Workshops & Speaker Series

Sociology Workshop Series

The Sociology Workshop Series provides a forum for faculty and students to present work and work in progress across a wide range of substantive areas, theoretical perspectives, and research methodologies.

Workshops are open to the public and held on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. in Rooms 1114/1183 of the Social Sciences Building (unless otherwise noted).

If you have questions about our workshop series, please contact Elizabeth Cronin at

Interdisciplinary research centers also offer additional opportunities to hear notable social scientists present their latest work.

Download our Spring 2018 Workshop schedule here. 

Spring 2018 Schedule

2/19    Cawo Abdi (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology) 
              Citizens, Refugees and the Stateless: Sufferings Recognized, Sufferings Denied

3/5       David L. Brunsma (Professor of Sociology, Virginia Tech) and David Embrick (Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana
              Studies, University of Connecticut)
              Demystifying the Publication Process: A View from the Editors of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 

3/19     Dynamic Duo
               Alejandro Baer (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology) and Brieanna Petersen (Ph.D. Student, Department of
               From the 
Sioux Massacres to the Dakota Genocide: Minnesota’s “Forgotten War” in the State’s Newspapers (1862-2012)

4/2        Siri Suh (Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies, University of Minnesota)
                When Abortion Doesn't Count: Post-Abortion Care and Global Reproductive Governance in Senegal

4/9        Geoffrey Wodtke (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)
               Classes in the 21st Century: Death, Decomposition, or Resurrection?

4/16      UPDATE, 4/16: POSTPONED. Please look here for further updates. 
               Dynamic Duo 

               Penny Edgell (Professor & CLA Associate Dean, Department of Sociology) and Enid Logan (Associate Professor,
               Department of Sociology) introduce one another's work to the group. 
Discussion to follow. 
               Seeing the White in Christian America

4/30      jim saliba (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology)
               School Racial Segregation and Educational Equity
5/7       Jeffrey Olick (Professor of Sociology and Department Chair, University of Virginia)
               There's No Such Thing as Memory, and Even if There Is, It's Not What You Think                     


Minnesota Population Center (MPC) Events

The Minnesota Population Center hosts specialized forums, workshops, and symposia on topics related to population research. It is also has a weekly seminar series bringing nationally and internationally recognized population researchers from a variety of disciplines to Minnesota to share their research.

MPC Seminar Series 
Seminars are held Mondays at 12:15 pm during the academic year.

MPC Workshop Series
Formerly known as the Inequality and Methods Workshop, the newly revamped MPC Workshop is held Fridays from 12:15-1:15pm during the academic year.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. They host a number of events throughout the year.