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Six actions to make belonging real in tech

Guest Blogger, Othering and Belonging Institute | May 18, 2022

This blog was authored by UC Berkeley Othering and Belonging experts Emnet Almedom, Nicole Montojo and Eli Moore. The ideas expressed in this post are not necessarily those of the Othering & Belonging Institute or UC Berkeley, but belong to the authors.  What would it take to collectively own our data? How could we regulate the environmental … Continue reading »

What’s Next in Science & Technology

Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center | May 16, 2022

A Blueprint for A New Standard in Science & Technology The world needs advancement from science and technology more than ever. Science and Technology has played a key role in our understanding of the world. This includes the structure of the atom, understanding DNA, the creation of the transistor, the concept of computing machines, and so … Continue reading »

Towards an Ethic of Friendship in Academic Research: A Reflection on Rwanda and Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | April 21, 2022

Since the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi and, in particular, since the mid-2000s, there has been a growing and considerable amount of academic research taking place in Rwanda by global researchers, particularly from Europe and North America. Few countries in Africa have achieved such academic research attention, and much of it pertains to the genocide … Continue reading »

What Caused the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi?

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | April 20, 2022

As we commemorate the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi—which took place 28 years ago in April of 1994—it is essential to reflect on the failures of many different individuals, organizations, and governments that enabled the genocide. We are commemorating the genocide because of the decisions with catastrophic consequences that U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine … Continue reading »

On the difference between Agricultural Economics

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics |

    For fifty years, I wondered what the difference between an agricultural and resource economics (ARE) and ECON departments was?  Thinking about it for over forty years, I will tell you how I came to an answer.  I began my working life as a computer programmer and studied economics and statistics in Israel.  Eithan … Continue reading »

Personal Narrative in the Study of Ethics and International Affairs

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | April 19, 2022

We must move beyond abstractions and theories and broad concepts in the study and practice of international affairs toward engagement with the individual and his or her narrative, and how the individual lives and experiences that vast world that encompasses “international affairs.” In so doing, we will care more and cultivate our empathy, we will … Continue reading »

The Solace and Inspiration of Berkeley’s Nature

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice |

Growing up in New England, I distinctly remember as a child my kind neighbor showing me her yellow marigolds and teaching me about flowers. When it comes to flowers, marigolds are – in retrospect rather fittingly – a humble flower. They are fairly subdued in their beauty and not particularly extravagant or unusual. They don’t … Continue reading »

Dear President Biden and Democrats, here’s your economic message

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | April 12, 2022

As America slouches toward the midterm elections, President Biden and the Democrats need an economic message that celebrates their accomplishments to date – job creation and higher wages – yet also takes aim at the major abuses of economic power that are fueling inflation and widening inequality.

A Blueprint for the Reconstruction of Ukraine

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, professor of economics | April 11, 2022

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. Thousands of civilians have been killed; millions of people have been displaced, including 2 million children displaced outside of Ukraine; and the scale of destruction in the country is already staggering. The General Assembly of the United Nations has condemned Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. Although the … Continue reading »

Samuelson Clinic Report on Access to Broadband

Gabrielle Daley, Clinical Teaching Fellow | April 8, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic thrust nearly all of public and private life online, exacerbating the consequences for those on the wrong side of the digital divide. Some of those consequences — such as struggles to access employment, healthcare, and education — are more familiar than others. But the less obvious consequences are no less grave, as … Continue reading »

Russian Supremacists on the Loose

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, professor of economics | April 3, 2022

Given the scale of senseless murder in Ukraine, it is only fair to talk about the Russian attitude towards Ukrainians as Russian supremacism. We often hear that a nation that produced Tchaikovsky and Tolstoi can’t be savage. But shielding behind Tchaikovsky and Tolstoi, in reality Russia shielded itself from modern achievements of humanity in terms of human rights, freedom of expression, and equality for all.

Russian Universities During and After Putin – The War in Ukraine is a Turning Point

John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow and Research Professor - Public Policy and Higher Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education | March 31, 2022

The invasion and brutal attack by Russian forces on Ukraine has brought tremendous suffering to millions of Ukrainians, including those in higher education sector. Dozens of universities have been bombed, and hundreds of thousands of students and academics have fled their homes. Research and teaching have been disrupted almost everywhere across Ukraine. The global academic … Continue reading »

Erasing the Ukrainian Holocaust site of Babi Yar. Again

Rebecca Golbert, Executive Director, Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies | March 22, 2022

Babi Yar is the single most symbolic site of the Holocaust in Ukraine and across the former Soviet Union; it captures the predominant way in which the Germans and their allies massacred Jews on Soviet and Ukrainian soil, what priest and author Patrick Desbois has called “the Holocaust by bullets”.

The last colonial war in Europe or why Ukraine cannot surrender

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, professor of economics | March 19, 2022

The destiny of Ukraine and much of the world is in the balance now. If Ukraine falls, the cancer of war will spread to the rest of the world and the law of the jungle will be a new global order where a big country can take over a small country. If Ukraine defeats the Russian aggression, another Berlin wall will fall and there will be another spring on the remnants of the Soviet empire that call themselves Russian Federation.

We must offer Putin an offramp from his war in Ukraine ASAP

David Levine, professor of business administration | March 16, 2022

The risks of escalation between NATO and Russia—a nuclear superpower with a potentially unstable leader—are clear. It’s crucial that we negotiate with our foe, no matter how distasteful. We must give Russia an attractive path to leave Ukraine as soon as possible.