UC Davis

Toxicity and Its Afterlives is a day-long symposium that brings together current academic research, activist and artist work about toxicity and its e/affects on human and nonhuman ecologies and environments. The event will feature two keynote speakers, Professor Julie Sze (UC Davis) and Professor Lindsey Dillon (UC Santa Cruz) in a conversation about how chemical toxins interact with Bay Area landscapes, environmental racism, and human/animal/plant ecologies.

The symposium will also feature a panel of UC Berkeley undergraduate researchers, a panel of UC Berkeley graduate students, a seminar where participants will be able to workshop and share current research, and a closing performance featuring local artists who work at the intersections of toxicity, race, sex/uality, dis/ability and gender.

Location TBA


CANCELLED! Tuesday, April 7 I 4:00-5:30pm CANCELLED!

We hope to reschedule this event and will post more information soon.

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Colloquia Series:

The Changing Contours of Turkey’s Islamic Populism: From Neoliberal Americanism to Nationalist “State Capitalism”

Neoliberalism and American hegemony were founding pillars of the Ak Party, which has ruled Turkey since 2002. The deepening crisis of both, paradoxically, proved to be fertile ground for President Erdoğan’s improvisations. Once a regional prop of American interests, the regime now aspires to be a game-changer. However, Erdoğan’s unfettered ambitions have occasionally backfired, as when he himself set the stage for the “Rojava model” upheld by leftists worldwide. Nevertheless, with its capacity to meld deeply held ideological convictions with pragmatism, the Ak Party regime has discovered ways of re-defining the situation in its own terms. As imperial powers scramble to redraw the map of the Middle East, the Ak Party regime mobilizes an ever-expanding state authority to mend the fissures created by neoliberalism, American interventions, and the failed uprisings of 2011-2013. Can Erdoğanism rebuild the Middle East along Turkey’s ideological desires and capitalist interests?

Cihan Tugal, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies


CANCELLED! Friday April 10 | 9:15 - 2:00 p.m. CANCELLED!

Latinx Research Center Presents:

Immigration Reform in California Agriculture

The 2020 Immigration Reform workshop sets out to understand the potential effects of two proposed bills - the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019 (AWPA) and the 2019 Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA) – on the US agricultural industry, and its employers and employees, specifically those in California. While criticism about AWPA has remained contained, FWMA has been subject to debate by a variety of different stakeholders, on such grounds as it contributing to a further consolidation of the sector, it offering a limited, complicated and exclusionary path to legal status, and it expanding the flaws of the existing H-2A program, amongst other issues. The proposed workshop seeks to do two things: first, participating practitioners will explain how they think the two proposed bills will affect US agriculture in general and California in particular, by also outlining the consequences for businesses, employers and farm workers. Second, participating researchers will explore issues of health care access, the evolution of equal employment opportunity legislation, and automation in agriculture.

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720


CANCELLED! Tuesday, April 14 I 12:30-2:00pm CANCELLED!

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

Neighborhoods and Ethnic Conflict

Dr. Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and Chair of the Center for Ethnographic Research

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way


HAPPENING ONLINE! Tuesday, April 14 I 4:00-5:30pm HAPPENING ONLINE!

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Graduate Fellows Colloquia Series:

Crossroads and Cyborgs: The Speculative Design of John Jennings

John Jennings, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

For over a decade John Jennings has been a key figure in the archiving, creating, and cultivating of black popular culture in graphic novels, illustrated fiction, and graphic design. Jennings has contributed to creating a foundation of theory, community, and mentorship that has led to what some call the Black Speculative Arts Movement; his work has helped give a visual aesthetic to what some call Afrofuturism. This presentation will be a short retrospective of Jennings' work and current research and critical making projects. 

The ISSI Graduate Fellows are pleased to invite you to participate in this live event through Zoom. Please click on the free registration link and sign up to attend. A confirmation and instructions will be sent upon submitting the online registration form. 

Co-sponsored by: Center for Research on Social Change, Othering and Belonging Institute, Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities


CANCELLED! Thursday, April 16 I 4:00-5:30pm CANCELLED!

We hope to reschedule this event and will post more information soon.

Center for Ethnographic Research Colloquia Series:

Beyond the Case: The Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography

Corey M. Abramson, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona  

and Neil Gong, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego; Junior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows

How do ethnographers engage in comparison, and how do they ground their methodological and analytical choices? Do these comparative logics align with or diverge from the methodological foundations of other forms of social scientific research? Drawing on insights from Beyond the Case: The Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography (Oxford University Press 2020), this talk addresses these questions by analyzing comparative ethnographies from a variety of traditions such as phenomenology, interpretivism, grounded theory, the extended case method, positivism, and “post-positivist” realism. By honing in on how ethnographers render sites, groups, or cases analytically commensurable and comparable, we offer a new lens for examining the assumptions and payoffs of various approaches to field research. We highlight not only points of divergence, but also synergy with other empirical methods, and between competing approaches to ethnography. Rather than argue for a singular vision of “ethnography,” we leverage the field’s epistemic and practical diversity to expand opportunities for meaningful comparisons on a broad range of substantive topics. We conclude by showing why these ethnographic comparisons can make crucial contributions to social science as a whole.

Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall, Room 117

Co-sponsored by: Sociology


CANCELLED! Thursday, April 16 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. CANCELLED!

CRWS is pleased to co-sponsor:

The Promise of Happiness in Colonial Fascism

Graziella Parati, Professor of Italian Literature and Language, Director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College

Nestrick Room, 142 Dwinelle Hall

Sponsored by: Department of Italian Studies


CANCELLED! Tuesday, April 21 I 4:00-5:30pm CANCELLED!

We hope to reschedule this event and will post more information soon.

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Colloquia Series:

What Drives Native American Poverty?

Beth RedbirdAssistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Northwestern University

It has been nearly 40 years since the last large-scale comprehensive assessment of Indian economic well-being. Since that time, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 gave rise to increased tribal sovereignty and manifested in changes to tribal institutions and policies. Indian nations rewrote their constitutions, generated their own tax and business regulatory structures, set up welfare systems, remade school curricula, and gained control over their land. But, we continue to lack a basic understanding about the economic well-being of America’s first peoples. This project examines the development of new tribal institutions and seeks to disentangles the complex interwoven aspects of modern tribal economies that drive economic well-being.  Using a decomposition model, I find that changes in residence (returning to reservations), family structure, and lack of education play a small role in Native poverty, whereas the structure of employment is the most significant cause in the poverty increase. Findings suggest that the changing nature of tribal labor markets is having significant and unpredicted impacts on Native poverty and inequality. 

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Sociology, Native American Studies Program, Native American Student Development, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Studies Library, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Law Students Association


CANCELLED! Wednesday April 22 I 12:00-1:30 p.m. CANCELLED!

We will reschedule this event for Spring 2021

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine Colloquia Series:

Revealed in the Wound: Iraqibacter and the Biology of History

Omar Dewachi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University

Building on ethnographic research on wounds and the ecologies of war and healthcare in Iraq and across the Middle East, this talk explores the rise of Iraqibacter, a moniker given to Acinetobacter baumannii — a superbug associated with the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Tracing the histories and geographies of this “superbug” across the landscapes of war injury, I show how unravelling ethnographic and microbiological knowledge about antimicrobial resistance reveals deeper entanglements of this killer superbug in the political, biosocial, and environmental manifestations of long-term Western interventions and present-day conflict fallout across the region. Building on the notion of biology of history, the registration of human activity in bacterial life, I suggest that Iraqibacter could be understood as an archive of the changing ecologies and toxicities of war in Iraq and beyond.

340 Stephens Hall

Co-sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Wednesday April 22 I 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Center for Research on Social Change is pleased to co-sponsor:

Christianity, Race, Slavery: New Considerations for the Life Sciences

Terence Keel, Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

The idea that so-called races reflect inherent biological differences between social groups has been a prominent aspect of Western thought since at least the Enlightenment. While there have been moments of refuting this way of thinking, fixed biological conceptions of race haunt new genetic technologies, where race is thought to be measurable at the molecular level. Keel argues that the resilience of this naturalized understanding of race may stem less from overtly political motives on the part of scientists and more from our inherited theological traditions that predate the Enlightenment, were in play during transatlantic slavery, and continue to shape the intellectual horizon of scientific reasoning. This talk is part of the Othering & Belonging Institute's Research to Impact series.

Women's Faculty Club

Sponsored by: Othering and Belonging Institute


CANCELLED! Tuesday, April 28 I 12:30-2:00pm CANCELLED!

Latinx Research Center Colloquia Series:

Beyond Cynicism: Race, Immigration, and Latinx Trust in Government

Dr. Cristina Mora, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Shorb House (Latinx Research Center), 2547 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by: Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley


CANCELLED! Thursday, April 30 I 12:15-1:30 p.m. CANCELLED!

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series:

Empirics of Justice: Tracking the Carceral Continuum in Urban America

Carla Shedd, Associate Professor, Urban Education, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Carla Shedd will present a lecture based on her new book project, When Protection and Punishment Collide: America’s Juvenile Court System and the Carceral Continuum. The project draws on empirical data to interrogate the deftly intertwined contexts of New York City schools, neighborhoods, and juvenile justice courts, in this dynamic moment of NYC public policy shifts (e.g., school segregation, “Raise the Age,” and “Close Rikers.”).

2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

Co-sponsored by: Graduate School of Education, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Race and Gender, Center for the Study of Law and Society


 

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