Teach-In: America’s Racial Imaginary & Election Cycles

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Teach-In: America’s Racial Imagery & Electon Cycles
Focusing on Race, Gender, Class and Religion

Hosted by the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) at UC Berkeley and Center for Islamic Studies at GTU on November 1st, 2016.

The questions that the U.S. faces now are the similar to the ones that the U.S. faced back in the 60s: How to navigate issues related to race in the country? Is the problem one of law and order or racial, economic and structural inequalities? What is the right balance between regulations and fostering economic growth and the need to address poverty and uplifting the middle class? Who should carry the tax burden, and should big corporations and the rich continue to benefit from America’s strength while keeping billions in off-shore accounts while using racial discourse to hide the real causes for the current economic conditions? What is America’s role in the world and should the U.S. continue to expand military expenditures at a time of sky rocketing debt and collapsing infrastructure? How to deal with global warming and shift to different energy sources? Lastly, could the political leadership reach any type of agreement on immigration that can normalize the lives of more than 11 million people that are in the country today and have been a net gain for the economy?

Cohosted by Office of ASUC Senator Alaa Aissi

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Hatem Bazian – Director, IRDP
Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and co-founder of Zaytuna College, is a native Palestinian who immigrated to the US in pursuit of higher education.

Professor Ula Taylor – African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Ula Y. Taylor earned her doctorate in American History from UC Santa Barbara. She is the co-author of Panther: The Illustrated History of the Black Panther Movement and the Story Behind the Film.

Professor Rabab Abdulhadi – College of Ethnic Studies, SFSU
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative.

Professor Micheal Cohen – African American Studies, UC Berkeley
American Studies & African American Studies Professor at UC Berkeley. Family man and Beekeeper. Fan of Gramsci, Messi, a Sazerac and The One Big Union.

Professor Victoria E Robinson – Ethnic Studies

Evelyn Nakano Glenn – Professor of the Graduate School
Founding Director, Center for Race and Gender

Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director Center for Islamic Studies, GTU