Institutions

Berkeley Conversation

Event

Event Date: September 21st, 2021

Defending Against the Ravages of Disinformation

The online Berkeley Conversation, “Defending Against Disinformation,” will be held on Tuesday Sept. 21 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. The event will be streamed live on YouTube and on Facebook. “Defending Against Disinformation” features a panel of elite scholars who specialize in democracy, law, racial justice, communication and technology: Geeta Anand, dean of the School of Journalism; Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law; Hany Farid, associate dean and head of the School of Information; Susan D. Hyde, chair of the Department of Political Science; and john powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute. The panel will be moderated by Henry Brady, former dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy.

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Affiliated Centers

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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: December 3rd, 2021

Authors Meet Critics: “The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis,” with Neil Fligstein and Adam Tooze

Join us on December 3, 12pm PST for an "Authors Meet Critics" discussion focused on "The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis," by Neil Fligstein, Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology. Professor Fligstein will be joined in conversation by Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University and author of "Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World." Register in advance to attend this online event.

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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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Matrix Book Salon

Recap

Published May 11, 2021

Matrix Book Salon: “Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics”

Recorded on May 7, 2021, this UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix Book Salon featured the book, "Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics," by LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, who was joined in conversation by Taeku Lee, Professor of Political Science and Law at UC Berkeley.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published May 4, 2021

Truth & Denial: Searching for Information in the Digital Era

On April 22, 2021, a "Matrix on Point" panel discussion focused on questions of objectivity, disinformation, and the construction of truth from a media-consumption (rather than media-production) perspective, focusing on how internet users find information, how algorithms play a deterministic role in search results, and how lies propagate and solidify.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published April 26, 2021

“Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity”

Recorded on April 19, 2021, this panel featured a conversation about the book, "Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity," by Armando Lara-Millán, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Co-sponsored by the Center for Study of Law and Society (CSLS).

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Solidarity and Strife

Recap

Published April 13, 2021

Beyond Competition: Alternative Discovery Procedures & The Postcapitalist Public Sphere

On March 19, 2021, Matrix presented a lecture by Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. Presented as part of the SSRC-sponsored research initiative, "Solidarity and Strife: Democracies in a Time of Pandemic.”

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Podcast

Interview

Published April 12, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Rebecca Herman

In this podcast, Michael Watts interviews Rebecca Herman, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley. Professor Herman's research and writing examine modern Latin American history in a global context. Her first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, reconstructs the history of U.S. military basing in Latin America during World War II.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published March 15, 2021

Pandemic Lessons Assessing Educational Inequalities in the Wake of COVID-19

Presented by the University of California, Berkeley's Social Science Matrix on March 9, 2021, this video features an online panel discussion addressing what we have learned about educational inequalities after a year of pandemic-related school closures.

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Matrix Lecture

Recap

Published February 5, 2021

Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century

Recorded on February 3, 2021, this video features a Matrix Distinguished Lecture by Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

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Podcast

Interview

Published January 30, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Mariane Ferme

In this episode, Michael Watts talks with Mariane C. Ferme, Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and the author of "Out of War: Violence, Trauma, and the Political Imagination in Sierra Leone" and "The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone."

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published December 5, 2020

The New Authoritarians

Recorded on November 30, 2020, this Matrix On Point panel considered not only the illiberal tactics these right-wing autocrats have used to consolidate power and further their objectives, but also what it will take to undo the damage they have inflicted upon democratic institutions.

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Affiliated Centers

Recap

Published November 30, 2020

2020 Election Post-Mortem: Why It Happened and the Implications for American Democracy.

Recorded on November 12, 2020, this video features a "post-mortem" analysis of the 2020 election — and what the implications are for the future.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published October 16, 2020

Let Them Eat Tweets

Recorded on October 13, 2020, this panel focused on the book, Let them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, co-authored by Paul Pierson, the John Gross Endowed Chair and Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley.

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