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Barkan Op Ed in Bangor Daily News

Professor Steve Barkan has an OpEd in the 11-8-17 Bangor Daily News entitled “The Hurtful Racial Truth about Criminal Justice in the US.” Here is an excerpt: Sometimes the truth hurts. One truth many Americans don’t want to face is racial and ethnic injustice in our criminal justice system. Kneeling athletes and the Black Lives […]

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Professor Blackstone quoted in CNN Money piece

Professor Amy Blackstone is quoted in this CNN Money piece from October 30, 2017. They are reporting about the impact of the Thomas hearings on the people she interviewed in the early 2000’s about their harassment experiences. Here is an excerpt: “A decade later, when University of Maine psychology** professor Amy Blackstone first began researching […]

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Professor Sporer has Chapter in “The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Domains”

Professor Karyn Sporer has co-authored a chapter in the new Cambridge University Press book “The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Domains.” The book includes the work of international scholars from a variety of disciplines who, in each chapter, discuss a unique domain of creativity. Her chapter addresses creativity in terrorism (i.e., malevolent creativity). Book Details […]

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Blackstone is Interviewed Regarding the Weinstein Sexual Harassment Charges

Updated 10-24-17 – Additional interviews can be found in these articles: Professor Blackstone was interviewed by BuzzFeed about the National Parks Service survey on harassment among employees there: https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhisubbaraman/national-parks-harassment-survey?utm_term=.llrGEzreY#.wvD0jPW2y Here are a few more harassment stories she was interviewed for: “#MeToo. Maine too.” Maine Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, October 22, 2017 (http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2017/10/22/metoo-maine-too/2217833) Interview with WZON’s The […]

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Prof Barkan quoted in 10-4-17 Bangor Daily News Editorial

From the Bangor Daily News: Steve Barkan, professor of sociology with an emphasis on criminology, University of Maine: America has always been a violent country. We began by enslaving and brutalizing African-Americans and killing and torturing Native Americans. The new nation began with revolutionary violence against England. … Lynchings of African-Americans more or less began during […]

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Prof Sporer’s Work Featured in UMaine News

Professor Sporer’s work on the barriers to helping mothers and their violent children with mental illness is featured in the Sept 11, 2017 UMaine News and the Fall 2017 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Alumni Newletter: Research examines barriers to helping mothers and their violent children with mental illness

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Prof Barkan’s New York Times Letter to the Editor

On 9.27.17 Professor Steven Barkan had a letter to the editor printed in the New York Times. To the Editor: In her otherwise insightful column on minority rule and the Electoral College, Michelle Goldberg contrasts an America that is “urban, diverse and outward-looking” with one that is “white, provincial and culturally revanchist.” This latter description […]

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ASA Annual Meeting – Alumni Reunion

The Alumni Dinner at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was held at the LeWestin Restaurant in Montreal August 11-15, 2017.  In attendance were (from front left around table): Yuka (Kawahito ’05) Doherty who is now an instructor and PhD Candidate at the University of New Mexico; Jason Houle ’05, Assistant Professor […]

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Ellen Stevens Accepts Position at Yale University

Ellen (Sherwood ’10) Stevens has accepted a position as Senior Administrative Assistant in the Sociology Department at Yale University. She tells us “I graduated in 2010 from UMaine with a bachelors in Sociology. I then received my masters in counseling from USM. I now work as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Department of Sociology […]

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