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Keynotes in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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SBS economicsEconomics

The Fed and Lehman Brothers

Laurence M. Ball

Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University

4:30 - 5:30pm, Monday, November 21, 2016

Academic Building, Room 1180
15 Seminary Place
Rutgers University New–Brunswick

Professor Ball is Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund. He has visited numerous central banks, including the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. His research focuses on unemployment, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policy.

2017 SBS AnthropologyAnthropology

Up Close and Out of Focus: Life, Death, and the Ethics of Visualizing Human Smuggling Across Mexico

Jason de León

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

4:30 - 6:00pm, Monday, January 30, 2017

Teleconference Room, Alexander Library

Professor de León directs the Michigan Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States that uses a combination of ethnographic, visual, archaeological, and forensic approaches. His book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (UC Press, 2015) won the 2016 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

SBS poliSciPolitical Science

Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age

Larry Bartels

Professor, Co-Director, Center for the Study of
Democratic Institutions May Werthan Shayne Chair of
Public Policy and Social Science, Vanderbilt University

4:30pm, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Schonberg Room, Ludwig Global Learning Center, Douglass Campus

Larry Bartels holds the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University. His scholarship and teaching focus broadly on American democracy, including public opinion, electoral politics, public policy, and political representation. His most recent books are Democracy for Realists (with Christopher Achen) and Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (2nd edition).  

SBS geographyGeography

Intersectionality: Challenges for Feminist Geographers

Rickie Sanders

Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University

3:00pm, Friday, March 3, 2017

TIL-246, Livingston Campus

Rickie Sanders is Professor of Geography & Urban Studies and former Director of Women’s Studies at Temple University and Director of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium. She broadly works at the intersection of urban geography, feminist geography, and landscape studies. Her current research focuses on images of the city and the role of photography and visual studies in uncovering marginalized communities in cities.

SBS africanaAfricana Studies

Ambivalent Humanity: Constructions of Blackness in Soviet Children's Literature

Raquel G. Greene

Associate Professor of Russian, Grinnell College

1:45pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Busch Campus

Raquel G. Greene is Associate Professor of Russian at Grinnell College. Her intellectual interests relate to the interplay of race, ethnicity and culture, and she is widely published in the fields of language pedagogy, Russian literature and culture, Russian-African literary and cultural connections, and Russian Children's Literature.

SBS latinoCaribbeanLatino and Caribbean Studies

JROTC, Latina/o Youth, and American Dreams

Gina Perez

Professor of Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College 

4:00pm, Friday, March 31, 2017

Pane Room, Alexander Library

Since the early 1990s, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Programs (JROTC) have enjoyed expansion in American public high schools. While the program is often praised by some for its promise to instill values of discipline and leadership in at-risk youth, others critique the program as an example of increased militarization in high schools, particularly those servicing impoverished and working class youth of color. What is often missed in these debates are the complex experiences and motivations of young people who participate in JROTC and often thrive in it. This presentation explores the experiences of Latina/o youth in JROTC programs and seeks to covey the myriad social, cultural, political and economic contexts in which they make decisions about JROTC and their relationship to the U.S. military more broadly that complicate simplistic understandings that either embrace or reject JROTC.

SBS sociologySociology

The Resistance

Frances Fox-Piven

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science,
CUNY Graduate Center

2:00pm, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Davison Hall, room 128

Frances Fox Piven is an internationally renowned social scientist and activist who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to poor and working people and to the practice of democracy. She is the author or co-author of over 200 articles and several books, from Regulating the Poor (1971) to Challenging Authority (2008). President of the American Sociological Association in 2007. Piven is a founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), and a co-founder of Human SERVE, a campaign which pioneered the idea of “automatic voter registration” via citizens’ applications for social assistance or drivers’ licenses. Among her many accolades, she received the Elliott-Black Award from the American Ethical Union for her “life-long commitment to create a society of peace and justice,” and the Hope Shapiro Bread and Roses Award from New Jersey Peace Action, in honor of her “tireless work to protect and expand voter rights.”

SBS CJCriminal Justice

In Punishment We Trust: The Logic and Legacy of American Punitiveness

Khalil Muhammad

Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy,
Harvard Kennedy School and
Suzanne Young Murray Professor,
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

3:30pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Busch Student Center, Room 116 ABC

Muhammad previously served as associate professor of history at Indiana University. His academic work focuses on racial criminalization and the origins of the carceral state. His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard UP, 2010), won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book Award in American Studies. His articles and scholarship have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post.



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