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New Leadership Role for Khatharya Um

Khatharya Um, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, has recently been appointed Associate Dean in the Social Sciences Division at Berkeley. Accounting for 20 percent of the faculty, 25 percent of student enrollments, and 15 departments and programs, each among the most distinguished in the nation, the Social Sciences Division is the largest division within the university.

Counter-hegemonic Narratives in European Tourism

ISSI Director Stephen Small received a grant from the France-Berkeley Fund for the new project “Counter-hegemonic narratives in European metropolis: heritage, identities, space." This project, with Co-PI Linda Boukhris, investigates counter-narratives of colonialism in heritage tours in four major cities across Western Europe: Bordeaux, Barcelona, Edinburgh and Lisbon. By focusing on these geographic spaces, they examine how Black and multi-racial populations challenge the dominant perception of Europe as having no legacies of slavery or racism.

How Right-Wing Populism Fuels the Empire of Resentment

On the podcast "Democracy Nerd," Larry Rosenthal, Chair of ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies, discusses the history of right-wing populism in American politics and his book, Empire of Resentment: Populism's Toxic Embrace of Nationalism.

New Research on Latinx Aging in Place

In this new article in The Gerontologist, ISSI affiliated graduate student Melanie Plasencia examines how cultural characteristics help shape perceptions of "age-friendly" environments among Latinx older adults. Based on ethnographic research, Plasencia finds that Latinx older adults use the term Tranquilo Ambiente to describe an environment where they feel connected and safe. Her findings show that both structural and cultural environmental factors influence older Latinxs understandings of age-friendly communities

Honoring Michael Omi: Racial Formations



On October 1, 2021, this panel kicked off a symposium honoring Michael Omi on the occasion of his retirement. Victor RiosLisa Lowe, and Troy Duster discussed Omi's work and its implications in the academy and community. Chancellor Carol T. Christ gave opening remarks. "Honoring Michael Omi: Racial Formations" is now available for viewing here.

ISSI Hellman Fellows 2021

Four faculty affiliates of ISSI have been honored as Hellman Fellows: Tolani Britton, Mark Fleming, Brandi Summers, and Sarah E. Vaughn. The Society of Hellman Fellows is an endowed program at all ten University of California campuses that provides research funding to promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields. Tolani Britton will research educational pathways and success for formerly incarcerated students. Mark Fleming will investigate how the increasing integration of health care, social services, and criminal justice sectors is generating a new form of poverty governance in California. Brandi Summers will analyze the relationship between and function of race, space, urban infrastructure, and architecture, and Sarah E. Vaughn will examine how climate change is giving way to a new aesthetics of capitalism.

Congratulations Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, has been selected by the Cal Alumni Association Board of Directors and the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees to receive the 2021 Spirit of 1868 Volunteer Award, which celebrates her generosity and dedication to serving the Berkeley community. Tsuchitani is also a co-recipient of a 2021 grant from the Berkeley Collegium Grant Program which will be used to co-design a new course entitled, “Imagining and creating a racially just future: The role of educational research by, for, and with Asian Americans.”

Historic Tulsa & Reparations

ISSI faculty affiliate Jovan Scott Lewis, who is a member of California's state task force on reparations, is featured in this KPIX5 CBS Bay Area television interview about his work on the task force, as well as his research on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Lewis also makes the case for reparations and discusses challenges Black people would face in a post-reparation society.

New Leadership Role for Travis Bristol

Travis Bristol, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Bristol brings 17 years of experience in classroom teaching and education leadership - as well as a multitude of recognitions and awards for his work in education and research - and will be the first African American to serve as Board chair.

Myers Center Mini-grants - Call for Proposals

The Myers Center invites UC Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students, who are conducting individual research projects on issues affecting Native American communities in the U.S. today, to apply for mini-grants. Proposals that support undergraduate thesis or graduate dissertation research are strongly encouraged. Undergraduates may apply for grants up to $500. Graduate students may apply for grants up to $1000. Read more about the Myers Center Mini-grant Program and access the online application here. Applications are due on Monday, November 15, 2021 by 4pm.


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