Article by Mona Tawatao, participant at April's Mind Science 2.0 conference, which was sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, American Values Institute, Equal Justice Society and The Ford Foundation. This conference explored the implications and applications of the mind science around implicit bias.
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society:
- Haas Institute Executive Director john powell conducted workshops on structural racialization at
the Barr Foundation and Hyams Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts in May.
- In April, Professor powell also presented on structural marginalization and implicit bias at a convening
organized by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Seattle, Washington.
- At the invitation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Professor john powell participated in a
panel on health disparities and childhood obesity in April in Princeton, New Jersey.
- The Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society held a convening with the Research Network on
Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University on April 17-19 at Duke University. The convening
was built on the discussion and insights of the two previous meetings of Berkeley (Feb. 2012) &
Harvard (Nov. 2012), and set to achieve two broad goals. First, the convening discussed the
intersection of poverty, race and citizenship, and the challenges and opportunities of game-changer
issues that facing social & racial justice movements and related fields, and the role of HIFIS’s
network of meeting those challenges and opportunities. The second goal, the convening discussed
and identified shared agenda, structure, design and moving forward ideas to energize the Haas
Institute’s network hub for transformative change. "
- Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendian authored a blog the Voting Rights Act case,
Shelby v. Holder, currently under review by the Supreme Court this term.
- The Institute’s first Visiting Scholar, Gara LaMarche, gave a third and final lecture on Tuesday, April
16 at Boalt Hall, entitled “What do Progressives Stand For?” Audio and transcript are available
- Haas Institute Associate Director Michael Omi presented in the session on “Left or Right of the
Color Line” on April 18 for the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual
Conference held in Seattle, Washington.
- The Health Disparities Cluster held two talks in April. The first, by Professor Bonnie Duran, focused
on “Health Disparities, Culture and Indigenous Peoples”. The second lecture, by Professor Annie
Ro, spoke to, “Discrimination and Health among Asian Americans”.
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Voting Rights Act Symposium audio now available from Professor john a. powell's opening remarks at, "Mapping the Ballot Box". The day-long symposium on voting rights, held at Berkeley Law, was co-sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society:
- Haas Institute Executive Director john powell gave the opening remarks at, “Mapping the Ballot Box: Voting Rights and the Propensity for Electoral Success in ‘Post Racial’ America” at Berkeley Law. (video forthcoming)
- john powell discussed, “Social Justice, Mindfulness, and the Law: Reflections on “the self”, at a well attended public lecture on March 5, 2013. Students, faculty, staff and members of the general public attended this lecture, which was held in conjunction with the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law. (video)
- Haas Institute Assistant Director co-authored a blog celebrating the Obama administration’s new guidance promoting inclusive measures for disabled students in athletics in secondary education.
- The Haas Institute’s LGBTQ Cluster co-sponsored, “InterSEXtionality Asian Voices in Queer Migration”. This week long symposium consisted of a series of lectures on topics such as: migrant sex workers, gay suicides and bullying legislation, building queer coalitions within the Dream Act movement, and gay marriage.
- On March 11, 2013 the Institute held a public lecture on “The Misalignment of the Public, Private and Corporate Spheres.” Executive Director john powell and Dr. Rob Johnson, Executive Director of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, discussed the expansion of the corporate sphere over the last 40 years, most prominently in the financial and credit sectors, and how that has led to an increasing number of peoples being marginalized. They also offered alternative visions for our economy and what it would take to hold both political forces and corporations accountable.
- The Institute’s first Visiting Scholar, Gara LaMarche, gave two fascinating lectures in the month of March. On March 7, Gara posed the question, “Can Democracy and Philanthropy be Reconciled?” (video) On March 21, he asked “Is Prison Thinking Infecting Public Policy?” (video forthcoming). Gara’s final lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm at 297 Boalt Hall, University of California Berkeley, School of Law. Contact Veronica Hash, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- On March 28, john powell signed the Compendium on “Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South: A Community Philanthropy Strategy” at the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service: Center on Community Philanthrophy. powell’s contribution to the Compendium focused on how implicit bias and structural racialization can move us towards social and personal healing.
- Haas Institute global justice program director, Elsadig Elsheikh, published a blog on the significance of the Supreme Court’s Monsanto case.
- The Haas Institute’s Health Disparities Cluster began a three part lecture series on, “Research Advances in Health Disparities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives” on March 18. Subsequent lectures will be held on April 8 and April 15.
- The Haas Institute published a blog on the Supreme Court’s review of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act in late March.
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