2010 to 2015 - Special Events & Symposia

Listing of CRG Special Events & Symposia from fall 2010 to spring 2015. 

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

2014 - 2015

Event Flyer for 4-13-2015 Foundational Violence - Settler Colonialism

Foundational Violence: Settler Colonial Articulations

04.13.2015 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM |  Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D-37

A one-day symposium examining the production of settler colonialism as a foundational paradigm for racialization, labor, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. Speakers will consider how settler colonialism intersects with other logics of domination, and identify points of theoretical contestation and possibility.


11:00 am Opening Invocation

Corrina Gould, Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone
Welcome: Evelyn Nakano Glenn, CRG Director

11:30 am -1:30 pm Indigeneity and Racial Regimes

Ben V. Olguín, University of Texas San Antonio
“Violentologies: Settler Colonialism, Latina/o-Indian Encounters, and the Violent Syntheses of Ambivalent LatinIndia/o Ontologies”

Candace Fujikane, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
Rearticulating “Race Across Occupation and Settler Colonialism: The Possibilities of Decolonial Multiethnic Nation-Building on the Kulāiwi, Native Ancestral Lands”

Andrea Smith, University of California Riverside
“Land as Settler Colonialism”

Discussant: Daniel Perlstein, University of California, Berkeley

1:30 pm -3:00 pm Lunch : Movie Performance

Documentary Film: Beyond Recognition

Performance: Ras K’Dee and Teao of Audiopharmacy

3:00 pm -5:00 pm Gendering and Queering Settler Colonialism

Joanne Barker, San Francisco State University
“Debt, Shame, and Indigeneity in an Imperialist Time”

Mishuana Goeman, University of California, Los Angeles
“Electric Lights, Tourist Sights: Gendering Dispossession and Colonial Infrastructure at the Niagara Falls Border”

Mark Rifkin, University of North Carolina Greensboro
“Ghost Dancing at Century’s End”

Discussant: Karl Britto, Comparative Literature, UCB

Speaker and Moderator Biographies

Joanne Barkeris Lenape (an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians). She is Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. She is author of Native Acts: Law Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity and editor of Sovereignty Matters. She has published articles in several peer reviewed journals, received fellowships from the University of California, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. She is currently editing a volume of original essays entitled Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. It is under contract with Duke University Press and is in the final stages of revision. She has been serving as a consultant on the documentary short, Beyond Recognition, which debuted on PBS affiliate KRCB in November 2014 and was rebroadcast in March 2015 in honor of Women’s History Month.

Karl Britto is Associate Professor in the Departments of French and Comparative Literature at Berkeley. He specializes in francophone literary and cultural studies, with a particular research focus on French Indochina. He has published on Vietnamese and Vietnamese diasporic authors writing in French and English, colonial soldiers and Hollywood zombie films, and is a contributor to Public Books (www.publicbooks.org). He is a recipient of Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and has served as the Faculty Director of the Mellon/Townsend Center Discovery Fellows Program since 2012.

Candace Fujikane is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i. She is co-editor with Jonathan Okamura of Whose Vision? Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i, a special issue of UCLA’s Amerasia Journal (2000), and Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008). “Mapping Wonder in the Māui Moʻolelo: Growing Aloha ʻĀina through Indigenous and Affinity Activism” is forthcoming in Rooted in Wonder: Tales of Indigenous Activism and Community Organizing. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Maps of Evidence: Indigenous and Critical Settler Cartography.

Mishuana Goeman, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Gender Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her doctorate from Stanford University’s Modern Thought and Literature and was a UC Presidential Post-doctoral fellow at Berkeley. Her book, Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) was honored at the American Association for Geographic Perspectives on Women. She has published in peer reviewed journals such as Settler Colonial Studies, American Quarterly, Wicazo Sa, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, American Indian Cultures and Research Journal, and Journal of Anthropological Research. Currently she is part of a grant on Mapping Indigenous L.A. that is working toward creating a community oriented mobile application that decolonizes the LA landscape.

B. V. Olguín received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has taught as an assistant professor in the English Department at Cornell University, visiting scholar at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and currently is an associate professor in the English Department and assistant director of the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Red Leather Gloves (2014), and At the Risk of Seeming Ridiculous: Poems from Cuba Libre (2014); author of La Pinta: Chicana/o Prisoner Literature, Culture, and Politics (2010); co-editor of U.S. Latina/os and WWII: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology (2014); co-translator of Cantos de Adolescencia/Songs of Youth, by Américo Paredes (1932-1937) (2007); and co-editor of Altermundos: Recovering and Reassessing the Latina/o Speculative Arts (in progress). Olguín is completing a new manuscript for Oxford University Press, Violentologies: Warfare and Ontology in Latina/o War Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, 1835-2012.

