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David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | May 4, 2017

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program is a three-week summer program that has trained more than 600 professionals, leaders and concerned citizens interested in issues of sustainable development, the environment and natural resources. It provides policy, conflict resolution, climate change, supply chain management, and marketing through interactive learning, group interaction, field trips, and projects. It helps … Continue reading »

Irma Adelman (1930-2017): A leading economist and outstanding Berkeley faculty member

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | March 28, 2017

I was very sorry to learn that Irma Adelman passed away February 24, 2017. A brilliant woman whose life story and achievements were truly awe-inspiring, Irma lived through some of the most important events of the 20th century and her research tools and ideas have impacted the lives of countless people. We were privileged to … Continue reading »

Ken Arrow – A Great economic theorist, but an even Greater humanist

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | March 6, 2017

When I was an undergraduate student in Israel, I remember asking one of my professors, ‘Who is the greatest economist in the world today: Samuelson or Friedman?’ His answer surprised me: Arrow. I was embarrassed not to know him, and asked “Who?!” My professor replied, “If you go to graduate school, you’ll learn about him.” … Continue reading »

Implementing change in Berkeley

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | February 14, 2017

Some of the readers of my blog post on reenergizing Berkeley asked me: How do you suggest to implement all these changes, and this is my perspective[1]. First I believe that we have been operating without a long-term plan for some time now and our decisions have become piecemeal. We need to establish a coherent … Continue reading »

A new social compact for America

john a. powell, director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | February 7, 2017

Our society is undergoing a profound shift. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many of our foundational values and assumptions about our democracy are being called into question. Our core institutions and norms are under attack and in need of defending and reclaiming. There are certain things that most people consider not up for … Continue reading »

When “PROTEST!” is wrong

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer in International Relations | February 2, 2017

Another protest, another unsafe campus, another strike against free speech. On Wednesday evening, some protesters carried placards reading “hate speech is not free speech,” and they succeeded in stopping the free speech of an invited speaker (Milo Yiannopoulos). What would he have said? What is the crowd’s counter-argument? Who represents a crowd? In this case, … Continue reading »

A new vision for undergraduate education

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | January 5, 2017

I appreciate David Zilberman’s apt and inspiring message (Re-energizing UC Berkeley). We need new thinking if we are to remain the great university we have been in the past. I’m using this blog to focus on what I consider an exciting and needed innovation in undergraduate teaching. An innovation that can be used to help … Continue reading »

Re-energizing UC Berkeley

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | January 3, 2017

For years, Berkeley has been ranked by the National Research Council number 1 in terms of elite graduate programs, but over the last few years, I feel that Berkeley is in malaise. Berkeley possesses a unique combination of breadth, depth, beauty and charm. Berkeley is a hub of nuclear power and the peace movement, biotechnology and … Continue reading »

My annual review 2016

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | December 23, 2016

This year wasn’t a good year in many aspects. On February 13, we lost Leorah’s mom, Hana, who was 94. She stayed with us during the last 18 months of her life and Leorah did an incredible effort to make her last few months on earth as pleasant as possible. We miss her and will … Continue reading »

What Filipino American history makes visible

Catherine Ceniza Choy, professor of ethnic studies | October 27, 2016

On October 26, 2016, Pilipino American student organizations hosted Sproul Visibility Day, an event that honors Filipino American History Month and makes visible the presence of Filipino Americans at UC Berkeley. They invited me to be a speaker at this event. The following is the transcript of my speech: October is Filipino American History Month. … Continue reading »

Implicit bias in the presidential debate

john a. powell, director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | September 27, 2016

The presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday night was the most watched presidential debate in American history. Race was a prominent theme of the debate, as it has been the whole campaign. At one point, moderator Lester Holt asked Secretary Clinton if she “believed that police are implicitly biased against black people” and … Continue reading »

Can we tell a different story?

john a. powell, director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | July 18, 2016

The past two weeks have ripped at the heart of America. We have had to witness senseless killings and we’ve had to witness far too many of them. The nation witnessed with outrage and grief the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, their names added to a list that is already disproportionately heavy with … Continue reading »

Return paths and social contributions of African alumni revealed in tracer study

Robin Marsh, resident researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues | July 11, 2016

There have been scant studies initiated by global universities to follow-up on the career and life trajectories of their international alumni. While such studies are regularly conducted for domestic graduates, and provide an important basis for recruitment and private or government support, campuses typically lack the institutional research support or mandate to conduct such systematic … Continue reading »

Takeaways from the Housing Development Dashboard

Carol Galante, faculty director, Berkeley Program in Housing and Urban Policy | July 7, 2016

The Terner Center’s recent release of the Housing Development Dashboard was met with enthusiasm from media outlets, practitioners and policymakers, all commenting on its important contribution to our understanding of local housing production and related policies. I want to share some of my biggest takeaways from the Dashboard, to illustrate why and how I think … Continue reading »

The retirement of Angie Erickson- an end of an era

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | July 5, 2016

On July 1st we held a celebration on the steps of Giannini Hall as Angie Erickson retired after 33 years of service in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) and seven years as my Assistant (I actually favor the old fashion term Secretary because it implies the keeper of secrets, or confidant). Retirements … Continue reading »

Brexit and Campus Shared Services

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | July 2, 2016

We were evolved to live out lives in small groups, often of only a few thousand people, This is how Native Americans lived in California before the Europeans arrived.  Until the 1930s, a million people lived a Stone Age way of life In the Highlands of New Guinea, cut off from the rest of the … Continue reading »

I offered Muhammad Ali a vasectomy

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | June 4, 2016

I was sorry to learn of Muhammad Ali’s death. In my brief encounter with him I remember a self-confident individual, who could also be thoughtful and sensitive. I was still living in England in the early 1970s, but I was in Florida at a family planning conference. Among the people I had taught to do … Continue reading »

On development and displacement

Miriam Zuk, director, Urban Displacement Project | May 24, 2016

After the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) used our data from the Urban Displacement Project to advocate for the construction of market-rate housing as an anti-displacement tool back in February, questions have poured into our office: Is it true that market rate development reduces displacement? Does subsidized housing really have no effect? What is filtering? … Continue reading »

How the U.S. can strengthen economic and military ties with India

Riddhi Dasgupta, International law expert | May 21, 2016

By John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta: By forging an alliance with Thailand, Taiwan and other Asian nations, the U.S. and India can accelerate economic growth in the region. President Barack Obama has finally resumed progress toward one of the most important strategic goals in American foreign policy: strengthening America’s alliance with India. President Obama’s visit … Continue reading »