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Event Date: October 8th, 2021

Critical Infrastructure Under Stress

The Center for Global Metropolitan Studies and Social Science Matrix invite members of the UC Berkeley community — including doctoral students, researchers, and faculty — to participate in a campus-wide, interdisciplinary research initiative entitled, “Critical Infrastructure Under Stress.” The objective of the year-long series of events is to build connections across disciplines and to define and enable an impactful research agenda that leverages the rich research community at UC Berkeley and beyond.

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Matrix On Point

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Event Date: October 25th, 2021

Matrix on Point: New Directions in Studying Policing

Contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter and the prison abolition movement point to the long histories of police violence and mass incarceration in the United States and elsewhere, demanding new approaches to approaching the history and present of policing. In this Matrix on Point presentation, panelists — including Kimberly Burke, Matthew Guariglia, Brie McLemore, and Eduardo Duran — will discuss the impacts of policing on the lives and health of officers and the communities they serve, as well as how contemporary policing practices are related to an unjust past.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: November 3rd, 2021

Author Meet Critics: “Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India”

Please join us on November 3, 2021 from 9:30am-11am Pacific for an "Authors Meet Critics" book panel on "Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India," by Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, with a joint appointment with DCRP and Global Metropolitan Studies. Professor Balakrishnan will be joined in conversation by Sharad Chari, Associate Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley, and Michael Watts, Class of ‘63  and Chancellor’s Professor of Geography Emeritus, UC Berkeley.

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Podcast

Interview

Published September 16, 2021

A New Voice for Black History: Xavier Buck, PhD

In this episode of the Matrix Podcast, Julia Sizek interviews Xavier Buck, Deputy Director of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation. Buck graduated with a PhD in History from UC Berkeley in 2021. The discussion focuses on Buck’s work in public history, including his @historyin3 channel (which can be found on TikTok and Instagram), his current work at the Huey P. Newton Foundation, and his dissertation research, which shows connections between Black experiences in Louisiana and California in the 20th century.

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Cities

Interview

Published September 1, 2021

A Photographic Interview: Kaily Heitz on Black Oakland

Kaily Heitz, who earned her PhD from the UC Berkeley Department of Geography in 2021, studies how concepts of Blackness and Black culture are deployed in the making and marketing of Oakland, California. Her dissertation, entitled “Oakland is a Vibe: Blackness, Cultural Framings and Emancipations of The Town,” draws on Black feminist geographies and media studies to understand contemporary conflicts over gentrification in “The Town.” This interview by Julia Sizek, a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology, revolves around images from Kaily’s work that help reveal the arguments of her work.

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Cities

Interview

Published August 11, 2021

Kate Pennington on Gentrification and Displacement in San Francisco

What impact does new housing have on rents, displacement, and gentrification in the surrounding neighborhood? Read our interview with economist Kate Pennington about her article, "Does Building New Housing Cause Displacement?:The Supply and Demand Effects of Construction in San Francisco.”

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Race

Interview

Published June 9, 2021

A Q&A with Social Psychologist Jack Glaser on Racial Bias and Policing

Jack Glaser, Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy, is a social psychologist whose primary research interest is in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. He investigates the implications of racial profiling and other forms of bias in law enforcement. We spoke with Professor Glaser for his insights on bias in policing in the wake of the past year's protests for racial justice and police reform.

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Podcast

Interview

Published March 30, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Brittany Birberick

In this episode, Professor Michael Watts interviews Brittany Birberick, an anthropology PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley — and a former Matrix Dissertation Fellow. Birberick's dissertation project focuses on urban transformation in Johannesburg, South Africa. More broadly, she writes and thinks about economies, migration, temporality, and aesthetics within an urban context.

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Podcast

Interview

Published February 13, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Clancy Wilmott

In this episode, Professor Michael Watts interviews Clancy Wilmott, Assistant Professor in Critical Cartography, Geovisualisation, and Design in the Berkeley Centre for New Media and the Department of Geography. Professor Wilmott comes to UC Berkeley from the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester, where she received her PhD in Human Geography with a multi-site study on the interaction between mobile phone maps, cartographic discourse, and postcolonial landscapes.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published October 16, 2020

Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City

On October 7, 2020, Dr. Brandi Thompson Summers, Assistant Professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley, discussed her book Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published October 13, 2020

Matrix on Point: The Struggle for Hong Kong

On October 1, 2021, Social Science Matrix hosted a "Matrix on Point," co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies, that considered both the history and future of Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Panelists included Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles; Alex Chow, a doctoral student in the UC Berkeley Department of Geography; and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine. Thomas Gold, Professor in the Graduate School at UC Berkeley, moderated the panel.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published September 28, 2020

Homelessness and the Bay Area Housing Crisis

On September 21, 2020, a panel of researchers, advocates, and medical practitioners joined a "Matrix on Point" discussion focused on homelessness and the San Francisco Bay Area’s housing crisis.

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Interview

Article and News

Published July 29, 2020

Q&A: Dan Lindheim on Police and the Community

An interview with the former Oakland City Administrator — and member of a new Matrix Research Team on police and the community.

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Cities

Article

Published April 8, 2020

Gangs, Labor Mobility, and Development

 A Q&A with Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, PhD Candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Political Science, on his research showing the staggering economic toll of living within gang-controlled territory.

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Matrix Lecture

Recap

Published January 28, 2020

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Race for Profit

In a Matrix Distinguished Lecture, Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor explained how banks and the real estate industry have undermined black homeownership.

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