Podcast: In Search of Belonging
In this new, must-hear interview on the podcast "Grief is a Sneaky Bitch," OBI Director john a. powell offers some wisdom about the shared human experiences of loss caused not just by death, but by our unwillingness to see ourselves in one another. He invites us to discover how the wisdom we gain from having lost might be exactly what we need to discover our way back to each other. He says:
“We don't have to learn to be connected, we are connected physically, spiritually, emotionally. We have to learn the illusion of disconnectedness.”
Listen to the podcast interview here.
Join us for an in-person (!) event on segregation and opportunity
We are thrilled to invite you to attend our first in-person event since Covid struck later this week, on Friday, Nov. 5 at 2pm PT, at UC Berkeley! Come hear Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin present her new book, White Space, Black ‘Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, followed by a conversation with OBI Director john a. powell, moderated by OBI Assistant Director Stephen Menendian.
White Space, Black Hood shows how government created “ghettos” and affluent white space and entrenched a system of American residential caste that is the linchpin of US inequality—and issues a call for abolition.
The event is free!
We will be selling copies of White Space, Black Hood at the event so stick around afterwards, pick up a book, and have Sheryll Cashin sign it!
If you don't live in the Bay Area, you can join virtually. Register here!
Replay: Atmospheres of Violence book launch
Last night we hosted a wonderful panel that included Angela Davis to launch a new book by OBI faculty scholar Eric Stanley, titled, Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable. Watch a replay of the event here (transcript coming soon), and pick up a copy of the book here (use the discount code SAVE30).
A Poem In Three Parts on Bridging
We've just released a three-part poem on bridging and belonging by poet Michelle "Mush" Lee who wrote and performed them for our 2021 Othering & Belonging Conference last month. We premiered this poem and accompanying visuals—featuring an array of dancers, aerialists, and performers of all kinds—in three digital shorts directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, with creative direction from conference emcee Sarah Crowell. Check out the three-part poem in this playlist!
Blog: The Role of Religion in Bridging Work
We recently published a short piece from Senior Fellow Eboo Patel on the role of religion in bridging work, which draws from one of the panels featured at last month's Othering & Belonging conference. In it, he writes:
"Those of us who are building the bridging field speak often of identity, typically race, gender, sexuality and politics. After all, bridging is often necessary because of the differences, tensions and conflicts between the various groups defined by the above identities. It is time to include religion at the same level."
Read the blog post here.
Listen to our Bridging to Belonging podcast series!
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