Michigan Sociological Association
Conference: October 23-24, 2015


In this environment of alarming growth of social inequality in society, and increasing concern about this as a social problem, sociologists have an opportunity to enrich understanding of these issues using the unique perspective and tools of our discipline. “Civic engagement” is currently a popular focus, and this has potential to do social good. But sociologists know that, like other catchphrases that have become popular at other times, the lack of an awareness of relevant power issues in a term like “civic engagement” may lead to actions which do not contribute meaningfully to long term systemic reductions in social inequality.

Please join us at our Friday events and Saturday conference as we bring to bear data and theories that will help grapple with these vital issues of our time. We won’t, of course, find all the answers to the important questions we discuss; but the exploration of ideas will move all involved closer to solutions to problems of social inequality.

Keynote Speaker and Guest of Honor:
Dr. George Lipsitz

George Lipsitz is Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of ten books including How Racism Takes Place, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, A Rainbow at Midnight and A Life in the Struggle. Lipsitz serves as co-editor of the American Crossroads series at the University of California Press, and as senior editor of the ethnic studies journal Kalfou. He chairs the board of directors of the African American Policy Forum and the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, and is a member of the advisory board of the Fair Housing Clinic at the John Marshall Law School. In 2013 the American Studies Association awarded Lipsitz the Angela Y. Davis Prize for public scholarship.

On Friday, October 23, Dr. Lipsitz will be participating in a public Q & A and conversation with members of the Flint community and UM-Flint campus. This will be free and open to the public. On Saturday, October 24, as the keynote speaker Dr. Lipsitz will be presenting a talk entitled "Time Has Come Today: Why Sociology Matters Now" at the Riverfront Banquet Center.

COnversation and Q & A with Dr. George Lipsitz
Friday, October 23
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • UCEN michigan rooms

Students, staff, faculty, and community members are inited to engage in an open discussion with keynote speaker and world-renowned sociologist, Dr. George Lipsitz of UC-Santa Barbara. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited so RSVP is required.

Friday evening reception: addressing issues through the arts
friday, october 23
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. • ucen michigan rooms

Relax, refresh, and connect with conference attendees and community members as we celebrate our theme of Civic Engagement. Enjoy performances by artists and activists BRINAE ALI and NATASHA THOMAS JACKSON. Please RSVP.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Q & A with Dr. George Lipsitz

Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to engage in an open discussion with keynote speaker and world-renowned Sociologist, Dr. George Lipsitz.

Time: 10am-11am
Location: UM-Flint, UCEN Michigan Rooms


CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT - Habitat for humanity

Keeping with the conference theme "Sociology and Civic Engagement," from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, attendees will volunteer to meaningfully serve members of the Flint community by participating in a civic engagement project supervised by Genesee County Habitat for Humanity. The project will involve helping to refurbish a park area on the Flint River Corridor.

This project fulfills values shared by the Michigan Sociological Association, the University of Michigan-Flint (since 2010, nationally recognized with the Carnegie Classification for Civic Engagement), and Habitat for Humanity. By significantly improving opportunities for members of the Flint area community to enjoy comfortable, safe and attractive recreational space, volunteers will model (e.g., for students) commitment to ideals of serving others and the public good.

Registration for this event is closed. Please contact conference coordinators with questions.

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm (approximately)
Project: Habitat for Humanity - Flint River Corridor Park Clean-Up
Location: 101 Burton Street, Flint, MI 48503

FRIDAY Evening Reception:

Take time to relax, reflect, and network before the Saturday conference. Enjoy entertainment and refreshments with colleagues and community members on the UM-Flint campus. Featuring performances by BRINAE ALI and NATASHA THOMAS-JACKSON.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: UCEN Michigan Rooms


Saturday, October 24, 2015


Location: Riverfront Banquet Center
1 Riverfront Plaza, Flint, MI 48502
Parking & Map:


8:00-8:30am: Registration and Breakfast (registration continues until 11:30am)

