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.

Fall 2018 schedule (PDF version)

Fall 2018 Schedule

9/10   Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology) 
             Declining Disparity Without Declining Inequality?

9/18   Rahsaan Mahadeo (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) - TUESDAY, 4:00-5:00PM
            Prescience Within Present-orientations: De-arresting Racialized Youth from the ‘Ethnographic Present’ in Urban Sociology

9/24   Rob Stewart (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) 
            Criminal Records and College Admissions

10/2   Veronica Horowitz (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) - TUESDAY, 4:00-5:00PM
            Towards a Sociology of Mercy

10/8    Faculty Dynamic Duo
             Penny Edgell (Professor & CLA Associate Dean, Department of Sociology) and Enid Logan (Associate Chair
             & Associate Professor, Department of Sociology) introduce one another's work to the group. 
Discussion to follow. 
              Seeing the White in Christian America

10/15  Alex Manning (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) 
              Beyond Orange Slices: The Contested Terrain of Youth Soccer in the United States

10/22    Aisha Upton (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) 
              Roses and Revolution: Black Sororities' Responses to the Black Feminist Movement 1968-1980

10/29    Yagmur Karakaya (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) 
              Disentangling Contemporary Ottoman Nostalgia in Turkey: Popular and Political Forms of Collective Memory

11/5  Jacqui Frost (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) 
              Modern but Not Meaningless: Nonreligious Cultures and Communities in the United States

11/13  Amy August (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) - TUESDAY, 4:00-5:00PM
              Mrs. Marshall's Classroom Management: How Preschool Teachers Regulate the Economy of Attention

11/20  Evan Stewart (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology) -TUESDAY, 4:00-5:00PM
              No Church in the Wild: The Politics of American Non-religion

12/10  Samuel Zalanga (Professor & Chair, Sociology and Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University) 
              Beyond Civil Rights: Challenges, Constraints, and Opportunities in the Struggle for Development in the African American

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.