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Grad students - Last chance to apply for the Integrated Land Management Internship!

Mar 14, 2018
( Deadline March 15) Do you work on a topic related to the land – such as agriculture, colonial plant science, biodiversity conservation, water resource management, agroecology, infrastructure, urban planning, property relations, energy or natural resource extraction? Cornell’s initiative in Integrated Land Management is offering a weeklong workshop and an internship program to help Cornell graduate students build these skills. Read more
David Brown

David Brown presents at Newcastle University

Dec 14, 2017
David Brown spoke at Newcastle University, UK on November 9. His presentation was titled "The Ecology of Aging-Services Provision in Rural America." The presentation was co-sponsored by the Sociology Department, The Centre for Rural Economy, and the Centre for Health and Society.  Read more

Spotlight on Kason Tarbell '18

Oct 9, 2017
For Kason Tarbell ’18, lacrosse is more than just a sport. As a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe located in the Akwesasne reservation, lacrosse is a way of life. It is part of his rich heritage that considers lacrosse to be a medicine game, played to help cure the ill, as well as the Creator’s game, played for His entertainment. Read more
Aubryn Sidle

Girls Not Brides USA and the FGM Network

Oct 6, 2017
Aubryn Sidle, Ph.D. candidate in Development Sociology, has been asked to participate on an expert panel in Washington DC at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation.  She will be speaking to Congressmen and women about local solutions to girls’ empowerment and highlighting the work of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa where she also serves as a Board Member. Read more

Bryan Duff

Oct 5, 2017
September 27 - Bryan Duff spoke at the first Engaged Cornell Partnership Forum. The goal of the forum is “to illustrate for interested off-campus residents how a successful Engaged Cornell grant is created and developed.” Bryan was invited to speak about his collaboration with Dryden and Spencer-Van Etten to provide summer learning experiences for middle school students.
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Public Policies for Food Sovereignty: Social Movements and the State - Chapters contributed by Development Sociology Doctoral Students

Oct 5, 2017
Doctoral students Ryan Nehring and Karla Peña each have book chapters in the recently published book Public Policies for Food Sovereignty: Social Movements and the State edited by Annette Aurelie Desmarais, Priscilla Claeys, and Amy Trauger ad published by Routeldge.  
Karla Peña's book chapter is titled "State-Led Grassroots Participation and Ecuador’s Land Law" and Ryan's Nehring's chapter co-written with Mariana Hoffman is titled "Exporting Zero Hunger: PAA Africa and the Possibilities of Food Sovereignty with South-South Cooperation."

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ART with HEART: An Interactive Workshop for All Ages - Fun, engaged scholarship in practice

Sep 13, 2017
Ithaca, New York, Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room, Saturday September 16, 2017, 12pm,  NOON to 1:30 pm

Join artists and children in a workshop on drawing heroes of color!  Inspired in part by Black Lives Matter, and an aspiration to increase equality and kindness, two community artists have worked with the Greater Ithaca Activity Center's after school program to develop a simple and fun curriculum. Come celebrate the ART with HEART exhibit currently hanging in the Tompkins County Public Library and spend an hour creating your own art to take home with you. All ages, races and genders are welcome and encouraged to participate!

The curriculum was created by Emme Edmunds (Ph.D. Development Sociology, 2016) who has gathered the resulting art into a traveling art show, currently on display at the Tompkins County Public Library through September 28th. Read more
Story telling in Baton Rouge

Special Topics in Education: Story Telling in Baton Rouge

Sep 11, 2017
Undergraduate Course Overview - This service-learning course is an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary team of students to spend a week in January (Jan. 8-12, 2018) at a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has responded to low student test scores in a brave, unusual way: by integrating project-based learning and the arts into its curriculum. Last year, to help the school build its capacity for project-based learning, the team worked with children in grades 3-5 on filming and basic video production. See sample music videos from the experience.  In 2018 the team will guide students in writing and illustrating short stories and binding them into beautiful books. Team leaders will be Bryan DuffLanre Akinsiku, and Gregory Page.

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Recent articles from John Zinda

Sep 8, 2017
Zhang, Zhiming, John Aloysius Zinda, and Wenqing Li. 2017. “Forest Transitions in Chinese Villages: Explaining Community-Level Variation under the Returning Farmland to Forest Program.” Land Use Policy 64:245–57.
Zinda, John and Zhiming Zhang. Forthcoming. “Land Tenure Legacies, Household Life Cycles, and Livelihood Strategies in Upland China.” Rural Sociology.
Bobby Smith

Bobby Smith, DSOC Ph.D. Candidate, named Evers Scholar

Aug 31, 2017
Mississippi History Newsletter, Vol 59/No. 2, (page 5): A doctoral student from Cornell University has been named the 2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar. Bobby J. Smith II will explore the relationship between the politics of food, race, and activism using the holdings of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Read more
Tom Hirschl addresses

Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship

Aug 29, 2017
To develop new knowledge for fighting economic insecurity in upstate New York, a set of leaders has formed a network to collaborate and share best practices. The Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship, a group of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, Cornell faculty, community leaders and service providers from across the state, met in person for the first time May 31 in Warren Hall. The goal? To talk about how to improve their work and extend the reach of their programs. Read more

