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May 30, 2017

Spring Colloquium 6/5/17

Motivational Frame Disputes and Discursive Narratives Surrounding Hydraulic Fracking in the Haynesville Shale

Anthony E. Ladd
Professor of Sociology/The Environment Program
Loyola University New Orleans

June 5, 2015
12-1 PM
714 PLC

Environmental sociologists and social movement scholars have long utilized frame analysis concepts and similar analytic tools to examine how competing groups socially construct discursive interpretations of the environmental hazards, issues, and conflicts in their community (e.g. Brulle and Benford 2012; Capek 1993; Grey 2003, Krogman 1996; Ladd 2011; Shriver and Peaden 2009; Vincent and Shriver 2009). Typically, environmental frame disputes entail contrasting diagnostic, prognostic, and motivational narratives regarding what citizens view as the problems at hand, what solutions they propose to address such problems, and how these beliefs provide a motivation or rationale for adherents to take action on the issues driving the controversy (Benford 1993; Benford and Snow 2000). While the diagnostic and prognostic components of the larger frame dispute over natural gas fracking have been recently analyzed (see Ladd 2014), the motivational frames and discursive narratives that provide opposing rationales for the conflict have not received similar attention. In this presentation, based on a chapter from my forthcoming edited book (Fractured Communities: Risk, Impacts, and Protest Against Hydraulic Fracking in U.S. Shale Regions), I draw on sociological literature, archival sources, discursive documents, participant observation, and in-depth interview data from stakeholder groups in the region to provide a qualitative analysis of the motivational frame disputes surrounding natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing in the Haynesville Shale region of Louisiana. I conclude with some observations about their implications for future mobilization efforts surrounding oil and gas fracking.

Anthony E. Ladd is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and The Environment Program and a former chair of the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Tennessee and his B.S. in sociology from Ball State University. He has taught at the University of North Georgia, the University of Tennessee, and Carson-Newman College, and has served as a Visiting Professor at Duke University, Oregon State University, and Mississippi State University. He has also given invited research lectures on such campuses as the University of Oregon, Oklahoma State University, Villanova University, the University of South Florida, the University of Indianapolis, West Virginia Tech, and is a former president of the Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS). Dr. Ladd’s major area of research centers on the impacts of energy-driven environmental controversies and technological disasters on communities. He is the author of the forthcoming edited volume, Fractured Communities: Risk, Impacts, and Protest Against Hydraulic Fracking in U.S. Shale Regions (2017, Rutgers University Press) and has published over 50 articles, chapters, and reviews in such venues as Sociological Inquiry, Social Currents, Sociological Spectrum, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Rural Social Sciences, Humanity and Society, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and Social Justice. His most recent published research analyzes the environmental frame disputes and differential impacts of natural gas fracking in the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Shale regions of Louisiana, as well as the growing socio-environmental threats posed by our continued reliance on fossil fuels and unconventional energy development. He is currently serving on the advisory board for an NSF grant on wastewater induced seismicity in Colorado and Oklahoma, is a Co-PI on a study examining the social impacts of extreme energy production in the United Kingdom (UK), and is researching the growth of “Frackademia” and the influx of corporate oil and gas funding into higher education.



May 17, 2017

Spring Colloquium 5/22/17

Jennifer Utrata
Department of Sociology
University of Puget Sound

Monday May 22
12:00 – 1:00 pm
714 PLC

Title: Rethinking Single Motherhood: Normalized Gender Crisis and Russia’s Quiet Revolution

Abstract: How might Russia be understood as an extreme case of the increased gender distrust and relationship fluidity shaping families worldwide? Both women and men in Russia observe that there are few real men, and note an entrenched “problem with men,” especially given the “scourge” of male drinking. This state of normalized gender crisis has important implications for Russia, shaping people’s experiences of the state, society, family life, and the transition to neoliberal market capitalism. However, it also has implications for our understanding of single motherhood and gender crisis elsewhere, including in the United States. Russia is a sensitizing case, one which challenges scholars to move beyond American exceptionalism in studies of families and gender relations. From growing numbers of single mothers and de facto single (but legally married) mothers, to overburdened grandmothers and men who share women’s disillusionment with men and the state, this talk discusses several aspects of Russia’s quiet revolution which challenge Western assumptions about single motherhood, poverty, families, and gender.

