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October 14:  Christina Ergas, Dept. of Sociology,  “Surviving Collapse”

September 18: Chonika Coleman-King, “Learning across Home and School Contexts: Exploring the Racial and Ethnic Socialization of Caribbean Immigrant Youth.”

October 30: Lisa Reyes Mason, “Everyday Coping as Adaptation?: Examining Relationships between Household Resources and Water Insecurity in Urban Philippines.”

January 23: Derek Alderman, Geography, “No Easy Road: The Politics of Naming Streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.”

February 20: Sébastien Dubreil, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, “From Oppression to Emancipation: Breton Language Schools and a New Celtic Identity”

March 6: Rosalind Hackett, Religious Studies, “Social Suffering and Spiritual Insecurity in Northern Uganda”

March 13: Guangqing Chi, Sociology, Mississippi State University Dept. of Sociology, “Social and Spatial Implications of Gasoline Price Increases”

March 20: Joan Heminway (College of Law), Micheline van Riemsdijk (Geography), Becky Jacobs (College of Law), and Tracie Woidtke (Finance), Panel discussion on Women in/and Business: Sex, Gender, and Social Justice in the Economic Sphere

April 3: Avi Brisman, Judah Schept, and Tyler Wall, School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, “Future Directions in Critical Criminology: Green Criminology, Radical Carceral Studies, Surveillance and Securitization, and Transformative Justice,” Co-sponsored with UT Dept. of Sociology

April 17: Understanding Immigration Reform
Keynote: Katharine Donato, Chair of Sociology, Vanderbilt, “Lessons in Immigration Reform: Policy Impacts on Immigration”
Colloquium: Cameron Lippard, Dept. of Sociology, Appalachian State University, “Living in the Shadow: Latinas and their Citizen Children in Western North Carolina”

Sept. 9: Michelle Brown, Sociology, “A Jurisprudence of Life and Death: Payne v. Tennessee, Empathy, and the Punitive Imagination

Oct. 3: Tricia Redeker Hepner, Anthropology, “Generation Asylum: New Eritrean Refugees and the Politics of Human Rights”

Oct. 31: Karla McKanders, College of Law, “Anatomy of an Uprising: Women, Democracy, and the Moroccan Feminist Spring”


Spring 2012

Feb. 10: Dawnie Steadman, Anthropology, “The Future of Forensic Human Rights Investigations” Haslam Business Building, Room 403.

March 9: Bertin M. Louis, Jr., Anthropology, “Haiti’s Pact with the Devil: Bwa Kayiman, Haitian Protestant Views of Vodou, and the Future of Post-Earthquake Haiti.”

March 30: Michelle Brown, Sociology, “Empathy and Law at the Threshold of Life and Death.”

Jan. 21: Gregory Button, Dept. of Anthropology, “The Production of Uncertainty in the Wake of Disaster: the TVA Ash and BP Oil Spills

Feb. 18: Rebecca Klenk, “Development, Sustainability and Social Justice in Himalayan India”

March 4: Josh Inwood, “Reconciling the Truth: Legacies of Racial Violence in the American South”

April 1: Panel Presentation- When Prisoners Come Home: Barriers to Social Integration
“Prisoners Reentry: An Overview,” Hoan N. Bui
“The Unmet Need of Female Ex-Offenders,” Jennifer Scroggins
“The Challenge of finding Jobs after Incarceration,” Teresa Seard

April 15: De Ann Pendry, “The Politics of Immigration in Tennessee”

Sept. 17: Jeffrey Davis, Dept. of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, “Documenting Endangered Languages: The Case of Plains Indian Sign Language”

Oct. 1: Sara Malley, Carmel Price, James Maples, Katie Morris, Lisa East, Dept. of Sociology and Grant Mincey, Dept. of Geology Sociology, “Mountaintop Removal: Field Research Observations and Opportunities”

Oct. 29: Cynthia Rocha, “Economic Justice in the United States: Comparisons with other Industrialized Nations”

Nov. 12:  Bharat Mehra, School of Information Sciences, “Rural Library Professionals as Change Agents in the 21st Century: Integrating Information Technology Competencies in the Southern and Central Appalachian Region”

Jan. 29: Nathan Kelly, Dept. of Political Science, “Political Dynamics and Income Inequality in America”

Feb. 12: Fran Ansley, College of Law Professor Emeritus, “Global Connections and Local Receptions: Of Local Labor Markets and Immigration Reform”

Feb. 26: Rita Hagevik, Dept. of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, “Mapping the Local: Using GIS and Place-Based Learning to Involve Schools in Environmental Community Action”

March 26: Samuel Freeman, Avalon Humanities Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, “Capitalism and the High Liberal Tradition”

April 9: Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University, “The Health Impact Fund: Financing New Medicines Accessible to All”

David Pellow, “The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. The Environment in America’s Eden,” Feb. 14, 2013

Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights Symposium, Feb. 8-9, 2013

Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” Jan. 22, 2013

Robert Bullard, “The Intersection of Corporate Accountability and Environmental Justice,” Oct. 18, 2012

Rip Patton, “Voices of Freedom: The Triumph of the 1961 Freedom Rides and the Legacy of Racial Segregation,” March 12, 2012

Social Justice and the University Conference, April 29-30, 2011.

Living in the Shadows: Immigrant Experiences of Exploitation Panel, November 1, 2010.

Reducing Social Harm, Annual Meeting of the Justice Studies Association, June 2-5.

Mark D. Hayward, Childhood Nutritional Deprivation and Cognitive Impairment among Older Adults in China, April 26, 2010.

Michael Zweig, The World After Obama v. Clinton: Reforming Class, Race, and Gender, March 29, 2010.

Blind Justice: Perspectives on the American Legal System Panel, March 23, 2010

Rawlsian Liberalism in Context(s): Engaging the Philosophical Foundations of Politics and Public Policy, Feb. 25-27, 2010.

John D’Emilio, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
Leaping and Creeping: How Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender People Have Fought to Achieve Equality, February 24-25, 2010
John D’Emilio’s visit was one of several events marking the opening of OUTreach, the LGBT & Ally Resource Center at UT.

Voices of the Mountains: A Mountaintop Removal Discussion, February 17, 2010

Jeremy Rifkin, Leading the Way to a Third Industrial Revolution, November 10, 2009. Rifkin’s presentation was part of the official launch of the Center for the Study of Social Justice.

Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, The Role of the University in Addressing Social Issues: Deprivation, Isolation, and Public Policy, October, 7, 2009.

Harry F. Dahms
“In the Name of Social Justice:  Will Basic Income Strengthen or Weaken Welfare States?”
Capitalism in Crisis.  21st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (S.A.S.E.)
Paris, France
July 16-18, 2009

“Universal Basic Income as an Alternative to Welfare State Public Policies”
Rationalists of East Tennessee, Pellissippi State Community College
Knoxville,Tennessee, USA
November 1, 2009

Asafa Jalata
“The Struggle of the Oromo to Preserve an Indigenous Democracy”
Sharing Cultures: International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Pico Island, Azores, Portugal
May 29-June 1, 2009.

Hoan N. Bui, Joongbaeck Kim, and Robert Keeton
“Immigration Status and Criminal Justice Outcomes.”
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems
San Francisco, California, USA
August 5-7, 2009.