We’re excited to announce appearances by four UC Press authors at the Bay Area Book Festival. Authors Khaled Beydoun (American Islamophobia: Remagining the Roots and Rise of Fear), Michael Kimmel (Healing From Hate: How Young Men Get Into— and Out of—Violent Extremism), Rebecca Solnit (Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and other titles), and L.A. Kauffman (How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance) will be featured on panels at Berkeley CA’s fourth annual Bay Area Book Festival this weekend, April 28-29. See their schedules below.
Saturday, April 28th
Men and Boys 2018: Cultural and Personal Masculinities
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
As women across the world make their painful experiences visible, men have begun to grapple with how the masculine identity shapes the power imbalance. The cultural positioning of manhood starts early (“Boys don’t cry!”) and continues to influence these boys’ identities as they grow (“Man up!”). Masculinity expert Michael Kimmel and psychology professor Dacher Keltner investigate.
Race and Racism in America
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Three authors of different backgrounds come together to explore race and the deep origins and expressions of racism. Edward Ayers, an eminent historian and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond in Virginia, has written for decades on the Civil War and Reconstruction and on controversies such as those over Confederate monuments; in many ways, the Civil War in this country rages on. Khaled Beydoun, an attorney and Critical Race Theory scholar and author of “Islamophobia,” examines one of the most rabid expressions of racism today—against Arabs and Muslims. Julie Lythcott-Haims, a Harvard-trained lawyer and the only child of an African-American father and white British mother, has written “Real American: A Memoir,” about what it’s really like for a mixed-race child to grow up in this country.
Sunday, April 29th
Smart Activism: History and Hope
With L.A. Kauffman and Rebecca Solnit
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design
How can activism be most effective today? Let’s look to history. Come hear one of the Bay Area’s most famous activists and writers—Rebecca Solnit—in conversation with longtime friend and movement insider L.A. Kauffman on the history and future of activism. Solnit, whose writing spans numerous books, articles, and social media, is perhaps most well-known for “Hope in the Dark,” a veritable holy book for activists, as well as her more recent books on feminism and three highly creative atlases, plus many works on community, the environment, and the arts. In “Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism”—a masterwork 25 years in the making—L.A. Kauffman expertly deconstructs the origins of today’s protest movements as a means of making activism more powerful today. How have past movements used disruptive tactics to catalyze change? Is there, indeed, still hope in the dark, and how do we act on it?
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Hotel Shattuck Plaza – Crystal Ballroom
As political fringe ideologies move into the mainstream—and the far left and the far right clash in the streets—extremist views of all kinds are becoming part of the zeitgeist. More people are facing the question: What compels peaceful people to commit violence? As women come forward to report violence and young white boys are perpetrating mass murders, America is dealing with its own home-grown radicalism. Two experts on extremism—Islamophobia and discrimination scholar Khaled Baydoun, and national thought leader on masculinity and radicalization Michael Kimmel—will probe the questions: What drives people to the extreme? And can a nation be de-radicalized?
Khaled A. Beydoun is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California–Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. A critical race theorist, he examines Islamophobia, the war on terror, and the salience of race and racism in American law. His scholarship has appeared in top law journals, including the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review. In addition, he is an active public intellectual and advocate whose commentary has been featured in the New York Times and Washington Post as well as on the BBC, Al Jazeera English, ESPN, and more. He is a native of Detroit and has been named the 2017 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Advocate of the Year and the Arab American Association of New York’s 2017 Community Champion of the Year.
Read more on Khaled’s thoughts on the deeply-ingrained history of Islamophobia in America on the UC Press Blog.
Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University and the author of Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society, and Guyland. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013.
Check out Michael’s #HealingFromHate series on the UC Press Blog.
Rebecca Solnit is a prolific writer, and the author of many books including Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise, and the best-selling atlases Infinite City, Unfathomable City, and Nonstop Metropolis, all from UC Press. She received the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography from the North American Cartographic Information Society for her work on Infinite City and Unfathomable City.
Learn more about #nonstopmetropolis, Rebecca’s latest atlas, on the UC Press Blog.
L. A. Kauffman has been a grassroots organizer for more than thirty years and was the mobilizing coordinator for the massive Iraq antiwar protests of 2003-4. She has covered social movement history and activism for The Guardian, n+1, and numerous other publications and is the author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.