Highlights: Year in Review

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The School of Social Sciences celebrates 40 years and the dedication of Kraft Hall
Over 40 years, the School of Social Sciences has expanded significantly in numbers and quality, solidifying its reputation for excellent teaching and advancing research aimed at solving pressing social problems. In February, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered to celebrate this growth with faculty lightning talks, a distinguished alumni lecture from former President of CBS News David Rhodes ’96 and the dedication of the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences. Kraft Hall is now home to the Economics and Sociology Departments and related research programs and institutes.

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Faculty give public talks as part of inaugural Juneteenth lecture series
Five social sciences faculty will be featured on June 19 in a series of online lectures organized by President David Leebron and Provost Reginald DesRoches on “Juneteenth and America’s Racial Legacy.” The event will be the first in an annual university series commemorating Juneteenth.

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Social Sciences faculty honored with teaching awards
This year’s universitywide teaching awards were a testament to our Social Sciences faculty’s instructional excellence. Simon Fischer-Baum and Collete Nicolau from Psychological Sciences and Robert Werth from Sociology were among the seven recipients of the 2020 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. In addition, Sandra Parsons from Psychological Sciences won the Nicholas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award and shared the Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences with Craig Considine from Sociology.

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School launches new Collective for Research on Inequality and Social Equity (CORISE)
The study of inequality and social equity are fundamental to the mission and focus of the School of Social Sciences. As a result, over one third of our faculty have joined this newly-formed research collective in order to collaborate on research and teaching of these important topics.