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LSAT Weekend Prep, May 14 & 15

A chance for students to spend two days learning about the LSAT, doing practices, and learning preparation strategies for this important test.
The Career Center and donations are subsidizing this class, so the price is only $90. Scholarships are available for all SEP students, and perhaps others.
Registration Deadline is April 30. Contact Dr. Mark Henkels to register or to learn more. <>

New Sociology Professor Fall 2021

Dr. Evan Shenkin

Dr. Shenkin’s dissertation research explores environmental justice, land sovereignty struggles, and sustainable livelihood in the Bolivian, Amazon. 

Nov. 4th 2019

Honduras Resists: Contronting a US-fueled Human Rights Crisis

The WFP Solaidarity Collective 2019 Speaker Tour

Heidy Alachán is a writing, attorney and activist of the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ – Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia).  She is a member of the leagal team representing the family of internationally renouned indigenous and environmental rights activist, Berta Cáceres, in their struggle for justice for her assassination.

March 8th at Noon, Columbia Room The War in the Ukraine: A Forum Discussion

Social Science Symposium Series

The War in the Ukraine: A Forum Discussion

Professor David Doellinger (History) & Professor Eliot Dickinson (Political Science)

Join us for a discussion of the War in the Ukraine from the perspective of history and international relations.

For more information, contact Dr. David Doellinger, 503-838-8254,


Oct. 19th 2021

Community Organizing Presentation: “To Question All Types of Authority”

Nick Licata

To question all types of authority you have to be creative and brave.  Continually moving forward is the goal- not finding a perfect solution to rest upon.  There is no utopia – but there is a path foward one.

Starting Fall 2021

NEW Certificate in Social Justice and Service Learning (Bilingual)

This new interdisciplinary certificate builds on a core course in two departments:  one course in Service Learning in the Spanish Department, and another core course in Service Learning applied to the Latino Community offered by the Sociology Department. 

Monday, April 18th 4-5PM, HWC 204


With Oregon Speaker of the House:

Brought to you by the Department of Politics, Policy & Administration’s Civic Engagement Project.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Henkels,

Tuesday, April 12th 12:00 - 12:50 Health & Wellness Center, Room 203

“Supporting A Healthy Human Service Workforce: Understanding Occupational Stress and Turnover within Child Welfare”

Join us for a presentation by Sociology/Social Work Faculty Candidate:  Rebecca Phillips

Co-Sponsored by the SOC321 Labor Relations class and the Social Science Symposium Series

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Pettenger,   503-838-8301,

Oct. 23rd 2019

Model U.N. Hosts Dr. Warren Binford: “Four Days in Clint”

To celebrate the United Nations’ birthday, the Model UN club hosted “Four
Days in Clint” on Wednesday October 23rd.

This featured Willamette Law professor Dr. Warren Binford, who described what she observed at the southern U.S. border.

Tuesday, May 10th at Noon via Zoom

Social Science Symposium Series



Join us via Zoom for a presentation from RICARDO TORRES PÉREZ as he discusses the profound changes in the Cuban economy since the demise of the Soviet Union.

March 9th at Noon, Willamette Room

How to get a Hummingbird to Listen

Learn tips to craft persuasive and succinct messages to hummingbirds (a person such as an…..

The Social Science Symposium presents Greg Leo, an expert in the field of lobbying. Greg is the founder of The Leo Company LLC, a marketing, public relations, and government affairs firm that specializes in assisting local governments, Native American tribes, corporations, non-profit corporations, and individuals to turn their ideas into policy.


Feb. 17th at Noon, HWC 203


Charles Busch, founder of Fields of Peace, will give a talk on his organization’s work. “Our Vision is a world in which conflicts are solved peacefully,” he says, “our Mission is to stop the killing of children in wars.” Friends of Fields of Peace take the following pledge, called “A Promise to Our Children