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. It will address the intersections between white supremacy and gender construction, particularly masculinity as a rampant force in alt-right discourse, but also the ways white femininity continues to serve as a symbol of white nationalism. This discussion is a response to recent events in Charlottesville, VA and throughout the country. It also engages the discourse on free speech," asking how the intersections of "free speech" politics and white supremacy have impacted Berkeley's community (past and present) and how to develop a more generative and radical politics moving forward.
Michael Cohen is an Associate Teaching Professor in African American/African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. He is broadly interested in the cultural and political history of the United States from the Civil War to the Present. Teaching Areas: US Cultural History from the Civil War to the Present; Work and Labor History; World War II; Race, class and American popular culture; Cultural Studies and Marxist Theory; Drugs and Alcohol in US History.
Charis Thompson is Chancellors Professor of Gender & Womens Studies at UC Berkeley, and a former founding director of the Science, Technology, and Society Center at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Cornell University, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. She is the author of Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies (MIT Press, 2005), which won the 2007 Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Study of Science, and of Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research (MIT Press, 2013).
Ziza Delgado is an Instructor and Cultural Diversity Coordinator at Glendale Community College. In 2016, she received her PhD in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on the history of the Third World Liberation Front at SF State and UC Berkeley.
Justin Leroy is an Assistant Professor of History at UC Davis. An historian of the nineteenth-century United States, he specializes in African American history. Prior to joining UC Davis in 2016, he was a postdoctoral fellow in global American studies at Harvard University. He is at work on his first book, Freedoms Limit: Racial Capitalism and the Afterlives of Slavery. His research focuses on 19th-century United States; African American history; intellectual history; slavery and abolition; the Atlantic World; comparative histories of empire; the history of capitalism.