Campus scholars' perspectives on topical issues — in conversation with you

A holiday message for the Berkeley campus

As the semester winds down and the holidays approach, I want to share with you a few reflections about where we as a campus have been and where we are headed. Please view this short video message for some of these thoughts:  I hope your holiday break is invigorating, and I wish you a very … Continue reading »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision and its fallout

President Trump’s announcement that the United States now officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has tossed the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians into a political tailspin on an unprecedented scale, while raising new tensions in the region and at worst, inciting a fresh round of violence:  in that this discursive disruption could … Continue reading »

Urging action to oppose GOP tax plans

This post was co-authored with Fiona Doyle, UC Berkeley’s vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate division. Right now, Congress is considering tax reform proposals that would harm the financial security of students and their families, and threaten the research, education, health care and public service missions of universities. Numerous provisions would … Continue reading »

Roots and branches of Honduras’ electoral crisis

Observers from the Organization of American States have issued a preliminary report on the election that took place November 26, and is still unsettled. Even the short English summary exudes alarm about a profoundly flawed process: “The tight margin of the results, and the irregularities, errors and systemic problems that have surrounded this election do … Continue reading »

Thinking about food, education and change in the land of the Incas

I first visited Peru 10 years ago and fell in love with the country. I enjoyed Lima’s wonderful coastline and the impressive old city. I will always remember my visit to Machu Picchu, which is one of my top-five favorite global destinations. With coca tea, I survived the altitude of the magnificent Cusco, the capital … Continue reading »