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ISSI and its consituent centers are curating an event series during 2020-21 to highlight research on systemic racism and anti-racism as well as scholarship that asserts that Black lives matter.

Check back as additional events will be added.

Fall 2020

Joint Conference on Right-Wing Studies and Research on Male Supremacism

Tuesday, August 4 - Thursday August 6

Complete details and registration for this online conference are available here.

Keynote Talk: Revealing White Supremacy, Dr. Crystal Fleming

Tuesday, August 4 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm PT

Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is an internationally recognized expert on racism and anti-racism who empowers audiences to confront and challenge white supremacy. She is the author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide and Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France. Dr. Fleming’s talk addresses the urgency of expanding our collective understanding of white supremacy beyond extremism like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Drawing on her expertise and empirical research on white supremacy in the U.S. and Europe, Crystal shows how white supremacy is deeply tied to European colonialism, patriarchy, modern capitalism and the destruction of our ecosystem. 

Co-sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center


Keynote Panel: The Far-Right in 2020: Supremacist and Authoritarian Mobilization in the United States and Europe, Dr. Terri Givens and Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal

Thursday, August 6 | 12:10pm – 1:40pm PT

Dr. Terri Givens and Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal will speak to present-day white and male supremacist mobilization and discourses on the far-right in the United States and Europe, from the Boogaloo Bois and anti-lockdown protests to misogyny, racism, and anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of the Center for Higher Education Leadership. She is the author/editor of many books and articles, including Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe and Voting Radical Right in Western Europe. Her forthcoming book, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides, is scheduled for publication in February 2021. 



Lawrence Rosenthal is Chair of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, part of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Rosenthal co-edited Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party and The New Nationalism and the First World War and is author of the forthcoming Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism (New Press) that will be released September 8, 2020. 


Wednesday, September 30 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm PT

Abortion Rights in 2020 and Beyond: Threats and Resistance

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Khiara M. Bridges, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
Carole Joffe, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UC San Francisco
Jill E. Adams, Executive Director of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

The legal right to abortion is under threat, despite the recent Supreme Court decision in June Medical Services v Russo, a decision that protected the rights of women in Louisiana to get abortions without an undue burden. The right wing has successfully eroded reproductive rights through a number of tactics, including framing abortion as “Black genocide,” yet people continue to have abortions, within, despite, and beyond legal limits. Khiara M. Bridges, co-author of the reproductive justice law professors' amicus brief in June Medical Services v. Russo, will examine race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Carole Joffe, co-author of Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America, will draw on interviews with patients, abortion providers, and clinical staff to reveal the compound indignities, inconveniences, and impossibilities posed by the patchwork of restrictions on provision and coverage. She will also discuss the determination and dedication of those both seeking and working to provide legal abortions. Jill E. Adams, Executive Director of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, will focus on how people are choosing and resorting to self-directed and community-directed care to circumnavigate the structural inequities in healthcare access yet still having to contend with the systemic racism of the criminal legal system.

Sponsored by Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Co-sponsored by Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice; Center for the Study of Law and Society; Berkeley Law's chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Friday, November 13 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm PT

Empirics of Justice: Tracking the Carceral Continuum in Urban America

Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

Carla Shedd, Associate Professor, Urban Education & Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Carla Shedd will present a lecture based on her new book project, When Protection and Punishment Collide: America’s Juvenile Court System and the Carceral Continuum. The project draws on empirical data to interrogate the deftly intertwined contexts of New York City schools, neighborhoods, and juvenile justice courts, in this dynamic moment of NYC public policy shifts (e.g., school segregation, “Raise the Age,” and “Close Rikers.”).

Sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change

Co-sponsored by Graduate School of Education, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Race and Gender, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley


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