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.
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.
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!
Professor Kari Norgaard’s work on climate change has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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.
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.
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.”
A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that there has already been scientific consensus on same-sex parenting for decades. The study was led by Jimi Adams, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and published this month in Social Science Research. Our own Professor Ryan Light co-authored the study. Click this link for an article about their findings from ThinkProgress.org.
Richard York’s paper “The Invisible Animal: Anthrozoology and Macrosociology” has been awarded this year’s distinguished scholarship award from the ASA’s new section on Animals & Society. The paper was coauthored with Philip Mancus (a 2009 UO Ph.D.) and appeared in Sociological Theory.
Michael Dreiling has been chosen as the first recipient for the new UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency and Trust. This award honors the “member of the University of Oregon community who best exemplifies the fundamental principles of shared governance, transparency and trust within the past two academic years.