The Department of Sociology Junior Faculty organized a colloquium series for the second year to bring scholars to the department to share their exciting and cutting edge sociological work with faculty and graduate students in the department. Last year’s speakers included Greg Sharp (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Lynne Haney (New York University), Mario Luis Small (Harvard University) and Charles Seguin (University of Arizona). This semester has seen talks by Cati Connell (Boston University), who presented on her research on gender essentialism and homonationalism in the U.S. military, and Jason Orne (Temple University), who spoke about Boystown, his recently published ethnography of queer nightlife in Chicago. The series has served to promote conversation and collegiality among faculty, and to aid in the professionalization of the department’s graduate students. “Seeing scholars from outside the department present their research is a valuable experience for graduate students,” explains Assistant Professor Kate Averett, who organized the visit from Cati Connell in September. “Being aware of, and involved in, scholarly conversations beyond our department community helps grad students frame the broader importance of their own work.” Colloquium events are open to all members of the UAlbany community. Spring colloquium speakers will be announced in January.
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