Daniel Perlstein is an associate professor and historian at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Much of his work focuses on racial politics and public schools. He has also written on such topics as gender and school violence, progressive pedagogy, and education in the African American freedom struggle. Current research includes studies of education and the Harlem Renaissance and the role of imperialism in the work of John Dewey and other progressive educators.

Mark Rifkin is Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of four books, including When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty (winner of the John Hope Franklin prize for best book in American Studies) and, most recently, Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance. He also co-edited “Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity,” which won the prize for best special issue from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. He currently is serving as president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

Andrea Smith is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside. She received her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz and has taught in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her publications include: Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. She is also the editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex, and co-editor of The Color of Violence, The Incite! Anthology. She currently serves as the U.S. Coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, and she is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. She recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools.

Lunchtime Film and Performances:

Beyond Recognition: Documentary film by Michelle Grace Steinberg. Shattering stereotypes, this half hour film tells the inspiring story of women creating opportunities amid a system that fractures Native communities across the nation. Through cinéma vérité, interviews, and stunning footage of the land, Beyond Recognitionintroduces Corrina Gould, Johnella LaRose, and Indian People Organizing for Change as they embark on an incredible journey to transform the way we see cities. The film invites viewers to examine their own relationship to place, revealing histories that have been buried by shifting landscapes. Beyond Recognitionpoints to the intersection of human rights, women’s rights, and environmental protection, spotlighting a California story that has national and worldwide resonance.

Corrina Gould is Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone, born and raised in Oakland or the ancient village of Huichin. She has three children and two grandchildren. She is the Co-Founder and a lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run group that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues. Corrina’s current focus includes creating an Ohlone land trust within the urban setting of her ancestral territory in the Bay Area. She also works full time at the American Indian Child Resource Center where she assists in directing an after school program that provides services for Native students in Oakland. She also sits on the California Indigenous Environmental Association Board, the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation, and is the treasurer for the Edes Ave. HOA.

Ras K’Dee is a Dry Creek Pomo/African musician, community educator, and renowned lyricist, producer, lead vocalist/keyboardist for San Francisco-based live world hip-hop ensemble, Audiopharmacy. Translating artistically through hip-hop rhymes and soulful melodies, Ras invokes the songs and dances from traditional ceremonies of his native people, and tells stories of resistance, healing, community empowerment that can be understood and felt universally by all people. Ras’s musical repetoire includes “Street Prison” (2005), which was awarded by East Bay Express as Best Local Album of The Year in 2006, co-production on Audiopharmacy album, “U Forgot About Us” (2009), and producing his first soloproject, “Cloudwriter” (2011). He has also had his hand in releasing, producing, and engineering 16 LP albums by local and international artists. He has toured locally and internationally with Audiopharmacy for 6 consecutive years. Ras is also co-founder of S.N.A.G. Magazine – Seventh Native American Generation – a non-profit organization that aims to work with Native youth and their struggles. He creates opportunities for Native youth to demonstrate their creative skills through various forms of art, music and New Media.

Teao is from San Francisco and is a DJ/music producer and multi-instrumentalist. He founded an international art/music collective in 2002 called Audiopharmacy Prescriptions to raise a consciousness and global awareness of humanity’s ability to build prosperous and harmonious communities through art and music. Though rooted rhythmically in hip-hop, as a producer Teao endeavors to unite the voices and sounds of many world cultures into the Audiopharmacy sound. Teao has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from San Francisco State University and has hosted hip hop radio shows on KCSC, and KSCU’s popular, “Curbside Show.” He has worked as a school teacher at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School and Schools of Sacred Heart in San Francisco. Last, but not least, Teao is a proud family man and father to two amazing children, Shishin and Sakima.

WATCH - Part 1 "Foundational Violence: Settler Colonia Articulations"

Foundational Violence: Settler Colonial Articulations - Part 1

WATCH - Part 2 of "Foundational Violence: Settler Colonial Articulations"

Foundational Violence: Settler Colonial Articulations - Part 2

It was a Dream Flyer Fall 2014

 It Was All A Dream:  A Celebration of Undocumented Student Anthology Reading

10.17.2014 | 6:00 PM |  Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D-37

Join us for a celebration of a beautiful, multimedia anthology of undocumented student writing. The anthology will include essays, poetry, findings from a research report on the campus climate for undocumented students, and beautiful visual art

Presented by the Center for Race & Gender, the Center for Latino Policy Research, and the Multicultural Community Center.  

