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Beyond Identity: Building Collective Struggles for Racial and Health Justice

Colloquium | March 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Room 221


George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara; Rupa Marya, Associate Professor of Medicine and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, UC San Francisco; Carlos Martinez, PhD student, UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Program in Medical Anthropology

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine


Since the 2016 presidential elections, “identity politics” have come under acute fire by a number of liberal and left commentators who fault its proponents with dividing civil society and social movements, while creating a backlash that brought Trump to power. Yet, extensive scholarship in social science and public health has made it clear that race has been and continues to be a foundational force in structuring dramatically unequal social conditions and health outcomes. How should we interpret current critiques of identity politics in light of such racial inequalities? How can race-based politics be reconciled with broad demands for social transformation? What role should health practitioners play in challenging racial inequalities in our current moment? Please join us in discussing these and other urgent questions with our panelists.

Series description: This event is part of a series entitled Social Medicine for Our Times: A Series of Public Talks on Health & Social Justice organized by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.
Decades of neoliberal policies have facilitated the resurgence of a radical right-wing, posing new challenges to advancing an agenda for health equity and social justice. The current moment requires health practitioners and activists to think and strategize in novel, structurally competent, and audacious ways. National Nurses United, which has been at the forefront of the battle to win universal health care, and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine invite you to a series of public talks to do just that. Please join us for our monthly events to explore the different sites of struggle that will be critical to forging a social medicine for our times.

Gifford Room (Kroeber 221)

Sponsored by The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, UC Berkeley


bcsm@berkeley.edu, 510-642-0813