We also condemn the violence of the repressive state apparatus firing rubber bullets, teargas, and flash grenades at protesters across the country— acts of weaponized response to principled social action mobilized in the wake of these horrific murders. ~Tracy Beanz In a June blog post on a UC Berkeley site, Hayes recalled being mistaken for a janitor by an immunology professor shortly after he started at the school as an undergraduate. She previously covered breaking news at the San Francisco Chronicle and politics at the San Antonio Express-News and PolitiFact. “Professor Choudhry did not return to the UC Berkeley School of Law for the remainder of the spring semester, consistent with President Napolitano’s instruction. Brandi Thompson SummersJovan Scott LewisSharad Chariand co-signed by*Dino BellugiEron BudiJeff ChambersJohn ChiangKurt M. CuffeyDesiree FieldsGillian HartYou-tien HsingJohn IsomYi JiaoSol KimMatt KondolfJake KosekLaurel LarsenSeth LunineJosh MandelBeatriz ManzNorman MillerRobert MoellerLauren PearsonNancy Lee PelusoDaniel PlumleeRobert RhewNathan F. SayreHarley ShaikenErin TorkelsonSarah VarnerDavid WahlMichael WattsClancy WilmottXiaowei Wang(*as of June 16, 2020), Copyright © 2020 UC Regents; all rights reserved. Prop. The writer, who identifies as a person of color, objects to a loss of free speech and academic freedom in the school adopting an â¦ The department is now more diverse than ever, and engaged with questions of antiracism as never before. After many unhappy reader emails, the Daily Cal’s editors published a response defending the decision to publish Choudhry’s letter. “We are protesting the fact that we live in a world where inequity exists, where survivors of violence are not welcome. Nor did he return during the summer,” Montiel wrote. The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via its web platform, ScienceDirect. Mon Nov 11, 2019 Jason D. Hill. When UC Berkeley law Professor Sujit Choudhry returned to campus this semester, he did not come quietly. We write to you with feelings of incredible outrage and sadness in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. 19 passed. June 8, 2020. On Berkeley’s campus, some felt criticism of the newspaper was misguided. These questions are linked to the struggle to widen access and relevance at the University of California, and at Berkeley Geography. Steve Montiel, press secretary for UC President Janet Napolitano, said in an email statement that Choudhry will not teach this academic year. The department is now more diverse than ever, and engaged with questions of antiracism as never before. Unsurprisingly, demonstrators did not agree, and some clarified the target of their protests. Filipa Ioannou is a producer at SFGATE, where she writes about an eclectic mix of topics ranging from politics to internet-famous animals to wellness trends. We must be thoughtful in our consideration of the impact of ongoing injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and subjugated people, to devise strategies for true systemic change, on campus and beyond. If we are truly committed to engendering anti-racist principles, we must measure and analyze how our department, division and campus community have tolerated anti-Black practices in their current and historical operations, including the composition of curricula, research profiles, faculty, student bodies. Emily Stoper, Professor Emerita of Political Science, California State University, East Bay. All emphases are in the original: Dear profs X, Y, Z. I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. A Berkeley postdoctoral appointment is temporary, allowing individuals a unique opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty member. TO: The UC Berkeley academic community FROM: Jeff MacKie-Mason, University Librarian and Professor Oliver O'Reilly, Chair, Academic Senate, Berkeley Division C. D. Blanton, Chair, Academic Senate Library Committee. Gifts for people who got really into cooking during the... Smart home gifts that are stupid-easy buys, Your guide to purchasing KN95 and NIOSH-approved N95 masks, San Francisco Mayor London Breed also dined at French Laundry, California imposes mandatory curfew in 41 counties. 19, which passed with a 51.1% majority vote as of Monday, has two distinct parts. Furthermore, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on poor, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations forces us to confront that racism and white supremacy are endemic to public health and safety, and to militarized law enforcement. Foresight in AI Regulation Open Letter. His violent killing by “law enforcement” officers, along with the killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL and Ahmaud Arbery by white civilians in Brunswick, GA, reflect only the most recent and visible examples of anti-Black violence endemic to this country, and to many of the nation’s institutions. TO: The UC Berkeley academic community FROM: Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Barbara Spackman, Chair, Academic Senate - Berkeley Division Jeff MacKie-Mason, University Librarian and Professor RE: Potential Changes to UC's Relationship with Elsevier in January 2019 December 19, 2018 Dear Colleagues, Berkeley. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Simons Foundation has provided special funding for five prestigious one- or two-year postdoctoral fellowship positions starting in Fall 2021. He eventually sent it to colleagues outside the campus, and has gotten signatures from all UC campuses, as well as some California State University schools. Economist She always has her eye on the politicians and celebrities with Bay Area ties who are driving the conversation on the national stage, from Kamala Harris to Guy Fieri. Berkeley is up in arms this week because of a letter sent by someone claiming to be an anonymous professor of history at U.C. Chancellor's Open Letter on Diversity. "Itâs really to avoid further restrictions.". “We were not protesting the op-ed,” said Kachen. It’s disappointing to me that Berkeley, as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, has become so anti-speech,” said David Derrick, a third year Boalt Hall law student. January 23, 2020 The rapid spread of COVID-19 has fueled countless episodes of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia, signaling