Graduate Student Workshop Series

Each year, the Sociology Department presents a Graduate Student Workshop Series. Topics are usually selected to appeal to graduate student concerns and interests. We meet in our newly remodeled Seminar Room (SS 330/338) from 3:30-5, and then adjourn for Happy Hour at a local establishment. See the News and Events for details about upcoming workshops.

Graduate Students at a workshop gathering

Speaker Series Presentations

This year, a series of lectures will be presented through a generous contribution from Scott McNall, former executive director of Chico State's Institute for Sustainable Development.

The first lecture in the series will be presented Fall Semester 2015 by Dr. Janja Lalich, specialist in cults and extremist groups, domestic and international terrorism, and human trafficking. Dr. Lalich is a professor at Chico State University, and the author of several influential books, including Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults, and Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships.  Lalich has been featured in a documentary for the Investigation Discovery  Channel Series Dangerous Persuasions, titled  “The Revolution isn’t a Tea Party”. She has served on numerous advisory boards, both nationally and internationally, and is a recipient of many awards, including the Margaret Thaler Singer Award from the International Cultic Studies Association. More information about Professor Lalich is available on the Chico State website.

Please join us when the Sociology Department, the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Psychology Department host Dr. Lalich for a discussion of Gay Conversion Therapy, and her experience testimony before the Superior Court of New Jersey. The lecture takes place Thursday October 1,  at 5:15 pm in Law School Room 101, and will be followed by a brief reception.

Dr. Lalich will also discuss the evolution of her scholarship, from cult studies to the investigation of terrorism, at a brown bag lunch Tuesday, September 29 at 12 PM in Social Sciences Room 252.

Dr. Janja Lalich

Criminology Club Speakers

As stated on the Criminology Club's Facebook page, the purpose of the Club is to expose interested students to the diverse areas of Criminolgy. In keeping with this goal, Criminology Club invites a variety of presenters each semester to provide students with an array of specialties and information. This Spring Semester, the Club welcoms guest speakers from the City of Missoula Police Department, and from the Office of Public Safety, as well as a self-defense and a firearms training.

For more information about upcoming speakers and events, please visit the Criminology Club website.