Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Sociology Club

All Sociology majors are invited to join us at our weekly meetings and special events. If you would like to receive e-mail announcements from us please contact Lucas Sharma, lsharma@luc.edu.

We will also be posting announcements on our bulletin board in the Sociology department, Coffey Hall, outside of 419.

Annual Research Symposium

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Wednesday, September 21, 7 p.m.: Going to Graduate School Panel

Thinking about going to graduate school? It is never too early to think about ideas for the future. Sociology Club is proud to sponsor this panel with current Loyola University Sociology Masters and PhD Students.

These students will offer ideas and insights into the application process and ideas about the experience of graduate school. Join us at 7 p.m. in Coffey Hall 425.

Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.: An Urban Adventure

Our first urban adventure for the year, Sociology Club will be traveling to the Argyle and Andersonville areas of the city for dinner and discussion. In addition to socializing and getting to know one another better, we will focus on gentrification and neighborhood change while eating a Vietnamese dinner and ice-cream. Stay connected on ORGYSYNC for more information about the first Urban Adventure for the year.

Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.: Sociology of Horror

Join the Sociology Club for the third annual Sociology of Horror movie night and discussion with advanced doctoral candidate, Todd Fuist. The event will be in the Sullivan Center Galvin Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided. What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than watching a horror movie with the Sociology Club? This event is open to all members of the LUC community.

2010–2011 Activities

The Sociology Club had a busy and productive school year. We began the year by hosting two main events, the 2nd Annual Sociology of Horror Event with Graduate Student Todd Fuist, and the “Road to Graduate School” Graduate Student Panel. These events allowed for interaction between undergraduates and graduate students, and approximately 100 students attended the Sociology of Horror Event. We continued into the winter with a service project: we raised hygiene products for a homeless shelter in the city. Two bake sales were held for Valentines Day and St. Patricks Day, which allowed us to buy and sell Sociology Club shirts for club members. Finally, our year ended strong with a Sociology Research Symposium in which seven graduate students and two undergraduate students presented their original research.

2009–2010 Activities

During the 2009–2010 academic year, the Sociology Club held weekly Wednesday night discussions in the Lopata Lounge in Damen Hall. We also planned and sponsored several wildly successful special events. On Oct. 21, 200 attendees joined us when we hosted a talk by Jacklyn Friedman (pictured center with Sociology club members Ruby Aliment and Ian Gramse), co-author of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Our Sociology of Horror< program—a viewing of "Night of the Living Dead" followed by lecture and discussion led by graduate student Todd Fuist was another ‘room capacity’ event. In March we held our annual Spring Mini-conference, which offers an opportunity for grad and undergrad students to present papers. And we hosted alum Ashley Hernandez, who discussed her social justice work with union.

Spring 2007 Activities

The Sociology Club co-sponsored an excellent talk conducted by Dr. Stephen Bronner on "Reclaiming the Enlightenment," February 9. The event was well attended by many departments mixing professors, staff and students. Two of our Sociology Club officers met with outside university auditors on the condition of Loyola's sociology program, as part of the general university evaluation of department programs. In April, several Sociology Club officers attended the Midwest Sociological Society's annual meeting in downtown Chicago and met with both the Magis program and National Student Partnerships. On April 5, the Club co-sponsored, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" with the student group, LAWN as part of the visit by the Venezuelan Consulate General. On April 13 the Club sponsored another graduate/undergraduate social mixer in DH 957. Finally, planning was conducted for when we shall meet in the fall of 2007 for the election of new officers and developing a new agenda for the upcoming semester.

Fall 2006 Activities

After our first meeting on September 6 in DH 957, it was decided to investigate developing a panel discussion on the current crisis in Mexico, showing films this semester, and supporting bringing in the scholar Steven Bronner (author of Reclaiming the Enlightenment).

October 1 saw the first social mixer between undergraduate and graduate students in Sociology in the McCormick lounge. On October 17 we brought in Dr. Marco Tavani to speak about the situation in Oaxaca, Mexico concerning the ongoing teacher's strike and the repression by the Mexican government. The Club showed "Manufacturing Consent" by Noam Chomsky on October 20 to highlight the propaganda role of the media. On November 29 we conducted the second social mixer between graduate and undergraduate sociology students in the Sullivan Center Lobby.

Spring 2006 Activities

In the spring of 2006, the Sociology club formed the Student Life Work Group to examine student opinion of social spaces on campus. This was fueled by Loyola's plans to build an Information Commons over the Jesuit Residence lawn without polling the general student population on their opinions and needs. In addition, given the understanding of what undergraduates desire on college campuses, discussed by Rebekah Nathan in her book, My Freshman Year, it was concluded that the Club needed to investigate how Loyola's campuses spaces were perceived by students. Other readings the Club engaged in were, Christopher Alexander, The Pattern Language and William Whyte, The City. In addition, we also examined data from Loyola University's Campus Plan.

Other events:

April 27, Thursday, 7 p.m., Cudahy Library 318, the Sociology Club will be showing the film BURN! (1970) by Gillo Pontecorvo (The film maker of The Battle of Algiers) staring Marlon Brando as a secret agent sent to an island in the 1800s to stir up opposition to colonial occupiers among the native population. A brief discussion will follow on colonialism and imperialism.

Fall 2005 Activities

Starting off the school year our co-presidents, Tony Fyfe and Christine Johnson worked to attract new students to the Sociology Club. Part of this process involved asking what types of issues were relevant for Loyola's students. This, in turn, led to a broader discussion about social space, sociology and how public spaces are created for various activities on and off campus. As part of this discussion, we invited Fran Tobin from the Rodgers Park Community Network (RCAN) to speak to our club on November 1st. One of our club members also did some research showing how Loyola compared with other comparable campuses around the country on issues of student life.