8:30-9:45am: Concurrent Sessions I

9:45-10:00am: Break

10:00-11:15am: Concurrent Sessions II

11:30am-1:30pm: Lunch, Keynote, & Awards

1:45-3:00pm: Concurrent Sessions III

3:00-3:15pm: Break

3:15-4:30pm: Concurrent Sessions IV

4:45-5:45pm: MSA Meeting (all conference attendees are welcome to attend)

Please note: this schedule is subject to change.
Additional parking is located in downtown Flint lots on Kearsley Street between Saginaw Street and Harrison, and on Harrison Street between Kearsley and E. 1st Street.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

coffee & conversation at woodside church

Engage in conversation with Dr. George Lipsitz and members of the Woodside Church, then stay for an 11am church service focused on themes of civic engagement.

Time: 9:30am-10:30am conversation; 11am church service
Location: 1509 E. Court Street, Flint, MI 48503


The MSA encourages paper proposals for its 2015 annual conference in keeping with the theme of Sociology and Civic Engagement. Preliminary conference sessions are as follows:


Service Learning

Karen Krause
Saginaw Valley
State University (SVSU)

Revolutionary Art/Media

Michael Macaluso
Grand Valley
State University (GVSU)


Dawn Hinton
Saginaw Valley
State University (SVSU)

Inside Out/
Prison Exchange

Elizabeth Bradshaw
Central Michigan
University (CMU)

Critical Race

Kalvin DaRonne Harvell
Henry Ford
Community College

Why Race
Still Matters

Kalvin DaRonne Harvell
Henry Ford
Community College

Theory OR 
Religious Secular Discourse

Nicholas Budimir
Muskegon Community College (MCC)


Public Sociology

Laura MacIntyre
University of

Kin and Others/
Family Studies

Donna Giuliani
Delta College


Donna Giuliani
Delta College

Chuck Bowden
Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC)

Student Paper

Dawn Hinton
Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU)


Chuck Bowden
Jessica Chemberlin

The Privatization of Public Space
Local Activists and
Laura Macintyre

To submit a proposal for consideration, please contact session/round table organizers directly. Paper proposals should include a title, abstract, and brief biographical information. Proposals from students are welcome. If you are unsure of which panel to submit your proposal to, email

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 30th, 2015. 

For other questions, contact conference organizers Dr. Charles Thomas at or Laura MacIntyre at


Please Note: Events are subject to change without notice.

Michigan Sociological Association
2015 Conference Program:

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

I.  Session: The Family Forecast is Troubled

Organizer: Donna Giuliani, Delta College • Room 2301

1.  Brigitte Bechtold, Central Michigan University

Patriarchy’s role in infanticide and familicide

2.  Brigit Dyer, Wayne State University

Family cultural capital as a barrier to college success

3. Sandra King, St. John Providence Health System

Identifying Social Capital Indicators Among Women at High Risk for Having a Child Born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

4. Mellissa K. Wright, Michigan State University

Moving Beyond Race, Sex, and Education: Exploring the Relationship Between Disability and Long-Term Welfare Receipt


II. Session: Sociological Engagements

Facilitator: Amanda Garrison, Central Michigan University • Room 2337

1. Kathleen Levinstein and Jia Ireland, University of Michigan-Flint

Assisting the Struggle: The Impact of White Anti-Racist Instruction in Academia

2. Kaleema Annie Sumareh, Wayne State University

Human Agency and Social Movement Activism: Exploring Activists’ Framing of Welfare Rights as Human Rights

3. Kathryn Schellenberg and Dana Dyson, University of Michigan – Flint

The Readability of Civil Legal Aid Websites

4. Brad Bender, Central  Michigan University

A Comparative Analysis of Criminal Justice Policies in the United States of America and Finland


III. Session: Arts in Detention:  A Collaborative Approach

Organizer and Chair: Shelley Spivak, University of Michigan – Flint • Room 2331

1. Shelley R. Spivack, University of Michigan-Flint
     Director, Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project

