Media Studies Lecture Series

Laura Flanders, Journalist


 Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Journalism and the Gender and Women’s Studies department.

Title: Manufacturing Meaning: How corporations are monopolizing the means of making meaning and how people’s media can, and always have, fight back.

Description: The development of the internet and the explosion of social media sites seemed to promise the diversification, democratization, and decentralization of media power. In reality, however, power has been concentrated in the hands of an ever-shrinking list of media goliaths, leaving independent media makers struggling for breath in a no-conscience contest for clicks and cash. Some independent media makers manage to break through even in a crowded, uphill race, but it’s not a fair contest if access to the track is controlled by multinational corporations who both write the rules and pay the refs. A democratic system of media needs to be owned by and accountable to the people it serves. Cooperative media institutions that share power between reporters, editors, and consumers are a step in the right direction, but a truly public media system will ultimately require public policy and the power of the state.

Bio: Laura Flanders is the award-winning host and executive producer of The Laura Flanders Show, a nationally-syndicated TV and radio program that looks at real-life models of shifting power in the arts, economics, and politics. Flanders founded the women’s desk at media watch group Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) and produced and hosted the radio program CounterSpin for a decade. She is also the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species. Flanders was named Most Valuable Multi-Media Maker of 2018 in The Nation’s Progressive Honor Roll, and was awarded the Izzy Award in 2019 for outstanding achievement in independent media.

Professor Hazel Carby, African American Studies at Yale University
Wednesday, February 26 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.
Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)
Co-sponsored by African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures.

Description: The lecture is drawn from a section of Imperial Intimacies:  A Tale of Two Islands, a history of the British Empire told through one woman’s search through her family’s story. The book is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands charting the imperial interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling. In this talk, I will describe how, having found the slave register for a plantation in Portland Jamaica, I traced the Carby owner and the women, enslaved and free, who labored on the land.  

Professor Hazel Carby, African American Studies at Yale University
Faculty & Graduate Student Seminar
This event is limited to faculty and graduate students by reservation only.

Thursday, February 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. 
Location: Barrows 602

Bio: Professor Hazel V. Carby is the co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain and author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America; Race Men; and Reconstructing Womanhood. For three decades she taught at Yale as the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies and was also Director of the Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization.

In 2019 Hazel Carby was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Wesleyan University and the Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentor Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  In 2018 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and was the 2016 recipient of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American Literature, awarded by the Modern Language Association.

Bernice Yeung, Journalist
Wednesday, March 11 from 12:10-2:00 pm
Location: Durant Hall Atrium
Cosponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies and UC Berkeley School of Journalism.

Title: The Invisibilized #MeToos: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers.

Description: Investigative reporter Bernice Yeung will discuss the sexual harassment and assault that low-income immigrant workers routinely face on the job. As farmworkers, night-shift janitors, and domestic workers, these women often go unnoticed and unseen. Yeung will also highlight how — long before the #MeToo moment — they have fought back against abuse and injustice.

Bio: Bernice Yeung covers labor and employment for ProPublica. Previously, she was a reporter with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she was a member of the award-winning reporting teams that investigated the sexual assault of immigrant farmworkers and night-shift janitors. These multi-platform projects led to her first book, In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers (The New Press, 2018), which was honored with the 2019 PEN/Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.