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Moen Receives Dean's Medal

Moen for blog.jpgJoin us in congratulating Phyllis Moen who was awarded the CLA Dean's Medal for 2015, an annual award given to an outstanding member of the faculty on the basis of excellence in scholarship or creative activity. Phyllis has spent her career researching occupational careers, gender, families, and well-being over the life course, including the frequently obsolete social, cultural, and policy ecologies in which lives play out.
We will miss Phyllis as she heads to Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences as a residential fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The Center brings together scholars currently engaged in using behavioral science to address important problems as well as those who are grappling with intellectual issues that can provide the context for translational behavioral science.

Violence Againt South African Migrants

Since her op-ed CNN piece, Cawo Abdi, has been interviewed by Al Jazeera 's TV program The Listening Post when they focused on South Africa and how the violence against migrants was covered by diverse media outlets; the South African Broadcast Corp. radio station (SAfm Current Affairs) on the flow of migration through the Mediterranean and South Africa and the resulting humanitarian crisis; and by a radio station in Korea, This Morning, Seoul.

Hartmann MSS President

Hartmann for blog.jpgDoug Hartmann is beginning his term as president of the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS). Approximately 1200 scholars, students and practicing sociologists in universities, government and business belong to the organization. MSS encompasses nine states - Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota. More than one-third of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world. As president-elect, Doug was charged with the successful coordination of the annual meetings held in Kansas City in March, 2015.

Deadly Attacks Against African Migrants

Cawa Abdi's CNN op-ed piece on the turmoil in South Africa stresses how migrants are scapegoated for the persistent legacy of apartheid in the post-liberation era.

Stigma of Mental Illness

Cawo Abdi contributed to an article in the StarTribune regarding the stigma of mental illness and skepticism of mental-health treatment among Somali-Americans.

Ethnically Diverse City?

Doug Hartmann was featured in WalletHub's recent study examining 2015's Cities with the Most and Least Ethno-Racial and Linguistic Diversity.

Out of Trouble - Out of Work

In a recent NY Times article regarding the difficult time ex-fellons have finding jobs and rebuilding their lives, Chris Uggen was interviewed and his research with alumna Sarah Shannon referenced.

Minneapolis Miracle?

Doug Hartmann was interviewed by WCCO in response to The Atlantic Magazine article praising the "Miracle of Minneapolis" as a place of affordability, opportunity and wealth. Critics are saying that it is far from a miracle with some of the worst racial disparities in the nation.

New Books Released

Migration incorporation and change.jpgIn their new book, Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World, Syed Ali and Doug Hartmann take a unique approach to material students need to get a good sense of the empirical and theoretical trends in the field of migration studies. Written in engaging and approachable prose and short enough that professors can easily build their courses around it without hesitating to assign additional readings.

World Suffering2.pngProfessor Emeritus, Ron Anderson, has just released the first book tackling the topic of world suffering, World Suffering and Quality of Life. This edited volume brings together ideas and research experience from the best minds and leading researchers in the fields of pain, suffering, poverty, deprivation, disability and quality of life (including well-being and happiness) and a wealth of insights about the interaction between suffering and quality of life, the characterization of worldwide suffering, and the implications of these data for local and global policy on health and social well-being.

Second Chance for Ex-Felons

Chris Uggen was quoted in a StarTribune article regarding a new Minnesota law which helps low-level offenders seal their records from routine background checks.

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