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Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Service


Location: Main Building

In 2017, MLK Day falls on Monday, January 16, the day before the official start of the 2017 Spring Semester. We will mark January 16 with a candlelit prayer service in the Main Building at 11:00 p.m. to which all are invited. Given that it will be busy week for everyone as we begin a new semester, we are designating the week of January 22 as Walk the Walk Week.…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Walk the Walk Week Luncheon


Location: Joyce Center

Kicking off the week will be a campus-wide MLK Celebration Luncheon and program in the University’s Joyce Center from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 23, to which students, faculty and staff are invited. This is a free but ticketed event; more information can be found below about the luncheon.

Members of the Notre Dame community who are not able to attend the campus-wide luncheon are invited, as they were last year, to gather with friends and colleagues for lunch in the dining halls to continue the day’s conversations. There is no charge for lunch upon presentation of a Notre Dame ID.…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Measurement Error and Treatment-Effect Estimate Bias for Non-Experimental Data


Location: 1024 Flanner Hall

Roberto Penaloza, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
University of Notre Dame

"Measurement Error and Treatment-Effect Estimate Bias for Non-Experimental Data".


Abstract: Social sciences can rarely setup experiments to measure the effect of “treatments”. They generally rely on observational data with individuals already “assigned” into groups in a non-random manner. In the educational field, the treated individuals are the students, and the treatments are the different school settings and teachers. Since the implementation of accountability systems, some school and treatment effects have been measured through complex “Value-Added” (VA) models, which seem to have had their own “morale-sinking” effect among teachers. These models are not clearly understood, and despite years of use and research, there is no consensus about the “right” model, and most importantly, the possibility that they are producing biased estimates still exists. In most research, the existence of such bias has been studied for the typical “omitted-variable” situation, and the VA models used have been justified by making untenable assumptions. In this study, we propose a different, impartial and simple but powerful framework that does not have to make such assumptions to justify the estimation approach. We assume away omitted-variable bias to focus on the biasing effect of the measurement error contained in all test scores, which is not ignorable but has been neglected in the literature. With our framework, we clarify several aspect still not clearly understood about treatment-effect estimation that will help to choose the “right” model, such as whether a levels or a gains model is better, and whether lagged scores or other covariates must be used. Importantly, we clearly explain the mechanics of the bias in the estimation models, and, through simulation, we show the actual size of the biases. This is different from the current literature that shows bias through correlations and variances of estimates. We also show that models that try to explicitly handle the measurement error through a latent-variable or errors-in-variables approach perform poorly. Although we use our proposed framework with measurement error, it can also be used to better understand the mechanics of the usual omitted-variable bias, and to confirm prior findings that used other frameworks.…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Center for the Study of Social Movements' McCarthy Award Lecture


Location: Eck Visitor Center Auditorium

David S. Meyer is the 2017 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award honors scholars who over the course of their careers have made outstanding contributions to scholarly literature concerned with social movements, protest, collective violence, riots, and other types of collective behavior.…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Senior Thesis Reception


Location: O'Shaughnessy Great Hall

Dean John McGreevy will honor the accomplishments of undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Letters by hosting a reception for students completing a senior thesis project, as well as their thesis advisers and/or mentors.

Originally published at al.nd.edu

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony


Location: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center

Arts and Letters students and their families are invited to attend the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Diploma Ceremony.

The conferral of degrees will take place during the Notre Dame Commencement exercises Sunday morning, but students will receive their diplomas during the Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony.…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Michelle Janning Lecture


Location: 4060A Jenkins Nanovic

“The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives”

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Michelle Janning is professor of sociology at Whitman College. As a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, she specializes in family and gender studies and cultural sociology.

Her work has been published in sources such as the Journal of Family Issues and the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and she has been quoted in media such as Women's Health and Real Simple.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Welcome Weekend


Location: McKenna Hall

Orientation weekend is held each fall to introduce parents and students to campus life and to help them become more familiar with the University of Notre Dame.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sociology Colloquium Series hosts Dan Winchester, Purdue University


Location: 4060A Jenkins Nanovic Halls


Daniel Winchester joined the Purdue faculty in 2014. Most broadly, his research focuses on how human identity, experience, and action are influenced by cultural practices and social relationships. He has found religion, in general, and religious conversion, in particular, to be fascinating sites in which to empirically investigate and theorize about these topics. Among other research projects, Daniel is currently working on publications based on his studies of conversions to Islam and Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the United States, as well as beginning a new project focusing on contemporary Evangelical missionary culture and global evangelization.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sociology Colloquium Series hosts Charlie Kurzman, University of North Carolina


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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"Muslim and Anti-Muslim Extremism in America."


Charles Kurzman is a Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who specializes in Middle East and Islamic studies. He is author of The Missing Martyrs (2011), Democracy Denied, 1905-1915 (2008), and The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sociology/CREO Colloquium Series hosts Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard University


Location: B101 A&B Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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Roberto G. Gonzales is professor of education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the factors that promote and impede the educational progress of immigrant and Latino students. Over the last decade and a half Gonzales has been engaged in critical inquiry around the important question of what happens to undocumented immigrant children as they make transitions to adolescence and young adulthood. Since 2002 he has carried out what is arguably the most comprehensive study of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sociology Colloquium Series hosts Ellen Berrey, University of Toronto


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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Professor Ellen Berrey and two co-authors have recently published a book showing how employment civil rights litigation in the United States works to reinforce the systems of privilege that the laws had set out to eliminate. 

Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality uncovers the various obstacles in the legal system that disadvantage plaintiffs and perpetuate inequality in the workplace.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Sociology Colloquium Series hosts Michael Rodriguez-Muniz, Northwestern University


Location: B101 A&B Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz was born and raised on the Northwest Side of Chicago. Prior to graduate school, he spent several years working as a community organizer in the Humboldt Park area. He received a PhD from Brown University, MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a BA from Northeastern Illinois University. Michael joined Northwestern’s Department of Sociology and Latina/o Studies Program in 2016.

Michael has published on poverty knowledge, Latino identity formation, and the relationship between critical sociologies of race and science and technology studies. His dissertation received the 2016 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award. He is currently working on a book manuscript, based on his dissertation research, that investigates the production and use of imagined demographic futures to advance contemporary Latino civil rights agendas. This research provides a productive entry point into emergent political struggles over the so-called “Browning of America.” His next major research project will explore the history of Puerto Rican radicalism, memory, and state repression in Chicago.

He teaches courses on race and racial knowledge, qualitative/ethnographic methods, and Latino identity and politics, among others.

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Friday, December 8, 2017