Yale sociology professor headlines COLA Symposium


Elijah Anderson, one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists and the William K. Lanman Professor of Sociology at Yale University, comes to Bloomsburg University next month as the keynote speaker of this fall's College of Liberal Arts Symposium.

Anderson will present "The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life" on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall's Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. His keynote speech will be open free to the public.

Anderson is one of the nation’s most respected scholars in the field of urban inequality. His books include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, winner of the 2000 Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Association; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community, winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men.

He has also written numerous articles on the black experience, including "Of Old Heads and Young Boys: Notes on the Urban Black Experience," commissioned by the National Research Council's Committee on the Status of Black Americans; "Sex Codes and Family Life among Inner-City Youth" in the January 1989 issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and "The Code of the Streets," which was the cover story of the May 1994 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which was published in expanded form in his book Code of the Street.

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium

Elijah Anderson

Elijah Anderson, Ph.D.
William K. Lanman Professor of Sociology
Yale University

"One of the best observers of poor people today ... Code of The Street is a required reading for anyone interested in the problems that urban African Americans face."

    — Detroit News

COLA Symposium

Each fall, liberal arts graduates return to campus for the annual COLA Symposium featuring student, faculty and alumni panels on several key topics such as careers in the arts, entrepreneurship in media and dressing for success.

Thursday, Oct 4

8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • The Washington Center Meet and Greet with Faculty, Scheiker Room, The Washington Center Internship experience is an opportunity for students to complete an internship in Washington DC. Spend the summer or a semester gaining real-world experience. Learn more from The Washington Center Representative Ciara Barrick, Campus Liaison Lauren Kross Polinski., and students who participated in Summer 2018!
  • Creating a Culture or Wellness and Resiliency Among Physician Residents, McCormick 2303, We will discuss challenges that physician residents face and identify ways that hospitals around the country have been working to mitigate these issues
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • The Washington Center Internship Presentation for Students, Schweiker Room
  • Money Matters: How to live a happy life and be adaquetely prepared for a fun retirement through proper money management, McCormick 1303, Dr. Armstrong will address the issue of student debt, credit, buying car and house, children's education but mainly how to save and invest for a successful retirement
  • An Actor's Approach to Engaging Presentations, McCormick 2314, Professor David Miller, Once you have created the content for a presentation, it's time to bring it to life. Just as in a play, simply reading a script does not engage an audience. In this hands-on workshop students will learn how an actor's approach to playing an objective can enhance any presentation
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Theatre Alumni Panel, Centennial 218, Theatre alumni will discuss their careers, their strategies for obtaining their current positions, and advice for current students
  • Learning Languages through Study Abroad: Benefits and Challenges, McCormick 1303, In this panel , students who studied languages abroad will speak about their experiences and how study abroad improved their linguistic skills and expanded their cultural understanding. The students will also reflect on the difficulties they experienced and how they overcame them
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • The Basics of Saving and Investing, Schweiker Room, Establishing a successful saving and investing strategy early in one's life is of essential importance. Dr. James Petre will explain different aspects of saving and investing (i.e., strategies for saving, types of investments)
  • Catherine Haggarty: 2018 Liberal Arts Symposium Exhibition, 1 p.m. Galley Talk, Haas Gallery
  • Gain Confidence Through Interview Practice, McCormick 2202, Learn the basics of how to make a positive first impression in an interview for an internship or job. Participate in a mock interview with a communication coach
2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Graphic Design: It Matters, Schweiker Room, Round table discussion with design alumni, faculty, and invited guests about graphic design and what matters most. Discussion will include the education of a graphic designer and what it's like being a designer in the world today
  • Careers for History Majors, Centennial 218, History majors from Bloomsburg University have gone on to successful careers in many different fields. This panel of alumni highlights the experiences of History graduates and allows for questions from the audience
  • Want to Help the Poor? What Are the Concerns and How We Can Be More Efficient, McCormick 1303, This session talk about different instruments that are used to help the poor. The issues of widely used methods and possible more efficient ones are discussed
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • President Trump, Russia and the 2018 Congressional Elections: Impeachment?, McCormick 1303, Students and faculty will debate the successes/failures of the Trump presidency thus far and discuss the implications of the Trump agenda and Russia on the 2018 congressional elections. Is there a case for impeaching President Trump?