Bio: Jennifer Utrata is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Puget Sound. Her research focuses on how economic and social transformations shape gender and intimate relationships. Her book Women without Men: Single Mothers and Family Change in the New Russia (Cornell 2015) won the PSA’s Distinguished Scholarship Award (2017) and the ESS’s Mirra Komarovsky Distinguished Book Award (2016). She has also published in journals such as Gender & Society and Journal of Marriage and Family. Utrata’s current research focuses on how grandmothers’ unpaid care work shapes the transition to parenthood, parents’ responses to the child care crisis, and broader inequalities among families in the United States.


May 16, 2017

Soc Snippets 5/15/17

Hi all,

Happy Week 7!  We are so close to summer, and for some of you, so close to graduation! This week in Sociology Snippets we’ve got opportunities to participate in the Sociology Department, ways to support your fellow sociology majors and some career resources.

As always if you have any questions or something you’d like to share in Sociology Snippets, just let me know.

Have a great week and Go Ducks!

Professor Pascoe

Join a Focus Group and Share Your Ideas!

Are you a graduating senior? Do you have ideas you want to share about the Sociology Major? The Sociology Department needs your input! We will be holding a series of three focus groups over the next few weeks to assess the strength of our methodological training and to hear your feedback about the program. In this focus group, you and other seniors will have the opportunity to discuss basic research methods as well as share what you have learned about research methods as a sociology major. Participants will also be able to share their experiences in the sociology program.

These focus groups will be held in 705 PLC on

Friday, May 19th from 10-11am
Friday May 26 from 1-2pm
Friday June 2nd from 11-12pm.

Delicious snacks will be provided! If you would like to attend please RSVP to Undergraduate Program Director, Professor C.J. Pascoe ( Thank you for your help and we look forward to hearing your ideas!


Support your fellow Sociology Majors at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Four of the participants in the Sociology Honors Program will be presenting their research on racial diversity in college, disability and internet use and working mothers. Come learn about their research and support them!

The Undergraduate Research Symposium will showcase student work through oral, poster, and creative work presentations. The Symposium will feature multi-term projects such as honors theses and capstone projects, as well as single-term research projects and a few other community based research projects. These projects and presentations will cover a wide range of disciplines from science to performance arts, making this a diverse and unique event. The Symposium will also feature six judged awards that will be offered to top presenters. These awards are monetary prizes and will be granted to students in the fields of biology, pre-med, food studies, and others.

When: Thursday May 18th at 5-7pm
Where: EMU Ballroom
For More Info:


Career Prep Opportunities

Saturday Senior Career Prep “Crash Course”
The Sociology Department’s Career Advisor Bill Sherman will be conducting a seminar to help graduating sociology majors navigate the workforce. The seminar will focus on a variety of skills including resume building, job interviews, job searches, and deciding which career is best for you. Space is limited so you must register at to guarantee your spot.

When: June 3rd from 11am-2pm
Where: Willamette room 110
For More Info Contact Bill Sherman at

Career Center: Career Insights Trip
Interested in Nonprofits and advocacy? The career center is hosting a field trip to two local nonprofits on Thursday, May 18th. The trip will provide and inside view of how these organizations operate, you will also be able to meet professionals in the field. The morning site visit will be to Mobility International USA, and the afternoon site visit will be at Looking Glass Community Services. To learn more and apply for this opportunity, contact Molly Neher at, or use this link: Learn More & Apply Today

Research Project Opportunity at The Prevention Science Institute
Gain research and professional experience by participating in a research projects as a behavioral coder. The Prevention Science Institute is looking for sociology undergraduate students to participate as coders for fall, winter, and spring terms next year. This can be done for class credit or on a volunteer basis. This is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining research experience. The institute is especially looking for bilingual English and Spanish-speakers but it is not a requirement to participate. If you are interested email AnnaCecilia McWhirter at



Commencement Reminder

All students who are finishing their degrees this spring or summer need to complete the Commencement RSVP form at to allow us to properly plan for the number of attendees at the June 19thceremony.  If you are finishing in fall 2017 and would like to “walk” in June at the commencement ceremony, please complete the form as well.

