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The Politics of Mass Prosecution

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Professor Irene Joe. Professor Joe received her B.A. in Government and African American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and her J.D. from Stanford University in 2006. Professor Joe was the Binder Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law where she taught courses in the Ethics of Criminal Justice, Voir Dire, and Trial Advocacy. Her scholarly interests involve examining the structural integrity of distribution decisions in under-resourced criminal justice institutions.

"Data Farming: Seeding a 'Data Revolution' in African Agriculture" with Zenia Kish | Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 4:00 PM | 126 Voorhies Hall

For more information, check out the Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism's Facebook page.

The Color of Water

Thursday, October 19, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Camille Pannu. Camille currently serves as the director of the Water Justice Clinic here at UC Davis. She received her B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley in 2006 and her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2011. Prior to joining King Hall, Camille served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the southern San Joaquin Valley, where she worked with low-income residents to combat poverty and environmental racism.

Racial Healing Circles

Beginning Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. | UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Please join the UC Davis Clinical and Transitional Science Center for Racial Healing Circles and share your stories about race, culture, color, language and class to promote healing!

Background Info on the Racial Healing Project

The RECAB Racial Healing Project seeks to create a safe space to foster dialogue on healing and resiliency among academic and community partners to proactively strengthen our collective ability to acknowledge racism and discrimination that is affecting many community members of our academic institution and the public at-large. The Racial Healing Project aims to uplift the best practices from the field (Racial Healing Initiative led by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Attitudinal Healing Connection). The project will focus on convening academic-community oriented healing circles on sensitive topics about race, culture, color and class.

We will be adopting the Attitudinal Healing Connection's model of defining racism as a life threatening disease. We express that the concept of race is a social and cultural construct. The focus will be on storytelling and narrative change.

This program is funded by the Diversity and Inclusion (DI) Innovation Grant. Funding for this program was the result of a collaborative partnership between the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, the Campus Council on Community and Diversity, and the Office of Campus Community Relations, and the Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee.

All members of the campus community and public are welcomed and encouraged to attend and participate in the racial healing circles.

Make sure to RSVP for all sessions no later than Monday, October 16, 2017

For more information, download the event flyer .

The Problems with Thrice Stolen Wealth: Private Philanthropy in the Trump Era

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Professor Erica Kohl-Arenas. Professor Kohl-Arenas is the Faculty Director of Imagining America and an associate professor in the department of American Studies at UC Davis. Professor Kohl-Arenas received a B.A. in Sociology from Reed College in 1991, a M.S. in Community Development from UC Davis in 1999, and her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies from UC Berkeley in 2010. She is the author of The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty, for which she was named "philanthropy critic of the year" by Inside Philanthropy in 2016.

Assembly and Riot: Michael Hardt and Joshua Clover in conversation | Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4:00 PM | Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

For more information, check out the Mellon Initiatve in Racial Capitalism's Facebook page.

Environmental Law and the Racial State

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Keith Miyake. Keith currently serves as a Chancellor's Postdoctral Fellow in the Department of American Studies at UC Davis. Keith received a B.A. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the Graduate Center at City University of New York in 2016. After his fellowship, Keith will be moving to Southern California to serve as an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside in the Fall of 2018.

Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA | Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | MPR Student Community Center

Dr. Alondra Nelson, Distinguished Professor at Colombia University, will give the keynote presentation. Her talk, "Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA" will examine the recent use of genetic ancestry testing by the descendants of nearly three hundred enslaved men and women owned by Georgetown University, whom the institution’s Jesuit stewards sold to Southern plantations in 1838 in order to secure its solvency. The case of the GU 272 will be explored as a “reconciliation project”—a social endeavor in which DNA analysis is put to the use of repairing historic injury.

If interested, make sure to RSVP. You can find out more event by downloading the event's poster .

Racial Capitalism and Literary Studies with Adrienne Brown and Mark Jerng | Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00 PM | 228 Voorhies Hall

For more information, check out the Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism's Facebook page.

A Right to Stay Home for Central American Migrants

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Vice Chancellor Raquel Aldana. Vice Chancellor Aldana currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Diversity  here at UC Davis and as Professor of Law at King Hall . She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Arizona State University in 1993 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1997. Prior to joining King Hall, Vice Chancellor Aldana served as Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at the McGeorge School of Law, where she founded and direct the Inter-American Program.

Humanizando la Deportación/Humanizing Deportation: A Digital Storytelling Project | Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

This digital storytelling project aims to make visible the range of humanitarian issues that proliferate in our current regime of mass human displacement. This UC-MEXUS funded collaboration between UC Davis and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (with additional participation of colleagues from other institutions, including UC Berkeley) has assisted community members in producing a bilingual open access archive of personal stories about deportation (http://humanizandoladeportacion.ucdavis.edu/en/). The project team will present this archive, discussing the methodological, ethical and political issues that they have encountered in its creation.

