Feb. 19, 2020  /  View this email in your browser
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Check out our new video recap of last month's Othering & Belonging Symposium in Paris, where more than 35 thought leaders gathered to discuss the shared challenges of othering in North America and Europe.

Faculty coordinator Takiyah Franklin profiled in Berkeley News

Headshot of Takiyah FranklinTakiyah Franklin, the Institute's Faculty Research Cluster Coordinator, was profiled earlier this month in Berkeley News. In the profile Takiyah talks about her upbringing, her family, and her approach to life. She writes: "The choice that I have made is to hold a vibration of love, and it’s a choice that offers endless learning opportunities. I’m not talking about love in a romantic sense, but rather a practice that invites the exercise of the golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ That’s the choice that I’m making."
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Director john a. powell was featured in the first episode of a new program hosted by Pastor Mike McBride called "The Belong Circle." In this episode, powell and other guests talk about "becoming" together.

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"Berkeley Talks" spotlights 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery initiative

Berkeley Talks, a podcast run by the UC Berkeley Public Affairs Office, has featured an episode of the Institute's Who Belongs? podcast about the 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice initiative being spearheaded by our associate director Denise Herd. “The commemoration of the 400th anniversary of slavery is part of a national initiative to recognize this long and really, really important time in our history. I think a strong impetus for bringing it here was that it resonates with the goals of really understanding social inequality and addressing social inequality,” Denise explains.

Also: Check out a Berkeley News interview published this week with Deirdre Cooper Owens, Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Nebraska, who will be giving a presentation on Friday as part of the #400Years series. The presentation will look at the origins of medical racism.
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Architect Rodney Leon presents a talk on February 18, 2020 at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) as part of UC Berkeley's 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice initiative. The presentation focused on Leon's work acknowledging the tragedy of the trans Atlantic slave trade and the critical presence of Africans in early New York City.

LGBTQ faculty cluster adds six members

The Institute's LGBTQ Citizenship research cluster welcomed six new faculty members this month from diverse academic backgrounds. They include Poulomi Saha, an assistant professor the Department of English; Nadia Ellis an associate professor also from the Department of English, Natalia Brizuela, an associate professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Film & Media; Cori Hayden, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology; Damon Young, an associate professor of French and Film & Media; and Karl Britto, an associate professor of French & Comparative Literature.

Meanwhile Sonia Katyal, the chair of the LGBTQ cluster, recently published a paper on Transparenthood in the Michigan Law Review. The paper, co-authored by Ilona M. Turner, finds that laws are lagging behind when it comes to the treatment of transgender parents. "Despite significant gains for transgender plaintiffs in employment and other areas of law, the evidence reveals an array of ways in which the family court system has systematically alienated the rights and interests of transgender parents," the authors write.

News & Media

Director john a. powell was quoted in a Berkeley News article on how heightened fears of Asians in light of the Coronavirus are rooted in a long American history of prejudicial policies.
Faculty cluster member Emmanuel Saez co-authored an article with UC Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman in the Boston Review entitled, "Taxing the Superrich."
Research by faculty cluster member Hilary Hoynes was quoted in a Washington Post article looking at why the number of working adults is low in the US compared to other developed countries.
Senior Fellow Richard Rothstein was cited in a New York Times op-ed, "Let’s Quit Fetishizing the Single-Family Home."
Research by faculty scholar Jesse Rothstein was featured in a Planet Money article, "The Limits Of Nudging: Why Can't California Get People To Take Free Money?"
New research co-authored by faculty cluster member Karen Chapple was highlighted in a Berkeley News article, "Burdensome regulations stymie backyard cottage production, UC Berkeley study finds."

Upcoming Events

Feb. 21: Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology. This talk by Deirdre Cooper Owens, an award-winning historian and popular public speaker, and Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY, will focus on her upcoming books that examines mental illness during the slavery era.

Feb. 24: Imagining an Ethnography of Pregnant Class-Privileged Women of Color. In this talk, Khiara M. Bridges, a professor of law at UC Berkeley, will draw from her previous work with poor, pregnant women of color to discuss how class and race interact with, and alter, one another in the lives of wealthier, pregnant women of color in the United States.

March 5: Opacities: Trans Visual Cultures with Tourmaline + Chris Vargas, In conversation with Eric Stanley. This conversation will engage Tourmaline and Chris Vargas, two of the most consequential artists/ theorists working in the United States. Focusing on questions of trans representation, modes of artistic production, and the uses of hirstory, they will also present clips and other documentation of their past and current projects.

March 6: Struggling for the Soul of Public Education: Although decades of research have found significant educational and social benefits of integration, public schools continue to be segregated due to the limitations of federal law and white resistance. Rutgers' Law Professor Elise Boddie will discuss the challenges of northern integration and the need for solutions that move beyond court-centered remedies.

March 13: Jenifer Barclay: Barclay, associate editor for the Review of Disability Studies, will discuss her research on the lived experiences of enslaved people with disabilities as well as the metaphorical, ontological links that antebellum Americans forged between race, gender, and disability as a way to shore up tenuous racial categories and shifting gender relations in the decades prior to the Civil War. 

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