2013 - 2014

Flyer "Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race and Gender" with Dorothy Roberts

"Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race and Gender" with Dorothy Roberts

03.07.2014 | 5:00 - 7:30 PM |  Alumni House, UC Berkeley 

Join us for a discussion with Professor Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania Law School, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century.

Speaker Bio:

Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair.

Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997).

Lecture organized by Politics of Biology & Race, a UC Center for New Racial Studies working group, and co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender and the Haas Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society. 

2012 - 2013

Event flyer for March 2013 Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science, Survival

"Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science & Survival"

03.15 & 16.2013 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM |  Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Annex D

What will survival entail in near and far futures? In light of racialized violence and social control, massive technological innovation, and rapid transformations in science and biomedicine, this conference will engage the imperative to imagine, study, prepare for, and articulate future human life. We are interested in how science and technology shape the material and epistemological boundaries of existence, specifically how and whose existence is valued, policed, corporealized, and corporatized. We will also explore the capacity of embodied subjects to navigate these boundaries in the context of dis/abled, gendered, sex/uality, and queer formations. Recognizing that technology creates kinds of futures (both anticipated and unforeseen), this conference will create a space to analyze how technologies of the past and present contextualize and disclose future realities, and identify opportunities for creating new possibilities. 

Featuring Professor Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania, who will explore the connection between her exciting recent publication, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, and her groundbreaking work from her previous publications on racialized reproductive violence and the racial stratification within the US child welfare system.


Friday, March 15

9 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast Sign-in

9:30 am – 10 am: Welcoming Remarks

10 am – 11:20 am: Panel 1 -- The Body (Market) in Motion: Embodied Capital in the Now and Future

Moderated by Nick Mitchell, UC Berkeley

Life for Life: Speculation, Risk and Exchange in Transnational Indian Surrogacy
Kalindi Vora, UC San Diego

Circulating Images of the Indian IT Worker
Sareeta Amrute, University of Washington

Post-1965 Asian American Science Fiction as Critical Realism
Chris Fan, UC Berkeley

The Schism Between Afrofuturism and Sport in African American Culture: Rereading the Anxiety Towards Black Athletes Post 9/11
Tiffany Charlotte Boyle, University of London

11:20 – 11:30: Break w/ snacks

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Panel 2 -- Speculating the Carceral Planet

Moderated by Keith Feldman, UC Berkeley

Towards a Critical Biometric Consciousness
Simone Browne, University of Texas, Austin

Bus 174 and the Politics of Numbers
Althea Wasow, UC Berkeley

Networked Visions from Insurgent Chiapas to the California Prison System
Ricardo Gomez, UC Berkeley

Drone Vision – Seeing ‘Others’ through Unmanned Aircraft
Katherine Chandler, UC Berkeley

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch

1:45 pm – 3:10 pm: Panel 3 -- Dislocating the Human: Crossing Divides of Species and Form

Moderated by Mel Chen, UC Berkeley

The Future is a Parasite: Biology and Species in Octavia E. Butler’s “Bloodchild” and Fledgling
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, University of Virginia

Animal. Asian. Cyborg: Larissa Lai’s “New Cultural Politics of Intimacy”
Tamara C. Ho, UC Riverside

The Deathly Interface: Techno-Orientalism and Digitized Flesh in Eidos Montreal’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution 
Takeo Rivera, UC Berkeley

“People of the Apokalis”: Spatial Disability and the Bhopal Disaster 
Jina Kim, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm: Screening Discussion of “Free State Epitaph” - A Short Film by Dean Spade Craig Willse

3:30 – 4:00: Speculations: Downloads Uploads (Wrap up summary, a gallery for further questions)

4:00 – 5:30: Reception @ Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way

6:00 pm: Night of Culture Resistance – Multicultural Community Center

Saturday, March 16

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Welcome Back, Welcome Forth

9:45 am – 10:40 am: Panel 4 - Eating Brains: Biotechnology and Criminal Minds

The Brain, Violence, and the Future of Racial Imaginaries through the Lens of Biotechnologies
Oliver Rollins, UC San Francisco

Silent Cells: Psychotropics and Intersections of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in American Prisons
Anthony Ryan Hatch, Georgia State University

10:40 – 10:50: Break w/ snacks

10:50 am– 12:25 pm: Panel 5 -- Inner Space and its Outer Travels: Cells, Genes, Organs

