Events & Workshops

Weekly colloquia and various workshops play an integral part in the PSTC's training program, showcasing the work of scholars near and far and exposing PSTC affiliates to cutting-edge research and methods from diverse disciplines. Scroll down for colloquia schedule.

Feb. 24, 9 am-3 pm: Introduction to Web Scraping with R for the Social Sciences. This workshop, led by Yi Qi, Senior GIS and Spatial Analyst for S4 and the PSTC, will introduce basic techniques of web scraping using R. Prior experience in programming is not required by some familiarity with R is helpful. Bring laptop with RStudio IDE installed. Workshop will be held in the PSTC Seminar Room. Register here by Feb. 17. Space is limited.

March 6, 12-1:30 pm: Political Demography event with Jack Goldstone: “A World in Revolution: The Inevitable Backlash against Global Elites.” This talk will show the common demographic factors behind developments leading to populist movements. Co-sponsored by the PSTC. Add to calendar.

March 16-17: Terra Populus Project Workshop: Integrating Population and Environment Data. This two-day workshop (formal presentations, hands-on activities, and one-on-one meetings) provides members of the Brown community with an introduction to the intricacies of integrating demographic and environmental data—a necessary step in any research that investigates human environment interactions (e.g. land use and migration or climate and demographic change). More information forthcoming. Contact or for more details. Register here.

What does racial inequality look like today, and how does it intersect with inequalities related to class, skin color, and other factors? This Spring 2017 series tackles these questions in diverse arenas, from the health care and criminal justice systems to the labor market. Cosponsored by the PSTC, the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

February 8: Deregulated Disparities: The Political Economy of Racial Health Disparities, Abigail A. Sewell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University. 

March 22: The Color of Punishment: African Americans, Skin Tone, and the Criminal Justice System, Ellis Monk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University. Add to calendar.

April 12: How Race and Unemployment Shape Labor Market Opportunities: Additive, Amplified, or Muted Effects? David Pedulla, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University. Add to calendar.

The weekly colloquia take place during the academic year on Thursdays at noon in the PSTC Seminar Room in Mencoff Hall, unless otherwise noted.

February 2: Possible Impacts of Mindfulness on Cardiovascular Health: Bridging Population Studies to Biological Mechanisms, Eric Loucks, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University. Add to calendar.

February 9: The Empower-Nudge Lottery to Increase 'Dual Protection' among Young South African Women:  RCT and Qualitative Findings, Abigail Harrison, Assistant Professor (Research) of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University, and Omar Galarraga, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice. Add to calendar.

February 16: Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions, Greg Duncan, Professor of Education and Economics, UC Irvine. Add to calendar.

February 23: Family Migration Context and Early Life Outcomes, Jennifer Glick, Professor of Sociology, Penn State University. Add to calendar. 

March 2: The Effect of School Turnaround Strategies in Massachusetts, John Papay, Assistant Professor of Education and Economics, Brown University. Add to calendar.

March 9: Farmer Cognitive Function and Agricultural Productivity Among Farmers in Bahia, Brazil, Leah VanWey, Professor of Sociology, Brown University. Add to calendar.

March 16: Fertility and the Digital Revolution. Francesco Billari, Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty, Bucconi University, Milan; Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. Add to calendar. 

March 23: The Generational Structure of the Multiracial Population, Ann Morning, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University. Add to calendar.

April 6: Childhood Adversity and Midlife Health: The Role of Marriage and Fertility Patterns, Kristi Williams, Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University. Add to calendar.

April 13: Sampling Immigrants from their Social Networks–Innovations and Applications, Maria-Giovanna Merli, Professor of Public Policy and Global Health, Duke University. Add to calendar.

April 20: PAA Preview

May 4: Poster Session

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