Bi-weekly Faculty Senate meeting.
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The CSBS Student Research Conference features scholarly projects from diverse departments at UNI as well as other regional schools and universities. The conference provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to exchange ideas, present research and learn more about developments in social sciences.
Students can attend seminars, lectures and panel discussions. Topics include future possibilities and job prospects after graduating in the social sciences, current research focus in the fields and graduate education in the social sciences.
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Caroline J. Tolbert, whose research explores political behavior, elections and representation widely defined (her subfields include voting, elections and representation, public opinion, American state politics, direct democracy, race/ethnicity, digital politics and information technology).
Andrew Bacevich, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and military affairs, talks about the forces that have shaped U.S. national security and the rise of a "perpetual war" that affects the economy, society and politics of the United States, and our place in the world. What is the proper role of the U.S. military in the world? Can terrorism be defeated militarily? Can the aspiration of unchallenged global dominance be sustained? A retired army colonel and professor at Boston University, Bacevich addresses these issues with a sense of realism and a historical perspective that challenges many common assumptions.
Jackson Katz is an educator, anti-sexist male activist, social theorist, author and filmmaker. He holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus in the social construction of violent masculinities through sports and media. He holds a Ph. D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA. Katz has dedicated his life to gender violence prevention. He developed the gender violence prevention program, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), at the Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society in 1993. The MVP program serves to empower both males and females from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation backgrounds to become leaders and teaches the skills needed to build positive environments in schools, businesses and communities.
The evening lecture will give an opportunity for many students and faculty who have trained and/or educated in the MVP model to hear Katz lecture live on the development and impact of the model. Three student organizations have applied for funding to support the visit: Masters in Social Work Student Association: UNI Supporters of the United States Army, Sigma Phi Epsilon, a men’s fraternity that has been very engaged with CVP initiatives.
Megan Vogt, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Paper on Gender award, Social Work (M.S.W.) and Women's & Gender Studies graduate student will present her paper titled, "Portrayals of Feminism: Through the eyes of Hans Christian Andersen and Disney."
Gary Gute, director, Creative Life Research Center and associate professor, School of Applied Human Sciences, and Deanne Gute, associate director, Creative Life Research Center, will present "Complexity as a Catalyst for Flow and Creativity in the Early Family Lives of Highly Creative People." Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided. Forty years of creativity literature has identified complexity and flow as central to the lives of creative persons. However, research has not sufficiently explored the influence of complexity within the family in shaping adult creativity. This presentation reports the results of a study (Gute, Gute, Nakamura, & Csikszentmihalyi) that explored complexity in the early family lives of nine creative exemplars who have made significant contributions to contemporary culture.
The Center for Violence Prevention is hosting a conference focusing on empowering military leaders to stand up and prevent sexual violence. The conference is designed to bring together military, civic and educational leaders to discuss and assess their roles and responsibilities in supporting violence prevention. Keynote speaker is Major General Anthony (Tony) A. Cucolo III, Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Penn. Senior military leaders and nationally recognized subject matter experts/trainers in violence prevention will serve on a panel to discuss the success and challenges of addressing and ending sexual violence in the military. Jeff O'Brien, national and international MVP trainer and facilitator, Orlando, Fla., will facilitate an afternoon training session on the Mentors in Violence Prevention model. The Center for Violence Prevention at UNI is a nationally recognized center that has institutionalized the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) leadership program developed by Jackson Katz. Registration is free and lunch is provided.
Jay Lees, professor of history, will present "One Day in May: The 2008 Tornado Hits Parkersburg." The event is free and open to the public.
Receipient of the Women's and Gender Studies Outstanding Graduate Paper on Gender award will present their paper and be presented with their award.
The Out of the Darkness Walk will increase awareness about depression and suicide. Funds raised will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s research efforts and educational programs. The three mile walk will bring together people who have lost loved ones to suicide or know someone struggling with depression.