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March 2017

Colloquium Series: Deb Umberson, Univerity of Texas Austin

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Legacy of Loss: Race Differences in Timing and Exposure to Death of Family Members in the U.S. Longstanding racial differences in U.S. life expectancy suggest that Black Americans would be exposed to significantly more family member deaths than White Americans from childhood through adulthood, which, given the health risks posed by grief and bereavement, would add to the disadvantages that they face. Umberson will present new results from an analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth…

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Karen Gerken and Youn Lee, “Navigating the Non-Academic Job Market”

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Karen Gerken and Youn Lee, "Navigating the Non-Academic Job Market"

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April 2017

Colloquium Series: Korie Edwards, Ohio State University

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Stressors and Strains of Diversity: A Case of Multichurch Racial Pastors

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Jonathan Horowitz, Phil Morgan, Kate Weisshaar; “Making the Most of Conferences”

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jonathan Horowitz, Phil Morgan, Kate Weisshaar; "Making the Most of Conferences"

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Colloquium Series: Natalie B. Aviles, Colby College

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Innovation in a “culture of planning”: HPV vaccines and translational research in the National Cancer Institute   This talk explores the role scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a US federal science agency, played in researching and testing vaccines for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Dr. Aviles argues that interpretations of “translational research” native to the NCI influenced these researchers’ efforts to design and test first- and second-generation HPV vaccines. Beginning in the 1990s, these understandings informed and were in turn…

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September 2017

Colloquium Series: ASA Presentations

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentations represent some of those made by UNC Sociology graduate students at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Montreal August 12-15,2017. Students: Samuel Fishman: Burning with Ambition: A Latent Variable Approach to Understanding Ambition’s Role in Educational Attainment Alanna Gillis: Enthusiasts, Backup Planners, and Professionals: How College Students Approach Participation in Service Programs after Graduation Iliya Gutin: In BMI We Trust: Reframing the Body Mass Index as a Measure of Health Alyssa Peavey: The Mexican Sending State's Involvement in Family Reunification…

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Colloquium Series: Karida Brown; UCLA, current UNC Sociology Visiting Research Scholar

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Subaltern School Brown will introduce her new research project, The Subaltern School, in which she proposes a global socio-historical examination of segregated schooling and its intergenerational effects in this integrated, post racial era. Operationalizing the construct of “the subaltern” to include indigenous, black, and intermediary racialized peoples she asks: What was the “Subaltern School” as both a legal and cultural organizational form? Situating the school as a key site of identity formation, what types of racialized subjectivities emerged from…

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Colloquium Series: Josh Wassink

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Dynamic Model of Self-Employment and Socioeconomic Mobility among Return Migrants: The Case of Urban Mexico   Return migrants engage in high rates of self-employment, which scholars commonly attribute to the accumulation of financial and human capital while working abroad. Central to this scholarship is the assumption that self-employment is positive and leads to upward economic mobility among return migrants. This scholarship is limited, however, because it relies on large surveys and cross-sectional census data that treat self-employment as a…

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October 2017

Colloquium Series: Michael Dunn

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - October 4 @ 1:00 pm

Making Gigs Work: Workers, Platforms and Labor Market Strategies Technological advancements have always changed both the demand for certain types of workers and the nature of the employer-employee relationship. In the last decade, increases in internet availability and the meteoric rise of smartphone technology have caused a digital evolution of work that has led to the rise of the “gig economy”.  The gig economy is generally characterized by short-term engagements among employers, workers and customers.  In this sense, the gig…

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Colloquium Series: Jocelyn Viterna, Harvard

October 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How (Failed) Movements Matter: Abortion, Incarceration, and the Institutionalization of Movement Outcomes in Central America In Latin America, a counter-revolutionary backlash has produced new laws that constitutionalize fetal personhood, criminalize medically necessary abortions, and prosecute women who have stillbirths as murderers.  This paper examines the consequences of these legal transformations by comparing the theoretically important cases of El Salvador and Nicaragua.  On the books, El Salvador and Nicaragua have nearly identical abortion legislation—no abortions, no exceptions; not even when a pregnancy…

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