Lessons from a Powerful Partnership for Reproductive Justice | Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger

The newly restored Old Chapel crackled with energy on the morning of November 30, as an over-capacity crowd gathered to hear activist Loretta Ross and public scholar Rickie Solinger reflect on their decades-long collaboration to advance the movement for reproductive justice. The duo offered a frank discussion – punctuated by humor and warmth – about their commitment to work through what might easily have become deep-seated barriers to solidarity between a white historian of the struggle and the Black organizer who founded SisterSong. For the scholar-activist team, authenticity, vulnerability, humbleness and the power to imagine alliances for social justice across racial, class, gender and even international boundaries are all vital to sustaining a productive alliance.

Tackling Academia's Crisis of Relevance and the Emergent Role of the Engaged Scholar

In his December 7 seminar on what he termed “Academia’s crisis of relevance” at the Institute for Social Science Research, Professor Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) promised to be provocative, in order to push scientists outside of their comfort zones, and scientific institutions into faster change. Hoffman, who earned his BA in chemical engineering from UMass Amherst and his PhD in management/civil & environmental engineering from MIT, quickly delivered on that promise, with a rapid-fire review of studies on the “abysmal state” of public perceptions of science.

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.

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 - View the Live Stream on Facebook. 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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