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Latest News from the Haas Institute

The latest edition of the Haas Institute newsletter is now available. Representing activities from the Haas Institute and our 90+affiliated faculty from June 2014 to June 2015, this issue showcases our latest research, events, publications, and includes features on the intersection between mind science and social justice; the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; a perspective on BlackLivesMatter and today's civil rights era, and much more.  Click here to read the newsletter online.

If you'd like a hard copy of the newsletter, please email Ebonye in our Communications Department.

Faculty Spotlight: Saba Mahmood

Saba Mahmood PhotoProfessor Saba Mahmood is a member of the Haas Institute Religious Disparities Research Cluster and a Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Mahmood’s work is known for its interrogation of liberal assumptions about the boundary between ethics and politics, freedom and unfreedom, the religious and the secular, and agency and submission. Mahmood’s new book, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (Princeton University Press) will be published this fall. Sara Grossman from the Haas Institute interviewed Professor Mahmood about her new work and scholarly focus. Read the interview.

ADA 25 Years Graphic courtesy of the ADA Legacy Project
Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act & and an Interview with Paul Hippolitus

Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Paul Hippolitus, Director of the Disabled Students Program at UC Berkeley, talks about his work in the disability field for the past 44 years. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Hippolitus worked in Washington, DC, where he played a key role in efforts to pass and implement the ADA. In this Q&A, he discusses his background in disability justice as well as the social and economic impact of living with disabilities. Read the entire piece.
Alsarah photo by David Bellard for CalPerformances

Culture Spotlight: Transcending Borders through Music

Last spring, the Haas Institute sat down for an interview with Alsarah, the Sudanese songwriter of the Nile Project when she was in residency with CalPerformances at UC Berkeley. The performances were co-sponsored by the Haas Institute. The Nile Project’s musical works address a paradox of plenty and the environmental challenges that sit at the core of potential conflicts in the Nile Basin. Following the Nile Project’s sold-out performances, Elsadig Elsheikh from the Haas Institute sat down with Alsarah, to discuss the importance of music, history and culture in matters of identity and social progress. Read the interview with Alsarah
Melissa Murray Photo

New Director of the Berkeley Law Reproductive Rights Center

UC Berkeley Law professor Melissa Murray, a member of the Haas Institute's LGBTQ Citizenship faculty cluster, was recently named the new director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) at Berkeley Law. “We’ve served as a resource, liaison, and partner to reproductive rights and justice organizations in California and throughout the country,” Murray said. “Going forward, we hope to continue what we’ve been doing, but on a more expansive scale.” CRRJ is the nation’s first law school think tank to focus on reproductive rights and justice issues. Read more about the center and Murray's new role.

john a. powell on the MSNBC show Nerding Out

"The Problem is Profound"

Haas Institute Director john a. powell was interviewed last week by Dorian Warren for the MSNBC show Nerding Out. The focus of the segment was to examine where we are as a nation one year after the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. powell explains that the challenges we face as a nation won't be solved quickly, as they are deeply entrenched within society and its structures, but credits the Black Lives Matter movement for keeping these issues at the front of our national consciousness and conversations. Watch the segment here.

New Research on Economic Displacement

Economic Displacement Map from Urban Displacement Project
Karen Chapple, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Haas Institute Economic Disparities cluster member co-released new research on economic displacement and stages of gentrification in the Bay Area. According to an article in The Daily Californian, these trends predict a continued loss of affordable housing for many Bay Area residents. The research includes interactive maps that show stages of gentrification as well as case studies for different Bay Area cities. Read the full report. 

Recent Posts from Haas Institute Summer Fellows

Read more blog posts on the Haas Institute blog.
Imaginary Activism FlyerFRI, SEPT. 4
Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Imaginary Activism:The Role of the Artist beyond the Art World. Opening remarks by Laura E. Pérez from Department of Ethnic Studies
Durham Studio Theater |  RSVP on Facebook page 
Free and open to the public.
Equal Justice Society Gala Commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. More information here.
FALL 2015
UC Berkeley's Multicultural Education Program Fall 2015 Workshop Schedule 

Upcoming Workshops Include: 

9:00 am – 11:30 am 
Looking in / Looking Out: Exploring Workplace Diversity at Cal

FRI, OCT. 16
9:00 am – 11:30 am
First Take / Second Look: Exploring Unconscious Bias

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Let’s Talk: Engaging in Cross Cultural Communication

Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government
Upcoming workshops from the Government Alliance for Race and Equity will provide an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity with a focus on national best practices.

9:00 am–4:30 pm
Bruce Bolling Building, School Committee Room, 2nd Floor, 
2300 Washington Street 
Roxbury, MA 02119 United States
9:00 am–4:30 pm
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, San Gabriel Rooms A and B, 
404 South Figueroa Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States

Additional events on the Government Alliance for Race and Equity Calendar

OCT. 15–17
Time Again to Gather: 30th California Indian Conference
UC Berkeley

OCT. 27–29
Policylink’s #Equity15 — National Conference
Join thousands of attendees to craft and fortify the next wave of strategies and actions to achieve just and fair inclusion at PolicyLink’s Equity Summit in downtown Los Angeles, California. Register today.

The UC Global Food Initiative is offering 3 student fellowships at UC Berkeley, open to both undergraduate and graduate students:  Food Access and Security;  Leveraging Research for Policy Change; and Experiential Learning and Student Engagement. The application deadline for each fellowship is September 4, 2015. 
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