CSLS Special Events

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FALL 2021

CSLS Cosponsored Event - CLAW Panel: The Future of Universal Family and Medical Leave

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm |  Register here for the zoom link.

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a minimum standard of paid family or medical leave, even though universal paid leave enjoys strong public support. But Congress is currently considering legislation to create a national paid family leave policy in the United States as part of Biden’s Build Back Better bill.  What is at stake for working families and employers?  What are the larger policy implications of paid family leave for economic recovery, inequality, and the welfare of families?  Come hear an expert panel talk about what universal paid family leave will mean for American working families.

CATHERINE ALBISTON, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

VASU REDDY, Senior Policy Counsel for Economic Justice at the National Partnership for Women and Families
SHARON TERMAN, Director of the Work and Family Program and Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Aid at Work
JODY HEYMANN, UCLA Distinguished Professor, Fielding School of Public Health

CSLS Cosponsored Event - Studying Religious Symbols and Bias in Court Proceedings

November 9 | 12:30 pm | Hybrid | RSVP here

Canadian Studies' new Sproul Fellow Nicholas A. R. Fraser will discuss some of his own research that examines bias within Canadian judicial procedures against religious minorities. Using his own experimental data, Dr. Fraser will use the example of courtroom oaths as a window into how Canadian cultural expectations can subtly affect an immigrant's experience of "integration."

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JSP Reunion Book Event Featuring Ashley Rubin, Ming Chen & Hadar Aviram

February 26, 2021 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Register here.

CLAW Symposium, cosponsored with CSLS, Reforming Policing Through Changing Labor Relations

See a recording of the January 29th event here.


CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – Spring 2021

A Series of Talks by Center for the Study of Law & Society Visiting Scholars
Fridays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. via zoom
RSVP by emailing CSLS Executive Director, Pamela Erickson at pamelaerickson@berkeley.edu
Moderated by CSLS Faculty Director, Catherine Albiston

For the Spring Calendar, please click here

Please click here for other spring 2021 CSLS Events.

FALL 2020

Dialogues on Anti-Black Racism and Contesting it Across Borders (Cosponsored with CSLS): New Video Resources from the LUTA Initiative

Now on The LUTA Initiative's website are new video resources available as tools for critical pedagogy, research and political action on the forms, histories, and struggles against anti-black racism. In February 2019, LUTA and its diverse collaborators organized an historic symposium on Anti-Black State Violence In the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S., hosted at UC Berkeley.  The LUTA Initiative is committed to ensuring the far-reaching impact of these cross-national dialogues and exchanges for understanding and challenging anti-black racism and white supremacy, and their intersections with other forms of marginalizing individuals/communities across generations, cultures, and political systems. These symposium dialogues are now widely accessible for our communities, classrooms and research through translation and captioning in Portuguese and English. Videos range from conversations on anti-blackness and the nation-state, to genealogies of Black struggle, Black cultural production, transnational Black feminisms, policing and incarceration, re-imagining education, democracy, health and healing, and more. Please spread the word and share these resources with your friends and networks!

A luta continua! In solidarity,The LUTA Initiative


The Police & Carceral State: Conceptualizing, Tracking & Resisting the Beast

With Andreia Beatriz (Reaja ou Será Mort@) & Cat Brooks (Anti Police-Terror Project), 

moderated by Maria-Fátima Santos (UC Berkeley, Department of Sociology)

 (Panel video recording from Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas Symposium)

Recognizing and wrestling with the penal state is central to resisting mechanisms of racialized violence. Yet doing so is made difficult when the very communities needing to resist constitute the largest share of incarcerated people – keeping the stories, logics, and spirit of entire communities locked away. This panel focuses on understanding the realities and effects of policing and incarceration in Brazil and the United States, which confine the third and first largest incarcerated populations in the world, respectively. In both countries, those who are incarcerated are disproportionately Black. This panel tasks us to utilize transnational dialogues as a means to reveal the nature of the penal state, its imperialist dimensions, and its cunning logics, while regarding the experiences of state-incarcerated and -killed citizens. How can these countries’ histories be understood in relation to mechanisms of penal state power, and their racialized dimensions? In what ways do certain policy, institutional, and technological “innovations” obscure and conceal the violence of the policing and carceral state? Along with many more questions, this panel reveals and strengthens transnational exchange and highlights crucial logics of resistance. 

CSLS Cosponsored Event with Audrey Macklin and Leti Volpp

Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law 
Leti Volpp, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
No Safe Country for Refugees? The Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement Before the Canadian Courts
Cosponsored with Canadian Studies Program (CAN))Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration InitiativeCenter for Race and Gender
Tuesday, September 1 | 12:30-2:00 p.m.

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CSLS Cosponsored Event with Shannon Gleeson, Jennifer Chacón, Laura Enriquez & G. Cristina Mora

Shannon Gleeson, Associate Professor of Labor Relations & History, Cornell ILR School
Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Laura Enriquez, Assistant Professor in Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine
G. Cristina Mora, Co-Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
Dreamers and the Future of DACA
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Governmental Studies, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, Diversity and Democracy Research Cluster, Othering & Belonging Institute, Latinx Research Center, Center for Race and Gender, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Social Science Matrix, and Berkeley Law
Thursday, September 10 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

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CSLS Cosponsored Event with Khiara M. Bridges

Khiara M. Bridges, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley 
Abortion Rights in 2020 and Beyond: Threats and Resistance
Cosponsored with Center for Right-Wing Studies and Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
Wednesday, September 30 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
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CSLS Cosponsored Event with Vasanthi Venkatesh

Vasanthi Venkatesh, Assistant Professor in Law, Land, and Local Economies, University of Windsor Faculty of Law
“Social Movements and Legal Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: Migrant Farm Worker Rights in Canada”

Cosponsored with Canadian Studies Program (CAN))
Tuesday, October 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Online
RSVP by emailing canada@berkeley.edu by October 5
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CSLS Cosponsored Event with Samuel J. Levine

Samuel J. Levine, Director of the Jewish Law Institute and Professor of Law, Touro College
“Was the Biblical Joseph on the Spectrum?”
Cosponsored with Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
Wednesday, October 21 | 11am – 12:30pm | RSVP for zoom link
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CSLS Cosponsored Event with Carla Shedd

Carla Shedd, Associate Professor, Urban Education & Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Empirics of Justice: Tracking the Carceral Continuum in Urban America
Co-sponsored by Graduate School of Education, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
Friday, November 13 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm 
Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)
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