2015 to 2020 - Special Events & Symposia

Listing of CRG Special Events & Symposia from fall 2015 to spring 2020. 

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

2018 - 2019

UPdated flyer for Roxane Gay Event

#MeToo:  One Year Later with Roxane Gay

01.18.2019| 1:00 - 4:00 PM |  Booth Auditorium 175

This programwill assess the impact of the#MeToo movementon law, business, and popular culture. One year after media reports about Harvey Weinstein led to his downfall, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice despite compelling testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Meanwhile, some of the men who were accused at the height of the movement have crept back into positions of power. Are businesses and the broader culture reverting to status quo practices as media attention on sexual harassment declines? How has #MeToo discourse treated women of color, male survivors, and queer survivors and perpetrators? Does the conversation about “redemption” unfairly privilege perpetrators?


1:00 PM – Keynote Speaker


Welcome Remarks by:
Russell Robinson,Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture


Kathryn R. AbramsHerma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law
Leah Benavides, Writer and Director
Aya GruberProfessor of Law, University of Colorado Boulder
Lara Stemple,UCLA School of Law, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs; Director, Health and Human Rights Law Project

Keynote Bio:

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane. Her collection of essays,Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel,An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her highly anticipated memoir,Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, as well as a collection of short stories titledDifficult Women.

Roxane Gayis a contributing op-ed writer forThe New York Times, was the co-editor ofPANK, and formerly was the non-fiction editor atThe Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared inMcSweeney’s,The Nationand many other publications. She recently became the first black woman to ever write forMarvel, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.

Event hosted by the Center on Race, Sexuality & CultureandCenter for Race & Gender.  Co-sponsored by the Division of Equity & Inclusion’s Campus Climate Speaker, Affirmation and Empowerment Series, and Berkeley Law.

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Roxane Gay: Keynote Speaker at "#MeToo: One Year Later"

4-12-2019 Student Research Symposium

CRG Student Research Symposium 2019 CRG STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2019

04.12.2019| 9:00 AM -34:00 PM | Tilden Room, MLK Jr. Student Union 

Join the Center for Race & Gender as we host our inaugural Student Research Symposium! This event will gather our larger CRG community – undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and affiliated faculty – to show case and highlight CRG students’ work and accomplishments.


9:00 – 9:15 AM:  Welcome

9:15 – 10:45 AM:  Session 1 – On Carcerality & Feminisms 

  • Gabby Falzone, School of Education, “Trauma informed care as an extension of the carceral continuum”
  • Giovanni D’Ambrosio, Sociology, American Studies, “Institutionalizing an Anti-Rape Politics: Imagining Need, Visioning Strategy and Building Carceral Alliances in the 1970s Bay Area”
  • Monique A. Hosein, Public Health, “We are not Safe: Police Violence & Black Women”

10:45 – 11:00 AM:  Break

11:00 – 12:30 PM:   Session 2 – On Indigeneity and Spatiality

  • Cheyenne Seneca, Sociology, Native American Studies, “Decolonizing our Minds and Actions: Building Relationships and Mapping Community across the American Indian Urban and Reserve Divide”
  • Tania Osorio Harp, Architecture, “Landscapes of Domestic Service”
  • Mindy Price, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, “Examining the Feminist Political Economy of Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the Northwest Territories, Canada”

12:30 – 1:00 PM:  Lunch

1:00 – 2:45 PM: Session 3 – On Science, Family, and Identity

  • Lee-Or Scarlat, Gender and Women’s Studies, Public Health, “Access to Fertility Preservation for Low-Income Transgender Youth in the Bay Area: Barriers, Narratives, and Looking Forward”
  • Victoria M. Massie, Sociocultural Anthropology, “Assembling Genetic Ancestry: Race, Return, and the Materiality of Home in Cameroon”
  • Bernadette Lim, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, “Woke WOC Docs: A Creative Multimedia Project by and for WOC in Medicine”
  • Louise Ly, Sociology, “Gendered Racial Attraction Among Intermarried Asian and White Americans”

2017 - 2018

Invisible No More Symposium Spring 2018

Invisible No More: A Symposium On Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women & Women Of Color

03.21.2018 | 4:00 – 7:30 PM |  Multicultural Community Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union

03.22.2018| 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM |  Multicultural Community Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union

Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

FEATURING: Screening of the Academy Award-nominated Film, Traffic Stop & the Berkeley premiere of the national art exhibit, No Selves to Defend



A roundtable of organizers and scholars will discuss why gendered analyses have often been marginalized in activism, policy, and research addressing police violence and how to shift the paradigm for a more expansive and transformative politics.

