In Sociology there has been a lot of great learning, teaching, and discussion going on in Koren! We were busy teaching, writing, and presenting all over the globe. Here are some of the highlights:
The Sociology faculty, Char Kunkel and Ron Ferguson, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association annual meeting in November 2017 in Baltimore, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective. We presented on the gendered aspects of our research in Olmsted County, MN, basically how racialized attitudes are gendered. Wylie Cook ’18 also attended the conference. We had a good time and learned a lot!
Students and faculty attended the Iowa Sociological Association on April 20th, 2018 at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
On March 31, 2018, Prof. Char Kunkel met with recent alums at the Midwest Sociological Society in Minneapolis, MN.
Students in Sociology/AFRS 345 explore Minneapolis as a class field trip.
Luther College Sociology students attended the Iowa Sociological Association meeting in Dubuque on April 28, 2017 and took away some top prizes.
We go to college for roughly four years. Some of us go on to graduate school; some go into the workforce; others continue their education or work in another country, and still others move back into their parent’s house. But when do we really become the person we are working so hard to be? For me that means asking…Am I a sociologist yet?
From the devastating loss of Freddie Gray in Boston, MA to the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, this year marked several high profile cases of racial bias and bigotry towards communities of color. These instances highlighted the reality that, despite rhetoric that declares that peace, fairness, and tolerance are the norm for our society, what is actually occurring is the continuance of segregationist practice, overt and subtle bigotry, and the ugliness of violence.
Luther College Professors of Sociology Charlotte Kunkel and Ronald Ferguson are pleased to announce the third Racial Attitudes and Actions Survey of Olmsted County. This week, 2500 surveys will be mailed to a random sample of Olmsted County residents to capture their attitudes and actions on issues like integration, race, and immigration.
Does looking to make global change mean we need to travel beyond our own borders? Professor Kunkel would encourage us to instead look within our immediate context to make a big impact.
Char Kunkel and 10 Sociology students attended the Iowa Sociological Association annual meetings on May 1st. Senior Kaila Will received both an award and special recognition for her paper "The Use of Expert Testimony on Battered Woman’s Syndrome and Battering and its Effects in the Legal System".