Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture

Russell Robinson interviews Roxane Gay
Professor Russell Robinson interviews Roxane Gay during the event “#MeToo: One Year Later.”

The Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture at Berkeley Law will examine contemporary questions of identity and discrimination through the lens of intersectionality. Intersectionality considers how race, gender, and sexual orientation (among other identities and systems) overlap to produce distinct experiences of vulnerability and resilience.



Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Perceptual and Emotional Segregation: The Peril and Promise of Talking Across Identity Lines in 2020
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

We invite you to submit anonymous stories in which you or someone you know attempted to reach across an identity-related divide (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, disability) and were frustrated by the outcome. We are also interested in the emotions you experienced and your perceptions of the other person’s emotional state or reaction. We are thinking about the different perceptual biases and emotional needs of the people in conversation: both those from marginalized identities (who may feel, for example, pressure to manage the emotions of people who hold privileged identities) and those who hold privileged identities (who may struggle to find words at all or to grapple with a sense of making mistakes and causing unintended injuries).

A full description of the event is available here.

Your stories are invited, anonymously, at this [link].  Stories are invited from students, faculty, staff, and other members of the public.  By submitting a story here, you are sharing it with the understanding that we may or may not bring this story into the discussion, anonymously, at this or future events, or in future writing.


Friday, October 30, 2020
Critical Race Theory and the 2020 Election
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM PST

This roundtable discussion will consider how the racial uprising in the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, on-going police violence and social unrest, a possible shift in race-consciousness among White voters, the selection of Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate and the battle to replace Justice Ginsburg may impact the election and our democracy more broadly.  In addition, the panelists will engage President Trump’s attempt to “cancel” Critical Race Theory and anti-racism initiatives.


If you cannot attend it live on 10/30, please click this link for a recorded video.