Workshops & Speaker Series

Sociology Workshop Series

Please note our Fall 2017 workshop schedule will be posted shortly. 

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, with sociologically-relevant research going on elsewhere at the University and in the broader intellectual community.

Workshops are open to the public and held on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in 1114 Social Sciences Building (unless otherwise noted).

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

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

Spring 2017 Schedule

1/24     Liz Boyle (Sociology Faculty) 
              ​  Human Rights in American Sociology: A Case of U.S. Exceptionalism?

1/31     Evan Roberts (Sociology Contract Assistant Professor)
               Citizen Science for Social Science: Opportunities, Achievements, and Challenges

2/14     Michelle Phelps (Sociology Faculty)
               The Spectacular Politics of Peculiar Institutions: Racial Visuality in the Deaths of Sam Hose, Emmett Till and Michael Brown

2/20*    Evan Stewart (Sociology Ph.D. Candidate) (*Monday at 2:30; 1114 Social Sciences Building)
               Cultural Styles of Non-Religion and Political Attitudes

3/07     Joe Gerteis (Sociology Faculty)
               Symbolic Boundaries and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in America

3/21     Pawan Dhingra (Tufts University)
               Achieving More than Grades: Race, Morality, and the Pursuit of Education

4/03*    Rachel Schurman (Sociology Faculty) (*Monday at 2:30; 1114 Social Sciences Building)
               Micro(soft) Managing a New 'Green Revolution' for Africa: The Gates Foundation and the New Donor Culture

4/25      Lisa Wade (Occidental College)
               American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

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.