February 2017

 Thursday, February 2


CRWS Colloquia Series:

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory

Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow in the International Studies Program at New America

This talk will offer an incisive narrative history of the Islamic State, from the 2005 master plan to reestablish the Caliphate to its quest for Final Victory in 2020. Drawing on large troves of recently declassified documents captured from the Islamic State and its predecessors, counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of this organization's complex and largely hidden past--and what the master plan suggests about its future. Fishman argues that only by understanding the Islamic State's full history--and the strategy that drove it--can we understand the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Co-sponsored by Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 March 2017

Wednesday, March 1


CRWS Colloquia Series:

Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality. Based on her 2016 book, Christians under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, Burke shows how online dialogue on Christian message boards and blogs both reinforces and reimagines religious rules about gender, marriage, and what counts as sexually normal and good.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

 Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Sociology Department

Tuesday, March 14


CRWS Colloquia Series:

The Present Political Divide: What To Do Now

George Lakoff, Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society and Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley

How does Trump think, how does he control public discourse, and why does he have the appeal that he has? What do the Democrats fail to understand about Trump and his followers? What can those in the American majority that oppose Trump do now, and what should the majority and the media not do that would only help Trump?

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Linguistics Department and Berkeley Center for Neural Mind & Society, UC Berkeley

April 2017

 Friday, April 21


Anxious Democracy: The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency - A One-Day Symposium

This symposium is free and open to the public.

REGISTER for the conference here. 

9:00-9:15 - Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:15-10:45 - Panel 1: Constitutional Rights

First Amendment - Lowell Bergman, Journalism, UC Berkeley

Conflict of Interest/Voter Rights - Bertrall Ross, Berkeley Law

Criminal Justice - Jonathan Simon, Berkeley Law

10:45-11:00 - Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Panel 2: Health and Public Welfare

Health Care - Ben Handel, Economics, UC Berkeley

Women’s Rights - Melissa Murray, Berkeley Law

Science & Climate - Fred Block, Sociology, UC Davis

Education - Janelle Scott, Education, UC Berkeley

12:30-2:00 - Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00-3:30 - Panel 3: Global Engagement and the Trump Presidency

Immigration - Alberto Garcia, History, UC Berkeley

Foreign Policy - Daniel Sargent, History, UC Berkeley

Trade, Taxes and Inequality - Paul Pierson, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Trump Presidency - Terri Bimes, Political Science, UC Berkeley


Blanche DuBois Room (D37), Hearst Field Annex, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the History Department, the Graduate School of Journalism, and the Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society.

June 2017

June 14-16

Global Social Movements: Left and Right

Wednesday, June 14 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 15 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, June 16 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Carl Boggs, Grace Chang, Eve Darian-Smith,  Barbara Epstein, George Katsiaficas, Doug Kellner ,Carlos Munoz, Ruth Needleman

Entire conference (3 days) includes all panels, keynotes, film screenings (if any), receptions (if any), and "Crossing Borders: People, Capital, Culture," the new GSA book containing papers from the 2016 conference held at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Clark Kerr Campus

Sponsored by Global Studies Association North America

Co-sponsored by Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley

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