You can find out more information on the Comparative Border Studies' website.

Dread Scott: Imagine A World Without America

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. | Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Please join the Aoki Center in attending the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art's special event, "Dread Scott: Imagine A World Without America."  The night will feature a discussion by Dread Scott, an artist and activist, whose work is featuerd in the Museum's current exhibit Dimensions of Black.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Dimensions of Black traces the legacy of UC San Diego's MFA program by drawing from the museums' permanent collections. With over 30 artworks from the 1960s to today, the exhibition traverses crucial interests and perspectives that have shaped the art of our time.

To find out more information, please access the flyer for the event here .

Past Events

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day: William Fletcher

Monday, October 9, 2017, 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. | King Hall, Rm 1301

Please join the Aoki Center in welcoming Judge William A. Fletcher. Judge Fletcher will be providing a discussion on Native Americans and the law. Doors will open on 3:30 P.M. and the event will begin shortly after at 3:45 P.M.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day: Panel

Monday, October 9, 2017, Noon - 1:00 P.M. | King Hall, Rm 1301

You are invited to participate in the Aoki Center's Indigenous Peoples Day celebration! The celebration will begin with a noon hour panel discussing the impact Columbus and Western European culture had on the Americas. More details to come!

The Struggle for California Lands

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Professor Beth Rose Middleton. Professor Middleton is an associate professor in the department of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Professor Middleton received a B.A. in Nature and Culture from UC Davis in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley in 2008. She is the author of Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation, and is currently researching Indian land rights and hydroelectric development in northeastern California.

Access to Legal Services as a Racial Justice Issue

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Cruz Reynoso, a former California Supreme Court Justice and professor emeritus here at King Hall. In addition to Professor Reynoso's presentation, clips from 'Sowing the Seeds of Justice,' a documentary regarding Professor Reynoso's life, will be shown.

And Then They Came For Us

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:00 P.M. | Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento

Please join the Aoki Center for the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS) Law Foundation's viewing of And They Came For Us, a film by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider. Featuring George Takei, And They Came For Us documents the lawless incarceration of innocent Japanese Americans and warns of the precedent it has set for official forms of discrimination today. After the film, join moderator Sharon Ito for a post-film discussion panel featuring Cruz Reynoso, Mia Yamamoto, Basim Elkarra, and Abby Ginzberg. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

Looking Ahead to the 2018 Midterm Elections: How Changing Demography Will - or Won't - Influence Outcomes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Mindy Romero. Professor Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. She received her B.A. from UC Davis in Political Science and Sociology, and received both her M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Davis in Sociology.

Professor Romero's PowerPoint presentation on the changing demography can be accessed here .

Transforming Schools: Toward Racial Equity in Education

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1303

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Vajra Watson. Dr. Watson serves as the director of Research and Policy for Equity at the UC Davis School of Education and  is the founder of Sacramento Area Youth Speaks. Before joining UC Davis, Dr. Watson received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, and two Master’s degrees and her Doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Student Advisory Board Meeting

Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. | King Hall, Rm 2320

Students are invited to the Aoki Center's first Student Advisory Board meeting. All students are welcome to come and learn how they can become more involved with the Center this year.

Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes: Criminal Law & Torts

Thursday, August 31, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, 1301

Please join us for the final presentation in the OneL Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes speaker series. Professors Jack Chin and Lisa Pruitt will discuss, respectively, critical perspectives and their application to criminal law and torts. Lunch will be provided.

You may download the flyer for the event here .

Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes: Civil Procedure and Property Law

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1301

Please join us for the second presentation in the OneL Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes speaker series. Professor Brian Soucek will be discussing critical perspectives and their application to civil procedure and property law. Lunch will be provided.

You may download the flyer for the event here .

Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes: Introduction to Critical Perspectives and Application to Constitutional Law

Monday, August 28, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1301

Please join us for the first presentation in the OneL Critical Perspectives on First Year Classes speaker series. Professor Angela Harris will be providing an introduction to critical perspectives and their application to constitutional law. Lunch will be provided.

You may download the flyer for the event here .

Fall Semester 2017 Kickoff Mixer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1301

Please join Center Director Mary Louise Frampton, new Aoki Center Fellow John Miller '17, and core faculty at the Aoki Center's Fall 2017 Kickoff Mixer. All students are welcome to join us and discuss the Center's mission, upcoming 1L programs and seminar series, and learn about the creation of a student advisory board.

You may download a flyer for the event here .

Charlottesville: Protest, Counter-Protest, Intolerance, Fear, and Violence

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Noon - 1:00 PM | King Hall, Rm 1001

Please join us for a discussion and open forum about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. This town hall is designed to help our community process these recent events. This event is being sponsored by the UC Davis School of Law, the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, the King Hall Law Student Association, and the American Constitution Society of King Hall.