Moderated by Christoph Hanssmann, UC San Francisco

People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier * 
Ruha Benjamin, Boston University

“This is Not A Card”: On the Exceptional Materiality of India’s National Biometrics
Lawrence Cohen, UC Berkeley

*a brief exchange with Ruha Benjamin and Lawrence Cohen*

Being in Bacterial Culture: Race, Species, and Survival in Mid-20th Century Bacteriology
Bharat Jayram Venkat, UC Berkeley

Jewish Gene Panels, Preventative Double Mastectomies: Risk, Anxiety, and Racial Affect in Genetic Counseling
Anna Jabloner, University of Chicago

12:25 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

Screening of FML – Fuck My Life
A short film by Xandra Ibarra / La Chica Boom

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Keynote Speaker

Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania, Author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

Moderated by Eunice Cho

2:15 – 2:30: Break

2:30 pm – 3:40 pm: Panel 6 -- Upward, Outward, Onward: Afrofuturism, Transhumanism, and the Black Prophetic Tradition

Moderated by Jakeya Caruthers, Stanford University

Up Above My Head: Spirituals, Afrofuturism, and the Redefinition of Technology
Tamara Roberts, UC Berkeley

Transhumanism and the Prophetic Voice of the Black Church
Rev. Andrew Rollins, St. James A.M.E. Church

3:40 – 3:50: Break

3:50 pm – 5:15 pm: Panel 7 -- Thinking Lifeforms, Deathforms, Corporeality into the Future

Moderated by Alisa Bierria, UC Berkeley

Sylvia Wynter, Environmental Endgame, and the Frontiers of Disaster Capital
Tom Meagher, San Francisco State University

White Flight to the Future: Cryonic Suspension and Cybernetic Imaginaries in the American 1960s
Grant Shofstall, University of Illinois

An Indigenous Ontological Reading of Cryopreservation Practices and Ethics (and Why I’d Rather Think about Pipestone)
Kim Tallbear, UC Berkeley

The Corporealities of Politics: US Third World Women of Color Feminisms and Healing Justice 
Tala Khanmalek, UC Berkeley

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Analog Recap with artist, Diego Gómez

Keynote Bio:

Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair.

Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997).

Hosted by the Center for Race & Gender and the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley.

Event Flyer for February 28 Symposium

Race, Domestic And Sexual Violence: From The Prison Nation To Community Resistance

02.28.2013 | 5:00 PM |  105 Boalt Hall
03.01.2013 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM |  110 Boalt Hall

Join us on February 28 for a featured guest lecture from Professor Beth E. Richie who will discuss her new book, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

Followed by a one-day symposium with scholars and activists reflecting on domestic and sexual violence in light of the prison crisis, racialized structural violence, criminalization of gender & sexuality, and community organizing.

Symposium Program:

8:30 am – Continental Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am – Opening Keynote:

Arrested Justice:  Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

A response by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, UCLA School of Law

10:15 am – Coalitions and Contradictions: Gender Violence and Social Movements

Moderator: Jonathan Simon, UC Berkeley
Clarissa Rojas, California State University, Long Beach
Emily Thuma, Western Washington University
Mimi Kim, UC Berkeley

12:00 pm – Lunch break (lunch not provided)

1:00 pm – Political Legacies of Criminalization of Gender Violence: Contemporary Implications

Moderator: Wilda White, UC Berkeley
Soniya Munshi, The City University of New York
Priscilla Ocen, Loyola Law School
Dean Spade, Columbia University
Jennifer Marie ChacónUC Irvine, School of Law

3:15 pm – Insurgent Strategies? Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, and Community Accountability

Moderator: Julia C. Oparah (formerly Julia Sudbury), Mills College
Alisa BierriaUC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, INCITE!
Sujatha Baliga, National Council on Crime & Delinquency
Mia Mingus, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative (BATJC)

Event co-hosted by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law, and the Center for Race & Gender. 

Event flyer for Spring 2013 Undocunation


02.15.2013 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM |  Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Annex D

Evening Performance | 7:00  - 10:00 PM |  International House

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG)CultureStr/ke and the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS), & The Center for New Community are thrilled to announce this upcoming year’s UndocuNation at UC Berkeley.  We will be bringing together artists, community members, students, faculty and staff from California and the nation focusing attention on critical issues affecting undocumented immigrant communities.UndocuNation is a daylong symposium where scholars, activists, and artists explore insurgent citizenships and immigration justice at UC Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond, and an evening of culture jamming, visual art, and performances, hosted by Bay Area artist Favianna Rodríguez, and spotlighting the consequences of violence against immigrant communities and liberatory visions for interventions based on creativity and art practice.


