Dear UC San Diego community:
Welcome back to 2021 and happy lunar new year on February 12th! Although we recognize 2021 continues to be a year of challenges, we hope the Institute can be a resource and a place of intellectual community.
As always, we continue to look for ways to make our programming meaningful to you. We are making the most of our strengths as a UC campus: we helped organize a publishing workshop with nine UC campuses hosting UC Press editors and a completely full zoom room of 500 attendees; we recently held a symposium on Pacific Worlds: Indigeneity, Blackness, and Resistance co-organized with UC Irvine, UC Merced, and UCLA with over 200 attendees; and we are now gearing up for our spring multicampus graduate student conference (also on Pacific Worlds).
In addition to these systemwide events, this fall we had a special event in our Challenging Conversations series on "What Does An Abolitionist Asian American Politics Look Like?" The panel talk - drawing over 300 participants - helped launch UC San Diego's first Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program and undergraduate minor, led by Director Simeon Man. Students and faculty have been advocating for this program for decades, and we honor their work and see this historic moment as their legacy.
We are very proud of all our programs and invite you to see the incredible line-up of speakers and talks each organizes.
As always, we remain open to your suggestions, comments, and participation.
All our best,