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Emma Goldman Papers sounds the alarm for Nasty Women – past and present – to unite

Candace Falk, Candace Falk | October 24, 2016

Among the most frightening aspects of the specter of a Trump presidency would be the arbitrary use of power, including his threat to “lock up” his “nasty woman” opponent, enact racist policies of massive deportations from, and restricted entry into, the United States, all while bypassing any semblance of the democratic process. This scenario was … Continue reading »

Michelle Obama: ‘It’s about basic human decency’

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | October 13, 2016

“It has shaken me to my core….” Yes. This resonates. Michelle Obama has just delivered the speech of her life — of the lives of many women who watched events in the presidential election since Friday with an increasing sense of disbelief. How could we possibly, in 2016, have a major party candidate for president who spoke … Continue reading »

On National Coming Out Day, I celebrate my birthday

Darren Arquero, Ethnic Studies Doctoral Candidate & Haas Institute Research Fellow | October 11, 2016

I was born 28 years ago today in Houston, Texas. I am the youngest of three siblings born to parents of Filipino descent. Also 28 years ago today, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was established by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary to mark the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay … Continue reading »

California to lead gun violence research, thanks to this man

Andrea Lampros, communications director, Human Rights Center | September 23, 2016

Dr. Garen Wintemute — an emergency medicine doctor and one of the nation’s leading firearm violence researchers — spoke at UC Berkeley this week as part of the Gun Violence in America event series at UC Berkeley and the School of Public Health’s Dean’s Speaker Series. (Watch a video of Wintemute’s talk with professor Magdalena Cerdá.) As … Continue reading »


Charles Henry, professor emeritus, African American studies | September 16, 2016

By refusing to stand for the national anthem, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has launched a widespread discussion about police brutality that probably surprises even him. Of course, as with most controversial protest tactics, the message often gets lost in the outrage over the protest. Nonetheless, the response to Kaepernick and his message can … Continue reading »

Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement joins call for civility, presidential debate standards

Larry Rosenthal, adjunct professor, public policy |

Today the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement at the Goldman School of Public Policy joined the National Institute for Civil Discourse in calling on the presidential debate moderators to adopt a set of standards to ensure that the 2016 presidential debates are fair, informative and civil. We are among more than 60 organizations signing on … Continue reading »

Defeating the Islamic State in the fifth dimension

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer in International Relations |

This is a confusing summer for watchers of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIL, ISIS, or Da’esh): Its territorial state is shrinking, while ISIL is inspiring unprecedented lethality and frequency of terrorism in other states. These trends have been offered as false promises for the decline of ISIL, but to be realistic, we should … Continue reading »

Insights from Standing Rock: as school begins

Tasha Hauff, doctoral student and teacher at Sitting Bull College | September 5, 2016

In January this year I moved to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to take a position at Sitting Bull College teaching Native American Studies, including the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language. Standing Rock is where I wanted to be because of its incredible work with indigenous language revitalization, particularly its growing PK-2nd grade immersion school. The Sacred Stone … Continue reading »

Trump: Roots of improvisation

Lawrence Rosenthal, executive director, Center for Right-Wing Studies | August 27, 2016

From the very start of his campaign, Donald Trump’s case for his superior qualification for the presidency has rested on his vaunted deal-making ability. Here is an excerpt from a fund-raising email his campaign sent around on August 23: “I’ve built my career…by making great deals. I’m known for it — I even wrote a … Continue reading »

Following Trump’s use of language

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics | August 24, 2016

(Note: This is a follow-up to my previous piece, Understanding Trump  at Please read that piece first.) Responsible reporters normally transcribe political speeches so that they can accurately report them.  But Donald Trump’s discourse style has stumped a number of reporters. Dan Libit, CNBC’s excellent analyst, is one of them. Libit writes: “His unscripted speaking … Continue reading »

Two cents for welfare (Part 2)

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | August 17, 2016

After returning from the South, I was determined to complete my interrupted studies, and I moved to California to work as a research assistant for Hortense Powdermaker, my undergraduate mentor at Queens College who had just retired and moved to Berkeley, while I applied to graduate school. During the founding of Peoples Park in the … Continue reading »

Two cents for welfare (Part 1)

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | August 12, 2016

On June 15, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature agreed to end the cap on support for families in need, most of them single mothers and their children. It took 20 years for California to reject a program based on the Clinton-era attack on “welfare as we knew it.” The 1996 Clinton law replaced … Continue reading »

Hillary Clinton and the politics of motherhood

Paula Fass, professor emerita of history | August 9, 2016

It was clear from the beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign that the “woman issue” was going to play a large part, with an emphasis on shattering glass ceilings. What was not clear until the convention was the degree to which this would be centered on mothers and mothering. The Democratic National Convention showcased many … Continue reading »

How did Trump come to be? Trump and the media

Anthony Cascardi, dean, Arts & Humanities | August 3, 2016

As many Americans disbelieve how Donald Trump came to be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party, most jaws simply drop. Then there are the familiar explanations, most of which echo Trump/party views: He echoes white/middle class resentment; he presents as “tough” in an era where the US and he world have been besieged by … Continue reading »

Understanding the allure of Trump

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics | August 1, 2016

There is a lot being written spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read … Continue reading »

Trump says he’s a great negotiator, but the evidence says otherwise

Don Moore, professor, Haas School of Business | July 26, 2016

Despite his lack of experience in elected office and unpresidential behavior on the campaign trail, Donald Trump’s polling strength persists on questions regarding the economy. As Hillary Clinton turns her attention to the general election, she will take aim at Trump’s economic agenda. But if history is any guide, attacking his policies will have limited … Continue reading »

Bernie or bust?

Charles Henry, professor emeritus, African American studies |

Watching the delegates at the national Democratic Convention shouting “Bernie or bust” got me thinking about what the “bust” part of that phrase meant. Had those delegates really thought about what a Trump presidency would mean for them? Had they thought about what it would mean for those without the resources to become delegates? In … Continue reading »

Nice: Entering the gray zone

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | July 19, 2016

“I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one” — John Lennon, “Imagine” So close to home, one of our own, Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student abroad in France, after being missing for four days, was confirmed dead, one of the 84 victims of the terrorist attack in Nice. Three other … Continue reading »

Bernie Sanders’ seven big legacies

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | July 12, 2016

Bernie Sanders’s campaign is now officially over, but the movement he began is still just beginning. He’s provided it seven big legacies: First, Bernie has helped open America’s eyes to the power of big money corrupting our democracy and thereby rigging our economy to its advantage and everyone else’s disadvantage. Polls now show huge majorities … Continue reading »