My mother died 20 years ago. We had a good relationship. I gave her flowers on every occasion possible and told her I loved her, but only now, as I get older, I realize how much she affected my attitude and my thinking. My mother was born during the First World War in Jerusalem. She … Continue reading »
Five lessons on housing for youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation
By Julie Freccero and Audrey Taylor In December 2022, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center’s Health and Human Rights Program released Family and Me (FAM): A New Model of Foster Care for Youth Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in San Francisco in partnership with the San Francisco Safety, Opportunity, and Lifelong Relationship (SF SOL) … Continue reading »
My Annual Review 2022
In 2022, I returned to some normality. First, I traveled more. I had a wonderful trip, including Lithuania, Italy, and Israel. We had a great conference in Bologna; I enjoyed Cinque Terre and seeing my sister and relatives warmed my heart. Later in the year, I had a great trip to Argentina, combining research, tourism, … Continue reading »
Dania Matos: Juneteenth is a catalyst for remembering our national commitments to freedom, liberty and equity
“There is work to be done at all levels: our country, our communities, ourselves and our campus,” equity and inclusion leader writes
The last colonial war in Europe or why Ukraine cannot surrender
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.
How much more disruption must we suffer before we re-imagine public schools?
Many students in Oakland are facing a fifth and possibly sixth year of disruption. How do we build momentum toward a new way of “doing school,” especially for those who have been systematically marginalized and underserved? With a state budget surplus and new initiatives for schools and children, the hope of transforming public education is larger than it has been in many decades. However, we need more than funding to work toward equitable outcomes.
My Annual Review 2021
2021 was a better year than 2020, but there is still much room for improvement. The pandemic continued, and new strains of the virus have emerged – but we have effective vaccines. Leorah and I were vaccinated twice and received a booster shot. We continue to wear a mask and avoid large crowds – but … Continue reading »
The agony of Afghanistan
The Biden Administration naïvely expects the Taliban, and what is left of the Afghan government, to arrive at some kind of harmonious agreement. A group that can turn the joy and beauty of a birth into a crime will never change, or honor any agreement.
D Day & AIDS
Today, I have a couple of very different anniversaries. As a 10 year old school boy in CAmbridge I still have a vivid memory of June 5 1944,when the sky filled with thousands of allied planes on their way to bomb the landing areas in Normandy. Some were towing gliders which would land troops behind … Continue reading »
My Annual Review: 2020 A Terrible Year With a Promising Ending
The year 2020 was the worst year I can recall. The pandemic that emerged in January accelerated during the late winter and early spring, stabilized in the summer, and remerged with cooler temperatures. We’ve had more than 300,000 fatalities in the US and close to 2 million globally, and the toll is rising. In addition, … Continue reading »
There is a lot to be grateful for, even this year
In this year of the election, pandemic, and general mayhem, we still have a lot to be grateful for.
Now is our chance to kill ‘Berkeley Time’
The way UC Berkeley schedules classes is pretty nutty. It’s not just that they begin 10 minutes after the announced time, with a 10 AM class actually starting on “Berkeley Time” at 10:10 AM and a course scheduled for 3:30 PM-5 PM commencing at 3:40 PM. That would be needlessly confusing in itself. But what … Continue reading »
We need protagonists of color and diversity in our case discussion classrooms
Why do we teach? What outcomes do we seek in our students when we step into the classroom or create a learning opportunity? I seek a variety of outcomes: some easy to accomplish, others exceedingly difficult. On the easiest end of the spectrum, I often expose students to facts, formulas – essentially knowledge they need … Continue reading »
Diary of a coronavirus shut-in
Has it been six weeks that we are in house arrest? Time and space are so transmogrified that it feels like living on a spaceship or a lifeboat. I don’t grasp the rules. Am I a potential threat or a potential victim of the current global plague? Or both?
Thoughts from your Black colleague
If you read no further, understand this: Black Lives Matter = if anyone kills a Black person, their punishment should be the same as if they killed someone from any other race.
Students graduating again with a real-life history lesson
Reflections from a Berkeley professor, 50 years after another round of tumultuous college graduations
Ring a ring Roses: We all fall down
The people who put their lives at risk to save others, over three centuries ago during the “Black Death,” were illiterate farmers. They had no central heating, no running water, no phones, and no microwaves to make life easier. I think, I am going to stop feeling sorry for myself.
By staying apart, we are working together as a community
We are working together by staying apart. Over the last week, you’ve been asked to make drastic changes to your lives. At UC Berkeley, we’ve suddenly moved to remote instruction. You’ve been asked to keep your distance from friends and classmates (maintain ~6 ft spacing). You’ve been asked to wash your hands with soap and … Continue reading »
Didn’t vote? You’re in the majority
If I asked you to name the biggest political party in the United States, what would be your answer? You probably have two guesses that come to mind: the Democratic party or the Republican party. Well, it’s neither. It’s the party of Non-Voters. Let’s look at the last presidential election: 100 million Americans who were … Continue reading »
What Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ means to me
Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday! The Stevie Wonder version of “Happy Birthday” is very popular in the Black community. We’ll appease people and sing the traditional version all the way through, then immediately bust out in the more enthusiastic rendition Stevie released in 1980. For a long time, I thought … Continue reading »