Last updated: September 2, 2021 at 12:23 PM
All events were sponsored by the Department of Sociology (co-sponsors are noted).
What do you know about the Black Panther Party? What lessons can the BPP offer us today? Join us for our first “Sociologists watch movies, too!” event to discuss The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015). This is a two-part event.
Part 1 (asynchronous viewing): students will watch the (excellent!) documentary on their own time, when it’s convenient for them. Want to host a Zoom watch party with your friends? Go for it! The film we’re watching, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution documentary, is available for FREE via Brandeis Kanopy.
Part 2 (synchronous conversation): Join Professor Vijayakumar, Professor Mayorga, & your peers to discuss the film! We’ll build community and learn together, connecting this important chapter in US history to what’s happening in 2021. The discussion will be Wednesday, 3/31 from 2-3:30pm via Zoom during Professor Vijayakumar’s “Protest, Politics, and Change: Social Movements” class session.
What is white supremacy? What is its relationship to white nationalism? What does all this have to do with the events of January 6th at the Capitol? Join Professor Mayorga from the Sociology Department and your peers to discuss these important questions and more on Friday, February 19 from 12:30-1:30pm. This is the first in the Sociology Department's new "Let's talk about..." series, where students and faculty come together to discuss current events through a sociological lens.
If you have time, you may want to check out this podcast episode on the symbols of white nationalism that were present during the Capitol insurrection. Have questions or specific topics you want to discuss? Share them with Professor Mayorga in advance here.
April 23, 2020
"Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality (or Why #MeToo Can’t Win in Court"
Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, Berkley
Miranda Waggoner, Assistant Professor at Florida State University
Wendy Roth, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia
Onoso Imoagene, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania
Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University
Allison Pugh, Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Virginia
Natasha Warikoo, Associate Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ya-Wen Lei, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University
Arlie Hochschild, Emerita Professor of Sociology at UC Berekely
Iddo Tavory, Assistant Professor of Sociology at New York University
Peter Berger, University Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at Boston University and the founder and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs
Rafi Grosglik, Post Doc Visiting Scholar in the Sociology Department
Helle Porsdam, Professor of American Studies at the University of Copenhagen
Rowena He, Lecturer, Department of Government, Harvard University
Kimberly Hoang, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College
Howard Winant, Professor of Sociology at the University of California and founding director of the University of California Center for New Racial Studies (UCCNRS)
Adam Hochschild, Acclaimed Author, Journalist, and Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
2013 and earlier
Grete Brochmann, Professor of Sociology, University of Oslo
Ofer Sharone, Sociologist and Assistant Professor, Institute of Work & Employment Relations, MIT Sloan
Gretchen Purser, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University
Liah Greenfeld, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology, Boston University
Mary Bernstein, Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut at Storrs, Leading Scholar in Queer Politics
Matthew Kaliner, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University (Brandeis University ’00)
Doug Harper PhD ’76, Professor of Sociology, Duquesne University
Japonica Brown-Saracino, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Boston University
Steve Epstein, John C. Shaffer Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University
Co-author of Three shots at Prevention: The HPV vaccine and the Politics of Medicine's Simple Solutions
Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Catherine Turco, MIT
Professor Donald W. Light Rutgers, UDMNJ-SOM
Professor Sarah Sobieraj, Tufts University
Professor Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Senior Research Fellow
Professor Sabrina McCormick, Science and Technology Fellow, AAAS
Professor Tom Shapiro
Professor Rene Almeling
Professor Michele Lamont
Professor Shamus Khan
Professor Ayla Guseva
Professor Peter Bearman, Jonathan Cole Professor of Social Sciences Director of Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences at Columbia University
Professor C. Shawn McGuffey
Professor Kelly Joyce, The College of William and Mary
Professor Sammy Smooha, University of Haifa
Professor Matt Desmond, Harvard University
Professor Courtney Bender, Columbia University
Dr. Ana Villalobos, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Visiting Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, Brandeis
Professor Barrie Thorne, PhD’71
The Department of Sociology presents Professor Barrie Thorne, Brandeis Sociology PhD ’71, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley. Professor Thorne is an eminent alum and a first rate ethnographer of children who recently finished fieldwork on "California Childhoods," funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
Zinner Forum, Heller school
"Left" political parties have been the major pole of opposition in capitalist market societies and the bearers of progressive change since the industrial revolution. They have insisted that governments assume responsibilities for correcting inequality, insecurity, market failures and externalities, and skewed opportunity structures. They have been fundamental in making democracy a mass phenomenon. They have promoted the expansion of rights from civil into political and social realms. They have provided people with visions of alternative social orders.
The collapse of actually existing socialism in the end of the Cold War made market societies the only game on the planet and discredited historical Left transformational utopias once and for all. Globalization has already made permeable many of the borders behind which Lefts felt able to pursue their programs. One consequence of all these changes is that socialist dreams, along with the word socialism itself, have disappeared.
It is deeply significant that in the media and professional political analysis what up until recently was called "the Left" is now widely labeled the "Center-Left." The political space and options of the political parties of the Left and Center Left that seek to govern have been narrowed and they have large new problems of connection with voters and constituents.