APR 25, 2016
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 The Haas Institute is hosting two big events this week, hope you can make it!  

Tuesday, April 26 (noon): We Too Belong: Building Power at the Intersection of Immigration & Incarceration
Thursday, April 28 at 3:30 pm: Richmond Food Policy Open House 

Richard RothsteinOn Renaming the Woodrow Wilson School: The Standards of His Time, and Ours

In a new article posted on the Washington Post, and the Economic Policy Institute about student protesters petitioning the university for a college's name change from Woodrow Wilson, Richard Rothstein notes the implications of the decision made by Princeton to keep the name the same. Wilson was a president of both Princeton University and the United States. The request, made by the the protesters, was made in part because Wilson was a known segregationist. 

"[Recently], Princeton University trustees announced they were rejecting student protester demands that “Woodrow Wilson” be removed from the names of the university’s School of Public and International Affairs and a residential undergraduate college," wrote Haas Institute Senior Fellow Richard Rothstein. "The trustees agreed that Wilson’s racial policies, both as president of the university (where he refused to admit African American students) and as president of the United States were a serious blemish on his record. They recommended greater efforts to recruit African American students, programs to better incorporate those students into university life, and 'a much more multi-faceted understanding and representation of Wilson on our campus, especially at the school and the college where his name is commemorated.'” Read Rothstein's perspective.  

Ian Haney Lopez

Dog Whistle Politics: A Radio Conversation on #BackChannel

Ian Haney López, Director of the Racial Politics Program and law professor at the University of California was recently on #BackChannel, a radio program on WUNC. López spent time talking with host Frank Stasio, Natalie Bullock Brown, professor of film and broadcast media at St. Augustine's University, and Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African & African American studies at Duke University. They examine some real media clips that use dog whistle politics, coded language used to talk about race, to understand how it influences this presidential race. López goes over some history of dog whistle politics and frames how it is used today. Listen to the segment

Evidence Shows that Redistribution Programs Like SNAP Help the Poor

Hilary Hoynes"Evidence shows that programs promoting better neighborhoods, schools, sufficient food supply, health care and education in the lives of poor children, have the best chance to ameliorate poverty in the long run," noted an article on the Huffington Post, which referenced new research by Hilary Hoynes, chair of the Economics Disparities research cluster. Hoynes' research regularly focuses on federal entitlement programs such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

In new research from Hoynes and her colleagues, the article noted, "Hilary Hoynes et al., focused on the effect of the food stamp program (FSP), now called SNAP, on the general well being of a sample of adults born between 1956 and 1981 and their mothers. The estimates show that FSP significantly reduced “metabolic syndrome” (conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes) and promoted good health among adults. The FSP also significantly increased economic self-sufficiency among mothers." Read the findings of Hoynes's new research.

TPP Report

Our new report finds that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the mega-regional trade deal, raises serious concerns about how a world economy reregulated to suit corporate interests would undermine public accountability, transparency, and democratic participation. Read the report
Race and Economic Jeopardy for All Cover

Ian Haney-Lopez addresses the connection between dog whistle politics and the increasingly successful right-wing attacks on the government and unions, and offers a frame for the labor movement to mobilize and defeat dog whistling. Download the report
Doubly Bound Municipal Bonds Cover

The study, authored by Marc Joffe, examines the fees paid by local entities when bonds are offered. Fees come from a variety of services provided by private firms throughout the course of offering bonds. Download the report.

Contracting for Equity

This publication from the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE) features best local government practices that advance racial equity in government contracting and procurement. Download the report


APR. 28, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Richmond Food Policy Report Release

Please join us for an open house at UC Berkeley to discuss the report release and next steps for shared work toward food justice in Richmond. This new food policy report and the event focus on questions such as: How can UC Berkeley advance food equity on- and off-campus?  And how can we, as students, staff, faculty, and community members, develop strategies around the needs of those communities most marginalized by the current food system?

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for the event at

APR. 29, 6:00 – pm 8:30 pm

16th Annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Alumni House, UC Berkeley

Lavender Graduation is an end of year celebration honoring UC Berkeley’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer graduating seniors, graduate students, and allies. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the end of the academic year at Cal. Please fill out the registration form, before Wednesday April 20th at 11:59 pm, to let us know you are attending. It is particularly important for us to know the number of graduates so we may have a count for the rainbow tassels, your name will not appear on the program if you fill out the registration form after April 20th.  All graduates and guests must complete the registration form. 

Keynote Speaker:

Alex Randolph, Class of 2006 and Trustee, City College of San Francisco

Faculty Address:
Russell Robinson, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley 

Young Alumni Remarks:
Jae Henderson, Class of 2012 

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Curtis at or call (510)643-0788.

john powell at Humboldt State Flyer

MAY 5, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Giving Birth to a Society in Which Everyone Belongs

Humbodlt State University presents free public talks with Professor john a. powell of the Haas Institute.
Two Locations: 
Arcata: 1:00 pm HSU Goodwin Forum
Eureka: 6:00 pm HCOE Sequioa Conference Center, 901 Myrtle Ave

This event offers free Spanish language interpretation. 
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