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Juliet SchorProfessor Juliet Schor is featured in a new documentary being shown around the world on AL-Jazeera. The film is entitled The People vs America. Part 1 was released on Feb 10th, part 2 will be aired on the 17th.

Brian GareauSociology professor Brian Gareau gave a talk on "Cranberries and Climate Change: Massachusetts Cranberry Growers and the Challenges of Adaptation" at Yale University's MacMillan Center on February 10.

Andrew JorgensonAndrew Jorgenson recently gave a talk at Harvard entitled Development, Inequality, and Disproportionality: Human Drivers of GHG Emissions and the Carbon Intensity of Human Well-Being.  

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SocialEyes is our undergraduate academic journal, run by the students themselves. Check out their latest issue, Spring 2016.

Departmental Seminar

Professor Bruce Carruthers presented a talk on “Contracts, Clauses, and Credit Ratings: Distributed Governance in Global Finance” at our departmental seminar earlier this term.


Traditional conceptions of governance view it as a top-down process whereby control is deliberately exerted by powerful incumbents. In modern financial markets, however, a great deal of governance is dictated by an assemblage of artifacts, devices, conventions, contracts, and rules. And the effects they produce are often unintended. Professor Carruthers discussed the public and private roles played by credit ratings to support this argument about the importance of distributed governance.