• 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

    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 2 2014 - Nov 3 2014

    Where: Little Theater

    Dear College Community,

    The Social Science Department (sponsored by Political Science, Criminal Justice, History, Urban Studies, Sociology, and Psychology) along with the Women's Center will be holding a forum, 

    "Seeking Solidarity: Lessons from Ferguson"   --   Click here to download the flyer
    Little Theater
    Monday, November 3rd

    We will have a series of one hour panels during the day as follows (I have offered brief descriptions below so you can pick a panel that makes the most sense for your classes. If you would like a list of the final panel descriptions and bios for all the speakers, please send me a private message.):

    10:30-11:30--Panel I will put Ferguson into historical context and speak with a young community organizer that participated in the Black Lives Matter Freedom Ride to Ferguson.

    11:45 to 12:45--Panel II will consider the psychological factors and impact of Ferguson.

    1-2--Panel III features a co-organizer of the Black Lives Matter Ride to Ferguson and a participant in the Ferguson October Weekend of Resistance.

    2:15 to 3:15--Panel IV will focus on anti-black racism, why the Black Bodies Matter Campaign matters, and analysis of Ferguson from a criminal justice perspective.

    Please commit to bringing your class to one or more of these sessions to take part in this nation-wide conversation. BMCC is holding a similar event as are many schools and colleges across the nation.

    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! 

    Hope to see you there!

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    Get Psyched About Psychology

    When: Nov 12 2014

    Where: C-431D

    If you have less than 30 credits and you are interested in finding out more about majoring in Psychology, please come to our Meet, Greet , and Learn about Psychology Event. The event is being hosted by the Social Science department and is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th, from 2:15-4:25pm.  We will be meeting in C431D. We will be speaking about the curriculum, careers, and resources available to those majoring in Psychology. Meet faculty and academic advisors, and additionally speak to current students in the program. There will be refreshments, games, prizes, raffles, as well as Q& A.

    Refreshments will be served!

    See You on November 12th!

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