Each year, the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race convenes to advance the philosophical exploration of racial formations. This year’s Roundtable was hosted and sponsored by the Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies and the Center for Race and Gender. The 2008 meeting counted eleven presenters coming from across the United States.
The October 16th forum explored the challenges faced by migrant women workers. Cheryl Andrada, a second year student at the Boalt School of Law, opened the talk by discussing the legal protections available to migrant Filipina domestic workers.
What is the relationship between where people live, and where jobs are located? What are the resulting employment outcomes for minorities? According to Professor Steven Rafael of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor John Quigley, Economics, understanding the spatial mismatch between where racial minorities live and work can significantly impact and inform local, regional, and national public policy planning.
Just as many of us were obsessed with news coverage for weeks leading to the 2008 Presidential elections, we found ourselves enthralled by post-election dissection in the days following Barack Obama’s victory. Many spontaneous celebrations broke out all over the Berkeley campus, just as they did in innumerable sites around America. The sixth floor of Barrows Hall, where the CRG, Gender and Women’s Studies, and African American Studies are located had knots of excited staff and faculty breaking out wine and sparkling cider the morning after Obama’s victory.