2. Colette Legault- Fields, University of Michigan-Flint
     Coordinator, Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project

3. Ella J. Thorpe, University of Michigan-Flint
     Instructor, Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project

4. Emma Davis, University of Michigan-Flint
     Instructor, Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project

5. Kaylee Davis, University of Michigan-Flint
     Research Assistant - Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project

6. A'delea Buckley, Mott Community College
     Student-Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project


IV. Teaching Circle: Teaching (Sociology) in the 21st Century

Facilitators: Chuck Bowden and Jessica Chemberlin, Mid Michigan Community College

with featured Flint Community School activists and advocates • Room 2325

1. Dawn Demps , Urban Center for Post-Secondary Access and Success and Citizens to End the School to Prison Pipeline

2. Jeff Bean, Ferris State University/Flint Community Schools (retired)

3. Loren Gillespie, Jr., Flint Community Schools (retired)

4. DeWaun Robinson, A.V.E . Program

5. David Courter, University of Michigan-Flint

6. Kelly Fields, Flint Community and Flint Community Schools


BREAK:  9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Join us for coffee and refreshments in the lobby.


MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS II                                    
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

I. Session: Coercive Sexuality

Organizer: Donna Giuliani, Delta College • Room 2307

1. Chuck Bowden, Mid Michigan Community College

Fighting the Culture of Rape One Penis Lamp at a Time

2. Sasha Drummond-Lewis, University of Michigan-Flint

Gendered Acceptance of Sex Work

3. Heather Mooney, Wayne State University

High Heels Serve Sex & Gender on a Pedestal

4. Bonnie Wright, Ferris State University

Human Trafficking is a Capitalist Endeavor Requiring Revolutionary Solutions,


II. Session: Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Organizer and Chair: Karen Lang Krause, Saginaw Valley State University • Room 2337

1. Charles Thomas, University of Michigan-Flint

Civic Engagement in the Classroom

2. Bill Mathews and Luzdelys Andarcia, Mid-Michigan Community College

Local and International Service Learning at a Small Rural College: The Experience at Mid Michigan Community College

3. Michelle Proctor, Madonna University

The Benefits of a Successful Service Learning course in Humane Education

4. Paris Lynn Freeman, Gerard Robertson, and Paul Draus, University of Michigan-Dearborn

The Greening of West Grand Boulevard


III. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Organizer and Chair: Elizabeth Bradshaw, Central Michigan University • Room 2325

1. Justin Smith, Central Michigan University

2. Paul Draus, University of Michigan-Dearborn

3. Julia Cuneo, Inside Out Program

4. Christa Hegenauer, Central Michigan University

5. Rianne Leslie, Central Michigan University

6. Nicole Kwiatkowski, Central Michigan University

7. Sharif Gordon-Nix, Central Michigan Correctional Facility


IV. Round Table Discussion: The Continuing Significance of Race

Session Chair/Moderator: Kalvin DaRonne Harvell, Henry Ford College • Room 2321

1. Discussant – Dawn Hinton, Saginaw Valley State University

2. Discussant – George Lipsitz, University of California – Santa Barbara

3. Discussant – Laura MacIntyre, University of Michigan-Flint


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker & Awards Ceremony

Held in the Riverfront Banquet Center

Keynote Address:

“Time Has Come Today: Why Sociology Matters Now”

Dr. George Lipsitz

University of California – Santa Barbara


1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

I.  Continuing the Discussion with George Lipsitz

Session Organizer and Moderator: Laura MacIntyre, University of Michigan-Flint • Room 2337


1. Larry Reynolds, Michigan Sociological Association

2. Larry Koch, University of Michigan-Flint

3. Cedric Taylor, Central Michigan University

4. Natasha Thomas-Jackson, Raise It Up!


II.  Intersectionality

Organizer and Chair: Dawn Hinton, Saginaw Valley State University • Room 2307

1. Zach Oaster, Western Michigan University

A false victimology? Victim claims as an exploit of privilege

2. Syed S. Uddin-Ahmed, Mid-Michigan Community College

The Politics of the Hijab: Comparative Views of French and Americans on the Hijab

