Listing of lectures from 2020 to present

Listing of CRG Distinguished Guest Lectures from fall 2020 to present. 

Bios reflect lecturers’ status at the time of their presentation at the Center for Race and Gender.

2021 - 2022

Event flyer for April 12, 2022 Distinguished Guest Lecture with Arundhati Roy

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Spring 2022: CRG 20th Anniversary Distinguished Guest Lecture with writer Arundhati Roy

"My Seditious Heart: Freedom, Fascism and Fiction" with Writer, Arundhati Roy

04.12.2022 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM |  Mather Redwood Grove & Amphitheater, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 

In conversation with Angana P. Chatterji, Founding Co-Chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Race and Gender, Abdul R. JanMohamed, Professor of English, Raka Ray, Dean of Division of Social Sciences, and Professor of Sociology and South & Southeast Asian Studies, and Leti Volpp, Director of the Center for Race and Gender, and Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law; followed by Q&A.

Q&A moderated by Niha Masih, India Correspondent, The Washington Post.

Welcome Remarks by Linda Haverty Rugg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor of Scandinavian.

Keynote Bio:

Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.  She is the author of the novels The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.  A collection of her essays from the past twenty years, My Seditious Heart, was published by Hamish Hamilton and Haymarket Books. Her latest book is Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.  Learn more.

Hosted by the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley.  Co-sponsored by CRG’s Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Berkeley’s Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Department of English, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley Law, Institute for South Asia Studies, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, Multicultural Community Center, Othering and Belonging Institute’s Religious Diversity Cluster, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. 

2020 - 2021

Event flyer for October 22, 2020 Distinguished Guest Lecture with Arundhati Roy

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CRG Distinguished Guest Lecture "Abolition Feminism"

"Abolition Feminism" with Angela Y. Davis & Gina Dent 

10.22.2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM |  Virtual - Zoom Webinar

As a politic and a practice, abolition increasingly shapes our political moment ― halting the construction of new jails and propelling movements to divest from policing. Yet erased from this landscape are not only the central histories of feminist ― usually queer, anti-capitalist, grassroots, and women of color – organizing that continue to cultivate abolition but a recognition of the stark reality: abolition is our best response to endemic forms of state and interpersonal gender and sexual violence. This conversation will surface necessary historical genealogies, key internationalist learnings, and everyday practices to grow our collective and flourishing present and futures.

Keynote Bios:

Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine.

Gina Dent is an associate professor of feminist studies, history of consciousness, and legal studies; chair of the feminist studies department, and director of the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Event co-sponsored by African American and African Diaspora Studies, Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture, Gender & Women’s Studies, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI), OBI Diversity and Health Disparities Cluster, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity & Inclusion.