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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wikipedia in the Classroom

Workshop | September 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, The Academic Innovation Studio/127D

Samantha Weald, The Wiki Education Foundation

American Cultures

Are you interested in learning how to create Wikipedia as classroom assignments? The AC Center and the Wiki Education Foundation Educators invite you to join us as we discuss how to build Wikipedia assignments into your courses and discover some of the new tools, which support and enhance teaching with Wikipedia.

Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

RSVP by September 4 online.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Film - Series | September 27 | 6-8 p.m. | 105 North Gate

Center for Latin American Studies

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas.

All Audiences

All Audiences

Please note: This film contains mature themes and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

White Supremacy, Gender, and Speech in the wake of Charlottesville

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 140

Michael Cohen; Charis Thompson; Ziza Delgado; Justin Leroy

Center for Race and Gender

This event will focus on the roles white supremacy has played throughout U.S. history as well as its continued effects today, particularly in relation to the 2016 election and upsurge of white nationalist and white supremacist movements.

All Audiences

All Audiences

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Critical Theory Working Group | Collaborations, Co-Operatives, Coalition-Building | Questions Of State

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Jasper Bernes, Independent Scholar and Author

Keith Feldman, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

The Program in Critical Theory

This working group meeting seeks to explore the different challenges and failures in performances of state formation, as well as in alternative models of social formation. How can we hold open space to imagine and engage different possible strategies for a future, while also always imagining new and ever more resilient ways of protecting each other in a dangerous present?

All Audiences, Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Deconstructing the "Refugee Crisis": Race, Representation, and Recognition

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Center for Race and Gender

Denaturalizing the Mediterranean border
Ilaria Giglioli, Geography

Re-forming Refugee Protection: A U.S. Perspective
Kate Jastram, Human Rights Attorney

Representing the “European refugee crisis” in Germany and beyond
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health and Heide Castañeda, Anthropology (University of South Florida)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Whose Classroom?: The Generative Potential of Conflict in Higher Education

Workshop | February 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117)

Dr. Sarah Lappas, ACES Culture and Activism Fellow

American Cultures, Academic Innovation Studio, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor, Center for Teaching and Learning

This event brings together UC Berkeley faculty, and students in a guided dialogue unpacking the tensions, frustrations, opportunities and possibilities of contentious discourse in the classroom.

Friday, February 23, 2018

An African American and Latinx History of the United States: An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights

Lecture | February 23 | 2-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

Paul Ortiz, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

Office of Undergraduate Research, American Cultures, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of African American Studies, Multicultural Community Center

Professor Paul Ortiz will speak about his newly published book, An African American and Latinx History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2018). Spanning more than two hundred years, this much anticipated book is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz...   More >

All Audiences

All Audiences

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Data Science Discovery Projects: Social Impact

Workshop | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117)

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Psychology, UC Berkeley; Joanna Reed, Sociology, UC Berkeley; Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center and Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; Philip Pierini, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program; Chris Hench, Department of German, and ata Science Education Program, UC Berkeley

American Cultures

Data Science Discovery Projects helps to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. This past semester four AC instructors incorporated Data Science Discovery Projects into their courses. The Data Science tools and the content of the AC courses was a powerful combination. A combination which it is hoped will be...   More >

Faculty, Students - Graduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Monday, April 2, 2018

Toward Real Sanctuary Cities: A Conversation With: Corrina Gould, Gerald Lenoir, Bilal Mafundi Ali and Maria Zamudio, facilitated by Leslie Dreyer

Workshop | April 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

518 Valencia, San Francisco, CA

American Cultures

The same colonizing ideologies used to force indigenous folks from their land, institutionalize slavery and impede many POCs from accessing economic stability are still in effect today as speculators capitalize on racialized displacement and commodification of our homes in these so-called ‘sanctuary cities’. Bay Area politicians are catering to tech wealth and luxury development, while...   More >

Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Thursday, April 19, 2018

“Breathe for Me, Sing For Me”: Hip Hop and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 5-8 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

American Cultures

In the movement for Black Lives, hip-hop artists have given expressive shape to the frustrations and aspirations of a generation of activists. Hip-hop music and art has, in many cases, illuminated the complexities and challenges of the movement and creatively engaged Black futurity, even as the most visible and audible anthems have been coopted in ways that often obscure these meanings. Featuring...   More >

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cal Day Event: From Incarceration to Education

Film - Short | April 21 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

Jonathan Simon, Keynote Speaker and Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Skylar Economy, Film Producer and Member, Underground Scholars Initiative; David Maldonado, Featured Student and Member, Underground Scholars Initiative

Clarence Ford, Featured Student and Member, Underground Scholars Initiative

American Cultures

Join the Underground Scholars Initiative and the American Cultures Center for a screening of FITE (From Incarceration to Education), a short documentary about formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley and their paths to higher education and success. The film screening will include keynote speaker Jonathan Simon and a Q&A panel with the students in the film. Reception to follow.

RSVP by April 15 online, or by calling 510-664-7065.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tech Profiling, Policing, and Disruption of our 'Sanctuary Cities': A conversation and strategy session with speakers from Arab Resource Organizing Center, Asian Law Caucus, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Anti-Police Terror Project

Seminar | April 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117)

Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource Organizing Center; Christina Sinha, National Security and Civil Rights Program Co-Leader, Asian Law Caucus; Cat Brooks, Executive Director, Justice Teams Network & Co-Founder Anti-Police Terror Project; Stephanie Lacambra, Attorney and Legal Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Juan Prieto, Immigrant Rights Organizer / Statewide Communications Strategist, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance; Leslie Dreyer, ACES Artist in Residence and Organizer, ACES Program and Housing Rights Committee

American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Arts + Design

Technologies coming out of the Bay Area are being used to surveil, profile, police and even deport vulnerable residents in our so-called Sanctuary Cities. Platforms claiming to promote democracy have corrupted it – often privileging white supremacy and recentralizing power while silencing dissent of targeted communities. Combining analysis by legal experts and on-the-ground organizers, we'll...   More >

RSVP online.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Insurgent Knowledges: A conversation with Damien Sojoyner and Sabina Vaught

Lecture | April 27 | 2-4 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio/117

Damien Sojoyner, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine; Sabina E. Vaught, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education, Tufts University

American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Center for Research on Social Change, Academic Innovation Studio

The authors will discuss their new books and engage the audience in critical questions about race, power, discipline, and the prison and education­al institutions in the United States.

Faculty, Students - Graduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Monday, April 30, 2018

Teaching in Summer Workshop

Workshop | April 30 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117)

American Cultures

Please join us for a discussion of some of the best approaches to teaching during the summer at UC Berkeley. Among the topics, we will discuss are strategies for managing extended summer class time, what to expect from summer student enrollment, the specifics of the AC requirement, and teaching to issues of racial and economic justice in diverse classrooms.

RSVP by April 30 online.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

American Cultures Teaching Award and Student Prize Ceremony

Reception | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room

American Cultures

Please join us in celebration of the accomplishments of this year's recipients of the AC Teaching Award and Student Prize. The AC Teaching Award is intended to recognize individual faculty’s exemplary teaching in the American Cultures curriculum. The prize also recognizes student’s work as a standard of excellence in scholarship. Refreshments will be provided.