MAR 2, 2016
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Staff Profiles

The CDC's Recommendations on Women's Reproductive Rights

Melissa MurrayRecently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new report with controversial advice in its findings. The recommendations resulting from the findings instructed women of childbearing age not to drink alcohol in order to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). According to an article on Berkeley News, "reactions ranged from mocking to incredulous. Some said the CDC was treating all women of a certain age as 'pre-pregnant' and unable to make decisions for themselves."

Melissa Murray, Haas Institute LGBTQ Citizenship research cluster member and faculty director of the Center of Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law notes the implications of the report's recommendations. According to the article, "in her view, the report gives the impression that women are incapable of making responsible choices about their reproductive health. Further, the report fails to take into account that pregnancy is not something every woman wants." Murray also mentions a previous court case that mirrors the ideas presented in the findings of the CDC report. Read the article

Addressing Displacement for Low-Income Families in the Bay Area

Anti Displacement Policy Maps"What are Bay Area cities doing to address the displacement of low-income families?" is the question that Karen Chapple and her colleagues are asking with their latest research coming out of the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley. Chapple, a Haas Institute Economic Disparities research cluster member, explored rent control policies and issued a policy brief on the findings. Key findings include the fact that "only six cities in the Bay Area have some form of rent control or stabilization in place. No jurisdiction has passed rent control since 1985 (Richmond passed and repealed a policy last year)." Maps also illustrate how the policies differ across cities. View the interactive website. Download the policy brief

Race in Literature in 2015

Between the World and Me and Go Set a Watchman Book Covers"Two of the most important books on race released in 2015, the exhumed novel, Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee’s sequel to the award-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and journalist Ta-Nahesi Coates’s long-form letter to his teenage son, Between the World and Me, were published the same day. This fortuitous historical footnote is all the more remarkable given that neither book was originally slated for release that day, yet arrived there, while imparting similar lessons, from completely different directions. Both books speak forcefully and poignantly on race in the United States, although from very different perspectives and starting points. Their journey as well as their content reveals something about our evolving understanding of racial equality and racial justice in the final years of the Obama era," wrote Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendian. Menedian compares the messages of both books and what they mean for our discussion on how we experience race. Read the blog post

Reflections on Othering through Writing 

Nadia Barhoum with Rabih Alameddine

Haas Institute researcher Nadia Barhoum interviewed Lebanese-American painter and award winning writer Rabih Alameddine. Alameddine has authored four novels and a collection of short stories including The Hakawati, and The Unnecessary Woman. The conversation touches on othering, belonging, the realities of life between the Middle East and the West, and who he ultimately writes for. Listen to the audio of their discussion here.
Rodney Hero

MAR. 3
, 6:00 pm
Rodney Hero will deliver a speech on "Race, Ethnicity, and (In)Equality in American Politics" in Lay Hall Auditorium at Drury University. More information.
MAR. 4, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm EST
Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government (Chapel Hill)

The workshop will include an overview of shared terminology and use of racial equity tools that can be used in decisions relating to policies, practices, programs, and budget. Event cost and more information here.

Ubuntu 2016 Logo

MAR. 5

5:00 pm
Ubuntu 2016 — Celebrating Community Activism Across Generations & Borders

Priority Africa Network invites you to an evening of thought provoking conversations, entertainment & vibrant community engagement you won't forget. 

Speakers: john a powell, Haas Institute for Fair & Inclusive Society and Opal Tometi, E.D., of Black Alliance for Just Immigration & co-founder of Black Lives Matter.  Moderator: Feminist scholar Dr. Amina Mama

For more info and tickets.

MAR. 14, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The documentary "Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder" chronicles disabled victims murdered by police as well as the activists/artists who have fought and are fighting against police brutality against people with disabilities. 

This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. If you need any other disability accommodations in order to attend, including communication services, please contact Susan Schweik at
Malo Hutson
MAR. 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Malo Hutson talks about his new book, The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental, and Social Justice: Deepening Their Roots
Environmental Design Library Atrium. 210 Wurster Hall
More information

APR. 4, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
“Spoken Word(s): Presenting the Conference Paper,” a discussion on presentations and conferences with Michael Omi
This event is part of The Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Working Group's Spring 2016 Lunch Talks & Workshop Series. 
602 Barrows, UC Berkeley
More information.

APR. 20–22

Color of Wealth Summer 2016

The Haas Institute is proud to be a national partner again on the Color of Wealth Summit, which seeks to engage Members of Congress, Congressional staff, the media, and the public in a dialogue about the racial wealth gap, its effect on marginalized households, its impact on the US economy, and solutions for closing the gap.
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