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, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 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 a copy of our fall schedule.

Fall 2019 Schedule

9/9     FACULTY DYNAMIC DUO: Professors Phyllis Moen & Rob Warren (Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota)
            What's going on at the Minnesota Population Center and the Life Course Center and Why All Sociologists Should Care

9/16   Emily Springer (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota)
Counted as Present but Quiet as Mice: The Professional and Organizational Consequences of Performance
            Metrics in International Development

10/14  Devika Narayan (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
              Organizational Autophagy: How Corporations are Drawn to Auto-Disrupt 

10/28  Sarah Lageson (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University) 
               Digital Privacy, Criminal Records and the Challenges of Rehabilitation in the Big Data Age

11/4    Tanja Andic (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota)
              The Blocked Future: Youth & Transition in Post-Socialist Serbia

11/11  Julia Lerch (Assistant Professor, University of California Irvine) 
              Higher Education under Attack: Illiberal Reactions to the University in the 21st Century

12/2    Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
              Relational Inequalities 

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.