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2018 Graduate Student Workshop

The UCSD Sociology Department Graduate Student Workshop was held Friday May 18th. This year’s workshops included discussions related to theory, methods, and sociological sub-disciplines, as well as reflections on the past, present, and future of sociology and what makes something sociology (or not).

Throughout the workshop, participants had engaging and interactive discussions both with faculty from the sociology department and with other graduate students. Graduate students from all disciplines were welcome to participate in this year’s workshop as they discussed a variety of theoretical and methodological topics.

The organizing committee would like to thank all attendees for their participation in the graduate workshop, and looks forward to welcoming everyone back to next year’s workshop.

For more photographs of the event and information about the workshop, please visit the workshop site.


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John Skrentny to Speak at Tribute Event for Daniel Yankelovich

The Social Sciences and Social Good luncheon will be held on Friday of January 19th as a tribute event for the late Daniel Yankelovich, 1924-2017.  The luncheon event will feature remarks from UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Hilary Pennington of the Ford Foundation and Will Friedman of Public Agenda, as well as Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden, former deans Paul Drake and Jeff Elman, and John Skrentny, director of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research.

Click here for the event program/invite.

The event begins at 11:30 in the Faculty Club. Please RSVP to

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Lane Kenworthy to discuss the American Dream

March 30: Socially Speaking on ‘Addressing Inequality’

Join Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center, Thad Kousser of Political Science and Associate Dean Amanda Datnow of Education Studies for conversation. The evening is moderated by Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis.

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Celebrate Black History Month 2016

The African and African-American Studies Research Center presents the 2016 Black History Month events

February 4
African-American Athlete Activism: From the 1968 Revolt to the Present By Douglas Hartmann, Sociology, University of Minnesota Thursday, 3:30pm, SSB 101

ArtPower! In Collaboration with AAASRC Presents “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
Thursday, 8:00pm, Film and Dinner at The Loft
February 5
The Black History Month Tribute to Sports RIMAC Exhibit on Sports, Culture, and Society in Africa Opening Reception Friday, 3:30-5:00pm, RIMAC Arena (Exhibit Extends through Feb. 29)
February 11
Creating Spaces: Women’s Football in Africa and the Indian Ocean
By Martha Saavedra, UC Berkeley
Thursday, 3:30pm, SSB 101
February 16
The Journey to Justice: Achieving Judicial Diversity in San Diego
Darryl Peek
Tuesday, 6:00-9:00pm, Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas
February 18
Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drumming Workshop
Gene Perry
Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm, SSB 101
February 27
Black History Month Brunch
Saturday, 10:00am, UC San Diego Price Center West Ballroom
March 3
ArtPower! In Collaboration with AAASRC Presents Noura Mint Seymali
Wednesday, 8:00pm, Price Center East Ballroom

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Yankelovich Center Faculty Retreat

The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research will hold its 3rd annual retreat on Friday, January 22, 2016, 9am-4pm, at The Village, Room 15A. The retreat is open to all UC San Diego faculty. This year’s topics are “Overcoming Political Gridlock” and “The Future of Higher Education.” In addition to presentations, there will be opportunity for discussion and exchange by all participants.

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Yankelovich Center Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Lane Kenworthy -Nov. 18

The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research is pleased to invite you to its Inaugural Faculty Lecture. All UCSD faculty and guests are welcome to attend.

Lane Kenworthy, Professor of Sociology and Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought to present,

“America’s Quest for Equality of Opportunity”

Tuesday, November, 18, 2014
4:00 – 5:30 PM
(followed by a reception with light refreshments)

Social Sciences Bldg, Room 107

Abstract: Americans are strong believers in equality of opportunity. For most of the country’s history we have moved steadily, if slowly, toward that goal, and we continue to make progress on gender and race. But family background is a different story. Americans growing up in less advantaged homes have far less opportunity than their counterparts from better-off families, and this opportunity gap hasn’t narrowed in the past generation. If anything, it may have widened. Why has this happened? How can we do better?

Questions or for more information, please contact:
Diana Enriquez-Almaguer
(858) 534-6073 /

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Social Sciences Supper Club with Prof. David FitzGerald

The Social Sciences Supper Club is one of the university’s most popular dinner lecture series featuring expert faculty who focus on some of the most important social issues of our time. Supper Club events explore topics ranging from the future of regional economic growth to the workings of the human mind and behavior.

Please join us for our next Supper Club:

“What’s Next for U.S. Immigration Reform and Border Enforcement?”

Featuring David FitzGerald, the Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, associate professor of Sociology and co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC Tuesday, April 8, 2014
5:30 to 8 p.m.
UC San Diego Faculty Club (Map)

The cost is $65 per person or $50 for UC San Diego alumni and includes a wine reception, dinner and parking at the Faculty Club.

Online registration is available.

For more information or questions, please contact Maryann Lapthorn at (858) 822-6694


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Laura Pecenco co-curates art exhibit and speaks at SDSU

Laura Pecenco works at the nexus of the sociology of gender, visual sociology, and art.  She is co-curating an art exhibition at SDSU. The Prison Art Project: What does prisoner-made art look like — its themes, imagery, and materials? Laura Pecenco is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation research involves analyzing prisoner-made art. Pecenco and Goeltzenleuchter worked with SDSU students to curate an exhibition of prisoner-made art. A central goal of this exhibition is to generate awareness of the pervasive myths of prison life — much of which has been perpetuated through popular entertainment — and offer another, more complex model of what it means to live behind bars.
Laura Pecenco will speak at a panel discussion on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 2-4 pm in Room LL108 of the SDSU Library.   Another panelist is noted photographer Stephen Chalmers are panelists.  Moderated by Art / Crime Archive co-directors Dr. Paul Kaplan (criminologist) and Brian Goeltzenleuchter (artist). For questions, please<>.
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Laura Pecenco’s dissertation, “Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison,” is a multi-method analysis of the diverse ways in which gender is performed by men in prison art programs.

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