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Nancy Scheper-Hughes on Pope Francis and Abortion

July 9, 2018

In this essay in the Boston Review, ISSI faculty affiliate and Professor Emerita Nancy Scheper-Hughes discusses Pope Francis and his silence on the Irish referendum on abortion, "Francis has yet to deal with women’s bodies and their messy reproductive dilemmas, especially for women in poverty."

ATLAS.ti Training [PC Version]

June 21, 2018

July 28-29, 2018

Berkeley, CA

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA.

By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data.

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Sliding scale: $400-700. Hosted by the Center for Ethnographic Research. Learn more and register here.

Ethnographic Wordle

Innovations in Ethnographic Methodology

June 20, 2018

The latest issue of the journal Ethnography is a special issue, Innovations in Ethnographic Methodology, edited by Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Chair of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research (CER). The papers in the issue were originally presented at the CER symposium of the same name held in 2016. The articles cover topics including transparency, analyzing internet discourse, and new mixed-methods approaches.

Center for Right-Wing Studies in the News

May 11, 2018

ISSI's Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies was recently featured in the Daily Cal:

"The center’s mission is to bring academic rigor to bear on the question of right-wing movements and right-wing thought in the 20th and 21st centuries," according to [CRWS Chair Lawrence] Rosenthal. "We don’t start from the premise that the right wing is, either by virtue of its tactics or its ideology, good or bad," Rosenthal said. "We start from the premise: 'What is it? Where does it come from? What is its history? What is its trajectory?'" Read more here.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – May 22 - June 21, 2018

April 1, 2018

ISSI’s Center for Ethnographic Research  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 five weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues and for UCB Sociology students. Learn more and apply here.

Lauren Heidbrink Awarded 2018 Yamashita Social Change Prize

March 21, 2018

Lauren Heidbrink, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at California State University Long Beach, is the winner of ISSI’s 2018 Foundations for Change: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. The Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding young social change activist in California. Read more about Lauren’s collaborative work with unaccompanied minors, and the work of immigrant rights activist Elizabeth Clark-Rubio, who was awarded Honorable Mention.

Robin Marsh on International Scholarships and Social Change

March 1, 2018

ISSI Senior Researcher Robin Marsh was a panelist discussing her co-edited book: International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (Palgrave McMillan, 2017), sponsored by the Open Society Foundations in New York City on March 5th. A video of the book launch event is available here.  Panelists discuss the intersections of, and the emerging field of research into, international scholarships and social change.

Call for Applications: 2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program

February 15, 2018

ISSI is currently seeking applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program. UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies are eligible to apply. We are looking for students who are interested in substantive issues related to contemporary processes of social change in U.S. cities and/or those whose research promotes the well-being of Native communities. Applications due April 2. Read more about the program and download an application here.

Kenly Brown on mentoring students of color

February 12, 2018

Kenly Brown, ISSI Graduate Student resident and PhD candidate in African American Studies, shares her passion for mentoring students of color in a Black History Month podcast series featuring different African American leaders on campus. Read the transcript or listen to the podcast here.

New Resource for Scholars - Rare audio and video recordings of John Birch Society

February 6, 2018

ISSI’s Center for Right-Wing Studies recently added a collection of rare audio and video recordings to its archival holdings. Transferred from their original format to CDs and DVDs, the collection includes recordings of workshops, lectures, films, spot ads, and other educational materials used by the John Birch Society in the 1960s and early 70s to recruit new members and promote right-wing causes. Dr. Christine Trost, CRWS Program Director, and Kelly Jones, UCB undergraduate research assistant, developed a detailed finding aid for scholars to use to search the collection. Read more about the collection and download its finding aid here.


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