Tag Archives: sociology

Activism and Violence: Moral and Strategic Question [RSVP DEADLINE TODAY]

MarkRuddCFA Program Manager Erinn Roos-Brown writes in:

Join the conversation as Rob Rosenthal (Sociology) interviews Mark Rudd, an activist, organizer and founding member of The Weather Underground, an American radical left organization founded in 1969. The organization had as its goal “the violent overthrow of the
government of the US in solidarity with the struggles of the people of the world.” Listen to Rudd tell about the federal charges of bombing
and conspiracy that made him a fugitive for seven years.

The discussion is held in conjunction with the Outside the Box Theater Series production, HOME/SICK.

Limited seating. RSVP to Hanna Oravec at horavec[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Date: Friday, January 31st
Time: Noon-1pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free

Liberating Education & Deschooling Anti-Austerity

Why are we in here and not out there? How can we reconcile the intellectual merits of the Academy with its role in perpetuating class divisions? What is the role of education in our daily lives and in society as a whole? Is struggling for need-blind enough, or do we need to go beyond offering “equal access” to alienating, repressive, and reactionary institutions?

If you’ve ever found yourself pondering these questions, this event on Saturday is a can’t-miss. Rumor has it a covert collaborator from inside the Wesleyan sociology department might make an appearance. Dan Fischer ’12 with the deets:

How can we defend our schools at the same time as we work to radically transform or even abolish them? This roundtable aims to find areas for collaboration between teachers’ union, student anti-austerity, deschooling, unschooling, horizontal pedagogy, and free school movements, among others.

12:00 – 12:30   Remarks by Daniel Long, Professor of Sociology
12:30 – 1:30     Schooling and Austerity: The Public School Dilemma
1:30 – 2:30       Unschooling: Opting Out and Overcoming Barriers to Access
                         or Resisting the Neoliberal Academy: Beyond Need Blind
2:30 – 3:30       The School-to-Prison Pipeline in CT
                         or Technology and Survelliance: Impacts on Schools
3:30 – 4:00        Open Discussion

“If we want to abolish prisons, then in a sense we’re going to have to abolish schools in the way they currently reproduce the prison and disciplinary technologies.” -Angela Davis

Photos: Dead Prez Brings Psi U to its Knees [Updated]

The revolutionary class struggle was in the house last night at Psi U (or on the stage, at least). Legendary anticapitalist hip hop duo Dead Prez took the stage following a panel sponsored by the Sociology Department in the afternoon focusing on inequality in the education system.

Openers from Weslayan’s own RAW, Evan Okun ’13, Izzy Coleman ’15, and David Stouck ’15 kicked off the show before Wes alum and frequent Dead Prez collaborator Umi performed his own energetic set. Headliners M1 and stic.man of Dead Prez followed, dropping the lyrical bombs of the insurrection for the hyped up crowd.

The show was like nothing else I’ve seen at Wesleyan (this was bigger than hip-hop). One has to wonder whether the Psi U brothers waving the American flag from the balcony and sweating on their women folk in the corners truly understood what they were seeing.  (Upon rereading this phrase I realize that the tone comes off as ugly. I did not get too intimate with any of these corner rendezvous, but had I, I might have found that not all of the participants were in fact women, or perhaps that they would resent being referred to by a possessive adjective in a Wesleying post the following day.) Further update after the jump.

Sign up For New Student Forum: Education Policy in the United States

Portuguese Water Dogs have nothing to do with Education Policy. That doesn’t mean they aren’t cute.

Sydney Lewis ’14 writes in to tell us about a new student forum, Education Policy in the United States, targeting those sociologically-intrigued Wesminds. This forum is being lead by Lewis, Andy Ribner ‘14 and Catherine Doren ‘13The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6, with the first meeting being this Thursday. If Education Policy tickles your fancy, than this basic course description will really rev your engines: 

This forum will provide students with an understanding of education policy in the United States. Based on the interest in WeSFER (Students for Education Reform), the new Study of Education Certificate, and other education activism on campus, there seems to be a great deal of energy and interest among students interested in education. This forum will address those interests and support student activism for education reform by providing students with a strong background in education policy.

