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.