12th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences:
From Social Problems
to Social Promise
with keynote speaker Carla Shedd
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
J. Wayne Reitz Student Union
University of Florida
On-Site Conference Registration at 8:30 A.M.
Mid-morning keynote with lunch to follow
Free and open to the public
Carla Shedd is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University. Shedd received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests focus on: crime and criminal justice; race/ethnicity; law; inequality; and urban sociology. Shedd’s first book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice (October 2015, Russell Sage), has won multiple academic awards, including the prestigious C. Wright Mills Award, which is given to the top social-science book in the field of social inequality. Unequal City examines Chicago public school students’ perceptions of injustice and contact with police within and across various schools and neighborhoods, and deeply probes the intersections of race, place, education, and the expansion of the American carceral state. Shedd’s current research focuses on New York City’s juvenile justice system investigating how young people’s linked institutional experiences influence their placement on and movement along the carceral continuum, and is the foundation of her second book project, tentatively entitled: When Protection Becomes Punishment: America’s Juvenile Court System and the Carceral Continuum. Fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Columbia University, and Northwestern University have supported Shedd’s research and writing.
For the past 12 years, the Florida Society of the Social Sciences (F3S) has strived to provide a unique forum for students of the social sciences, humanities, and related interdisciplinary fields to engage with fellow scholars. The cornerstone of F3S’s efforts is the annual Conference of the Social Sciences, where over one hundred graduate students and several undergraduate students come together to discuss their work with a broad audience that crosses disciplines, professions, origins, and walks of life. The 12th Annual conference theme, From Social Problems to Social Promise, highlights the role of research in addressing social inequalities, cultivating a sense of hope, and providing more equitable solutions for the future.
The 12th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences is organized by the Florida Society of the Social Sciences, and sponsored by several campus partners.