“A Friendly Welcome to a Hate-Filled Church” in this week’s _Chronicle_

The  Chronicle of Higher Education recently invited me to contribute a short essay on the challenge of ethnographic work with a hate group. I am thankful for editor Alex Kafka's patience with me as we worked through several ideas. You can read it digitally here  or in the February 3 print edition of the newspaper. Above, a member of... Continue Reading →

Why We Love _How I Learned Geography_

Above, we read How I Learned Geography. How are you talking to your kids about refugees? My youngest and I have been reading Uri Shulevitz's How I Learned Geography, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2009. The book tells the story of Shulevitz's move from Poland to Kazakhstan as the Jewish purge began. He lives among... Continue Reading →

“The Hottest Part of Hell: Growing Up, Leaving, and Staying in Westboro Baptist Church”

Weber State University's Sociology & Anthropology Brown Bag Series presents  Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Arkansas State University "The Hottest Part of Hell: Growing Up, Leaving, and Staying in Westboro Baptist Church" Please Join Us on Thursday, January 26, 1:30 PM, SS103 What is life like inside a congregation that thinks the rest of the world is so evil... Continue Reading →

_God Hates_ Reviewed in the _Journal of Church and State_

What a treat to see God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church American Nationalism, and the Religious Right reviewed in The Journal of Church and State, a favorite journal of mine. (Check out this month's article on covenant marriage and the Catholic church by  Thomas More Garrett to see why.) The full review is available for free online, even if you don't... Continue Reading →

Read Locally

My oldest got a thermos--the kind of gift that signals you're growing up but not yet so grown up that you can expect only socks and long underwear--for Christmas. He's in heaven. Now, when he sets the tea kettle on the stove each morning, he puts in enough water for both his regular morning cup... Continue Reading →

CFP: Academic Freedom

This year, the AAUP will publish a special issue of The Journal of Academic Freedom examining the concept and reality of academic freedom today.  Submissions of up to 8,000 words are due by the end of the month. The details below come directly from the CFP. The goofy logo of Turning Point USA, comprised of students who... Continue Reading →

Soc of Sex Syllabus

For those of you who want to read along...here's my Spring 2017 SOC 3313: Sociology of Sex Syllabus: ssoc-of-sex-syllabus-spring-2017 Some reading highlights:

Black Love: A Symposium at KU

Submissions will soon be due for a Fall 2017 Symposium on Black Love at the University of Kansas. The event is being organized by Dr. Ayesha K. Hardison, associate professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks, full professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies. (Full... Continue Reading →

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