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Colloquium Seminar on Sociological Issues - Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Colloquia

All Colloquia are held 3:30-5:00 pm with Reception to follow unless otherwise noted*. Locations listed below.

Schedule subject to change.  
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January 25, 2018

Sanyu Mojola
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
Location: Robertson Hall Room 258, *reception to follow in Randall Hall 212

Sanyu A. Mojola is Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research examines how societies produce health and illness. She is especially interested in understanding social processes, mechanisms and patterns of social organization that lead to health inequality related to gender, race/ethnicity, life course stage and socio-economic status. Her past and ongoing work primarily focuses on the HIV/AIDS pandemic as it unfolds in various settings such as Kenya, the United States and South Africa.

Abstract of talk:
In 2009, the US capital had one of the nation’s worst epidemics; 3.2% of residents were HIV positive, and African Americans were disproportionately affected.  In my presentation, I develop a socio-historical explanation for why African Americans in Washington D.C. were particularly vulnerable to HIV.  The study characterizes the creation and operation of an institutionalized disease risk environment in the city, as well as the distinct mechanisms through which it shaped individual vulnerability to a range of illnesses including HIV.  I will conclude with a discussion of my study's contributions to understanding the persistence of racial health disparities in the U.S. 

March 22, 2018

Master's Colloquium
Location:  Robertson Hall 258


Colin Arnold
Talking Trade: the Divisive Articulation of Trade in American Politics
Advisor:  Jennifer Bair

Brooke Dinsmore
Our World and THeir World: The Integration of digital technologies in schools through a cultural logic of separation
Advisor:  Allison Pugh

Alex Sutton
The Composition of Success: competition and the creative self in contemporary art music
Advisor:  Isaac Reed

Bailey Troia
But Am I a Woman?: Dimensions of Fluidity amoung LGBTQ and young millenials
Advisor:  Andrea Press    

April 26, 2018

Amy Wilkins
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Location: Robertson Hall Room 258, *reception to follow in Randall Hall 212

Amy Wilkins (PhD. University of Massachusetts, 2004) is Associate Professor of Sociology.  Her substantive areas of interest focus on intersectional inequalities (Gender, race, class, and sexuality), identities, youth, and the transition to adulthood.  Her reserarch has appeared in Gender & Society, Signs, and Social Psychology Quarterly, and her book, Goths, Wannabes, and Christians: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Youth Cultures was published in 2008 by the University of Chicago Press.  Her methodological specialties are ethnograhic fieldwork and interviewing.