Feb 15, 2017
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A Visualization of Targeted Universalism

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Targeted Universalism is a framework developed to help identify ways to solve many of society's most pressing issues. TU, as it is sometimes abbreviated, is a different way—a powerful way—to make the transformational changes we need. Changes we need to improve life chances, promote inclusion, and enhance and sustain equitable policies and programs. To better understand a targeted universalism framework, we created this new animated explainer video, which explains the difference between targeted universalism and more traditional policy approaches. Watch the video.

New Social Compact: A Coalition of Partners Effecting Change

New Social Compact ImageNew Social Compact is a collaborative effort produced by the Haas Institute along with many individuals and a coalition of partners who have signed on to support this effort. The Compact recognizes we may have many different strategies for achieving our goals, but we are united by common values that guide our actions. The values in this compact are nonpartisan and reflect our grounding in a morality that recognizes the worth of all people. We believe these values are central to any legitimate democratic government. Read the compact and add your signature.

Funding Public Pensions

Funding Public Pensions CoverThe Just Public Finance Program of the Haas Institute released a new research brief on the implications of public financial management that aims for public pensions to be fully-funded. Titled “Funding Public Pensions: Is Full Funding a Misguided Goal?” this report highlights some of the effects of generally accepted accounting rules for public pensions. The report argues that the accounting rules used to evaluate a pension system are part of the problem. The paper is accompanied by a CalSTRS data-based online visualization modeling the sustainability of a partially-funded pension plan. Read the report.

Research Justice in Practice

Feb 23, 4:00–7:00pm
442 Stephens Hall UC Berkeley

How can research be part of the voice and power of marginalized communities? What are examples of this and what principles and practices bring this vision to life? This workshop will use interactive formats and practical examples from the experiences of three leading practitioners. Practictioners include: Miho Kim, former Executive Directot at DataCenter; Claudia Reyes, Mujered Unidas y Activas; Jenny Nguyen, Da Town Researchers, and Lailan Huen, an Oakland-based community organizer. This event is part of the Spring 2017 Workshop Series: Engaging Contradictions: Research, Action, and Justice. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Haas Institute Researcher Nadia Barhoum was recently a guest on KPFA's "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa." Nadia talked about the refugee crisis and her fall 2016 trip to Greece as a volunteer in a refugee camp. Listen to the segment. Read Nadia's account of her trip.

Prison Reentry Film "The Honest Struggle"

 "The Honest Struggle" is a documentary produced by filmmaker Justin Mashouf. The synopsis reads, "After over 25 years of incarceration, a Muslim convert re-enters society in the Southside of Chicago to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling with his past as a gang chief while trying to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging." The Honest Struggle will be shown four times during the Cinequest Film Festival. All screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with director Justin Mashouf. More information on the upcoming Bay Area screenings.

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Nominations for 2016–2017 are due March 8, 2017 at 5pm. More information.
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We are pleased to announce three new confirmed speakers for our upcoming Othering & Belonging Conference: Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright and director, whose play the movie Moonlight was based on; acclaimed photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier; and Zephyr Teachout, law professor and political activist, who ran for Governor of New York and Congress. See our full list of speakers here and sign up for our Othering & Belonging mailing list for the latest updates.  Click here for more information about registration or go here to register directly.
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Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays which include The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.  Tarell’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue is the basis for the film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, which has won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, NAACP Image Award for Best Independent Film, and the Human Rights Campaign’s Visionary Arts Award. The film has also been nominated for a BAFTA Award, and 8 Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay for McCraney and Jenkins. Tarell is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, the Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Windham Campbell Award, and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He was the International Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008-2010, and a former resident playwright at New Dramatists.  He is an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami. Tarell is a graduate from the New World School of the Arts, the Theatre School at DePaul University, and the Yale School of Drama. He was recently named the new Chairman of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama, as well as Playwright in Residence at Yale Repertory Theater.
LaToya Ruby Frazier is a Visual Artist and TED Fellow who works in photography, video, and performance art to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, healthcare inequity, and family and communal history. Her first book The Notion of Family received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. Frazier has received the MacArthur "genius grant" for her work and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. 
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Zephyr Teachout is a law professor, author, and political activist. Her book Corruption in America explores the deep meaning of corruption in American history. She ran for Governor of New York and Congress, and is very involved in local rural organizing. She is currently working on a book about monopolies. 
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