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March 2, 2021

March 3, 6:00 PM: MNCH Virtual Ideas on Tap featuring Dr. Claire Herbert

UO Sociology Professor Claire Herbert will be presenting as part of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Virtual Ideas on Tap series tomorrow, Wednesday March 3rd at 6:00 PM. Her talk, titled “Housing Instability and Eugene’s Vulnerable Populations,” will offer a look at Eugene’s affordable housing crisis and what it means for the city’s students, former prisoners, and others at risk for experiencing houselessness.

MNCH is offering three ways to watch: you can register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on the MNCH Facebook page, or catch it later on their YouTube channel. More details about the Virtual Ideas on Tap series can be found on the MNCH website.

February 23, 2021

Dr. Christy Erving, 3/8: “Black Women’s Health Matters: Theoretical, Conceptual, and Empirical Considerations”

On March 8th at 10:30am, the Department of Sociology is hosting Professor Christy L. Erving for a talk titled “Black Women’s Health Matters: Theoretical, Conceptual, and Empirical Considerations.” If you are interested in attending, please email for the Zoom meeting ID.

Professor Erving is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University whose research helps us understand health inequalities and resiliencies by race, ethnicity and immigration status in the U.S. Professor Erving’s research offers an impressive array of social scientific investigations into the drivers of unequal health outcomes and provides new tools for understanding some critical public health puzzles. Professor Erving’s research has been funded by the American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

You can learn more about Professor Erving’s important research by searching for one of these three recent publications at the UO Library:

Erving, Christy L., Lacee A. Satcher, and Yvonne Chen. Forthcoming. “Psychologically Resilient, but Physically Vulnerable?: Exploring the Psychosocial Determinants of African American Women’s Mental and Physical Health.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Erving, Christy L., and Ornella Hills. 2019. “Neighborhood Social Integration and Psychological Well-Being Among African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans.” Race and Social Problems 11(2): 133-148.

Erving, Christy L., Courtney S. Thomas, and Cleothia Frazier. 2019. “Is the Black-White Mental Health Paradox Consistent Across Gender and Psychiatric Disorders?” American Journal of Epidemiology 188(2): 314-322.

November 16, 2020

View the premiere: new documentary “Youth v. Gov” feat Sociology alumni

For several years a documentary film crew has been following climate activist Kelsey Juliana and her co-plaintiffs throughout the grind of their federal youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. US.  That documentary film, Youth v. Gov, is now premiering today at the DOC NYC virtual film festival, and tickets are available to watch it online in the safety of your own home.

When you buy a ticket, you’ll have one week (Nov. 11-19) to view the film whenever it is convenient to you. Once you watch the film, you can watch it as many times as you want over a 48 hour period.

The film also features archival footage of Kelsey’s “treehugging” parents in action—Tim Ingalsbee and Catia Juliana, both graduates of the UO Sociology department!

August 26, 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Watch the virtual ceremony here!

February 18, 2020

Erika Doss – Tuesday, February 25 – “Troubling Monuments”

Troubling Monuments: Cultural Vandalism and Creative Practices of Dissent and Destruction

Erika Doss, Chair of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, February 25 ⋅ 3:30-5 PM ⋅ McKenzie Hall Rm 375

Dr. Doss is professor and chair of American Studies at Notre Dame. Her work on American monuments, memorials, and public democracy focuses on the ways that communities respond to art in the public sphere, often through mechanisms of violent resistance. Her research has been published in 6 books ranging from the Oxford History of Art’s volume on 20th century American Art to recent articles on American humor in the Great Depression, and has won awards from the Smithsonian, Fulbright Foundation, and Stanford Humanities Center.

Her talk at UO, which will take place at 3:30 PM on February 25, draws from her recent article on cultural vandalism and memorial mania. It is entitled “Troubling Monuments: Cultural Vandalism and Creative Practices of Dissent and Destruction.” The talk will explore vandalism as a method of intervening in cultural messaging and memories constructed through public art in the US.

January 17, 2020

April Sims – February 20, 3:00 PM

Intersectionality and the Intergenerational Labor Movement

April Sims, Secretary Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO)

February 20, 2020 – 3-5 PM
Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
1870 E 15th Avenue, Eugene OR 97403

Sponsored by the UO Labor Education & Research Center and Department of Sociology

November 14, 2019

UO PeaceJam Film Showing – Desmond Tutu

UO PeaceJam Film Showing – Desmond Tutu

Film: “Desmond Tutu – Children of the Light” (1hr 32mins)

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Location: 177 Lawrence Hall

Cost: free (snacks will be available!)

PeaceJam is an international organization that works to connect youth and 14 Nobel Peace Laureates. By introducing these positive members of society, PeaceJam hopes to empower young people to create positive change in themselves, their communities and the world. UO PeaceJam is our local campus partner with this organization.

UO PeaceJam will be hosting a film showing of “Desmond Tutu – Children of the Light” on Thursday November 21st, 6-9 PM in 177 Lawrence Hall. This the first film to tell the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, one of the fathers of modern-day South Africa. It is free admission and open to everyone.

October 31, 2019

Film Screening + Q&A with producer: Corporate Coup d’Etat and KEPW Community Radio 97.3 FM proudly present a new documentary and its producer:

The Corporate Coup d’Etat: how we “arrived at Trump” and the influence corporations wield over American politics

Tuesday, November 5th in the Mills International Center (inside the EMU above the Duck Store)
2:00 PM: Film screening
3:30 PM: Q&A with producer Jeff Cohen


October 16, 2019

Muslim & Arab Diasporic Film Festival – November 7, 14 & 21, 12-2 PM in McKenzie 125

See flyer for details.

September 19, 2019

An Evening with Stephanie Land, author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

6:30 pm Wednesday, November 6
175 Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.
Part of the Margaret Hallock Program for Women’s Rights

Cosponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, UO Division of Equity and Inclusion, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of Sociology, and Labor Education and Research Center.

Stephanie Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Her unflinching and inspiring testimony exposes the physical, economic, and social brutality that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.

At age 28, Land’s dream of attending college and becoming a writer are deferred when a summer fling turns into an unplanned pregnancy. After facing domestic abuse, and lacking any form of reliable safety net, she checks into a homeless shelter with her 7-month-old daughter. She begins the bureaucratic nightmare of applying for food stamps and subsidized housing, and starts cleaning houses for $9/hour. Mired in patronizing government processes and paltry wages, Land illustrates the trauma of grasping for stability from a rigged system, and demonstrates how hard work doesn’t always pay off.

After years of barely scraping by, Land graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana in 2014, and started a career as a freelance writer. She writes about economic and social justice, domestic abuse, chronic illness, and motherhood, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She’s worked with Barbara Ehrenreich at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and is a writing fellow at the Center for Community Change.

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