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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: January 26th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi

Please join us on January 26, 2022 from 12-1:30pm for an online "Authors Meet Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi" (Oxford University Press), by Abhishek Kaicker, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of History. Professor Kaicker will be joined in conversation by Asad Ahmed, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley; and Aarti Sethi, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: February 3rd, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT

Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education

Please join us (in-person or online) on February 3rd, 2022 from 12-1:30pm PST for an "Author Meets Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education," by Charlie Eaton, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. Professor Eaton will be joined in conversation by Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley, and Jonathan Glater, Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Johnson-Hanks. Register to attend.

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Lecture

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Event Date: February 24th, 2022
4:00pm

The Problem of Trust in the Digital Public Sphere

Join us on February 24 for a Matrix Distinguished Lecture by William Davies, Professor of Political Economy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Drawing on his recent books, "Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason" and "This Is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain," Davies identifies pivotal ways in which liberal visions of the public sphere have been damaged, and what kinds of alternatives take their place.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: March 7th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

Precolonial Legacies in Postcolonial Politics: Representation and Redistribution in Decentralized West Africa

Please join us on Monday, March 7th from 12pm-1:30pm PST for an "Author Meets Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "Precolonial Legacies in Postcolonial Politics: Representation and Redistribution in Decentralized West Africa," by Martha Wilfahrt, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Political Science. Professor Wilfahrt will be joined by Scott Strauss, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, and Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, at Stanford University. Leonardo Arriola will moderate.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: April 22nd, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Engineering Vulnerability: In Pursuit of Climate Adaptation

Please join us on Friday, April 22 from 12pm-1:30pm PST for an "Author Meets Critics" panel focused on the book "Engineering Vulnerability: In Pursuit of Climate Adaptation," by Sarah Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Professor Vaughn will be joined in conversation by Stephen Collier, Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, and Sugata Ray, Associate Professor in the Departments of History of Art and South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.

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Special Event

Recap

Published December 10, 2021

Berkeley Psychology 100 Year Celebration

Recorded on December 8, 2021, this video features a series of talks by members of the University of California, Berkeley Department of Psychology, in celebration of the department's 100th anniversary. The event featured “lightning talks," short form-presentations from four distinguished members of the faculty, showcasing the exciting research being conducted in this top-ranked department.

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Grad Student Profile

Interview

Published December 10, 2021

Addressing Latinx Social Inequality in Later Life

For this Q&A, Julia Sizek, Matrix Content Curator and a PhD Candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology, spoke with two graduate students from UC Berkeley — Isabel García Valdivia and Melanie Z. Plasencia — whose research examines what aging looks like for the Latinx communities in the United States, particularly in California, Mexico, and New Jersey.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published December 8, 2021

Author Meets Critics: “The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis”

Watch the video of our “Authors Meet Critics” discussion focused on "The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis," by Neil Fligstein, Class of 1939 Chancellor’s Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology. Professor Fligstein was joined in conversation by Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018) and Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy (2021). This event was co-sponsored by the Network for a New Political Economy (N2PE).

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published November 29, 2021

Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India

Recorded on November 16, 2021, this video presents an “Authors Meet Critics” panel focused on the book, Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), by Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, with a joint appointment with DCRP and Global Metropolitan Studies. Professor Balakrishnan was joined in conversation by Sharad Chari, Associate Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley, and Michael Watts, Class of ‘63 and Chancellor’s Professor of Geography Emeritus, and Co-Director of Development Studies at UC Berkeley.

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California Spotlight

Recap

Published November 20, 2021

The Labor of Fire: Wildlands Firefighting and Incarceration in California

Recorded on November 10, 2021, this panel discussion considered how changing wildfires have changed not only how fires are fought, but who fights them. The panel included Brandon Smith, Co-founder and Chief Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP); Jameson Karns, PhD Candidate in History at UC Berkeley; and Lindsey Raisa Feldman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Memphis. Moderated by John Radke, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published November 5, 2021

Matrix On Point: Religion in the Age of Information

Religion, as we know it, is being reframed, reshaped, and even replaced. Recorded on November 2, 2021, this online panel discussion focused on how digital technologies are transforming both religious doctrines and practices in contemporary society. Co-organized by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published November 4, 2021

Matrix on Point: The Rights and Lives of Non-Citizens

Recorded on October 29, 2021, this panel discussion considered forms of non-citizenship and marginalization around the world, with a special focus on refugees, stateless people, and undocumented migrants. Panelists included Noora Lori, from the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University; Itamar Mann, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law; and Cecilia Menjívar, UCLA; Serena Parekh, Northeastern University. Moderated by UC Berkeley's Irene Bloemraad.

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Affiliated Centers

Call for Papers

Published November 2, 2021

Call For Papers: Managing Distributed Safety and Security in a Hyper-Connected World

UC Berkeley scholars are co-editing a special issue of Safety Science, an international medium for research in the science and technology of human and industrial safety. Papers are sought that address the challenges of safety and security as “messy” problems whose components are hard to define. Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2022

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Special Event

Recap

Published October 29, 2021

Music, the Diaspora, and the World: A Conversation with Angélique Kidjo

In this conversation, recorded on October 28, 2021, the University of California, Berkeley's Social Science Matrix, together with the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Cal Performances, and the Black Studies Collaboratory, took advantage of the precious artist-in-residency of Angélique Kidjo on the UC Berkeley campus to open a conversation about the global circulation of African musical forms and musicians, its worldwide significance, and its social power.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published October 29, 2021

Matrix on Point: New Directions in Studying Policing

Contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter and the prison abolition movement point to the long histories of police violence and mass incarceration in the United States and elsewhere, demanding new approaches to approaching the history and present of policing. In this Matrix on Point panel, recorded on October 25, 2021, UC Berkeley graduate students were joined by outside experts in discussing the impacts of policing on the lives and health of officers and the communities they serve, as well as how contemporary policing practices are related to an unjust past.

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Lecture

Recap

Published October 14, 2021

Transformation Through Trauma: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Survive Injuries of Inequality

How do we remake, not simply rebuild, our lives after trauma? Recorded on October 4, 2021, this video presents a lecture by Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Professor Watkins-Hayes is also director of the Center for Racial Justice.

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Social Science / Data Science

Recap

Published October 14, 2021

Doing Academic Research with Amazon Mechanical Turk

Recorded on October 1, 2021, this panel brought together researchers to share their experience with the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform. Moderated by UC Berkeley psychology professor Serena Chen, the panel featured Ali Alkhatib, Interim director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics at the University of San Francisco; Stefano DellaVigna, Daniel Koshland, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Business Administration at UC Berkeley; and Gabriel Lenz, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley.

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