Category Social Sciences Forum

Gregory Clark

Surnames and Social Mobility: Why So Much Persistence of Status Across Generations?

Social Sciences Forum
Gregory Clark, professor of economics, University of California-Davis
Wednesday, September 9 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th Floor

How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? Using a novel technique–tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods—renowned economic historian Gregory Clark argues that social mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies. (Click heading for full description.)

Mark Graber

Constitution & Citizenship Day Lecture: Counter-Stories: Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Wartime

Social Sciences Forum
Mark Graber, Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Tuesday, September 15 | 4:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Mark Graber examines the problems of how and why the U.S. has often enacted restrictive policies during wartime, and how military conflicts and tensions influence civil liberties and civil rights in the United States. (Click heading for full description.)

We are subjects of history

We Are Subjects of History: Indigenous Communities’ Fight for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas and Beyond

Social Sciences Forum
Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, principal attorney, Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Bárbara Suárez Galeano, Interpreter, Autonomous University of Social Movements, Centro Autónomo de Albany Park, Chicago
Thursday, September 24 | 4:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Mexico is at a critical moment: the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers and college students set off a tidal wave of indignation and massive protests. In the context of a war on drugs that has left more than 25,000 disappeared, Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez will speak on the human rights situation in Chiapas, Mexico, FrayBa’s work, and the role of international solidarity. (Click heading for full description.)

Mental health inequalities

Mental Health Inequalities in the U.S.: From a Sociological Perspective

Social Sciences Forum
Michael Hughes, professor of sociology, Virginia Tech
Marta Elliott, associate professor of sociology, University of Nevada – Reno
Dawne Mouzon, assistant professor, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Friday, October 9 | 12:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Three sociologists will give short lectures about mental health inequalities in the US, with an emphasis on race and socioeconomic status. Michael Hughes will deliver a lecture entitled, “Racial Identity and the Mental Health Paradox,” Marta Elliott will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Onset of Mental Illness Among Men: A Stress Process Perspective,” and Dawne Mouzon will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Black-White Paradox of Disorders: Weighing the Empirical Evidence.” (Click heading for full description.)

Educating for Insurgency

Educating for Insurgency: Youth Organizing and the Baltimore Algebra Project

Social Sciences Forum
Jay Gillen, teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools
Wednesday, October 28 | 4:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Jay Gillen and young people of The Baltimore Algebra Project will lead a discussion on ways students and adults in schools of poverty can see themselves as actors on the national stage, building towards insurgency from the “crawl space” of their classrooms. (Click heading for full description.)

Erik Angner

When and Why Subjective Well-Being Matters

Social Sciences Forum
Erik Angner, associate professor of philosophy, economics, and public policy, George Mason University
Thursday, November 5 | 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The so-called science of happiness — the systematic empirical study of happiness, understood as a subjectively experienced mental state — is both politically controversial and philosophically interesting. Erik Angner will discuss under what conditions such a measure of happiness can serve as a proxy for well-being. (Click heading for full description.)

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