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.
I'll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
In 1985 a group of women on welfare organized Arise for Social Justice to support the rights of low-income people in Springfield, MA. Twenty-seven years later, Arise continues to work to provide direct services to people in need and to organize Springfield residents—especially poor, homeless, at-risk, unemployed, and otherwise marginalized people—to tackle the deep-rooted causes of poverty in their city.
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.