Reinventing the Wheelchair
Engineer Ralf Hotchkiss has made it his life-long mission to bring “real mobility” to millions around the world in need of durable, safe, and low-cost wheelchairs Engineer and disability rights activist Ralf Hotchkiss demonstrates the off road...
Blog: Why We Must Continue to Fight for Fair Housing: 50 Years On from Nation’s Fair Housing Act
April 11, 2018 This week marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act. The final major legislative accomplishment of the Civil Rights Movement, this act was preceded by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of...
Blog: 50 years after death - What can Rev. Dr. King teach us today?
This week people all across the world are pausing to acknowledge the incredible life and the tragic death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I always deliberately include the “Reverend” in his title as we often fail to recognize King’s profound religious and spiritual grounding.
Video: Transforming California from Red to Blue
By Gerald Lenoir and Serginho Roosblad California is currently leading the resistance against the current Trump administration. And that’s not new. The state has a reputation for being the most progressive state in the union. Important social and...
Ethical questions posed in Gattaca more pressing than ever
The Haas Institute's Disability Studies and Diversity & Health Disparities clusters hosted a March 6 film screening to revisit the 1997 sci-fi movie Gattaca and discuss its impact on the public imagination and how we think about the ethical and...
The Road Not Taken: The Kerner Commission 50 Years Later
It is not difficult to imagine the scene: A troubled community with racially segregated, under-performing schools and high under- and unemployment. A police shooting. A young black man dead. Civil unrest. Millions of dollars in property damage. An...
Blog: Trump’s travel ban is just one of many US policies that legalize discrimination against Muslims
On Jan. 19, a year after President Donald Trump’s first travel ban was issued, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments against the latest third version signed by Trump on Sept. 24, 2017.
Year-end Message from Director john a. powell
Tomorrow we close out 2017, a year of extreme intensity with many events we should take note of. Although much was profoundly troubling, not all was negative. There were many heartening developments that showed a level of commitment and engagement to...
Interview with Catalan Politician Josep Maria Terricabras i Nogueras on the crisis in Catalonia
Hiram José Irizarry Osorio, a Professor of Mediterranean Politics and Politics of the Developing World at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, recently interviewed Josep Maria Terricabras i Nogueras, Member of the European Parliament for Esquerra...
Interview with Catalan Politician Benet Salellas on why Catalonia Seeks Independence
Hiram José Irizarry Osorio, a Professor of Mediterranean Politics and Politics of the Developing World at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, recently interviewed Benet Salellas, Parliamentary Member (CUP) during the 2015-2017 legislature, about the...
Blog: Broad conceptual strokes of the making of the Republic of Catalonia
By Hiram José Irizarry Osorio, Ph.D.The political relationship between the central state government in Madrid and the government in Catalonia has always been complex. Still, these political tensions increased during September and October, following a...
After Virginia
Since the 2016 presidential election, analysts and strategists across the liberal-left spectrum have debated which voter groups should be the main targets of outreach and organizing in preparation for the elections of 2018 and 2020.
Assistant Director's Message from Stephen Menendian
This piece was originally published in the 2017 Haas Institute newsletter. Since 2012, I've had a front row seat to an unfolding crisis in my role as Director of Research. The Haas Institute was approached a few years ago by the California Department...
Director's Letter from john a. powell
Our last newsletter was published just before the 2016 presidential election, a campaign that featured some of the uglier elements of our current American society, including xenophobia, nationalism, and a toxic dose of misogyny.
Blog: Public Health & Wealth in Detroit
Detroit’s fiscal health is often held up as an exceptional case—in 2014 its bankruptcy was said to be the result of “a terrible and unique set of circumstances.” Now, though, we see Chicago, Seattle, and other cities discussed as the “next Detroit.”

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