Elizabeth Milner would like to remind all students who are graduating to apply for their undergraduate degree in Duckweb as well.  Submit your application for the final term in which you will be taking ANY UO classes for your degree, not just sociology. Applying for the wrong term can affect registration eligibility, so if you have questions about this please get in touch with Elizabeth as soon as you can.

General information about commencement may be found at: and at


University Day

University Day is an annual opportunity for students to give back to their campus. As a tradition that was originally created to beautify campus for commencement, University Day continues to be a day where students come together to take care of our campus. This is a great opportunity to not only take pride in our campus, but also get to know fellow students. All volunteers will also receive a University Day t-shirt.

When: Thursday May 18th between 9am and 4pm
Where: Meet at the Collier Lawn to volunteer

May 15, 2017

Spring Colloquium 5/16/18

Tuesday, May 16
12:00 – 1:00 pm
714 PLC

Josh Gamson
Department of Sociology
University of San Francisco

Talk Title: “Extraordinary Kin: The Politics of Unconventional Family Creation Stories”

Abstract: In Modern Families, I try to apprehend larger changes in family structure and kinship by looking at it nontraditional family creation from the inside out. I recount the stories of how I and some other people I know created our unconventional families (single mother families; lesbian, gay, and trans families; multiparent queer families) through assisted reproduction and adoption, using them as a spot from which to view the norms, conventions, and institutions that regulate contemporary family making. In this talk, I focus on the politics of telling such family stories. I situate them within the larger context of myths about the One True Family, and within the main competing genres through which unconventional family origin stories are told, one celebratory and the other critical. I then tell pieces of those stories, to illustrate how family storytelling can reveal complex encounters with normative regimes, global inequalities, class inequalities, medical and legal institutions, and market transactions. I finish by considering both the micropolitics and macropolitics of telling family origin stories, especially where these stories might enter broader discussions of reproductive justice and freedom.

Bio: Joshua Gamson is Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Claims to Fame:  Celebrity in Contemporary America (California, 1994); Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (Chicago, 1998); The Fabulous Sylvester (Henry Holt/Picador, 2005), and Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship (New York University, 2015), along with numerous scholarly articles on social movements, sexualities, and contemporary culture. Among other honors, he’s received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.



May 4, 2017

Soc Snippets 5/4/17

Hi all!

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine – we’ve certainly waited long enough for it! This week in Sociology Snippets we have some commencement information, a reminder about honors program and peer advising deadlines as well as some other educational opportunities.

Additionally, we still have a few spots for students to participate in shaping the future of this department by being a part of the undergraduate focus group talking to external reviewers who are evaluating the sociology department next week (2:30-3:30 on Thursday, May 11, in PLC 714.). If you’d like to be part of that group, please let me know at

Have a great week and Go Ducks!

Professor Pascoe


Sociology Department Opportunities

Sociology Honors Program – Applications Due: May 8, 2017
Have you ever found yourself in a sociology class thinking “Gosh, this study is great! I’d love to do a study like this!” If so, the Sociology Honors Program is for you. This small, selective year-long class for highly motivated sociology majors walks you through all aspects of the research process from coming up with a research question, to putting together a research proposal, to conducting your research, to actually writing an honors thesis. Participants in this program have had their research covered by Cascade Magazine (such as Daniel Silberman’s research on racism and punishment in Oregon: and last month, Sociology major Cheyenne Pico presented findings from her thesis research on college diversity programs at the Annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference in Portland.

