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Sociology Research Institute

Each year the Sociology Department celebrates student research at the Sociology Research Institute (SRI). This academic festival provides an opportunity for our graduate and undergraduate students to present their research in a professional meeting format and offers an occasion for all of us to appreciate the ideas and interests that capture the imagination of our students. In addition, we invite a nationally recognized scholar to present the keynote address and to participate in an open exchange of ideas with our students. SRI is also a time when we honor achievements in research, teaching and service; invite our alumni and friends to campus; and reflect on the accomplishment of a tremendous group of students, faculty and staff.

2015 - Program (.pdf)

The 25th Annual Sociology Research Institute (SRI) will be held Friday, April 17th. We are honored that Professor Lisa Cacho from the University of Illinois will provide the keynote address, "Innocent, Innocent, Not even guilty": The State-Sanctioned Violence of (white) Self-Defense. Her scholarship interrogates the ways in which human value is both ascribed and denied relationally along racial, gendered, sexual, national, and spatial lines. Her book, Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (NYU press, 2012) examines the ways in which representations of race and race relations mediate how we affectively and intellectually apprehend criminal justice and civil/human rights.

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Second Chance Coalition accepting 2014 Public Sociology Award.