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This Week In Sociology

January 23 - 29, 2017

This Week's Highlights
  • Monday (1/23)
    • Spring Semester begins!
    • Rachel Maddow talk (Greene Hall, Smith College; 10 am)
  • Tuesday (12/24)
    • Ana Navarro talk (Green Hall, Smith College; 5 pm)
Spring Semester Kick-Off!
Free Donuts and Coffee
Thompson 719
Monday 9 am
  1. News and Announcements            
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Careers and Internships
  4. Get Involved!
  5. Sociology Fun Fact
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? 

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! 

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

III. Careers and Internships
Thinking of a job or internship?  You should be!  Follow UMass SBS Career and Professional Development on Facebook for up-to-date information about internships, deadlines, and other items of professional development interest.

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! 

Now is a great time to meet with Carol Sharick or Rebecca Bell, from SBS Career and Professional Development for advice on finding internships, employment opportunities, or just career advice.  Make an appointment through Career Connect.

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.  

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