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Feb 17, 2017
Erika Gisela Abad (Interdisciplinary, Gender and Ethnic Studies) published an essay, “Healing in the Flights of Uncertainty” in the Mujeres Talk academic blog. She reflects on the community-building experience of attending the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua's "El Mundo Zurdo Conference." 

Feb 2, 2017
David Dickens (Sociology) and co-author Tyler Schafer, a former sociology graduate student at UNLV, published an article in Qualitative Sociology Review titled, “Social Marking in Memory Entrepreneurship: The Battle Over Zapata’s Legacy.”

Jan 30, 2017
Takashi Yamashita, Erick B. López, Marta Soligo, and Jennifer R. Keene (all Sociology) published an article in Adult Education Quarterly titled "Older Lifelong Learners’ Motivations for Participating in Formal Volunteer Activities in Urban Communities."

Jan 25, 2017
Takashi Yamashita, Erick López, Marta Soligo, and Jennifer Keene (all Sociology) and graduate students in the department collaborated with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNLV, and conducted a project on the attitudes toward volunteering among the OLLI participants. The results have been published in the article "Older Lifelong Learners’ Motivations for Participating in Formal Volunteer Activities in Urban Communities," which appeared in Adult Education Quarterly.   

Jan 20, 2017
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) will present a paper to the National Association of African and African American Studies Conference on Pan African Perspectives and Research on Mental Illness next month in Dallas. Also, featured at the conference will be educational sessions directed by the National African American Drug Policy Coalition and a special presentation by Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. Ela Gandhi is a retired social worker and activist living in Durban, South Africa, who is engaged in promoting Gandhian thoughts and encouraging the building of a culture of nonviolence through education projects and media.

Jan 18, 2017
Georgiann Davis (Sociology) is featured in a National Geographic documentary titled "Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric." The documentary premiers Monday, Feb. 6, on the National Geographic channel. Davis is the author of Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (2015, NYU Press).  

Jan 12, 2017
Timothy Erwin (English) presented a paper, “Venus, Pope, the Carracci, and the Stuart Court,” at the annual meeting of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies in Oxford earlier this month and saw a book chapter, “The Changing Patterns of Iconology,” appear in the collection W.J.T. Mitchell's Image Theory (Routledge 2017).     

Jan 9, 2017
Robert Futrell (Sociology) was interviewed on Here & Now about Dylann Roof and white supremacy. The broadcast was titled, "Could Dylann Roof Became a Martyr For White Supremacists?"    

Jan 6, 2017
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West) and David Damore (Political Science) are the authors of an analysis of the the 2016 U.S. presidential election, "The End of the Democratic Blue Wall?," which recently was published by Brookings Mountain West. On Nov. 8, 2016, the Republicans breached a key portion of the Blue Wall as presidential candidate Donald Trump narrowly carried Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, while also cutting the margin in the once solid Democratic state of Minnesota. Had this section of the Blue Wall held, Hillary Clinton would have won the presidency with 278 Electoral College votes, despite losing swing states such as Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, and Ohio. Abstract Heading into the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had multiple paths to secure the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In contrast, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s path to the White House necessitated winning a number of large swing states and securing victories in states that had been reliably Democratic. Building from a prior Brookings Mountain West brief (Damore and Lang 2016), we consider how the Trump campaign, despite being vastly outspent, was able to use targeted online messages to activate “white identify politics” — long a staple of Republican politics in the South— in the non-metro areas of the upper Midwest. This messaging, coupled with Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity among white working class and rural voters in the region, interacted with the winner-take-all allocation of Electoral College votes to deliver the presidency for Trump. In the brief’s conclusion, we consider the implications that the 2016 election has for Electoral College politics moving forward. A related work, "Beyond Density & Diversity: Understanding the Socio-Cultural Geography of Contemporary Presidential Elections" also is available.

Jan 3, 2017
Robert Futrell (Sociology) was quoted in an article at ThinkProgress titled "Dylann Roof Was Not 'Self-Radicalized.' He Was Part of a Racist Community.."