Annual Rossi Lecture in the UMass Department of Sociology: "Paying for the Party"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

*This event is free and open to the public. Registration not required. 

Elizabeth A. Armstrong, 
Author of Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality, and Associate Professor of  Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan

Drawing on findings from a five-year interview study, Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton bring us to the campus of "MU," a flagship Midwestern public university, where we follow a group of women drawn into a culture of status seeking and sororities. Mapping different pathways available to MU students, the authors demonstrate that the most well-resourced and seductive route is a "party pathway" anchored in the Greek system and facilitated by the administration. This pathway exerts influence over the academic and social experiences of all students, and while it benefits the affluent and well-connected, Armstrong and Hamilton make clear how it seriously disadvantages the majority.

In addition to being the 2015 Department of Sociology Rossi Lecture, this event is co-sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Inequality speaker series, as well as the Institute for Social Science Research.

Free and open to the public
*Light lunch provided*