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October 27, 2016

A Bold Peace

Professor Michael Dreiling will be screening his film A Bold Peace in 156 Straub this coming Thursday, 6-8pm for students. There will be plenty of extra seats if you are interested and available.

A week later, the film will be screened at the Bijou on 13th, 6-8pm, Nov. 3rd. More info and tickets are available online here: http://www.encirclefilms.org/

And then two weeks later, the film will be playing at the Eugene International Film Festival – times and dates TBD.

About the Film:

Produced and Directed by:  Matthew Eddy and Michael Dreiling

Released in the Summer of 2016, A Bold Peace, the recipient of several awards, is now screening at several film festivals in the U.S. and UK. Check back, or like us on Facebook for information about viewing or purchasing the film.

Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens.  And the World Database of Happiness, with data on 149 nations compiled by a Dutch sociologist, lists Costa Rica as number one in self-reported happiness and number one in happy life years.

A Bold Peace juxtaposes the national policy of demilitarization (since 1948-49) with their investment in education, health, and the environment. Pointed parallels and contrasts are made with recent U.S. debates over the national debt, healthcare, the environment and the escalating cost of U.S. militarism. The film features former presidents, officials and scholars from the UN University for Peace, the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rican government officials and ambassadors, leaders of major national co-operatives, as well as journalists and citizens of Costa Rica. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican example has received very little international attention. This documentary film will bring attention to Costa Rica’s inspirational national project, answering why happiness, health, and human rights occupy a relatively prominent place in this Central American country.

May 19, 2016

Working Futures: Perspectives on Labor from the Global South

Join Professor Eileen Otis and other sociologists and anthropologists at the Working Futures symposium on May 27th. Full details available at the CSWS website or in the image below.

May 5, 2016

Spring Colloquium 5/9/16

The next colloquium of Spring term will be this Monday, May 9th. Jean Philippe Sapinski will present “Corporations and Climate Change: The Hegemony of Climate Capitalism.”

The presentation will be held from 12-1 PM in 714 PLC.  Light refreshments will be provided.

April 28, 2016

Green Resilient Office Certification

The Department of Sociology recently earned its Green Resilient Office certification, and was presented a certificate by President Schill.  View the photo and story at Around the O!

 

John Foster Presentation, 5/2/16

On Monday, May 2nd, Professor John Foster will deliver the talk “The Anthropocene and Ecological Civilization: A Marxian View” at noon in Global Scholars Hall 123. This talk will be presented in Eugene as Part of the “Ecological Civilization” Conference, Claremont California, in Honor of Visiting Scholars from China.

ABSTRACT:

The Holocene epoch in geological history of the last 10,000-12,000 years has given way to a new geological epoch, which natural scientists are calling the Anthropocene, marked by humanity’s emergence as the main driver of change in the Earth system as a whole, and which threatens the future of civilization, a majority of ecosystems on the planet, and the human species itself. From a historical materialist perspective  this represents first and foremost a crisis of civilization. Human civilization arose in the relatively benign environment of the Holocene. In contrast, the Anthropocene is an epoch of increased ecological constraints and dangers, demanding the creation of a new, transitional society, or ecological civilization—one characterized by sustainable human development. The making of such an ecological civilization is closely linked to the long revolutionary transition from capitalism to socialism.

February 24, 2016

Professor Kemi Balogun has been awarded a Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in support of her research on the Nigerian beauty pageant industry documenting the country’s transition from post-independence to an emerging nation.

Congratulations Professor Balogun!

January 21, 2016

New article by Kari Norgaard

Professor Kari Norgaard’s work on climate change has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

December 15, 2015

Holiday hours for main office

The Sociology main office, 736 PLC, will be closed on the following days during the winter break:

Thursday Dec 24th

Friday Dec 25th

Monday Dec 28th

Friday Jan 1st

The office will be open standard hours on all other weekdays during the break, 8:00-12:00 and 12:30-4:30.  Classes resume Monday January 4th.

December 11, 2015

Sociology Snippets Newsletter

Professor Pascoe has developed a new online newsletter for students called Sociology Snippets, released every two weeks.  It is emailed to the student mailing list and now you can view it here as well!  Click here to read the back issues of this newsletter and catch up on the latest news for students. In the future, people who are not current sociology majors will be able to opt-in to receive the newsletter by email.

November 2, 2015

Richard York, Environmental Studies Program Director 2015-18

Sociology professor Richard York has recently been appointed to a three year term as Director of the Environmental Studies Program.  In a statement, he said:

“The Environmental Studies Program is highly diverse, including faculty and students from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as from some of the professional schools. Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and working to address real-world problems are central to our mission. In my role as Director, I aim to continue developing the high quality education we offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to increase support for research on the environment and the human place in it that brings together scholars from multiple fields.”

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