RESCHEDULED | Sites Unseen: Industrial Hazards, Systemic Risk, and the Remaking of American Cities

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
919 Thompson Hall | UMass Amherst
This talk examines the interplay of urban demography, industrialization and risk management to identify local mechanisms driving socio-environmental change. Dr. Frickel is the Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, specializing in research and teaching on the intersections of nature, knowledge and politics.

Andrew Hoffman | The Academy's Emerging Crisis of Relevance and the Consequent Role of the Engaged Scholar

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
American universities are facing a crisis of relevance. While there are multiple reasons for this to be happening, one that deserves attention is the extent to which academic scholars do not see it as their role to engage in public and political discourse. Join Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) for a reexamination of how scholars must practice our craft, to what purpose, and to which audiences.

Big Data and Small City Governance: Whose Analysis? Whose Expertise?

On Friday, October 20, a crowded house of social scientists, computer scientists, and planners gathered in the new ISSR lab to discuss insights emerging from a National Science Foundation funded project on the social sciences and big data. Leading the dialogue were the project’s principal investigators, who have each been program directors at the National Science Foundation: Susan Sterett, Director of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Kelly Joyce, Director of the Science, Technology & Society Center and Professor of Sociology at Drexel University.

National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science - Livestreamed

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00am to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Livestream registration: https://ssc3_webcast.eventbrite.com
Climate intervention…fracking…vaccines…human genome editing…artificial intelligence. With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication. Join the conversation via free livestream as the National Academy of Sciences discusses this topic at its third Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium.

How to Prepare an ISSR or CRF Scholars Proposal

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
ISSR Lab - E20 Machmer Hall
Led by Center for Research on Families (CRF) Director Maureen Perry-Jenkins and Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Director Laurel Smith-Doerr, prospective applicants for the faculty Scholars Programs at CRF and ISSR will receive guidance on the application process, which program to apply to, and what reviewers will be looking for in competitive applications for the spring 2017 application deadline. Registration required.

ISSR/PEP Seminar | How Scholars and Activists Can Partner for Reproductive and Racial Justice: A Conversation with Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Old Chapel | University of Massachusetts Amherst
Event Full - Waitlist only. We are pleased to offer this critical panel on the state of racial justice activism around reproductive rights since the 2016 Presidential election. This lunch presentation will bring together scholars, activists and community members invested in public engagement to hear from renowned reproductive justice activist and co-founder of SisterSong Loretta Ross, and public scholar Rickie Solinger.

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