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Drawing new conclusions from comics and cartoons

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:43 +0000

A Doe Library exhibit and a new book show how comics offer much more than humor and can address global issues

Black Power, Black Panthers focus of North Gate photo exhibit

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:40 +0000

The Graduate School of Journalism is hosting "Power to the People," a photographic tribute to the Black Panther Party and black power movement founded in the Bay Area 50 years ago.

Study says state bond measure should refocus discussion of school construction funding

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:45:16 +0000

California's Proposition 51 offers a new starting point for conversation on how to better address K-12 facilities funding issues, says UC Berkeley study.

Rebranding the right: Republicans, and the republic, post-election

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:00:50 +0000

Win or lose, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has served up a new blend of right-wing populism

Voting rights, Jefferson topics for Constitution Day

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:05:18 +0000

The campus is observing Constitution Day with programs examining the state of voting rights in the United States and one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, President Thomas Jefferson.

Adding music to politics can make for even stranger bedfellows

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Music and politics mix to excite or energize through campaign theme songs, anthems and more. But in many parts of the world, musicians who give voice to opposing views are taking risks.

Study finds many African alumni do ‘go back, give back’

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:21:19 +0000

The African Alumni Project, a two-year effort to chronicle the life and career trajectories of almost 300 African graduates of six universities in the U.S., Canada and Central America, found that "overwhelmingly, the alumni who participated in the study indicated a deep commitment to Africa and to African development."

Report outlines how to make equity part of California’s low-carbon economy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:59:24 +0000

A new report from UC Berkeley’s Labor Center identifies ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring that California’s low-income and working class residents share the benefits of the state’s transition to a low-carbon economy and don't bear the brunt of its costs.

Experts try to untangle an unusual presidential campaign

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:00:44 +0000

From George Washington to a presidential candidate like Donald Trump, experts examine American presidential politics.

City of San Francisco and UC Berkeley to continue collaborating on ‘smart cities’

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:59:16 +0000

This year’s bid by San Francisco and UC Berkeley to win the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge failed, but the momentum generated by the collaboration has resulted in an agreement between the city

$4.6 million grant to improve how automated cars, drones interact with humans

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:30:17 +0000

VeHICaL project aims to understand how humans and machines can collaborate safely and effectively

White racism linked to fatal heart disease for blacks and whites

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:00:22 +0000

Study finds that blatantly bigoted communities have health drawbacks

Research shows Head Start pays for itself, pays off for children

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:16:25 +0000

Expanding Head Start is good public policy and will pay for itself, according to new research by faculty in UC Berkeley’s economics department and Goldman School of Public Policy. According to the U.S. Department of

Boxer gives congressional papers to Bancroft, launches speaker series

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:00:50 +0000

California senator is donating more than two decades of her congressional papers to UC Berkeley, and will be the first speaker in the new Barbara Boxer Lecture Series on campus.

Berkeley events this fall, part 1: Race, gender, U.S. politics

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:50:55 +0000

What's happening at Berkeley this political season? Here's a sample.

Understanding Colombia’s peace pact

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:57:16 +0000

A leading figure in Colombia talks about the country's historic peace agreement with rebels and what Sergio Fajardo says is the chance for his nation "to write a new page."

IGS poll finds voters prioritize learning English as well as speaking multiple languages

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:00:35 +0000

A new poll shows a plurality of California voters prefers an educational program where English learner students transition to English, and another large portion prefers immediate English immersion.

IGS poll finds support for retaining death penalty

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:00:36 +0000

California voters oppose a ballot measure that would abolish the death penalty and strongly support a competing measure that would streamline procedures in capital cases, according to a new poll by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

Poll: Californians support gun control, marijuana legalization

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:00:48 +0000

California voters strongly support both a sweeping gun control measure and a proposition legalizing marijuana on the November ballot, according to a new poll released today by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

New poll: Californians back extending taxes on wealthy, upping cigarette tax

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:01:19 +0000

Institute for Governmental Studies survey finds support for Propositions 55 and 56 on the Nov. 8 state ballot.