The Washington Post featured Victor Ray in this story about “scientific” racism, a concept that uses scientific techniques or hypotheses to support a belief in racism, racial inferiority, or racial superiority. The article highlights Ray’s study that shows how racial assumptions lead to problematic policy decisions. The study, through a series of statistical models using
Department of Sociology News
Wilma A. Dunaway, a professor of public and international affairs at Virginia Tech and a three-degree alumna of UT’s Department of Sociology, will return to campus on Monday, April 13, as the department’s Distinguished Alumna Speaker.
A paper by Maria Bordt, a graduate student in sociology, has been mentioned on the website, www.bookforum.com. The site, which is “a showcase for rigorous and elegant writing,” investigated why so many Americans are in prison and collected academic papers and other resources on the topic. Bordt’s paper, “Selt-Sustaining Capitalism: The Prison Industrial Complex, Alienation,
At last week’s Honor’s Banquet, several faculty members were recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The recipents were Mark Dekay, an associate professor of architecture; Lois Presser, an associate professor of sociology; Andrew Sherfy, a lecturer in biosystems engineering and soil science; and Brian Stevens, a lecturer in statistics, operations, and management science.
Football fans can learn more about austerity policies before the Vols vs. Tigers football game on Saturday at the College of Arts and Science Pregame Showcase. Jon Shefner, head of the Department of Sociology, will present “Making the Cuts: Austerity Policies and Their Social Implications,” explaining the effects of spending cuts, tax hikes, and other measures governments use during adverse economic conditions.
The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.
Area teen girls are invited to the screening and discussion of “Miss Representation,” a documentary film that links the media’s portrayal of women to the dearth of women in leadership positions. Screening will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Hidges Library. Guided group discussions will take place at 5:30 p.m.