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Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods: July 6 - August 13, 2021

Offered online this year, the workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Students will receive six weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. The workshop is sponsored by ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues. Learn more and apply here.

Harlem Mural depicting collaboration between Yuri Kochiyama and Malcom X

ISSI Calls for an End to Anti-Asian Violence

ISSI condemns the recent and on-going violence against Asian Americans and grieves with the families of those lost to or injured by these hate crimes as well as all those who are suffering from racist violence and discrimination. We redouble our commitment to stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as we work collectively for a more just future. We support this statement from our friends and colleagues in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program at UC Berkeley. For those who want to learn more about the historic roots as well as contemporary expressions of anti-Asian racism, we encourage you to read this Berkeley News article with our faculty affiliate Lok Siu, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, who also emphasizes the often-overlooked interracial solidarity that we need to build upon now. To understand the gender dimensions of the murders in Georgia, we recommend this video of an event held by ISSI's Asian American Research Center featuring Laura Hyun Yi Kang in conversation with Kandice Chuh and Elain Kim on her recent book, Traffic in Asian Women.

Iatrogenesis and Harm in Covid-19

ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine co-chair Seth Holmes is lead author on this essay in the British Medical Journal. Through the lens of the current COVID-19 crisis, the authors explain the harmful effects that occur when medical care ignores systematically unequal social forces.

Big Give Success - Thank you for your support!

Big Give was a big success for ISSI! We raised just over $34,000 from 41 donors, unlocking a $20,000 matching grant from the Miles Ahead Fund. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to get the word out. Of course, we welcome donations anytime! 

Making Sense of the Capitol Attack

The New York Times explores the January 6th pro-Trump mob attack through a historical lens in an interview with ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies Larry Rosenthal. Rosenthal touches on how liberal democracy has been taken for granted and the dynamics between Replublicans and Democrats in well-known blue states.

Anti-Asian Violence is an American Tradition

An interview with Lok Siu, a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, in the Berkeley News investigates the long history of anti-Asian xenophobia in America in the wake of an unsurprising rise of anti-Asian attacks. Siu asserts, "'Anti-Asian racism in this country just gets a new face-lift from time to time," and explains how the deeply ingrained notion that Asian Americans are 'outsiders' and don't belong in the U.S. fuels anti-Asian sentiments and attacks in times of crisis.

"What Does It Take?”

American Journal of Education Forum published an essay by ISSI Graduate Fellow Caleb Dawson as part of their Black History Month series. In the essay, Dawson, a PhD Candidate in Education, discusses the work to make Black lives matter, based on his research on racial and gender politics of institutional change in higher education.

Graduate Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications

The Graduate Fellows Program is seeking applications from UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies at Berkeley and are working on contemporary issues related to processes of social change in U.S. cities. To read more about this program and to download an application, click here.

Applications are due by 5PM on Monday, March 29th.

When Black People are Wary of Vaccination, It's Important to Listen

Tina Sacks, Chair of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, published a new opinion article on CNNMany Black Americans have expressed reluctance to take the vaccine, and Sacks explains how the appalling, yet lasting, legacy of the Tuskegee syphilis study plays a role in this hesitance.

Congratulations Jovan Scott Lewis!

The Center for Ethnographic Research faculty affiliate is a recipient of the 2021 American Association of Geographers Diversity and Inclusion Awards. "Lewis’s efforts in research, teaching, mentorship, and service are bringing Black geographies (and Black geographers) to the forefront of the discipline, changing UC Berkeley Geography’s intellectual culture in emphasizing Black studies and Black geographies."


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