The Catholic University of America

June 7-11, 2010

Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought

The aim of the Summer Catholic Social Thought (CST) Institute is to provide Catholic faculty and graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines a basic grounding and application of Catholic social thought in order to help them incorporate the academic social sciences into a Catholic worldview.

The Institute is conducted by the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) and The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education of the Cardinal Newman Society. This year's Summer Institute is directed by the Rev. Dr. Paul Sullins, Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America, and editor of Catholic Social Thought: American Responses to the Compendium (Rowman and Littlefield 2008).  For more information contact Fr. Sullins at: sullins@cua.edu.

April 19, 2010

On Monday, April 19 a conference entitled "The Hispanic Presence in the Washington Metropolitan Region" was sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the District of Columbia Sociological Society at The Catholic University of America.  Welcoming and introductory remarks were given by Dr. Lawrence Poos, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. James Brennan, CUA Provost.  The first session covered Trends, Civic Engagement, Incorporation, the Chair and Discussant:  was Dr. John A. Kromkowski, Associate Professor and Fellow Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America.  The panelist were Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, The Pew Hispanic Center; Dr. Carol J. De Vita, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute; and Dr. Enrique S. Pumar, Associate Professor and Fellow Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America.  The second session covered Comparative Experiences, the Chair and Discussant was Dr. Sandra Barrueco, Assistant Professor and Fellow Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America. Panelist were: Dr. Julie Park, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland; Dr. Maria-Amelia Viteri, Visiting Professor, The Catholic University of America; and Dr. Marie D. Price, Professor, George Washington University,

March 23, 2010

First Annual Che-Fu Lee Lecture Series

The Department of Sociology hosted the First Annual Che-Fu Lee Lecture Series on March 23, 2010  The Guest speaker was Melvin Kohn, Ph.D., of John Hopkins University.  The title of his talk was "Class, Stratification, and Personality Under Conditions of Apparent Social Stability and of Radical Social Change: A Comparison of the United States, Japan, Poland and Ukraine."

Melvin Kohn is an award winning sociologist and past president of the American Sociological Association.  His work provides a path-breaking view of the relations between Social structure and personality.  In recent years, this work has been almost entirely cross-nationally comparative and collaborative - initially comparing Washington, D.C. to Torino, Italy, later and much more intensively, comparing the United States to then-socialist Poland and Japan.  All of his studies have been done in collaboration with sociologists in those countries.  Dr. Kohn's latest book is Change and Stability: A Cross National Analysis of Social Structure and Personality (2006).