Undergraduates lead summer film camp for middle school kids

Aug 29, 2017
The program, now in its second summer, is a spinoff of the afterschool film club that senior lecturer Bryan Duff and students in the course Engaging Youth in Learning run each semester in Ithaca. For the summer program, “we focus on youth from rural areas because their access to summer enrichment tends to be limited,” said Duff, who directs the education minor. Read more

Parachuting Scientists into Policy Making: an autoethnographic account of the role of science in government

Aug 25, 2017
 Friday, September 29, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. B73 warren
Christine Leuenberger, Department of Science & Technology Studies
Calls for academics to make themselves more relevant to policy-making have increasingly reverberated across academia and the government. Underlying this call is the assumption that more scientists in the government would assure more evidence-based policy-making and improve diplomatic relations. This paper is based on an ethnographic emersion as a science fellow within federal policy-making agencies. It examines the cultural gaps between academics and policy-makers; how a better understanding of the institutional and organizational structures and constraints of the two professions would make calls for cross-professional engagements more effective; how political cycles dictate interest in science; and how, when, and where in the political cycles academic expertise may be impactful.  Read more

The Afterlife of Military Keynesianism: the Waste of America's Permanent War Economy

Aug 25, 2017
Friday, October 20, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., B73 Warren Hall

A half-century after Eisenhower warned the American public of the dangers of a military-industrial complex, the US has what is arguably the largest and most expensive war machine the world has ever known. The focus of critical military studies, in anthropology and beyond, has tended to be, first, the consumption of weapons in warfare and, second, their design and production within a permanent war economy. Yet, American technological supremacy, in air, land, sea and space, tends to preserve warcraft from natural destruction in the course of battle, even as it demands continual capital investment in ever newer weaponry. 
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Field Member News

Aug 24, 2017
Recent and forthcoming publications from Richard Stedman, Professor, Natural Resources (Development Sociology field member)

Evensen, D., and R.C. Stedman.  Fracking as promoter and destroyer of ‘the good life’. Manuscript forthcoming at Journal of Rural Studies. Forthcoming
Davidson, D.J., and R.C. Stedman.  Calling forth the change-makers: A quantitative application of reflexivity theory to climate change attitudes and behaviors.  Manuscript forthcoming in Acta Sociologica. Forthcoming
Ingalls, M.L. and R.C. Stedman.  Identity processes in social-ecological systems: a dialectical
approach. Manuscript forthcoming at Human Ecology Review. Forthcoming.
(recently published--2017)
Bugden, D., D. Evensen, and R.C. Stedman. 2017. A drill by any other name: social representations, framing, and legacies of natural resource extraction in the fracking industry.  Energy Research and Social Science 29:62-71.
Masterson, V., R.C. Stedman, J. Enqvist, M Tengo, M. Giusti, D. Wahl, and U. Svedin.  2017.  Sense of Place and Resilience in social-ecological systems: An Integrative Framework and Research Agenda. Ecology and Society 22(1):49
Evensen, D., and R.C. Stedman.  2017. Beliefs about impacts matter little for attitudes about
"fracking”. Energy Policy 109:10-21.
Parkins, J., T. Beckley, L. Comeau, R. Stedman, C. Rollins and A. Kessler.  2017. Trust does not enhance public engagement: Insights from a national survey on energy literacy and citizenship in Canada. Society and Natural Resources 30(8):930-948.
Evensen, D., R.C. Stedman, and B. Brown-Steiner.  2017. Resilient but not sustainable? Public perceptions of shale gas development via hydraulic fracturing. Ecology and Society 22(1)
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Fall 2017 New Course - Migration in the Americas: Engaged Research Methods & Practice (COML 4575/ COML 6375/ DSOC 4312/ DSOC 6312/ ILRIC 4312/ ILRIC 6312/ LSP 4312/ LSP 6312)

Aug 23, 2017
Learn about migrants and migration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States via engaged learning & research.
CORE THEMES: Ethical approaches to working with vulnerable populations; Workplaces and working conditions; Oral histories/testimonios; Immigration policy and enforcement practices.
Learn qualitative methodologies for field research and apply them in short projects in collaboration with the Cornell Farmworker Program.
**This can be taken as a stand-alone course, but it is also a prerequisite for an optional winter intersession practicum.**
Enrollment limited to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Inquiries: dac9 or mlc13 Read more

New DSOC Course: Wonder Women (DSOC 1120)

Aug 23, 2017
Wonder Women (DSOC 1120), is a Learning Where You Live course taught in the north campus residence halls. See the Learning Where You Live brochure for information about the course. Speakers this year include Heather Lane, owner of Purity Ice Cream; Gretchen Ritter, Dean of Arts & Sciences; Kate Supron, former mayor of Cayuga Heights; and Paulette Clancy, professor in Chemical Engineering. Professor Lori Leonard "received fantastic recommendations" for speakers from people in the Development Sociology and she welcomes additional suggestions for next year. Please let Lori know if you would like to be a featured speaker.  (ll536@cornell.eduRead more