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February 7, 2017

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling, UO alum Nicholas Lougee & Tomoyasu Nakamura: “After the Meltdown: Explaining the Silence of Japanese Environmental Organizations on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis”

January 31, 2017

Sociology Job & Internship Digest (Week 4 Edition)

Greetings, Sociology Students!

Welcome to Week 4.  The term seems to be flying by and I know you’ve got a lot on your plate.  Just a gentle reminder that putting aside time for career advising, a visit to the weekly Career Crash Course! workshop, and time for your internship search will position you well to make a smooth transition from college to career.


Towards that end, this week I’m presenting a workshop called “How To Find An Internship” (part of the ongoing Career Crash Course!) at 4 pm on Wednesday (2/1) in PLC 412.  What is an internship?  Do I really need one?  How do I find one?  What’s the best place to look?  What if no internship is posted?  All are questions I plan on addressing, so take a break and come join us.


Attached to this message is the latest Sociology Job & Internship Digest, which includes new and continuing opportunities to gain experience in a variety of career fields now and beyond graduation.  Take a few moments to browse through and let me know if you have questions about anything!


My drop-in office hours this term are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm in PLC 405.  I also have limited availability for appointments on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  If you want to explore the range of career options available to you, create/revise your resume or cover letter, prepare for an interview, or discuss graduate school, stop by and see me.  I look forward to meeting you!


Bill Sherman, Career Advisor

PLC 405 |

January 17, 2017

Ski Slopes to Start-Ups: How an Athlete Turned Pro in Sports Marketing

Check out this article on the recent successes of our very own alumni, Ryan Barnes, BS ’98. You can read more about what he’s been up to since graduating and his journey to where he is today.

Ski Slopes to Start-Ups: How an Athlete Turned Pro in Sports Marketing

October 31, 2016

UO sociologist wins major grant to explore U.S. pediatric care

Congratulations to Professor Pascoe and PostDoc Liberty Barnes!  See the details in the “Around the O”

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:

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.


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!

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