a familiar denigration of certain populations as vectors of contagion and disorder. She grew up in New York and graduated from Princeton magna cum laude in Near Eastern Studies in 2015. California Gov. When UC Berkeley law Professor Sujit Choudhry returned to campus this semester, he did not come quietly. We write as law professors because impeachment is a legal proceeding provided for by the Constitution of the United States. Around 100 students protested and marched in front of Sproul Hall; about 50 stayed to protest the law school, Boalt Hall, floor to floor. Geographical research helps us understand the fixity of racism—its intertwining with capitalism, gender, sexuality, power, and inequality. Dear Students, For many graduate and professional programs, letters of recommendation are one of the most important parts of your application. She is especially interested in the intersection of politics and culture, and in the fresh and irreverent angles on state and national politics that resonate locally and get people talking. We were thus disappointed that so many Berkeley faculty signed an open letter supporting such a ban and criticizing the UC administration for refusing to ban Yiannopoulos. We live on a campus that values its reputation over its students and their well-being,” said Axenya Kachen, a student organizer of the event. She brings equal curiosity to policy details that will impact Bay Area zoning rules as she does to Arnold Schwarzenegger's flamboyant cowboy boots or Jerry Brown's corgi. Choudhry’s lawyer, Bill Taylor, said he had sincerely apologized and suggested that it made little sense to continue focusing on Choudhry “unless, of course, the university wants to use him as a scapegoat for not having handled some of these other incidents more effectively.”. Open Letter to Prospective Students Geography is a broad academic discipline and attracts students with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. 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This is the only possible healing ahead. Open letter: Update on UCâs open access negotiations with Elsevier and others. July 10, 2019. In response to recent events at the Gill Tract in Albany, UC Berkeley issued an open letter to the local community on April 27. In at least two cases our top candidates (4.0 GPAs, with 99% GREs and outstanding letters) were students of color and several faculty members pushed to have them nominated only for the diversity fellowships rather than the Berkeley Fellowship (our most âprestigiousâ fellowship). She was at a table with eight people for a friend's birthday party. A tenured UChicago professor and editor of one of the top 4 journals of the profession is facing problems due to something that is much tamer than this. “We are protesting the institution that allowed a known sexual predator back on this campus.”, Filipa A. Ioannou is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. As we continue to process what is occurring in the Bay Area and across our nation, it is clear that we cannot afford to stand by idly. Indeed, we see it as no coincidence that protests against systemic racism have emerged in the midst of a global pandemic. Berkeley has penned an open letter against the current narratives of racial injustice underpinning the BLM movement and â¦ The letter, in which he justified his return to the campus and described emotional difficulties the case has caused him and his family, ignited a student protest overnight. The list of signatories includes: Stuart Russell, Berkeley, Professor of Computer Science, director of the Center for Intelligent Systems, and co-author of the standard textbook Artificial Intelligence: a Modern Approach. Student activists have clashed with campus newspapers elsewhere over choices to include controversial perspectives in opinion pieces — one high-profile case, at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, led the student government to slash the paper’s budget in response to a guest commentary critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is purported to be an anonymous, open letter from a professor at UK Berkeley in the History Department. Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. The only comment I will make is to say it is worth every moment of the read. The best way to battle his bigoted discourse is to critique and refute it. Editorâs note: The following open letters are transcripts of emails sent by UC Berkeley faculty to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Associate Chancellor â¦ As geographers, we are in a unique position to offer a reflexive critique of the forces that led to this confluence of structural racism and multidimensional inequalities, with some opportunities for collective antiracist mobilization in the interests of all. But I will tell you what you are. Open Letter on Trump Administration Management Practices ... Policy Lab, CITRIS, University of California, Berkeley. But I think protesting the Daily Cal demonstrates a lack of respect for speech. Prop. “There is a big difference between being a sexual predator and being someone who touches a colleague — or even hugs a colleague — out of affection. Dear Governor Gavin C. Newsom and All Members of the California State Legislature: ... Berkeley. This is in the latter category and has never been said to anybody to be otherwise,” he said. An Open Letter from Legal Scholars on Trump Impeachment Inquiry For only the fourth time in American history, there is a serious inquiry concerning the impeachment of the President of the United States. The following is an "open letter" from an anonymous UC- Berkeley professor to all undergraduates who need recommendation letters from faculty. An Open Letter to Greta Thunberg. It argues that Berkeley faculty need to regard diversity as an integral part of academic excellence, rather than a compromise with academic excellence, if the University is to achieve its full potential as a land-grant institution and leading public university. The letter addresses â¦ Here's what that means for Bay Area real estate. The Open Letter. The only comment I will make is to say it is worth every moment of the read. “In a March editorial, the Daily Cal’s Senior Editorial Board condemned Choudhry’s actions and his resulting light punishment. An anonymous