Friday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Book Club with Lauren Polinski, Schweiker Room, This session will discuss the book "You Majored in What? Mapping your Path from Chaos to Career" by Katherine Brooks, EdD. Student participants will pick up a copy of the text and discuss specific chapters at the symposium session!
  • Everything You've Learned about Communicating in Relationships from TV... and Why It's Wrong, McCormick 1303, Ross and Rachel. Cory and Topanga. Chuck and Blair. Everyone has their favorite TV couple, BUT sometimes what those couples have taught us about how to communicate in relationships is wrong. In this session, we'll discuss some of the toxic communication habits of your favorite TV couples and ways that you can communicate better in your own relationships
10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
  • Why Do People Object to Unobjectionable Experiments? Ethics, Human Research and A/B Testing, Centennial 218, Research on human subjects raises many ethical concerns, and people may decline to participate in such research for a variety of valid reasons. Why is it, however, that people object to experiments testing two different interventions, when there is no evidence that there is any difference in outcome? In this session, Dr. Meyer will present results of her recent research that shed light on people's ethical judgments about research on human subjects
  • Strategies for Effective Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments, McCormick 1303, This session will discuss how students can become more effective learners in and outside of the classroom. A specific focus will be given to strategies students can use to improve interpersonal and intercultural interactions on the college campus, while learning how to understand, appreciate, and celebrate difference
  • Careers in Emergent Media, McCormick 2303, Careers in Emergent Media are booming, and coursework in the Mass Communications department can prepare you for exciting job opportunities! A panel of alumni will share their experiences working in radio, web design, social media, and more. Learn from alumni how to get started in this exciting field!
11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
  • Gain Experience Now!, Schwiker Room, During this session, you will learn about the various professional experiences that you can have throughout your time at BU. Fellow students will share their experiences with internships, job shadowing, networking, and more!
  • Is Technology Changing My Life? Why It Matters, McCormick 1303, This session will discuss how technology in it's various forms; specifically social media and texting impact various realms of health and wellness for college students. Recent studies citing both positive and negative consequences of technology will be covered including the value of awareness of such consequences as a student and for life happiness and career success. The presentation will include points of view from a faculty member, student and alumni
12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • Ethics and the Media - What Would You Do?, Schweiker Room, There are many decisions reporters and editors must make daily and sometimes in a matter of minutes. Experience, education and ethics guide these professionals through some tough calls and if a story should run or not. Scenarios will be presented to the audience and student panel and the ethics of using a story will be discussed. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics will be the standard presented
  • Taking a Rhetorical Approach to the Job Search Process, McCormick 1303, Searching for the right job can be stressful for students, but taking a rhetorical approach is an effective way to discover if you are a good fit for the position. During this session, students will learn how incorporating a rhetorical approach to the job search process can help them get the job of their dreams
  • Secrets to Mastering Your Powerful Body Language/YOGA Joy, McCormick 2314, A 30 minute power point with inter-active exercises followed by an optional 45 minute yoga session
1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
  • Career Planning for English Majors, Schweiker Room, English alumni will discuss their careers, their strategies for obtaining their current positions, and advice for current students
  • Making History for the Public: Student-Faculty Cooperative Digital History Projects, Centennial 218, Students will discuss their work on the digital public history project, "Woven into the Fabric of the Community: The Harry L. Magee Digital Archive." Students and faculty will discuss work on digital humanities projects and public history as career paths in the humanities
  • Career Paths for Psychology Majors, McCormick 1303, A panel of alumni will share their career and graduate school experiences in fields related to Psychology
  • Rhetoric v. Reality: Racial Disparity in Police Fatal Shootings, McCormick 2303, The Bloomsburg University Police Fatal shooting Research Group shares findings from a series of studies presented at regional and national conferences
2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Communication Studies Alumni Panel, Schweiker Room, This round table discussion will feature several graduates of the Communication Studies program. They will discuss their current occupations and how the Communication Studies major helped them discover their path. There will also be plenty of time for questions and comments from the audience