9 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast & Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks

Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Center for Race & Gender, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies)

9:45 am – 10 am:  Performance

10 am – 11:15 am: Panel 1 - Higher Learnings: Undocumented Student Experiences On and Off Campus

Moderator: Lisa Garcia-Bedolla (Center for Latino Policy Research, Education)
Veronica Terriquez (Sociology, University of Southern California) Caitlin Patler (Sociology, UCLA)
Kevin Escudero (Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley)
Roberto Gonzales (Social Service Administration, U Chicago)
Shannon Gleeson (Latino and Latin American Studies, UCSC)

11:15 am – 11:30 am:  Performance

11:30 am – 12:15 pm:  LUNCH!

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm:  Panel 2 - Building Resistance: The Politics of the Immigrant Rights Movement

Moderator: Leti Volpp (UC Berkeley)
Cecilia Menjivar (School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University) and Leisy Abrego (Chicana/o Studies, UCLA)
Kathryn Abrams (UC Berkeley)
Arely Zimmerman (University of Southern California)

1:30 – 1:45 pm:  Performance

1:45 pm – 3 pm:  Panel 3: Insurgent Migrations: Subversive Citizenships, Queer Cultures, Gendered Knowledge and Deconstructed Borders

Moderator: Evelyn Nakano Glenn  (Ethnic Studies & Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley)
Laura Perez (Ethnic Studies and Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies, UC Berkeley)
Paola Bacchetta (Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley)
Juana María Rodriguez (Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley)

3 pm – 3:30 pm:  Break

3:30 pm – 5 pm:  Panel 4: Institutional Social Change: Campus/Community Roundtable

Moderator: Victoria Robinson, American Cultures
Graduates Reaching a DREAM Deferred (GRADD NorCal)
Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education (RISE)
Immigrant Student Issues Coalition (ISIC)
Undocumented Student Program
Asian Students Promoting Immigration Reform through Education (ASPIRE)
Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD)
GenEq Undocuqueer Working Group

5 pm – 5:30 pm:  Closing Performance

5:30 pm:  Grab dinner and head over to the International House for the UNDOCUNATION Evening Performance & Culture Jam, 7pm – 10pm!!


Artists from different racial and sexual backgrounds, immigration history and documentation statuses will be sharing artwork and cultural interventions about the current immigration crisis through performances, film excerpts, installations, music and readings. The collaboration of these creative artists attempts to use images and stories to facilitate dialogue that can inspire.  UndocuNation is also part of a series of workshops that have been taking place nation-wide has been presented in major U.S. cities, including at our own Bay Area Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.


  • Favianna Rodriguez, visual artist
  • Julio Salgado, artivist
  • Aracely Mondragon, Chicana poet
  • Yosimar Reyes, Two Spirit Poeta
  • Josh Healey, poet and comic storyteller
  • Berenice Dimas, Queer Jaranera
  • Persia, International Glamorous Drag Queen
  • Hertz Alegrio, visual artist
  • Alex Bow, transgender surrealist pop artist
  • Jesús Iñiguez, spoken word artivist
  • Khushboo Kataria Gulati, Kali Desi Artist Storyteller
  • Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza

We will also be accompanied by the delightful presence of El Teatro de Estánfor directed by Cherríe L. Moraga, a performance by Poetry for the the People directed by Aya de León, with featured support from UC Berkeley’s TDPS Teatro Lab!

Generous Co-sponsors: Dept of Art Practice, American Cultures, Asian American Diaspora Studies, Center for Latino Policy Research, Center for Race & Gender, Chicano Latino Alumni Association, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Cross Cultural Student Development, Dept of English, Ethnic Studies Department, Greenlining Institute, Graduate Assembly, Gender & Women’s Studies Department, Gender Equity Resource Center, Haas Innovation Grants, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, LGBTQ Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund, Student Life Advising Services/Educational Opportunity Program, Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies Department.

