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  • In this interview, Jason Houle addresses such topics as (1) is there really a student loan crisis, (2) is student loan debt distributed equally across various social groups, (3) by how much has average student loan increased, (4) is education a good investment, (5) how does loan repayment compare across social groups, (6) how could society restructure the education system to alleviate the student loan debt situation, (7) is this just a matter of millenials taking more work hours while in...

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  •  “This fine book shreds the dominant narratives about the Islamic Republic as Parsa analyzes the titanic struggle under way in Iran between theocracy and democracy. Along the way, the author shows why gradual reform—the leitmotif for Western supporters of ‘pragmatic’ Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal—is unlikely. Parsa digs deep into Persian primary material often ignored in Washington policy discussions, intelligence analysis and journalism. He...

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  • June 22-24, 2017 • Dartmouth College • Hanover, New Hampshire

    Affect control theory (ACT) examines how sentiment norms – our culturally shared meanings for particular types of actors, behaviors, emotions, and social settings – organize social life and direct us toward a mutual interpretive framework for interaction.  To find out more about this conference content and schedule, read here.

  • Developing their skill at perspective-taking, along with building students’ “sociological imaginations,” a concept described by 20th century sociologist C. Wright Mills, are two of the main objectives of "Introductory Sociology." Along with in-class games and weekly reflections, assignments in Kim Rogers' course ask students to investigate areas where their personal identities overlap with social dynamics.  Read the full story about "Doing Sociology"...

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  • Kalpona Akter, who started stitching at age 12 for $6 a month in a Bangladesh sweat shop, is now, at 40, a global activist for reform in her nation’s garment industry. She related her life trajectory in a series of sometimes emotional talks to Dartmouth College students, faculty and the public.  Read the full story here.

  • Misagh Parsa, a professor of sociology at Dartmouth College, outlined the roots of a deep discord between the Iranian people and their Islamist government and pointed to possible outcomes during a recent talk at the Haldeman Center. The discussion came within days of a convincing victory from Hassan Rouhani, a moderate reformer, in the country’s presidential election and also coincides with the publication of Parsa’s latest book, Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed...

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  • Iranian voters delivered a decisive reelection victory to President Hassan Rouhani, endorsing his efforts to engage with the West and find a peaceful path out of diplomatic isolation.  Sociology Professor Misagh Parsa offers his insights on this development in an article in the Los Angeles Times, which can be read...

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  • In the May 12, 2017 edition (Politics section) of the "Times Literary Supplement," Anthony Forbes reviews six recently published books which assess the different cultural, political, military, social and economic paths along which Iran and its enemies have travelled to arrive at the current state of affairs.

    He says: "Misagh Parsa's brilliantly argued Democracy in Iran posits a new revolutionary future for the country, suggesting that as the gap between ruler and ruled widens...

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  • Hassan Hassen ’18, a sociology major from Marietta, Ga., has been named a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow—one of 10 undergraduates from across the country selected by the U.S. State Department-funded program for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in U.S. Foreign Service careers. Read the full story in Dartmouth News...

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  • Assistant Professor Kimberly Rogers uses the video game Halo in her "Introductory Sociology" course to teach basic concepts of sociology.  Read more about this specific course here and more about our introductory courses in general here.

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