KSQD Cutting Edge #97 Better World Book Party
On Dec. 9, 2020 the Institute for Social Transformation celebrated authors from the Division of Social Sciences who published in 2020:
- Lily Pearl Balloffet: Argentina in the Global Middle East
- Jeffrey Erbig: Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America
- Madeleine Fairbairn: Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush
- David Gordon: Cities on the World Stage
- Karen Holl: Primer of Ecological Restoration
- Sikina Jinnah: Greening through Trade: How American Trade Policy is Linked to Environmental Protection Abroad
- Catherine S. Ramírez: Assimilation: An Alternative History
- And more!
KSQD Cutting Edge #91 with Manuel Pastor on the Election
At the core of the 2020 election in the U.S. are key questions about the role of race, social movements, and economic inequality in shaping electoral politics. In this wide-ranging interview, USC Professor Manuel Pastor discusses how we should understand patterns of voting in different Latino communities, the role of organizing in shaping electoral outcomes, and the challenges of overcoming the white resentment and fear that fueled the Trump campaign. He also discusses how movements in California have been so important for shifting political possibilities, and the power of a ‘solidarity economics’ framing for transforming economic futures.
KSQD Cutting Edge #87 with Sylvanna Falcón on Human Rights Investigations Lab
On October 25, in a historic referendum culminating a year of widespread protests, voters in Chile overwhelmingly approved a referendum to scrap the constitution developed under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and write a new one through a newly elected constitutional convention. Hear Latino & Latin American Studies professor Sylvanna Falcón discuss the election, and the work of her Human Rights Investigations lab in documenting the widespread police repression and other human rights abuses Chilean people had to endure in the past year.
KSQD Cutting Edge #83 with Veronica Terriquez on Youth Civic Engagement
In 2014, only 8% of eligible people aged 18-24 in California voted in the mid-term electives. In 2018, that percentage nearly tripled. What helps explain that jump, and what are the implications for the 2020 election. Hear Sociology professor Veronica Terriquez, as she discusses her research on youth civic and voter engagement in California and what makes a difference in young people being involved in shaping the future of the state.
KSQD Cutting Edge #79: Jody Greene on Educational Equity and Opportunity
The pandemic has pushed educators of all types to explore new methods of teaching and learning using remote technologies and digital collaboration tools. The challenges are substantial, but so also are the opportunities. We explore these issues with Associate Vice Provost and Founding Director of the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning Jody Greene, who helps put this moment in the context of longer-term efforts to ensure educational equity and opportunity in higher education.
KSQD Cutting Edge #75: Camilla Hawthorne on Race & Citizenship
Recent scholarship has been helping us understand in more depth how citizenship is not just a legal right, but also includes processes of creating social, cultural, and economic belonging and ‘othering’. Assistant Professor of Sociology Camilla Hawthorne’s research on Black Italians helps us understand how nation-building, in both Italy and the U.S., has been fundamentally a white racial project, but also how Black youth in particular are challenging these systems of white nationalism and reimagining citizenship in innovative and inspiring ways.
KSQD Cutting Edge #71: Anjuli Verma On Policing Reform
In the midst of historical protests against police oppression and anti-black racism, our country faces critical questions about how to effectively implement police reform. Assistant Professor of Politics and Legal Studies Anjuli Verma goes deep into these issues, suggesting a need to look beyond our formal institutions of the police and prison to address the deeper processes of policing. This requires attention to the broader questions of why certain activities are defined as crimes and how discipline and punishment is enforced across multiple institutions and social processes.
KSQD Cutting Edge #67: Hillary Angelo on Climate Action Plans
In the face of the limitations of national politics and global agreements to effectively address climate change, cities have become the leading frontier of climate change action. Though the United Nations in 1987 put equity on equal footing with economy and ecology in laying out its three pillars of sustainability, incorporating social equity goals into sustainability planning remains a challenge in practice. Hillary Angelo, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, discusses California’s city and county Climate Action Plans and how well they address equity in these efforts.
