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Events sponsored or co-sponsored by ISSI and its constituent centers are listed below. For more information, please contact us at issi(at)berkeley(dot)edu or (510) 642-0813.

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Spring 2021

Thursday, January 21 | 4 - 5pm PT

Book Launch: Critical Epidemiology and the People’s Health by Jaime Breilh

Zoom Webinar | Access here (registration not required)

Local host: César Montaño, PhD. Rector of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador

Editor: Sarah Humphreville, Oxford University Press

Series Editor: Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University


    - Charles L. Briggs, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Berkeley

    - Howard Waitzkin, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of New Mexico

    - Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, PhD, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York.

Author: Jaime Breilh, Md. MSc. PhD, Director of the CILAB Health Program of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar

Join us for the launch of Critical Epidemiology and the People’s Health (Oxford University Press 2021), which invites readers to the next great paradigm in public health by promoting a progressive, transdisciplinary, intercultural, community-building approach radically divergent from the presiding object-based, empiricist mode of thinking. A concise overview of the Latin American Social Medicine movement, this book introduces the work of leading scientist Jaime Breilh to a global English audience, focusing on key questions such as: What are the real challenges facing critical epidemiology during the current time of immense turmoil and inequity? How can we conduct responsible and sensitive public health research? What role does epidemiology play in addressing the societal ills of both the global North and South? And how can we create a more rigorous, updated, and effective epidemiology? In addressing these questions, Critical Epidemiology and the People's Health offers readers a clear-eyed and much-needed perspective on how to overcome Cartesian reductionism with renewed methodological tools to address the rampant growth of injustices harming our global collective health and to subvert the reigning notions of health prevention and promotion.

Sponsored by: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador

Co-sponsored by: Berkeley Center for Social Medicine; The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; Ministerio de Saúde, FIOCRUZ, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz

Thursday, January 28 | 4:00 pm PT

Rituals for Grief & Love: a reading with poets Sade LaNay and Sasha Banks

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Sade LaNay

Sasha Banks

Join us in celebrating two new poetry collections, I love you and I'm not dead by Sade LaNay and america, MINE by Sasha Banks. Released at the beginning of COVID-19, both poets' work cannot be any more timely. LaNay and Banks' collections each take the approach of archival resurrection to name and imagine Black life outside conditions of social death. In I love you and I'm not dead, LaNay's investment is not only their spiritual and physical healing, but the healing of Black women across time and space whose claims to freedom were loud and somewhere across the archival narrative, misread as quiet. As LaNay declares, "Disbelief does not undo the validity of an experience." In a similar poetic sensibility, america, MINE demands that readers confront America's history of racial and gender violence because "endings exist" and the end of the nation is soon approaching. In leaning on rituals of radical conjuring, LaNay and Banks draft roadmaps of fugitive escapes that make Black life in the future possible. Join us for a reading and discussion on poetics, grief, love, and celebration.

Sponsored by Center for Race and Gender
Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Saturday, February 6 | 1:00 - 2:00pm PT

“Generation Rising” Book Launch with Loan Dao and PrYSM

Zoom Event | Register here (free)

Loan Thi Dao, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies, St. Mary’s College of California

Providence Youth Student Movement

Generation Rising traces the development of Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a grassroots, LGBTQ+ youth-led organization of Southeast Asian Americans whose families migrated to Providence, Rhode Island, in the aftermath of the American war in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. This in-depth ethnography delves into topics that challenge a new generation of community organizers today: collective identity formation, intersectional leadership development, coalitions and political campaign strategies, and enacting a vision for a transformative movement. The book explores how Southeast Asian American organizers in this historic period have navigated the intergenerational demands from both their co-ethnic community elders and social movement elders to forge their own agenda, strategies, and culture, while resisting constraints imposed by funders. Their story captures the struggles and growth of movement-building for youth activists fighting to be free.

Sponsored by Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Asian American Research Center

Thursday, February 18 | 3:30 - 5:00pm PT

Decolonizing Epistemology: A Conversation with Latinx Philosophers 
Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)
Gabriela Veronelli
Pedro Javier DiPietro
Mariana Ortega
Chela Sandoval

Sponsored by the Latinx Research Center

Friday, February 26 | 12 - 1:30pm PT

Revealed in the Wound: Iraqibacter and the Biology of History 

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

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.

Sponsored by Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

Co-sponsored by Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Thursday, March 4 | 3:30 - 5:00pm PT

Book Release: Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities (2020)

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Arturo Aldama

Frederick L. Aldama

Alberto Ledesma

Jackie T. Cuevas

Gabriel Estrada

Paloma Martínez-Cruz

Jonathan Gómez

Jennie Luna

Sponsored by the Latinx Research Center

Monday, March 29 | 12:45 - 2:00pm PT

"On Place, Policy, and Pain: Key Dimensions of U.S. Monetary Sanction Punishment Regimes"  

Zoom Webinar | Link coming soon

Karin Martin, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society 

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Monday, April 5 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT

Decolonizing Indigenous Migration: Violence, Settler Capitalism, Gender and Law

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Shannon Speed (Chickasaw), Professor of Gender Studies & Anthropology, and Director of the American Indian Studies Center, UCLA 

Kristen Carpenter, Council Tree Professor of Law, and Director of the American Indian Law Program at University of Colorado Law School 

Angela Riley (Potawatomi), Professor of Law, and Director of Native Nations Law and Policy Center, UCLA School of Law. 

How is the violence to which indigenous women migrants are subjected related to “neoliberal multicriminalism” and settler structures of indigenous dispossession and elimination? And how might migration law consider the colonial origins and impacts that undergird state policies on territorial sovereignty and border regulation?

Sponsored by Center for Race and Gender’s Native/Immigrant/Refugee – Crossings Research Initiative

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Native American Studies, Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues at UC Berkeley; American Indian Studies Center, and Native Nations Law and Policy Center at UCLA; and the University of Colorado American Indian Law Program

Thursday, April 8 | 5:00 - 7:00pm PT

Archives of Conjure (2020): Healing Materialities and Race

Zoom Webinar | Link coming soon

Solimar Otero

2021 Alan Dundes Lecture

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Folklore

Co-sponsored by the Latinx Research Center

Thursday, April 22 | 4:00 - 6:00pm PT

Beyond La Bamba: Afro-Mexico, Culture, & the History of Blackness in Mexico

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Marco Villalobos, Producer/Director

Moderated by Tianna Paschel

Additional Speaker(s) TBA

Sponsored by the Latinx Research Center

Monday, April 26, 12:45 - 2:00pm PT

“Branches of Legal Mobilization: How Gender and Religiosity Matter for Educator Responses to Rights-based Complaints and Accusations”

Zoom Webinar | Link coming soon

Lauren Edelman (UCB)

Allen Micheal Wright (UCB)

Calvin Morrill (UCB)

Karolyn Tyson (UNC Chapel Hill)

Richard Arum (UCI) 

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Society

Co-sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

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