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"Can You See it?" | #SuperTuesday #GOTV2020 #GOTV

Super Tuesday has arrived: Watch our new GOTV video, then get out and vote!

If you are one of the millions of people eligible to vote in today's Super Tuesday elections in California and more than a dozen other states: 1. We strongly encourage you to gather as many of your friends and family members as you can and head to a voting center, and 2. We hope you'll watch and share our uplifting new video that imagines what neighborhoods could look like if people came together to demand a transfer of power from corporations to communities. Entitled “Can You See It?,” the video features a young woman biking through California neighborhoods imagining what could be if there was money to fund community resources like public libraries, improved school buildings, and safe roads. Check out the video along with an analysis explaining this work. We also produced a Spanish version of the video.
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Watch a recap video of the Social Inclusion Policy Fellowship's inaugural program

Applications open for fellowship on Islamophobia and implicit bias

Applications are now open for the Social Inclusion Policy Fellowship at UC Berkeley, which is a two-week fully paid program administered by the Our Three Winners Foundation in partnership with the Othering & Belonging Institute and the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. The fellowship engages current and future policymakers and raises awareness about harmful stereotypes and narratives around communities of color, with a focus on Islamophobia. Click to watch a recap video of last year's program, and for more details on how to apply. Deadline to apply: April 15, 2020.
Deirdre Cooper Owens speaking on stage during her presentation on the history of gynecology in the US and its roots in slavery.

Watch: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology

We've posted a video recording of Deirdre Cooper Owens' presentation last month on the origins of American gynecology and the experiments on enslaved African women. In her talk, Owens, who is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College - CUNY, explains how the institution of American slavery was directly linked to the creation of reproductive medicine in the US. This talk was part of our institute's Research to Impact series, as well as UC Berkeley's 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice initiative.

News & Media

Faculty cluster member Rucker Johnson was elected to the National Academy of Education. Johnson is a labor economist specializing in the economics of education whose work explores how poverty and inequality affect life opportunities. 
Faculty cluster member Hilary Hoynes was appointed to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new Council of Economic Advisors, which will advise Newsom on wide-ranging economic issues and reinforce links between government and academia.
Faculty scholar Rachel Morello-Frosch co-authored a new study finding that female firefighters are exposed to larger quantities of toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer than their counterparts working in offices.
Faculty scholar Mark Brilliant was quoted in a recent Daily Cal article about the California Assembly's unanimous passage of a resolution apologizing for the Assembly’s role in the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
The Institute's Othering & Belonging framework was discussed prominently in an article published in The New Arab entitled, "Othering and belonging in the Middle East: It's time to shift our narratives." 
Faculty scholar Henry Brady was quoted in a Berkeley News article about California's role in the Democratic primaries

Upcoming Events


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 5-6: Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley: 50 Years of Igniting the Future. This academic year, 2019-2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Department is organizing a 2-day symposium “Ethnic Studies at 50: Igniting the Future” featuring our distinguished graduates and alumni. The event will take place on March 5-6, 2020, at the Alumni House. 

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: “We Saw in Him Each of Us” - Disability, Social Cohesion, and Survival in American Slavery with 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. 

April 1: A discussion on the past, present, and future of housing (in)justice in the Bay Area. Join us for a collective conversation about our region’s history of racially exclusionary housing and how local movements are building new systems for housing justice, reparations, and community control from the ground up. We will explore the roles that local governments, funders and financial institutions, community organizations, and others can play in developing partnerships, allocating resources, and advancing policy changes to bring these systems to scale.

April 17: The Future of Freedom: Reparations after 400. A distinguished panel of scholars will consider what the question of reparations means for this freedom’s fulfillment and what kind of future could follow for African Americans beyond 400.

Click to see all our upcoming events.

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Communications Director
The Communications Director is a senior leadership position responsible for all aspects of Institute communications. The Communications Director will oversee a comprehensive strategic communications program to infuse the Institute’s body of research into ongoing public debate while advancing the strategic narratives developed by the Institute and partners. Learn more about this position.

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