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Doing Academic Research with Amazon Mechanical Turk

Please join us on October 1, 2021 at 12pm for a panel discussion focused on Amazon Mechanical Turk, a popular online tool for conducting social science research. The panel will will bring together researchers who will share their experience with the MTurk platform, as well as others who have written about the social and ethical aspects of this platform more generally.

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

How do we remake, not simply rebuild, our lives after trauma? Drawing upon findings highlighted in her book, "Remaking A Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality," Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, will analyze the sociological dimensions of transformative life change and the process of healing from personal and collective injuries of inequality. Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, Sociologists of Color and Allies (SoCa), and the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).

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How Black Lives Matter Influenced the 2020 Presidential Election

The 2021 Citrin Award honors the scholarship of Diana Mutz, Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, whose wide-ranging work using both surveys and experiments has enhanced knowledge in communication and persuasion in politics with a much-needed focus on the bases of civility and mutual understanding in American democracy.

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Critical Infrastructure Under Stress

The Center for Global Metropolitan Studies and Social Science Matrix invite members of the UC Berkeley community — including doctoral students, researchers, and faculty — to participate in a campus-wide, interdisciplinary research initiative entitled, “Critical Infrastructure Under Stress.” The objective of the year-long series of events is to build connections across disciplines and to define and enable an impactful research agenda that leverages the rich research community at UC Berkeley and beyond.

Matrix Book Salon

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Blockchain Chicken Farm, and Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside

Please join us on October 15, 2021 at 12pm for a Matrix Book Salon about Blockchain Chicken Farm and Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside, by technologist and writer Xiaowei Wang, a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley. Wang will be joined in conversation by Xueguang Zhou, the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development at Stanford University.

Matrix On Point

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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 presentation, panelists — including Kimberly Burke, Matthew Guariglia, Brie McLemore, and Eduardo Duran — will discuss 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.

Matrix On Point

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

Join us on October 29 for a "Matrix on Point" panel discussion on forms of non-citizenship and marginalization around the world, with a focus on refugees, stateless people, and undocumented migrants. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI), panelists include Noora Lori, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University; Itamar Mann, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law; Cecilia Menjívar, UCLA; and Serena Parekh, Northeastern University. Moderated by Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley.

Authors Meet Critics

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Author Meet Critics: “Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India”

Please join us on November 3, 2021 from 9:30am-11am Pacific for an "Authors Meet Critics" book panel on "Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India," 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 will be 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, UC Berkeley.

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Authors Meet Critics: “The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis,” with Neil Fligstein and Adam Tooze

Join us on December 3, 12pm PST for an "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 will be 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." Register in advance to attend this online event.