Making Contact: Essential: Gig Workers and COVID-19
Gig Workers, driver’s for app companies such as Lyft and Uber, are struggling during COVID-19. They’re considered essential workers, so they can still work but many of them aren’t making enough to cover rent. Many have chosen to stay home, facing economic insecurity. Those who work, however, are continuing to drive without much protection in the way of personal protective equipment, and very little help from the app companies themselves. We take a look at the future of the gig economy and how to protect “essential workers.”
Cutting Edge #62: New Generation Learning
New Generation Learning is a collaborative interdisciplinary research initiative, involving 65 faculty members across the University, designed to better understand the cultural strengths of learning by children and students from historically underserved populations and ways to leverage those strengths in formal and informal settings for improved learning outcomes. Director and Psychology Professor Su-hua Wang, along with co-directors Psychology Professor Barbara Rogoff and Education Professor and Department Chair Cynthia Lewis discuss new insights and developments in this important work.
KSQD Cutting Edge #58: Steve McKay
Sociology Professor Steve McKay joins to talk about the importance of community-engaged research and his project “We Belong,” which discusses the conditions of undocumented families in Santa Cruz County.
KSQD Cutting Edge #53: Alexander Repenning, Right Livelihood College
The Educational Manager for the Right Livelihood Award, Alexander Repenning, sits down with the Cutting Edge at a conference in Thailand to talk about what is the Right Livelihood Award and links between academia with activism.
KSQD Cutting Edge #48: Herman Gray & Jenny Reardon Discuss Race
Herman Gray, retired Emeriti Sociology Professor, whose work is in cultural and black studies and Jenny Reardon, Director of the Science & Justice Research Center and Sociology Professor, sit down to have a conversation on race in America.
KSQD Cutting Edge #45: Better World Books
The host of the Cutting Edge and Director of the Institute for Social Transformation, Chris Benner, speaks on the different books from the “Better World Book Party,” where the published works showcased included diverse topics such as youth development, cultural dimensions of globalization, and food systems dynamics.
KSQD Cutting Edge #41: Jesus Quiroz, Everett Program
Jesus Quiroz is an undergraduate fellow in the Everett Program, a program dedicated to creating social change through technology by working with non-profit organizations in efforts to achieve social good.
KSQD Cutting Edge #37: Rebecca London
Recess is an essential component of a school that shapes a considerable part of a student’s success. Professor of Sociology Rebecca London talks about her new book “Rethinking Recess,” taking a critical look at recess.
KSQD Cutting Edge #35: Sikina Jinnah
Professor Sikina Jinnah of Environmental Studies joins in on a conversation about global climate change and using climate engineering technology to address the increasing climate challenges.
KSQD Cutting Edge #33: Fernando Leiva
In the context of Chile, the world’s leading copper producer, Professor Fernando Leiva of Latino and Latin America Studies, joins to talk about his recent research trip to the country and speak on the extractivist economies in the region affecting indigenous communities and water resources.
KSQD Cutting Edge #28: Robert Fairlie
Professor Robert Fairlie of Economics is a national expert on small business creation and he joins to talk about the intersection of race and entrepreneurship and their importance in today’s economy.
KSQD Cutting Edge #20: Nicanor Perlas & Anthony Aquirre
As artificial intelligence technology evolves, will we end up facing an existential crisis? Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award winner and theoretical cosmologist UC Santa Cruz Professor Anthony Aguirre discuss the good and bad of artificial intelligence.
KSQD Cutting Edge: Anne Kapuscinski
Professor Anne Kapuscinski discusses the 6th annual climate science and policy conference. The theme for this year is Climate Justice: Linking Science to Just Action.
KSQD Cutting Edge: Adam Millard-Ball
Professor Adam Millard Ball talks about his work on autonomous vehicles within the realm of transportation planning and how the latest “driverless” technologies can transform the urban landscape.
KSQD Cutting Edge: Shaw David, Right Livelihood College, & Nicanor Perlas
David Shaw, the coordinator of the Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz, talks about what is the Right Livelihood College, Right Livelihood Award, and award winner Nicanor Perlas’ work in artificial intelligence.