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Sociology Colloquium Series

Spring 2015

Sociology Honors Thesis Presentations

April 27, 2015
6:30 pm to 9 pm
KA 211

Mother Knows Best: Examine the Maternal Influence in the Ways that African American Women Wear Their Hair
Taylor Heath

Media Portrayals of the Interactions Between Law Enforcement and Injection Drug Users
Angie Lopez

Faux Queens and Drag Queens: Defining and Redefining Drag
Raymond Lopez

Painting with Gentrification: Murals in the Changing Mission District of San Francisco
Gladys Perez

Transgender Identity in the Light of Mass Media: The Unveiling of Orange is the New Black and Transparent
Emma Samuelson

April 29, 2015
6:30 pm to 9 pm
KA 111

Who’s Keeping Our Sisters?: The Role of the School in African American Gender Exclusive Programs
Danielle Gelotte

The Effects of Discipline on School Communities and School Faculty
Haylena Holmes

The PO Perspective: Case Management and Views of Boys in the Juvenile Justice System
Claireann Miranda

Injection Connection: The Social Network Dynamics of Injection Drug Users
Beeta Pisheh

Contemporary Holistic Vision for Indigenous Solidarity within the Anti-Violence Movement
Alexis Stanley

Complementary and Alternative Medicine within Marijuana Dispensaries
Sundos Yassin

Cristina Mora: Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American
April 28, 2015
6 pm to 7 pm
Maier Room, Fromm Hall

Reception to follow at 7 pm in UC 222, the faculty lounge.

Co-sponsored by the Junior Scholar Speaker Series

How did Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Cubans become known as “Hispanics” and “Latinos” in the United States? How did several distinct cultures and nationalities become portrayed as one? Cristina Mora answers both these questions and details the scope of this phenomenon in Making Hispanics. She uses an organizational lens and traces how activists, bureaucrats, and media executives in the 1970s and '80s created a new identity category—and by doing so, permanently changed the racial and political landscape of the nation. 

Marlon Weichert: The Outcomes of Brazilian National Truth Commission: Achievements and Challenges
May 5, 2015
5 pm to 6:50 pm
Berman Room, Fromm Hall

Co-sponsored by International Studies, the Masters Program in International Studies, and Latin American Studies

Brazil instituted a truth commission in 2012 to investigate gross human rights violations perpetrated in the country from 1946 until 1988, but mainly those that occurred after 1964, during the military dictatorship. The Commission issued its report on December 2014, which concluded that the military governments and their repressive apparatus committed crimes against humanity, such as illegal detentions, torture, extrajudicial executions, and enforced disappearances, and that grave human rights violations by security forces are still ongoing in Brazil. Marlon Weichert argues that the Brazilian Truth Commission did not exhaust the duty of the State to investigate gross human rights violations nor did it bring Brazil’s transitional justice process to a close, but it reinforced the demands for accountability and for institutional reforms in security forces.

For more information about the Sociology Colloquium Series, please contact Sociology program assistant Amy F. Joseph at


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