Two Special Sociology Offerings in 16F

Critical Political Economy

Sociology 49.23 at the 2A hour, Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

Political economy was formulated as a central field of research since the 19th century, designed to comprehend both fields - politics and economics - and how they interact, at the local, regional and global level. Since the 2008 financial crisis it became a very popular field of research, highlighting varied and opposed theoretical approaches. The course will focus on critical perspectives to political economy, including a. class conflict, race and ethnic relations and the world system; b. state institutions and their relation to civil society, capital and labor organizations; and c. late developments of the neoliberal economy, the social and economic implications of inequality, and global protests of the 99%.


Global Inequality Protests

Sociology 79.09 at the 10A hour, Dist: INT; WCult: NW.

"Black-White Gap in Student Loan Debt" (Inside Higher Ed)

A new study by Assistant Professor of Sociology Jason Houle and two co-authors confirms reports that there’s a student-loan gap between black and white young adults, reports Inside Higher Ed.

“The study, published in the journal Race and Social Problems, finds that black young adults have 68.2 percent more student loan debt, on average, than do white young adults,” writes Inside Higher Ed.

Read the full story, published 3/9/16 by Inside Higher Ed.

Social Problems Related to the Innocent in Prison, Racism, and Mass Incarceration

Students in Professor McCabe’s Social Problems (Socy 2) course learned first-hand about social problems related to mass incarceration, the innocent in prison, and racism through a powerful guest lecture by Fernando Bermudez and Reyna Ramirez, from the New England Innocence Project.

Fernando Bermudez was wrongfully convicted in 1992 of murdering a teenage boy in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Eyewitnesses identified Bermudez from police photographs and then a lineup; however, four of Bermudez’ friends testified that he was with them, miles away, at the time of the crime. No forensic evidence linked him to the crime. Nonetheless, Bermudez was convicted and sentenced to serve 23 years to life in prison. Later, five eyewitnesses to the alleged crime recanted and Bermudez was acquitted in 2009, after serving 18 years. Mr. Bermudez is married with three children. He now travels around the country and world talking about his experience and the broader causes of wrongful conviction.

"Intergroup Dialogue as Vigorous and Positive Action" seminar

Monday, January 27

9-11am, DCAL in the Library

This seminar is with Dr. Kristie A. Ford, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Intercultural Studies, and the Director of the Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore College.

Dr. Ford will share research findings that evidence Intergroup Dialogue as a unique and transformative educational method that engages students to explore issues of identity, diversity, and inequity while building skills for and commit to social responsibility and action.

Dr. Ford received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.

Please register for this event here.