You can find more information about the program here: and the application can be downloaded here:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any questions.


Are you interested in helping peers in Sociology? Become a Sociology Peer Advisor!

Applications Due in Week 6
The Sociology Peer Advisors Program helps students plan their academic schedules and interpret their Degree Guide. Advisors also provide academic advising, which covers both general and major specific requirements. The Peer Advising office also provides information on major-related careers and internships and maintains graduate school files. The office is a multi-purpose source for students and offers assistance in many ways! For more information or to pick up an application stop by out office: PLC 706.

Questions? Contact: or



Undergraduate Research Symposium
Thursday, May 18th EMU
The Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will host over 200 undergraduates engaged in original research, creative work, and community-based projects from over 50 majors and seven colleges in the Erb Memorial Union for a day of oral and poster presentations, creative work installations, and artistic performances.

More information can be found here:

2018-19 Expected Courses


Graduation Information

Commencement RSVP Form
All students who are finishing their degrees this spring or summer need to complete the Commencement RSVP form at to allow us to properly plan for the number of attendees at the June 19th ceremony.  If you are finishing in fall 2017 and would like to “walk” in June at the commencement ceremony, please complete the form as well.

Elizabeth Milner would like to remind all students who are graduating to apply for their undergraduate degree in Duckweb as well.  Submit your application for the final term in which you will be taking ANY UO classes for your degree, not just sociology.  Applying for the wrong term can affect registration eligibility, so if you have questions about this please get in touch with Elizabeth as soon as you can.

General information about commencement may be found at and at .



Career Resources

Career Center: Career Insights Trip
Interested in Nonprofits and Advocacy?
Thursday, May 18

Join the Career Center on a field trip to two local non-profits! Get an inside view of how these organizations operate and meet professionals in the field!

Morning Site Visit: Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
Lunch (Provided)
Afternoon: Looking Glass Community Services

  • Admission Office;

followed by choice of touring:

  • Youth Shelter; or
  • Stepping Stone Program

You MUST be able to attend a pre-trip prep meeting on May 12.

Learn More & Apply Today
Only 8 spaces are available! Preference will be given to those who apply by April 29.

For more information, please contact:
Molly Neher
Career Center, Career Insights Emerging Leader Intern


Study Abroad

DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses 2017
Do you have an interest in wildlife, tropical ecology and/or conservation? Are you looking to gain valuable field experience? Would you like to learn about other cultures? Would you like to learn more about yourself?

Danta is pleased to announce our 2017 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.
For more information, please visit our website at and/or email You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our new blog DANTAisms
Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates: July 15 – July 30, 2017
Program Fee: $2500
Application deadline: Summer Session: June 1, 2017

May 3, 2017

Spring Colloquium 5/8/17

Pegging and the Heterosexualization of Anal Sex: An Analysis of Savage Love advice

May 8, 2017
12-1 pm
714 PLC

Jade Aguilar
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
Willamette University

This presentation examines the act of  “pegging,” a term that American sex advice columnist Dan Savage and his readers coined to describe a woman performing anal sex on a man by penetrating the man’s anus with a strap-on dildo. Since 2001 when the term was coined, the act (and the term) have gained popularity in the United States, appearing regularly in the mass media. This talk analyzes the Savage Love columns that discuss pegging. Using a queer theory approach, I show how Savage and his readers discursively normalize deviant sexual behaviors to construct socially “appropriate” sexual acts, bodies, behaviors, and identities. Straight-identified peggers are benefitting from the gains that gays/lesbians/queers have made in opening norms and sexual culture, but at the same time are working to highlight their straight identity and the social privileges that come with it.

Jade Aguilar is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University in Salem, OR. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She studies and teaches courses in gender, sexuality, and family, in particular examining and challenging essentialist and biologically determinist perspectives. Her main areas of study include Intentional Communities, non-normative sexualities, and women in the construction trades.