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Microaggressions Prompt Big Concerns About Free Speech. Congratulations Ruby!The Racial Microaggressions Project, the work of a group of University of Illinois students and faculty including our own Professor Ruby Mendenhall, was referenced in two recent articles. One was the Huffington Post article Universities Are Trying to Teach Faculty How to Spot Microaggressions. The other was The Chronicle of Higher Education article Campaigns Against Microaggressions Prompt Big Concerns About Free Speech. Congratulations Ruby!rom the Sociology Department

 

Racial Microaggressions Project Draws Attention
The Racial Microaggressions Project, the work of a group of University of Illinois students and faculty including our own Professor Ruby Mendenhall, was referenced in two recent articles. One was the Huffington Post article Universities Are Trying to Teach Faculty How to Spot Microaggressions. The other was The Chronicle of Higher Education article Campaigns Against Microaggressions Prompt Big Concerns About Free Speech.Congratulations Ruby!

Zsuzsa Gille Elected to ASA Council
Professor Zsuzsa Gille was elected to the American Sociological Association Global and Transnational Sociology section"s council. Please join us in congratulating her.

A Minute With Professor Ruby Mendenhall
Professor Mendenhall, an expert on poverty and social mobility, speaks with News Bureau Social Sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.

Five Illinois Professors Named Guggenheim Fellows
Our own Professor Asef Bayat has been named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. Please join us in congratulating him!
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Cryonics Goes to the Movies
Grant Shoffstall's essay from our Spring '13 Newsletter on the upcoming movie, Freezing People is Easy, has been reprinted in the blog Biopolitical Times published by the Center for Genetics and Society.

Cynthia Buckley Briefs New Tajikistan Ambassador
Our new colleague, Cynthia Buckley, joined a select group of specialists in an Expert Analytical Exchange for Ambassador Susan Elliot (Tajikistan) at the U.S. Department of State on August 1st.  Her presentation, " Labor Migration from Tajikistan: Opportunities, Risks and Obligations," used national surveys, fieldwork in Russia and Tajikistan, and findings from a 2012 study of labor migrants in Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Krasnodar. Cindy offered an overview and assessment of the economic opportunities provided by the substantial flow of remittances into the country (estimated at $2 billion USD in 2011), the domestic socio-political and public health challenges raised by with out-migration dependence, and the importance of labor market access issues in understanding the continued importance of the Russian Federation in Tajikistan's domestic and foreign policy. Her analysis was based on her project on the emergence of the Eurasian migration system, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Ruby Mendenhall Wins McNair Mentorship Award
Ruby Mendenhall won the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute.  Her student, Artesha Williams, received the Outstanding Scholar Award for her research on Black males’ sense of belonging on a predominantly White campus.

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Sociology in the Daily Illini - Click the link to read a story in the Daily Illini about the Sociology Department's move back to Lincoln Hall.

A Minute With Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi - In an interview with Craig Chamberlain, Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi discusses the recent election in Iran, held in the shadow of rising international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

Check out a 2010 Sociology graduate’s local TV show
Chike Coleman, Sociology, University of Illinois, Class of 2010 
“Reel Reviews with Chike” 
Urbana Public TV--Channel 6 Saturdays,  4:30-5:00 
Find old episodes of the show: www.youtube.com/Chikec8
Find written film reviews: www.thewheelchairwatcher.squarespace.com

"Our Revolution is Civil", an interview with Asef Bayat on the Revolt and Change in the Arab World is published in The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections in Contemporary Culture, Vol. 13, no. 3, Fall 2011, pp. 47-54.

Rebecca L. Sandefur has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "Accessing Justice in Contemporary America: The Community Needs and Services Study" (SES-1123507) a community-sited, multi-method study investigating the American public’s experiences with problems that fall within the purview of the civil justice system. To view an Inside Illinois article where Professor Sandefur discusses access to legal aid, click on the following link. "Access to legal aid depends a lot on where you live, report says".

Ruby Mendenhall received the A. Wade Smith Award for Teaching, Mentorship, and Service from the Association of Black Sociologists. This award was established in 1998. Named in honor of A. Wade Smith, Ph.D., the award recognizes an ABS member for outstanding teaching, mentoring, and service. The A. Wade Smith Award was initiated to honor our beloved colleague and outstanding contributor to the sociology profession and to Black social thought, A. Wade Smith.  The award recognizes the special and often unrecognized excellent performance in teaching and mentorship.  It particularly targets members who have been dedicated and innovative teachers and those who have nurtured future scholars in the field.  The award further acknowledges the crucial role played by many outstanding teachers in bringing young African-American scholars into the trying and difficult world of academic achievement.  Often lacking unavailable appropriate mentors and guides for their scholarship en route to undergraduate, graduate, and, particularly, Ph.D. degrees, unique dedicated individuals provide unusual support where there are few real rewards.  This award recognizes this important, and invaluable, role and those who perform it well and with pride.

Professor Saskia Sassen delivers the 2011 Florian Znaniecki Lecture on May 5, 2011 at the University of Illinois.

A Minute With Anna-Maria Marshall - In an interview with Craig Chamberlain our department head Anna-Maria Marshall discusses civil unions legislation.

Zsuzsa Gille has been elected to the Board of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). As the disciplinary representative appointed with the American Sociological Association, her three-year term begins this month and lasts through the close of December 2013.

Asef Bayat was appointed as an editor in Middle East Report (Washington DC), and in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (Toronto).

Tim Liao lectured at Academia Sinica in December of 2010. The title of his lecture wasVisualizing Life Course Sequences: A Comparison of Family Formation Between East and West German Women.