2019-2020 DCSS Events

Monday, October 28, 2019: Book talk by Dr. Amaka Okechukwu

Talk location: Howard University

Dr. Amaka Okechukwu, assistant professor of sociology at George Mason University, has a new book out titled To Fulfill These Rights: Political Contention Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions in Public Universities (Columbia University Press). In To Fulfill These Rights, Dr. Okechukwu offers a historically informed sociological account of the struggles over affirmative action and open admissions in higher education. Through case studies of policy retrenchment at public universities, she documents the protracted—but not always successful—rollback of inclusive policies in the context of shifting race and class politics. Okechukwu explores how conservative political actors, liberal administrators and legislators, and radical students have defined, challenged, and transformed the racial logics of colorblindness and diversity through political struggle. She highlights the voices and actions of the students fighting policy shifts in on-the-ground accounts of mobilization and activism, alongside incisive scrutiny of conservative tactics and messaging. To Fulfill These Rights provides a new analysis of the politics of higher education, centering the changing understandings and practices of race and class in the United States. It is timely and important reading at a moment when a right-wing Department of Justice and Supreme Court threaten the end of affirmative action.

Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Social Science Advocacy Day

​Join DCSS and COSSA for the only annual, coordinated advocacy day in support of all of the social and behavioral sciences. Social Science Advocacy Day brings together social scientists and other science advocates from across the country to engage with policymakers in Washington, DC.

COSSA offers in-depth training and logistical support (including scheduling meetings with Congressional offices and providing an on-call expert to answer your day-of policy questions), as well as polished, up-to-date materials to help you bring your message to Capitol Hill. COSSA will team you up with other advocates from your area and partner your group with an experienced government relations professional who will guide you through your meetings with members of Congress and staff. Watch your inbox and the COSSA website for more in the coming weeks. #WhySocialScience

Thursday, May 23, 2019: DCSS Annual Banquet

Info as it becomes available here

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



Past DCSS Events

Sunday, April 7: DCSS Graduate Student Social Event

Sociology graduate students from around the greater DMV are invited to the DCSS Graduate Student Social Event! Meet your colleagues at American, George Mason, George Washington, Howard University, Johns Hopkins, UMd College Park, and more! We will start with a tour of the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument at 1:30pm then have dinner at Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave, NE).

Please RSVP through eventbrite so we can make arrangements with the Belmont-Paul house:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dcss-graduate-student-social-tickets-56568581149
Contact Emily McDonald with any questions: emcdon15@gmu.edu​

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"
What is the wide world of sociology like in DC? We hear from local sociologists working in a range of settings and celebrate happy hour with our sociology colleagues. Speakers:
1) Johanna Bockman, George Mason University
2) Gloria Gonzalez, Gonzalez Consulting LLC
3) Sally Hillsman, DC Sociological Society
4) Lynda Laughlin, US Census Bureau
5) Wendy Naus, Consortium of Social Science Associations
6) George Wimberly, American Educational Research Association
Sudhouse, 1340 U Street, NW
6-9pm, Speakers at 6:30pm.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/dcsociologicalsociety/

Saturday, December 8, 2018: Holiday party at Sally's home
All DCSS members are invited to the DCSS Holiday Party. Join us! 
More info: dcsociologicalsociety@gmail.com

Thursday, January 24, 2018: Talk by ASA President-Elect Christine Williams
​"The #MeToo Movement: Implications for Sociologists & Professional Societies"

Dr. Christine Williams is Professor of Sociology and the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace.  Professor Williams is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award, a lifetime achievement award “in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society.”  She was also awarded the Distinguished Lecturer Award and the Feminist Mentor Award given by Sociologists for Women in Society. Dr. Williams' most recent publications analyze gender inequality and diversity culture in the oil and gas industry.  

Her most recent book, Inside Toyland:  Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality, exposes how the social inequalities of gender, race, and class are embedded within consumer culture through an examination of low-wage retail work.  Two previous books focus specifically on gender discrimination at work.  These prior works were based on studies of men and women in nontraditional (gender atypical) occupations, such as men in nursing and women in the U.S. Marine Corps.  She has also studied sexuality, homophobia, and sexual harassment in a wide variety of workplace settings. A co-edited book, Gender & Sexuality in the Workplace, was published in 2010.  Dr. Williams edited the journal, Gender and Society, from 2003-06. She chaired the Department of Sociology from 2010-14.  In 2018, she became President-Elect of the American Sociological Association.

ASA Headquarters, 1430 K St NW #600, Washington, DC 20005
6:30pm Reception, 7-8pm Talk and Q&A. 

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.