• Social Science

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    Lorraine Cohen 
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    LaGuardia will be hosting a China Town Hall Event

    When: Oct 16 2014

    Where: LaGuardia

    On the evening of Thursday, October 16th, I have just received confirmation that LaGuardia will again be hosting a China Town Hall event, in conjunction with the National Committee on US-China Relations. The event features a live webcast with former US President Jimmy Carter (during which audience members can tweet/email him questions), and a China expert who will be giving a talk at LaGuardia (either before or after President Carter's bit). The speaker I lined up is Dr. Nancy Riley, professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College in Maine, who specializes in demographic change and gender in China, and I have requested that she talk about the global implications of China's 1.3 billion-person population (and perhaps the recently reformed One-Child Policy as well). I hope that her talk, along with President Carter's talk on Sino-American Relations will be of broad appeal to our students and to our community (the event is open to the public)

    Here is the information about the event: http://www.ncuscr.org/cthc

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    2-Day Psychology Advisement Event

    When: Oct 20 2014 - Oct 21 2014

    Where: C459

    New and Current Psychology Majors


    - Meet Your Psychology Faculty and Academic Advisors
    - Come and get answers to your questions
    - Check courses and schedules
    - Verify graduation timeline
    - Get information regarding academic and career path

    For more information regarding time, please check the student E-Guidebook

    Click here to check faculty and staff availability

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    Social Science Faculty Research Seminar

    When: Oct 20 2014

    Where: C-453

    Dear College Community,

    We will be holding our first Social Science Faculty Research Seminar on Monday, October 20th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in room C-453. Please come!!

    Two faculty will be presenting their work, one will be commenting on the presentations. Each presentation will last for about 20 minutes with about 10 minutes for the commentary and then a Q&A. Here are brief descriptions of the talks :

    1. Dr. Shara Sand, "A Culturally Rooted Transformation: An Ojibwe Transman's Journey"

    “My spirit name is Giizhiigoquay (Sky Woman), she lived on the Moon; Giizhigoquay is the feminine personified version of Gitchi Manitou (Great Mystery). I shortened it to Giizhig (Sky Above). These names hold so much meaning and weight... My spirit name, is the one I will use in ceremonies, when I use my medicine and when I cross over to the other side.” -Giizhig

    Dr. Sand met Tirz when he was a lesbian and worked with him as he transitioned to Giizhig. His Native American identification with two-spiritness was a uniquely salient part of his transition along with his roles in his Ojibwe community. Aspects of Giizhig's intersecting identities of gender, Indian worldview, and role as a performing artist will be explored.

    2. Dr. Arianna Martinez, "Queer Cosmopolis: the Evolution of Jackson Heights"

    Urban space in New York City is increasingly defined by homogeneity and segregation. For the time being, Jackson Heights, Queens stands in contrast. Widely known as an immigrant enclave, it is defined by its ethnic, racial, and socio-economic diversity. Less well known is that Jackson Heights is also a LGBTQ neighborhood and has been since as early as the 1940s. This chapter discusses the history of Jackson Heights, and investigates the relationship of queer communities to gentrification and what role planning can have in preserving Jackson Heights’ diverse queerspace.

    Dr. Colleen Eren will be commenting on the presentations.

    Thank you! Hope to see you there!

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    Urban Studies TRAIN THE TRAINERS workshop!

    When: Oct 21 2014

    Where: Social Science Conference Room, C-459

    ***Please join us for our first ever Urban Studies TRAIN THE TRAINERS workshop! (FLYER ATTACHED)***

    Part of the mission of the Urban Studies Program at LaGuardia is to value experiential learning. Recently faculty have been requesting new techniques to incorporate this into their teaching. Therefore we will begin the year with an interactive event for faculty. The Urban Studies Committee has invited *James Rojas* to demonstrate to LaGuardia faculty how to incorporate his innovative experiential learning tool Place It! into our urban studies curriculum.

    *James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, and artist from Los Angeles. He is a national leader in using art as a community engagement tool for underrepresented communities. He has facilitated over 350 interactive workshops and created over 43 interactive urban diorama across the US, Mexico and Canada. He holds a Master of City Planning and a Masterof Science of Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). James Rojas is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design and planning. In New York City alone James Rojas has collaborated with the NYC department of health, public schools, and parks department as well as lectured at NYU, Pratt, and Columbia University.

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 3:15pm

    WHERE: Social Science Conference Room, C-459

    ***RSVP to amartinez@lagcc.cuny.edu

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Recent Rojas' event/projects CLICK HERE.

    or CLICK HERE to see our photo gallery.

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    Sociology through Film

    When: Oct 22 2014

    Where: B-306

    Please join the Social Science Department for our Sociology Through Film Series!

    In the spirit of the People’s Climate March of September 2014 and in support of the six-point narrative of the march:
    1) front lines of crisis, forefront of change;
    2) we can build the future;
    3) we have solutions;
    4) we know who is responsible;
    5) the debate is over; and
    6) to change everything, we need everyone -- we will be screening "Hands On: Climate.Women.Change”.

    The collaborative documentary film produced by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) profiles five women from four continents currently tackling climate change through policy, protest,education and innovation.

    Classes are more than welcome!

    Question and answer session to follow the film.

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    Panel and discussion focusing on the film 'Burden of Eden'

    When: Oct 28 2014

    Where: Room E-242

    The Urban Studies committee is sponsoring a panel and discussion focusing on the film "Burden of Eden," which is being made by our own William Kelly.

    The panel and discussion will take place in two parts on Tuesday, October 28th. First, from 1-2, and then from 2:15 to 3:15 to accommodate classes. It will be in Room E-242. The film examines race, housing, and development through the lens of Stuyvesant Town, a public/private housing development in lower Manhattan. William Kelly will show pieces of the film, now in production, and we will be inviting speakers to explain the historical and political context and to discuss questions that the film raises.

    Here is a link to the film's webpage: http://burdenofeden.com

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    Forum: Seeking Solidarity: Lessons from Ferguson.

    When: Nov 3 2014

    Where: Little Theater

    The Social Science Department along with a few sponsors from campus (to be named in future announcements) will be holding a forum in the Little Theater on Monday, November 3rd entitled "Seeking Solidarity: Lessons from Ferguson." We will have a series of panels during the day (from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and will be inviting classes to attend.

    We have also developed a blog with links to articles, literature, media, and lesson plans addressing the events and uprisings in Ferguson this summer and into the Fall. Please check it out! Here is a link to the blog:


    Please save the date! Details to come!

    Hope to see you there!

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    4th Annual Psychology Conference - Nov 17 and 18

    When: Nov 17 2014 - Nov 18 2014

    Where: E-242

    The LaGuardia Psychology Club and the Psychology Program is inviting students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Fourth Annual Psychology Student Conference by sharing your work. All original research (broadly defined) that is related to psychology is encouraged. Everyone is invited to attend!

    Click here to submit a Proposal

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