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News and Events

The Last Dalai Lama?

Meet the filmaker Mickey Lemle '69 following the New England premiere of The Last Dalai Lama.

Wasserman Cinematheque - Sachar International Center
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Karen V. Hansen named director of the Women's Studies Research Center

June 2017- BrandeisNOW reports that sociology chair, Professor Karen Hansen, is now the new director of the Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC).

See her profile at WSRC here

Medical Sociological Forum

A Celebration Honoring Peter Conrad

Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 4:00pm 
Sherman Function Hall

A discussion with the first woman to become a grandmaster, 5-time Olympic Gold Champion Susan Polgar.

Crowd Polgar shaking hands with 8-year-old opponent

Sociology Statement on #FORDHALL2015

November 2015

Ford Hall Protesters

The faculty and staff of the Department of Sociology stand in solidarity with students who have occupied Bernstein-Marcus. We strongly endorse their vision of a more inclusive and diverse university. We commend their leadership and courage in asking all of us to participate in the realization of this vision. We commit ourselves to actively engaging to deepen the conversation and to support concrete efforts to move towards a more equitable and just Brandeis.

Our discipline arose from the study of inequality and injustice, and these remain central concerns. We recognize the harms done by systems of structural inequality, which exact deadly and unacceptable tolls on the bodies, souls, families, and communities of people of color in the United States. We also know that the values and policies that have attempted to address the persistent problems of racism and exclusion in our society and our university have often fallen short, and that new discussions, new ideals and new practices are necessary to move our communities forward. 

We maintain an unshakable commitment to teaching and research focused on inequality and injustice, their consequences, and mechanisms for their amelioration. We support continued negotiations between the students, university administration, interim President Lynch and the Board of Trustees to find a collaborative path for addressing the yet unfulfilled social justice promise of Brandeis. We will continue to engage with our students, colleagues, and university leaders to address these issues on campus and beyond in a constructive and collaborative manner.

Fall Event Schedule

Thursday, October 20

Colloquium- 2-3:20
Allison Pugh
Pearlman Lounge

Guest Speaker for SOC 104- 3:30-4:45
Carla Shedd
Shiffman 219

Thursday, October 27
Meet the Majors/Minors
Pearlman Lounge

Tuesday, November 15
Guest Speaker- 3:30-5:00
Natasha Warikoo
Shiffman 219

Thursday, November 17
Colloquium- 1-2:30
Ya-Wen Lei
Pearlman Lounge

Thursday, November 17
: Poverty, Privilege, and Power at Elite Universities -  3:30-5
Tony Jack
Rapaporte Treasure Hall