Institute for Culture and Society lectures

Institute for Culture and Society lectures

BU's Institute for Culture and Society has been host to a lecture series on Culture and Environment, as well as offering its regular lecture series this spring.

M. Safa Saracoglu, assistant professor of history, will present “Cattle Thieves?: Understanding Nineteenth Century Circassian Refugees in their Socioeconomic Environment” in the next ICS Environment and Culture Lecture series on Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library.

Saracoglu’s presentation will focus on the local aspects of the forced migration of “Circassians” from Russian to the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th Century. The lecture is open free to the public and campus community.

Culture and Environment Lecture Series

  • April 6, 7 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Jeniece Lusk, assistant professor of sociology, presenting “Whose Change Is It? A Multimodal Exploration of Urban Ecology and Gentrification Resistance in Crumbing Black Communities.”

    This lecture contributes to the greater understanding of local black participation in revitalization by focusing on a historically black, low-income neighborhood in Waco, Texas. Waco is geographically situated such that it could easily be drawn into ongoing redevelopment projects.

    Lusk explores the attitudes of the black residents towards the prospects of having their community transformed by revitalization, what role they have been invited to play, and how they feel local black community leaders have responded to calls for revitalization.

  • April 20, 7 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Christopher Podeschi, assistant professor of sociology, presenting “Environmental Sociology and Explorations in the American ‘Culture of Nature’.”

    Podeschi will briefly introduce environmental sociology and present contributions he has made to this field exploring the American “culture of nature.” His research has focused on depictions of nature and of society’s relationship with nature in science fiction films, general audience magazines, and children’s picture books.

    He also has underway two separate projects exploring the American “culture of nature” with survey data.

Spring Lecture Series 2010

  • April 15, 6 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Yanhui Pang, assistant professor of exceptionality programs, presenting “China’s Special Education – From Discrimination to Civil Rights.”

    This seminar will review the history of China’s special education law since 1949. Data discussed will deal with disability rights before and after the economic reform in the country. Views on China’s future development in this area will be part of the discussion.

  • May 3, 6 p.m., Schweiker Room, Andruss Library - Jeniece Lusk, assistant professor of sociology, presenting “Nightmare on Elm ...”

    This discussion will center on a study of defensive developments in a black community in Waco, Texas. Provided will be rich information about the stirring of intra-racial intensity and the levels of trust in the community.