MARCH 13, 2015
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discussions, conversations, and progress that affect us all

Disability Incarcerated: A Symposium

This week, scholars, students, and disability and social justice advocates gathered for a two-day event centered around the recent book Disability Incarcerated (pictured above). The event was designed to dialogue and map the intersections of policing, imprisonment, and the disabled body. Panelists and speakers included several members of Haas Institute faculty clusters including Susan Schweik, Na'ilah Nasir, Jonathan Simon, Peter Manoleas, and Scott Wallin. The gathering focused on the history and current state of disabled people under incarceration in the United States and Canada, and what a more inclusive society might be in the future. This event included showings of the films Deaf in Prison and Bethel as well as a performance from Sins Invalid.

On Being with Krista Tippett

Award-winning host of OnBeing, Krista Tippett, invited Haas Institute Director john a. powell for an hour-long conversation on the spiritual work and work of self that we must do in order to have more productive conversations and progress on matters of race and belonging. Originally airing on March 9, the event was broadcast nationwide and is available by podcast. You can also watch the entire video on the On Being website

Recap: Food Justice Summit

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The Haas Institute's Nadia Barhoum presented at the Food Justice Forum on February 21, at Holy Names University in Oakland. Nadia spoke on the role of corporations in the global food system. Read more about this event. 

Black History Month at Zaytuna College

john a. powell spoke on the topics of Othering and Belonging at Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. john highlighted three different ways of being: economic, political, and ontological being, which includes how groups marginalize and Other individuals based on identity, self, spirit, and religion. 


advancing a vision of a just and inclusive society

Rising Together: Career Development for Staff of Color
UC Berkeley Stanley Hall. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. More info here.

Richmond Community Workshop

Richmond Community Workshop FlyerRise Together has partnered with the Insight Center and the Haas Institute at UC Berkeley to better understand the potential and limits of various policy interventions, assess the needs of our most vulnerable populations, and analyze the segmentation of households and strategies. Workshop participants will discuss new research and their own experience and perspectives on questions like: How could the Bay Area cut poverty in half? What would a $15 minimum wage do for your community? What would transitional job programs do? Seating is limited so please register 

Racial Ideology and the Backstory of the Incarceration of Japanese Americans

During World War II, why did so many Americans accept the mass incarceration of 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens? The Haas Institute's Associate Director Michael Omi will discuss this topic as well as the discriminatory practices and policies that forced incarceration on Japanese Americans during and after the war. This arts and culture event at Berkeley City Club will take place on April 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets here.
Othering & Belonging Conference



Join us for the Othering & Belonging Conference on April 24-26, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott in Oakland, CA. This three-day conference will feature thought leaders and artistic visionaries such as bell hooks, Ai-jen Poo, Andrew Solomon, Naomi Klein, Charles Blow, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Joanna Macy, Angela Glover Blackwell, Luis Garden Acosta, and more! Check our website for updated information, including an agenda and how to register. 
Color of Wealth Summit

How do we move from talking about inequality to solving it? The Color of Wealth Summit will discuss solutions. Washington DC, U.S. Capitol Complex. Registration Now Open!


Seeking Graduate Student Researcher for Summer 2015
Berkeley Food Institute, Haas Institute, and Goldman School of Public Policy

The role of the GSR is to provide research support and to write a policy brief coming out of a workshop on May 29, 2015 on “The Future of SNAP? Improving Nutrition Policy to Ensure Health and Food Equity.” Learn more about this position. Applications due April 15, 2015. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV and writing sample to

Belonging and Community Health in Richmond

The Richmond Pulse reported on the Haas Institute's newest research brief, entitled Belonging and Community Health in Richmond. The report uses a series of maps and data analysis that assess the extent of gentrification in Richmond by analyzing changes in the demographics and housing market between the years 2000 and 2013. Note authors Eli Moore, Samir Gambhir, and Phuong Tseng, "If regional trends of accelerating housing prices and persistent inequality hit Richmond, a substantial part of the city could be vulnerable." Download the report here. 

A New Mother’s Greatest Concern: Implicit Bias and Low Expectations

Haas Institute Fellow Syreeta Tyrell discusses implicit bias and negative stereotype-inducing expectations as a new mother of a Black baby boy. She expresses her concerns, anticipations, and thoughts on what it means to raise a Black child in today's society under the illusion of a post-racial America. Find out here how she plans to address potential obstacles to create an environment of belonging for her child.
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