Sociology Department

Annual Standing Lecture

Theodore G. Standing joined the faculty of the University at Albany in 1943 and became the Sociology Department’s first Emeritus Professor upon his retirement in 1970.  A native of Iowa and educated in Friends Schools, Professor Standing received his doctorate degree from the State University of Iowa in 1932.  Prior to coming to Albany, Dr. Standing taught at Berea College in Kentucky, at Iowa State, and at Oklahoma A&M College.  He began working for the Federal Emergency Relief Agency in 1933, and from 1939 to 1943 he served the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a rural sociologist and regional director.  Dr. Standing’s professional interests were broad:  he published articles on race relations, rural problems, cultural lag, and leadership.  In the 1950’s he began to examine the community as a social system and as a laboratory for the organization and analysis of human behavior.  His course, The Community, attracted students from many disciplines.  Upon his retirement in 1970, his colleagues at the University, his students, Alpha Kappa Delta, and the Department which he served, announced the Theodore G. Standing Lecture on the Human Community, an annual program and a continuing symbol of respect for a teacher, a scholar, and a gentleman.

In 1996, the Department of Sociology announced the founding of the Theodore G. Standing Endowment, the first to be established for the department.  Endowment funds are used to support department programs, including a guest lecturer series, graduate student research, and recognition of special achievements of undergraduate majors.

 


Year

Speaker

Title of Lecture

2013
Robert Sampson
Harvard University
"Neighborhood Inequality and the New Social Transformation of the American City"
2012
Sarah Babb
Boston College
"The Bureaucratic Administration of Social Research Ethics: Sociologists' Encounters with Campus IRB's"
2011
Philip Smith
Yale University
"Communicating Climate Change"
2010
Daniel Faas
University of Cambridge
"Integration and Identity Formation among the Second Generation: Lessons From Europe"
2009
Judith Blau
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
"What is a Decent Society?"
2008
Gary LaFree
University of Maryland
"Countering Myths about Terrorism"
2007
Gil Eyal
Columbia University
"The Disenchantment of the Orient: Expertise in Arab Affairs and the Israeli State"
2006
Gary Alan Fine
Northwestern University
"The Cultural Frameworks of Prejudice: Reputational Images and the Postwar Disjuncture of Jews and Communism"
2005
Frances Fox-Piven
City University of New York
"The War at Home"
2004
Thomas M. Shapiro
Brandeis University
"How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality"
2003
Marta Tienda
Princeton University
"College Planning in Post-Affirmative Action Texas"
2002
Rand D. Conger
Univ. of California - Davis
"Across Generations: Family influences on the Development of Competence as a Parent and Romantic Partner"
2001
Mitchell Duneier
University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Sidewalk, and the Problems of Ethnography"
2000
Myra Marx Ferree
University of Connecticut
"Talking about Women and Wombs: Comparative Media Discourses about Abortion in Germany and the United States"
1999
Melvin Oliver
University of California, Los Angeles
"Not Born on Third Base: Black/White Wealth Inequality in Historical and Contemporary Perspective"
1998
Richard Alba
University at Albany
"Immigration and the American Realities of Assimilation and Multiculturalism"
1997
Elijah Anderson
University of Pennsylvania
"Violence and the Inner City Poor"
1996
Alan Wolfe
Boston University
"Middle Class Morality"
1995
Stanley Lieberson
Harvard University
"Distinctive African-American Names: An Experimental, Historical and Linguistic Analysis of Innovation"
1994
Joan Huber
Ohio State University
"Reflections on the Oddities of Academic Organization"
1993
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb
New School for Social Research
"What is the Role of the Intellectual in Democratic Society?"
1992
Matilda White Riley
National Institute on Aging
"Work and Family in an Aging Society"
1991
Ronald Burt
Columbia University
"The Social Structure of Competition"
1990
Aldon Morris
Northwestern University
"The Black Struggle and the Prospect for American Democracy"
1989
Arnold Foster
University at Albany
"The Presentation of Sociology"
1988
William Julius Wilson
University of Chicago
"The American Underclass: Inner City Ghetto and Norms of Citizenship"
1987
Barry Wellman
University of Toronto
"Finding Community in the City"
1986
Gaye Tuchman
City University of New York
"Victorian Women Writers: Sociological Perspectives"
1985
Charles Tilly
New School for Social Research
"War and the Power of Warmakers"
1984
Mirra Komarovsky
Columbia University
"Dilemmas of Masculinity: Gender Roles in Transition"
1983
William F. Whyte
Cornell University
"Participatory Strategies for Applied Sociology"
1982
Kai T. Erikson
Yale University
"Hiroshima and Nagasaki Reconsidered"
1981
Otis Dudley Duncan
University of Arizona, Tucson
"Generations, Cohorts, and Conformity"
1980
Robin M. Williams
Cornell University
"Does American Society Have a Future? Recent Changes & Immediate Prospects"
1979
Feliks Gross
City University of New York
"Ethnic Communities and Ethnic Tensions: A Comparative Approach"
1978
Douglas Ensminger
University of Missouri
"Assisting Developing Countries: Lessons From the Past Thirty Years"
1977
William H. Sewell
University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Sociology: Its Present and Future Prospects"
1976
Suzanne Keller
Princeton University
"Planning New Communities"
1975
August B. Hollingshead
Yale University
"Elmtown Today: A Restudy of a Community"
1974
Irwin T. Sanders
Boston University
"The Search for Community in a Complex Society"
1973
Paul Meadows
University at Albany
"American Culture: Themes & Images"
1972
Joseph H. Fichter
Southern Loyola University
"The Community: Education and Religion"
1971
Nathan Wright, Jr.
University at Albany
"The University and the Politics of Racism"
     
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