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Luncheon Celebrates Achievements, End of 2013-14 Academic Year

May 5th, 2014 in Faculty, Graduate Students, News

2014 Faculty

Faculty in Attendance at End of Year Lunch
(from left to right) Back Row: Joseph Harris, David Swartz, John Stone;
Middle Row: Japonica Brown-Saracino, Nancy Ammerman, Alya Guseva, Emily Barman, Ashley Mears;
Front Row: Ruha Benjamin, Nazli Kibria, Patricia Rieker, Susan Eckstein.

2014 Graduate Students

Graduate Students in Attendance at End of Year Lunch
(from left to right) Back Row: Megan O’Leary, Gillis, Sasha White;
Middle Row: Rebecca Farber, Connor Fitzmaurice, Taylor Cain, Pamela Devan, Emily Bryant;
Front Row: Alaz Kilicaslan, Sarah Hosman, Elina Tochilnikova, Christina Jarymowycz;

The Department of Sociology celebrated the end of the 2013-2014 Academic Year on Monday, May 5th with the traditional annual luncheon. Highlights include saying goodbye to Professor Ruha Benjamin, who has accepted a position with Princeton University’s African American Studies Department, wishing our three Graduating Work Study Students well in their future endeavors – Congratulations to Shamoore Simpson, Jackie Robichaud and Jason Balsamo! –  and celebrating the promotions of Professors Japonica Brown-Saracino (to Associate Professor) and Julian Go (to Full Professor).

Have a wonderful summer, everybody!

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Professor Ruha Benjamin to Present at BU Discoveries Lecture Series

March 17th, 2014 in Faculty, News

Ruha BenjaminSociology and African American Studies Professor Ruha Benjamin is a featured lecturer at the BU Discoveries Lecture Series on March 25th, 2014 at 7PM.  She will discuss her book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and address the tensions between scientific innovation and social equality.

Registration for this event is now closed.


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Professor Benjamin’s People’s Science in South Africa

September 10th, 2013 in Faculty, News


San Workshop

Professor Ruha Benjamin was invited to South Africa by the University of Pretoria’s Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine to speak about her book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier on Sept 13th, and to participate in a Wellcome Trust sponsored workshop on “Genomics research on indigenous populations: exploring the concept of genomic sovereignty with the San community of southern Africa” from Sept 10-12th.

Follow her twitter feed @Peoples_Science for updates on the trip.

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Ruha Benjamin blogs for Huffington Post about Science and Citizenship

March 29th, 2013 in Faculty, News

Ruha-SingaporeDrawing on research reported in her forthcoming book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, she wonders whether “we are overdue for a Second Enlightenment in which the idealized insularity of science gives way to a more socially robust relationship between scientists and publics.”  Read the full article here.

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Professor Ruha Benjamin discusses significance of Mount Rushmore in video for BU Professor Voices

February 15th, 2013 in Faculty, News


In a video for BU’s Professor Voices, Professor Ruha Benjamin discusses “the history of Mount Rushmore, her interpretation of what it represents, and whose face she would put on it.”

See the full video at the BU Professor Voices website.

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People’s Science on the web and on the move

January 28th, 2013 in Faculty, News



Professor Ruha Benjamin has been travelling extensively in anticipation of the upcoming release of People’s Science:Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. She recently reported on her visit to BIOPOLIS–a research center in Singapore focusing on biomedical research, “where you’ll find buildings called Nanos, Genome, Helios, Chromos, Proteos, Centros, and Neuros. But what about other things that impact health? Isos (equality), Nomos (laws), Praxis (everyday activity) to name a few…” You can follow her on the People’s Science Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/peoples.science).

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Professor Ruha Benjamin a featured panelist on “Exploring David Mamet’s Comedy ‘Race'”

October 12th, 2012 in Faculty, News

Professor Ruha Benjamin was a featured panelist at the New Repertory Theatre and WGBH Spotlight Symposium entitled “Exploring David Mamet’s Comedy ‘Race'” on Sunday, October 21st, 2012. The panel was  moderated by Kim McClain from WGBH TV’s “Basic Black,” with co-panelists Professor Walter Early Fluker and Professor Lydia Diamond.

When: Sunday, October 21st, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Where: Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA  02472

To reserve complimentary tickets please e-mail tickets@newrep.org.
For more information please see New Reperatory Theatre’s website.

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March 21st, 2012 in Faculty, News

Professor Ruha Benjamin comments on an article on the tragedy of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.  Follow a link to the article here: http://www.good.is/post/trayvon-martin-could-have-been-one-of-my-kids/

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February 28th, 2012 in Faculty, News

The American Council of Learned Societies awards a small number of highly-sought-after sabbatical fellowships each year.  Congratulations to Professor Ruha Benjamin on this recognition of her important work.  She will spend the 2012-13 academic year completing work on her book, People’s Science: Reconstituting Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.

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January 17th, 2012 in Faculty, News

Speaking in Metcalf Hall, with more than a thousand people in attendance on Monday, Prof. Benjamin brought the audience to its feet as she asked what “barking dogs and fire hoses” need to be silenced in our own brains to make it possible to pursue the kind of society Dr. King imagined.  The University’s annual remembrance ceremony was titled “Manifest Our Destiny” and featured a variety of student speakers and performers and honors BU alum the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Professor Benjamin at the 2012 BU MLK Celebration

Professor Benjamin at the 2012 BU MLK Celebration

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