7:00 AM
with Rasheed Shabazz
Room 202

7:30 AM
Registration opens
Breakfast included with conference registration

8:00 AM
Guided Meditation
with Amana Brambly Johnson
Room 202

9:15 AM
Welcome Remarks
Shakti Butler, Emcee & Facilitator
Na’ilah Nasir, Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion, UC Berkeley 

9:30 AM
We the People: Practicing Belonging in a Period of Deep Anxiety
john a. powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Berkeley Law Professor

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many of our foundational values have been called into question. From democracy and human dignity to equality and individual freedom, a collective belief in the founding values and systems of our country has faded from view, leaving many wondering, Is resistance enough? And although we may feel energized by the surge of political activism seen in response to the new, uncharted, and hostile territory we find ourselves in, how has the momentum from our progressive actions provoked an equal and opposite reaction from those who insist we do not belong? Yes, we must refuse the hate directed toward the "have-nots" in society; yes, we must resist all attempts to institutionalize hate into practice and policy. But at the end of the day, what does it mean to practice not only resistance but also an ethics of care—not just for one group or country but a care for all as one global society?

9:50 AM
The Surreal Present in Historical Context: Another Perspective on Othering & Belonging

Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University 

The surreal onset of the new administration, to say nothing of Donald Trump’s oversize presence, has so focused our attention in the moment, that we’re in danger of losing critically important historical perspective.  Trump’s rhetoric and behavior are so extreme that the tendency is to see him and the divisions he embodies as something wholly new in American politics.  They are not.  Instead, Trump is only the most extreme expression of a brand of exclusionary politics practiced ever more zealously by the Republican Party since its origins in the 1960s.  We must understand this fundamental continuity if we are to successfully challenge the rash of exclusionary policies proliferating every day.  To see Donald Trump as the singular source of these dangerous and illiberal policies would be both historically inaccurate and a strategic mistake.

But even as we mobilize to confront the threat of Donald Trump’s vision of a divided, exclusionary America, we must confront the sources of division within our own ranks.  The good news is those who are appalled by and repudiate Trump’s divisive, anti-democratic vision for America greatly outnumber those who embrace it.  The bad news is, longstanding divisions within our ranks have too often muted the force of our numbers. If we’re to resist the ascendant forces of division and exclusion, we must not other each other.  While acknowledging and honoring the differences among us, we must resolve to full embrace our diversity and grant unqualified “belonging” to all who reject Trump’s image of a divided, exclusionary America.  

10:10 AM

john powell & Doug McAdam

10:30 AM
Break & Book Signing
Doug McAdam

10:45 AM
Christopher Oechsli, President & CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies

11:00 AM
Barriers to Belonging: Expulsions, Right-Wing Populism and the Global Struggle for Democracy

  • Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
  • Kumi Naidoo, AfricansRising and former Executive Director of Greenpeace International
  • Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates

We have been living during a period of rapid social, political and economic change over the last few decades. Widespread economic precarity and wealth inequality paired with persistent systemic othering and growing demands for inclusion by those who are excluded from full participation and belonging, has created a ripe opening for the global rise of right-wing populism and authoritarian regimes.  To exacerbate the situation, there is growing recognition that we live on a planet that is convulsing from human-induced climate change.

In this discussion we will explore the interrelationship among political crisis and the rise of populist movements as it relates to shifts in the economy—expanded globalization and migration, technological changes, erosion of redistributive tax policies, and unsustainable consumption—with increased xenophobia and anxiety of the other, and growing distrust of government and its consequences.

How do authoritarian leaders spur the rise of right-wing populist movements and in particular, the movements sweeping the globe today? What will it take to challenge authoritarian rule and extreme othering while also reclaiming democracy and substantive belonging? What strategies are available to us to disrupt the underlying notion that domination is a prerequisite for success? What will be required of our movements and movement leaders to meet the challenges of our time?

12:15 - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

Info to explore eating in nearby Oakland will be provided. 

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
(For detailed information click here)

  •  Design for All: Creative Placemaking and Inclusive Space
    • Grand Ballroom 1
  •  Refugees, Borders, & Placelessness
    • Grand Ballroom 2
  •  Strategic Narrative and Practices for Belonging
    • unior Ballroom 1
  •  Revealing and Resisting Global Demagoguery
    • unior Ballroom 2
  •  Youth Advance Belonging: Creating Another World That is Possible
    • oom 208
  •  Transforming Public Health: Building Belonging
    • Skyline Roo
  •  Strategic Questioning
    • est Hall

3:00-3:30 PM
Break & Book Signing

Book signing by john a. powell & Saskia Sassen

3:30 PM
In Defense of the Truth
with Masha Gessen and Sarah Kendzior, authors and journalists

The current political landscape has made clear the powerful role that the press can play in upholding democracy. Amid daily attacks on the legitimacy of the press, Trump and his administration have limited the press’s access to government and show overt contempt for the democratic norm and role of a free press. The President uses Twitter to manipulate the public discourse with lies and misinformation. For a country that has taken free press for granted, experiencing authoritarian disregard for journalism and truth itself is unsettling. Two journalists and scholars with deep experience observing and reporting under authoritarian leaders will share insights and perspective to help us interpret and contextualize the erosion of the truth and the responsibility of a free, independent, and democratic press.

4:15 PM
Poems Because
Poems Work

Chinaka Hodge, poet and playwright

Chinaka Hodge reads new and commissioned work, forefronting politics, home and cultural remembrance

4:30 PM
Participation, Politics, and the Progressive Project: Where Do We Go From Here? 

  • Taeku Lee, Professor of Political Science/Law at UC Berkeley and Associate Director for the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society 
  • Lisa García Bedolla, UC Berkeley
  • Marshall Ganz, Harvard University 
  • Dr. Ravi K. Perry, Virgina Common Wealth University 

5:45 PM
Book Signing
Book signing by Masha Gessen 

The elections of 2008 and 2016 were pivotal, not just in terms of which candidates and issues won the day, but also in terms of which voters were mobilized and how they were engaged.

Understanding the demographic changes, public narratives, and campaign strategies that led us to Obama and Trump is critical to building an electorate across racial, class, gender, generational, and geographic lines moving forward. How can research and thought leadership help us change the narrative for 2018 and beyond?

What to do we need to know about where we are now to move forward by looking backward? Data can help with that.  Race, Space, Class—making sense of divisions. Opportunities—changing demographics, how we think of 2018, how can research help with this? What are policy implications?

Focus would be to exchange perspectives on where 2008 and 2016 leaves progressive, cross-racial projects to build power and participatory politics from the grassroots.Ideas, politics, and movements that need to happen—or are already happening but need to be sustained—in order to reclaim our democracy for those who believe in a core set of shared values based on inclusion and democracy.