NOVEMBER 19, 2015
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Acclaimed Professor and Disability Studies Expert to Join Berkeley Faculty as Endowed Chair of Equity and Inclusion

Karen NakamuraThe Haas Institute is thrilled to announce that renowned scholar Karen Nakamura will be the new endowed chair of the Institute's Disability Studies research cluster. Nakamura, who is currently a professor of anthropology and East Asian studies at Yale University, will be starting her new position at Berkeley on January 1. “Through my hiring, the university and the Haas Institute have made a major  investment in disability as one of the major rubrics of a fair and inclusive society,” Nakamura said. “My own goals for the next ten years are to build on Berkeley’s strong tradition of humanistic disabilities studies by incorporating perspectives from the social sciences, while also leveraging the UC’s strength in engineering, art, and design.” Read more about Karen's hire here and in the Berkeley News here.

Cover of the US Farm Bill ReportThe US Farm Bill and Structural Racialization

"Does the US Farm Policy Have a Race Problem?" was the question asked in an article published on Civil Eats examining the Haas Institute's new report on the US Farm Bill. The Farm Bill has been the cornerstone of food and agricultural legislation since its inception in 1933. Report author and Haas Institute Global Justice Program Director Elsadig Elsheikh noted in the article, “The food system itself is reflective of a society unable to deal with certain social ills.... the irony is that corporations and large-scale farms receive far more handouts and subsidies under the law today than needy individuals." He says corporate influence is “a threat not only to our food system, but also to our democratic principles.” Read the CivilEats piece and read and download the report, The US Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the US Food System.
Melissa Murray
In a recent interview examining the marriage equality movement with Berkeley Law Professor Melissa Murray, she notes that there is a darker side to marriage that many people tend to overlook. “What the marriage equality movement really did not think about is that there is a kind of normalizing process that goes on in marriage,” says Murray. “Marriage signals that these people—the sexual relations that they have—are respectable, are valued, are worthy.” Murray added, "Marriage worked as a kind of state-imposed sexual discipline. Those having sex within marriage were literally 'in law,' while unmarried people having sex were sexual 'outlaws.'" Murray is a member of the Haas Institute LGBTQ Citizenship clusterRead the entire article from Berkeley News.
David CardOn both sides of the political debate, an argument against raising the minimum wage has been that it will cost the economy much needed jobs. According to an article this week in Slate, well-known research by Alan Krueger and UC Berkeley's David Card, who is a faculty member of the Haas Institute Economic Disparities cluster, continues to inform much of the current discussion around wages. Read the perspective on

Racial Equity Toolkit Cover

TheHaas Institute joined forceswith the Center for Social Inclusionto jointly run theGovernment Alliance on Race & Equity, a national network of local and regional government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. A new online resource guide and toolkit published by the Government Alliance are part of the efforts to inform, educate, and support jurisdictions and its constituents in these regards. Find out more about the Government Alliance and download both reports.

Today is Berkeley's BIG GIVE! When you give a donation today, it will support increasing diversity and opportunity for all of Berkeley's students, staff, and faculty efforts, including the work of the Haas Institute to continue our research and community-engaged work to advance a fair and equitable society. We hope you will support through the Big Give today! (choose "Increasing diversity and Opportunity at Cal" in the giving portal.)
Third World Multiracial Solidarity Conference
Saturday, Nov. 21
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hearst Annex Auditorium, Room A1, UC Berkeley This conference will engage activists and scholars who were involved with the Third World Liberation Front Strikes during the late 1960s with issues and concerns facing younger generations and youth today. Through speaker panels, cultural performances, and dialogue, this conference will learn from the past and highlight community issues that unite and divide our different racial and ethnic communities today.

Monday, Nov. 30
Lessons from the Arab Spring with Dr. Moncef Marzouki, former President of Tunisia
Presented by the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
4:00 – 6:00 pm 
International House, Chevron Auditorium, UC Berkeley
Dr. Marzouki is the first democratically elected president of Tunisia after the January revolution in 2011. Dr. Marzouki is a doctor of medicine, a human rights activist, and an author of numerous works on political philosophy in the Arab world. Find out more about the event here.
Laverne Cox Flyer

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Laverne Cox
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Acclaimed Orange is the New Black actress and activist Laverne Cox will tell her story at UC Berkeley in this inaugural event of the campus climate series. The event will launch “Make the Most of Your Moment,” a public campaign to inspire dialogue and action for a healthier, fully inclusive campus climate at UC Berkeley. Presented by the Division of Equity & Inclusion.
Dec. 14
A Conversation on Race and Belonging with john a. powell
6:00 pm – 8:00pm
The Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO
Hosted by Communities Creating Opportunities
Information on tickets here.
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