Jan. 13, 2021  /  View this email in your browser
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Note from Cecilie Surasky

Dear <<First Name>>,

Moments like these remind me why I'm so grateful to be here at the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley.

I get to work every day with some of the most brilliant, principled and insightful thinkers in the world. Academics and researchers who go beyond the nightly news and Twitter quick-takes to offer fact-based context, history, and analyses of power.

To see what I'm talking about, if you haven't already, I invite you to join the 12,000 others who watched Friday's #AskOBI livestream "Storming the Capitol: Trumpism's Last Stand?," with professors john a. powell and Ian Haney Lopez.
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Professors powell and Haney Lopez, here in conversation with OBI policy analyst Emnet Almedom, are giants of their fields.

Hear them talk about Trumpism, its roots in our country's history, the creation of whiteness, and race- and class-based divide-and-conquer strategies used by the ruling elite to pit us against each other, and how to beat those strategies.

I know we are in the midst of not just a week but centuries of trauma and violence. Learning more about how we got here may help us think about a way forward that honors and truly includes all of us.

With gratitude,

Cecilie Surasky
Communications Director
Othering & Belonging Institute

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Summer Fellowship applications close Saturday!

Applications will soon close for our 2021 Summer Fellowship program, entering its ninth year, for people seeking to develop their research skills by engaging with the Institute’s multidisciplinary research, analysis, policy, and strategic narrative work. The purpose of the fellowship is to build the capacity and network of the next generation of researchers and community leaders who are committed to social and racial justice by providing mentorship and hands-on experience with social science research. The deadline to apply is this Saturday, January 16, 2021. Click for more information about the fellowship and how to apply.
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Our Europe program launches arts fellowship

Our Toward Belonging program is seeking an inaugural Creative Fellow to explore and develop innovative ideas that use a design and systems approach to challenges which present barriers to belonging in Europe. We are looking for ideas that help further belonging by analyzing its challenges, displaying empathy and connection with all, and offering creative and achievable solutions. Applications are due January 31. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Podcast: France intensifies crackdown on Muslims

In this episode of Who Belongs?, we speak with two activists based in France — Yasser Louati and Houria Bouteldja — about the intensification of Islamophobia and state repression unfolding in the country following the murder of a schoolteacher in October. Our guests help us understand the current situation as it relates to the country's history of racism, marginalization and terror attacks, what strategies affected communities must embrace to combat Islamophobia, and what this means for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Click to have a listen or read a transcript.

Blue Shield of California Foundation awards OBI grant for narrative work

We are thrilled to announce that our institute's Blueprint for Belonging project has been awarded a grant by the Blue Shield of California Foundation to amplify narratives of inclusion and belonging that advance economic security, health, and well-being across California! Learn more about this award here.

In the News

Yes! Magazine cites OBI Director john a. powell in this new article, titled, "From Anxiety to Authoritarianism." Separately, a talk by Director powell was featured on KPFA's UpFront program. The title of the talk was "History of Race and Identity, and Transforming Conceptions of Self and Other."

Associate Director Denise Herd was interviewed in this Berkeley News story, titled, "Why were Trump loyalists allowed to storm the Capitol?" Separately, she was interviewed for this CapRadio report, titled, "History Of Medical Testing Has Left Many African Americans Hesitant About The New COVID-19 Vaccine."

Separately, both Director powell and Associate Director Herd published statements reacting to last week's storming of the Capitol in this Berkeley News piece, titled, "Berkeley scholars’ outrage, reflections on U.S. Capitol mob siege."
Faculty scholar Henry Brady is quoted in this Kron4 news story, titled, "Bay Area lawmakers call to remove Trump from office."
Faculty scholar Enrico Moretti is quoted in this New York Times story, titled, "The Pandemic Helped Reverse Italy’s Brain Drain. But Can It Last?"
Our research on Bay Area segregation was cited in this Point Reyes Light article, titled, "Study shows land-use policies dramatically segregate Marin." The same research was cited in this PacificSun article, titled, "Lily White: String of Racist Incidents Shows Marin County Has Work To Do."
Senior Fellow Richard Rothstein is quoted in this Christian Science Monitor story, titled, "How US homeowners are battling racism in property deeds."
Faculty scholar Mark Brilliant published an article in EdSource, titled, "Ensuring equality: the struggle to reopen California’s public schools amid the pandemic."
Faculty scholar Emmanual Saez is quoted in this Economist article, titled, "Could the pandemic cause economists to rethink welfare?"
Faculty scholar Jesse Rothstein is quoted in this ABC7 News story, titled, "'Anxiety through the roof': Millions of Californians may lose a week of unemployment benefits."
Faculty scholar and former Associate Director Taeku Lee is quoted in this Time article, titled, "Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ Record Turnout Helped Flip Georgia Blue. Now They Could Shape the Future of the Senate."

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