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Racial Classification and the 2020 Census with Michael Omi - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas
Today we take up the question of racial classification and the 2020 census with professor Michael Omi. Professor Omi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Asians American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the author, along with Howard Winant, of the ground breaking work Racial Formations in the United States, now in its third edition. At Berkeley, Professor Omi serves as the Associate Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and is an...
Big Ideas: Election 2020: Race, Space and Politics
The principle question for this presentation is what is "race" and how does it shape our politics? We begin with an introduction looking at the ongoing western wildfires, its differential impact upon white versus communities of color and the prison workers who get paid pennies a day to fight wildfires in California. From there we turn to a consideration of race and racism as defined by sociologists Michael Omi and Howard Winant. Together, they define race as "a...
How Democratic is the US Constitution? - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas
"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal." As look at the history of American democracy, we begin with the nation's founding contradiction: the dispossession of Natives, the enslavement of Africans and the exclusion of women in a new nation dedicated to the radical concept of universal human equality. Through a reading of the founding documents of the United States, ranging from the Declaration of Independence to the speeches of Abraham...
Aimee Allison from She The People - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas
Aimee Allison is founder and president of She the People, a national network elevating the voice and power of women of color. She brings together voters, organizers, and elected leaders in a movement grounded in values of love, justice, belonging, and democracy. In 2018, Ms. Allison was one of the primary architects of the "year of women of color in politics." She is building a political home for a million women of color, nationally and in battleground states....
The Context of Election 2020 - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas
In our opening public lecture, we will take up the immediate context of the 2020 election to consider what is at stake in COVID-19 and the recent uprisings around Black Lives Matter and racial injustice for the United States? We will draw upon Arundhati Roy's concept of the "pandemic as portal," in which she writes: "Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway...
How COVID-19 will Shape the 2020 Election
The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a deep impact on the 2020 presidential election, from a battle over when to hold the Wisconsin primary to the postponement of other primaries and even the Democratic convention. In the months ahead, it will shape every facet of the contest: the issues, the mechanics of campaigns, how candidates engage the voters, and ultimately, how we cast our ballots. A panel of Berkeley political scientists and election experts discuss election law and...
COVID-19: Economic Impact, Human Solutions
The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis threatening to become an economic catastrophe that affects tens of millions of Americans. Is the $2 trillion aid package recently passed by Congress and signed by the president enough to keep the economy from freefall? What more is needed?

A panel of UC Berkeley's leading economists and public policy experts discuss the economic consequences of sheltering-in-place, evaluate the Congressional response and discuss strategies...
Social Justice and the Fight Against Climate Change -- Goldman Stories: Dan Kammen
In the fight against climate change, those with the least resources have been left behind. In the case of solar power, the vast majority of investment in the United States has gone to majority-white communities. This means not only are people of color losing out on the benefit of solar power, but society as a whole is losing out on potential advocates for clean energy.

Dan Kammen, a professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy is researching how we can...
The Psychology of Climate Change with Robert Frank
After more than three decades, the public is finally beginning to grasp what a serious threat global warming poses. What's missing from the climate conversation now is a plausible narrative about how we might parry this threat. Drawing on ideas from his recently published book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work, Robert Frank explains why our ability to tap the prodigious power of behavioral contagion may make the path forward less daunting than many think....
The World of Truth vs. The Kingdom of Lies -- Goldman School of Public Policy Board of Advisors Dinner Fall 2019
The truth needs reinforcements. That's the central message of David Barstow's talk at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. From fraudulent web sites masquerading as news organizations, to social media, to deepfakes, it has never been easier for bad actors to spread misinformation around the world. Barstow reflects on how economic downturns in journalism and the rise of public relations has compounded the problem, and what can be done to fix it. Barstow is a former...
Reem Rayef -- Featured Student Speaker at the Goldman School of Public Policy Board of Advisors Dinner Fall 2019
Reem Rayef is interested in exploring the intersection of energy and environmental policy and clean energy technology development. She first began working on energy & environmental policy while working as a policy analyst and consultant at the National Journal's Network Science Initiative in Washington, DC. She is a host of GSPP's podcast, Talk Policy to Me. Recorded on 11/13/2019.
The Goldman MPA
The Berkeley Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 30 unit, one-year flexible on campus and online program, designed to benefit mid-career professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. MPA students are seeking advancement in their careers and are poised to take on greater leadership and policy focused roles in their workplace and professional communities.
The Trump Impeachment with Robert Reich and Erwin Chemerinsky
With the 2020 general elections looming, the nominee for the Democratic Party undetermined, and a defiant and volatile president at the helm, the impeachment inquiry is sure to heat up in the weeks ahead. At stake in this topsy-turvy political theater are our democratic institutions, which may be forever altered. This UC Berkeley's Social Science Matrix event features two prominent scholars: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law, and Robert Reich, Carmel P. Friesen Professor of...
Innovating Democracy: Key Issues for the 2020 Election and Beyond
Experts weigh in on a number of key issues ahead of the 2020 election including: democratic engagement, voter participation, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and the push to change the Electoral College.
Recorded on 10/19/2019.
Financial Policy and Sustainability with California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
From highways to trains to housing, where governments spend money can have a major impact on the environment and the economy. Join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum for a discussion on major finance policy issues facing the State of California, including green bonds and sustainable finance. Fiona Ma is California's 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018...
Fearlessness Among the New Women in Congress
Women played a huge role in the 2018 midterms. A record number of women were elected to congress, some marking other historic firsts along the way. Women organized massive rallies, and made their voices heard at the polls. Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm sits down with PhD student Charlotte Hill to discuss congresswomen shaping the future of politics in the United States.
People Do Not Want to Elect a Victim, They Want to Elect a Warrior
Women played a huge role in the 2018 midterms. What can we expect in 2020 and beyond? Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm sits down with PhD student Charlotte Hill to discuss voting behavior.
Changing the System - Goldman Stories: Clarence Ford
After his release from prison, Clarence Ford became a community organizer and later earned his Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He now works on criminal justice reform at the W. Haywood Burns Institute, focusing on racial and ethnic disparities in the system.

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From Google to Goldman - Goldman Stories: Hector Mujica
Google is more than a search engine. The tech company is home to a massive philanthropic operation under its arm. Hector Mujica manages programs in Canada, Latin America and parts of the United States. Mujica was already working at Google when he decided to pursue a Master of Public Affairs degree at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He explains how his quest to form partnerships with the public sector led him to Goldman.
Fighting for Criminal Justice Reform - Goldman Stories: Felicity Rose
Half of American adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated. That includes Felicity Rose, whose father was in and out of federal prison during her childhood. Today, Felicity is working to keep families together at She explains how earning a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley gave her the tools to understand the data surrounding criminal justice and fight for real solutions.

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