Symposium To Explore How Humans Shape Their Lives
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
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.
Lesser Blumberg, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology
at U.Va., will counter Hubers talk by presenting theory and
data on the persistence of gender equality in her speech, "The
Surprising Story of Gender Equality in Human Societies."
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
Associations Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award
for his book, "The Sociology of Philosophies," is also
this years ASA Sorokin Lecturer. His speech at U.Va. is adapted
from his Sorokin Lecture.
purpose of the symposium is to uncover hidden aspects of social
structures that you wouldnt have thought about," Blumberg
said. "Were trying to explain major things that happen
in human life."
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.
more information, contact Rae Lesser Blumberg at (804) 924-6527
Jill Johnson, (804) 924-6855