Lights, Camera, Earth!

The film series Lights, Camera, Earth! is in full swing.  On March 22nd, I’ll be the discussion leader for the film Two Square Miles. “Residents of the historic town of Hudson, New York, take sides when a multinational company expresses interest in building a large cement plant near the town.”  In sociology, we refer to these critical divisions in communities as “blue-green” issues, where environmental preservation and economic development are seen as at odds by community members, resulting in internal conflicts.  Come out to the film March 22nd!

Two Square Miles

All films are free and open to the public. The Lights, Camera, EARTH! film series is co-sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Humanities Program. For more information, visit the film series webpage.

Southbridge, Revitalization, and Sea Level Rise

Check out the recent piece from Bruce Stutz for Yale Environment 360!  Mentioning my survey work on community members’ awareness and concern for sea level rise, the article does an excellent job illuminating the complex intersection of environmental justice, revitalization, and climate change adaptation that Southbridge (South Wilmington, DE) reflects.  Link to the article here.  Link to some of my published research on Southbridge here: Perez et al 2016 Sociological Forum.

Doing More with Online Teaching

Here’s a teaser clip of my efforts developing an online social research methods and statistics course (Introduction to Sociological Research – SOCI 301) that was taught for the first time in summer 2016.  The students learned how to do statistics by hand and with computer software (SPSS), examined a variety of research methods, tackled issues concerning digesting and presenting results, and even did their own original data collection using surveys!

Faculty: use all the resources at the Faculty Commons to help create engaging learning environments, even for a fully online class!  More on my efforts to come!

Introduction to Sociological Research – Online

Honors Introduction to Sociology Embodies a Living Wage!

Students in Honors Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 201-080) this semester studied globalization through the lens of dependency theory, examining “fast fashion” and the globalization of clothing.  One way to address the perils of globalization is to promote a living wage: hourly/monthly wages for international workers in manufacturing that provide for basic life necessities and some savings.  To put their studies into action, we bought clothes from Alta Gracia, a company in the Dominican Republic that pays three times the minimum wage to their textile workers.  Here’s a photo of us in our living wage shirts!

Alta Gracia and Living Wages!

Notes on Interdisciplinary Environmental Science

At this year’s Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) meeting in Seattle, I organized and presided over Critical Dialogue Session 26: Interdisciplinarity and Environmental Studies.  The panelists all provided very rich, engaging presentations on their experiences as social scientists working in collaborative, interdisciplinary environmental science teams.  Some of their experiences and insights have been collected for the Fall 2016 newsletter of the Environment and Technology Division of SSSP.  Check out the newsletter here!