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In Memoriam: Hardy T. Frye

ISSI mourns the loss of Hardy T. Frye, a long-time member of our community, who passed at home in Berkeley on June 16. He dedicated his life to social change in the academy and beyond. Read more about Professor Frye and see a brief video clip of him describing his time as a SNCC Field Secretary during Freedom Summer here.

Liverpool 8

This July is the 40th anniversary of so-called race riots across the UK, with the largest taking place in Liverpool. Stephen Small, ISSI Director and native of Liverpool, has written a series of eight short articles on the Liverpool 8 Uprisings and their significance. "These vital moments in British history still resonate today." The articles explore the background, events, and contemporary implications of the uprisings while also highlighting the people and places involved.

Comic/Graphic Explainer on the Asian American Wealth Gap

Asian Americans have the largest economic disparity of any group. This piece in by Lok Siu, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, explains how that happened as a result of the history of Asian migration.

Congratulations Tolani Britton

Tolani Britton, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship for her project "Postsecondary Educational Trajectories of Formerly Incarcerated Persons." Her research study will provide insight into the struggle that former incarcerated persons face when pursuing post-secondary education and/or a degree.

Racial Capitalism and the Black Student Loan Debt Crisis

This article in Teachers College Record, co-authored by Caleb Dawson, an ISSI Graduate Fellow, analyzes the arrangement of the Black student debt crisis and the role of racial capitalism in using this crisis to exploit and restrict Black people as a whole.

New Statewide Leadership Role for Jovan Lewis

ISSI Advisory Committee member Jovan Lewis was one of five people appointed to Governor Newsom's Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The task force is dedicated to "inform Californians about slavery and explore ways the state might provide reparations."

The Trauma of Police Killings

Denise Herd, ISSI faculty affiliate, authored a new article in The Conversation that shares her findings on the widespread pain and grief that police killings foster. "Evidence shows that many Black Americans across the U.S. experience police killings of other Black people as traumatic events, and that this trauma diminishes the ability of Black communities to thrive."

Eugenics at the State Fair

Meghna Mukherjee, ISSI Graduate Student in Residence, is co-author of "Making Better Babies? Past and Future State Fair Contests Evaluating Geneticized Worth," a chapter in Birthing Techno-Sapiens: Human-Technology Co-Evolution and The Future of Reproduction, published this year by Routledge. The chapter analyzes the Better Babies Contests which started in the 1910's to encourage "families to judiciously pair only the 'fittest' parents and reproduce only the most capable babies."

The Rise of Anti-Asian Racism in the Pandemic

Lok Siu, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center was interviewed in a number of media outlets analyzing the increase in anti-Asian hate as the pandemic wears on. In The New York Times, Voice of America, and Minnesota Public Radio, Siu explains how Asians have been used as a way to divide and conquer minorities by placing Asians on a pedestal as the "model minority." Discrimination against Asian Americans is often overlooked and dismissed, but this discrimination tends to peak in times of national crisis although it is rarely recognized as part of a systemic racism.

Backstage Decisions, Front-stage Experts

"Backstage Decisions Front-stage Experts" is a new blog series co-authored by Santiago Molina, ISSI Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in Sociology, that examines what informs the decisions made by scientists about new technologies. "This series offers a critique of the current ways in which scientists are given autonomy to make decisions that shape how these technologies will be used in the lab, how they’ll be regulated, and what effect they’ll have on communities of patients and consumers when taken up by industry."


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