Berkeleyside Idea Makers: Jay Caspian Kang and Khiara Bridges
Presented by Berkeleyside in partnership with BAMPFA
BAMPFA is proud to partner with our friends at Berkeleyside on the inaugural edition of Berkeleyside Idea Makers, a quarterly celebration of Berkeleyʼs stature in the world of ideas through unscripted, informative, and thought-provoking conversations. The first installment will explore issues of race, identity and the rocky terrain of rights in the United States today with two incisive Berkeley thinkers.
Berkeleyside CEO Lance Knobel speaks with New Yorker writer Jay Caspian Kang on his recent book The Loneliest Americans, a personal examination of the struggle for Asian Americans to locate themselves in the nation's racial structure. Staff writer Supriya Yelimeli interviews Berkeley Law professor Khiara Bridges about her work at the intersection of race, class, and reproductive rights—central to several of today's key political and social issues.
Join us at 6 PM and share a drink and to mix & mingle at the pre-talk reception. Ticket holders will have access to BAMPFA's galleries the day of the event; arrive early and show your ticket at the BAMPFA admissions desk to take advantage of this special offer.
6 PM: Pre-talk reception
6:30 PM: Doors open to the Barbro Osher Theater
7 PM: Idea Makers talk begins
Jay Caspian Kang is a staff writer at the New Yorker and an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, This American Life, The New York Review of Books and Grantland, where he was a founding editor. His book The Loneliest Americans was chosen as one of the best books of 2021 by Time, NPR and Mother Jones. He lives in Berkeley with his family.
Khiara Bridges is a professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She has written many articles concerning race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the NYU Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. She is also the author of three books: Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (2017), and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (2019). She is a coeditor of a reproductive justice book series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press. She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her Ph.D., with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. She was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and she is a classically trained ballet dancer.
Berkeleyside thanks Red Oak Realty and Kaiser Permanente for their generous sponsorship support of Idea Makers.