Dr. Barbara Carle, of the Department of World Languages & Literatures, has published an art book of her own poems in French, Italian, and English with an original engraving titled GATTIZIE. This book fabricated by Luciano Ragozzino, a noted printer and engraver who works from his studio, a former ice cream factory, in the heart of Milano. His editions are called Il ragazzo innocuo Press, an anagram of his name. He designs each book, he completes original etchings for the covers, prints them on antique printing presses on quality paper. He was trained as a biologist and an engraver.
Dr. Nicole Fox, Criminal Justice, and her colleague, Dr. Hollie Nyseth Brehm (Ohio State University Sociology), were curious to understand why and how people took high risks to save others during times of war or genocide. To answer this question, Fox and Nyseth Brehm traveled to Rwanda to interview people who saved others during the 1994 genocide. They interviewed 25 rescuers and analyzed a survey of 273 individuals who participated in rescue efforts (one of the largest samples of rescue efforts to date). Their study, recently published in Social Forces, explores the importance of social networks, socialization and intergenerational stories of rescue to prosocial behavior. This exciting study has significant contemporary importance as we struggle to understand how to teach young people to intervene in violence or unjust situations, especially in times of #metoo and deep political tensions. Full citation: Fox, Nicole, and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2018. "I Decided to Save Them": Factors That Shaped Participation in Rescue Efforts during Genocide in Rwanda." Social Forces 96, no. 4: 1625-1647.
Dr. Santos Torres Jr., Division of Social Work, and Debra L. Welkley, lecturer, Department of Sociology, recently had their presentation accepted for the California Sociological Association's Annual Meeting, Nov. 9-10, in Riverside. The presentation is titled, The Power of Vulnerability: Strongest in Our Broken Places. The session explores how in the role as a faculty, there is often generated a tendency to focus on experiences that have made us feel at risk (e.g. course evaluations, classroom observations, disruptive behaviors, etc.). In addition to professional and personal challenges that faculty often face, strategies for overcoming such vulnerabilities are a central aspect of this presentation. Skills and strategies are explored for creating a new narrative relative to vulnerabilities faced.