JUNE 10, 2015
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Why Do We Experience Awe?

Dacher Keltner photo"The experience of awe," according to UC Berkeley Prof. Dacher Keltner and his colleague Jonathan Haidt, "is the ultimate 'collective' emotion, for it motivates people to do things that enhance the greater good," as quoted in a recent New York Times article. Keltner's latest research on awe highlights empirical evidence that awe allows individuals to work together in "collaborative ways that enable strong groups and cohesive communities." "Awe, the Small Self, and Prosocial Behavior" was published in June 2015 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Keltner is a member of the Haas Institute Religious Diversity faculty cluster. 

The Future of SNAP

Hilary Hoynes at SNAP workshop"Food insecurity exists in every county in America, and disproportionately affects single parent households, Black households, and Latino households at higher rates," wrote Haas Institute Summer Fellow Kemi Bello on The Future of SNAP workshop that was held on May 29 on the UC Berkeley campus, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute and the Haas Institute. Yet, "in 2014, Congress passed a farm bill that included $9 billion in cuts to the SNAP program over the next 5 years." The Future of SNAP was organized to engage a discerning dialogue and explore new thinking on this critical federal program. Economic Disparities cluster chair Hilary Hoynes and Elsadig Elsheik and Nadia Barhoum of the Haas Institute were key contributors to the organizing of this event. Read the entire recap online.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Fong

Exploring Our Unconscious Biases

“Implicit bias confirms that race and gender matter—even among those who consider themselves non-racist and nonsexist. Researchers have begun to recognize that most cognitive and emotional responses to our environment happen without our awareness,” said Prof. john a. powell, who was re-quoted in Race and Beyond: Exploring Our Unconscious Biases published at the Center for American Progress. Referencing tests and studies that measure implicit bias, the author of the article explores the reasons he finally decided to take one of these tests and reconciles the mixed feelings he had after getting the completed results. Read the article

Charles Blow at the Othering & Belonging ConferenceThe Conversation We're Having Now

“This is us having a national conversation on race,” Blow said to more than 600 conference attendees at the Othering & Belonging Conference. “We envision that conversation to be an equal part acceptance of blame and guilt and responsibility and that may not be the shape of the conversation we have now. But people are in fact having conversations about this issue all the time.” You can hear more about this conversation by watching the plenary discussion between Haas Institute's Michael Omi and New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles Blow. This video and many others are on our YouTube channel.  (And if you have not yet done so, please fill out the short conference evaluation!)

Haas Institute Summer
Brown Bag Lecture Series

Flyer for Brown Bag Lecture on June 10

June 10

Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope
The Haas Institute will host a brown bag based on Cynthia Kaufman's book Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope. Prof. Kaufman will share a presentation and engage in dialogue on capitalism as a set of practices, and will show how that understanding can help us know which crucial forms of action to take in order to build just and sustainable economies. She will also present alternatives to capitalism and explore strategies for developing and strengthening those alternatives. 12:00pm - 1:30pm  / 460 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley  / Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. / Contact Ebonye Gussine Wilkins for more information or questions.
June 11-12: Seattle, WA
The 2015 Governing for Racial Equity Conference will take place June 11 - 12 in Seattle, WA. This event is a tremendous opportunity for government employees to learn what other jurisdictions are doing to achieve racial equity and eliminate institutional and structural racism, as well as share successes, struggles and wisdom with each other. Learn more about the conference here.

June 15: Madison, WI
Workshop: Public Sector Jobs—Advancing Workforce Equity
This workshop will be led by Julie Nelson, Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and Haas Institute Senior Fellow. Nelson will highlight key strategies for employers in advancing racial equity for the public sector. This event will be held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 


Promoting Wage Standards

"Everyone who works should not just escape poverty; they should enjoy economic security," wrote Mark Gomez, founder of The Leap Forward Project at the Haas Institute. In a new op-ed on examining the potential positive impact of the City of Los Angeles passing a $15 minimum wage, Gomez writes about the implications of this new wage standard on the city, and discusses the common misconceptions of what a higher wage standard actually means for the work force and the economy. 
In a recent New York Times article, Prof. Michael Reich of UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment noted that the $15 minimum wage proposal "will bring wages up in a way we haven't seen since the 1960s." The research of Reich, who is a faculty member in the Haas Institute Economic Disparities cluster, was also part of the Haas Institute's policy brief on reducing extreme inequality. One of the six key recommendations was increasing the minimum wage.

A Tale of Two Wealth Gaps

In this new article on the racial wealth gap, Haas Institute Communications Fellow Sara Grossman highlights different kinds of wealth—the kind of wealth that allows you to merely survive, to pay for basic necessities like food, water, and housing; and transformative wealth, the type of wealth that builds, that can be invested, that can fund college educations and retirement and opportunity for a more prosperous future. Grossman's article builds on dialogues during the recent Color of Wealth Summit in Washington DC. Read the article. 

Research Assistant: Law

Berkeley Law professor john a. powell, also Director of the Haas Institute, is seeking to hire two law student research assistants. RAs may work on research regarding: civil rights and human rights, racial and economic segregation, sexual orientation, religion, disability, gender, housing law, questions pertaining to the 14th Amendment, immigration and citizenship. RAs may assist in legal analysis, legal research, preparation of presentations, conferences and other engagements, writing projects including book chapters, journal articles, and bibliographic reviews. Full job description can be found here. To apply: Send resume, letter of interest (no more than two pages), and writing sample to Alyson Reimer at
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