Relevant courses for Spring 2015

We’re announcing two courses for Spring 2015 that may be of interest to the WISCER community. One is the Sociology of Erving Goffman (taught by Mustafa). The other is a course on social interaction (taught by Alice), which is the second in the two-course series that helps students prepare for the SPAM prelim.

See the Sociology Courses page for more details.

Tiffany Joseph talk this Friday

This Friday, SPAM and Race and Ethnicity are co-hosting a talk by Professor Tiffany Joseph (Stony Brook University), who studies race, ethnicity, migration, and health.

where: Sewell Social Sciences 3470
 Fri. Oct. 10, 12pm to 1:30pm
talk title: Examining Barriers to Health Care for Immigrants in Boston under “Universal” Coverage

Massachusetts (MA) became the first state to implement comprehensive health reform in 2006. Policymakers lauded the reform a success and used it to craft the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. While the ACA only extends coverage to U.S. citizens and eligible documented immigrants due to 1996 federal reforms that limit the public benefits non-citizens can receive, Massachusetts included coverage provisions for all residents regardless of documentation status. However, preliminary studies of the MA reform indicate that undocumented immigrants are still more likely to remain uninsured.

Using data from qualitative interviews conducted with 70 individuals (30 Brazilian and Dominican immigrants, 20 health care providers, and 20 immigrant/health organization leaders) in Boston, I examine some of the barriers to health coverage and healthcare access that many immigrants face despite their inclusion in the MA reform. Interviews revealed that language, race/ethnicity, documentation status, and lack of familiarity with the U.S. healthcare system prevented immigrants from effectively accessing health care despite having coverage. I also discuss the implications of ACA implementation in the state (and beyond) for the health coverage of immigrants and other underserved populations.

Additionally, there will be a student session for grad students to meet with Tiffany, 10-11am in Sewell 8108 (the Havens Center room).


Ben Carrington talk this Friday

This Friday, SPAM and Race and Ethnicity are co-hosting a talk by Professor Ben Carrington (UT Austin), who is an ethnographer and sociologist of race, sport, and culture.

talk title“Different Strokes: Slow Ethnography, Sensual Sociology and the Meanings of Cricket”
where: Sewell Social Sciences 3470
when: 12pm-1:30pm

Additionally, there will be a student session for grad students to meet with Ben, 10-11am in Sewell 8108 (The Havens Center room).

WISCER at Conferences in 2014

Members of our community will be presenting at the following meetings. Read the details and talk titles here.

4th International Conference on Conversation Analysis in Los Angeles

Douglas Maynard Plenary Address | Sat. June 28, Morning | Location: University of California, Los Angeles, Covel Commons

Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Matthew Kearney “Critical Dialogue: Contemporary Ways of Protest.” | Sat. August 16, 10:30am-12:10pm | Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Pacific I

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Katie Fallon “Race, gender, and the social organization of desire” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Myra Marx Ferree Critic in “Author Meets Critic Session: Tilly Award Winners” | Sun. August 17, 2:30-4:10pm

Myra Marx Ferree “Thinking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Marxist Sociology” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Joan Fujimura “A Critique of the Use of New Genomic Data to Reconstitute Biological Race Categories” | Tue. August 19. 12:30-2:10pm

Alice Goffman Presidential Panel: “A Fugitive Adolescence: Growing Up Under the U.S. Crime War” | Sun. August 17, 2:30-4:10pm

Alice Goffman Author Meets Critics Session: “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Matthew Kearney “Escalating Mutual Obligation in the Wisconsin Uprising of 2011” | Tue. August 19, 12:30-2:10pm

Douglas Maynard Session Organizer and Presider for “Current Studies in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis.” | Tue. August 19. 10:30am-12:10pm

Jason Orne. “Sexual Racism and the Puzzle of Interracial Relationship Rates in the Internet Age” in the session Race and Ethnicity in Everyday Encounters from the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. | Sun. August 17, 8:30am-10:10am.

Erik Olin Wright “Thinking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Marxist Sociology” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference in Chicago

Jennifer Patrice Sims “What about the children? A new twist on an old question” | November 13-15, 2014 | Location: DePaul University