3. Amanda Garrison, Central Michigan University

Plunging into the Public Depths: Institutional Ethnography as Curricular Practice

4. Fenobia Dallas, Saginaw Valley State University

Revisiting the Community School; The New Community Resource Center


III. Student Paper Session

Organizer and Facilitator: Dawn Hinton, Saginaw Valley State University • Room 2315

1. Elizabeth A. Kellogg, Michigan State University: Prison Rehabilitation and Its Effects

2. Morgan c. Dalrymple, Madonna University: Internet Usage: Effects and Well-Being and Easing Loneliness in the Aged

3. Jordan Pallo, Grand Valley State University: The Perpetuation of the Music Industry

4. Glen Griffin and Chelsea Parkinson, University of Michigan-Flint: Research Assistants working with faculty


IV. Session: M.A.D.E. Institute

Organizer and Chair: Leon El Alamin • Room 2331

1. Leon EL-Alamin, M.A.D.E. Executive Director

2. Tim Abdual Matin, M.A.D.E. Outreach Director

3. Charmel Allen, M.A.D.E. Mentor

BREAK:  3:00 – 3:15 p.m. – Join us for coffee and refreshments in the lobby.


3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

I.  Round Table Discussion: Women and Mentoring for Institutional Transformation in Higher Education - Considering the Possibilities • Room 2331

1. Heather Laube, University of Michigan-Flint

2. Jill Gillespie, Denison University

3. Qiana Towns, Southern New Hampshire University

4. Patricia Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint


II. Session: Sociology and the role of Revolutionary Art in the Community

Organizer and Chair: Michael Macaluso, Grand Valley State University • Room 2325

1. Desiree Duell, Independent Community Artist

A Body of Water

2. Amanda Garrison, Central Michigan University

Taking Risks with Art and Racism: Hydras, Fascism and Collective Action

3. Nayyirah Shariff, Flint Community Activist

Black Twitter: #BLM, #Occupy and Activism in the age of Social Media

4. Simon J. Purdy, Western Michigan University

Online and Offline Civic Engagement, the Effects of Internet Use


III. Public Sociology, Private Space and the Right to the City

Facilitator: Michael Sabbagh, Wayne State University • Room 2307

1. Cedrick G. Heraux, Adrian College
The Rhetoric of Legitimizing Police Violence in the Black Community

2. Randall Wyatt, Wayne State University
To be Black in the City: Exploring the Intersection of Race, Race Stratification Beliefs, and Support for Postindustrial Cities

3. Jacob Lederman, University of Michigan-Flint
From Dingy to Diverse: The New York Times’ Discourse on Race and Neighborhood Diversity, 1970-2010

4. Genine M. Hayden, Mid Michigan Community College

Public Sociology:  Taking it to the Streets


IV. Session: Religious Secular Discourse and Sociological Theory

Chair: Nicholas Budimir, Muskegon Community College • Room 2315

1. Abdullah F. Alrebh, Michigan State University
Cognitive Dissonance in the Religious Healing: Case Study Christian Science Church

2. Rachel Schroder, Western Michigan University
“The Enemies of the Church”: Religion, Artistic Expression, and the Culture Wars in Russia

3. Rosina Hassoun, Saginaw Valley State University
 Intersectionality and Arab Americans: A Crossroads of Race, Ethnicity, Religion and Refugees


V. Session: Critical Race Discourses

Session Organizer and Chair: Kalvin DaRonne Harvell, Henry Ford College • Room 2337

1. Granton Brooks, Independent Scholar
I.S.P. (Intermediate School Prisons) Pipeline from Urban Schools to Prison: A Critical Race Discussion

2. Ashley Edwards, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Double Consciousness and Maintaining the Self: Black Women and Hair

3. De'Andre L. Shepard, University of Michigan-Flint
Embracing a Critical Race Discourse Concerning the Challenges of the Urban Male Student Athlete