2018-2019 DCSS Events

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: "Evening with New Faculty"

George Washington University, Phillips Hall Room 411

6-7pm Reception, 7-8pm Faculty Introductions and Q&A.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/dcsociologicalsociety/

Thursday, November 15, 2018: "Wide World of Sociology in DC"

Sudhouse, 1340 U Street, NW

6-9pm, Speakers at 6:30pm.

More info soon: https://www.facebook.com/dcsociologicalsociety/

Saturday, December 8, 2018: Holiday party at Sally's home


More info: dcsociologicalsociety@gmail.com

Thursday, January 24, 2018: Talk by ASA President-Elect Christine Williams

ASA Headquarters,

6:30pm Reception, 7-8pm Talk.

Thursday, May 23, 2019: DCSS Annual Banquet

Busboys & Poets (14th and V Streets, NW)



Last Year's DCSS Events

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:30pm
First DCSS event of the year!

Kenneth Bedell, PhD, sociologist and former senior advisor in the Department of Education in the Obama administration, will discuss his just released book, Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism.

It has been more than 53 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream" speech. Why has the United States still not been able to make King's dream a reality after half a century of effort and progress? Is there still hope of full participation for all in America?

In Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism, author Kenneth B. Bedell proposes a civil rights dream that grows out of American history and speaks to the 21st­century reality. He makes the case that, by adopting a larger perspective about the role of racism in preserving U.S. social, cultural, economic, and political institutions and practices, Americans can understand why it has been so difficult to fulfill the promises of the 1960s civil rights dream. Bedell describes and applies sociological theories that serve to explain why racism is still prevalent in the United States and identifies the steps that are necessary to overcome racism. The book concludes with proposals for ways to apply social science to realize the civil rights dream and examples of how individuals can take action to make a difference.

Join the exciting discussion!
George Washington University (closest metro: Foggy Bottom/Blue-Orange-Silver lines).
411 Phillips Hall (campus map)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6-8:30pm
Fall DCSS Networking Event
Sudhouse on U St., 1340 U St, NW

Come network with your sociology colleagues and hear about the current work of Professor Kris Marsh at UMD, "Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency Collaboration between University of Maryland and Prince George's County Police Department."

The talk will chronicle the relationship between the University of Maryland and the Prince George’s County Police Department. Current and future research projects with the police department will also be discussed. Our implicit bias project will be highlighted. Implicit bias is simply the association our minds make between two seemingly unrelated things, such as skin tone and the propensity to have a weapon or be violent. Although implicit bias is new to policing, it is a classic social psychological concept originating with Allport’s (1954) theoretical assessment of prejudice. Everyone has implicit biases. However, implicit bias in policing can be dangerous, and even deadly, for citizens as well as police officers. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2pm
DCSS Walking Tour of U Street
Reserve your place on the tour now!

U Street embodies the sentiment that the District is more than "Washington." Far enough from Capitol Hill to have its own identity separate from the industry of government, but centrally located and accessible for DC residents and visitors alike, U Street is a complete neighborhood with substantial residential, commercial, institutional, and public space land uses.

This tour is a mix of historical perspective, defining and looking closely at land use, and exploring not only how history and planning have intersected to make U Street what it is today, but how they continue to influence its development and human behavior.

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2-4pm
Holiday Get Together of DCSS
Join DCSS for its annual holiday party. For details (and to RSVP), email Howard Iams, Howard.Iams@verizon.net.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
DCSS Annual Banquet
Busboys and Poets.
More info here.