2011 - 2012

Event image for 11-8-2011 Racializing Sexual Economies

Racializing Sexual Economies: Sex Trade, Trafficking, And The Political Agency Of People Of Color & Indigenous People

11.08.2011 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM |  Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

A roundtable of activists and scholars will explore and challenge the political tensions in debates on sex trades, sex trafficking, public policy, institutional violence, and community organizing


Organized by the Center for Race & Gender in collaboration with Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures
Co-sponsored by Native American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Sociology, Center for South Asia Studies, American Cultures

2010 - 2011

Event flyer for 4-14-2011 Catalyzing Knowledges

Catalyzing Knowledge In Dangerous Times

Center For Race & Gender Ten Year Anniversary Conference

04.14.2011 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM |  370 Dwinelle Hall

Catalyzing Knowledge in Dangerous Times will explore the ways in which knowledge is politicized, embodied, and imagined within a volatile political climate that targets education as a racialized and gendered battleground for defining legitimacy, visibility, and access.

Conference participants will interrogate the meaning and practice of scholarship in a time shaped by militarism, economic crisis, gender policing, and persistent racism.  They will consider methodologies used inside and outside of academia to challenge what and who is known and identify transformative possiblities stemming from the transgression of traditional epistemological boundaries, academic discipline, gender, and nation.


9:30 am - Center for Race & Gender at Ten Years

Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Center for Race & Gender

10:00 am - Media, Maps, & Motion

Moderated by Margaret Rhee, UC Berkeley

Speakers will map the ways in which widely-used technologies can transmit information related to survival strategies across geographic boundaries while subverting policed pathways of communication.

Reels of Resistance: Film IS Social Justice Activism for LGBTQ Communities of Color
Madeleine Lim & Kebo Drew, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

Micha Cardenas, UC San Diego

A Tale to Two and Half Investigation: Measuring Institutional Insecurities and Contestational Knowledge
Ricardo Dominguez, UC San Diego

“Like Seeds”: A Cosmic Ecology of Black Feminist Education as Transformation
Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind as a project of BrokenBeautiful Press and the co-creator of the Mobilehomecoming Project


11:30 am - Women of Color Feminist Knowledge

Moderated by Paola Bacchetta, UC Berkeley

Speakers will explore the race and gender politics of accessing, teaching, and transforming knowledge.

Looking for Resistance in all the Right Places: Centering LGBTQ Youth Testimony in Times of Crisis
Cindy Cruz, UC Santa Cruz

Imperial Pedagogies: Imagining Internationalist/Feminist/Antiracist Literacies
Piya Chatterjee, UC Riverside

Pedagogy, Performance, and the Decolonial
Laura Perez, UC Berkeley


1:40 pm - Educators Organizing Across Borders

Moderated by Erica Boas, UC Berkeley

Presenters will discuss the legacy, perils, and promise of educators organizing across prison borders and colonial projects.

Activist Scholars and the Antiprison Movement
Julia Oparah (formerly Sudbury), Mills College

Reimagining HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Within A Jail System
Isela González, MPA and Allyse Gray, Forensic AIDS Project

Academic Freedom, or Academic Responsibility? Agency within the Brain of the Monster
Nada Elia, Antioch University

Administering Palestine on Campus and Constructed “Check-Points.”
Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley

3:00 pm -Sparking, Defending, and Envisioning Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley

Moderated by Harvey Dong, UC Berkeley

Presenters will explore the inception and political imagination of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

Ethnic Studies at Forty: Scholarship, Art, and Activism in the Formation of a Transdisciplinary Field
Nelson Maldonado-Torres, UC Berkeley/Rutgers University

Staging Hunger, Embodying Pain: Some Queer Thoughts on Campus Organizing
Sara Kaplan, UC San Diego

*Tokenized, Romanticized, and Professionalized*: Establishing the Significance and Urgency of Decolonizing the University
Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez, UC Berkeley

From 1969 to the Present: A Brief History Outlining the Critical Role of Women of Color in the Struggle for Ethnic Studies
Ziza Delgado, UC Berkeley

4:30 pm - Conference Synthesis

5:30 pm - Reception

6:00 pm - Keynote Talk:

From Academic Freedom To Academic Abolition
Prof. Andrea Smith, UC Riverside

Featuring poets & performers, Luna Maia, OLO, Jezebel Delilah X, & Maya Chinchilla

PLUS an exhibit of Ethnic Studies political art by
Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, & Natalia Garcia Pasmanick,
curated by Elisa Diana Huerta, Multicultural Community Center, UC Berkeley

Made possible by the generous support of the Multicultural Community Center, Department of Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies,African American Studies, Center for New Racial Studies, Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Gender & Women’s Studies Department, Center for the Study of Social Change, Berkeley Center for New Media, Mixed Blood: A Literary Journal, Department of Rhetoric, the Haas Diversity Research Center, the Cal Corps Public Service Center, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, and the Women of Color Initiative