You may download a flyer for the event here.

Poster for Vanguard Court Watch honoring UCD Prison Law Clinic

Vanguard Court Watch Honors UCD Prison Law Clinic with Panel discussion featuring Professor Gabriel "Jack" Chin

Saturday, November 15th Davis Senior Center 626 A St. Davis 5pm

Please join the Aoki Center in Congratulating the Prison Law Clinic as a recipient of this award.

Pioneering Chinese Law Students in American Law Schools

September 25th, King Hall Room 1002 12pm to 1pm

Chen Li is Lee Foundation Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and Global Associate at National University of Singapore. His current main research interest is in Chinese legal history with a concentration upon early Chinese students' legal education in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. He is currently working on a project to chronicle the story of these early law students' experiences and academic performance in various law schools and programs, and their subsequent impact on reshaping the Chinese Diplomatic Service and creating modern legal education in China in the late 19th and early 20th century.In this talk, Chen Li will discuss early Chinese students' varied experiences in American law schools, and the Chinese Exclusion Act's pernicious effect on denying early Chinese law graduates to gain admission to the bar in the U.S.

Fellowship for Research on Race, Gender, Culture and Crime 2014

Consider applying  for the W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship for Research on Race, Gender, Culture and Crime 2014. Applications are due by May 12, 2014. The Fellowship program seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of criminal justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States. 
Find the application materials and more details here .

Critical Perspectives in Constitutional Law with Professor Harris

April 10th, King Hall Room 2304

Please join Professor Harris in a discussion about critical perspectives in Constitutional Law. All students are welcome. Food will be served.

Critical Perspectives in Civil Procedure with Dean Johnson

March 19th, King Hall Room 2304

Please join Dean Johnson in a discussion about critical perspectives in Civil Procedure. All students are welcome. Food will be served.

Critical Perspectives in Contract Law with Professor Joo

March 3rd. King Hall Room 2304

Please join Professor Joo in a discussion about critical perspectives in Contracts. All students are welcome. Food will be served.

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Science, Sexuality and (In)Security

February 28th, 9-4pm, UC Davis Art Annex

Join us for a Social Justice Mellon Project Event. This roundtable event will focus on emergent ethical concerns around race/ethnicity, reproductive technologies, and the production of national ontological insecurities. The dialogue will center on how "new" racism and sexism, and "old" homophobia manifest in the 21st century to regulate and contain sexual and reproductive freedom and mobility.

download the flyer 

Critical Perspectives on Tort Law with Professor Pruitt

February 11th, King Hall Room 2304

Please join Professor Pruitt in a discussion about critical perspectives in Tort Law. All students are welcome. Food will be served.

Critical Perspectives on Criminal Law with Professor Chin

January 29th, King Hall Room 2304

Please join Professor Chin in a discussion about critical perspectives in Criminal Law. All students are welcome. Food will be served.

Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series

January 14th, King Hall Room 2304

Join King Hall faculty to discuss critical perspectives on first year classes. On January 14, Professor Villazor will be discussing critical perspectives in Property Law. All are welcome, food will be served on all days.

download the flyer 

Django Unchained, Lincoln and 12 Years A Slave

November 14, from 4-6 PM in 126 Voorhies

On November 14, from 4-6 PM in 126 Voorhies, Professor Matthew Vernon and Meg Sparling will host a roundtable discussion about three recent films on African American slavery:Django Unchained, Lincoln, and Twelve Years a Slave. The release of these films poses many important questions, including: slavery's relationship to contemporary politics, the racial and gender politics of slavery's representation in these films (and others), and cinema's ability (or inability) to interrogate the complex relationship between spectatorship and witnessing. Everyone is welcome! We'll have wine and cookies. Hope to see you there.

15% and Growing Poster

15 Percent & Growing

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 Noon-1:00PM Room 1001 King Hall

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a sizable and rapidly growing portion of California. AAPIs today represent over 1 in every 7 residents in California and about 10% of the electorate. Come join us for a public forum on the policy priorities and civic engagement of AAPIs in California, featuring insights from policy scholars and community leaders on the ways to forge a new path forward.

Aoki Center Official Fall Launch Celebration

King Hall Courtyard, 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2013.

All students are welcome to join King Hall faculty and affiliates for the official fall launch and celebration of the Aoki Center. The Aoki Center sponsors programs at King Hall and across the UC Davis campus that highlight critical scholarship, connecting faculty who conduct critical scholarship on issues involving race, immigration, and/or nation with one another and with interested students. FOOD and DRINKS will be provided!

