Tag: 2006 Fall

Human Nature & Social Norms: Neuro-Biological & Sociological Perspectives

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Ernst Fehr
"Human nature and social interaction - beyond homo sociologicus and homo oeconomicus"
Monday September 25 2006, 8417 Social Sciences Bldg, 4pm
"The Neural mechanisms of altruistic behavior and norm compliance"
Tuesday September 26 2006, Berkowitz Room, Brogden Psychology Building, 1202 W. Johnson St., 12pm

ERNST FEHR is Director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Professor Fehr is also a Fellow at the Collegium Helveticum, Affiliated Faculty Member of the Department of Economics at MIT, Director of the Ludwig Boltzman Institute for the Analysis of Economic Growth, Vice President of the European Economic Association, and a Fellow with the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the CESifo Group, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. He is the author of nearly 100 articles and three books, including Economic Theory of Self-Management and Profit-Sharing (1988), Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small Scale Societies (2004), and most recently, Moral Sentiments and Material Interests (2005, with Robert Boyd, Samual Bowles and Herbert Gintis).

Scaling up: Bringing public institutions and food service corporations into the project for a local, sustainable food system

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Harriet Friedmann
"Scaling up: Bringing public institutions and food service corporations into the project for a local, sustainable food system in Ontario"
Tuesday Oct 10, 2006, Pyle Center 121 7pm
"The Shooting Star of Codex Alimentarius: A Food Regime Interpretation of International Food Standards"
Wednesday Oct 11, 2006, Ingraham 206 4pm
Seminar for Students and Faculty
Thursday Oct 12, 2006, 8108 Social Science, 12:20pm

Harriet Friedmann is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. Her research over thirty years has explored many aspects of food and agriculture, mainly through the historical framework of “food regimes.” These include the structure of family farms, international political economy of food and agriculture, agricultural policy from local to national, regional and international, changing patterns of trade and specialization, diasporic cuisines, agronomies and food practices, and international trade rivalries and institutions. Her current research is on the politics of certification and standards both globally and locally. Globally, how do new institutions and practices use “quality” standards to contest the restructuring of transnational and local agrofood relations? Locally, how can we understand creativity in local food networks and institutions, particularly in Toronto? She was recently a Fellow of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University, of All Souls College Oxford, and the Rockefeller Centre in Bellagio, Italy.

The Art of Reframing Political Debates

William Gamson
"Thinking about Elephants: Toward a Dialogue with George Lakoff"
Tuesday November 7, 2006, 7pm, 121 Pyle Center (Vanderburg Auditorium), 702 Langdon
“A Workshop on Framing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
Wednesday November 8, 2006 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Seminar for Students and Faculty
Thursday November 9, 8108 Social Sciences, 12:20pm

    William A. Gamson is a Professor of Sociology and co-directs the Media Research and Action Project (MRAP) at Boston College. He is the author of Talking Politics (1992) and TheStrategy of Social Protest (2nd edition, 1990) among other books and articles on political discourse, the mass-media and social movements. He is a past president of the American Sociological Association.