Seminars and Working Groups


The Center for Demography and Ecology's weekly Demography Seminar (DemSem) offers presentations of substantive work at the forefront of population sciences.

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Demography Training Seminar

The weekly Demography Training Seminar augments affiliates’ professional skills, including those related to research communication, data management, analysis, and visualization, among many others.

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FemSem is a training seminar for those interested in the sociology of gender. Femsem encourages work at the intersections of race, class and gender and frequently speakers and events are co-sponsored with the Race & Ethnicity seminar.

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Havens-Wright Center

The Havens-Wright Center for Social Justice is dedicated to promoting critical intellectual reflection and exchange, both within the academy as well as between it and the broader society.

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The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies

Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies promotes innovative work and fosters interdisciplinary research, education and public outreach in humanistic and social studies of science, technology, biomedicine, engineering and the environment.

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Institute for Research on Poverty

IRP researches the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States. We bring together social scientists from across research disciplines such as economics, sociology, social work, and demography.

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Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences (ITP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of a network of pre-doctoral training programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

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Politics, Culture, and Society Working Group

Politics, Culture, and Society (familiarly known as PCS) is a weekly training seminar of graduate students and faculty in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Race & Ethnicity

The Race & Ethnicity (“R&E”) training seminar is a space for students, faculty, and visiting speakers to present and discuss work-in-progress that relates to the sociological study of race and ethnicity.

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Social Psychology and Microsociology

The Social Psychology and Microsociology (SPAM) training seminar is a group of scholars who share an interest in social psychological topics and/or a micro-level sociological lens.

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Sociology Department Colloquia

Colloquia dates and speakers for 2020-2021 are:

Dec 16: Cecilia Menjívar
Feb 24: Sarah Damaske
Mar 3: Cynthia Feliciano
Mar 24: Anthony Ryan Hatch
Apr 28: Sarah Babb and Alex Kentikelenis

Ivan Ermakoff, professor of sociology, teaches a Political Sociology class in Sewell Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 17, 2016. Ermakoff is one of twelve 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients.