Jessica Cobb's research attempts to highlight and code teachers’ racialized and classed conceptions of appropriate families. In her talk, “Construction 'Appropriate' Families: Education, Inequality, and Teacher Subjectivities," she presented data from her comparative study based on 64 in-depth interviews with teachers at high schools in three independent, suburban Los Angeles-area schools. Two of the schools, Keith and Woodlawn, were comprised of student bodies that are low-income and Black and Latino. The third, Sunnyside, served a wealthy white and Asian population.
The CRG Thursday afternoon forum series resumed this Spring with a talk by Naomi Elizabeth Bragin, performance studies, entitled “Techniques for Black (Male) Re/Dress.”
With 15 years of immersion as both an observer and participant in street dance communities, Bragin explores the hypothesis that dance technique arises via the entwinement of sociopolitical tensions at the level of individuals and communities, which are embodied, experienced, and expressed at the sensory, kinesthetic and affective registers.
The AB540 Undocumented Student Research Initiative is a collaborative initiative to learn about and transform campus climate for undocumented students at UC Berkeley. One important achievement has been the completion of a research report about the experiences and lives of undocumented students at UC Berkeley.
The CRG Spring 2012 Distinguished Guest Lecture was delivered by Prof. Mae Ngai, Columbia University. Referencing a book chapter in which W.E.B. Du Bois argued that scholarship about black people must be liberated from the racist historiography of slavery, Prof. Ngai believes that scholarship about 19th century Chinese workers must likewise be liberated from "propaganda of history."