4:00 pm : Welcome & Opening

4:45 pm: Screening of Academy Award Nominated film, Traffic Stop

5:20pm : Reception

5:50 pm : Honor Families

6:15 pm : Shifting the Paradigm Panel


10:00 am:  WELCOME 


Moderated by Leti Volpp, UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender

Martha D. Escobar, California State University, Northridge

Saira Hussain, Asian Law Caucus; Survived & Punished

Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Lee Ann Wang, University of Washington


Moderated by Xandra Ibarra 

Jill Adams, UC Berkeley, Center on Reproductive Rights & Justice

Monica Jones, OUTLAW Project

Emi Koyama, Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade

12:45 pm:  LUNCH (on your own) ~ Books on sale by Eastwind Books ~ 


Moderated by Alisa Bierria, UC Berkeley; Survived & Punished 

Nan-Hui Jo, Survived & Punished; Stand With Nan-Hui

Mimi Kim, California State University, Long Beach; Creative Interventions

Romarilyn Ralston, California Coalition for Women Prisoners; California State University, Fullerton

Lidia Salazar, Community United Against Violence

2:45 pm:  BREAK, SNACKS


Melina Abdullah, California State University, Los Angeles; Black Lives Matter- Los Angeles

Cat Brooks, Anti-Police Terror Project

Aminah Colbert, California Coalition for Women Prisoners; Survived & Punished

Lisa Earl, Justice for Jackie; Rachel Herzing, Center for Political Education

Janetta Johnson, TGI Justice Project

Mia Mingus, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective

Ola Osaze, Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project

Connie Wun, Transformative Research


In the midst of intensified immigration enforcement, doubling down on discredited drug war tactics, initiatives flooding communities of color with police, continuing disrespect for Indigenous sovereignty, rampant Islamophobia, increased attacks on gender, sexual, and reproductive liberation, and ongoing criminalization and violations of people with disabilities, police violence is poised to escalate on every front. Simultaneously, we are in the midst of a national conversation about sexual violence that offers tremendous opportunities to shine a light on sexual violence committed by police officers, as well as criminalizing responses to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. In each of these contexts, the experiences of women of color — often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence — must fuel our resistance. 

To advance these critical conversations, this event convenes scholars, artists, survivors, organizers, and advocates living and working at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and criminalization to join us for a two day symposium examining and building on the themes, trends, and strategies explored in Andrea Ritchie’s recent book, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press, 2017). Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Kayla Moore, Charleena Lyles, Jessica Williams, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader frame of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.

Exploring racial profiling, police violence, criminalization, mass incarceration and immigration enforcement through the lens of the experiences of Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color, symposium participants will engage the crossroads between organizing, research, art, and policy strategies to transform conditions of state violence in this historic political moment.

This event is made possible by the following generous co-sponsors: African American Studies; American Cultures; Barnard Center for Research on Women; Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice; Division of Equity and Inclusion; Ethnic Studies; Gender & Women’s Studies; Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society LGBTQ Cluster; Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Diversity and Health Disparity Cluster; Institute of Governmental Studies; Institute for the Study of Societal Issues; Multicultural Community Center; Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice; Third Wave Fund; The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.

CRG Symposium on 10-17-2017

White Supremacy, Gender, And Speech in The Wake of Charlottesville

10.10.2017| 4:00 – 6:00 PM |  140 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law

This symposium will focus on the roles white supremacy has played throughout U.S. history as well as its continued effects today, particularly in relation to the 2016 election and upsurge of white nationalist and white supremacist movements. It will address the intersections between white supremacy and gender construction, particularly masculinity as a rampant force in alt-right discourse, but also the ways white femininity continues to serve as a symbol of white nationalism. This discussion is a response to recent events in Charlottesville, VA and throughout the country. It also engages the discourse on “free speech,” and asks how have the intersections of “free speech” politics and white supremacy impacted UC Berkeley’s community (past and present) and how can we develop a more generative and radical politics moving forward.


