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:

Christians under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet

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, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished 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 Sociology Department and the Linguistics Department

April 2017