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Duffy Spring Colloquia

Save the Date! Annual Duffy Colloquium: April 15, 2015 at 8pm


[IMAGE]“Scholarship is a choice of how to live as well as a choice of career…” – C. Wright Mills in The Sociological Imagination (216)

The Community-Based Learning office is excited to announce Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab as the esteemed speaker for the 2015 Duffy Community Partnerships Colloquium.  Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a scholar-activist who most recently co-founded Wisconsin’s first translational research lab, Wisconsin Hope Lab in May 2014.  Her latest book, Re-inventing Student Aid for the 21st Century outlines opportunities to change financial aid policies and re-vamp support systems for low-income students to promote and propel their successful graduation from college.  Throughout her career, she has worked with both the Milwaukee and Madison Public School Districs to develop support systems within the high schools as well as the private colleges that help to minimize barriers to both college entrance and college completion for low-income high school and college students.  In 2006 she was a finalist for the C. Wright Millls Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

  2014:James Jasper

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2014: James Jasper is an author and has taught Ph.D. students at the Graduate Center of the City University New York. He received his B.A. in economics from Harvard. He was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Jasper has written books and articles, including being an editor for Contexts, about culture and politics for the last few decades. Jasper's book The Art of Moral Protest gives several contributions to social movement theory.


2013: Paul Notzold and Amy Horst

Paul Not[Paul notzold2]zold is a new media artist and designer specializing in mobile and interactive technology. Notzold received his MFA from Parsons, the New School for [Paul Notzold]Design’s graduate Design and Technology program, where he later taught. He has 14 years of experience designing and building large scale online experiences for clients such as Nokia, HBO, Humana, Scholastic, Intel, Warner Brothers, Madison Square Garden, TIME magazine and the Obama campaign. His work has been exhibited and performed internationally, appearing in dozens of notable publications. Mr. Notzold taught cell phone based curriculum and the mobile phone’s place in society at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, among other institutions.

[Amy Horst]Amy Horst is the Deputy Director of Programming for the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin. JMKAC functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and ideas that impact both artists and communities. She works closely with curatorial staff and community to create a vision incorporating multiple art forms which speak to and for a diversity of people. Ms. Horst holds a B.A. studio art and an M.P.A from Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public And Environmental Affairs.


 [Robert Egger]2012: Dr. Robert Egger, “Making Money and Making Change: How Millennials and Non-profits will Rebuild America” Robert Egger, founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, is a highly distinguished social entrepreneur and non-profit visionary, founded DC Central Kitchen in 1989 with the mission of building long-term solutions to the interconnected problems of poverty, hunger and homelessness. The Washington, D.C.-based organization provides breakfast, outreach and counseling services to the chronically homeless, and recycles 3,000 pounds of food each day, converting it into 4,500 meals that are distributed to 100 shelters, transitional homes and rehabilitation clinics throughout the D.C. area. In addition, Egger is the author of  Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All. He was also the co-convener of the first ever Nonprofit Congress, held in 2006. Egger now speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement, and social enterprise. Check out his blog at


[Kevin T. Leicht]2011: Dr. Kevin Leicht, “The American Middle Class and the Future of the Good Society.” Dr. Leicht, the director of the Iowa Social Science Research Institute at the University of Iowa and a professor in Iowa’s sociology department, detailed the diminishing economic well-being of the American middle class, described the effect this has had on the social fabric of society, and called on students to demand better. Dr. Leicht has co-authored five books, including Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity with Scott T. Fitzgerald, and Exploring Social Change: America and the World with Charles L. Harper. He has also published more than 40 scholarly articles on the subjects of sociology, economics, and employment.


2010:  "Campus and Community Collaborations: New Models for Real Outcomes" by Dr. Randy Stoecker, Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the UW Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. Dr. Stoecker is co-editor with Elizabeth Trynon of Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning, 2009, Temple University Press, written collaboratively with students and community leaders. This event raised questions, presented models and offered insight into ways to get the most out of town/gown partnerships.

2009: Dr. Mario Luis Small, "The Challenges of Sustaining Community Participation Over Time."  Associate professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, Dr. Mario Luis Small, gave a lecture on the transformation of community participation over time, with an emphasis on the importance of understanding change as a cohort process, and the challenges of maintaining participation across cohorts. Dr. Small drew on case studies from his book Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio, which received the C. Wright Mills Award for best Sociological Book of 2004. Dr. Small holds a B.A. from Carleton and a Ph.D. from Harvard and is the recipient of many awards for teaching, public scholarship and publication. His research includes the effects of class, ethnicity, race and institutions on communities.

2008: Lorie and Philip Gates, '59 "From Colombia, South America, to Columbus, Ga.: Taking Truth to Power." The Gates, both lifelong educators,  reflect on activism, including civil disobedience, as a way to effect social change.  Phil Gates spent 6 months in federal prison as a consequence of demonstrating at the WHINSEC, formerly known as the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia.

2007: "Creating Community Through Art, Creating Art through Community," a lecture/ demonstration by Masankho Banda, traditional Malawian dancer and drummer. Masankho has used his art as way to build teams and foster communication in businesses, schools and non-governmental agencies around the world. He has been designated as a "person of compassion" by the Dalai Lama.

2006: "Race, Class and Community Developent," presented by Dr. Mary Pattillo, Associate Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, Northwestern University, author Black Picket Fences: Privileges and Peril in the Black Middle Class.

2005: Inaugural Colloquium "Partnership for Leadership" The tone was set by James Duffy, former President of ABC Broadcasting, One of the Founders of Project Literacy and benefactor and visionary of the Duffy Community Partnerships and the Leadership Institute at Beloit College.