  • Michael Cohen, African American Studies
  • Charis Thompson, Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Ziza Delgado, Student Equity Program, Glendale Community College
  • Justin Leroy, History, UC Davis

Michael Cohen is an Associate Teaching Professor in African American/African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. He is broadly interested in the cultural and political history of the United States from the Civil War to the Present. Teaching Areas: US Cultural History from the Civil War to the Present; Work and Labor History; World War II; Race, class and American popular culture; Cultural Studies and Marxist Theory; Drugs and Alcohol in US History.

Charis Thompson is Chancellor’s Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley, and a former founding director of the Science, Technology, and Society Center at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Cornell University, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. She is the author of Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies (MIT Press, 2005), which won the 2007 Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Study of Science, and of Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research (MIT Press, 2013).

Ziza Delgado earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Delgado is currently the Cultural Diversity Coordinator and instructor of ethnic studies, history, women’s history and urban education at Glendale Community College (GCC). In 2017, she developed the first certificate degree in Restorative Justice for a community college in the nation and started a campus program serving formerly incarcerated students at GCC. Dr. Delgado conducts research on and teaches about race, racism, white supremacy, social movements, education, restorative justice, the history of ethnic studies and U.S. history. Her research analyzes the impact of systemic racism and the potential of education to empower historically marginalized populations through liberatory curricula and pedagogy.

Justin Leroy is an Assistant Professor of History at UC Davis. An historian of the nineteenth-century United States, he specializes in African American history. Prior to joining UC Davis in 2016, he was a postdoctoral fellow in global American studies at Harvard University. He is at work on his first book, Freedom’s Limit: Racial Capitalism and the Afterlives of Slavery. His research focuses on 19th-century United States; African American history; intellectual history; slavery and abolition; the Atlantic World; comparative histories of empire; the history of capitalism.

2016 - 2017

Event flyer for November 3, 2016 Legacy

The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn

11.03.2016 | 12:00 – 5:30 PM |  Multicultural Community Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

After 43 years of transformative scholarship, Center for Race & Gender Founding Director, Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, retired from her faculty position last spring. Prof. Nakano Glenn’s fearless writing, multifaceted approach to social justice research, and commitment to mentoring scholarly leaders across disciplines continue to impact scholars and activists around the globe.  This symposium will provide an opportunity to honor Prof. Nakano Glenn’s insurgent legacy and her influential impact on race and gender scholarship.


12:00-12:10 – Welcome

Associate Director Alisa Bierria, UC Berkeley & Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College

12:10-12:15 – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond’s Office District

Director Mary Nicely

12:15-12:30 – Opening Remarks

Prof. Paola Bacchetta, UC Berkeley

12:30 – 2:00 – Adventures in Intersectionality

Prof. Ula Taylor, UC Berkeley, moderator
Prof. Priya Kandaswamy, Mills College
Prof. Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland
Prof. Sara Clarke Kaplan, UC San Diego
Prof. Margaret Rhee, University of Oregon

2:00 – 2:20 – Excerpt from the documentary film, The Ito Sisters

Antonia Grace Glenn, Actor, Writer, Filmmaker, and Scholar

2:20 – 2:45 – Break

2:45-3:45 – Radicalizing Care & Labor Justice

Prof. Charis Thompson, UC Berkeley, moderator
Linda Burnham, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Prof. Annie Fukushima, University of Utah
Prof. Grace Chang, UC Santa Barbara

3:45-5:15 – Education Justice & Insurgent Citizenship

Prof. Elaine Kim, UC Berkeley, moderator
Prof. Nelson Maldonado Torres, Rutgers University (via video)
Marco Flores, UC Berkeley
Dr. Kevin Escudero, Brown University
Prof. Rick Baldoz, Oberlin College

5:15 – 5:30 – Closing Remarks

Prof. Juana María Rodríguez, UC Berkeley

3:30 – 6:30 – Book Signing:Eastwind Books

Several of Evelyn Nakano Glenn’s publications will be on sale from Eastwind Books. Her publications include Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Temple University Press), Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency (Routledge),  Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizen and Labor (Harvard University Press) and Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America (Harvard University Press) and the edited volume Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (Stanford University Press).)

