Experts from all over campus are sharing their knowledge in a livestreamed video series, created soon after the pandemic emerged, called “Berkeley Conversations.”
Since June, Berkeley Law professors have been front and center in panel discussions (often moderated by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky) on how race is strongly linked to law and policy in America — and to any meaningful reform.
Faculty guests have included john a. powell on structural racism revealed by COVID-19; Khiara M. Bridges on racism in the health care system; Kathryn Abrams, Abhay Aneja, Taeku Lee, Ian Haney López, and Bertrall Ross on how race affects our electoral system; Elisabeth Semel and Jonathan Simon ’87 on racial inequities within the criminal justice system; and powell and Claudia Polsky ’96 on why environmental harms disproportionately affect people of color.
On August 17, a discussion on race and legal education featured professors Abrams, López, Abbye Atkinson, and Russell Robinson, as well as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Kristin Theis-Alvarez and students Ray Durham ’22 (Student Association of Berkeley Law co-president) and Serena Nichols ’21 (Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy editor-in-chief). The Race & Justice video series can be viewed at youtube.com/BerkeleyLaw.