letter, purportedly by a UC Berkeley professor, is calling out things impossible to openly discuss on campus, including the Democratic Party co-opting Black Lives Matter and the suppression of dissenting voices. Choudhry’s sexual misconduct case is only one of several that Berkeley has faced in recent years. In addition to the following alphabetical list, you may view faculty members by field, faculty by clusters of research expertise, and current office hours for faculty and lecturers.For a list of Faculty Emeriti, please click here.. Click here to access faculty office hours. Geography is also fundamentally about working to un-fix that which seems like it is rooted forever, as if divinely ordained. We stand in support of the grassroots political engagement and movement building by protestors who seek to actively resist racism, social inequality, and white supremacy even under pressures of organizing in a pandemic. The publication of others’ beliefs, however — even those that are unpopular and contentious — is fundamental to a multifaceted dialogue on pressing matters related to the campus and city,” they wrote. Some students lambasted the Daily Californian, the student newspaper, for giving Choudhry a platform for his views. Students in the department have undergraduate degrees in fields as diverse as anthropology, physics, art history, and economics. Email email@example.com. ~Tracy Beanz These questions are linked to the struggle to widen access and relevance at the University of California, and at Berkeley Geography. ... An Open Letter to African-Americans. There was no face-to-face confrontation between Choudhry and the protesters. This Simons-Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowship provides postdocs with the ability to collaborate with UC Berkeley faculty as well as the opportunity to participate in Simons Institute programs. “I’m totally fine with protesting the dean. “This is next level glorification of a perpetrator who is given a platform and vehicle that many survivors simply” do not have, one student, Alyssa Liu, wrote on Facebook. The mission of the Academic Personnel Office is to ensure the continued excellence of Berkeley's entire academic staff so that our campus can fulfill its core missions: offering broad access to a superb education, pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge, and serving the public good. An introspective analysis, alongside consequential and measurable anti-racist programs must address these issues if we are to truly acknowledge and demonstrate our capacity to take action and repair the damage produced by systems of racial capitalism and structural racism. 5 months ago # QUOTE 7 Dolphin 0 Shark ! An Open Letter to the Community Change Begins at the School of Information Many come to the School of Information to understand the impact that information has on individuals and society, and the ways in which people make decisions with information to shape human institutions. Dear profs X, Y, Z I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. As Geographers, our work is to join in solidarity with people across this country who rise up to find ways to confront these dynamics together, offering support to each other, learning from each other, and modeling what it would take to advance our anti-racist commitment in the fullest sense. And really, that is not hard to do. It will be long. More than 2,300 faculty from California universities have signed an open letter to the Trump administration calling for sustained action on climate change and urging the president to honor the countryâs commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the agreement. Parsons wrote and shared the letter shortly after Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president, and found that it resonated among UC Berkeley faculty in all fields. The pandemic reminds us of long histories of struggle against social and environmental inequalities that have been foisted with a particular ferocity on Black, Latinx, Indigeneous, working-class, queer, trans, and subjugated people. You are not a moral leader. His open letter â¦ ... Jason D. Hill is professor of philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago, and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. ... Stuart Russell, Berkeley, Professor â¦ TO: The UC Berkeley academic community FROM: Jeff MacKie-Mason, University Librarian and Professor RE: Elsevier access suspended. An anonymous history professor at U.C. Newsom provided a sobering update on the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. Instead, Choudhry, who resigned last spring as the law school’s dean following a sexual-harassment lawsuit from his former executive assistant, marked his return with an open letter in Berkeley’s student newspaper, the Daily Californian. Geography Department Open Letter. The faculty, staff, researchers, and affiliates of the Othering & Belonging Institute work together with multidisciplinary approaches to learn, research, and construct solutions for society's most pressing issues. Geography also gives us the tools of social science, natural science, and cartography to build solidarity with emancipatory politics that dignify subjugated communities everywhere and that help foster change. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) promises dramatic changes in our economic and social structures as well as everyday life in Europe and elsewhere; it has been compared to both electricity and the internet. Law school ex-dean's letter on sex-harassment case sparks protest. I was sent this and felt the need to thread it here on Twitter. Here is the text of the letter. Stuart C. Strother, Professor of Economics, Azusa Pacific University. Berkeley wrote open letter to colleagues lambasting the current narratives of âracial injusticeâ and âinstitutional racismâ claimed by the BLM movement, and ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. 40 Calif. counties in massive rollback as COVID-19 cases double. It is purported to be an anonymous, open letter from a professor at UC Berkeley in the History Department. If you have questions about this letter, please contact Max Tegmark.. To date, the open letter has been signed by over 8,000 people. An anonymous professor of history at U.C.
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