(Art byMicah Bazant)

Generously co-sponsored by Gender & Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Sociology, and the Multicultural Community Center


The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn

2015 - 2016

Flyer for 2-11-2016 Black Feminist Radical Event

Black Feminist Radical:  Florynce “Flo” Kennedy

02.11.2016 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM |  Multicultural Community Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

with Prof. Sherie M. Randolph, University of Michigan

Introduction by Prof. Ula Taylor, African American Studies

Often photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce “Flo” Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first biography of Kennedy, Sherie M. Randolph traces the life and political influence of this strikingly bold and controversial radical activist. Rather than simply reacting to the predominantly white feminist movement, Kennedy brought the lessons of Black Power to white feminism and built bridges in the struggles against racism and sexism. Randolph narrates Kennedy’s progressive upbringing, her pathbreaking graduation from Columbia Law School, and her long career as a media-savvy activist, showing how Kennedy rose to founding roles in organizations such as the National Black Feminist Organization and the National Organization for Women, allying herself with both white and black activists such as Adam Clayton Powell, H. Rap Brown, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm.

Making use of an extensive and previously uncollected archive, Randolph demonstrates profound connections within the histories of the new left, civil rights, Black Power, and feminism, showing that black feminism was pivotal in shaping postwar U.S. liberation movements.

Sherie Randolph is an associate professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Randolph’s book Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical, published by the University of North Carolina Press (October 2015), examines the connections between the Black Power, civil rights, new left and feminist movements. The former Associate Director of the Women’s Research Resource Center at Spelman College has received several grants and fellowships for her work, most recently fellowships from Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Randolph teaches courses on social movements, black feminist theory, gender, race and incarceration, Black Power, African American history, and women’s history. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she is the Ella Baker Visiting Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current project examines the history of African American women political exiles in Cuba. 

Presented by the Center for Race Gender, African American Studies, The Black Room, and the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley.

Flyer for 10-24-2015 #SURVIVEDANDPUNISHED Event

#SURVIVEDANDPUNISHED: Building Radical Coalitions to End The Criminalization Of Survivors

10.24.2015 | 3:00 – 7:00 PM | 10 Evans Hall

In 2006, a group of seven young Black lesbians were violently attacked in Greenwich Village by a man who shouted threats to sexually assault them, spat on one of the women, got on top of her and choked her. The women defended themselves and managed to get away, but they were stopped by local police, arrested, prosecuted, and four of the women were sent to prison, forever changing the course of their lives. The case sparked a grassroots movement to free the New Jersey 4.

Join us for a screening of the award-winning film documenting their experience, Out in the Night, and a discussion with Renata Hill, one of the New Jersey 4.

Afterwards, participate in a community strategy session with local organizers to plan the end of criminalizing domestic and sexual violence survivors. The survival actions of so many survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence have been criminalized by the state. Some survivors are still in prison or on parole, some are languishing in immigration detention, some are confined to their homes, and some live with the threat of incarceration or deportation at any moment. Some did not make it out of prison alive. Join us for a powerful film, powerful speakers, and strategic conversations to map out where we go from here.

3:00 – 5:00 PM
Out in the Night film screening + Q& A with Renata Hill, New Jersey 4

5:00 – 6:15 PM
Radical Coalitions Panel with 

  • Alisa Bierria (Free Marissa Now, Center for Race Gender)
  • Hyejin Shim (Stand With Nan-Hui)
  • Isa Noyola (Transgender Law Center)
  • Janetta Johnson (TGI Justice)
  • Kelly Savage (California Coalition for Women Prisoners)
  • Windy Click (California Coalition for Women Prisoners) 

6:15 – 7:00 PM
Strategy Session

#survivedandpunished #wheredowego

Organized by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Free Marissa Now, Stand with Nan-Hui, and the Center for Race & Gender.  Co-sponsored by:  LGBTQ Cluster of HIFIS, UC Berkeley Confidential CARE Advocates, Communities United Against Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Riley Center - Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence.