One of the crucial political questions of our time is how we understand—and respond to—the repeated and unruly expressions of popular outrage from Tunis and Cairo to Ferguson and Baltimore. This presentation combines lecture with dramatic scenes captured in activist video footage to explore the recent wave of uprisings that began in the once-thriving industrial city of Maribor and spread to bring down the government of Slovenia. What sparks these angry confrontations? How are they experienced by participants? How should social scientists committed to fundamental change respond?
Rashad Robinson is the executive director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of the most critical civil rights issues of this century, including countering attempts to suppress the black vote, and under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has fought for justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and Bree Newsome.
The SBS Dean's Office will host a lunch conversation with the Provost's office around the promotion to full process for associate professors. This meeting will provide associate faculty with a clearer vision of the promotion to full process and criteria at the University of Massachusetts. We will then follow this with an "on the ground" discussion led by full professors who have gone through the promotion process recently. Department Chairs and Personnel Committee Chairs are also encouraged to attend the first half of the luncheon.
The Double Revolution: Women, the Middle East and Global Feminism (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City.
She is the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution," released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.
Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) will speak about his recent research in a talk titled "The Rule of Law in the Arab Gulf and What it Means for Middle Eastern Politics."
In addition to his appointment at the Center for Public Policy and Administration, Mednicoff directs the Middle Eastern Studies program at UMass Amherst. His research focuses on interdisciplinary connections between legal and political ideas and institutions at the national and transnational levels, particularly as these relate to current policy issues in the Middle East.
I'll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Anita Sarkeesian is a pop culture media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. Over the past few decades there has been a significant increase in the number of television shows and movies that showcase female action heroes.
An afternoon of brief snippets of faculty research over hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Open to all SBS faculty and staff!
Faculty presenters will include:
Rethinking Occupy: 99 Percent Politics and 1 Percent Power (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky is the author of the new book, The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford 2015). A PhD Fellow in Sociology at New York University, Gould-Wartofsky was one of the first social scientists on the ground at Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011, beginning his inquiry then and continuing uninterrupted ever since.
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.
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.