December 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Mathias Klang: They call us Slacktivists! A Domestication of Activism (& what to do about it)

Mathias Klang, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at UMass Boston where he studies online activism, digital rights, and technologies of regulation. The underlying premise in his work is the understanding that if our technology isn't free (as in freedom) then neither can we be. He teaches political movements and communication, is currently researching online vigilantism, and as a new immigrant to the states he is learning the culture and exploring the craft brewing and distilling movement.  

December 3, 2015 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Panel: Resistance in Syria and the Ongoing Political and Human Crisis

The contemporary Middle East continues to be the center of important issues that it is no exaggeration to claim have, and will continue to have, enormous repercussions for the region’s future, US foreign policy, and the world. While some of these issues, like the Islamic State, receive media attention, many do not. These panels have as primary goals providing nuanced discussion and diverse opinions from a range of prominent experts.

December 4, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Spatial Analysis Research Symposium

This session will cover the use of spatial methodologies in a variety of disciplines including geography, environmental monitoring, civil engineering, campus planning, economic development and other fields. It will conclude with a brief discussion on opportunities and challenges associated with research and teaching in the spatial domain.

Featured Presenters

December 7, 2015 -
12:15pm to 1:15pm

CPPA Faculty Colloquium: Seth Goldman

Assistant Professor Seth Goldman will speak about his recent research in a talk titled "The Victim Paradox: How Portrayals of Suffering Affect Outgroup Stigma and Support for Minority Rights." Goldman teaches and carries out research on the effects of mass media and political communication on stereotyping and prejudice, particularly in the context of public opinion about race and sexual orientation.

March 11, 2016 (All day)

Spring Deadline for SBS Faculty Research Grants

In order to support the development and growth of the diverse and excellent faculty research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Dean’s Research Council offers two categories of grants to support research each year. SBS has a strong commitment to a range of social science research approaches, including, but not limited to, basic, applied, and community-engaged research.

March 24, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Resisting Police: Police Forces as Social Movements in Contentious Fields of Authoritarian-Populism, Militarized Masculinity, and Racial Brutality (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)

New York City police officers, in December 2014, collectively turned their backs on Mayor De Blasio during the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos. With this act, they transformed a memorial into a "mass protest," demonstrated contempt for anti-racism protesters, and opposed the mayor's plans to institute accountability. This funeral protest launched a wave of police protests and on-air diatribes that observers began to call a "cop coup" or a "revolt of uniformed thugs."  In October that same year, police in Rio de Janeiro rose up in protest against anti-brutality activists in their own city.

April 7, 2016 - 4:30pm

“Emergent Frameworks” Roundtable: Professor and Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and English Literature at the University of California-Irvine, internationally acclaimed author, and a leading light in African letters today.

April 13, 2016 - 4:00pm

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome

Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2009, she was on the faculty of Yale University and received its Poorvu Award for teaching excellence.