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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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UC Berkeley Psychology Celebrates 100 Years

The UC Berkeley Department Department cordially invites you to attend the launch event in celebration of its 100th anniversary. This event will feature “lightning talks” – short form-presentations – from four distinguished members of the faculty, showcasing the exciting research being conducted in this top-ranked department. In addition to illustrating the cutting-edge science of Berkeley Psychology, the program will also make clear the relevance of the department's work to addressing some of the most pressing issues confronting us today. 

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Matrix on Point: Democracy, Misogyny and Digital Media

This Matrix on Point panel will focus on today's remarkable political moment, marked both by a new kind of women's activism (centered on #MeToo and related movements) and by the rise of a misogynistic far-right. Panelists will explore the role that digital mediations, from social media to video games, play in this cultural complex. Featuring Sarah Sobieraj, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tufts University; CJ Pascoe, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon; Julia Ebner, radicalisation researcher and bestselling writer; and Kishonna L. Gray, Associate Professor in the Writing, Rhetoric, Digital Studies program at the University of Kentucky. Moderated by Raka Ray, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley.

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The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi

Please join us on January 26, 2022 from 12-1:30pm for an "Authors Meet Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi" (Oxford University Press), by Abhishek Kaicker, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of History. Professor Kaicker will be joined in conversation by Asad Ahmed, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley; and Aarti Sethi, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology.

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Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education

Please join us (in-person or online) on February 3rd, 2022 from 12-1:30pm PST for an "Author Meets Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education," by Charlie Eaton, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. Professor Eaton will be joined in conversation by Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley, and Jonathan Glater, Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Register to attend.

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The Problem of Trust in the Digital Public Sphere

Join us on February 24 for a Matrix Distinguished Lecture by William Davies, Professor of Political Economy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Drawing on his recent books, "Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason" and "This Is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain," Davies identifies pivotal ways in which liberal visions of the public sphere have been damaged, and what kinds of alternatives take their place.

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Precolonial Legacies in Postcolonial Politics: Representation and Redistribution in Decentralized West Africa

Please join us on Monday, March 7th from 12pm-1:30pm PST for an "Author Meets Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "Precolonial Legacies in Postcolonial Politics: Representation and Redistribution in Decentralized West Africa," by Martha Wilfahrt, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Political Science. Professor Wilfahrt will be joined by Scott Strauss, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, and Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, at Stanford University.

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Engineering Vulnerability: In Pursuit of Climate Adaptation

Please join us on Friday, April 22 from 12pm-1:30pm PST for an "Author Meets Critics" panel focused on the book "Engineering Vulnerability: In Pursuit of Climate Adaptation," by Sarah Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Professor Vaughn will be joined in conversation by Stephen Collier, Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, and Sugata Ray, Associate Professor in the Departments of History of Art and South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.