Feminist Lunch Lecture Series Presents: Jennifer Tucker

Anonymous submission, feminist rendition:

The Camera as Witness:  Feminists Theorize Photography

From Virginia Woolf to Ariella Azoulay, feminist scholars and artists have engaged with issues raised by photography’s role in society. This talk argues that we need feminist tools for analyzing photography and focuses on three domains (war photography, medical photography and family portraiture) as areas where feminists offer novel insights into how images function in the world. Looking at and discussing a handful of photographs,  we will explore the positive and negative powers of photography and the challenges new image technologies pose for feminist theory and practice.

FREE LUNCH + the FGSS class you always wanted to take!!

Organized by FemNet, Sponsored by the FGSS Dept., the Adelphic Educational Fund, WesWell and SALD.

Date: April 26
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge

Informal Talk on Pop Culture in the Media with Sociology Professor Greg Goldberg

Come to the Clark lounge for an informal talk on pop culture and the media by Sociology Professor Greg Goldberg!  He will also speak from personal experience about what it means to be a musician in terms of participating in pop culture. There will be lots of desserts from Sweet Harmony Bakery.  Bring your pre-frosh! Non-frosh are welcome too.

  • Date: Thursday, April 14
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Place: Clark Lounge
  • Cost: Free!

Sociology Survey

Daniel Nass ’13, the survey genius behind last month’s beardedness-by-major exploration, writes in with another survey for Wesleyan students who enjoy taking surveys. This one is about music, which is almost as dear to my heart as beards:

Will Feinstein ’13, Stefan Skripak ’13, and I are conducting a quick survey for our soc final. It’s about how people learn about and acquire new music. Fill it out if you’ve got two minutes to spare! LINK.

Trick-or-Treat at McCarthy Park

From The Sociology of Public Culture class:

Join us for an afternoon of trick-or-treating as we celebrate Halloween, bring awareness to McCarthy Park, and promote a sense of community among Wesleyan students and the greater Middletown area.  There will be candy, refreshments, music, and fun activities. Stay for as long as you’d like, and come in costume!

  • What: Trick-or-treat at McCarthy Park
  • Where: McCarthy Park, located right behind WesWings
  • When: Halloween, 2 -4 PM
  • Cost: Nope

Adorno and America: a Symposium

Many of the major works of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory were written in the USA during the Second World War. Critical Theory’s dislocation from its European origins is significant not only historically but also philosophically: the exiled intellectuals were convinced that an effective theory of culture and society could be realized only in America, where capitalism had reached its most advanced state. The symposium will reflect on how the American experience of the Frankfurt School’s most prominent representative, Theodor Adorno, informed the evolution of Critical Theory. Against the cliché of Adorno as a detached high-culture mandarin, the symposium will offer a more intellectually and factually accurate investigation of the American dimension of his thought.

2:15: Coffee and Cookies
3:00: Welcome and introduction (Ulrich Plass)
3:15: Adorno’s American Reception (Joshua Rayman, Savannah College of Art and Design)
3:45: No Man’s Lands: Refuse and Refuge in Adorno’s American Experience (Matt Waggoner, Albertus Magnus College)
4:15 Questions
4:30 Coffee Break
4:45 Devices of Shock: Adorno’s Aesthetics of Film and Fritz Lang’s Fury (Ryan Drake, Fairfield University)
5:15 Adorno Unplugged: The Ambivalence of the Machine Age (David Jenemann, University of Vermont)
5:45 Questions and final discussion

A symposium hosted by the Center for the Humanities and the Theory Initiative. Co-Sponsored by College of Letters, German Studies, Sociology, College of Social Studies, Philosophy, History, American Studies, and the Dean of Arts and Humanities

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 2:15pm – 6:00pm
Location: Russell House (corner of Washington and High Street)

Community Research Seminar Info Session

From Lexi Sturdy ’10:

Juniors and seniors,

The Community Research Seminar, taught by Prof. Rob Rosenthal, is being offered again this spring. In this class, small teams of students work with local community agencies to design and carry out social research projects. Applications for this class can be picked up from the Sociology office, the Center for Community Partnerships (167 High Street) or downloaded from www.wesleyan.edu/slc. There are no prerequisites and students from all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For further information, please attend one of the information sessions on Wednesday, November 11th at 4:30 and 9PM in PAC002 or contact Professor Rob Rosenthal (rrosenthal@wes) or the TA, Lexi Sturdy (asturdy@wes). Applications are due next Monday.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11
Time: 9 PM
Place: pac002