2013 Program & Speakers


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    Alessandro Duranti, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA

    Duranti's main research focus is the role of verbal and visual communication in political arenas, everyday life, and during music performance and rehearsals.  His theoretical interests are agency, intentionality and intersubjectivity. His methods are participant-observation and audio-visual recordings of spontaneous interaction. 

    Title of talk: The Social Sciences in the 21st Century: Innovation, Crisis or Reinvention of Tradition? 

  • Opening Presentation

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    Stacy Philpott, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Ruth and Alfred Heller Chair in Agroecology

    Philpott has worked for more than 15 years to understand how farm management, the landscapes surroundings farms, product certification, and land tenure influence diversity of insects, plants, and birds on farms, and the ecological interactions among species. She received a B.S. in zoology from the U. of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the U. of Michigan.

    Title of talk: Integration of Social and Natural Sciences at UCSC 

  • Track 1: Social Values & Citizenship

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    Debbie Gould, Associate Professor of Sociology

    Dr. Gould received her PhD from the University of Chicago in Political Science in 2000 and was a post-doctoral Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, 2000 – 2004. She is currently working on a project on political hope and despair and on another that looks at political affinities and reciprocities across chasms of difference. 

    Title of talk: On Political Emotion

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    Carlos Dobkin, Associate Professor of Economics

    Dobkin's main research areas are health economics, education and applied econometrics, and his articles have appeared in American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He earned his B.A. in Math and Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by an M.A. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Title of talk: Health Insurance, Access to Care and Financial Well-being

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    Craig Haney, Professor of Psychology

    Professor Haney’s work has taken him to dozens of maximum security prisons across the United States and in several different countries where he has evaluated conditions of confinement, interviewed prisoners about the mental health consequences of incarceration, and staff and prisoners alike about psychological adaptations to prison life. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and his J.D. degree from the Stanford Law School in 1978. 

    Title of talk: Using Psychology to Achieve Criminal Justice Reform

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    Barbara Rogoff, Distinguished Professor of Psychology

    Rogoff is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education, Association for Psychological Sciences, American Anthropological Association, American Psychological Association, and American Educational Research Asociation. She has served as Editor of Human Development  and committee member on the Science of Learning for the U.S. National Academy of Science. 

    Title of talk: Cultural Differences in Attention 

  • Track 2: Learning Environments in the 21st Century

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    Rob Fairlie, Professor of Economics

    His research interests include entrepreneurship, technology, inequality, labor economics, education, and immigration. Dr. Fairlie holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a B.A. with honors from Stanford University. 

    Title of talk: The Digital Divide, Home Computers and Educational Outcomes

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    Steve Whittaker, Professor of Psychology

    Whittaker's research examines the design and evaluation of technologies to support human productivity, socialising and well-being. He has co-authored over 120 refereed journal or conference papers, and is holder of over 20 US and EU patents.

    Title of talk: Psychology and Technology

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    Daniel Press, Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

    Press holds an M.A. in public policy and Ph.D. in political science degrees from the Claremont Graduate University. He conducts research mostly on American environmental politics and policy, focusing on land preservation, resources management and green manufacturing.

    Title of talk: What Is Recycling For? The Case of American Paper in the 21st Century

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    Rod Ogawa, Professor of Education

    Ogawa's research interests include the impact of social and cultural forces on the structure of schools and the contexts for learning schools afford to students from low-income and culturally non-dominant communities. He received a Ph.D. in education from the Ohio State University and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Organizations Research Training Program at Stanford University. 

    Title of talk: Partners in Designing the Next Educational Platform: The University, Public Agencies and the Private Sector

  • Track 3: Social Sciences and the International Community

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    Flora Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

    She received her A.B. in Human Biology with honors from Stanford University in 1993 and Ph.D. in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill in 1999.  

    Title of talk: A Crude Crossroads: Oil Extraction, Indigenous Peoples, and the Future of the World's Most Biodiverse Rainforest 

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    Kent Eaton, Professor of Politics

    Kent Eaton is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  His research interests include democratization, comparative political economy, institutional design, and Latin American politics. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. from Stanford University. 

    Title of talk: Latin America's "Left Turn"

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    Danilyn Rutherford, Anthropology Department Chair

    Although much of her research has focused on the western half of New Guinea, her interests are broad ranging. She has published essays on everything from kinship to Indonesian state violence to the National Public Radio Program, "This I Believe." She is currently completely a book manuscript on sympathy and technology in Dutch colonial New Guinea.

    Title of talk: Living As It Were in the Stone Age: How Dutch Colonialism Trapped the Indonesian Half of New Guinea in the Past 

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    Patricia Zavella, Professor of Latin American & Latino Studies

    Zavella received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has published extensively in feminist ethnography and Chicana/o studies on poverty, women's labor; family, kinship, sexuality and the social and cultural changes brought about by transnational migration of Mexicans to the United States.

    Title of talk: Understanding Immigration and Families Through Ethnographic Research