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U.Va. Symposium To Explore How Humans Shape Their Lives

April 10, 2000 -- The social realities of human life will be probed by distinguished sociologists during an April 18 symposium at the University of Virginia. The event, "Hidden Structures of Social Reality and Five Innovative Theories to Illuminate Them," will be held in the South Meeting Room of Newcomb Hall from 2 to 5 p.m.

The first speaker will be Joan Huber, professor and former provost at Ohio State University and past president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Her talk, "Hidden Structures of Sex Stratification: Feeding Babies and Fighting Wars," will probe her theory on the origins of gender inequality in societies.

Rae Lesser Blumberg, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at U.Va., will counter Huber’s talk by presenting theory and data on the persistence of gender equality in her speech, "The Surprising Story of Gender Equality in Human Societies."

At approximately 3 p.m. Randall Collins, sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on the sociology of philosophy through the ages in his talk, "Networks, Emotions and Attention Spaces: Implications of the ‘Sociology of Philosophies’ for Sociology." Collins, who received the 1999 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award for his book, "The Sociology of Philosophies," is also this year’s ASA Sorokin Lecturer. His speech at U.Va. is adapted from his Sorokin Lecture.

"The purpose of the symposium is to uncover hidden aspects of social structures that you wouldn’t have thought about," Blumberg said. "We’re trying to explain major things that happen in human life."

Following Collins, U.Va. sociology professor Murray Milner will speak on elites in India and the United States. Donald Black, University Professor of Social Sciences at U.Va., will follow Milner with a talk on violent structures of humanity.

For more information, contact Rae Lesser Blumberg at (804) 924-6527 or rblumberg@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jill Johnson, (804) 924-6855

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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