I. News and Announcements Welcome back Sociology majors! We hope you had a restful break and are ready to learn and become active and engaged! Remember that the sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois said of education, "Education is that whole system of human training within and without the schoolhouse walls, which molds and develops men." Are you making the most of your education?
NEED A DONUT?
Who doesn't? Stop by the Undergraduate Lab in Thompson 719 (on the 7th floor) on Monday to usher in the new year and new semester by eating carbs and drinking caffeine with us. We look forward to seeing you!
STILL THINKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
Who isn't? Smith College will be hosting two very interesting talks this week. Folks without Monday classes can listen to Rachel Maddow on Monday morning at 10 am. Republican Ana Navarro (and outspoken critic of Donald Trump) will speak on Tuesday at 5 pm. Both talks will take place at the John M. Greene Hall at Smith College (Busses M40 and B43 will drop you right there).
II. Upcoming Events Spring Semester Community Talks of Interest
Amherst College has announced their Spring speaker series, some of which you should try to attend:
Jan. 31, 7:30 pm: Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida (Johnson Chapel; free but tickets required)
March 24, 8 pm: Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President (Johnson Chapel; free and open to the public)
March 27, 8 pm: Melissa Harris-Perry, writer, professor, and political commentator (Stirn Auditorium; free and open to the public)
Seniors: Speak at Commencement! Apply to be an Undergraduate Commencement Speaker for the May graduation ceremony! Draft a two-page proposed speech and submit to the Student Speaker Selection Committee for the chance to show what you've learned in four minutes or less. The deadline is February 7 by 4:30 pm.
Are you thinking of graduate school? The American Sociological Association has a free webinar to help you out. Topics covered include what you should think about when applying, choosing a program, the application process, and what you can do now to increase your chances of getting into a good program. You can access this at any time!
IV. Get Involved! Sexual violence on campus is an infuriating fact of the undergraduate experience. Attend the Five College Leaders in Sexual Violence Prevention training session to learn how to help prevent it from happening with the goal of ending it in its entirety. This important workshop will be held on February 25 and 26 (Saturday and Sunday), but applications are being accepted now.
V. Sociology Fun Fact Who studies the sexual habits of college students? Sociologists, of course! According to Lisa Wade, the average undergraduate hooks-up once a semester and tends to find the experience disappointing. This is due, in no small part, to the role that indifference plays in defining the hookup. In her new book American Hookup , she explains that - like many aspects of American culture - who gets to participate in this practice is influenced by race, class, and sexual orientation. A possible solution to the malaise students feel around sexual relationships? Making friends and experiencing deeper connections. An additional aid? Ending rape culture.
Sociologist Michael Omi teaches at UC Berkeley. He is the co-author, with Howard Winant, of Racial Formation in the United States, a groundbreaking work that tackles the role race has played in shaping US American society.