Results tagged “Sociology”

leeder.jpegIf a professor teaches outside Sonoma State, it is often in summer school programs or day camps. When Elaine Leeder isn't being a dean or teaching sociology at SSU she teaches in San Quentin State Prison. She writes about her experiences there in her new book, My Life with Lifers, Lessons for a Teacher: Humanity Has No Bars.

Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State, her non-fiction work explains her experiences while teaching men serving life sentences in state prisons. Leeder's own perceptions of inmates changed since working with them and she now seeks to shatter stereotypes about prisoners being undeserving of a second chance at a normal life.

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podcast.jpegHear the KRCB podcast of NorthBay Report for more on this effort http://krcb.org/201111222381/north-bay-report/education-and-poverty.


A Sonoma State University sociology professor and a student who is pulling herself out of poverty through education will be part of a Congressional briefing on welfare reform on Friday, Dec. 2 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Capitol Visitors Center Congressional auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Sociology Professor Sheila Katz and SSU student Kristel England are joining low-income mothers from five other states, part of the Women for Economic Justice (WEJ) coalition, to bring the perspective of low-income families to the national policy debate.

The briefing will publicize how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which needs to reauthorized or it will expire at the end of the year, can create pathways out of poverty for their families, specifically by creating access to higher education, career-track employment, and affordable child care.

goldsteins.jpgThe recipients of the 2010-11 Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship are Dr. Kathy Charmaz, professor of sociology, and Dr. Anne Goldman, professor of English. The award, established by Bernie and Estelle Goldstein, recognizes the faculty who best exemplify the teacher-scholar model in their professional development at Sonoma State University.

Director of Landscaping Sam Youney with newly arrived sapling grown from a cutting taken from the original horse chestut tree located outside the Anne Frank annex in Amsterdam.First in nation to find a home

A diminutive 18-inch tall sapling from the horse chestnut tree that once gave Anne Frank hope as she hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam is now at its final home on the Sonoma State University campus.

The Rohnert Park campus was the first of 11 locations nationwide to receive a sapling taken from the mature, aging tree that resides behind the Annex where Anne Frank, her family and friends spent two years in hiding during WWII. The 150-year-old tree is battling a lethal fungus.

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