Purple Bag Colloquia

purple bagThe Purple Bag Colloquia series seeks to give faculty, advanced graduate students and recent PhD students an opportunity to discuss work-in-progress.

2009-2010 Colloquia Series

Events are free and open to members of campus, and sponsored by the Department of Sociology (co-sponsors are noted).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

purple bag"Choosing Among Freedoms"
12:00-1:00 pm
Lown 203

Speaker: Professor Sharon Hewitt, Ph.D., New York University
Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Ethics, Brandeis University

Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Is Sexuality Research Dirty Work?"
3:00-4:30 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Prof. Janice Irvine, Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1984
Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Sexual Citizenship in Comparative Perspective: Creating a Dialogue Between Feminist and Queer Approaches"
3:00-4:30 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Prof. Nancy Naples, Ph.D., CUNY, 1988
Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Connecticut

Monday, March 22, 2010

"Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah & It's Emily Dickinson"
4:00-5:10 pm
Rabb 119

Speaker: Aife Murray

Aife [ee-fah] Murray has been in-residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum; she conceived and has led public walking tours of Amherst from the perspective of the Dickinson servants that were jointly narrated with present-day Dickinson Museum housecleaners, landscape gardeners, and servant descendants; she created Art of Service, an artists' book collaboration with the Museum's housecleaners and gardeners. She was an affiliated scholar with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University and named the 2007 Scholar in Amherst by the Emily Dickinson International Society.

Sponsored by the Dafna Zamarripa-Gesundheit fund (Creative Writing), the Department of Sociology and the Women's and Gender Studies Department.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"High End Ethnic: Cultural Production and Reproduction of Culture in Fashion Modeling"
3:00-4:30 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Prof. Ashley Mears, Ph.D., New York University, 2009
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Boston University

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture"
3:00-4:30 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Hilary Levey, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009
RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research, Harvard University

Thursday, January 21, 2010

purple bag"From Mass Mobilization to Direct Engagement: American Jews' Changing Relationship to Israel"
12:00-1:00 pm
Kutz 102

Speaker: Professor Theodore Sasson, Ph.D., Boston College
Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Sociology, Brandeis University

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Race, Class, Gender and the Missing Fourth Term: Toward a Social Psychological Theory of Domination"
12-1 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Prof. Gordie Fellman
Professor of Sociology and Chair of Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Public Sociology, From the Editor's Desk"
3:00-4:30 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Prof. Douglas Hartmann
Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota

Douglas Hartmann (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 1997) is Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath (University of Chicago Press), and recently published and expanded second edition of Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World (Pine Forge Press, with Stephan Cornell). Hartmann is co-Principal Investigator of the "American Mosaic Project," an ongoing, multi-method study of race, religion and diversity in the contemporary U.S. funded by the Twin Cities-based Edelstein Family Foundation, and also co-Editor (with Chris Uggen) of Contexts, the ASA publication that brings sociology to broader public influence and attention. Hartmann's own work and comments on race, popular culture, religion, and multiculturalism have been featured in Time magazine, newspapers around the country, and on both Minnesota and National Public Radio. Professor Hartmann received the Midwest Sociological Society's inaugural Early Career Scholarship Award in 2008.

Made possible by the Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecturers Fund.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"IRB Protocols"
12-1 pm
Kutz 102

Speaker: Morgen Sarpeshkar

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Medical Technology & Prolongevity: The Political Economy of Aging"
3:00-4:30 pm
Pearlman Lounge

Speaker: Prof. Bryan Turner
The Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College

Turner is professor of social and political thought in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He wrote his first book, Weber and Islam, in 1974 and has since established an international reputation for his work. He has served as dean of the faculty of arts at Deakin University ; as professor of sociology at the University of Cambridge ; and as a professor at the Asia Institute of the University of Singapore . In 2009, he will publish a new book, "Muslims in Singapore."

Made possible by the Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecturers Fund.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

purple bag"Seeing Like a (democratic networked) State: Public Bureaucracies as Civic Enablers "
1-2 pm
Kutz 102

Speaker: Prof. Carmen Sirianni
Professor of Sociology & Public Policy at Brandeis University