Students in SOAN Prof Alicia Simmons’s “Media and Politics” Course Develop Content Analysis ProjectsBy Chris Henke on December 12, 2016
This post submitted by SOAN Professor Alicia Simmons
Students in Media & Politics (FMST/SOC 375) recently completed a two-phase project that combines the dual focus of this course: art and of science. Over the course of the semester, they generated original social scientific research and then created short video reports about their findings. Their videos are an example of public sociology, meaning that they make sociological scholarship accessible to a non-academic audience. You’ll find a link to the videos, which cover topics such as Freddie Gray’s death, the Confederate Flag controversy, the Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, and the San Bernardino attacks, at the end of this post.
This post was submitted by Tim Englehart ’18, Sociology major.
This semester I worked with two other students, Sally Langan ’17 and Valeria Felix ’18, to study the conversation surrounding the use of trigger warnings on college campuses as a project for Professor Henke’s “Media Frame and Content Analysis” course (SOC 251). A trigger warning can be defined as a statement that comes before a piece of writing, a movie, or a speaker or discussion that alerts the audience that the material presented may be stressful or evoke a traumatic response from past experience. Proponents of trigger warnings argue that they protect students from emotionally harmful content and in doing so create spaces in which students can feel safe to engage in critical discussions and learning. Critics of trigger warnings argue that such warnings contradict the ideal of free speech, and that exposure to uncomfortable situations is an experience that facilitates learning and growth—allowing students to avoid discomfort in the classroom detracts from their educational experience.
Post and photos submitted by Professor Jordan Kerber
Students in Professor Jordan Kerber’s course, “Field Methods and Interpretation in Archaeology” (ANTH 253) use a local archaeological dig site as their classroom, excavating artifacts from the Brunk site in Lincoln, NY. The site contains the remains of an Oneida village, dating to the late 1500s or early 1600s and then again during the 1750s. Over the past several fall semesters, ANTH 253 students have found several hundred Native American and European artifacts, including stone chipping debris and tools, pottery, animal remains, glass trade beads, smoking pipe fragments, and metal scraps. Students in the class focus on excavating, processing, analyzing, and interpreting archaeological objects recovered from this site, as seen in the pictures here.
Our new SOAN colleague, Prof. Chandra Russo, has the cover article in the newest issue of Race and Class. Prof Russo’s article, “Witness Against Torture, Guantánamo and solidarity as resistance,” focuses on the group Witness Against Torture, a community that has been calling for the closure of the Guantánamo Prison since 2005. Witness Against Torture is one of three social movement organizations that Prof Russo has studied as part of a larger project examining activism in resistance to US security policies. Prof Russo notes that while her article focuses on how Witness Against Torture is working to close Guantánamo, she also analyzes how they joined with the Black Lives Matter movement during January of 2015 to link militarism and imprisonment abroad to policing and incarceration within the US interior. Congratulations to Prof. Russo on this important new publication!
This post submitted by SOAN Professor Chandra Russo.
On September 30, sociology professor Alicia Simmons joined an esteemed cohort of Colgate alumni working at CBS, The Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Moderated by Tim Byrnes, Charles A. Dana Professor of political science, panelists had a vibrant and timely conversation about the role of the media in American civic life. Audience members at the panel, part of the events leading up to Colgate President Brian Casey’s inauguration, included eager faculty, students, alumni, Hamilton residents and Casey himself. Panelists addressed challenges such as the increased polarization of political thought in American society, the lack of diversity in newsrooms, and the obligations of journalists. These matters feel ever more urgent six weeks before the 2016 presidential election, in which, as panelist Howard Fineman described, “one candidate challenges everything that we thought we knew about the American political process.”
submitted by Professor Paul Lopes, SOAN Dept Chair
Hi SOAN Students!
I can’t believe the summer is over, but the good news is everyone is back at Colgate for another great year. I’m back again as Chair of SOAN. And almost all the SOAN faculty are back and ready to go. So we have a full contingent of faculty this year compared to last year. We also have three new faculty to boot (more on them later). Professor Shever and Professor Levine will be away this year. And Professor Benson will be away this fall.
Now here’s some info for you all:
This summer the fourth floor of Alumni was renovated with new carpet, painting and lighting. Come on up and see the new digs. The lighting is a lot better now in the hall way and in the offices. We have new benches for your comfort. Our new bulletin boards have not yet arrived, so at this point no posters, photos, news, etc. are decorating the walls. Anyway, the lounge is still open to everyone and the computer room as well.
ChoDunkin’ Tuesdays still remain a tradition in SOAN. So don’t forget to pick up a yogurt or donut on that special Tuesday each month – 9/13, 10/18, and 11/15 from 8:15am until noon.
We are planning a SOAN Club Lunch early this semester. It’s set for Thursday, September 22 at 11:30 in Alumni 110. All SOAN (SOCI and ANTH) majors and minors are invited for lunch and a chat. We will be discussing revitalizing the SOAN Student Club and brainstorming on activities and events that SOAN students will enjoy and/or potential majors and minors might enjoy.
This reminds me that we do have one SOAN Student Happy Hour scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at Donovan’s.
So, SOAN is really excited about the arrival of three new Assistant Professors in our department.
Kristin De Lucia is a new Assistant Professor in Archaeology. Her research interests center on Mesoamerica, household archaeology, political economy, complex societies, gender and identity, ceramics, food production, microanalysis, soil chemistry, childhood, ethnicity, social inequality, historical archaeology and colonialism, and bioarcheology. She is teaching ANTH 102 this fall, so you’ll have to wait to storm her classes. But drop on by to welcome Kristin to Colgate.
Santiago Juarez is a new Assistant Professor of Archaeology. His research interests center on Mesoamerica (Maya Highlands), household archaeology, landscape archaeology, state formation, political economy, identity, gender, ethnicity, social memory, space and place, and social inequality. He is teaching ANTH 103, so you will also have to wait to take his classes. But again, welcome Santiago to Colgate when you have chance.
Chandra Russo is a new Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research interests center on transnational social movements, solidarity activism, race and racialization, globalization and neoliberalism, political emotions, and social and cultural theory. This fall she is teaching SOCI 222: Power, Race and Privilege, plus SOCI 361: Power, Politics and Social Change. There are still three spaces left in SOCI 361! Once again, when you have a chance give a warm welcome to Chandra.
Finally, I have a new office, Alumni 407. Please come by to just say hi or to chat. My regular office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:10 to 5:30, but you can probably catch me at other times.
We will be sending you a schedule of SOAN and other special events and talks shortly, but for now, WELCOME BACK!