Jose Antonio Vargas on the Undocumented Experience

5:00 PM, King Hall Room 1001

You are invited to attend a special presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas at UC Davis School of Law. Vargas is the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

In 2011, in a groundbreaking and controversial essay published in The New York Times, Vargas revealed himself to be an undocumented immigrant. He also appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. Vargas has testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, and written and directed Documented, a documentary film on his undocumented experience. He will preview clips from the film at this event. 

This event is sponsored by the Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA), the Aoki Center for Critical Race & Nation Studies, the Immigration Law Association, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), and UC Davis School of Law.

Critical Perspectives on First Year classes: Contracts Law with Professor Joo

King Hall - Room 2304

Professor Joo will speak about critical perspectives in Contracts Law. He will discuss the development of "substantive due process," a constitutional doctrine that protected freedom of contract and other economic rights, and its relationship to civil rights cases involving Chinese immigrants in 19th century America. His talk will be based on articles he has published on the topic: Yick Wo Re-Revisited: Nonblack Nonwhites and Fourteenth Amendment History, 2008 U. Ill. L. Rev 1427; and A New "Conspiracy Theory" of the Fourteenth Amendment, 29 U.S.F. L. Rev. 353 (1995). 

April 3rd at noon. Lunch will be served. This is part of the 2013 Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series

A New Vision for Racial Justice in the School of Law

Join us for an introductory talk on a leading edge model being used in law schools to cultivate racially just scholarship and practice. Speakers include: Dean Spade, J.D., joining via Skype from Columbia University and Jolie Harris, M. Ed. and Erica Dobney, M.A. of Thrive Social Justice Consulting. 

Sponsored by: The Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, The Coalition for Diversity, and National Lawyers Guild. 

See the event flyer.

Thursday, March 14, 2013. 12-1pm. King Hall Room 2306. Lunch will be provided. 

Critical Perspectives on First Year classes: Criminal Law with Professor Chin

King Hall - Room 2304

Professor Chin will be speaking on critical perspectives in Criminal Law. He will talk about some of the ways in which the contemporary criminal justice system perpetuates or tolerates racism. These include: the criminal justice system's acceptance of discriminatory policing, prosecution and sentencing, racism in substantive criminalization, and the effects of cognitive bias. Lunch will be served.

This is part of the 2013 Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series.

Critical Perspectives on First Year classes: Torts with Professor Pruitt

King Hall - Room 2304

Professor Pruitt will be speak about critical perspectives in Tort Law. Lunch will be served.

This is part of the 2013 Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series.

Angela Harris presents her new book: Race and Equality Law

King Hall - Room 2303

Please join Professor Angela Harris for a preview of her new book, a volume of essays that show how critical race theory, an analytic approach developed in the United States, can shed light on the workings of race in political-legal systems as diverse as South Africa, New Zealand, France, and Latin and South America.

The essays reveal how, in country after country, equality law preserves racial inequality even while denouncing it.

See the event flyer.

Lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Diversity and Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies.

Critical Perspectives on First Year classes: Civil Procedure with Dean Johnson

King Hall - Room 2304

Dean Johnson will discuss "Integrating Racial Justice into the Civil Procedure Survey Course." The discussion, which will touch on gender and class as well as race, will be based on a published paper in 54 Journal of Legal Education 242 (2004). Lunch will be served.

This is part of the 2013 Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series.

Critical Perspectives on First Year classes: Constitutional Law with Dean Amar

February 5, 2013 - 12:00PM - King Hall Room 2302

Dean Amar talk will focus on critical perspectives about race, sex and the electoral college concerning Constitutional Law. Lunch will be served.

This is part of the 2013 Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series.

Critical Perspectives on First Year classes: Property Law with Professor Villazor

King Hall - Room 2304

Professor Villazor will give a presentation on "Critical Race Perspectives on Property Law." Lunch will be served. This is part of the 2013 Aoki Center Spring Speaker Series

Sikhs and Sikh Studies in the United States

Buehler Alumni Center

Although Sikhs have been present in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century, the recent tragic shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, has brought them into the national spotlight. The lecture and discussion will examine these events in light of Sikh history in the United States and South Asia.

Discussion Panel Consisting of

Gabriel “Jack” Chin (Professor of Law)

Rajbir Judge (Graduate student of History)

Richard Kim (Associate Professor of Asian American Studies)

Co-sponsored by: Asian American Studies, History, Jewish studies, UC Davis Humanities and the UC Davis School of Law. For more Information please contact Gurjit Mann at ME/SA office at mesastaff@ucdavis.edu or call (530) 754-4926.

Serigrafia

Cruess Hall

A talented panel of printmaking experts have teamed up to collaboratively curate this exhibition that surveys the powerful tradition of information design in California’s Latino culture.

Start date: 10/8/12

End date: 12/7/12

Sponsored by: Design Museum, Exhibit Envoy, Department of Chicana/o Studies

Contact phone: 530-752-6150