Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders says that all prisoners, regardless of the crime they committed, should be allowed to vote. Sociology and law professor Christopher Uggen says this is an unusual stance by an American politician.
A recently approved Islamic Studies minor is in development in the Religious Studies Program. While the Religious Studies Program does offer courses covering Islam, the new minor will allow students to tie their studies together. Jeanne Kilde, director of undergraduate studies for Religious Studies; Mohsen Goudarzi, an assistant professor of religious studies; and Aisha Ghani, an assistant professor of anthropology, are quoted.
The Departments of African American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota have announced the retirement of Professor John S. Wright after 35 years of exemplary faculty service. His service to the U precedes and extends beyond his years as a professor. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Wright was instrumental in the 1969 Morrill Hall takeover by the Afro-American Action Committee.
Experts say for the first time in U.S. history, there will be more people over the age of 60 in 2019 than under the age of 18. Kate Schaefers, from the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, says staying connected to younger generations helps give seniors a meaningful purpose in life.
The Digital Service Act was introduced last month, with a goal of addressing government's shortcomings in technology. Joe Soss, professor of political science and sociology, explains "the connection between how low-income people experience government services and their likelihood of voting."
"Before working bail, I assumed people paid their own bail. I was wrong..." Joshua Page, associate professor of sociology, worked as a bail bond agent in a large urban county for a year and a half. In this article, he shares what he learned about the bail industry.