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Sociology in Action Lecture

Consent in the Dark: Sexual Ethics in a Post-#MeToo World

Greg Scott

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Trevor Hoppe
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Wednesday, February 7, 2024  |  4:00 p.m. CST  |  Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

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About this Lecture

How do we have ethical sex in the wake of #MeToo? What does consent look like in action? In this talk based on the recently released collection, Unsafe Words, sociologist Dr. Trevor Hoppe argues that the tools such as "enthusiastic consent" are tailored to the experiences and needs of (mostly white) heterosexual people. In search of a more expansive vision of sexual ethics, Professor Hoppe explores homegrown tools that queer communities use to practice ethical sex and reflects on his own experiences as a gay man to consider strategies for preventing and responding to sexual violence.

Additional SIA Events with Dr. Trevor Hoppe

Thursday, February 8, Graduate Student Workshop in the Werlin Room (PGH 449) from 11am-12:30pm. Breakfast foods will be served. During our "Methods Brunch," graduate students will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Hoppe questions about his research methods, experiences doing research, advice for graduate students, and about his career. We expect a lively and engaging conversation.

Undergraduate Lunch with Dr. Hoppe on Thurs., Feb 8 in Agnes Arnold Hall Room 106 from 1-2:20pm. This lunch is open to undergraduate students to interact with Dr. Hoppe and ask him questions about his career, research, areas of interest, and advice for undergrads in sociology, WGSS, and related disciplines. Join us for lunch and a fantastic conversation.

No RSVP necessary for these events.

About Sociology in Action

Each year the Sociology Department sponsors a "Sociology in Action" (SIA) lecture event to highlight outstanding work in our field. The department strives to highlight timely topics in our ever-changing social world. For over a decade, this annual event emphasizes the connections between sociological research, application in our society, ethics in research, and academic leadership to tackle important social issues. Our goal each year is to invite a guest speaker for the event who is a dynamic speaker, illustrates leadership in our discipline, is a well-respected scholar in the broader academic community, conducts ethically outstanding research, and connects their sociological research to the social world around them.
The lecture is free of charge, and open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and the community.  

Contact person: Sheila Katz

Funding provided by the Center for Public History and the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

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Past SIA Lectures

Save the Date: Celebrating 10 years of the Sociology in Action lecture series with special guest Dr. Greg Scott

Greg Scott

Guest Speaker:
Greg Scott, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Sociology)DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. CST | Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion


About this Lecture

In this talk, Dr. Greg Scott considers the problems and prospects of using visual research and arts-based methods to examine and portray vulnerable persons and communities, including former prisoners, people who use drugs, sex workers, and the chronically unhoused. He will reflect critically on his use of ethnographic filmmaking, documentary photography, virtual reality experience-making, participatory architectural design, and large-scale sculpture to understand and depict the lives and concerns of disenfranchised populations. Throughout the talk, Dr. Scott will address the ethical conflicts and quagmires of using visual methods to document the lives of people operating on the margins.

About Sociology in Action

Celebrating Sociology in Action is the 10th anniversary of our annual “Sociology in Action” lecture. This year, the sociology department will host a series of events to showcase the accomplishments of the department and the discipline.

Contact person: Sheila Katz

Funding provided by the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby Center and the Media and the Moving Image Initiative.

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Skills of the "Unskilled": Work, Gender, and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants

Sociology In ActionGuest Speaker:
Jacqueline Hagan, Ph.D.
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Most labor and migration studies classify migrants with limited formal education or credentials as "unskilled." Despite the value of migrants' work experiences and the substantial technical and interpersonal skills that they developed throughout their lives, the labor-market contributions of these migrants are often overlooked and their mobility pathways poorly understood. "Skills of the "Unskilled'" reports the findings of a 10-year binational study that included interviews with 320 Mexican migrants, along with worksite observations and employer interviews in North Carolina and Mexico. The study explores these migrants' lifelong human capital and identifies mobility pathways that are associated with the acquisition and transfer of skills across the migratory circuit, including reskilling, occupational mobility, job jumping (brincando) and entrepreneurship.

Event Recording  |  Monday, March 28, 2022  |  2:30 - 4:00 p.m. CST

Meeting ID: 822 7374 0282
Passcode: 470983


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Bad Apples Come from Rotten Trees in Policing: Pursuing Racial Equity

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Rashawn Ray,
David M. Rubenstein Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CST) | 

Punching the Jailhouse Clock - Investigating Inequality at Work in an American Prison

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Michael Gibson-Light

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CST) | Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library