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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.

New Book on Black Europe by Stephen Small, ISSI Faculty Affiliate

February 1, 2018

20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe (Amrit Publishers, 2018) is the latest book by Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies at UCB and faculty affiliate of ISSI.  The book offers an in-depth analysis of Black Europe and the experiences of Black people in Europe, including questions about gender and demography; history and the legacies of slavery, colonialism and imperialism; the politics of racism; economics; the legal system, and more. He will be speaking about the book on Thursday, Feb 08, 2018  from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the Ethnic Studies Library.

New Book Co-Authored by Vincanne Adams, ISSI Faculty Member in Residence

January 26, 2018

What's Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It (Chelsea Green Publishing 2017) is by Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams. The authors argue that agrochemical industrial production and genetic modification of foods are contributing to declining health among children. They also offer insight on the medical responses that are available, both to heal children and to reverse the compromised health of our food supply.

How Racism Gets Under the Skin

January 8, 2018

ISSI faculty affiliate and associate professor of Public Health Amani Nuru-Jeter is quoted in this NPR story “Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health.” She is working to understand how “the lived and social experience of race turn into racial differences in health.”

Welcoming Veterans Without Stifling Debate

January 4, 2018

CRSC Visiting Scholar Ellen Moore was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about her new book, Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus (Duke University Press, 2017). Dr. Moore will be speaking about her book at an ISSI event on Thursday, March 8, at 4pm.  



Bilingual and socio-emotional development in dual language learners

January 4, 2018

Congratulations to Qing Zhou, who is Associate Professor of Psychology, UCB, and an affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, on her $3million grant from NIH. Zhou and fellow PI Yuuko Uchikoshi will be expanding their ground-breaking research on early childhood, focusing on bilingual children who grow up in Spanish-speaking and Cantonese-speaking families.

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Intensive Ethnography Workshop

December 20, 2017

The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Intensive Ethnography Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on field experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using participant observation. Participants will be coached through all the components of a research project. The workshop includes individualized consultations with faculty and is designed for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals. The workshop is from July 22-27, Monday – Friday, 9-5, with research exercises and consultations scheduled during these hours. There will be a welcome dinner on Sunday evening 7/22. Sliding scale: $900-2,000. The workshop is limited to 15 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Review of applications will begin February 1st and will be conducted on a rolling basis thereafter until the workshop is full. More information and application form here.

2018 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

November 28, 2017

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues is now accepting nominations for the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, which is awarded annually to an outstanding young social change activist/scholar in California. The award of $2,500 honors a person whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. The FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works.

Nominations due January 8, 2018

Download a nomination form and instructions here.


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